1983 New York Cold Case Possibly Linked to Serial Killer
Shari Lynne Ball in 1983. Source: Buffalo News The woods were a powerful sauna, mad with a feverish heat, when Shari arrived.
Woman Found Dead In The Trunk Of Her Car
Susan “Su” Taraskiewicz was only the second female ground service employee to have ever worked for Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines) at the Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.
The maxim that a fool and his money are soon parted is never more true than when the method used for doing the parting is a fraudulent financial scheme of the “pyramid” type in which people are promised massive returns on their investment but there is no proper foundation for such confidence. Such schemes are often dubbed “Ponzi schemes”, but why are they so called?
Hate Crimes in America
Last year it was BLM, this year it is AAPI, who's next? Hate... Crimes... Racism... Patriarchy... Religion... Can you attach a face or ethnicity to each of these subcategories? Why is it that America seems to have a desperate need to hate? The racial divide has us only seeing color but racism is hardly the beginning of hate. If you believe in the Bible stories for instance, the first crime was committed by a jealous sibling illustrated by Cain and Abel. The prized possession, the inheritance, was worth killing his brother over. Greed... Status... Power... Is jealousy the root cause of hate crimes? It seems as though every system that this western world is built on, is being examined under a black light so to speak- Patriarchy, the Royal Family, White Supremacy... Before I jump into this argument, I would like to state that I am an ally for Asian Americans and stand in full solidarity with the entire community. We are in this blameless fight together.
The Cursed Film
The distributor asked me how I wanted the funds to be forwarded. I wanted a check. Not only did I want a check I wanted to walk into their offices in New York, meet with someone, anyone, the janitor, and be handed a live check and have my hand shaken. Then I’d walk down to the nearest bank branch and deposit that thing. I wanted to watch the teller’s eyes try not to bug as he or she punched in the numbers; three, two, four, four, three, zero, nine, point, eight six.
The Bloody Dance
“Dance with me,” he yelled. Move your hips to the beat of the music. Who cares who is looking, as long as your beads hypnotise me with their jingles.
I glance at my watch as a toxic cloud of cigarette smoke escapes my lips. 5:36 A.M. As I shift my weight from one foot to the other, my shoe hits a protruding tree root.
Nahum struck the axe into the chopping block and raised his hands, turning slowly to face the lawman. “You be careful with that sidearm, son. Making me a might nervous, it must be said.”
Lifetime Trial Part 3
The Penalty Phase If we thought that the guilt phase and all of the horrors that were laid out before us were traumatic, the penalty phase made them look like a “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie as opposed to the “Human Centipede” that was to come. Many of the witnesses were the same (from the prosecution). The true contrast came when pictures of the black garbage bags that contained the bodies of the children were brought in front of us to view. The descriptions of the scene at the recovery of the bodies only served to add to the repulsiveness of the treatment of the children. A pathologist gave us the results of the autopsies, which were completed with as much accuracy as one could expect from week-to-ten-day-old bodies that had sat in black garbage bags in the Alabama heat for several days. Even more impactful, however, was a taped telephone conversation that the Defendant had with his family a few months after he was taken into custody to await his trial. In it, he stated that the blame for what happened lay with the children’s mother, that his son was just trying to get to her and that is why the crime happened. He took no responsibility for what he had done.
They Who Chase the Thief
The thief could not recall how long they had chased him. Pale phantasms stalked his every step, clawing and relentless. Weariness was unknown to them, a failing of mortal men, faults in the flesh and the mind. Inured to qualms and weakness, they pressed on implacable in their grim venery.
Mourning Marital Mistakes
Tanya and Walter Pride were young lovers in search of higher learning. Their young love they professed to be eternal so they married. Barely old enough to drink, they were now man and wife. Marriage doesn’t make you instantly more mature; wisdom comes with time, experience and age. Walter was extremely studious leaving him very little time to experience “college life”. There were no keg parties, bonfires, pep rallies or pajama jammy jams for this young man. He was focused on becoming an engineer and great provider for his young family. Walter looked forward to having many children with Tanya his love and for them all to live together happily ever after.
Prologue Every superhero has a story. Most of them had an accident that gave them superhuman abilities, and others are aliens from another planet. Or an alternate timeline. Maybe even a different universe. Or they have some genetic mutation that makes them super. That’s what I am. Scientists call us mutatio-homosapiens. Reporters call us mutants. Pedestrians call us freaks. The law has no place for us. But who even is us? There’s only me. Sure, I’ve heard of others like me on the news, but the problem is, none of them really are like me. For one, they all seem much older, and for another, none of them live in cities with crime rates as low as Vancouver’s. They always have crimes to stop and people to save. Here, there is rarely anything that the police can’t handle, leaving me to deal with unarmed masked men who steal bags of potato chips from the convenience store. There’s never anything exciting, but then again, maybe that’s a good thing.
Amish Brothers Rape Sister; Sentenced to Write Apology Letter
Warning: This story contains information about a crime that some readers may not find suitable. Proceed with caution. Summary: Two Amish brothers in Missouri told a policeman they “had sex” with their 13-year old sister at least six times before their arrest. Two other brothers who are minors also admitted to forcing the girl into intercourse but were not charged. A prosecutor reduced the rape charges to child molestation, sentencing each brother to perform 100 hours of community service, pay fines of $500 each, and write an apology letter to the community as punishment for the disgusting acts. The brothers were also sentenced to five years of probation. Part of the condition of probation required the brothers to stay away from the sister they’d raped. The prosecutor imposed the sentence because he said the brothers would “be eaten alive” in prison. A few months after the September 2020 trial, a judge revoked their probation after they contacted their sister.
Lifetime Trial Part 1
“A child should feel safe in his father’s arms.” Those words haunt me and stand out to me as the beginning of a period of personal trauma and growth. They marked the beginning of a trial that affected my life in the deepest possible way and helped shake and shape the person that I was into the person that I have become.
Lifetime Trial Part 2
The Guilt Phase Opening statements had impact, especially for the prosecution. The line about being safe in a father’s arms was the opening line of the prosecution’s opening statement. It was especially impactful to me, as I am a father of four children (all girls between the ages of six and twenty as the trial was beginning). I have a strong belief that fatherhood is a role of discipline, strength and protection. Being a father meant that my children were always safest when with me.
Murder of Shandra Charles & 3-Year Old Cousin Marcell
On November 15, 2012, at 7:42 p.m., 46-year old Preston Hughes III was executed In Huntsville, Alabama by lethal injection for the murder of cousins Shandra and Marcell Charles, children 15 and 3 years old. He was found guilty of the crime in 1989.
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