"Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need. The man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy. We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life." Saint Ignatius warned Christians to take care of those kids that didn't have parents. The Nuns of St. Joseph in Burlington, Vermont did not heed his advice. Many of the orphans were separated from their siblings, forgot about their birthdays (including how old they are), and some even were given new names. The children were abused, tortured, sexually abused, and some were murdered by the nuns assigned to care for them. Skeletons that the Catholic Church have long tried to hide are tumbling out of the closet.
I've recently been writing my reviews using my made-up WASDO criteria in a vain attempt to give my film reviews some structure. But I've decided to stop doing that and just write this review from Searching off the top of my head.
Things change, morph, improve and depreciate at a fast pace in the drug trade. But for all the changes and growth, the drug wars wage on. Sometimes, it's clear who's in the right and who's in the wrong. Sometimes, it's a bit more grey. But regardless of the right and wrong of things, the industry of drugs—drug trafficking, dealing, purchasing and using—is a topic that everyone knows at least a little about. However, there are certainly things you didn't know about the drug trade, that may be of interest to many people.
The once-familiar sounds of doors clanging shut did not make me cringe or dredge up suppressed memories. Instead, they had the curious effect of bringing me a sense of peace. Integrating a difficult past into a present inextricably intertwined with a single impulsive action committed long ago can be hard. Many people that have been to prison allow their imprisonment to become their identity; you become known as a felon when convicted. Yet the process of reintegration after a long stretch of incarceration often means reconciling the two. And it was this reconciliation that took place during my recent trip to Alcatraz.
Popular interest in true crime has risen exponentially over the last few years. Between intriguing documentaries like Making a Murderer, and incredible investigative podcasts like Serial, it's no surprise that the genre is one of today's most talked about topics.
There’s nothing quite like settling down at night to watch a horror movie with a few friends, a buttery popcorn bucket overflowing on your lap, a plush blanket draped over your legs and an eerie soundtrack playing through the speakers to get you in the mood for the next few hours of screams and slaughters. And nothing quite like seeing "Based on a True Story" popping up over the screen to give you a chill that you won’t quite shake during the movie or even days after. It’s an unsettling stray hand brushing against you that, yes indeed, this could happen to you, just like it happened to these innocent victims on the screen.
Just like investigative podcasts, the greatest investigative journalism books of all time have several things in common. For one thing, the stories pull you in and refuse to let you go until you learn the truth. For another, they expose secrets that most people would never imagine. How many of these true crime books have a place on your reading list?