The pretty purple bloom above is from a cyclosecta plant. It's a carnivorous plant like the venus flytrap. The cyclosecta traps insects with glue-like secretions.
The photo above was made by a guy named Terry W. Ratzmann [Google news], from Brookfield, Wisconsin. I confirmed to my own satisfaction that this cyclosecta was grown by the Terry Ratzmann I'm writing about when I read the following in a myway.com article about the same man:
"...Neighbors said Ratzmann built his own greenhouse, kept a well-tended garden and even used humane traps to free squirrels that got in the yard..."
Terry Ratzmann was also a religious man. He was a member of the fundamentalist Living Church of God.
Here are the bullet points that explain what the Living Church of God is all about:
The Living Church of God believes we are now in the "end times" - the period preceding the return of God's Kingdom to earth, the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Congregants of churches espousing such a philosophy prosletyze a great deal. It's in the spirit of altruism, really - they feel they want everyone they care for to be with them in paradise.
You can look at it this way...they live for the end. They live for death, believing that it will transform them into creatures of paradise.
Yesterday, Saturday, March 12, 2005, Terry Ratzmann walked into the service his church was holding in a Milwaukee hotel and shot 11 people before turning the gun on himself.