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01.26.09 52 Comments

Tragic yet metal story alert: A 20-year-old man wearing Joker makeup broke into a Belgian nursery and went on a BABY STABBING SPREE.  Two infants and a caretaker are dead, with two still in critical condition.

There were 21 infants in the creche and six supervisors. All of the victims were stabbed in the throat or head. Parents gathered in the Dendermonde town hall and, with psychologists in support, identified the victims using photographs. Nine children escaped unharmed. Three of the creche’s child care workers were injured as they tried to fend off the attacker.

“There was blood everywhere, it was unbelievable, real carnage. He went straight for the babies and attacked them. The smallest ones were in their beds, they were probably asleep.”

After the attack, the man calmly left on his bicycle. Police sealed off all local schools as panic spread throughout the town.

The knifeman was pursued by a police helicopter and arrested in a nearby supermarket still in possession of the weapon used in the attack.

“You can’t imagine what we saw at that time. The babies were hurt not in the arms, not in the legs, not in the stomach, always the head or the neck. It is something you don’t forget.” [Telegraph]

The man has since been identified as Kim de Gelder, who some say may have been inspired by the anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death.

The Australian actor died of a drug overdose on Jan 22, 2008, a year and a day before the suspect is accused of carrying out the attack after painting his face white, blackening his eyes and either colouring his hair red or wearing a red wig. Mr De Gelder has been variously described by former workmates as a “film freak” and “movie addict”.

The young man, who lived his whole life within three miles of the family home has emerged as a troubled loner.

“His nickname was Satan,” said one former schoolmate.

What a coincidence, that’s my dog’s name!  Or so he tells me, anyway.

Neighbours who knew Mr De Gelder’s parents described their son Kim, one of two children, as “someone who lived alone in his own world”.

“He was sometimes seen chattering away to himself,” said one.

“He was local but he was a stranger to everyone here. He was a loner who shunned contact with others.”

Staff recalled how he would often bring in a packed lunch consisting only of raw broccoli.

His landlord, speaking anonymously, described a young man with “no hobbies, no social life and no friends”.

He was pale “as if he never saw the sun”, he added. [Telegraph]

Jesus.  Well I think it’s clear that what we have here is a case of a goth kid.  As we all know, the best way to handle a goth kid is with a strict zero tolerance policy.  At the first sign of black fingernails or lip piercings, begin teasing mercilessly.  Knock him down, pants him, steal his magic cards, throw rocks at him, give him tittie twisters and call him “faggot”; anything to dissuade him from this dangerous lifestyle.  And if he ever stands up to you, you have to get right in his chubby face and say stuff like, “Oh yeah?  What are you going to do about it?” and shove him into a corner.  The key is to make them feel as small and powerless as possible.

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