Saturday, August 29, 2015

Death by Bubblegum - A Hull Urban Legend

Hull Daily Mail [UK]
29 August 2015

[…] The urban legend of the little boy from Hull who died after choking on a piece of chewing gum was used as a cautionary tale by parents across the city.

Now, the true story of the 12-year-old, who died in 1933, has been uncovered – and far from the grim tale that has been bandied around school playgrounds for decades, it tells a tale of a mother's heartache at losing her son.

The search to get to the truth started when Mike Covell, who runs Amazing Hull Tours, browsed the Facebook group Hull The Good Old Days.

There, people had posted about a little boy whose grave, a stone representation of him wearing his school cap, with his left hand leaning on a pillar, was inscribed with a rhyme about the perils of chewing bubble gum.

It apparently read: "Chewing gum is nasty, chewing gum is dirty, chewing gum wrapped round my heart and brought me to my grave." […]

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Injection Psycho" (India)

Deccan Herald
27 August 2015

A motorist masking his face with a green cloth has been terrifying the prosperous West Godavari district, injecting what is rumoured to be his HIV-infected blood.

The motorist riding around half a dozen villages jabs the needle with yet to be discovered substance into women and speeds away. At least 12 women stuck with the needles have been admitted to hospitals in the district in the last four days.

The attacks began on 22 August in Yadagandla village of Undi Mandal where the motorist stuck needles into G Venkata Vara Lakshmi and Andukuri Mercy in two different streets and fled. […]

West Godavari police are on high alert since rumours began spreading that the attacker is an HIV/AIDS patient and is injecting his blood in women to avenge his infection. […]

The Hindu
27 August 2015

    Rajulapudi Srinivas

Two more incidents reported in Narsapuram division. Police seized the needles and have sent them to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for examination.

The psychopath, who was creating panic by jabbing needles to women, continued to attack them moving alone in villages in West Godavari on Wednesday. […]

New Indian Express
26 August 2015

ELURU:Even as the police here are still groping in the dark in cracking the recent case of mysterious ‘injection attacks’ on schoolgirls and women in different places in West Godavari district, the miscreant  struck again on Tuesday -- ‘injecting’ a mysterious substance into four girls and two women in Kumudavalli village and  Goraganamudi village in Palakoderu mandal, Vendra village in Undi mandal and Kesavaram village in Ganapavaram mandal, according to sources. […]

Hindustan Times
28 August 2015

    Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad

An unidentified bike rider has terrorised Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, pricking at least nine women travelling alone with a syringe needle in the past week but police say the victims haven't been injected with harmful substances. […]

30 August 2015

Hyderabad | Indo-Asian News Service

Hyderabad:  A psychopath, who has created terror in Andhra Pradesh' West Godavari district with injection attacks on women, struck again today, this time targetting a two-year-old.

The baby was sitting along with her parents when the unidentified man attacked her with injection in Mutyalapallimandi village in Mogaltur mandal.

The injured baby was taken to a hospital, police said. It was not clear if the child's mother was his target. […]

New Indian Express
30 August 2015

By Express News Service

[…] According to auto driver Dhanikonda Yesu of Bhimavaram, in the morning he dropped workers at a prawn-feed factory. Later, he saw a youth on a bike and suspecting that he could be the psycho, Yesu reportedly chased him in his auto.

The youth immediately took out a syringe and injected the auto driver on his right hand before fleeing. A horrified Yesu threw away the syringe and rushed home. After he informed his wife about the incident, the couple approached the local police and lodged a complaint. However, the police were left confused as Yesu gave different versions of the incident when they questioned him. […]

Mumbai Mirror
30 August 2015

By P Pavan

[…] However, much to the relief of the victims, laboratory tests of the injected material have established that it was harmless. "As he injects his victims in the thigh only, he must have worked in a veterinary hospital, pet clinic or a diagnostic centre," Narsapuram Deputy SP P Sowmya Latha said. […]

First Post
31 August 2015

by A Saye Sekhar

The ‘syringe man’ of West Godavari district does not use a syringe to attack his victims, he uses a veterinary needle. Veterinarians punch holes in the thick skins of the animals with such needles before administering injections, according to the police. There’s no possibility of the ‘psychopath’ on the loose injecting any substance into his targets with this weapon, they said. […]

Superintendent of Police of West Godavari district Bhaskar Bhushan […] said the number of his victims is being exaggerated. “He has attacked 11 women so far, not more than 20 as being reported. Some of them are suspected attacks or ones reported out of fear psychosis,” he said. […]

New Indian Express
31 August 2015

[…] On Sunday, a family of Mutyalapalli village in Mogaltur mandal, traveling by motorcycle, complained to the police that an unknown person had ‘injected’ their baby. However, when the police grilled them about the incident, the woman denied the incident. […]

Times of India
31 August 2015

BHIMAVARAM, West Godavari: Fear has gripped villagers in West Godavari district as the 'Injection Psycho' — on the prowl for the last one week — continues to attack unsuspecting people, particularly women. On Sunday he targeted a three-year-old girl, who had to be given immediate medical aid at a local hospital. Just a day before that he attacked an autorickshaw driver, his first male victim.

The unidentified attacker, whom the police suspect to be a psychopath, has so far injected 25 people with some unknown substance that reportedly sends the victims into a state of drowsiness. […]