Kathy Craig is a freelance writer of more than two decades in both print and digital media, specializing in health and science writing. She is currently writing a book about recent medical breakthroughs.
The Toy Box Killer
Although David Parker Ray appeared to be a normal guy who worked in maintenance for the New Mexico Parks Department, he was convicted of kidnapping and torture in 2001. He was accused by his accomplices of killing many people and police suspect him for up to 60 murders in New Mexico and Arizona. No bodies were ever found and he was not convicted of a single murder before his death in 2002.
Scott Panetti: To Execute or Not To Execute?
In August of 1992, Scott Panetti and his wife, Sonja Alvarado, separated due to Scott’s abuse, drinking, and his obsession that the devil lived in their house. Sonja secured a restraining order and went to stay with her parents, Amanda and Joe Alvarado in Fredericksburg, TX. Sonja was accompanied by a three-year-old daughter, Amanda Lea, that she shared with Scott.
Allen Andrade's Horrific Hate Crime
Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, met Allen Andrade, a 31-year-old unemployed man, on an Internet dating site and invited him into her home in Greeley, Colorado on July 15, 2008. Angie borrowed her mother’s car to pick Andrade up and bring him to her home.
Antibiotics and the Bacteria That Resist Them
Since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first natural antibiotic, in 1928 we have been killing or slowing the growth of many types of bacteria with development of new antibiotics that are more and more powerful. At the time of Fleming’s discovery, he predicted that we would see the current rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria. After the discovery of penicillin other antibiotics related to it were developed such as benzylpenicillin, amoxicillin, and ampicillin that are still being routinely used to fight various bacterial infections. These usually work best for urinary tract, chest and skin infections. More modern antibiotics have been developed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.
New Treatment May Stop The Spread of Cancer Cells
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered that removing the limbs of human cancer cells impairs their ability to metastasize, spread and migrate. Most cancer patients die from the spread of tumors to the liver, brain or other vital organs. This new treatment may halt the deadly spread and contain the diseased cells.