Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the most successful and wealthiest black communities in the United States during the early 20th Century, it was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which white residents massacred black residents and razed the neighborhood within hours. The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community.
Within five years after the massacre, surviving residents who chose to remain in Tulsa rebuilt much of the district. They accomplished this despite the opposition of many white Tulsa political and business leaders and punitive rezoning laws enacted to prevent reconstruction. It resumed being a vital black community until segregation was overturned by the Federal Government during the 1950s and 1960s. Desegregation encouraged blacks to live and shop elsewhere in the city, causing Greenwood to lose much of its original vitality. Since then, city leaders have attempted to encourage other economic development activity nearby.
A suspect was arrested Friday in the killing of three people and wounding of two others at a family owned fire extinguisher business and a relative’s nearby home in suburban Los Angeles.
The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, had been detained and questioned Thursday after a stolen black Camaro was found in Los Angeles, about 20 miles north of suburban Downey, where the shooting occurred.
Police haven’t given a motive but said they don’t believe the killings were a random act of violence.
The three people killed were Josimar Rojas, 26, Irene Cardenas, 35, and Susana Perez-Ruelas, 34. The two injured were Perez-Ruelas’ 13-year-old son and a middle-age woman.
The suspect had gone to the shop Wednesday after responding to an ad on Craigslist for the Camaro, said Martha Zerehi, a spokeswoman for the business.
Later, Perez-Ruelas arrived at the business with her son after picking him up at school for a dentist appointment. She may have seen the bodies of Rojas and Cardenas inside because she looked terrified when she walked out, Zerehi said.
The gun man grabbed the mother and son and took them to the family home down the street. The boy showed the gunman the keys to the Camaro and asked that he and his mom be left alone, Zerehi said.
But the man held a gun at the boy’s head and asked, “‘Do you know how easy it is to kill you right now?'” Zerehi said.
Perez-Ruelas pushed the gun man “really hard and out of rage, he killed her in front of the boy and then shot the boy,” Zerehi said.
The boy played dead or unconscious and the gun man fled, she said.
Breaking up is never easy — having 32 teeth ripped out is even worse.
A scorned dentist is facing jail time after surgically removing all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth after he dumped her, authorities in London said.
Marek Olszewski, 45, made the mistake of scheduling an appointment this week with his ex — 34-year-old Anna Mackowiak — for a toothache.
So Mackowiak allegedly did what any burned lover with a set of pliers and some anesthetic would do: she doped him up, pulled out all his teeth, and wrapped his head with bandages so he wouldn’t notice until he left her office.
“I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” she told the news site. “But when I saw him lying there I just thought, ‘What a b—–d.'”
Olszewski could tell something was wrong when he awoke and couldn’t feel any teeth in his mouth. But he said Mackowiak assured him that he’d be fine once the numbness wore off.
“I didn’t have any reason to doubt her — I mean I thought she was a professional,” he said.
He was wrong.
“But when I got home I looked in the mirror and I couldn’t f–king believe it,” he said. “The b–ch had emptied my mouth.”
Worse, Olszewski’s new girlfriend dumped him because, well, she couldn’t date a man without any teeth.
Mackowiak is under investigation for medical malpractice and abusing the trust of a patient. She could face three years in jail for the alleged stunt. Olszewski plans on saving money to get “indents or something.”