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Last night a visit to the growing memorial to the Bothell police officer who was murdered resulted in the post You Matter. I visited the site again tonight and spent some quality time with both strangers and friends as we honored this brave man. The memorial continues to grow. People of all types continue to gather there to express appreciation to our area officers, including the officer who was wounded in this incident.

The world needs to see that the Northshore area respects, appreciates, and values the men and women who take great risks every day to keep the peace in our increasingly restless society.

Shortly after I arrived, the woman on the left burst into a beautiful operatic rendition of The Lord’s Prayer. It was another spontaneous moment that hushed onlookers and bowed reverent heads.

See her arms raised as she lifts her voice towards heaven…

A question has been asked at this site repeatedly: what can we do to show support like this on a regular basis? How do we ensure that they always feel that the majority is behind them?

Bothell’s chaplains are doing an amazing job. The support surrounding agencies are offering Bothell PD is phenomenal.

Note Matthew 5:9, above: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.


Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.

C.S. Lewis

The details of Officer Shoop’s murder are here. The circumstances of his death are horrifying. May peace blanket this agency and community.


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From Acacia Memorial Park's Dignity Memorial site

Susann Smith. From Acacia Memorial Park’s Dignity Memorial site.

Originally posted May 12th, 2013.

On February 12th of this year, Bothell, Washington resident Susann Smith didn’t show up for work. She was found bludgeoned to death–and stabbed– in the bathtub of her home. This murder set the community on edge and to date a suspect has not been arrested.

Smith had primary custody of her three and six year-old children. Her estranged husband, Allan Smith, saw them on evenings and weekends. They were getting a divorce and Susann had allegedly threatened to take the children back to her native Germany.

Allan has been named as a person of interest and the media has reported that he’d done an online search about countries without extradition treaties. The police are also investigating purchases he made including a bicycle that might have been used in the murder. To put it bluntly, all signs are pointing to the estranged ex-husband, who lived just two miles away. (more…)

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Honor Killings 7

So your worthless wife or girlfriend wants to get a divorce/break up/move on/have guy friends/wants to work outside the home/didn’t heat your dinner up enough/disapproved of you wanting to bring other women in the relationship/looked at you funny/didn’t iron your pants/wants to go to school/didn’t feel like having sex. And you killed her. Because she deserved it.

That is exactly the mentality that untold numbers of Muslim men have, and if you criticize this hateful, evil, egotistical, misogynistic practice, you’re branded an Islamophobe. Do I have your attention? Note that I did not say that if you’re a Muslim, you believe this. What I am saying is that so-called honor killings are a worldwide problem and a growing concern here in America due to some Muslims. (more…)

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Purple CandleIt was one year ago today that Bothell resident Susann Smith was savagely murdered at her home. It is one of the most horrific domestic violence homicides I know of. This German-born mother of two was subjected to deliberate violations and atrocities designed to maximize her suffering and ultimately take her life. (more…)

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No one can tell me that someone that’s going to commit suicide would turn a gun upside down, in a difficult position, shove it all the way to the back of their throat and then pull that trigger. This was not a suicide. This is a person that was able to commit murder and get away with it. -Joseph Cordova, father of Tera Chavez

Last night I randomly came across a Dateline story about Tera Chavez, whose police officer husband Levi was found not guilty of her murder. You can watch this episode here. (more…)

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Delbert Belton

From KXLY in Spokane:

WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.

Belton, 88, succumbed to his injuries Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center. (more…)

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Bizarro World

Our country is being carried off to a dark place by shadowy forces. Today it bears an alarming resemblance to the Bizarro World of Superman comics in the 1960s, where up is down and ugly is beautiful and it is a crime to make anything perfect. (more…)

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Bothell Police Department.  From http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/?p=1286.

Bothell Police Department. From http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us.

Alan Smith has been arrested for first degree murder:

http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/213349861.html

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Bothell-man-arrested-in-wifes-murder-213321531.html

Sounds like the case is still coming together but KOMO reports that the Bothell Police Department was comfortable enough to make an arrest.

The comments thread where this is being discussed on my site is https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/murdering-susann-smith/#comments.

Remember, this is not a conviction, and it doesn’t mean Alan Smith stays behind bars or forfeits his life. It could be a tricky case to prosecute and it’s the kind of case that could attract a brash, big name attorney. (more…)

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Kermit Gosnell's House of Horrors. Click on photo for more information.

Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors. Click on photo for the WhoIsGosnell website.

Once again the blogosphere has taken on an important cause before most of the media would dare bring this evil to light: the cases of Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen. Both are “doctors” who for years have been slaughtering babies as “legitimate” abortion providers.

As a Christian, I’m pro-life. I believe that God created life and it is to be protected, not ended when it’s an inconvenience to one or both parents. While I don’t believe that rape and incest victims should be forced to bear their violators’ offspring, my tolerance stops there. (more…)

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Reeva Steenkamp. From http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/.

Reeva Steenkamp. From http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/.

Last night I caught the tail end of The Usual Suspects just before Keyser Söze/Verbal Kint says, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

The past few days I’ve been quietly observing the case building against Olympian Oscar Pistorius after the brutal death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. From the beginning there have been obvious red flags indicating that this case isn’t as cut and dried as Steenkamp being mistaken for an intruder. (more…)

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