Happy Fucking Monday:
Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN) — Hena Akhter’s last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl.
Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh’s Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public.
Hena dropped after 70.
Bloodied and bruised, she was taken to hospital, where she died a week later.
Amazingly, an initial autopsy report cited no injuries and deemed her death a suicide. Hena’s family insisted her body be exhumed. They wanted the world to know what really happened to their daughter.
What’s a book that you loved the beginning to death only to see it go in a direction you hated and ultimately be a disappointment?
This question comes up because I just read The Keep over the weekend which starts out as a terrific horror novel. A garrison of German soldiers during World War 2 are housed in a Romanian keep when something starts killing them off at night. The captain sends for help and ends up with a squad of SS taking over which only makes things worse. About halfway through the book, we find out what’s going on and it just ruins the atmosphere. Throw in some cardboard characters and a crappy love story and I wanted to throw the book across the room in frustration.
From Crooks and Liars:
A 4-year-old boy in Houston died early Sunday morning after finding his father’s handgun and shooting himself in the stomach.
Houston Police Sgt. Harris told KTRK that 4-year-old Jaiden Pratt’s weekend with his father, 23-year-old Marquez Pratt, ended in tragedy. The father and son had gone to sleep on the couch. After waking up, Jaiden picked up the gun and accidentally fired a round into his own stomach.
Paramedics tried to revive child, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.