The Best of Crime from August 2021

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The Lin Family Murder

In the background of the 000 call, Kathy begged in Cantonese for her husband to stay, but he insisted he needed to get her parents over. She pleaded that she was more afraid than him, but in the end, he left her alone in the house where they discovered 5 bodies of her family. Read More

Buried in a bathtub: the tragic death of Lindsay Ann Hawker

Every year, young western women head to Tokyo seeking adventure and easy money in the city’s schools and hostess bars. The majority of visitors find the people warm and welcoming. However, an unlucky few discover the city’s dark side. One of them was Lindsay…

Aileen Wuornos was the first female serial killer convicted of six murders in the first degree and sentenced to the death penalty in 2002.

Aileen Wuornos first female serial killer identified.
Aileen Wuornos first female serial killer identified.
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Twelve days before Christmas in 1989, a body was found outside Ormond Beach, Florida. The victim was wrapped in an old carpet and identified as Richard Mallory, a fifty-one-year-old electrician. Further investigation by the police found that he had been convicted of rape. The autopsy revealed that he had been shot a total of twenty-four times with a 22 calibre handgun.

The Body Count Increases

Mallory was the first of many bodies that would be found. Over the next twelve months, five more victims were discovered. All of them in different locations but with almost identical circumstances. The victims were forty-three-year-old construction worker David…

Writing Tips

Can Your Followers Find You?

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If you are a content writer, I want to bet you write on several platforms, not just this one, but do your followers know where else to find you?

Imagine the scenario you wake up one morning and your favourite platform has shut down. Although not likely, any one of the third-party platforms you write for could do this; Medium, Newsbreak, Ko-fi, they could all decide to shut up shop. Are you sweating yet? Scares the hell out of me.

There will always be dedicated fans that follow you everywhere, but what about the other readers who pop in occasionally…

Clean energy and an education system to suit all

Elon Musk
Elon Musk
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Elon Musk is a billionaire, but it would be wrong to put him in the same category as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. Because, Musk is not just a rich boy looking for kicks; he is a visionary, a prophet and a genius. He is also one of the people I admire most on this planet.

A part of me believes that if he ran the world, we would have a real chance of survival. The powers will never let this happen; many other billionaires would lose their wealth to allow him to control the world. …

Ripper suspect

Florence Maybrick was also related to two Jack the Ripper suspects.

Florence and Jame Maybrick both may have been killers
Florence and Jame Maybrick both may have been killers
Florence and James Maybrick — Photo in public domain

Florence Chandler was just seventeen when she sailed aboard the Baltic liner from American to Liverpool, England. Onboard was 41-year-old James Maybrick, a cotton trader. During the voyage, the couple became close and spent much time together alone, which was not common in 1880.

By the time the couple disembarked in Liverpool, they were engaged to be married. The wedding would take place in London a short time later.
The couple then went back to America, where they had two children. Having become a family, they decided they should return to Liverpool.

However, it was not her youthful good looks…


When your wife plans your murder how do you survive?

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The morning the police burst into my house and told me someone was trying to kill me, started like every other. The first thing that sprung to mind when I heard someone had hired a hitman to murder me, was my past had finally caught up with me. The probation I received for being involved in drugs and organised crime was not enough punishment for some. That was when they told me it was my wife who wanted me dead. My loving Dalia.

It had been a strange month already; police had pulled me over several times for random searches…

Not all are my favourite, but all have had a profound effect on me.

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Books have been a part of my life forever. My earliest memories are sitting in a dusty corner of our local library, once a month, to pick my reads. My mother, an avid reader, passed her obsession on to me, and it has stayed for the last forty years.

There are many books during these years that I have read that stayed with me. You know the type. The books you don’t want to start another one immediately after because you know nothing will be that good. These books are numerous, but inevitably they fade away in your memory.



The bizarre story of Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers

Missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards
Missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards
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Richey Edwards was that rare person who was famous before he disappeared. Edwards made his name as part of the band Manic Street Preachers. Starting as a roadie for his friends, it was soon apparent they wanted him to be part of the band. They taught him to play the guitar, but it was as a lyricist that his talent shone.

However, his fame was short-lived when he disappeared on 1st February 1995; he was twenty-seven at the time, making him part of the twenty-seven club. Twenty-seven being the age that many talented performers die, the club boasts names such…

Autism Family

Early diagnosis can be beneficial in so many ways.

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Many people have asked me when I knew that little one had autism. We started seeing the signs very early on, almost at a year old. Not that I am suggesting if your child does one or more of these, they are autistic. Many of these could be nothing or attributed to something else, but if you see more than two, I would suggest thinking about seeking an assessment.

Not responding to their name

Up until the last year, little one had never responded to her name. We would call her, even make fun noises to attract her attention. She never connected that Harper was…

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