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Akira is a sociopath


She wants to kill the mycorriceps to get her own freedom

Rap talk by DJ Saint Historian

Is it me or is it an Onsen in here,

Rising sun of stenching chinese fear

You know Babalyon King Nebuccunezza?

He's a baby-face Schuatzanegga,

Predator I ain't

But they call me a Saint.

I come as DJ Saint Historia

grew up in Florida,

bastardised in Cambridge dorm,

turn the world into fucking pop-corn!





Caligula: “the pervert Caesar”

(Roman Emperor from 37 AD till 41 AD)

“Let them hate, so long as they fear,” was the motto of this leader of the Roman Empire, of whom his predecessor, Tiberius, once said that Caligula would become “a snake for the Roman people.” Indeed, Caligula’s cruelty, extravagance, and sexual perversity made many of his contemporaries regard him as an insane tyrant. Caligula was notorious for his sexual Bacchanalias and insatiable lust. He did not hesitate to take the women he wanted away from their husbands. Caligula is also believed to have committed incest with each of his three sisters, even prostituting them to other men.


Caligula’s ambitious construction projects, craving for luxury and unrestrained squander resulted in his losing the enormous imperial inheritance left by his predecessor Tiberius, and led to crippling taxes, frenzied price surges and veiled robbery. Moreover, Caligula declared himself a living god and even his horse Incitatus was called “an impersonation of all gods”. Incitatus was also a Senator, had a stable of marble with an ivory manger, purple blankets, a collar of precious stones, eighteen servants and was fed oats mixed with gold flake. Caligula’s policies led to numerous tensions and conspiracies, and after four years in power he was assassinated.


Genghis Khan: “the supreme warrior”

(Founder and ruler of the Mongol Empire from 1206 till 1227)

A Mongol legend says that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot grasped in his fist – a sign that he was destined to become a great leader. The omen proved true, as the boy grew into the outstanding warrior of the 13th century who managed to forge the largest contiguous empire in history. Born Temujin, he experienced poverty, persecution and imprisonment after the death of his father, a tribal chief. But he rode the storm and his military genius helped him defeat rival tribes one by one. By 1206, he had become the ruler of almost all of Mongolia. It was then that Temujin was pronounced Genghis Khan – the king of kings.

Under his command, the Mongols swept through China, Central Asia and across Eastern Europe. By the time of Genghis Khan's death, his empire extended across Asia, from the Pacific Ocean to the Black Sea, and his descendants maintained power in the region for hundreds of years. Genghis Khan’s military conquests were often characterized by the utmost cruelty and wholesale slaughter of the defeated.

At the same time, he proved himself an admirable statesman, having managed to unite and organize the Mongols and introduce civilian and military codes. And though violations were severely punished, to the present day the Mongol people recognize Khan as a great reformer.


Henry VIII: “the Bluebeard king”

(King of England from 1509 till 1547)

The two things England’s Henry VIII is best known for his six marriages, which was a rather shocking number for a Christian king, and his English Reformation initiative. In the first years of his reign, Henry gained the sympathy of his people and was seen as a good Catholic. He even wrote the “Defense of the Seven Sacraments”, a book devoted to refuting Luther’s arguments, and for that he received the title from the Pope as the Defender of the Faith.

Nevertheless, when his personal wish to divorce his first wife collided with Rome’s stance, Henry VIII did not only separate the Church of England from papal authority and proclaim himself its Supreme Head, but also began disbanding Catholic monasteries and appropriating their income and assets. His wife Anne Boleyn, who became the driving force behind the church reform, was later executed, thus sharing the fate of Sir Thomas More and thousands of other opponents of Henry’s policies, either religious or civil, such as the forced enclosure of farm land.

The wheels of state were suppressing the people’s discontent by developing a spy network and increasing the number of executions. It is believed that more than 70,000 people were put to death during Henry VIII's rule, including two of his wives.


Ivan IV: “the Terrible”

(Tsar of All Russia from 1533 till 1584)

The first Grand Prince of Moscow to be given the title of “Tsar of Russia”, Ivan the Terrible showed signs of cruelty, deviousness and vengefulness since his childhood. The future tsar pronounced his first death sentence at the age of 13. The first part of his rule, though, was rather moderate – some believe due to the positive influence of his first wife, a kind and devout woman.

After her death, which Ivan believed to have resulted from poisoning, a sharp change in his rule began. Having introduced the so-called “Oprichnina” regime, Ivan IV started terrorizing the country. Under the pretext of fighting treason among the court nobility, he ordered the brutal killing of people without proving their guilt – often just for fun – sometimes together with their kin and familiars. Ivan the Terrible showed great imagination in sentencing people to the most painful kinds of death, including burning people at the stake, impaling and boiling to death. In addition, he was married seven (eight, according to other sources) times and is believed to have killed at least two of his wives, as well as his eldest son.

However, Ivan IV was one of the most educated people of his time and a talented conqueror. Under him, the territory of Russia expanded twofold.


Maximilien Robespierre: “the incorruptible face of the Reign of Terror”

(Considered to be de facto ruler of France from 1793 till 1794)

The life and death of Maximilien Robespierre, one of the most prominent and influential figures of the French Revolution, vividly demonstrates how a sincere intention to ensure the virtue and sovereignty of the people, carried out fanatically, turned out to be a terror for the nation. Robespierre welcomed the 1789 rebellion with open arms. Being one of the leaders of the Jacobins, he ultimately dominated the newly established Committee of Public Safety which, fearing the sabotage of the Revolution, began political and administrative purges and mass executions of “the Revolution’s enemies”. “The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny,” he used to say.

According to different estimates, from 16,000 to 40,000 people were killed during the Reign of Terror, including Robespierre’s former fellow-Jacobin, Georges Jacques Danton. As a result of Robespierre’s associating Terror with Virtue, the French Revolution became an endless bloodbath. In 1794 he was overthrown by a conspiracy of members of the Convention and executed.


Joseph Stalin: “the Father of Nations”

(General Secretary of the Soviet Union from 1922 till 1953)

A politician who walked over the dead bodies of both his associates and rivals on his way to power, Joseph Stalin was also a ruler who achieved an almost unprecedented economic miracle of modern times, having made a great industrial and military power out of a dilapidated and mostly agrarian country. “He found Russia working with wooden plows and left it equipped with atomic piles,” Sir Winston Churchill is believed to have said about him.

It was under Stalin that the Soviet Union won the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1945, thus making USSR’s contribution to defeating the Axis in World War Two hard to overestimate. And it was under Stalin, as well, that the Soviet people suffered the hardly bearable strains of collectivization and industrialization, the mass famine of the 30s, the notorious Purges and the creation of the gulag system that, according to different estimates, 14 to 40 million Soviet citizens went through – with many not surviving.


Adolf Hitler: “the Fuhrer”

(Chancellor of Germany from 1933 till 1945)

The man who initiated the deadliest conflict in human history – World War II – actually started off as a spy. Following the ignominious defeat of Germany in World War I and the German 1918-1919 November revolution, Adolf Hitler's job was fishing for information on the activities of small political parties and groups. It was then that he tried becoming a speechmaker at a political gathering. He felt he was in his element and soon became leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party – the Nazis.

After assuming the position as Chancellor of Germany, Hitler suppressed the political opposition in the country, established the Gestapo – the secret state police, a system of concentration camps, and started mass Jew-baiting, which later grew into a genocide of the Jews throughout Europe. Hitler wiped out one-third of the Jewish population of the world, an event known as the Holocaust.

Democratic freedoms were, by that time, long gone in Germany. Planning to launch a large-scale aggression, Hitler initiated one of the largest economic and infrastructure development campaigns in the country’s history. By 1938, Hitler’s regime had occupied Austria and Czechoslovakia and, in 1939, by attacking Poland, he provoked the start of World War II which took the lives of over seventy million people, the majority of whom were civilians. After the defeat of Germany in 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide.


Augusto Pinochet: “the Reformer-Dictator”

(President of Chile from 1973 till 1990)

Military dictatorship and political repressions versus economic liberalization and reforms – that is the controversial legacy of the 16 years of Augusto Pinochet's rule in Chile. After the coup d'etat of September 11, 1973, he headed the junta that exercised executive and legislative functions of the government, and in 1974 was declared President. Ideologists of Pinochet's regime were saying that democracy is something Chile could not afford at the time. So, the system of representative democracy was annihilated and the National Congress dissolved.

Pinochet announced the country's communist party to be the junta’s most dangerous enemy and started suppressing his political opponents, exercising mass arrests, summary trials, systematic torture and “disappearances”, secret executions and detention. According to the Rettig Report, 2,279 people were killed for political reasons during the years of military rule under Augusto Pinochet. Later the Valech Report added that approximately 31,947 were tortured, and 1,312 exiled. The latter were chased all over the world by Pinochet's intelligence agencies while he was in power.


Pol Pot: “Brother Number One”

(Ruler of Democratic Kampuchea, now Cambodia, from 1975 till 1979)

Saloth Sar, aka Pol Pot was an unusual dictator who had neither a personality cult nor was appropriating the assets of his persecuted opponents. Instead, he focused on destroying his own people. During the four years of the Khmer Rouge party regime in Democratic Kampuchea, about three million people – a fourth part of the country's population – were brutally wiped out.

Pol Pot imposed a version of agrarian collectivization, forcing city dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work at collective farms and forced labor projects. The Khmer Rouge targeted everyone considered “potentially dangerous”, which included the military, specialists of all kinds, including teachers and doctors, officials and educated people in general. Both education and religion were abolished. Schools were turned into prisons or sites for torture, which was widespread. Beating people to death with iron bars and hoes, running them over with bulldozers, burning or burying them alive, drowning and throwing to crocodiles were all popular with Pol Pot. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodian people dug their own mass graves, which are now referred to as The Killing Fields.


Kim Jong Il: “the Dear Leader”

(Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army from 1991 till present)

According to human rights organizations, Kim Jong Il, son of the “Eternal President” Kim Il-sung, runs the world’s most tightly controlled society. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been receiving the worst possible score, for the 34th straight year, on political rights and civil liberties from Freedom House. The people of North Korea have no right to leave the country or freely move inside it and, thus, most information learned about it comes from escapees.

The UN resolution on human rights abuses in North Korea says the country practices torture, public executions, imposition of the death penalty for political reasons, as well as possessing a large number of prison camps and extensive use of forced labor, trafficking of women for prostitution and infanticide of children of repatriated mothers, and other sanctions on those repatriated from abroad. That is, however, not even scratching the surface of North Korea’s atrocities. At the moment an estimated 250,000 people are confined in “reeducation camps”. Furthermore, the early years of Kim Jong Il’s reign were marred by a three-year famine which, according to different estimates, killed from 250,000 to three million citizens, and the humanitarian situation in the country remains precarious.



"Yes yes, I would love feedback" asks DJ Historian "Coming from an assassin. I expect sound is what you're an expert of right? Making sure you sneak up before someone knows your presence and plunge."

"Your rap sucks." replies Joey "Sounds like an english school girl trying to be funny by being politically correct and feminist, painting obscene things to offend but in the end it's a chrome plated piece of shit."

DJ Historian pauses for a moment, smiling and claps "I love honesty. I really do. But Joey you are a pathetic liar. Everyone here says my rap is the greatest and most innovative. Democracy rules and you suck." he holds his hands out. Immediately Joey feels a thump in his heart.

The DJ rotates his hand a little and again Joey feels a thump but no more than that. 

In frustration the DJ equips a jacket filled with wiring and electrical ampifiers. "Why does this not work on you?"

The Mayor giggles "So I was right. Joey you're immune to the DJ's sound."

"Joey" the DJ yells whilst walking towards the Mayor and Joey "I'll kill the Mayor now with my sound blaster. Tell me where is the Demon of Blue Eye? No body knows." 

"I don't know either" replies Joey as he lowers his head down "How do you know it's not your imagination. You're chasing something that does not exist."

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You live in a society controlled by Sociopaths and Psychopaths.

They dominate society. They live among you, as a friend or foe, they control every action waiting to pounce on you as a stepping stone or a punching bag.

What makes them lust for sex, money and power? 

What is the taste that Psychopaths search for?

That is... 

What is a Psychopath's Umami?

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Chapter 1

Seated on the window ledge overlooking the busy street of Cassidy Road. Joey and Ian both sip their Latté glasses, silent and ever vigilant of the people shopping in the markets. Joey a young barista ex-veteran , Ian an aged detective sporting a tall leather Jacket regardless the heat of the environment.

The bell on the door rings, a young couple arrive at Joey's second level Cafe. Joey springs into action welcoming the two with a gesture guiding them onto a table next to the window. Ian continues seated at the bench undeterred by the new customer.

Joey asks "What can I get you today?"

The young man looks up at Joey, a bruised eye barely visible hidden away by attempted cosmetics likely done by his female companion. He replies "Mint Cappacino with peanut cream"

Joey smiles back "Not a problem sir." dashes over to the entrance to lock it securely. Ian finishes his latté, pops back from the window then sliding the window closed dropping the blinds.

Ian walks over bringing along a chair, turning it to the back as he sits facing the two with the back support used to support his elbows.

"Thanks for coming" Ian replies "I read your case. You're wondering why you're here right?"

The young couple nod. "We know Yana's ex has been granted Bail and his company paid for it. The law is on their side."

"And I take it that the Lie Detector shows he's innocent despite that black eye that you have?" asks Joey whilst preparing four glasses of standard Latté.

"Yes!" replies the young woman " And me as well. It doesn't make sense."

Joey approaches the table handing out a Latté each along with a glass of water. "It does make sense. The question I have for the two of you is, how much are you willing to do to have this problem solved?"

The young man stands up with a firm voice "Anything!"

"Good, we're good samaritans here. We'll offer it for free but under one condition. You'll need to be a lifetime subscription member of the Friends of Cassidy Market Society. You can live your life as normal, law abiding and tax paying. But when one of our members need to abode, you must assist. Free subscription. Accept or not?"


"Is that all?" asks the young woman.

Ian taps his glass on the table with a stern look "Yeh" then lays down his badge showing he is an official detective. "It's personal. Psychopaths and Sociopaths, they always pass the lie detector because they have no moral like animals. Lying carries moral baggage for a normal human. For Sociopaths it is a tool with no baggage. The Lie Detector looks for baggage because it weighs down on the person lying. For a sociopath there is no baggage. Like animals they are, they should be treated as animals."

The young couple smile at each other, holding each others hands. 

Joey hands the two a contract each. "Freedom is only one signature away"

The couple signs. Holding hands they leave the cafe, Ian reopening the window and lighting a cigarette.

Joey joining in with a glass of water whilst rejecting Ian's offer of a cigarette.

"Not a smoker, gotta be healthy Detective." Joey replies.

Ian shrugs it off "Just happy my girl is still alive, still owe you."

Joey smiles waving his hand "Will you not go into that again? As long as you don't have a gun pointed at me."

"True true. Say, I've been covering up the killings for the past two years. Isn't it about time you tell me your side of the story Joey?" asks Ian.


Joey replies " You already know it. You locked up mum right?" 

"You think I would trust your mum? There's more to it surely. And no, " answers Ian.


"Fine!" Joey takes a deep gulp of water, then resting it on the window sill "So Dad is normal, professor at some small name university. It's so small that after decades I still have to Google that name. Mum the sociopath, controlling the entire family. I'd say that he was the one that took a lot of punishment. She would say the sweetest things when Dad's at home, when he's gone it becomes hell. 

As soon as I reached 17 I joined the military and made my way to the Marines. I returned after serving in Afghanistan for two years, didn't read any of the letters from mum cause I knew it'll affect me emotionally. And I needed to be straight and unwavering when I'm deployed. So I returned home and received a parcel. It was a decapitated head of my cat, decomposed. I gave my cat to a friend to look after for two years, they sent it to mum for a few weeks but they said the cat ran off and was never found.

Dad later was violently murdered. I knew it was mum, cause he called me whilst I was in afghanistan asking if I was ok if he divorced mum after he discovered her cheating on him for years. The Lie Detector was a joke.

I knew mum murdered him by hiring a hitman or one of her boyfriends.

When I found him, I waited.  Turns out it was a regular guy, same age as Dad. He had a loving family that was oblivious to his affair.

It didn't make sense.

But the house next door I watched a guy beat up his wife. Dragging her with her hair, then kicked down the stairs. She was three months pregnant."

Ian nods, clearing his throat "I take it you did something about it?"

"You bet. Mum was a complicated case, but some how I'm glad you dealt with it. Does my head in." answers Joey as he continues "I staked it out a few weeks, watching this woman basher time and time again. Cops would come and go, but again the same problem. Luckily it was December. Followed him out of work, into a bar where he hooked up a few work colleagues. They drank till 1 in the morning, hired a few prostitutes for the night."

Ian interrupts "Used the good old CIA trick?" 

Joey shakes his head "Nah, this is my first American kill. Gotta be more 'Accidental' than that. He hired the grand suite, having an orgie party whatever you call it. Had its own bar and pool at the top of the hotel. They were going through cocaine like candy. I simply slipped into their pool. The moment he took a dip I pulled him to the bottom, grappling him tight around the lungs like an Anaconda restricting the lungs from breathing. In less than a minute he lost consciousness. His mates and the prostitutes were too bloody high to realise he'd drowned."

Ian laughs "That is a story worth sharing over a glass of my old Scottish mate, 25 year Single Malt. Say weren't there cameras?"

"Scaled the walls from the outside" replies Joey " and by the way, I prefer a Japanese."

"Women or Whisky?" asks Ian. 

Joey looks to the sky "Both."

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