Why Are So Many Grateful Dead Fans Being Murdered?

“When you think of the Grateful Dead, you think of peace and love and music and community,” podcaster Jake Brennan tells The Daily Beast. “You don’t think of murder and true crime.”

Brennan and co-host Payne Lindsey are behind the podcast Dead and Gone, which has been grabbing attention since its release earlier this month for its investigations into the unusual spate of missing and murdered fans of the Grateful Dead, better known as Deadheads. (The aforementioned cases are just a handful of the examples.)

There’s a record-scratch intrigue in the seeming dissonance between the vibe associated with the psychedelics-devouring, hippie-skewing, tie-dye-wearing anti-establishment fan community and the darkness underscoring the violent crimes and mysteries outlined in Dead and Gone.

The podcast explores the surprising darkness at the core of the Dead’s music and the culture surrounding them, and the phenomenon of how susceptible Deadheads, in their free-wheeling nature, have been to predation. (After founding member Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, surviving band members continued to tour.)

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Woman, 24, lured on Tinder date by ‘cult’ couple who cut her body into 14 pieces

A ‘cult queen’ found guilty of brutally murdering and dismembering another woman who was lured on Tinder could be sentenced to death.

Bailey Boswell, 26, and her 54-year-old boyfriend Aubrey Trail, who claimed to be a vampire, strangled Sydney Loofe, 24, and then chopped the victim’s body into 14 pieces.

Miss Loofe’s remains were later found in bin bags scattered on the side of rural roads in the US state of Nebraska.

Boswell’s trial heard that the couple told other dates they controlled a coven of witches, – with Boswell being the ‘queen’, they gained supernatural powers by killing people, and had made videos of torture and murder.

After less than four hours of deliberations, jury on Wednesday found Boswell guilty of first degree murder, improper disposal of human remains and conspiracy to commit murder.

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American embassy worker killed while jogging in Ukraine

An American working at the US embassy in Ukraine was killed while jogging in Kiev in what the country is investigating as an “intentional murder”.

The woman, believed to be the wife of a US foreign service officer, died in hospital after being found unconscious from a head injury by railway tracks near the city’s Nyvky Park, according to Kiev Police.

The US Embassy in Kiev confirmed the death in an online statement, saying they were heartbroken to report the death of a member of the embassy community.

“Officials from US Embassy Kyiv are currently working with authorities to determine the circumstances of the death,” the statement said.

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Prof: “Nothing Wrong With” Murder Of Right-Wing “Fascist… From A Moral Perspective”

University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis appeared to defend the murder of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, the member of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, during recent social unrest in Portland, Oregon.

In 2012, Loomis came under scrutiny after he called for NRA executive Wayne LaPierre’s “head on a stick following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Just weeks later, in January 2013, Loomis said“I know the central mission of the Republican Party is to have a membership made up entirely of old rural white people.”

Now, Loomis is once again under fire after publishing a blog post titled “Why was Michael Reinoehl killed?” Reinoehl is the man suspected of fatally shooting Danielson. Reinoehl was killed as federal authorities tried to arrest him.

“Michael Reinoehl is the guy who killed the fascist in Portland last week. He admitted it and said he was scared the cops would kill him. Well, now the cops have killed him,” Loomis wrote in the September 4 blog post.

“I am extremely anti-conspiracy theory. But it’s not a conspiracy theory at this point in time to wonder if the cops simply murdered him. The police is [sic] shot through with fascists from stem to stern. They were openly working with the fascists in Portland, as they were in Kenosha which led to dead protestors,” Loomis continued. 

In the comment section of the blog post, one reader challenged Loomis by writing, “Erik, he shot and killed a guy,” referring to Reinoehl.

Loomis responded by saying, “He killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective.” He further added that “tactically, that’s a different story. But you could say the same thing about John Brown.”

Loomis furthered compared Reinoehl to Brown who in the 1800s used violence as a means of fighting slavery. 

One reader then asked, “What’s so great about assassinating a rando fascist? And in the absence of a sound affirmative justification, it should be easy to envision the drawbacks.”

Loomis was quick to reply with, “What’s so great about assassinating random slaveholders, said liberals to John Brown.” 

In a separate comment, Loomis wrote, “the problem with violence is that it usually, though not always, is a bad idea. That I agree with.”

Loomis said in another comment, “Yes, sometimes violence is necessary, say to avoid greater physical harm, i.e. self-defense, or to defeat a literal army of fascists who are trying to kill people. But, ideologically, I think the idea that violence is good if it’s against our political enemies is a core part of fascism, and so the ideological opposition to that idea should be its opposite – that violence as a general rule is bad, unless the specific context of that situation requires a violent response.”

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The guy who stabbed an AutoZone worker 2 weeks ago because he wanted to kill a white person has now killed his white cellmate

Remember Jayvon Hatchett?

He was in the news two weeks ago because he walked into an AutoZone, found a random white person who was employed there, and stabbed him in the neck seven times. He then told police his motive was that he “felt the need to find a white male to kill” after watching videos of police shootings.

Hatchett went to jail for trying to brutally murder a 51-year-old white guy he didn’t even know, just because of his skin color. He is obviously a very violent and radical racist. Inexplicably, the jail put him in a cell with a … white guy.

On Saturday, Hatchett beat his white cellmate to death.

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Man Executes White Family, Shoots Bystander Over Argument Following Fender Bender

A father and his stepdaughter were shot, and a man who tried to intervene was wounded, after a minor automobile crash in South Carolina.

Nick Wall, 45, and his 21-year-old stepdaughter, Laura Anderson, both from Georgetown, died in separate hospitals after being shot by a man they crashed into in a random minor automobile accident on Monday afternoon.

A third man who witnessed the crash and ensuing altercation was shot, but survived the incident, remaining in critical condition, as he came to check on the passengers and investigate the situation.

Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III reportedly fled into a nearby forest after the shooting, but was arrested shortly after attempting to escape as bloodhound units assisted in tracking him down.

Police say Walters is responsible for the shooting, and Walters is current facing double murder charges as well as an attempted murder charge. His bond hearing is scheduled for September.

ABC4 reported that Laura was on the path to follow her mother’s footsteps in becoming a teacher, according to her family. She had also moved into her first home within a week of the fatal shooting.

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20,000 Member Strong Facebook Group Supports Cannon Hinnant’s Alleged Killer

A Facebook group with 20,000 members who support the alleged killer of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant is going viral both due to its size and the controversial opinions held by group members.

Darius Sessoms, 25, is alleged to have murdered Cannon Hinnant, 5, after shooting him in the head at point blank range when Hinnant rode his bike on Sessoms’ front yard. The incident became an international story as alternative media led the charge, while some mainstream media outlets completely sidestepped a brutal alleged murder that fails to fit their narrative.

The “Justice for Darius Sessoms” Facebook Group still prevails after accumulating a quick five-figure membership number.

The group’s opening statement read: “Darius Sessoms has been accused of a heinous act that he didn’t commit. This is all propaganda from the far-right Trump propaganda machine to make black people look bad.

“We cannot sit idly by while our president plays fast and loose with the laws. That’s why we need to back Darius against these outrageous allegations.”

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Facebook Fails to Fact Check Fake News Claiming Cannon Hinnant’s Father Did Drugs With Alleged Killer

After the Wilson Police Department confirmed the prevalence of a doctored press release–fraught with typos, spelling mistakes, and grammatical errors–to swing the narrative away from Cannon Hinnant’s coldblooded murder, another meme attempting to paint the murdered child’s parents in a bad light has surfaced.

The unsubstantiated meme which alleges that Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, was a meth dealer responsible for inducing a psychotic state of mind for Cannon’s alleged murderer, Darius Sessoms.

Sessoms is alleged to have shot the five-year-old in the head at point blank range for riding his bike on Sessom’s front yard.

Those in defense of Sessoms’ unprovoked crime claim that he is being singled out for his skin color; with some dubbing Sessoms as a “political prisoner” and other accusing Hinnant’s family of racism.

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Two Suspects Charged in Murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay 18 Years After Shooting

Law enforcement officials say that the 2002 murder of hip-hop legend and Run-DMC member Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell has been solved. The New York Times reported that the suspects are Ronald Washington, 56, and Karl Jordan Jr., 36, citing two anonymous law enforcement officials.

The Run-DMC DJ was 37 years old when he was shot and killed by a masked killer on October 30, 2002 at a recording studio in Queens, New York. The victim was shot in the head. According to reports, the suspects have been indicted for murder in connection with drug trafficking.

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