The case exposed glaring problems in forensic science and what happens when biases taint an investigation.

“The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.” — Publilius Syrus

Fear compelled her heart to build up to a terrifying and deadly 100 mph crescendo…

Shallow, rapid half gasps emanated from the 62-year-old widow as her skin turned a pallid blue… the Monster garroting her with steel wire from her kitchen.

Slow… FAST! … Slow… FAST! … Slow.

The hands of the Monster were possessed by the brute strength of a seasoned bare-knuckle boxer and the dexterity of an accomplished concert pianist — completely enveloped by fury spawned in the latter circles of hell.

FAST! (and…

The city battled a monster; the Candy Man.

The Houston Mass Murders sent the Lone Star State and the world reeling in a spiral of moral repulsion and righteous anger. The case also exposed a rabid, multi-tentacled monster hiding in 3 men showing signs of an under-reported psychological curiosity.

Six rapid-fire thunder bolts rocked the tiny hallway in the house on Lamar Drive. All finding their mark.

Trigger cocking hammer igniting primer firing round. One fluid motion, six times. All coldly mechanized in the lean, metal death machine 17-year-old Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. wielded like a fierce, adrenaline-possessed Zeus atop Mount Olympus.

As the God of Lightning slew…

The Stranger made his way to the poor, black section of town — “the negro quarter”, as it was called — finding an axe stuck in a stump as he worked his way there.

It was late evening as “Sign of the Judgement” thundered from the open door of the local black Baptist Church. “How appropriate”, he thought.

“I am the Sign of the Judgement! And tonight I shall have blood!”

The oppressive bayou humidity stuck to the Stranger’s tattered work shirt and overalls, making them feel like a second skin over his dark ebony. It was November 1909 in…

The gothic horror piece. It sublimely explores the paranormal by looking at real-world medical and psychological explanations for it.

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” — Mary Shelley, author of “Frankenstein”

Fear. It percolates in the blood — blinding us on adrenaline and primal survival instinct. Intoxicating, hyper-distilled, animalistic feeling, it drives us unlike anything else, apart from sex and hunger.

But what truly scares us most?

What if the things that scare us and can truly hurt us are not foreign, or unknown, or mystical or mythical — what if…

Designing your universe with Quantum Mysticism.

To thoroughly understand the brilliance of Salvador Dalí and “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory”, we must first briefly touch on the life of the artist himself, the thoughts or methods behind Surrealism, and develop and understanding of “The Persistence of Memory” (1931, oil on canvas, 9’5” x 1’1”), a work which really birthed “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory” (1954, oil on canvas, 25.4 cm x 33 cm).

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“The Persistence of Memory”, 1931, oil on canvas, 9.5"x1'1" Source: MOMA

Five mail bomb packages delivered to five different recipients who did not know each other.

He was toiling away in his yard when Howard Kipps’ eardrums exploded like a flock of birds unwittingly finding the thrust over a running jet engine on an airfield.

His adrenaline pumping full-speed, Howard ran into his well-kept middle-class house in a quiet area of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. What he saw shocked him to his core.

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Local records show the Kipp house how it would’ve looked from 1980–1988.

There on the kitchen floor clutching her chest was his wife, 54-year old guidance counselor Joan Kipp. Billows of blood poured onto the linoleum floor usually kept busy by the flurry of her activity as she cooked for family and friends.

His mind reeling…

The doppelgänger, or double, has a remarkable history in art, antiquity, neuroscience, and psychiatry.

Jordan Peele’s Us is a surprising and brilliant cerebral masterpiece of social horror, but the contextual information of the doppelgänger is interesting in itself, as is our accompanying list of films also dealing with the doppelgänger.

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“Us” looking remarkably like a Rorschach inkblot. Source: Publicity Still.

Probably the most prevalent of those themes is the doppelgänger, (German for “double walker”) or non-genetically related double of a person — that double usually being an evil entity. Us — from what we know so far — centers on a family (played by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) battling their doppelgängers.

This certainly adds interesting challenges for the…

The Monster of Amstetten kept his daughter as a basement sex slave for 24 years— fathering several children by her. But that’s only where the weirdness of this case begins.

The darkest spawn of hell can sometimes be lurking in harmless, safe, innocent, social disguises. Such was the case of 17-year-old Elisabeth Friztl who was kidnapped, raped 3,000 times, and kept as a sex slave by her own father for 24 years. She would rear several “basement” children by him in the mean time.

Her harrowing escape from her private hell and the incredible gravitas she showed in the face of her abuser is something we can all learn from.

The 17-year old opened her eyes in the pitch black. Her head spun like the wheels on the bus she…

This list includes the eight best horror films and shows I have in my various streaming queues right now — tried and true classics, great indie horror, and much more.

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(Screen shot from ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’, source:MoMA)

2020 has been a year that the best of horror directors probably couldn’t dream up for the big screen. Still, us horror movie diehards never get tired of the genre when the horror in question is properly executed.

What follows is a list of the eight best horror films and shows I have in my various streaming queues right now. It includes tried and true classics, great indie horror, and much more.

1. ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ (Netflix)

This is the TV series version loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel (which has as its inspiration something much more terrifying than anything fictional).

Director/writer Mike…

In a year fraught with crisis after crisis, there is still another social problem which demands more awareness — and you probably haven’t thought of it.

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I. COVID-19 and the News Cycle

2020 has been a total mess of a year. It can be hard to keep up with it as the news cycle moves at warp speed.

Nevertheless, COVID-19 has dominated much of that cycle: death rates; infection rates; hopefully, a vaccine; lockdowns; “flattening the curve”; the unemployment crisis. You’ve also likely heard of the more tertiary crises fueled by the Pandemic, like the eviction crisis and the potential explosion of homelessness. …

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