The Decade of Death: Hardly a Time of Flower Power

6/17/2009 10:04:00 AM ·

There is a darkness in humanity masked under the cloaks of fine living and personified ideals, and through history those ideals were characterized as the fabric of life.

Murder has evolved over time bringing out the beast in those that see darkness. There is a certain passion that resides in these tainted individuals that seek to destroy, or rather covet what is far from their reaches, yet not unattainable.

During the 60's, JFK was the voice of reason, a shining beacon of hope of what we could accomplish. However, the dark stained scum of humanity once again ended all hope, taking an innocent life on November 22, 1963. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was "shot once in the back, once in the neck and was killed with a final shot to the head by Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee of the schoolbook depository from which the shots were suspected to have been fired".

During this time, the news was reporting hundreds dead in Vietnam. Black civil rights activists confronted the racist South, and they were met with a grueling death and beatings. In fact, in 1964 activists during the "freedom summer" Michael Schwerner, James Cheney, and Andrew Goodman were murdered by white supremacists.


May 4, 1970 four unarmed Kent State University students were murdered by members of the Ohio National Guard . "The Guardsmen shot into the crowd 67 times for 13 seconds, wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis."


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Martin Luther King Memorial

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In the late 60's, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated point blank for defending integration and equality for all Americans. This just reminds us that the humanity of man have never changed, using brutal strength to end a life that is unwarranted and completely unjust.


To make matters worse during the 60's, Charles Manson, the dead head ,ex-con, demon murderer believed that there was to be an apocalyptic race war that he named 'Helter Skelter". During the time of Manson, the media was walking all over law enforcement glorifying the murder scenes. It shouldn't have been a surprise to many considering he was born to a sixteen year old alcoholic that sold him to another women for a pitcher of beer.

At the end of the decade, a new breed of killer was on the loose. The Zodiac killer was never found, and the lack of evidence is of no help to investigators. All that has been preserved are three coded letters providing cryptic clues into the past of a man that was seeking God-like power. At least that is what the media portrayed, and that is what he wanted. He was quoted as saying "I will be reborn in paradise. Those I have killed will become my slaves". The last conformed death was on October 11, 1969.

Interestingly enough, one victim survived describing his chilling appearance. He wore a square hooded suit with the zodiac symbol in the middle of his chest. It was unique and positively Medieval.



The decade of the 60's was reaped in horror and blood. Many new agers believed this was supposed to be a time for peace, and it should have been. But for many, it was a decade of death.

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