The “ketchup assassin” and other bizzare stories


So here is a love story with a twist. A Brazilian woman who suspected her husband was having an affair, hired a former convict to kill the paramour. First question: why didn’t she hire the hit man to kill the husband? Everything was going well until the would be assassin fell in love with the would be executed. What followed was a carefully orchestrated plan to “kill” the victim, collect the money, and go on living with the “dead” woman in a blissful state of love forever. How the world came to know about it? Well, I am not going to spoil it for you. You can read about it here, but I warn you, there is a lot of ketchup involved. Second question: why did he have to kiss his target in front of the woman who gave him the money to kill the lover?

Meanwhile, you have to feel sorry for Isis Bantley, who in tears had to allow a TSA agent at Atlanta airport get lost in the web of her natural capillary extensions, as he was looking for potential weapons of massive destruction that could be hidden in the 12 year jungle. I smell a lawsuit somewhere… Boy, I hope her hair was at least not smelling bad. It said she was a hairdresser so I think the TSA agent is safe!

In passing: sometimes I can’t believe the rules about flying. For example, I still keep all my liquids in a Ziploc bag and take it out when I go through security. On the way to Newark, no problem. On the way back, my almost brand new Listerine tooth paste was confiscated. On the way back, it was taken away — .8 ounces above the allowed 3.2 oz limit! On the way from Newark to Philadelphia, since it was a small plane, I had to have my little carry on bag checked. So I took my laptop out and was holding it. The stewardess said I was not allowed to do that, so reluctantly I put it in the overhead bin. On the flight from Philly to Cleveland, same airline, the burly flight attendant, after I carefully placed my laptop in the overhead bin, told me I couldn’t do that. He said it was too late and he didn’t want to do any paperwork in case the computer got damaged. So I gladly put the laptop on my lap. Do you get the idea that sometimes they make up the rules as they go? I hope the pilots are not doing the same!

Well, I have more to share but I am running as part of a five-person relay team in the Akron Marathon tomorrow. I have to wake up at 4:00 a.m., which I haven’t done in decades. Doing that will might prove to be a lot harder than running a little over 10K in about one hour. We are raising funds for G.R.O.W. to rescue more children out of the evils of the sex trade in Thailand. Please go to our website and help!

Ivanildo C. Trindade