It was December fourth, 2018, and my father was set to have a surgery at Memorial Hospital that morning. It started out as a beautiful day, fresh morning breeze, and the air had a scent that was relaxing. As we drove to the hospital we enjoyed the older father son conversation, how's the wife and kid, hows life and how's work. To many this may seem like a small section of whats to come in this story, however to myself, this was all I could think about. My father and my families life would soon be on the line. We arrive to the desired destination and the surgical room was already prepped. I stay with my father until they come to take him. I hug him goodbye as I head home to await the call to come back.
Scientology is currently a nationally-recognized religion with a 503(c) tax designation from the IRS. It also happens to be the choice religion of Hollywood movie stars like John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Beck. Some celebrity members, such as Leah Remini, have even accused the church of trying to force them to recruit other celebrities. With churches and books aplenty, this religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard has a wonderful (if not a bit strange) veneer.
The natural tendency of people, myself included, to believe what they read and hear in the mainstream media means that government agencies are able to constantly lie to us, and, what’s more, to get away with it. The normal pattern is that we are told a convenient fiction at the time, and then 50 or so years later the truth emerges.
When it comes to clowns, I know that I am not the only one who shivers with a bit of anxiety. Even as a little girl their painted faces scared me and the manic laughs haunted my dreams. Even though the comedy version wasn't for me, I found things like Stephen King's It and Attack of the Killer Clowns from Space seemed to fit their persona a bit more to my liking. No matter the scary movie, I always came back to It. I fell in love with horror at a young age, but what I never expected was for the history of clowns to be covered in real blood.
All I had was just us, and perhaps, I at times took it for granted. Before my sister turned into a public scorn and was called a lunatic and a murder, she was just an ordinary young ambitious woman. The girl I know differs from the one who you think you know. I know her as the sister who always made it a point to protect me. She loved and respected her family. The one you now know as Karabo Hazeek—the so-called “blood thirsty murderer”—who you all say should be sentenced, never to strike again, and read all the news headlines that month.
Look at these pictures. What words come to mind? What thoughts or feelings do they provoke?
*Two of my criminology professors, James Williams and Anita Lam, inspired me to write this post, and I learned all this from them. Thank you both for being such quality educators and for playing a vital role in my growth as a writer.
Child abuse, through mental and physical abuse, affects the psychological makeup of a person. It corrupts the person and can create the very horror that we know as a serial killer. Some of the most famous serial killers that we know of were abused as children. However, does this atrocity limit itself to victims of abuse or can genetics play a role in the outcome of a person in addition to or in light of child abuse?
In America, the fascination with crime is rampant. We are fascinated by serial killers and curious about the laws that bind them, so much so that crime has been an integral part of American popular culture. Just take a look at top podcasts, Oscar-winning movies, television shows, and this very medium.
So cults are hard to understand. Sometimes a lot of them are more hidden than others. So what is a cult? What do they do? There are several categories or definitions of cults—here are some of the most common. A cult is a group of people that have come together because of unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs. It can have a common interest in a particular personality, object, or goal. It's also a social group with socially deviant or odd beliefs and practices, although this is often unclear. There are some cults that arise spontaneously around beliefs and practices. An older definition of the term is a set of religious devotional practices that are conventional within their culture and related to a particular figure, and often associated with a particular place.
Little Hugh of Lincoln would have passed through history unnoticed if it wasn’t for his death. His death, as described a bit in the reading that started us off, was attached to the blood libel. Soon, a cult sprang up under his name, making him Little St. Hugh of Lincoln, whose gravesite sees many pilgrims. But what is the blood libel?
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