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20 persons murdered in one week on the island {VIDEO}

Twenty persons have been murdered within a one-week period, including the four victims who have been decapitated.

“Have we lost our heads?” seems to be the collective thought of outraged and frightened Jamaicans, as sharp bladed instruments are chosen to inflict dastardly deeds.

Gary Emanuel Smith, a 37-year-old father of two, took his last breath - early Saturday morning, as a precursor to the mourning of members of the August Town community.

He was the fourth person to be beheaded last week.

When the Gleaner touched base with residents in August Town yesterday, it was difficult to say which was more pronounced – mourning or the terrifying sound of silent fear.

If the weapons used in heinous crimes are any signal, knives and machetes are turning criminals and the uncontrollable in society into raging, bloodthirsty butchers.

The Police High Command and the political directorate have jumped at every opportunity to reel off figures showing that crime has dipped by more than 40 per cent for the first half of 2011 when compared with 2010.

However, statistics and data are cold comfort to those recoiling in fear and terror from a revolting trend.

Jamaicans say they don’t want to be part of the statistics.

Sandra* one of Smith’s neighbours complained that the police seem helpless.

“We worried cause we don’t know who is next,” she told The Gleaner.

With the police targeting the guns – the weapon of choices of many years – in their relentless bid to curb the flow into the hands of evil, signs are emerging that many inclined to commit murder are going back to the old days of sharp bladed instruments, but with a brand new level of venom and brutality.

For many Jamaicans, police data, flaunting a decline in serious criminality and emphasized by politicians as well as senior crime-fighters at every turn, is cold comfort for them, when the deeds of men appeared to have taken an even horrifying turn for the worst.

They could well do without a new brand of horror that has engulfed Jamaicans, numbing them into what appears to be another realm, even if the figures try to tell another story.

The nation was shocked into silence when a man by the name of Scott Shane Thomas, 18, a labourer of Lauriston, was decapitated Tuesday of last week.

The shock had hardly worn off less than 48 hours later when the nation was horror-struck by news that two more persons had been beheaded.

The sensibilities of most law-abiding Jamaicans were jolted further, when it was revealed that the victims were women – a mother and daughter - Charmaine Couver-Rattray, 40, and her 19-year old daughter, Joeith Lynch otherwise called "Crystal".

Severed head found in St Catherine:

In the midst of the turmoil, sparked by the goriness of the slaughters, new information emerged that another Kingston College student was murdered.

The murder happened less than a month after another student, Khajeel Mais’ untimely death elicited thunderous reactions from Jamaicans.

The police say 15-year-old Timon Thompson, a resident of Bull Retreat in Gordon Town in St. Andrew was walking along the Mavis Bank main road about 5 a.m. last week Tuesday, when he was approached by a relative and stabbed with a sharp instrument.

Blood continued to be shed senselessly, when a 13-year-old girl fatally stabbed a 21-year-old mother, who was in a state of pregnancy.

The alleged offending child is in a place of safety.

As Jamaicans recoiled in horror at the wretchedness of it all, almost unbelievably, news surfaced that yet another man was decapitated.

August Town residents woke to the news that one of their own had been taken out of his house brought to another section of the community where the gruesome act was performed

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Comment by Annis Babb on July 27, 2011 at 11:22pm

This is sad and tragic.My heart goes out to those  who have lost love ones.

How can someone do this to another soul?It is beyond me.I have to believe that it is either drug instigated or  total insanity.Women can not usually fight back.It is a shame  because  the tourists will not want to come there.I know many Jamaicans living in Australia they are not like  this at all.I have been to Barbados twice and felt totally safe , even strangers gave me a lift in their car. I would not even consider to go to JA which is shame. What is wrong with these cowards to kill an innocent stranger.I hope they get caught soon and they will suffer never to be released.I always thought the  people lived in harmony in paradise not so.Karma works in funny ways.

Comment by AL MACK on July 27, 2011 at 4:27pm
WHY IS IT when crime ( no matter how shocking) happens in JAMAICA, people act as if its the worse place on earth. Crime happens all over the world and if ppl in NYC think they are living in s safe haven,all they need to do is watch the nightly news. PLEASE STOP THE NEGATIVE PORTRAYAL OF MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. 
Comment by Luis Antonio Cruz Montalvo on July 27, 2011 at 4:09pm
my fellow islanders ... I am puerto rican the forties and fifties same s*** was going on on my island my mother and father woul talk about it with the elders very quietly , so we would not be scared when we went back but it was there birthplace and they never gave up they both passed away happily on their own island ... your sisters and brothers work for me and work with me ... they love their island as much as we love ours ... some of those followers are blind ,they have only greed on their minds ... I pray things change your people are my friends and my friends are my family ...peace 2 you n yours .....
Comment by Nigel Edwards on July 27, 2011 at 3:58pm
It would be nice if things change since I want to visit Jamaica too, but when the bible prophecieses that " the love of the greater number will cool off " we can hardly change that since it come from god himself. Man will dominate man to his own injury the bible says and this is what is happening. Nation after nation there will be wars, famine, crime all in the last days time for change has come and gods government is the only one that can successfully change it. Humans will always be greedy even if some are not we will always be selfish even tho some are not , we cannot rule ourselves all human governments have failed even tho they may have good intentions.
Comment by Dainty357 on July 27, 2011 at 3:44pm
Comment by evolution on July 27, 2011 at 12:17pm
Some fools say it can't be done because, they ass lazy.
Comment by evolution on July 27, 2011 at 12:04pm

It is definitely a shame that some Jamaicans would say that they would never return to their country, yet others say it’s the best place on earth. I wish things would turn around for that country so women and children can live in peace, it’s not only Jamaica but, Jamaica seems to be the focus right now.

Comment by reka22 on July 27, 2011 at 9:29am
This is sick and some ppl wonder why ppl non wan go bck a Jamaica mi nay go bck Dow den not at all crazy f***** ppl
Comment by jlehsiek on July 27, 2011 at 8:20am
@Incognito I agree. If Caribbean Fever is having contributing writers they should at least edit before posting. I was wondering what island this is. Not everyone reading is from Jamaica. This is sad though. I'm concerned about the friends I have living in Jamaica. I'm concerned about traveling there myself.
Comment by Incognito on July 27, 2011 at 2:46am

Why is the article title "the island"? Where the hell is "the island"?

If it's Jamaica, then freaking say Jamaica !! it's a small issue, but it's irritating...

As far as the crimes go.... Unfortunately it's only gonna get worse my Jamaican people...

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