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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Brianna Denison's Body Found in Reno

I saw this morning that our friends at EdHat have a link to an Associated Press story about missing Santa Barbara City College student Brianna Denison. She was found outside of Reno and was a victim of a serial rapist who had strangled her.

Saying she was a "daughter of the entire community", her mother urged someone in Reno to come forward and identify her daughter's assailant while university police vowed to do all they could "in hunting this animal down and bringing him to justice".

Let's wish the authorities Godspeed in finding Brianna's attacker...


Anonymous augusto den said...

Remember Jaqueline Rook, Mary Sarris, and Patrica Laney, Isla Vista residents and young women who were killed by a serial killer from Solvang in 1976 and 1977.

The juggling festival in Patty Laney's memory will happen in a few weeks. 32nd annual.

The police never really cracked that case; they questioned the perpetrator and let him go. He gave himself away with an attempted murder a few years later in LA, and then the victim saw him later and called police. I hope DNA and other modern technology gives the police the means to solve this new horrible murder.

2/17/2008 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Bob Guiliano said...

My condolences to Brianna Denison's family and friends. I'm sorry about your loss at the hands of a brutal killer. I find this very upsetting and want to help prevent this fate for other women.

I have a message for girls and women of all ages. I heartily recommend at some point in your lives, sooner rather than later, to take self-defense lessons, whether they are karate, judo, boxing or whatever.

In college we had a guest speaker whose topic was "To Be or Not to Be -- Raped," and he gave women tips on how to fight a would-be rapist. The bottom line was to take self-defense lessons.

You may never need them, but if there is only one time you have to defend yourself or a loved one from serious harm, wouldn't such lessons be worth it?

The toughest crowd I ever had to convince of this was a Baptist Bible study class I joined in Athens, Texas, in the 1980s. They were such a pleasant group of peaceful people that I did not want anything bad to happen to them. I offered to teach them free karate lessons at their community center, and several participated.

One member of the class was the ex-girlfriend of the town psycho/bully who used to beat her and threatened anyone who dared date her after their breakup.

I took her out several times and soon found the guy tailing me, calling my boss to tell him he might be losing an employee soon, threatening me on the phone, in the parking lot and in a local bar.

Psychos like this can be scary. Women and men can be intimidated. But when you can look one in the eyes, stand face to face and be able to back up your self-confidence, these psychos turn into mere pests, typical bullies who are afraid to hit you if they realize you'll hit back and do damage, or worse.

The guy's reign of terror ended. The girl went on to find love and marry someone else.

So, women of all ages, if you want to do something about living happily ever after, why not learn to defend yourself? Just be aware, as one of my karate instructors warned his class, "A lot of confidence and little knowledge of technique is enough to get you killed." So, make sure you know what you're doing. Good luck.

Let's fight back against rapes, assaults and murders of defenseless women.

2/17/2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous sa1 with heavy heart said...

I'm sorry Brianna, the world should be a better place...

2/19/2008 7:23 AM  
Blogger Syrah Swigger said...

Being a graduate of SBCC, and having family in Gardnerville- which is south of Reno, I can't get this story out of my head.

I agree, that my daughter will be learning self defense- in fact her sister is in Ft Bragg right now learning a very exact type of self defnese- which includes shoot till dead instructions.

These type of folks doing these types of crimes need to be exterminated. We need to, as a society, make a stand against folks who harm others. Stop the DNA, stop the handing down of crimanl behavior. Guns don't kill people- people do. People rape and maim people, and we need to stop those people from doing it AGAIN.

We need to stand up to folks who hurt others, whether it be bullies, gang memebers, theft of identity, theft of personal items or theft of a soul- it is all the same outcome- being left to fill in the blanks of WHY?

Why do we think rehab works for molesters, rapists and thugs? It doesn't. It only gives them time to think up new ideas to hurt people.

2/20/2008 9:39 AM  

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