Sunday, August 20, 2006

Middle Names

By Cassandra D

Have you ever noticed that the only group of people whose middle names we consistently hear are murderers? Suspected, accused, or convicted murderers?

Latest example: John Mark Karr.

And then there's John Wayne Gacy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sara Jane Moore, Henry Lee Lucas, and, of course ...Jack The Ripper. Do you suppose that is what gives murderers their country charm? That Billy Ray Cyrus feeling?

I'm bad with names. Got any more?


At 12:41 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

John Wilkes Booth

At 4:08 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

A crime reporter standard, based on law enforcement, and for the purposes of ensuring that the suspect is considered distinct from other people who might share his/her first name and last name.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Mark David Chapman.

Interesting, Reddirt. I honestly did not know that.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

At least that's what an old editor once told me. Made sense to me, so I always stuck with it.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

H.H. Holmes & Gary Leon Ridgway (Green River Killer)

Of course, my middle-name crime reporter rule does not explain...

Timothy McVeigh
Terry Nichols
Karla Homolka
Edward Gein
Ted Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
Uday Hussein

At 1:44 AM, Blogger Larry Mondello said...

What was Sirhan Sirhan's middle name? Oh yeah, Sirhan

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Larry Mondello said...

George Doubleyou Bush

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

Oooooh Larry! That's a strong statement, especially coming from you!

And RedDirt, your explanation makes sense to me.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

I would imagine the only other group whose middle names (or at least initials) we've heard, somewhat consistantly are presidents.

George W and George Herbert Walker Bush, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses S. Grant, George Pablo Washington, Abraham Grapeape Lincoln, etc.

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

I think the use of middle names is so the accused know they are REALLY in trouble. Like when your mama is really mad at you. I always know I'm in for it when I hear Flamewhore Marie.

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Louis Rukeyser Soze said...

Yeah, whenever I heard "Louis Rukeyser Soze," I knew dear old mama was heating up the skillet for an old-fashioned beating.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Brick Thicke Fuchwahl said...

Charles Nelson Reilly
Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Charlie Martin Smith
Grant Lee Buffalo
George Washington Carver
Robert Louis Stevenson
Gena Lee Nolin


At 4:43 PM, Blogger Daniel Gale-Grogen said...

I never trusted that Rachel Leigh Cook, either. Those big brown eyes in "She's All That" masked the coal-black heart of a sociopath.

At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts went immediately to Roger Dale Stafford. He was the first serial killer I remember being aware of as a kid.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Phillip Seymour Hoffman -- obviously a SICKO!

At 9:44 PM, Blogger LilRed said...

Don't forget one of the most notorious killers in Oklahoma's history: Roger Dale Stafford


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