October 1, 2010

A Necklace of Jasmin - A Necklace of Fingers

I remember when I was kid, one of my purest moments of joy was to pick Jasmin flowers, late in the evening, hoping to catch the fragrance and contain it, seal it in a box, for ever...I did all of that in secret, as my grandmother did not like anyone messing with her Jasmin tree.

I would hide a needle and some thread and after my "kill" - picking Jasmin flowers - I'd disappear in some dark corner and make a Jasmin necklace...

I felt slightly guilty doing that - killing the Jasmin flowers, and threading them into a necklace...but the fragrance..oh, the fragrance...

I just wanted to possess the fragrance... mummify it, embalm it, for ever...in my nostrils...

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Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs During his deployment to Kandahar...kept a water bottle with two wads of cloth wedged into it. Wrapped in the cloth were fingers that he chopped off two corpses...One of his fellow soldiers said Gibbs wanted enough for a necklace.

Even though the team didn’t mind documenting its kills — some kept photographs — the documents suggest that Gibbs took it much further, possessing a certain comfort with mutilation. Investigators found bone fragments in the water bottle where he kept his severed fingers, and he also kept teeth. Evidently, he thought little of removing parts of dead bodies: Gibbs told soldiers that it would be funny to include them in care packages, just to mess with people. He got away with that and more in Iraq, he told his friends, and the tattoos of skulls and pistols on his calf were testaments to the body count he racked up...



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