Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

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It seems as if police brutality has been consistently increasing within the last few decades. A quick look at the latest reports reveal that it’s not an issue of police ganging up against a certain race, it’s an issue of police not being accountable for the excessive use of force on common citizens.

The story of James Chasse, better known as Jim Jim, is similar to many others out there; he was a singer and songwriter born in Portland, Oregon who struggled with mental illness. But what makes it spooky is the fact that years before his death he told a friend that he didn’t feel happy living at home and wanted to run away because he felt like an alien, like he didn’t belong anywhere. From that conversation the song Alien Boy was born. His friends now believe that this song was somewhat of a prophecy of the way his life would end.

James was a very colicky high-strung baby. His mother describes him as being hyperactive but bright and loving. His childhood was very good and he enjoyed school right up until when he reached high school. That’s probably when things started to change and James seemed unable to cope with the culture.

James was constantly searching for whatever channel he could find to express his art.

Sometimes that meant that he acted as if he were in another world. He wore women’s clothes sometimes and even though he got beat up for it, he didn’t really care what people had to say about him.

Those closest to him could see on his face that he was dealing with some inner demons. He kept a suitcase that was sealed with wax under his bed. It was where he kept the demons locked up.

James was frightened all the time. Sometimes he wouldn’t sleep for weeks. He would wrap himself in black scarves and pour garlic all over himself. Once he walked out in front of a bus and got hit by a car. Another time he jumped off a bridge. He begged those closest to him to help him because he was living in hell.

As a young adult he seemed to be managing his mental illness well and his behavior was exemplary. He spent most of his time at the library or bookstore working on his comic books.

James was not the kind of person that would have a run-in with law enforcement officers and end up getting killed. Something went horribly wrong. Find out what happened now.

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  • Derek Crawford

    The Heart Of A Cop:

    Richard Ramirez. The Night Stalker. Remember him? And Albert DeSalvo,
    The Boston Strangler? And Charles Whitman? He was the one who picked off
    people walking on campus while he was perched atop the University of
    Texas campus bell tower. And then, of course, we remember fondly the one who grandfathered in serial killing as we know it today: Charles Starkweather. There are many more. We all recall
    with tenderness the token female serial killer, Eileen Wuornos, who shouldered the responsibility of proving women can be just as subhuman as men.

    Dateline’s weekly show, To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen, showed
    the world that the number of child predators is far higher than anyone
    suspected. His rough count was one on every block. That means there is
    one on your block. Or maybe there are none on the next block and two on yours. You get my point. An extremely high (according to what we thought previously) percentage of the US
    population is made up of child molesters. When the Catholic Church was
    exposed for the priesthood’s large number of pedophiles,
    the world was shocked at how widespread it was. Child molesters had
    infiltrated the entire priesthood. And I will always remember the
    salient comment one observer made: “Priests don’t become pedophiles;
    pedophiles become priests.” I will invite you to dwell on that for a moment.

    Certain environments are fertile soil for the worst among us. They —
    the worst among us — go where the action is. If a cursory look at any
    block in any town yields a percentage of one child molester per block,
    what percentage of the priesthood would we find to be child molesters? We would think it should be less, wouldn’t we? And that is the whole point. That is why it is so shocking to find the
    worst among us have infiltrated the best of us. It certainly is not a
    matter of some weird characteristic of priests that compels them to molest children. And the priesthood is fertile ground for just that reason. What better surroundings in which to
    operate than the venue most trusted: God’s chosen representatives? It
    makes perfect sense and gives credence to the idea of hiding in plain sight.

    If there is one child molester on each block (it is understood we are
    speaking in terms of averages), how many serial killers are on each
    block? In the same way it makes sense to look for child molesters in the
    priesthood (or any capacity that puts children in their care), where would we look for serial killers? Where is the best place to hide? Sometimes we overlook the obvious. How many serial
    killers are in the military? The military, in fact, is the best place to
    go looking for most of our social degenerates. Think of how many criminals are given the alternative of going into the service instead of serving time. Yet these are the ones who carry and
    use advanced weaponry almost at whim.

    Law enforcement attracts the same element. Every Richard Ramirez and
    every Eileen Wuornos thrives in law enforcement. Is it really a surprise
    to see the misanthropic slaughter handed out by our nation’s police?
    They have been held up as people somehow moral beyond the rest of us. It is just the opposite; they are the dregs, the bottom feeders, the most foul of mankind, because that’s where the most
    foul of mankind go to hide. Law enforcement provides them with a
    perfect cloak of respectability. It is a statistical probability that the next cop you see will be a Richard Ramirez or an Eileen Wuornos.

    What is wrong with the fools doing the hiring? It is as though they are
    intentionally seeking out the most depraved, sadistic, inhuman spawns of
    Satan they can find, and specifically rejecting all applicants that
    show any signs of decency. Unfortunately, in the face of the universal contempt most people now feel for the cops, no self-respecting maggot would apply. And who can blame them?

    • Guiliana Fabiano

      You just haven’t looked back far enough. Serial killers have existed since history began. Have you forgotten Jack The Ripper, or is he negated because he targeted prostitutes? One of the first American serial killers was Dr. H.H. Holmes – a madman who built an entire HOTEL OF DEATH right before the 1893 Chicago World’s Colombian Exhibition. He killed an estimated 200! Then there was Norwegian immigrant Belle Gunness who murdered husbsnds/potential husbands and her own children (among others) in Indiana in the early 1900’s.

      Society is very sick. But how can we even TRY to fix this when (in many cases) it’s the parents/caregivers who turn these children into these monsters?!?
      It’s beyond MY comprehension.

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