Bonnie and Clyde met in 1929 and together they lived through two years of robberies, murders and escapes. A photo exhibit in Texas now tells the story of the day the couple were caught.
If there is one overarching theme to these killer stories it’s insurance money. Not to blame the money as the motive to murder people, instead the money was just a conceptual scapegoat to go along with the treacherous deeds of these shady figures. Belle Gunness of La Porte, Indiana was one such figure.
The wife and I just saw Motherless Brooklyn on HBO. It's billed as an Edward Norton movie -- he also starred in it -- based on the Jonathan Lethem novel. I didn't read the novel (I was busy writing the sequel to The Silk Code when Lethem's novel was first published in 1999). But it's just as well. As readers of my reviews in Vocal may know, I like reviewing movies and TV series on their own terms, not on how they compare with the novels or short stories on which they may have been based. I will say that my wife mentioned that she saw that the Norton movie departed from the Lethem novel in many major ways.
when I was a kid all I wanted to do was build. I would take devices apart, put them back together. You could say that it was my thing. In a few years I started helping my dad build. Then as I hit 18 I started working as a subcontractor. Things got tough though in time, I ended up jobless, homeless and I had no money to my name. That’s when I met Jerrico. He told me he would look after me, yea what a load of crap.
During the early 1900s, many immigrants left their countries for better opportunities in America. One such immigrant was a 19-year-old man named Benjamin Evangelista. He left Italy and arrived in America in 1904. He then changed his name to Benny Evangelist and worked as a carpenter. Benny Evangelist had gotten married, started a family, and then settled into a home on St. Aubin Street in Detroit, Michigan. He built a comfortable life for his family.
May 8, 1999 is a date that will haunt Regina Lloyd forever. The date rolls off her tongue as easily if she were revealing her birthdate. Over twenty years have passed since Regina’s sister older Shelia Kyser found her daughter Candice Kyser and David Keller murdered inside their Fort Mitchell, Alabama home. Although Candice was a year older than Regina, they were more like sisters than aunt and niece.
Herman Billick received a life sentence despite there being no evidence that he held arsenic amongst his possessions. This came about after the judge commuted the death sentence after several stays. The root of all of this? Billick befriended a man named Martin Vzral, a milk tycoon, who prided himself as a successful businessman. Meanwhile, Bellick roamed about as a ne’er-do-well and a schemer. He offered love potions and even claimed to be a “Cardreader and Seer” according to cards that he had printed.
It is thought-provoking to think that certain words or the phrasing of words can help distort our memories. Any information that we thought we clearly knew could probably be manipulated. I can kind of see how the exposure to misinformation can actually create an altered version of the original memory creating a false memory. Unfortunately, these false memories can actually turn us into victims and make us create memories that are not completely real, partially true, or even to the points that the information we know is completely false. It is proof that you just cannot base your pieces of evidence on finding your "so-be criminal" solely on eyewitnesses.
I have kept silent throughout all the Covid 19 epidemic, and I kept silent throughout the current Black Lives Matter movement, not because I don't support, agree or disagree with it but because I felt that the opinion of a late 40s white male was probably not needed.