Posts Tagged ‘murder’

Cultural icon, film director, film producer, and master of the suspense genre, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, and his thoughts on:


When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up.


In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.

Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table.

Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don’t want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.


The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.


The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.


These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.


There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.


Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.

Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.

Managing Fear

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.


The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.


There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.


Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.


I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline – production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.


Luck is everything… My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.

Film Direction

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.

Film Sound

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.


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As a nice follow-up to our earlier feature on psychopaths, neuroscientist Jim Fallon shares his insights into the common brain characteristics of psychopathic killers.

It’s an interesting take on not only the patterns behind murderous behaviour, but also on the nature versus nurture debate.

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Even if you haven’t watched that many CSI shows, you probably already know that DNA evidence is already in common use as a tool of modern forensic investigation. The success rate of methods utilizing DNA evidence has been increasing over the years, and its application has resulted in many a conviction or resolution of usually tricky and difficult cases.

Some of the more celebrated cases of bad guys caught with DNA evidence include Colin Pitchfork, in 1988 found guilty of a double murder (Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth) and was the first murder conviction using DNA evidence. Check out BBC’s article on Pitchfork’s case along with other murderers caught with DNA.

Apart from catching the bad guys, DNA has also helped exonorate the good guys. Jerry Miller spent 25 years languishing in prison for a rape conviction in 1981 before new DNA evidence cleared him of the charges. Miller’s case marked the 200th exonoration using DNA.

The Innocence Project assists and tracks cases where DNA evidence could help exonorate inmates and, as Kate Carter reports, has been quite successful in pushing for DNA evidence to clear individuals.

Despite the triumphs of DNA in helping to deliver justice, at least one person isn’t sold onto the idea:

Russell Kaemmerling, who was convicted of conspiring to commit wire fraud and is being held in a federal prison in Texas, sued to block the BOP from collecting his DNA on the grounds that it amounted to a defilement of “God’s temple” and was “tantamount to laying the foundation for the rise of the anti-Christ.”

By law, the BOP is required to collect DNA samples from prisoners, typically via a blood sample or a mouth swab to collect saliva. The Justice Department recently expanded its DNA collection to include citizens arrested in connection with federal crimes and many immigrants detained by federal authorities.

Kaemmerling, an evangelical Christian, argued that collection of his DNA information could result in his unwilling participation in activities against his religion, including cloning experiments and stem cell research.

Although in Kaemmerling’s case, the D.C. court ruled that DNA collection does not limit religious freedom, and Kaemmerling may have a debatable point about the use of his DNA for other activities, apart from religious inclinations did he waive his right to his genetic code by commiting a crime?

And in the context of the above, are the benefits of DNA evidence enough reason to impose on the rights of people on their genetic material?

Can we please check again?

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This bizaare story on the Telegraph about a year ago about murder due to beliefs:

Babies born into some Indian tribes in the Amazon are being buried alive, a practice that is being covered up by the Brazilian authorities out of respect for tribal culture. 

The tradition is based on beliefs that babies with any sort of physical defect have no souls and that others, such as twins or triplets, are also “cursed”.

Infanticide has claimed the lives of dozens of babies each year, say campaigners fighting to end the practice.

Babies who are girls, who have some disability or who have unmarried mothers are all in danger of an early death in a shallow grave in the rainforest. Others are suffocated with leaves, poisoned or simply abandoned in the jungle.

Visit the full story here. The clip below is part of a longer movie which had stirred quite a controversy.

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