MILWAUKEE — The sister of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 17 victims joined others in protesting a Milwaukee walking tour of the serial killer’s haunts Saturday, calling out to tour organizers that they were “just as evil” as Dahmer himself.
Janie Hagen’s brother, 25-year-old Richard Guerrero, disappeared in 1988 and was one of the first young men Dahmer is known to have murdered. On Saturday, Hagen criticized the new walking tour as merely an attempt to make money by turning her brother’s murder into macabre entertainment.
“This whole thing opens up a lot of old wounds, a lot of painful memories,” Hagen said while holding a sign calling tour-organizer Bam Media and Marketing heartless. “It’s that same hurt all over again.”
The new walking tour of places where Dahmer trolled for victims drew attention this week after criticism prompted online deal-maker Groupon to take down a promotion for discounted tickets. But Bam Media said it would not cancel what it calls a legitimate exploration of criminal history.
Hagen was one of about 20 protesters who followed the first small tour group of four customers Saturday. The protesters chanted, “Stop the tour,” but generally kept their distance.
206 killed in Republic of Congo arms depot blasts
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — Buildings collapsed in the Congolese capital after an arms depot exploded Sunday, killing at least 206 people and entombing countless others including inside a church where dozens were attending Mass when it buckled under the force of the blast, officials and witnesses said.
The shock waves shattered windows in a three-mile radius surrounding the barracks storing the munitions, including across the river that separates Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, from Kinshasa, the capital of the larger Central African nation of Congo.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers remove debris and discover more bodies.
It’s unclear what started the fire at the barracks, but an official at the president’s office said the depot is used to store war-grade weapons including mortars.
Yemen militants kill at least 35 government soldiers
SANAA, Yemen — Militants intensified their attacks against U.S.-backed Yemeni military forces on Sunday, killing at least 35 government soldiers in a lawless southern region that has become a battleground of suicide bombers, heavy weapons, assassinations and kidnappings.
The clashes in Abyan province — more than 15 militants were also reported killed — were part of an escalation in violence by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and its affiliates. The surge in bloodshed comes after newly elected President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi vowed to crush extremists who have exploited the nation’s political and tribal chaos.
A military source said more than 60 people died in firefights, including at least 35 soldiers, when Islamic extremists set off car bombs and launched an early-morning raid with Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenades.