Barbados Newspapers Censor Gruesome Murder From Online Editions

Neither The Nation News nor the Barbados Advocate has published anything in their online editions about the horrific murder of the woman whose headless body was found on Monday by children playing. While The Nation News carried extensive coverage in their paper edition, not one word appeared on their internet site.

Given the importance and public interest in the story, we’d say that the lack of coverage on The Nation’s internet site was a decision and not an accident.

And that, my friends, is again proof of an agenda at The Nation News that puts duty to the public second.

From the CBC…

Inconclusive Post Mortem

A post mortem has been conducted on the headless body of the woman discovered at Cane Vale, Christ Church on Monday, and police say the results are inconclusive.

Investigators say they recovered a Barbados ID card, which they used to contact the family who identified the woman as a relative.

Police say they have not located the head so far and have indicated that a full investigation is still underway before an official identification is made.

However the Christ Church family contacted by the police identified the picture on the card as 39-year old Karen Allamby of Gall Hill, in the same parish.

Children flying a kite stumbled upon the woman’s naked body in a bushy area, with her hands tied behind her back.

Some of the children have been visited by counselors from the police’s victim support programme.

… read the original article at the CBC (link here)

Also see our previous post Murder In Christ Church Barbados. Headless Body In Brush, Woman Had Hands Tied Behind Back

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38 responses to “Barbados Newspapers Censor Gruesome Murder From Online Editions

  1. reality check

    you can’t have such horrific news at a time that the world is looking at us for CWC 2007!

    Media manipulation is deliberate and
    controlled. Somehow this human being who was brutally murdered has had her life swept under the table so as not to embarass those in charge.

    She lived, she breathed and her story deserves to be told.

  2. You all are looking at this the wrong way, if it was on the ‘Net then no-one would buy the papers – this is marketing/sales, pure & simple! Make sure the hard copy moves first…

  3. A Friend

    I see your point Ian, so when can we expect it to appear on the net? 3, 4, 5 days after the body was discovered? A week?

  4. John

    “A post mortem has been conducted on the headless body of the woman discovered at Cane Vale, Christ Church on Monday, and police say the results are inconclusive.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not being cynical or anything like that but look at the sentence above and think about it for a minute.

    What could possibly be inconclusive about a post mortem on the headless body of a woman?

    Maybe it is just officialdom which I don’t understand.

  5. Yardbroom

    John

    “Inconclusive”
    Could it be because the method of death has not been ascertained, she could have been beheaded, after her death.

  6. John

    ….. this is true, …. but I still smile at the English language …. and officialdom!

  7. Jerome Hinds

    Quote fron Nationnews :

    ” However the Christ Church family contacted by the police identified the picture on the card as 39-year old Karen Allamby of Gall Hill, in the same parish. ”

    An interesting aspect of the investigation….the ID card picture must surely looked different to the state this lady body was found in……!

    i.e No head found……..!

    How in those circumstances could a positive ID be guaranteed…..?

    It is true that the ” head ” is missing in this case but surely in circumstances similar to this would not DNA testing more likely to guarantee a positive ID…..?

    Is it not possible with the head missing that the level of ” Inconclusivity ” would remain…..?

    Does not the missing of a head has implications for a positive ID….in the absence of DNA testing….?

  8. Baaaaad!

    Only cocaine can do this to someone.
    Did you see the living quarters, in the Nation?
    This is not ‘drugs’ this is cocaine, and yes cocaine is ‘drugs’ but I like to get specific, so other ‘drugs’ don’t take the blame, like how they want us to think of them all in one big hideous squishy mess.

    This is not ganja, this is ‘the white devil’ !

  9. Observer

    If any of you knew her ,you would know that she also had very distinguishing marks on other parts of her body….the tattoo “tarmac” across her chest…..The long scar from a previous attack,in this small island I will bet any of you can identify your relatives without a head.So cut the crap and let us deal with the fact that her murderer/s are out there roaming free.
    One guy was ‘positively identified by his belt buckle not so long ago.

    Ian Bourne ,I have to disagree with you on this one,if you look at the front page on the hard copy,you will see the pics of her with her daughter,on the Net,the pic is doctored to show only smiling cricket fans.We all know all they do is scan the front page and put it up so someone went to a lot of trouble present a completely edited front page for the net……..I guess we dont want to scare the tourist.

  10. Sapidillo

    Ian, I’m with you all the way. The Nation makes much more $$ by selling the hard copies.

    Observer, you have a point; The Nation or any other media house does not want to scare the tourists, especially during this time, where the island is hoping to make a windfall from tourists.

  11. Lollipop

    Michele, you say COMITTED? I would have it chain up in ball and chain for good. like someone else said it ain’t human.

  12. iriebrown

    B’dos’ main industry is tourism how can you expect to put that on the net. One does have to take into consideration the repercussions of something so heinous…..wouldn’t you change your destination if you were doing research about the island and saw that piece of news.. I definitely would.

    It has been reported in the Newspaper.

    I for one totally agree for the omission of this news on the net.

  13. Jerome Hinds

    Observer,

    ” One guy was ‘positively identified by his belt buckle not so long ago. ”

    **************************************************
    Forensic tests were conducted on Antonio Barker’s bones to confirm that it was him….!

    The belt buckle was only a lead….!

  14. The truth is that Bajans like to censor. From de family view that says de lil wuns are to be seen and not heard, that to express your views as a Teenager on what ever, is to “Talk-back” and is therefore disrespectful. That to ask legitimate questions of public officials and others is libel them. It is ingrained in who we are, fear, discipline, intimidation, and vitimization are all the tools that are use against any Barbadian and applied from the cradle to the grave, all to silence them. Decency, and knowing your place is of more importance than freedom of expression, and encouraging more participation in the game of life. No wonder that inspite of these things happening in Bimshire, The few elite, and self righteous Barbadians that find themselves in the various online Bajan Forums would look to the recent school shooting or any other horrendous occurance in the US, and exclaim with great glee the old refrain “Only in America” not realizing that probably the only situation that could be truthfully reference by that “saying” is the culture here, of telling all, letting all.

  15. John

    …. one thing seems pretty conclusive ….. that there are person or persons unknown involved, and that those person or persons are bad …. I mean real bad.!!

    We all got it without the postmortem.

    Someone was sending a message?

  16. John

    …. that’s actually two things.

  17. Anonymous

    Bear in mind that the perpetrators of this execution are probably not Barbadians. Like the previous gruesome,deliberate execution it is likely the hitsquad was imported. How is the Bajan Police going to track these guys down, if they are in South America somewhere?
    The head has not been found(?) like how Tone’s hands also were not found. those bits go back home with the perps as proof of job completed, one would think.
    this is serious business, no mickeymouse local ting

  18. Anonymous
    April 19th, 2007 at 2:45 pm
    Bear in mind that the perpetrators of this execution are probably not Barbadians. Like the previous gruesome,deliberate execution it is likely the hitsquad was imported. How is the Bajan Police going to track these guys down, if they are in South America somewhere?
    The head has not been found(?) like how Tone’s hands also were not found. those bits go back home with the perps as proof of job completed, one would think.
    this is serious business, no mickeymouse local ting
    ————————————————————-
    What is this nonsense about foreign hitmen? Are you saying that someone is going to pay foreigners to come here and kill this woman, who it is reported to have had a drug problem? What that Barbadians are not capable of these horrendous acts? I use to hear my mother talk about a man name “Southhope” or “sowhope” some where in St.Andrew, killing or threathening to kill everybody wid a cutluss, what about the Carter guy doing life for blowing up his neighbour? somebody cut of either a woman or a mans neck down President Kennedy drive in the 70’s or 80’s, wasn’t there a woman killed by the perpatrator literally cutting out her private parts? Barbadians have been killed in gruesome manner by other Barbadians, for a long time.

  19. but this isnt the first time. The online press newspapers in barbados hardly ever print the horrific stories. usually us foks living abroad have to get those types of stories through word of mouth

  20. Marcus2

    THE LIE:-
    BFP SAID
    “Carnival Destiny Fails To Sail – Scores Of Cricket Fans Stranded In Grenada”

    THE TRUTH:
    GRENADA SHIPPING AGENT
    GEORGE G. HUGGINS SAID
    “Grenadian-based shipping agent, George G. Huggins, has refuted a British newspaper report that scores of english and South African cricket fans were left stranded in St. Georges by Carnival Destiny………… Carnival Destiny had not cancelled any of its scheduled port calls”

    “He confirmed also that the ship departed on April 19 and sailed to Barbados as planned”.

    BFP do not let your blind hatred of the BLP and your love of the DLP force you to print things that are completly false. A simple phone call would have clarified that lie which you told. This is just the latest in untruths which BFP has been constantly printing. It would seem to me that BFP does not let the truth get in its way. This is another blow to your credibility!

  21. John

    M2

    Looks like BFP will have to sue the Guardian!!

  22. Yardbroom

    John
    As I said in a post regarding Dr Duguid one has to be very careful, or else hard won gains can easily be lost, which would be a pity.

  23. Yaya

    I don’t think that this should have been edited on the net. Exposure could lead to disclosure. The public has a right to know what is going on regardless of what is happening in Barbados. It is as if she was not important enough for this story to be on the net.
    This is not fair to the Bajans afar that rely on the Nation and Advocate for up to date news from home. Now I feel as if I cannot trust the content of there postings. The truth is the bad comes with the good and that is life all over.
    I will definitely view other sites such as this in the future to get the truth about what is going on back home.

  24. John

    Yaya

    You are right. It would be like having the horrible story of what happened in Virginia censored and unavailable on the net.

    I would rather not read about it and actually have not on the net, but I know every effort is being made to have the facts available to the public.

    If I want to read about it, I can, and I appreciate this.

    It will not stop me from going to the US if I want to.

  25. Anonymous

    Yes it is quite possible that her executioner/s is/are local, and yes we have had previous local Gruesomes (you ID several that job my memory!)
    but there are known Enforcers that go up and down the islands, ex S.America,
    in much the same way Micro$oft sends its own private Police to these remote parts to do a lil software-copyright-reinforcing of their own.

    Time will tell if anyone local is ever caught for this.
    Either possibility…it’s probably about 50/50 whether it’s a local lovers quarrel,
    or The Corp. “collecting” on ‘outstanding debts’ or knowing-2-much. who knows?
    We’ll see.

  26. Margaret Knight

    Hello Bloggers,

    This is my second time on here and it concerns Patrick Porter again. Not the cheeriest news, I’m afraid. He is awaiting a date to go into hospital for an operation on his lip, where a small cancer spot was found. He has asked me to inform one and all that he will not be blogging for a while. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him good luck and God speed. Thanks.

  27. John

    Wish you well Patrick.

  28. jinxoo7

    If this murderer is ever apprehended, then what?
    Sentenced to what? 10 Years, Life ? Death?
    It will never cease to amaze me how defense lawyers will go to great lengths, exhaust all efforts to “spare ” these persons lives!!!
    We will hear how placing a criminal “indefinitely ” on death row is INHUMANE !!
    Do you think this killer had even one “Humane” bone in his body?
    I know there are those who do not support the death penalty and i respect that , however with more senseless murders in the news these days, how often have i heard of lives being threatened with “i would guh jail fuh you”……
    Yep well… Guess there is nothing for the criminal element to fear in these parts …… not even death!

  29. Anonymous

    How about some good old hard labour.

    Fear that.

  30. Yardbroom

    Margaret Knight

    Please wish Partick well, we will be thinking of him.

  31. Yardbroom

    Every society at some time experiences barbaric acts, no society is ever immune from them. What matters is the regularity of such acts, perhaps we are fortunate that such brutality is rare in Barbados society.

    One can of course refer to similar incidents, but when population is considered, and the number of such crimes, over a set time frame, Barbados is well down the world league and dare I say it, not at the top of the Caribbean league.

    This is no reason for self congratulation, as one of the greatest obstacles to good order in Barbados is drugs. For those who think, I will have nothing to do with drugs and I will ensure my children and family are of the same mind, it is not as simple as that.

    Drug taking and the consequences of it, has a tendency to be all pervasive and its reach can affect us in many insidious ways. We must be alert and give the law authorities our full support, or this menace will surely overwhelm us.

  32. Anonymous

    More regards to Patrick Porter.

  33. Rumplestilskin

    Yardbroom ”Drug taking and the consequences of it, has a tendency to be all pervasive and its reach can affect us in many insidious ways. We must be alert and give the law authorities our full support, or this menace will surely overwhelm us.”

    Agreed, but are you sure that it has not already overwelmed us?

    I am told by a parent that their child reported the existence of a child pusher in most classes at Queens and I would expect that is typical to all other schools.

    Secondly, do you see the houses being built around the island? And the ‘big rides’?

    How many people have net salaries capable of paying for houses that cost many multiple hundreds of thousands to build?

    Unless significant taxes are being avoided or evaded where is this money coming from.

    Yes, there are many successful small businesspersons, but I would think that the proportion of expenditure to successful businesspersons does not match.

    So I guess money does grow on trees…for some.

  34. Rumplestilskin

    By the way, I agree that we must all assist in trying to repel this abhorrent vice. Many believe that there are some rotten apples in the police involved as well which is unfortunate for us and for those ‘good’ policemen out there working daily for our protection.

    I would suggest that any hard information is also to be reported to the international police, to ensure that your local report is not ‘waylaid’ on its way.

    I am told that you might be surprised at the people who have been caught in this vice and needing treatment.

    I have only sympathy for such people as wealth, brain and connections have little to protect one from such vices, only personal strength and awareness can.

  35. Rumplestilskin

    Finally, the rightful method of dealing with anyone who can be proven to be supplying drugs en masse to society, particularly schoolchildren and ‘control’ the supply in the island, is execution.

    I am fully with Singapore on that one.

    But, in twenty years we have not managed to get even one ‘big boy behind drugs’. Amazing.

  36. Shaine

    Hi everyone,

    I guess BFP has its limits. So, before we get into the entire blog thing, I am leaving an email address where my family and I can be contacted and use some of your words of wisdom and love to make a real tribute to my sister. Thank you to all and to BFP for providing this forum. For those friends from our past, feel free to email also.

    karentribute@gmail.com

  37. Shaine

    Observer,

    I would ask that you please email me so we can chat. Thanks

  38. Anonymous

    To Ingrid, and family:
    I live in CT, and would consider myself a friend of the family. I last spoke to Ingrid about two years or more ago, and can imagine your grief at this time. Ingrid, I think about you a lot and wish you would call . My deepest sympathy to the family during your loss.