Surviving Marc Dutroux
Monday, January 31, 2005, 04:16 - Books


I finished reading I was 12, I took my bike and went to school by Sabine Dardenne, surviving victim of Marc Dutroux.
Marc Dutroux is one of the most notorious killers Europe has ever seen. During a spree of terror in the 1990s, he kidnapped, raped and killed four young girls in Belgium. But two of his victims survived and later testified in his trial.

In this book Sabine describes how she was kidnapped and held prison for 80 days in a small secret compartment in Dutroux’s cellar, subjected to abuse and threats by this monster. One cannot begin to imagine what kind of hell she went through.
She survived only thanks to her exceptional strength of character – refusing to give way to madness, refusing to let herself be destroyed – and thanks to the letters, desperately lucid letters, which she wrote to her mother. Letters that of course were never sent.

When Dutroux kidnaps another girl there are some witnesses and after a few days he is arrested. Both girls are found and safely return to their homes. Preparing the trial took 8 years in which Sabine could build up a sort of normal life in anonymity, trying to forget her 80 days of hell.

When the trial finally took place, all publicity intensifies again and she testified against him and finally had the chance to look the monster in the eyes – Dutroux could only look down to the ground. In the end he was condemned to prison for life.

This book, dignified and restrained, was written so that the victim’s voice can at last be heard. For too long the attention of the media was monopolized by her torturer, while his victim was ignored. Her testimony, free of any fascination with evil or perversity, show how utterly the lives of the victims of pedophiles are devastated, their futures destroyed – even if some, like Sabine, manage to survive and get on with their lives. It is our duty to listen.


I don't understand why it took 8 years before the trial finally took place. It seems like it was a pretty obvious case and he had been convicted for child rape before. I hope Dutroux will never ever be released as he obviously is a real menace to society.

I wish Sabine great strength in putting all this behind her and getting back a normal life, including the anonymity of normal people.

See also this article in Der Spiegel.

"The Gates"
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 21:28 - The News
The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude are at it again. This time they are not wrapping something, but it still will be very impressive: a 37km long trail of orange gates throughout Central Park in New York.
The work of art will be completed on February 12, weather permitting, and will remain for only 16 days.

Making of the Gates.




Riddle
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 07:54 - Miscellaneous
What is greater than God
but worse than the devil?
The poor have it
but the rich need it.
If you eat it you will die.


Totally Useless Facts
Friday, January 28, 2005, 06:37 - Miscellaneous
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

Los Angeles's full name is: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de losAngeles de Poriuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "LA."

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.


More Totally Useless Facts.


New desktop components
Thursday, January 27, 2005, 07:15 - Personal
Last Friday I ordered hardware components for my new quiet desktop PC. I already received the case (Antec SLK3700-BQE), CPU (AMD Athlon64 3200+ S939) and harddisk (Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB SATA).

I'm still waiting for the remainder of the parts. Especially the mainboard (Asus A8N SLI Deluxe) is currently very hard to get. It supposedly is a great mainboard and stores are selling them much faster than Asus can supply them.
I was promised that my mainboard would ship this Friday, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's a pretty important part of the new PC...


Dinner talk...
Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 07:44 - Humor


Thank you Poland again
Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 05:42 - The News
Yes! Again thanks to Poland the software patents were removed from the agenda of today's meeting of Ministers of Fishery.

But the race is not won yet:
"it is still not unlikely that the directive could reappear on an unrelated Council meeting as an 'uncontroversial' A-item, i.e. scheduled for adoption without vote."



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