Morning Links In Brief(s)

Stuff which what we found interestin'.

Long Island bodies may be the work of a serial killer…you think? – (The Independent)

The MET are getting ready to buy water cannons for any future public unrest. V For Vendetta anyone? – (The Guardian)

Hallucinogenic drugs may help people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness – (LA Times)

Two million people have been beaten to death with a giant purple dildo – (Games Radar)

Your laptop’s WiFi may be damaging your chances of having any children – (Mashable)

Varying levels of caffeine in coffee shops may pose a risk to pregnant women – (BBC Scotland)

Siri on the iPhone is anti-abortion – (Buzz Feed)

Seth Rogen criticises the Academy and defends friend James Franco – (Boffo)

The ‘Highway Of Tears’ Claims Another Woman.

This story is terrifying, not simply because it involves the disappearance of 18 women in 30 years, (although local sources say the figure is close to 43), on Highway 16 in British Colombia, but because it’s taken authorities this long to believe a serial killer or killers may be responsible for the disappearances.

Really? Around 40 women go missing, not children, men, families or old people, just women, 40 women just simply vanish over the course of 30 years as they travel down the exact same stretch of road  and it’s taken until now to assume this may be the work of a serial killer? Outstanding.

The latest missing female is 20 year-old Madison Scott, who disappeared in May from a lake camping spot next to the highway, she vanished without a trace leaving her truck and tent behind. The situation has become so shocking locals have renamed the road ‘The Highway Of Tears‘, which has now been recognised by Wikipedia:

The idea that the murders were all caused by one serial killer is unlikely, yet possible considering all the similarities between the victims including their ethnicity. A former police officer, has begun his own investigation and has attempted to retrace the last steps of the victims. “The terrain is difficult; the bodies could be dumped anywhere,” he says. “But that’s no excuse for not finding out who is behind these murders.”

The police have gathered enough information to declare that there have been at least eight victims, all of which have similar M.O.s: Ramona Wilson, who left home with the intent to meet a friend; Roxanne Thiara, whose body was found in Burns Lake; Delphine Nikal, who was last seen hitchhiking home; Alisha Germaine, a young girl who had just left a holiday dinner and was later found stabbed to death; Lana Derrick, last seen at a service station; Nicole Hoar and Tamara Chipman, who were also hitchhiking home; and Aielah Auger, who was reportedly seen getting into a black van before her body was discovered off the road. All of the young women were last spotted traveling along or near the highway.

(via Newser)