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FOUR WORDS

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I always fancied myself as a bit of a writer. And that is why I attended a writing class. But these novels – they’re 80,000 words. I don’t have the time, patience or talent to write something that is 80,000 words.My writing teacher always stayed behind to discuss anything extra with students. She was a good teacher. She was kind, patient and generous with her time. I waited for the classroom to completely empty before telling her about my lack of writing confidence and that I want to write something small but effective. It was an issue I felt stupid about, and I was relieved we were alone.“Well what are you interested in?” She asked.“Horror.” I replied.And it’s true, I love horror. Horror movies, horror films, anything that can scare the beejezus out of me.“Have you heard of Reddit?” She asked me.“C’mon. Who hasn’t heard of Reddit?” I laugh.“Well, they have a page called Short Scary Stories. It’s five hundred words.” She said.“How the hell can I scare someone in just five hundred word…

TRUE CRIME: SHEILA DAVALLOO

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A Real-Life Fatal Attraction — SHEILA DAVALLOOThe murder of a love rival, a ‘sex’-game gone wrong, an attempted murder plot and a fatal attraction. The real-life story of Sheila Davalloo is almost as bat-shit as she is. Murderess Sheila DavallooIt all started with a workplace romance between Sheila and her handsome colleague Nelson Sessler and it ended in the brutal murder of Anna-Lisa Raymundo — Sheila's love rival and Nelson’s fiancĂ©e. This is a true story that is Shakespearean in nature with its age-old themes of jealousy, hatred, love and vengeance.Sheila is an Iranian/American murderess currently serving her time in Bedford Hills, Connecticut. At the time of the slayings Sheila was a pharma researcher with a seemingly perfect life — as clichĂ© as that may sound.Sheila was happily married to Paul Christos, she had an excellent career as a research scientist for Purdue Pharma and her husband Paul was studying for his own doctorate in epidemiology. They were a new family taking ho…

A MATCH MADE IN HELL (KEEP BJ SIFRIT BEHIND BARS)

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The subject of M. William Phelps’ magnificent true crime book CRUEL DEATH; Erika and Benjamin (BJ) Sifrit were a match made in Hell.BJ was a thuggish, violent, ill-tempered bully while Erika was a highly strung, compulsive nervous wreck riddled with anxiety. There is an argument made in Phelps’ book that if these two had never met, they may never had descended into the chaotic and murderous events that would eventually get them locked up. It would seem that the love that these two had for one another was a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode on the unfortunate souls that they would encounter in their search for the ultimate thrill. Married within a couple months — The SifritsLike a 21st Century Starkweather/Fugate — these two had a love that killed.It was a week of murder and robbery for this married couple that would ultimately lead to their eventual arrest, trial and sentencing — because of the gravity of their crimes Erika and BJ deserve to rot in their jail cell forever. So, …

CHIMP WARS: THE SPOILS OF WAR [NON-FICTION/SCIENCE]

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CHIMP WARS: How Two Societies of Chimpanzees Engaged in a Four-Year Civil WarInitially observed by famous researcher Jane Goodall in the 1970s. The true story of the Chimpanzee wars revealed a huge anthropological finding in our own human ability for societies to splinter and separate.The story goes that a tribe of Chimpanzees engaged in war during a societal split; when a large party of the tribe mutinied and separated. This caused a four-year war over territory and resources between the great apes.The GOMBE WAR reveals an inner truth about our own human propensity for genocide and bloodshed.It is regrettable that since colonial independence Africa as a continent has been subject to many civil wars including the horrors of the Congo, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Angola and Libya. However; the Gombe War is the strangest African war that you will read; it is a key piece in the puzzle of human creation — it is a story that is 10 million years in the making.The setting was the Gombe Stream National…

THE SCORPION AND THE FROG (Colourised) - SHORT STORY

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THE SCORPION AND THE FROG (Colourised)The relationship was drawing to a close; it was time for Rebecca to end it. It’d been a year for Rebecca (AKA Brown Eyes) and she’d settled in to a quieter life with Marc while she waited for the heat to die down. A year of her life with Marc. A year of domestic bliss. It was all dinner parties and engagements, flowers whenever she came home and home cooked pasta bake melting in the oven. She hadn’t hated it, but she grew bored of it and things just came to an end. It wasn’t even her decision really. “End it and come home.” The Man said down the phone to her.She knew what that meant. Nothing more needed to be said. The relationship was over. She didn’t need Marc anymore. That was that... End it. And so, she arranged a boat trip for them both. Rebecca and Marc. A fishing trip in fact. She had never been fishing before. She knew Marc liked fishing and she knew Marc was desperate to get her doing things that he loved. Marc was pleasant – his company …