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Yesterday, this brutal video made the rounds.
 In it, a then-16-year-old girl was brutally attacked by her father for downloading music illegally on the internet back in 2004. (Warning: it’s a tough watch.) The girl, Hillary Adams, now 23, released the video as her parents were in the midst of a custody battle. She secretly taped the incident and only told him about the video recently.

”I told him I had the video,” she said. “He didn’t seem to think anything of it, and basically dared me to post it.”

On its own, it seems like a harsh overreaction, but it’s made all the worse when you consider that the father in the video is a county judge who specializes in child abuse cases. You’d imagine that this would be the kind of case he’d have to deal with at his job. Based on comments the Texas judge has made, he may not be very remorseful over the incident. Here are some reactions:

  • father Aransas County, Texas Court-at-Law Judge William Adams defended the 2004 incident like so: ”In my mind, I haven’t done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing. And I did lose my temper, but I’ve since apologized.”

  • daughter Here’s how his daughter, Hillary, reacted to that statement: “It’s a shining perfect example of his personality and he believes he can do no wrong. … He will cover up rather than admit to what he did and try to come clean, which is what I really want him to do.” source

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Dear Photograph,
At the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram.I’m still proud of my father.Eva Willemier Westra


Dear Photograph,

At the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram.
I’m still proud of my father.

Eva Willemier Westra



I don’t feel like his father. How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK? He should have taken his own life, too. That’s what he should have done.
Jens Breivik, father of Norway terrorist Anders Breivik • Opening up with some pretty evocative words on the subject of his son, who’s been transported to a court in Oslo today. What the elder Breivik must be feeling right now is probably beyond our ability to describe adequately; we think his words speak for themselves. Jens hadn’t had any contact with his son for nearly a decade, since Anders was sixteen years old, and gave this reply when asked what he’d say to his son if given the chance: “He must live in another world; I do not think he would understand.” source (viafollow)



Shock Value

Fear is personal. Whether it is heights or rats or failure, what frightens us is as varied as what makes us laugh or what we find beautiful. Taste matters. So do experience and culture. But just as some paintings are simply beautiful regardless of context, certain scares transcend the particular phobias of time and place.

It’s the task of the horror movie director to create these enduring images, the ones that not only instantly frighten but endure, sticking in the subconscious and reappearing in dreams. No one has accomplished this as often or as long as Wes Craven. His influential movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream have helped define the billion-dollar modern horror industry.

His nightmares have become ours. And they were formed in childhood at a place where most great directors of scary movies found inspiration: at home. His father died when he was three, and the ­memory that stuck was one of his father’s boiling temper:

“It was the first thing that scared me,” Craven says.