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John Lennon murdered. John Kennedy murdered. Martin Luther King murdered. Gandhi murdered. Jesus murdered. Reagan – wounded. You know, bad fucking choice. Bill Hicks, Dominion Theatre, London
We are all murderers and prostitutes – no matter to what culture, society, class, nation, one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be. R D Laing
The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, for the truth. Alfred Adler, 1870-1937
There are would-be murderers all round the world who want to kill you and me and themselves because they’re motivated by what they think is the highest ideal ... The elephant in the room: an elephant called Religion. The suicide bomber is convinced that in killing for his God, he will be fast-tracked to a special martyr’s heaven. Professor Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil? The God Delusion, Channel 4 2006
Murder is always a mistake – one should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner. Oscar Wilde
At bottom, you see, we are not Homo sapiens at all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle. Stephen King
The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought. Arnold Wesker
MURDER: The documents stated that many military and government personnel had been terminated (murdered without due process of law) when they attempted to reveal the secret [UFOs]. Bill Cooper, Operation Majority, material released 31st May 1996
Of all the great artists Caravaggio seems to speak most intensely to the modern world. A man whose art seems obsessed with sexuality and sensuality, youth and beauty, fear and violence, loneliness and intense self-awareness. He lived a brief and tumultuous life, mocking authority, even murdering a man. Great Artists with Tim Marlow: Caravaggio
Caravaggio is on the run again ... This time it’s different; this time he’s wanted for murder. Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Caravaggio, BBC 2006
Sick and sober by what he’s done Caravaggio makes paintings. ibid.
Cain & Able: The story becomes an allegory. And because it is so powerful in reflecting us ... it becomes so relevant to us in the twenty-first century. Professor Akbar Ahmed
In the Bible, in the Koran, is the first death and the first murder. Consumed with rage and jealousy Cain kills his brother Abel and is banished, condemned to wander the Earth alone. The story is full of riddles. Riddles of the Bible s1e15: Cain & Abel, National Geographic 2011
Why would God prefer one sacrifice to another? One brother to another? ibid.
If no-one had been killed before, let alone murdered, how did Cain know how to kill? And did he even understand what he had done? ibid.
If in the beginning there is only Adam & Eve and Cain and Abel, who are the people Cain fears in the wilderness? ibid.
What is the Mark of Cain? ibid.
The mark of Cain has for hundreds of years been used to demonise and destroy people, nations and races. ibid.
Augustine believes the Jews descended from the murderous Cain. ibid.
A powerful story of jealousy and fratricide ... The gods Osiris and Seth. ibid.
One monstrous act forged a terrible legacy for mankind. The world’s first murder. Mysteries of the Bible s4e6: Cain and Abel, 1997
A murder mystery with key pieces of the puzzle missing. ibid.
What was the cause of this bitter rivalry? ibid.
How did Cain kill Abel? Did Cain bury or destroy the body? ibid.
Was Cain truly guilty of murder? ibid.
God’s unusual punishment of Cain ... God banished Cain to the wilderness – is this an act of mercy? ibid.
The Bible does not specify what form the mark took. ibid.
The character of Moses is the most horrid tale that can be imagined. Moses was a wretch that committed the most horrible atrocities that can be found in the literature of any nation. ‘For Moses said unto them (according to the Bible), kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known a man by lying with him, but all the women that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves’. Thomas Jefferson
David: He ain’t no plaster saint: he murders a bunch of people on his way to the throne; all the people he murders he has alibis for. Professor Baruch Halpern
Plots come to one at such odd moments, when you’re walking along the street and examining a hat shop with particular interest, suddenly a splendid idea comes into your head and you think now that would be a very neat way of covering up the crime so that nobody would get it too soon. Of course all the practical details are still to work out. The people have to seep slowly into your consciousness. Agatha Christie
Ackroyd was sitting as I had left him in the arm-chair before the fire. His head had fallen sideways, and clearly visible, just below the collar of his coat, was a shining piece of twisted metalwork. Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
What kind of people read detective stories and why? Invariably, I think, the busy people, the workers of the world. Agatha Christie, essay
I met Murder on the way –
He had a mask like Castlereagh –
Very smooth he looked, yet grim,
Seven bloodhounds followed him. Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Mask of Anarchy
This is the story of a murder. It hasn’t happened yet. But it will. (It had better.) I know the murderer, I know the murderee. I know the time, I know the place. I know the motive (her motive) and I know the means. I know who will be the foil, the fool, the poor foal, also utterly destroyed. I couldn’t stop them, I don’t think, even if I wanted to. The girl will die. It’s what she always wanted. You can’t stop people, once they start. You can’t stop people, once they start creating.