Attacks in Virginia and Ohio attributed to Flint serial killer

ph2010080906180According to authorities, it looks as though we have a white male serial killer – perhaps operating out of Michigan – that’s targeting black men. The following comes from the Washington Post:

A white man who stabbed or attacked three dark-skinned men in Leesburg this month is probably the “Flint serial killer,” thought to have killed five men and wounded 10 — almost all of them black — in Michigan, police said Monday…

Attacks being attributed to the killer have taken place in Flint, Michigan, Leesburg, Virginia, and Toledo, Ohio. The man, who has black hair and brown eyes, is said to be about 5′ 8″ and weigh approximately 160 pounds. He has been seen driving an older model, dark green and tan Chevrolet S-10 Blazer. The man, who has attacked his victims with both knives and hammers, has not been heard to use racist language during the attacks, but, given that an overwhelming majority of those attacked have been dark-skinned males, it would stand to reason that he has an issue with race. If you know of anyone who fits this profile, please contact your local police.

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  1. Edward
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    This certainly wouldn’t have anything to do with the Fox News narrative that the blacks are coming for their payback. (See Shirley Sherrod.)

  2. Abba fan
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Obama is raising a black army to take over the country, right?

  3. dragon
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    When will the Black Bucks learn to quit dulling the knives of the white vigilante. I can only hope the authorities are checking the finances of these “victims” for possible welfare fraud.

  4. Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god! I know him! It’s Larry The Cable Guy! He must have gotten an endorsement deal through Nutrisystem though…he looks a little thin. I don’t care what you say, that him there, I’ll tell you what…

  5. Knox
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Obama really left him with no choice.

  6. Robert
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    The sketch looks like just about every guy in Michigan who lives outside city limits.

  7. Ted
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Does he have a bolt through the top of his ear in this sketch?

  8. Edward
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Sadly, this case won’t get one tenth the coverage of a single attractive young white woman found killed. This serial killer may in fact be racist. He may also just enjoy killing people, and know that people in the US care about as little about black men as they do prostitutes.

  9. Robert
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Why do you say “sadly” regarding that?

    This case is actually getting an unusually large amount of attention, and I am unsure as to why exactly. My guess is that it is for political purposes. These sorts of cases are somewhat common and almost never get this much attention.

  10. Robert
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Police have released this sketch:

    Police said they released it not because the individual depicted has committed any sort of crime that they know of. They then made it very clear that they are not even looking for the guy.

    Police said they weren’t comfortable sharing the reason why they released it.

  11. Meta
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Rachel Maddow on the anti-black race baiting perpetrated by Fox News.

  12. BA stand-in
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    As BA has disappeared, I thought that I’d step in and fill the void.


    All of this could have been avoided, if these victims had been carrying guns, and wearing some kind of knife-proof clothing and hammer-proof headgear. If we could all agree to do that little bit, it would be a perfect, peaceful world.

  13. Edward
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I said sadly, Robert, because I think this case should get as much press as, for instance, the case where the 18 year old girl went missing not so long ago while on vacation. I think that this deserves covered. It’s not likely to get it though, as the victims here are middle class whites. Remember how much press the DC Sniper got? Given who the victims are, this one won’t even come close.

    As for your comment BA stand-in, I think it’s flawed. I think what’s called for is preemptive gunfire wherever you go. You need to lay down a solid strafing before rounding a corner or stepping onto a sidewalk. Not to do so is to welcome victimization.

  14. Brackinald Achery
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    If shooting someone who’s trying to kill you with a knife or a hammer seems absurdly unreasonable to you, perhaps we can try it the other way by making knives and hammers illegal.

  15. Robert
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Edward, whereas I agree that these sorts of cases generally don’t get the attention maybe they should, it is clear that is not the case in this circumstance. This series of slashings has received national media attenton for days, and in fact they have now caught the guy.

    So where I agree with your general point, this particular case seems to be a very clear exception.

    I am vastly more concerned about the well-being of women and children than I am for that of men.

  16. Edward
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    It looks like they’ve caught the guy. They have a middle eastern man from Flint in custody. He’s got a car that matches the one seen at the last crime, and he’s got family in Leesburg. He works at a liquor store in Flint.

  17. Edward
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Here’s the story:

    …The man was arrested sometime overnight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, airport spokesman Al Snedeker said this morning.

    He was scheduled to board Delta’s 10:15 p.m. flight to Tel Aviv from Atlanta, airline officials said this morning.

    But he was taken into custody prior to boarding the flight, Sandra Hasegawa with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said this morning.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection worked with the FBI, Michigan State Police, and Atlanta Police Department and was able to identify him before the plane took off, she said.

    Authorities say the person likely responsible for the spree may have attacked 16 men in Flint, three in Leesburg, Va., and one in Toledo.

  18. Edward
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Here’s more:

    Authorities were able to obtain search warrants and track the suspect electronically through several states.

    ….The manager of Kingwater Market told Local 4 the man worked there for about a month. He started on July 5 and hasn’t been seen since Aug. 1.

    “He was friendly. He was a nice guy,” said manager Abdullah Farrah.

    He said he never noticed the man treat African-Americans any differently and was polite to all customers.

  19. Tim
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    It’s like the attempted bombing in Time Square this spring. Everyone thought that it was a white guy, but it later turned out to be a light skinned man from the middle east. In that case his actions were attributed to radical Islam. I wonder if the same will be true here.

  20. Edward
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I suppose it’s possible that this guy, like Charlie Manson, was looking to insight a race war.

  21. Brackinald Achery
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Might be he’s just an irrational murderer.

    It’s funny looking back at the top of this thread and read for yourself how quick some still are to blame Fox News/Glenn Beck/Tea Party/Whatever for every bad thing that happens.

    Some here do that a lot. It’s pretty funny.

  22. Kelp
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    If only children were armed with guns, there would be no child abuse.

  23. James Madison
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    BA writes, “perhaps we can try it the other way by making knives and hammers illegal,” as a response to those he imagines want to make firearms illegal and who object to using deadly force for the defense of one’s own life. But where in this great country does BA imagine that firearms are illegal? Why does he and others imagine that there’s some great risk of firearms being banned? Where is this powerful gun banning movement that BA fears so much? Is BA a resident of the country over which this US Supreme Court rules, or of some extreme liberal dictatorship that nobody has ever heard of? I’m seriously interested in BA’s assessment of the anti-gun threat, though to debate with BA is to argue with a loud wall, if memory serves.

    And God be with all the victims (and their families) of the serial murderer whose crimes sparked this thread.

  24. Brackinald Achery
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Strawman fight!!!

  25. outside laughing
    Posted August 13, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    maybe he’s a juggalo, who cant wait for the big festival to start this year

  26. Edward
    Posted August 13, 2010 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I’d heard of Insane Clown Posse, but I had no idea that they’d spawned an entire genre of music, and that there were other “clown” rap bands out there in the world. This video is absolutely terrifying. Seriously, I’m troubled.

    With that said, though, I think we need to host the next Gathering of the Jugallos in Riverside Park.

  27. Knox
    Posted August 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    The man arrested Wednesday and accused of being the “Flint serial killer” is a Christian from Israel who tried unsuccessfully to put down roots in Northern Virginia and once worked with troubled children at a Leesburg mental health facility, according to friends and court records.

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