|Posted on August 1, 2019 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
William Desmond Taylor was an anglo Irish American director and actor. He was a popular figure in the 1910s and the early 1920s. He was in 27 silent movies between the years old 1913 and 1915 and directed 59 silent movies between 1914 and 1922. He was murdered in 1912 and his death was often fabricated in the newspaper. The murder remains unsolved.
William Cunningham Deane-Tanner was the one of 5 children born to Major Dane Tanner and his wife Jane in Evington House, Country House, Ireland. In 1890, William left Ireland to go to Kansas to work on a dude ranch. He moved to New York after getting re-acquainted while in Kansas. While he was there, he met Ethel May Hamilton (Harrison) who was an actress. She appeared in the stage musical Florodora. The couple eventually got married on December 7, 1901 and had a daughter sometime in 1902 or 1903. William was a member of the yacht club and was very active socially. He was known to be a ladies man and had affairs with women. The couple were well known in New York and were part of several clubs. He was a heavy drinker and possibly depressed. On October 23, 1908 at the age of 36, he vanished. Leaving behind his wife and daughter. Friends have said he suffered “mental lapses” before and his family thought he wandered off during an “amnesia” episode. In 1912, his wife filed for divorce. There isn’t much known about after his disappearance. He travelled around the country and Canada doing various jobs like gold mining and working in a few acting troupes. He made the move from acting to producing.
He made the move to San Francisco in 1912 and changed his name to William Desmond Taylor. He met some New York acquaintances who provided him with some money to help him get settled in San Francisco.
In 1913, William worked as an actor that including working with Margaret “Gibby” Gibson in 4 appearances. In 1914, he directed his first film as an actor/director in “The Awakening”. In the years that followed, he directed more then 50 films. William was then engaged to Neva Gerber between 1914 and 1919 who he met during “The Awakening” Gerber recalled that William was “the soul of honour, a man of personal culture, education, and refinement. I have never known a finer or better man."
In 1915, he got in contacted with his sister in law, Ada Brennan Deane Taylor, the wife of his younger brother, Denis. He also disappeared in 1912, abandoning his wife and children. Ada moved to California so she could be treated for tuberculosis. She received a monthly check of $50 from William to help her support her children after her husband, his brother left them. This wasn’t made public until his death.
In 1918, towards the end of World War One, William enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces as a private. He was 46 years old. He trained for 4 and a half months in Fort Edward, Nova Scotia and then sailed with 500 Canadian soldiers from Halifax. On December 2, 1918, they arrived at the Hounslow Barracks in London.
In May of 1919 after arriving from his duties overseas, he was honoured by the Motion Picture Directors Association. He went on to direct Mary Pickford, Wallace Reid, Dustin Farnum and the protege, Mary Miles Minter who was the star in the 1919 version of Anne Of Green Gables. His ex-wife and daughter were aware that he was working in Hollywood and while watching Captain Alvarez in 1918, Ethel responded to her daughter “Thats your father” when William appeared on screen. While visiting his ex and his daughter in 1921, he made the girl his legal heir.
On the morning of February 2, 1922, William’s body was found in his bungalow in Westlake, Los Angeles. A doctor who happened to be in the crowd that was gathered at the scene examined William and declared that he had died from a stomach hemorrhage. He was never seen again due to maybe embarrassment as the cause of death appeared to be from a shot to the back from a small caliber pistol that wasn’t at the scene of the crime. The bungalows have since been demolished and now serves as a parking lot various stories.
The funeral took place on February 7, 1922 at St Paul’s Pro Cathedral. William was interred in a Hollywood cemetery on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Investigators found a wallet with $78 in cash which about $1,170 today, a silver cigarette case, a waltham pocket watch, a pen knife and a locket with a picture of actress Mabel Normand inside the pockets of the victim. A 2 carat diamond ring one his finger was also found. With the valuables that were on Taylor’s body, robbery seemed to not the motive for the murder. Cash that Taylor shown his accountant the day before was missing and never was accounted for. Taylor’s death was set for 7:50pm the day before on February 1, 1922.
Mary Miles Minter said after the murder that a friend, Marshall Neilan had told her that William recently became insane and that he said some delusional things about his acquaintances weeks before his death.
There were a lot of suspects that were named by both the public and the police. Newspapers would often fabricated the news at the time and the murder was used for a true crime fiction.
Edward Sands had a history of convictions. Embezzlement, forgery and serial desertion from the US military. He had multiple aliases and spoke with a affected cockney accent. He with the William Taylor for 7 months as his valet and cook. When he was in Europe, Sands forged his name on cheques and wrecked his car. He burgled the bungalow leaving evidence behind with his footprints on the director’s bed. He was never seen again
Henry Peavey replaced Sands as his valet and was the one who found the body. He was noted in the newspapers as someone who wore flashy golf costumes, but didn’t own any golf clubs. He was arrested for social vagrancy and charged with being lewd and dissolute 3 days before Taylor’s murder.
Mabel Norman worked along side Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle and on the night of the murder, she left his bungalow at 7:45pm in a happy mood with a book that he had lent her. She left in a limousine after blowing him some kisses. She was the last person to see William alive. After an interrogation, she was ruled out as a suspect. She later died from tuberculosis on February 23, 1930.
Faith Cole MacLean who lived next door believed she saw the killer. Both her and her husband heard a loud noise ay 8pm and when she went to her front door, she saw someone emerge from the front door of Taylor’s home. She recalls that the person paused for a moment before walking back into the house like they forgot something. They returned, gave her a smile then disappearing between the buildings. She heard a car back fire and told the police that the person looked funny as if they were wearing makeup. It could have been a woman disguised as a man.
Mary Miles Minter was only 3 years older then the daughter he had abandoned. Love letters from Mary were found in Taylor’s bungalow and there were reports that there was a sexual relationship between the two. He was 49, she was 19. Mary’s stated that her love for hime was unrequited. The love letters were printed in the newspaper and it ruined her reputation/image of being a modest and wholesome young girl. She worked with paramount for 4 more pictures, but her contract was never renewed. She died in Santa Monica on August 4, 1984.
Charlotte Shelby was Minter's mother. She was described as manipulative and consumed greed over her daughter's career. They were divided by financial disputes and lawsuits, but over time they reconciled.
Charlotte allegedly owned a rare .38-caliber pistol. The bullets were similar to the ones that had killed Taylor. She threw the gun into the Louisiana Bayou after the information became public. Her other daughter accused her of the murder. At that time, the daughter was then suffering from both clinical depression and alcoholism. It was speculated by Adela Rogers St Johns that Charolette was torn between her attraction to William and the protection of her daughter. In 1957, Shelby died.
Margaret Gibson was indicted, tried and acquitted on the charges of equivalent to prostitution. She later changed her name to Patricia Palmer. She was arrested on 1923 on extortion charges which were dropped. She was in L.A and 27 years old at the time. Her name was ever mentioned in the connection to the investigation. She died in 1964, but shortly before she died, she reportedly confessed to murdering Taylor.
Over the years, physical evidence was lost and the rest vanished due to the lack of crime scene management.
|Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:00 AM||comments (0)|
Today is your birthday. You would have turned the big 3-0. I know that your thirties would have been the filled with love, laughter and adventure. We only knew each other for 4 years, but within those 4 years, you left a place in my heart. I saw potential in you and knew that you would have had the world in the palm of your hand. I know that we didn’t know each other that well, but we bonded over our love for theatre and we created memories in the plays we were part of. Performing on stage with you was an honour and a privilege I will never forget.
I wish we had more time in getting to know each other, but in the years I did know you, you left a mark on me and the people around you. There would have been so many things you could have done in this world. You would have created so many things and with who you were as a person changed it in a way nobody would have thought possible.
Thank you for the memories I hold dear to my heart. I know there’s a piece missing since you’ve been gone. You are forever young. Never take life for granted. Live life to the fullest and cherish everything and any thing. I wish I had more time to know you better, but I know your always with me. I miss you and think of you often.
Happy Birthday, my friend.
|Posted on July 26, 2019 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
On February 25, 1957, a unidentified 4-5 year old boy was found naked and battered in a bassinet box in the Fox Chase section in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is known as “America’s Unknown Child.” His body was wrapped in a plaid blanket with his hair recently cropped. It may have been cut after death due to stands of hair still being on the body. There was signs of malnourishment. Surgical scars were on an ankle and groin with a L shaped scar under his chin.
The first person that found him failed to report him to the police due to being afraid of getting his musket traps confiscated. The 2nd man that found him reported him the next day. The police were optimistic in finding out who the boy was. They took fingerprints, but nobody came forward with useful information.
The Philadelphia Inquirer printed 400,000 flyers and placed them all over the city and the crime scene was searched numerous times by 270 police academy recruits. A man’s blue corduroy cap, a boy’s scarf and a man’s white handkerchief with the letter “G” in the corner were found, but the clues led nowhere.
There was a theory that the boy was in foster care as there was a foster home 1.5 miles from where the boy was found. A employee of the medical examiner, Remington Bristow contacted a psychic from New Jersey who led him to the foster home from where the body was discovered.
When Bristow attended an estate sale at the foster home, he saw a basinet similar to the one sold at a JC Penney’s. The blanket that the boy was wrapped in was similar to the ones that were hanging on a clothes line. Bristow believed that the boy belonged to the stepdaughter of the owner of the foster home and because she was an unwed mother, they disposed of the body. He thought that the boy’s death was an accident. Unfortunately, there was no link between the boy and the foster home.
In 2002, a woman named “Martha” came forward, but due to mental illness, Martha’s story was plausible. She had claimed that the boy was purchased by her abusive mother from his birth parents in the summer of 1954. He was the subject to extreme physical and sexual abuse for 2 and half years. He was severely beaten and his head was slammed against the floor until he was semi-conscious because he had vomited up his dinner. He died while he was given a bath. The details of the baked beans he had for dinner and the wrinkled fingers were only known to police has the boy’s stomach contained the food she mentioned and his fingers showed signs of being in the water.
The haircut was given by Martha’s mother to hide the boy’s identity and she assisted in dumping the boy in the area he was found. In the process of removing the boy from the truck, a motorist pulled over and asked if they needed help. Martha’s mother had ordered her to stand in front of the license plate to hide it from view. The mother told the man that everything was fine and the man took off.
Despite the confession, the police were unable to verify her story. The people who had access to Martha’s house during the time that the boy was in her said that there was never a boy living in the house and that Martha’s claims were "ridiculous."
The unknown child was originally buried in a potter’s field, but was re-buried in 1998 at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Cedarbrook, Philadelphia after being exhumed for DNA testing. His coffin, headstone and funeral service was donated by the son of the man who originally buried him in 1957. His tombstone is craved with “America’s Unknown Child” and is always decorated with flowers and stuffed animals by the residents.
|Posted on July 23, 2019 at 2:10 AM||comments (0)|
Cindy James was a 44 year old nurse in Richmond, BC. She was once married to Roy Makepeace. Unfortunately in July 1982, they separated. 4 months later in October, she began receiving mysterious and sometimes threatened phone calls. In the years that followed, Cindy reported nearly 100 incidents and 5 of those were violent physical attacks while the remaining reports were whispering to silent calls.
Her friend, Agnes had said that Cindy had received bizarre notes on her doorstep and she feared that someone was trying to scare her to death. She became reluctant and frightened to give details and the police began to doubt her stories. After the police got involved, things got worse. Things kept happening and nobody seemed to believe her. At night, she would hear prowlers at night, her porch lights were smashed and her phone lines were severed.
One night in 1983, Agnes dropped by for a visit. When there was no answer, she assumed that Cindy was having her nightly bath, but when Agnes went to investigate, she saw her friend outside crouched down with a nylon stocking tied tightly around her neck. She went to the garage to get a box when someone came up from behind her. All she saw was white sneakers.
She then moved into a different house, painted her car and changed her name. Due to the lack of help from the RCMP, she had no choice, but to hire a private investigator, Ozzie Kaban. The police continued their investigation and questioned Cindy several times. She would withhold information and wouldn’t act like an actual victim would. Her mother said that she didn’t say much because her attacker had threatened her family and by naming him, they would be killed.
On January 30, 1984, Ozzie Kaban heard strange noises over the 2 way radio he had giving her. When he got to her house, it was locked. When he looked through the window, he found her lying on the floor with a paring knife in her hand. She was taken to the hospital where she recalled being attacked and a needle going into her arm. She was treated with cuts on her face and head. There was no forced entry upon investigation. The only person that was in the home at the time was Cindy.
Police were never able to trace the calls because they were too short. There was never anything going on when there was 24 hour surveillance for days on end with up to 14 police officers, but once they left, the incidents started up again. Her parents believe her attacker was staying away to make the police suspicious of her. Cindy never gave an description of the suspect, but she claimed that there may have been multiple stalkers as she witnessed more then 2 during the knife attack. Cindy’s mental health was now being questioned.
On December 11, 1985. Cindy was found in a ditch dazed and semi-conscious 6 miles from her house. She was wearing a man’s work boot and glove and was suffering from hyperthermia. Cuts and bruises covered her body. A black nylon stocking had been tied tightly around her neck. She had no memory of what happened.
Agnes and her husband, Tom stayed with Cindy and they heard some noises. When they went to go check out the basement, they saw that it was in flames.With the phone lines being cut, Tom went to go alert the neighbours. He saw a man standing on the curb, he asked the man to call the fire department, instead the man simply ran off. The police suspected that Cindy had staged the incident due to the fact that the fire was started from inside and the perpetrator would have had to climb through a specific window. There was also no fingerprints or dust disturbed on the windowsill. It was also considered odd that Cindy still walked her dog during the attacks.
Her doctor believed she was suicidal and spend her to a local psychiatric ward. She told psychiatrists that she felt like nobody believed her and that she was depressed and angry. When she was being pressed by doctors, she indicted that the person stalking her was her ex-husband, Roy Makepeace.
Cindy was released after a few weeks, but the stalking started to happened again. The police were once again contacted, but this time detective, Pat McBride took an interest in the case. He moved in with Cindy to protect her and to really see what’s going on. It was also suspected that they were involved. Cindy received no phone calls when McBride was living in the house. Whenever the the police weren’t on surveillance duties, the notes and strange incidents continued to happened. It was when law enforcement that there was no activity. Detectives started to believe that McBride was indeed the stalker and possibly the murderer because nothing seemed to happen when he was around. There wasn’t any good suspects to call out during the time because there wasn’t any evidence that there was anyone to blame.
Eventually, Pat McBride left Cindy and moved out. She then was going to confront the stalker and take care of the situation herself. She began stalking her ex-husband. Even when there was nothing to confirm that he was involved.
In 1989, 2 weeks after disappearing Cindy’s body was found at an abandoned house. With how she was found, it looked like she was brutally murdered. Her hands and feet were bounded together behind her back and a black nylon stocking was tied tightly around her neck. Yet, her autopsy revealed that she died from an overdose of morphine and other drugs. Police concluded she had committed suicide. The corner ruled her death not as a suicide, an accident or murder, but simply as an “unknown event.” On the day she disappeared, her car was found with blood on the driver side door and items from her wallet were under it. There was groceries and a wrapped gift sitting inside the car.
With the amount of drugs that Cindy had in her system. There was no way for her to be able to tie herself up from behind. There was no evidence that she had injected herself with the drugs. No needle on or near Cindy indicting that she injected herself at the scene where she was found. She was one and a half miles from her car. She was barefoot. Nobody came forward stating that they saw her walking, injecting herself or tying herself up. Morphine pills could have been used instead of a needle. A drug similar to Valium, “Flurazepam” was prescribed to Cindy and it was used to help with her insomnia. Mixed with the amount of morphine would have been enough to kill her, but with the amount of time it would have of taken the mixture to work, she would have been able to tie herself up, but how was she able to do it behind her back? It took an expect less then 3 minutes to complete the exact knots that Cindy was found tied up with.
There have been a few suspects that included; Detective Pat McBride, the man from the curb who ran off and her ex-husband. Cindy’s parents believed that she was murdered and that someone in Vancouver is getting away with murder.
|Posted on July 3, 2019 at 11:45 PM||comments (0)|
Katherine Korzilius was 6 years old when she was found lying in the middle of the road on August 7, 1996 in Austin, Texas. Katherine was the daughter of Jon Bon Jovi’s tour manager, Paul Korzilius. She was running some errands with her mother, Nancy and her brother, Chris. When they approached their neighbourhood of Elder Circle, Nancy allowed Katherine to get the mail from the community mailbox. She was going to walk the short route home while Nancy and Chris drove the long way.
When Katherine didn’t return home. Chris went out to look for her and went he couldn’t find her. Nancy took the car and began to search for her daughter. Within minutes, Nancy and Chris found the girl lying on the road. She was unconscious, but breathing. Nancy rushed her to the hospital were she never regained consciousness and passed away later that day.
It was under the impression that the 6 year old was a victim of a hit and run accident, but her family didn't understand why she was found in that part of the neighbourhood when she was last seen walking towards the house. She was found on the route that Nancy and Chris would have driven, half a mile from the mailbox. This was the opposite direction that Katherine would have gone home. Her family believes that she was a victim of an abduction and then was murdered.
Not only did Katherine have a head injury, but she had abrasions on her left shoulder, the small of her back, her right hip and her knees. It looked like she either jumped, fallen and was thrown from a moving vehicle. One theory was that she was holding onto the back of Nancy’s vehicle, but lost her grip, but she was wearing a splint due to a broken thumb. It would have been difficult for her to hold on to things. Nancy would have been able to see her in the rearview mirror.
There was a vacant lot that had a clue. It was about 30 yards from the mailbox. The K-9 unit followed her scent to the lot, but lost it. She may have been walking in that direction when she was abducted. When her body was found, it had appeared that Katherine was “laid out” for Nancy to find. The way she was placed on the road didn't seem natural. Her clothes were straighten out, her hair was smoothed out, her toes were pointed straight and her sandals were kept on.
Nancy was considered to be a suspect due to the theory of the girl holding onto the back of the vehicle, but there wasn’t evidence to prove that Katherine actually did that.
A year later, a tree was planted and a plague was placed in her name in the area she was found. The family hopes that new information will come to light. There still hasn’t been any suspects in the case.
Jon Bon Jovi’s song August 7 4:15 is about the girl.
|Posted on June 25, 2019 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
For years I always debated about going to Walt Disney World for various reasons. The flight to get there from where I am is 6+ hours direct or I can take numerous flights making the travelling day over 14 hours. Who really has time for that. Then there’s the thing about wanting to mess the original. I like to call Walt Disney World the sequel. Everyone knows that sequels are crap. Nothing compares to the original. Its how Disney started, but I wanted to at least check out Disney World at least once and if I don’t want to go back then I don’t have to. I got back from Disney World, the day before I’m writing this so my opinions about the parks are still fresh in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, you may love both Disney World and Disneyland, you may like one more then other. Its fine, but this is what I think. Don’t like my opinions and thoughts discourage you from planning a trip to Walt Disney World.
WALT DISNEY WORLD:
-Parks Are To Far From One Another.
If you wanted to hop between the 4 parks, you have to take numerous forms of transportation just to go to another park. If the monorail or the ferry doesn’t go to a park you want to go to then you have to bus it to a resort then bus it from there to the park you want and depending on the time of day. It could take a while. The bus system is great, but it just takes some time to go between parks.
-2+ Hour Wait Times
Even with a fastpass, there still could be a wait to get on. Again, it depends on when you go and what time of day, but I think its like that no matter what time you go. When the ride breaks due to a failure or if there’s rain, getting back onto to it later in the day is a challenge because everyone that had a fastpass for that ride is going to go back and ride it or use it for a different ride so the lines are going to be twice as long.
-Everything Is Close Together
The parks especially the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios look a lot smaller because the rides and shops are close together. Sometimes you would walk past a ride because it was tucked away or it blends in with the surrounding rides and buildings.
Its great that you can use your magic band for everything, but with fastpasses, you feel pressured into using the system. You can only use 3 at a time on the same day and if you have a few hours between rides, you have to risk waiting on for a ride that as a long wait and hope that it doesn’t overlap into your fastpass time. Then there’s the fast passes that get sell out fast and you mess out getting onto your favourite ride.
-Weather Is Different
Florida as a different type of weather. Its hot, moist and there’s rain. You would think it would be cooler at night, but its more hot when the sun goes down. Walking to the lobby of your hotel is exhausting because its a different type of warm/heat. You can’t change the weather on command, but bring lots of sunscreen.
-Hotels Are Not Walkable To And From The Park
Hotels are so far from civilization that if you wanted to leave the park early to relax, you would have to wait for a bus or take an uber. There’s nothing to walk to grab food. Your pretty much stuck at eating all your meals at your hotel because its a trek trying to find a restaurant.
-Parks Are Easier To Get To
They are within feet from each other. You can visit both of them countless times in the same day. You don’t have to worry about getting on a bus to travel for 20 minutes to get to the next park.
-You Have A Better Chance Of Getting Fastpasses
There isn’t a rush in booking fastpasses. If something happened and you had to leave the line, you can always get a fast pass to ride later on in the day, but it feels like Walt Disney World makes you get them and you have to use them.
-Hotels Are Closer
If you wanted to check out a different resort, you can just walk a block or two to get there or you can cut thru Downtown Disney.
-More Things To Do Outside Of The Park
Like I’ve said, everything is within walking distance so you can always walk to the corner store and grab a snack or you can just take a scroll and check out the other hotels that line the street across the street from the park entrance.
-Less Busy/More Quieter
It seems like the lines are shorter and there are less crowds. I don’t remember a time where I waited for more then an hour for ride and there are less people stopping in the middle of the sidewalk and cutting you off.
-Closer To Home
Disneyland is only a 2 and a half hour flight from home then Walt Disney World. I before to stay close to home then having to travel across the continent just to get my Disney fix.
I checked out Walt Disney World. I saw everything I wanted to see and I don’t think I’ll go there again. Its not as impressive as people make it seem. There’s so much hype about it, but its just not that great. Disneyland as so much more and its closer to home. In a way it was a disappointment and a let down.
|Posted on June 11, 2019 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Poltergeist is a classic 1980’s film. Directed by Tobe Hopper and written by Stephen Spielberg. The movie is based around a family who is being haunted by evil spirits. Over the years there’s been numerous films in the trilogy and it seems like there was a death after filming was done or just after the film had been released. Its been known as the Poltergeist curse, but is it really a curse or a coincidence.
Dominique Dunne was 22 years old when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend. She had broken up with John Thomas Sweeney because he was abusive. When he went to her house to convince her to get back together, she refused. The more intense the argument got, the angrier John became. He then choked Dominique until she passed out. She fell into a coma and passed away a few days later. John was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 years in prison, but only served 3 and a half. He has since changed his name to John Patrick Maura. The bruises that Dominique had during her appearance on Hill Street Blues were real. The day before filming, she got beaten up by her boyfriend. Because she was playing a abused teen in the episode, she didn’t need any makeup. The bruises were in fact real.
Heather O’Rourke was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, but in reality she had a bowel obstruction. She was given steroids and it was obvious she was on medication due to her appearance in the third Poltergeist. One of the side effects was chipmunk cheeks. It could have been treated if it was detected early. Her symptoms were the same as the flu, but nothing was done until it was to late. On February 1, 1988. Heather was rushed to the hospital, but suffered cardiac arrest. She was revived, but her body was wasn’t able to recover and she passed away from septic shock caused by the bowel obstruction. Heather was only 12 years old.
Two actors from the second Poltergeist film passed away due to illness. Julian Beck died from stomach cancer. He battled the disease for 18 months. Will Sampson had a lung-heart transplant 6 weeks before he passed away from a severe case of pre-operative malnutrition and post-operative fungal infection. He knew he had a small chance in surviving due to being weak before the surgery.
Lou Perryman from the original Poltergeist was killed with an ax when someone broke into his house with the intention to steal his car. Seth Christopher Tatum was an ex-con with mental illness, he confessed and now is serving a life sentence.
Oliver Robbins who played the brother in the film was attacked on set. When he was filming the scene with a mechanical clown, it malfunctioned and began to choke him. It wasn’t until he started to turn blue that the crew had to intervene.
I don’t know if it had to do anything with the movie, but it does look suspicious that so many people in the cast had some sort of mishap or illness. Maybe because of what genre the movie was, people began to talk and started to come up with reasons why this all happened. It does make a interesting conversation. People have different theories and opinions of what happened, but we can all come up with the theory that things happen. This movie just had a string of bad luck. I don’t think it would be considered a curse.
|Posted on June 10, 2019 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
On December 28th 1956, 15 year old Barbara Grimes and her 12 year old sister, Patricia made their way to the local movie theatre to watch Elvis’ film, “Love Me Tender”. They were both huge Elvis fans and seen the film numerous times. They are 2 of 7 children of Joseph and Loretta Grimes. Little did they know that they were about to be as known one of the biggest missing persons investigations in Chicago history.
They left the house around 7:30pm and were going to be home around midnight. A classmate mentioned that she and her sister sat behind the girls in the theatre. Around 9:30pm as the classmate was leaving during the intermission, they saw the sisters in line for popcorn. They seemed to be in good spirits.
When they didn’t arrive home after the second showing. Loretta Grimes sent her 17 year old daughter, Theresa and 14 year old son, Joey to wait for them at the bus stop which was located close to their house. After several buses drove past without either girl getting off. Theresa and Joey went home without them. When Loretta noticed that the sisters weren’t with them, she called around to friends to see if they were there. At about 2:15am, she filed at missing person report.
At that time, police assumed that they were run aways and if they haven’t heard from them in a week then they would take the report more seriously. In the meantime, hundreds gathered to help in the search for the girls. It was one of the most intensive missing persons investigations in Cook County. It remains one of Chicago’s most infamous cold cases. 15.000 flyers were handed out, the church had offered a $1000 reward and more then 30,000 people were interrogated.
On January 22, 1957, Leonard Prescott saw what he thought was mannequins on the side of the road. When he took his wife to where he saw them, she fainted upon seeing them. When they discovered that the mannequins were two frozen nude bodies of the Grimes girls. Leonard and his wife called the Willow Springs police department.
The autopsy didn’t fit murder. Due to the snow, the bodies were preserved. There was no signs of blunt force trauma, no stab wounds, no bullet wounds, no signs of strangulation. Exposure to the elements was cause of death. There was also no signs of drugs or alcohol in their systems. They wouldn’t able to pass out in the snow from being drunk and freeze to death. The killer must have been smart enough to make the cause of death undetectable
The case was highly publicized. It was in every newspaper and the media portrayed the girls as delinquents. There was different theories on what happened to the girls before they were found. One theory was that they went to Nashville to see Elvis in concert or that they left home on their own accord.
Numerous people have said they saw the girls alive between the time they disappeared and when they were found, but the autopsy stated that they were murdered within hours of their disappearance. Several teenagers informed investigators that they saw the sisters conversing with a young man who had the physical appearance similar to Elvis. They got into his car which was described as being a mercury model.
Loretta Grimes received multiple phone calls and letters claiming that people had information about the girls and their whereabouts or even about the murders. She received letters claiming to be the girls themselves. A man called her claiming that he was the one that killed her daughters. He knew details that nobody else knew about the crime. He then later called her again and bragged about killing 15 year old Bonnie Leigh Scott.
There was 21 year old man who bare a strong resemblance to Elvis named Edward “Bennie” Bedwell who was arrested and interrogated for 3 days because the owners of the restaurant he worked at had seen him with 2 girls who looked like the Grimes sisters. He insisted that they were mistaken about the ID of the girls. On Jan 27, 1957, he signed a 14 page confession stating that he and a friend were with the girls on the day they disappeared until Jan 7, 1957. They were drinking in various saloons on skid row and they had some food. He then “stated” that he beat them and thrown their bodies into a snow filled ditch after they refused his sexual advances, but the autopsy reports said that the girls had no alcohol or food in their system and there was no signs of a beating. Due to being semi literate, there was no way he could of understood what he was signing.
On Feb 6, 1957, Bedwell was freed on a $20,000 bond. The same year he was acquitted, he would be tried and acquitted of the 1956 rape of a 13 year old in Florida. He died in November of 1972.
Loretta Grimes never gave up. She never stopped looking for who did such a thing to her daughters. We may never know who did it, but its a good thing to start bringing light back into the case and bring peace to the family and to the girls who left us to soon.
|Posted on June 7, 2019 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
When I look back at why I began my blog, the mean reason was because I wanted to be able to meet the people I’ve respected and admired for as long as I could remember. I wanted this blog to be able to get to them. I want them to know what they mean to me, but over the last couple of years, I started to think if it wasn’t for my dream team being the reason why I started to write then would be my reason, why did I begin in the first place. Every blog as a purpose. Every blog as a meaning. Every blog as a goal. In my case, I wanted to be able to write and use my blog to inspire others. My dream team would be my motivation to write. I want to be able to tell my story and be able to get it to where I want it to go. Which is in the hands the people I respect and admire.
Having a blog has helped me in numerous ways. Not only has it helped me stay motivated to write due to wanting to meet my dream team, but has helped me express myself and talk about what’s going on. Writing helps me get things off my chest. I have a hard time expressing myself verbally and with using written word can help me find the right way to tell people how I really feel. My blog as also helped me become a better writer. I can look back on my older posts and see how much I’ve improved. My posts are getting more detailed and more in-depth as to my posts from 10 years ago, but I also feel discouraged when it comes to actually posting. I never really know who’s reading and if what I’m writing about is really leaving an impact on someone. The more I write, the more confident I become. I want to be able to write for the rest of my life and if this is how I start then I will spend all my time making sure that dream comes true. I want to create opportunities and make a difference. I want to use my words and my stories to help others. I want experiences to last a lifetime and I want to look back with the knowledge that I did what I always wanted to do and it all happened because of my blog.
At the end of the day, I do hope my blog is interesting enough for people to read on a regular basis. I know what I write about is all over the map, but I want to be able to reach everyone of all ages. I want to be able to shine a light on stories and get people talking. My blog gives me something to look forward too. I always think to myself that one day I’m going to write a post that will change everything, the one post that will grab everyone’s attention.
Every day is something different and I hope that the more I challenge myself in writing about the unknown, the closer I get to becoming the writer I always wanted to be. I just have to keep going at it and hope that my hard work pays off. I hope that people will be inspired to go after what they want. Go after your dreams. You don’t know unless you try.
|Posted on June 6, 2019 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Every TV show as flaws. There are things that happen or written that don’t appeal to everyone. Some people may agree and others are going to agree to disagree. TV shows try and write about things that are true to real life, but a lot of the time, things that are being shown aren’t actually real life. Its Hollywood. They can create a life on screen that we all wish could be true.
When it comes to FRIENDS. There are things that are just plan stupid, annoying or just plain ridiculous. For all you hardcore FRIENDS fans, I hope I don’t burst your bubble when it comes to talking about what I don’t like about the show. They just didn’t think things through and it showed in numerous episodes.
Ross Was A Jerk.
He never left Rachel alone. Every time she was about to be happy or have something important going on in her life, Ross was there to ruin it. Take all the relationships and friendships she tried to have. Ross was somehow showing up to show his love for her even when she didn't need it. He was jealous and wanted Rachel all for himself. He came off as a jerk and self centered, especially when it came to Mark. Of course, he probably had other intentions with her, but Ross could have just stepped back and let Rachel be herself and let her deal with him on her own.
The Whole “We Were On A Break” Thing.
Ross was just using that as an excuse for his actions. He wanted to use that as a way to get out of the things he did, like when he slept with the copy girl. If he really loved Rachel has much as he said he did then he could have given her space and talk to her like an adult instead of being a man child and sleep with the first person he saw.
Ross Not Liking Susan.
Ross comes off a dick for not accepting Susan. They didn’t have to be friends, but at least they could have been nice to each other when they were in the same room. It wasn’t like they were ever getting back together. He was going after Rachel during the run of the show anyway.
Ross Not Being Close To Ben, but Being Close To Emma.
Ben was in the first couple of seasons and it seemed like Ross was involved, but after a while Ben disappeared then he was mentioned though out the rest of the series. We see him a couple times in the later on, but it makes it look like Susan and Carol didn’t want him to be involved in Ben’s life. One the other hand. When Emma was born. He was all over having a child and wanted to be part of her life, which makes Ross look like a bad parent to Ben. Ben wasn’t even there to celebrate Emma’s first birthday and as for as we know, they weren’t introduced to each other. Ben out, Emma in.
The Storyline Kept Changing.
Its been said on numerous situations that Ross and Chandler met in college and Rachel had met him when her and Monica were in high school, but the episode with the prom video, Chandler was surprised and joked about how big Monica was. A fact he should have known since he’s known Monica since college. They acted like the Gellers, Rachel and Chandler were not always friends from back in the day. Which makes me bring up this next point. If Chandler went to college, he would have a college degree which I don’t think we ever learnt what it was. That means that he could have used it in his work life instead of whether job he had and hated before quitting and going into advertisement. College worked for Ross, but Chandler had a hard time finding his niche in the work force even with said college degree.
Rachel and Joey As A Couple.
It was doomed from the start, it was awkward to say the least. It was something that shouldn’t have happened. Joey likes Rachel then Rachel likes Joey. It was a storyline that was just not necessary and unwanted. They had no chemistry and they were worried about what Ross was going to react that it made it last longer then it should have been. It shouldn’t have existed at all. The cast apparently didn’t want the storyline to happen. They had to work with it and it showed. It just not a good storyline and Rachel and Joey are better off as friends then an actual couple.
Monica Really Wanting A Baby.
Its every girl’s dream to have a family, but I think with Monica being who she was, I think this was one thing she wasn’t able to control. I know they probably wanted to show all aspects of having a baby. (Phoebe having the triplets, Rachel being a single working mother) but I don’t think it would have been that easy to adopt. It seems like it was solved in a just a few episodes. I feel like Monica could been more accepting when it came to the fact that she wasn’t able to have kids.
There was some good and bad writing on the show. Lots of things that could have been fixed if they took the 2 seconds to review what had already been written. Aren’t there people in the industry that get paid it make sure the show doesn’t have any plot holes in it so things like this don’t happen. It makes the show look sloppy and unprofessional.
|Posted on June 4, 2019 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
107 years later and the Villisca axe murders still hasn’t been solved. After so much time, I don’t think it ever will be solved. Who ever did it is long gone. Unless they are immortal and still roaming around.
Sometime in the early morning hours of June 11, 1912 or even possibly sometime the night before on June 10, people were severely wounded with an axe, unfortunately, none of the victims survived. 6 of the victims were children.
The Moore Family and 2 friends of their 10 year old daughter had attended church to take part in the Children’s Day program that Sarah Moore coordinated. Around 9:30pm, Josiah (43), his wife Sarah (39), their 4 children, Herman Montgomery (11), Mary Katherine (10), Arthur Boyd (7), Paul Vernon (5) along with Ina Marie (8) and Lena Gertrude Stillinger (12) walked back to the Moore house, arriving at the home around 9:45 - 10:00pm.
The next morning when their neighbour, Mary Peckham noticed that they hadn’t been seen doing their morning chores, she knocked and when nobody answered she tried the door and found that it was locked. She called Josiah’s brother, Ross who then also didn’t receive any responses when he knocked and shouted. He entered the house using the spare key that he had. Upon entering the guest bedroom, he found Ina and Lena’s bodies on the bed. He had Peckham to call Hank Hilton who was the town’s primary peace officer. After searching the house, Horton discovered the bodies of the Moore family and of course the bodies of Lena and Ina. The murder weapon was found in the room where the Stillinger sisters were found. It was found to have belonged to Josiah.
The time of death was between 12am and 5:30am. It was suggested that whoever killed them were patiently waiting in the attack until everyone was asleep because there was evidence of 2 cigarettes, hinting there was more then one killer.
Beginning on the master bedroom, the killer(s) killed Josiah and Sarah as they slept. Josiah took more of the blows then the rest of the victims. His injuries were severe enough that his eyes were missing. The blade of the axe was the cause of injuries, but the rest of the victims were killed by the blunt end of the weapon. The Moore children were then killed the same way as their parents. After that, the killer returned to the master bedroom and continued bludgeoning Josiah and Sarah. Lena and Ina were then killed in their bedroom. Lena was thought to be awake and tried to fight back due to the way she was found on the bed and the defensive wound on her arm. She may have been assault due to how her nightgown was on her body.
The murder scene was a bizarre one. Beside the axe that was used was a 4 pound piece of slab bacon. The mirrors were covered with clothes that were taken from the dresser drawers and on the kitchen table was a plate of uneaten food and a bowl of bloody water.
Reverend George Kelly was tried twice for the murder, but it was either a hung jury or it was acquitted. He was originally from England, but came to America in 1904. He had preached at Methodist churches across North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa. He had a reputation of odd behaviour. When he was visiting a few communities north of Villisca. He had spent time in a mental hospital and was convicted of sending obscene material through the mail.
There were several other suspects in the murders, but none of them were charged leaving the Villisca axe murders as one of America’s unsolved murders.
|Posted on May 13, 2019 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
I’ve been to Disneyland enough times to know what to do and what not to do. A lot of it is common sense, but there are people who just don’t want to use it and it gets old really fast. Depending on the person, sometimes we can just shrug them off and walk away, but there are things that we should do at Disneyland that will make everything go smoothly and make the trip go without a hitch.
Here is a list of things you should and shouldn’t do at the park even if you think its ok, there will be people who will be secretly judging you and its not going to feel good.
-Wear Comfortable Shoes
If you are known to wear ballerina flats, heels or fancy work shoes on a regular basis, don’t wear them when you know your going to be walking for miles. If you can’t last more then a couple hours in a certain pair of shoes then you know those shoes aren’t meant to be worn at Disney.
I’m a person who burns. That’s why I put on sunscreen throughout the day, if I don’t then I can hear my dad’s voice in my head telling me to put on lotion. If I feel like I’m getting red then I’m put some on just to make sure. Even if you don’t burn, its better to be safe then sorry. Lather up and watch out for redness. Don’t be fooled.
-Bring Water and Snacks
Grab water and snacks on the way to the park. You don’t want to spend all your money on Disney prices. It will add up at the end of the day. If you have allergies, its better if you can pick snacks out yourself then assume that the churros were made in a nut free environment.
-Use Fastpass, Single Riders and Rider Swap.
If you have a child that is too short for a ride, one parent can take the older child on the ride as the other parent takes the younger one on a another ride and then the parents can swap so both parents can go on the ride. Take advantage.
-Be Nice To Cast Members
The trick to remember is if you don’t want someone saying something rude and offensive to you then don’t be rude and offensive to someone. Treat others the way you want to be treated. The cast members have been in the sun dealing with people 8 or more hours a day. They don’t need people to be mean.
If you are coming from somewhere that is currently cold, bring things that you would wear if it was summer. Shorts, t-shirts, things that would make you comfortable in the sun. Also bring a hat.
You need fuel to keep going. Grab a snack and people watch. Take a break and relax.
-Do everything in one day.
Pace yourself. If your there for a few days, you will have plenty of time to see everything. Don’t expect to see every parade, show or go on every ride within the first 5 minutes your there.
Disney strollers or even one you bring from home are bulky and heavy. They take up way to much room when your walking around. People will be stick behind you because they can’t get around because the stroller is taking up the most space. I know Disney is a kid/family friendly place, but if your kid is able to fit into a stroller there is a chance that the kid isn’t going to remember the trip at all. Wait till the kid is able to walk by themselves and can do it for long periods of time
-Stop In The Middle To Take Pictures.
I’ve been stuck behind people who stop and want a picture of the castle at night when its all lit up, but if the line is single file and there’s a line of people behind you, keep going. Especially if its after the fireworks when everyone is trying to get to a ride on the other side of the park. Don’t be the person that holds up the line.
-Buy A Poncho
Your going on a ride to get wet. If you want to stay dry then don’t go on a water ride. Don’t spend the money on a poncho at Disney prices when your only going to wear it once and throw out once you get home.
-Wear Sandals/Flip Flops
Wearing flat shoes will be killer on your feet, legs and knees. Even if you can wear them for hours at home. Disneyland is a different experience when it comes to walking. You need the support.
-Have A Detail Plan
If you are the type of person who plans everything to the very second, throw that out the window. In Disneyland, anything could happen. Rides break down, shows get canceled, restaurants have long wait times, your spend half the day waiting in live for Indiana Jones. Just go with it. Have a good time. There’s no rush.
Of course, this list is always changing. You have to respect the other families that are at the park. They are there for the same reason you are. If you don’t want to someone to be rude and disrespectful to you then don’t do it to someone else. When it comes to the cast members, they are there because they want to bring magic to the guests. You don’t know what goes on when the cast members go home at the end of the day. Show them you care, smile and say thank you.
|Posted on April 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
Millicent Lillian “Peg” Entwistle was born on February 5, 1908 in Port Talbot, UK. She was a British stage and screen actress. By the time she was 17, she had appeared in several broadway productions. In 1927, when she was 19 years old, Peg married Robert Keith, but by 1929, they divorced. For those 2 years, Peg was the stepmother of Robert’s son, Brian who is known as Uncle Bill in the 60’s show, “A Family Affair.”
Peg dreamt of being an actress, but unfortunately her dream never came true. She is better known for her death then her career. She had only starred in one movie, “Thirteen Women” which came out after her death, but even then her role was cut down severely before its release.
On September 16, 1932, Peg had made her way towards the Hollywood sign. At that time you were able to make the trek to the famous sign and touch the letters, but now the area is fenced off and is under surveillance. The closet you can come to the sign is above it and look down at the infamous letters. Peg made the decision to jump off the letter H. She left behind some of her belongings like a shoe, her purse and a jacket; which a hiker found not knowing they belonged to the actress. She also wrote a suicide note that read:
I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E
Her cause of death according to the coroner was multiple fractures of the pelvis. Peg was cremated and her ashes was buried next to her father in Oak Cemetery in Glendale, Ohio. At the time of her death, her uncle who she was living with after the death of her father said that she told him she was going to be going to the drugstore then meet up with some friends. He had no idea that was going to be the last time he would see and talk to his niece. The day after her death, she got a letter in the mail saying she was offered a role in a play at the Beverley Hills Playhouse. She was only 24 years old.
The appearance of a young blond woman wearing 1930s clothing is a common sighting. She appears to be sad and brooding, but she disappears faster then she appears. The scent of gardenias is a common smell around the area. Gardenias was Peg’s favourite. Nobody knows why she decided to end her life, but we know that she will never leave Hollywood. A place where she felt like she belonged.
|Posted on April 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Bobby Fuller was known as a rockstar, songwriter and guitarist. He was best known as a member of the band “The Bobby Fuller Four” Their number one hit was “I Fought The Law” The band performed 2 songs in the 1966 spring movie, “The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini” “I Fought The Law” only reached #33 in the UK, the song was much revered by rock and roll fans, but in America, the song reached to #9. Nancy Sinatra was a fan of the band and was seen often at their concerts. Bobby was born in Texas and had a maternal older half brother, Jack and a younger brother, Randy who was in the band as well. He was mesmerized by Elvis and adopted the styles of fellow Texan, Buddy Holly. Bobby often used original material when fronting his own four man combo.
Within weeks of “I Fought The Law” becoming a top 10 hit, Bobby’s young life was cut short. After performing a gig just a few days before, he left home after receiving a phone call and took the family Oldsmobile to attend a meeting. Later that day, his mother found Bobby dead in said vehicle outside of his Hollywood apartment. Bobby’s face, chest and side were covered in “petechial haemorrhages” probably caused by gasoline vapours and the summer heat. There were no bruises, broken bones, cuts, no evidence of a beating. On the autopsy report, murder and suicide were checked off, but they had question marks next to them. Some people believe Bobby was murdered even when there was a cause of death. He had multiple stab wounds and was soaked in gasoline. Some say his death was the mob and other rumours stated it was the Manson Family. There was no criminal investigation by the LAPD due to the sudden death of the police chief just a few days earlier. There was evidence that Bobby was in the advanced state of rigour mortis by the time he was found and that the car wasn’t where it was 30 minutes prior to when his mom found it. Its suggested that Bobby had died somewhere else.
His brother, Randy has never found closure due to the fact he had to go on with life without knowing who killed his older brother. Nobody has come forward or have been charged with the murder of Bobby Fuller. He was 23 years old.
|Posted on April 6, 2019 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
When you go to Disneyland, there are always rides that you have to go on. It doesn’t matter how long the lines are, you want to ride it as many times as you can before the day ends. Its the excitement of knowing that the drop down a massive hill is going to be a thrill no matter how many times you’ve rode it or you know its just around the corner. Here are a list of my favourite Disneyland rides that are a must ride when you are in the wonderful world of Disney.
The Haunted Mansion: I love anything that is haunted, houses, hotels, anything that as a dark history. This ride is perfect for not only a story, but for the darkness of it, meaning that its a ride in the dark, but its not dark enough for kids to not be afraid of it. The characters in the ride and just the overall story of the ride is good one to check out. If you go during the holidays, it changes over to The Nightmare Before Christmas, which honestly, I’m not a fan of. I prefer the Haunted Mansion and the hitchhiking ghosts.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: If you are a fan of pirates or just Johnny Depp then this ride is a must. Its a casual water ride where you get to witness a gun battle between two ships, take a stroll thru town and watching a pirate skeleton man the helm of a ship thru a thunderstorm, which is probably my favourite part of the ride. Its a ride you can sit back and enjoy. Its indoors and it gives you some time to get off your feet and out of the sun and relax.
Indiana Jones and the Forbidden Eye: Its probably one of the longest lines in the park even if you get single rider, there still might be a wait, but its worth it. If you like the Indiana Jones series then this is a ride for you. The classic ball rushes towards and you get out of the way just in time, but have no fear, Harrison Ford is there to protect you. That’s his job. The queue for the line is cool as its mostly underground and its gives you the feeling that your in a cave or a tomb. Some areas feel cooler then the other parts. I don’t know if its just a coincidence or if it was built that way, but it feels nice to go thru a cold spot.
Hollywood Tower Hotel: This ride was switched over to The Guardians Of The Galaxy, which I think is a huge disappointment seeing that I have no idea what the movie franchise is about, but I wish they kept the original ride. I love haunted hotels and this ride was perfect. It had everything, a story that was easy to follow and made you feel like you were in that time period and butterflies in your stomach when you get to the top and it drops when you least expect, but if you’ve been on it numerous times, you know what’s going to happen, but it still gave you that feeling of excitement. I wish it was still around.
Splash Mountain: A classic ride that comes with a song you can sing along to without having it drive you crazy like Its A Small Ride. Its both a indoor and outdoor and its nice for a cool down if you have the patience to wait in line for more then a hour. You just have to remember to take a look around and take in the scenery before you take that plunge down the massive hill and get soaked.
Space Mountain: If you are afraid of the dark and/or roller coasters then this ride isn’t for you. Its a combination of speed, tight turns and darkness. You don’t know if your going left, right or straight until the last second and if your lucky, you’re take a good picture.
Toy Story Mania: If you love playing shooting games and hitting targets then is a good ride. The line is long, but the combination of 3D, toy story and target shooting makes up for it. You race the person next you know in getting the highest score, but you can always go back and get better.
California Screaming: This was changed over to the Incredicoaster. Its the same ride, but its just a different design. Its right in the centre and you can watch people take off and go thru the loop and hear them scream at the top of their lungs. The picture may not be perfect, due to the faces you’ll make racing around the corner, but its always makes for a good laugh.
Radiator Springs Racers: I wasn’t sure if I was going to like CarsLand, but its a well done and there are so many things to see especially at night. Radiator Springs Racers with worth the wait, but if you want to you can do single riders which goes by a lot faster. Go on it at least once. You get to race against the people in the car next to you. It doesn’t matter what car you get into, you don’t know your doing to win, you may lose a few times in the same car before you win.
If you are planning on going to Disneyland, have fun, put on lots of sunscreen, drink lots of water and travel safe.
|Posted on March 22, 2019 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
I was never the type of person to socialize during class. I never really had a solid group of people that I hung out with at lunch. It was different depending on the day. I knew people in every grade so I just hung out with whoever knew me and they seemed to be alright with that. I never felt a connection with the people in my grade because I found them to be judgemental especially the classmates that I didn’t grew up with. The people I knew since kindergarten were more supportive because we knew each other, I never had a close connection with the people who I met on the first day of school. It seemed like they were in it just to make high school the best years of their lives and they didn’t care who they were friends with to make that happen. There were people who I would hang out with in outside of school. They became my BFF for a few months, get bored and move on. Then we just became someone we pass in the hallway, not acknowledging why we stopped hanging out. It would be something that we never talked about, a non-verbal agreement to never bring it up.
When it comes to going to places where there’s lots of people. I sit in the corner and observe what’s going on around me. I’ve always been shy and quiet. I never know what to say when it comes to people I don’t know. I’ve always wanted people to come up to me and start a conversation. If people were interested in getting to know me then they would make the first move and approach me. A lot of the time, I won’t go somewhere if I don’t know anybody or if I know there is someone going that I don’t like being around. I’ll try and avoid them and not make eye contact, which in my case, not making eye contact is pretty easy. Going up to someone in public and say ‘hi”, especially in a public place is never easy. If I don’t know you then I won’t talk to you. I know going up to people is a way to make friends, but I have a thing when it comes to doing it. I have this feeling that they don’t want to spark up a conversation with me because they sense there’s something “off” about me and they don’t want to be associate with that. I want get over it, step out of my comfort zone and make friends, but interacting is hard. I hate not knowing what a person is feeling or thinking. I want to be able to read people’s emotions and expressions, but everything looks the same to me.
We all meet and lose friends. It happens to everyone. If we kept the friends we met in kindergarten, I don’t think we would grow as people and individuals. We have to find who we are without the influence of others. Some of us may go down the wrong path, get into trouble with the law, find drugs, develop a criminal record. Other people would want change that about themselves because they grew up in a house with that kind of atmosphere and they don’t want to end up just like the people they know. They want to make the world a better place. We need to meet people who bring us up and not kick us when we’re down. We don’t need that kind of negativity in our life. I try and be a good friend. I try to be nice to the people around me. Being nice can go a long way and I don’t want to be known as someone who gives off bad vibes. I want to bring positivity and not make someone feel like they’re alone in the world. I want to. think good thoughts and hope they get passed on.
|Posted on March 21, 2019 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
I always knew I wanted to write a book, but I never knew where to begin. I didn’t know if I wanted to write what its like to have Aspergers and my experiences with living it or if I wanted to take one of the millions of ideas that have been floating around in my head and write a full length fiction novel, but I thought that maybe writing about my life experiences in my blog would be a lot easier then spending months maybe even years writing a book that may not even get published. My blog could be my book and anyone from anywhere in the world can access it at any time. Who knows, my blog entries could eventually turn into a book, if it falls into the right hands. Until that happens, lets write about Aspergers and see where it takes me. This could my way of escaping and let out all the things that race thru my mind. Just a way for me to let everything out.
I came up with the idea of writing my memoirs about having Aspergers because I always wanted to inspire people and I wanted to make a difference, but I was hesitant to write this because I didn't want to give to much information about myself. I didn’t want to tell to much. I didn’t want the world to know every little detail about me, but then I thought about it and realized that I’m in charge of what I say and how I say it. I’m in charge of making sure that what I say comes off as inspiring and not as something that comes off as a someone who’s looking for sympathy. If I don’t want you to know something or if there’s a memory that I don’t want to share then I don’t have to talk about it. I can choose what you read and what you should know about me. All I want from this is to have people relate with me and know that their not the only one going thru whatever their going thru.
I’m not ashamed of having Aspergers, but there have been times where I wish it didn’t exist. People may be curious about why I am the way I am and they should ask questions. There have been been situations where Aspergers makes an appearance and no matter how hard I try to hide it, its seems to show up unannounced and uninvited. I really should come up with a name for it. On the other hand, its part of who I am and if I was like every one else then I wouldn’t be me. I’m one of a kind. There isn’t anyone out there who is as unique as I am. So I guess having Aspergers as its benefits. In the end, I just want to be able to be myself and hope that I can inspire at least one person. It’s my way of paying it forward. If one person learns anything from this, then maybe they can do the same for someone else and so and so forth. I hope you can come along this journey. We can learn how to deal with Aspergers together. Not every story is the same, but I hope it will help you look at the world in a different way, thru someone else’s eyes.
|Posted on March 11, 2019 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
I know people are going to think I’m going a little overboard with this, but Luke Perry’s death has hit me hard. Maybe its the way he died that has hit me or maybe its who he was as a person. You really don’t how much someone means to you until their gone. I wish I was able to be one of the lucky ones to have had the privilege to be in his presence. I’ve heard some amazing things about Luke and I never had the chance to meet him even through he was always in town filming Riverdale. What surprises me the most was how young he was. Strokes can happen to anyone at anytime, but knowing that it was that bad of a stroke in which he wasn’t able to recover.
Its a constant reminder that life is short. You got to do what you can to make life as amazing and meaningful as possible. Luke was the shining light in many lives, he was a friend and a sweetheart with a heart of gold. The impact that he left in the world is the same one I want to leave. I want to be remembered in the same way. Luke Perry is someone I inspire to be. I want have a life that’s extraordinary. I want people to look at my life and know that I was a friend to everyone and was willing to help others when they needed it the most. I want the things people have said about Luke and bring the same positive character traits into my life. I want to live like Luke and make every moment count.
There have been countless times when I wanted to breakdown and cry because of these feelings in losing Luke. I didn’t know him personally, but I wish I did. I will think of him daily and miss him greatly. He will always be with me, giving me that never ending love and encouragement. You will be missed for always and forever. Thank you for being who you were. You will have an lifelong impact on me. You inspire me to be a better person. I will make you proud in everything I do. Luke, I love you.
|Posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Be the change you want to see in the world. Be the one to change the world for the better. Things are going to happen if you don’t do anything about. Things get talked about, but things don’t get done. People want to see the world in a much better shape then it is now, but they don’t do the time. If you can’t back up what you say then don’t say anything. Show people that you care. Show people that you want to see things change. Pay it forward, inspire others to do good. It has to happened today, it has to happen right now. Don’t wait till it benefits you, do it while you have the chance. Tomorrow isn’t a guarantee, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We can’t put it off because we don’t know how life is going to be like when we wake up in the morning. Today has to be better then yesterday. Less talk and more doing. Be your own hero. Live a life that your proud of. Leave an impact on the world. Its in your power to make sure the world is being taken care of. We need more love then hate, we need to take care of ourselves, we need to help others, we need to be the voice for the voiceless. Be the change you want to see in the world.
|Posted on March 4, 2019 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Even if I was too young to remember Beverley Hills 90210. I knew how big of a show it was. I grew up knowing about the characters just by listening to other people talking about it and watching the show myself as I got older and the show had been off the air for 10 years. Luke Perry played my favorite character, Dylan McKay. There was something about the character that people loved. It could have been the bad boy that Dylan was or it could have been Luke Perry, but no matter who you are, Dylan was probably the first person you could think of when 90210 comes up in conversation.
Luke had a recurring role on Riverdale as Fred Andrews, Archie's dad. It was good to see him on the small screen again. It was like seeing an old friend. With some of the cast being to young to remember 90210, I know that Luke had some sort of impact on them. I've been hearing such good things about Luke. He had a heart of gold and he was grateful/thankful for what he was given and he was proud of the work he did. No matter where you knew him from, he was loyal to his fans. I'm sure everyone involved with Riverdale are going to feel the loss on set, but know that he's always going to be around.
52 years old is young to have a stroke and I was rooting for Luke to make a speedy and full recovery. Life is short and you have to grab by the horns. You never how much time you have until its too late. You have to reach for your dreams and make every day count. Make the most of everyday, make the most memories as you can.
I've experienced someone having a stroke. Its not an easy thing to witness.This touched home for me. Brought back memories. I'm sending my love to Luke's family and friends. I was thinking of Luke daily and was hoping to see him come back from the stroke stronger and better then ever.
Rest In Peace, Luke. You will forever be missed.