Monthly Archives: January 2015

How Ayn Rand became a big admirer of serial killer William Hickman

There’s something deeply unsettling about living in a country where millions of people froth at the mouth at the idea of giving health care to the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have it, or who take pleasure at the thought of privatizing and slashing bedrock social programs like Social Security or Medicare. It might not be so hard to stomach if other Western countries also had a large, vocal chunk of the population that thought like this, but the U.S. is seemingly the only place where right-wing elites can openly share their distaste for the working poor. Where do they find their philosophical justification for this kind of attitude?

It turns out, you can trace much of this thinking back to Ayn Rand, a popular cult-philosopher who exerts a huge influence over much of the right-wing and libertarian crowd, but whose influence is only starting to spread out of

Read more at: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/01/how-ayn-rand-became-a-big-admirer-of-serial-killer-william-hickman/

True-life horror story

Local author Kathryn Casey, whose new true crime book, Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields examines three decades of murder. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle) Photo: Gary Coronado, Staff / © 2015 Houston Chronicle

Local author Kathryn Casey, whose new true crime book, “Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields” examines three decades of murder. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle)

Local author Kathryn Casey, whose new true crime book, “Deliver Us:…

Weeks of storms soaked the tree-rimmed clearing in League City, carving puddles several inches deep. Yet Kathryn Casey ventured into the muck on a recent afternoon, braced against the rain and cold with a black raincoat and

Read more at: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/books/article/Crime-writer-tackles-the-story-of-Texas-killing-6034054.php

Crime writer tackles the story of Texas’ "killing fields"

Local author Kathryn Casey, whose new true crime book, Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields examines three decades of murder. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle) Photo: Gary Coronado, Staff / © 2015 Houston Chronicle

Local author Kathryn Casey, whose new true crime book, “Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields” examines three decades of murder. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle)

Local author Kathryn Casey, whose new true crime book, “Deliver Us:…

Weeks of storms soaked the tree-rimmed clearing in League City, carving puddles several inches deep. Yet Kathryn Casey ventured into the muck on a recent afternoon, braced against the rain and cold with a black raincoat and umbrella.

Read more at: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/books/article/Crime-writer-tackles-the-story-of-Texas-killing-6034054.php