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The Kidnapping of Amber Hagerman
On Saturday, January 13, 1996, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman and her five-year-old brother Ricky went with their mother Donna Whitson to Arlington, Texas, to see their grandparents. At around 3 pm, the two kids, who had bicycles at the house, asked if they could ride in their neighborhood. It was 70 degrees, and the kids wanted to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Mental Health and Incarceration
I have been in the mental health field for fourteen years, and I have learned more about myself than I ever thought I would. My career does not change the world in significant ways. There are no celebrations, no parades, no capes. But we do have superpowers. They aren’t generally flashy, but we have the means to mend the broken pieces in people and enable them to be their own heroes. Each mental health facility I worked in grounded new perspectives and valuable lessons that have reformed how I approach the world.
The Arrest of Kalief Browder
“It took a while to really come to terms with what just happen to this young man. Remember, he’s 16 when they arrested him. They couldn’t keep him in jail for three years had they convicted him of stealing the backpack. He never was convicted.” - Jay Z
The Empty Aroma
In the 17th century, when women’s views and feelings were disregarded, many suffered at the hands of their so-called husbands worldwide. There were seen as nothing but subordinates to men and baby-making machines. Very young girls were traded into arranged and loveless marriages. A woman’s happiness meant nothing.
Customers Gone Wild
Restaurant work usually isn’t difficult per se, but dealing with customers all day and night takes resilience and patience. Customers come into restaurants with a chip on their shoulder, seemingly assuming restaurant workers are their personal assistants who must do as they say, when they say, or ELSE. Some customers are so angry with life that seeing a pickle on their burger when they SAID no pickles is reason enough to spit, stab, fight, shoot, and kill. Therapy, man. Get in tune with your star player.
The Career I Never Had
Dream big. That's what I grew up hearing. Dream BIG. I don't know how to dream any other way. Most of my dreams kept changing though, there were just too many things that I wanted to do.
Maria Marten and the Red Barn
Foxy Corder was a born philanderer and a petty criminal; always running after the ladies in the village and selling pigs that weren’t even his. This is his story, a true crime, set in the village of Polstead, England. The year of misadventure; 1827.
The Bird is the Word: People Arrested Over Chicken Disputes
When chicken is on the menu, watch out. Some people take their fried chicken very seriously and may uppercut anyone who tries to stand in the way of their finger-licking good meal.
Talking Head's Psycho Killer
Everyone knows the song "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads, right? My friends and I would sing the catchy chorus at every other indie/rock club we went to in the early 2000's - it pumped us:
WE HAVE YOUR SON!
Hand-writing a ransom note is great, it shows the family you care about your work and puts that extra fear in them. They think that they are dealing with a true psychopath.
In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. -- Raymond Chandler
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.