Today In Terribleness: Rape, Murder, And Death.

  • A nine-year old girl from Congo detailed being gang raped by Congolese soldiers on her way home from school during an interview with photographer and freelance journalist Sherrlyn Borkgren. She explained that “two soldiers nabbed her, put a bag over her head and pulled her into the bushes.” The young girl is just one of 200,000 girls who are estimated to have been raped in Congo over the last 12 years. [CNN]
  • A mother, Alicia Sanchez, watched as her 11-year-old son died in Death Valley, five days after she and him became stranded in the desert. Sanchez works as a travel nurse, but she could do nothing about the dehydration she and her son suffered. A day later, Sanchez was rescued by a park ranger. [KTNV]
  • A woman described as a “sex–obsessed slob” did nothing to stop her son from being tortured and murdered right in front of her. The mother, Tracy Connelly, her “sadistic neo-Nazi” lover, and his cocaine addict and convicted arsonist brother had abused her toddler, Peter, for months leading up to his murder. The boy was taught to give the Nazi salute every time Connelly’s lover walked into the room, and to refer to him as Hitler. After his death, Peter was discovered with a snapped spine and eight broken ribs. [Daily Mail]