Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tragedy Strikes Eight

In a heart-wrenching story out of Goleta, California, eight people are dead after a shooting rampage by a former postal worker who was said to be racist.

TO THE ORIGINAL STORY



Shooting toll rises to 8 amid reports of racism by former postal worker
By TIM MOLLOY
Associated Press
2/2/2006


GOLETA, Calif. - A woman wounded in a rampage by a former postal worker died Wednesday, and investigators said the assailant also killed a former neighbor just before the attack, bringing the death toll to eight, including the shooter.
A former postal worker said the attacker had spewed racist comments in the past, and six of the victims were members of minority groups, but investigators have refused to discuss a motive in the slayings.

The eighth victim, Beverly Graham, 54, was found Tuesday at a Santa Barbara condominium complex where Jennifer San Marco, a former postal employee, had lived until a few years ago.

Sheriff's Sgt. Erik Raney said authorities believed the death of Graham, who was shot in the head, was "the beginning of this rampage."

Investigators matched several 9mm shell casings found at Graham's condo to casings from the postal distribution center.

A neighbor of Graham's reported hearing a gunshot Monday evening, before San Marco went to the mail-processing center.

San Marco shot six postal employees to death and committed suicide in what was believed to be the nation's deadliest workplace shooting by a woman. It was also the nation's bloodiest shooting at a postal facility in nearly 20 years.

Charlotte Colton, 44, a postal worker who was shot in the head, died of her wounds Wednesday, said Teresa Rounds, spokeswoman for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Former plant worker Jeff Tabala recalled that San Marco, who was white, seemed particularly hostile to Asians while working for the Postal Service.

He said all of the slain postal workers were members of minority groups: Three were black, one was Chinese-American, one was Hispanic, and one was Filipino. Authorities said Graham was white.

Investigators gave no motive for the postal rampage but said San Marco had been put on medical leave in 2003 for psychological reasons and deputies had removed her from the building at least once.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said officers took San Marco away from the postal center Feb. 5, 2001, because "she was acting irrational." She was held for three days at a psychiatric hospital, but the sheriff did not know if any diagnosis was made.

After leaving her postal job, San Marco moved to New Mexico in late 2003 or early 2004 and lived in an isolated desert home. A deputy clerk for the city of Milan, N.M., said she once applied for a business license for a publication called "The Racist Press" but did not qualify.

Authorities in New Mexico also described San Marco's increasingly bizarre behavior after she lost her job.

14 comments:

  1. Where I live all the postal workers are Black and correspondingly the service is terrible.
    I have gotten into a few verbal jousts with them over their horrendous service but after this incident I am not going to ‘piss’ off postal workers anymore (ah, who am I kidding).

    What was his race? I take it, since you have done a story on a ‘racist’ person then he is probably White.

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  2. ‘San Marco’ is a Hispanic name. Could this be a sign that you are finally coming around, Nikki?

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  3. Stefan - I never really gave much thought as to the color of the perpetrator. The fact is, there are 8 people dead at the hands of a racist. Whether that racist was black, green, purple, or brown matters not. Hate kills.

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  4. Also - if you noticed, the perpetrator was a woman - strange, is it not?

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  5. Were her victims White or Black?

    Usually when the articles fail to mention race in an incident such as this the perpetrator is usually a minority and the victims are usually White.


    Anyways,

    buenas noches,
    Señora Nikki

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  6. "He said all of the slain postal workers were members of minority groups: Three were black, one was Chinese-American, one was Hispanic, and one was Filipino. Authorities said Graham was white."

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  7. Dear Mr, Shmidt,

    Thank you for changing your avatar--it was a little disconcerting blogging with someone who uses a cartoon image that looks like Joe Shitz, militiaman from Flint, Michigan.

    As per the statements you made concerning teaching children, it is odd that my personal feelings on the matter are almost COMPLETELY diametrically opposite from your own. Worked with the mouthy punks at the highschool just this morning; I will take an elementary school full of black and hispanic kids ANYDAY.

    BTW, some of the best-behaved students are quiet, young BLACK kids who give very little talk-back when asked to do something.

    On the other hand, I find myself arguing and getting more and more hostile with overprivileged white punks from rich neighborhoods who think the world should kiss their collective butts. But, alas...


    Nikki, had an opportunity today to hear Mr. Bill on a VonBlubber show, and was quite amused to find that the high-mincing voice and weird diction in no way go along with the pictures of him I have seen. What a spastic, comical little charechter. I find him too ridiculous for words.

    In other news, Mr. Bill is making his move to oust Komrade Von Blubber from his own show (he will be "alternate host" now--every other week), and Horrible Hal is, predictably, begging for coke money again (wish I had a cherry coke myself, right now, but coffee will have to do!)
    Ahhh, the idjits are , predictably, self-destructing one by one. Sniff! What's that smell? It smells like success!!!

    Best of luck, Nikki,

    EB

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  8. Also - if you noticed, the perpetrator was a woman - strange, is it not?
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    Yeah, I eventually caught that detail.

    My knee-jerk reaction to the opening paragraph was that the perpetrator was a male. More specifically a White male (the ‘racist’ motive) but all generalizations do have their outliers.

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  9. "He said all of the slain postal workers were members of minority groups: Three were black, one was Chinese-American, one was Hispanic, and one was Filipino. Authorities said Graham was white."
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    A ‘Swedish Smorgasbord’ of victims.

    LOL.

    Only in a multicultural society could the victims from one rampage be so racially diverse.

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  10. As far as the postal massacre that occured, it in no way surprises me that a woman was the perp...Remember Aileen Wuornos? She was the white prostitute that killed eight men in Florida during a string of killings back in the late eighties.

    Murder is a universal human activity, and the special province of no particular group.

    Although, there are an awful lot of white psychopathic killers...

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  11. Remember Aileen Wuornos? She was the white prostitute that killed eight men in Florida during a string of killings back in the late eighties.
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    Yeah, I saw the movie. This does not disprove the general trend of serial killers being males, however.

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    Although, there are an awful lot of white psychopathic killers...
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    A Black male is statistically the most likely ‘human’ to commit a murder.

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  12. Stefan,

    Statisically, the person most like to murder a white person is a white male.

    But yet the racists keep worrying about black murders but I thought you guys didn't care about blacks.

    I did find it odd that it was a woman but it happens from time to time although rare.

    And not all white supremacist are white. Take Pierpont of panzerfaust records. Take Mark Martin of the NSM.

    Anyhow, I've been busy as crap lately but figured I come in to say hi. I sure got Hal Turner all riled up. Speaking of his site........

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  13. Speaking of his site...say goodnight, Hal. LMFAO!

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  14. Again...technical problems with this blog occurred over night and recent comments did not appear. This next one came from Stefan:

    Harry,

    It is interesting that your blog, Hal Turner's website, and the NIM Board all went down at approximately the same time.

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    Blacks have a higher rate of murdering Whites than Whites have murdering Blacks.
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    Anyways, good luck with your taxes.

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