On The Dinner Table – Poor Man’s Steak

This recipe is one we discovered several years ago from a Four Ingredient Cook Book. It has become one of our favorites and it’s a great option for leftovers the next day as well. You can change the recipe to suit your family’s tastes, as it very simple and basic. But, that doesn’t mean it is without flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds ground meat
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced, you may need more sliced onion depending on how many patties you make, but we generally use one and have one slice per patty.
  • 2-3 jars of beef gravy
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup of water, if needed
  • You can use any seasonings you prefer, I usually use a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of oregano.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. You don’t need a lot of spray. If your pan is not big enough you may need to use two.

In a large bowl, mix the beef, crushed saltines, seasonings, and a little water to combine all together. Form into even sized patties, we usually get about 8-9 patties.

Heat a skillet to medium high heat, you don’t want this screaming hot. Cook the patties in the pan for 3-5 minutes on each side. **Note – They will not be fully cooked, you will finish cooking these in the oven. If you prefer your meat to be cooked more, add another minute or two on each side.**

As each patty is finished cooking, add them to the baking dish and put a sliced onion on top. Once all the patties are in the pan(s) cover them with the beef gravy. They don’t have to be swimming in the gravy.

When all the patties are in the pan and covered with onion and gravy, cover them with aluminum foil, and put into the oven to cook for 45 minutes. If the patties are not cooked to your level of doneness, keep them in another 15 minutes or until done.

You can serve the patties, with your choice of green vegetable, egg noodles or potatoes. This dish is a comfort food that will warm and fill you up.

Happy Eating!

Love Has Won

We have all heard of cults, we listened to those people who have been in them talk about the charisma, the love, the support that they had received while devoting their life to a person or cause…until it goes spectacularly wrong. The Love Has Won cult may not have gone down in a blaze of glory after a 52 day stand off, but something went wrong and a woman was found mummified.

Amy Carlson in High School

A new religious movement called, Love Has Won, was started around 2006 by Amy Carlson. Amy, born in Dallas, Texas, in 1975 started the group after becoming interested in New Age philosophy; leaving her third husband, her children, and her job to pursue the group. She also had no contact with most of her family.

Amy claimed that she had been reincarnated 534 times, and that she was really a divine being 19 billion years old and had birthed all creation. She had stated she would lead 144,000 people into a mystical 5th dimension. The group claimed that Amy was the queen of the lost continent Lemuria, that she was the daughter of Donald Trump, and had spoken to the spirit of deceased actor Robin Williams, who was now the Archangel Zadkiel. Their theology is a mix of New Age philosophy, conspiracy theories, and messiah worship. But lacked a fixed set of beliefs.

Amy was a revered leader and called “Mother God”, any of her romantic partners were given the temporary name of “Father God”.

Love Has Won was primarily based in Colorado, but the group moved briefly to Hawaii in 2020 and received a hostile reception from the locals after Amy claimed to be the Hawaiian goddess Pele. After leaving Hawaii a month after arriving, the group were in California, but were asked to leave due to overcrowding at the RV park they were staying in. They then returned to Colorado.

To support themselves, the group did daily livestreams on You Tube to recruit members, solicit donations and promote New Age products and supplements. The group had at most 30 members domestically, but claimed to have over 20 international ambassadors as well.

Love Has Won has often been described as a cult, and ex-members have accused the group of physical abuse and sleep deprivation. There have been numerous complaints with the local sheriff’s office about brainwashing and fraud. The group was featured on Dr. Phil in September of 2020 where Amy and two other members denied all accusations of abuse.

And like all cults, money was a driving factor. The group claimed that money is not important, and they repeatedly stated that hoarding money is wrong and they press followers to turn over social security benefits, cash in 401k’s and donate to their surplus of GoFundMe pages. They have been raising money for a 40 acre property in California, Crystal Schools (crystal and pure joy curriculum), a Tilt a Whirl, a new Garden of Eden and a motorhome for “Mother God”.

So how did Amy Carlson become mummified seven months later? Amy’s corpse was discovered at the end of April in 2021, in a trailer in Colorado. By her state of decay she had been dead for several weeks. Her body was wrapped in a sleeping bag with Christmas lights, her face was covered in glitter and her eyes were missing. Her followers enshrined her. It is claimed that she had died while in California, her death may have been due to the ingestion of large amounts of colloidal silver, which the group had been promoting as a COVID-19 cure. They were warned by the FDA for this.

The group advised that she had ascended and both their Facebook page and their Webpage were taken offline. Seven members of the cult were charged with abuse of a corpse and also with child abuse as there were two children living on the property as well.

Love Has Won members charged with abuse of a corpse and child abuse

There isn’t a lot of information available about Love Has Won yet, and as more comes out, perhaps we will learn more about what happened as well. Overall it sounds like your normal cult, making outrageous claims, saying you are all about love and acceptance, and then underlying that with now pay for all the stuff I want. I hope that Amy Carlson’s soul is at peace, and that her family can move on from this event.

Shout out the Cas R. who recommended this as a blog topic! Please share ideas for blogs and any comments you may have.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Honorah

*Warning – The information you are about to read may include discussions of true crimes, graphic details, and crime scenes, this may be too graphic for some people, please use discretion when reading*

Honorah Parker

The case of Honorah Parker is unique. It has the elements of a mystery novel; characters – two teenage girls, setting – a wooded park in New Zealand, the plot – a plan made in secret to remove a problem, the problem – the two girls were going to be separated from each other, and may never see each other again, the solution – murder.

Not much can be said about Honorah Parker. She was born in 1909, and lived in Christchurch New Zealand with Herbert Rieper, but it was discovered that they had never married. The couple had a daughter Pauline. Even though Honorah is the victim, this story is more about Pauline and her friend Juliet.

Pauline was born in May 1938 in Christchurch, New Zealand. As a child Pauline had a debilitating disease called osteomyelitis. This is a bone infection that can include pain in specific bones with overlying redness, fever, and weakness.

Pauline (left) and Juliet (right)

Juliet Hulme was born in London, England, in October of 1938, but arrived in New Zealand with her parents. Her father was a physicist and the rector of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. She too suffered from a debilitating disease, tuberculosis.

When Pauline and Juliet met at Christchurch Girls’ High School, they initially bonded over their respective medical conditions. As their friendship developed they created an elaborate fantasy life together. They became obsessed with each other and Pauline’s parents in particular felt the girls were becoming too close, and it may become sexual. Which at that time, was considered a serious mental illness.

In 1954, Juliet’s parents separated and the family planned to return to England. However it was decided that Juliet would be sent to relatives in South Africa, for her health. The girls felt that Pauline should go to South Africa with Juliet, and felt that the Hulmes would agree to this, but it was believed that Pauline’s mother would not allow her to go with Juliet. This was their perceived obstacle to remaining together, when it was unlikely that the Hulme’s would allow Pauline to go either.

An entry in Pauline’s diary, “…we are so brilliantly clever.” reveals a perfectly narcissistic nature that the girls’ relationship had developed into, and was becoming increasingly manic. The girls were about to do something that would have permanent consequences.

June 22, 1954, Pauline, Juliet, and Honorah went for a walk in Victoria Park. In a wooded area near a small bridge, Juliet and Pauline began bludgeoning Honorah with a brick in an old stocking. They both delivered blows to her head, and after she died, they girls fled, claiming that Honorah had fallen and hit her head. Her body was discovered moments later by the owner of the tea shop that they had all three eaten at minutes before the attack.

Pauline and Juliet at trial

Honorah Parker had major lacerations about her head, neck, and face; with minor injuries to her fingers. The murder weapon was discovered by police in the nearby woods. The girls’ story soon fell apart.

The trial for Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker was a sensational affair, with the speculation of their possible homosexuality and insanity. They were convicted in August of 1954; as they were too young for the death penalty, they were both sentenced to five years in prison. It is rumored that a condition of their release was that they were never to contact each other again.

Pauline Parker, now Hilary Nathan

After their release from prison, both girls assumed a new identity. Pauline is now known as Hilary Nathan, she ran a children’s riding school in the village of Hoo, near Strood, Kent, England. She hasn’t spoken to the press, but a statement relayed via her sister in 1996 stated she expressed strong remorse for killing her mother. She is very sorry for what she had done and it had taken her nearly five years to realize what had happened.

Juliet Hulme, now Anne Perry

Following her release, Juliet settled in England, and also had a new identity, Anne Perry. Until 1994, it was not known that Anne Perry, famous novelist of historical detective books, was Juliet Hulme. She has talked about her role in the case in the past but when asked if she thinks about Honorah Parker, she has stated, “No. She was somebody I barely knew.”

There it is, story of Honorah Parker, and how her daughter, Pauline, has become a hermitic, remorseful person, and how Juliet, became a cold, best selling author, with very little remorse for the crime she committed. I personally have not read books by her, and I don’t intend to start. I feel that the crime committed, is horrible, even if it was over sixty years ago. What are your thoughts on this case? Do you feel the girls should have been sentenced longer? There was the suspicion that they were lovers, this has been denied by Juliet, but….but maybe it was true?

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

The location where Honorah Parker was murdered in Victoria Park, New Zealand.

Mystery – The Black Dahlia

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Elizabeth Short, better known as The Black Dahlia, was a highly publicized case due to the graphic nature of the crime and how her body was mutilated after her death. There were many suspects in the case, however it hasn’t officially been solved, perhaps you will share popular opinions, or have a theory of your own.

Elizabeth was born in Boston Massachusetts in July 1924. Her parents Cleo and Phoebe May, had a total of five daughters, Elizabeth being in the middle. After the stock market crash, Cleo lost most of his savings, and the family became broke. In 1930, his car was found abandoned on the Charlestown Bridge, and it was assumed he committed suicide.

In 1942, Cleo Short, wrote to his wife and advised he was alive and started a new life in California. At age 18, Elizabeth went to Vallejo, CA, to live with her father, whom she hadn’t seen since she was six. She only lived with him a couple of weeks before she moved out in January 1943.

Elizabeth settled in the Los Angeles area, and was working as a waitress before her death. Elizabeth has been described as an aspiring actress, although no known acting jobs or credits have been associated to her name.

The Murder

On January 9, 1947, Elizabeth returned home to Los Angeles after a brief trip with Red Manley, a married salesman she had been dating. He claimed that he had dropped her off at the Biltmore Hotel as she was meeting her sister there. Staff at the hotel claim they had seen her, and later she was seen at the Crown Grill Cocktail Lounge about a half mile away.

Unfortunately nobody fully knows what fully happened to Elizabeth from January 9 to January 15 when her body was found. All we know is that she was found in a largely undeveloped neighborhood by a woman and her three year old daughter. She rushed to call police when she realized it was not a store mannequin.

Elizabeth’s severely mutilated body was severed completely at the waist, drained of blood leaving her skin a pallid white. It was determined that she had been dead approximately 10 hours. Her body was washed by her killer, and her face was slashed from the corners of her mouth to her ears, creating a “Glasgow Smile”. Her body also had several cuts on her thighs and breasts, where portions were sliced away. Her body had been posed.

The Suspects

January 24, a suspicious manila envelope containing Elizabeth’s belongings was discovered by a Postal worker. The packet has been cleaned similarly to her body, so police suspected it came from her killer.

One of the items that were sent to police was an address book with Mark Hansen, written on it. Mark was a wealthy nightclub and theater owner. Red Manley was the last to see her alive, and Martin Lewis was an acquaintance of hers. All were cleared of suspicion in her murder.

Many men were investigated and many made false confessions. The one person that many believe committed the crime was Dr. George Hill Hodel Jr. He was never formally charged with the crime and after his passing he was accused by his own son, a Los Angeles homicide detective.

Dr. Hodel was suspected in the death of his secretary Ruth Spaulding and was accused of raping his own daughter, but was acquitted. He had fled the country and spent the last 40 years of his life in The Philippines.

Dr. Hodel had a medical degree, and the way that Elizabeth was bisected required some surgical skill. At least 8 witnesses claimed a first hand relationship in 1946 between Elizabeth and Dr. Hodel. He was the prime suspect as discovered in the case file dated 1950. His house was bugged and he was overhead saying, “Supposin’ I did kill the Black Dahlia. They can’t prove it now. They can’t talk to my secretary anymore because she’s dead. They thought there was something fishy. Anyway, now they may have figured it out. Killed her. Maybe I did kill my secretary.”

So do you feel the Doctor did the deed? Or was it someone else? I personally believe it was Dr. Hodel who committed the crime. Please let me know your thoughts and theories.

Be ever alert, make good choices, be safe

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day. A day we celebrate those fierce woman who carried us, endured the pain of labor and childbirth, and spent uncountable days and minutes worrying about us.

Where we happy? Warm enough? Had enough to eat? Loved? Safe? She worries about us, and still does regardless of our age or where we are.

Moms are our most loyal supporters, the ones in our corner, helping fight our battles. She’s the one who has no problem providing advice, or telling you what a moron you are. But she always loves us.

Here’s to all the Mom’s, Step Mom’s, Foster Mom’s, Adopted Mom’s, Surrogate Mom’s, and even those women who may have only been in your life briefly. Remember to call them, thank them, and love them for all they have done!

Thank you Moms!!

Shout out to Peggy B. Jennifer Y. Miranda B. Jessica Y. Sue S. And Susanne V. You are all some of the best moms I know! Enjoy your day!!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Summerwind

Wisconsin has many haunted locations, one that has a long history of the paranormal is a location called Summerwind. It is also known as Lamont Mansion. The building itself has now been destroyed, and any remaining ruins are closed to the public.

Summerwind was located on a private island on the edge of West Bay Lake in Vilas county, at the top of Wisconsin. The Victorian style home was purchased by Robert Patterson Lamont in 1916. The stories of ghosts and haunted experiences began almost immediately.

The servants of Mr. Lamont claimed that there was a translucent woman walking around the driveway. Mr. Lamont discarded their claims until one night when eating dinner, the Lamonts heard the basement door rattling, going to investigate, Mr. Lamont fired a pistol at a ghost one night and was so frightened that he and his family abandoned the house.

The next owners that felt unsafe in the house were Mr. and Mrs. Keefer. Mrs. Keefer believed the house to be haunted and abandoned all her possessions, clothes, food, and furniture.

Finally in 1969, the next owners Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw and their six children had their own disturbing experiences in the house as well. Ghostly images of women, vague shapes and shadows flickering. They also claimed to hear voices in empty rooms.

After six months of living in the house, Arnold suffered a nervous breakdown and Ginger had contemplated suicide. They then sold the some back to the Keefer family.

In 1980 the popularity of the mansion as a paranormal site exploded when it was covered by Life Magazine as one of the Top 9 most terrifying sites in the United States. Unfortunately in 1988, the abandoned home was struck by lightning and ultimately burned to the ground. There were no suspicions of arson.

However are the claims actually true, or is it all a major hoax? Have you been to the ruins of Summerwind? Have you experienced the sights of ghostly apparitions or voices on the wind? We may never know as the property is only in ruins, and still privately owned. If you have had experience at this location, please share with me!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Edward

*Warning – The information you are about to read includes discussions of true crimes, graphic details, and crime scenes, this may be too graphic for some people, please use discretion when reading*

Wisconsin can lay claim to the real life inspiration for Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs), Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Norman Bates (Psycho). Plainfield, WI, is a small village located near the center of the state. This was also the stage for Edward Gein to make good on his morbid curiosities. And we aren’t talking about your average arts and crafts, Edward enjoyed grave robbing, preserving human flesh, and murder.

Ed Gein was born in LaCrosse, WI to George and Augusta Gein. He was the youngest of two boys, his older brother Henry was born in 1901, Ed born in 1906. George was an alcoholic and Augusta was a domineering and strict woman especially with her sons. When Ed was young the family permanently relocated to Plainfield, Wisconsin, on a 155 acre farm. The farm was fairly isolated and Augusta turned away anyone who may have negatively influenced her boys.

In 1940, George died at age 66 due to his alcoholism. Henry and Ed began to do odd jobs around town to cover expenses and were considered reliable and honest, Ed even babysat for his neighbors. In 1944, while burning marsh vegetation, Henry died. His death wasn’t from the fire but from heart failure. It was later stated that there were bruises on Henry’s head, it would be suspected that Ed had aided in his brothers demise.

Inside the Gein home

Ed and Augusta were now alone. In 1945, Augusta suffered a stroke and was solely in Ed’s care. After a second stroke, her health deteriorated quickly and she died in December of 1945 at 67 years old. Ed was now alone in the world, and he had lost his only friend and love of his life. He remained at the farm and sold the parcel of land his brother had owned, and worked odd jobs to support himself. The rooms his mother had occupied were sealed off and turned into a shrine. The rest of the house would become unkempt.

The body of Bernice Worden

In 1957, Plainfield Hardware store owner Bernice Worden disappeared. The last receipt written was for antifreeze to Edward Gein. When they went out to Gein’s farm, they discovered a macabre sight. Bernice Worden was dressed out like a deer, hanging in the shed, with her head in a burlap bag. Mutilations were made after her death. Edward was then arrested.

When authorities searched the Gein farmhouse they discovered more grisly evidence:

Artifacts located in the Gein home
  • Whole human bones and fragments
  • A wastebasket made of human skin
  • Human skin covering several chair seats
  • Skulls on bedposts
  • Bowls made from human skulls
  • A corset made from a female torso, skinned from shoulders to waist
  • Masks made from female heads
  • Mary Hogan’s face mask and head
  • Nine vulvae in a shoe box
  • A belt made from female nipples
  • A lampshade made from the skin of a human face

These items were all photographed at the state crime laboratory, and then decently disposed of.

After his arrest, Ed was questioned by investigators, and admitted to visiting numerous graves as many as 40, and taking parts or the whole body back to his home, where he tanned their skins, to make a “woman suit” so that “he could become his mother – to literally crawl into her skin.”

Ed also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, a tavern owner who has been missing since 1954, and whose head was found in his house. Her body was never recovered from the Gein farm.

Edward faced trial and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was sent to the Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He remained in the mental hospital the rest of his life, passing away July of 1984 at the age of 77. He is buried in Plainfield near his mother, father, and brother. His grave stone has been stolen several times, and now his grave remains unmarked.

The house and possessions of Edward Gein were destroyed by fired in 1958. A garbage fire was set near the home by the cleaning crew to dispose of refuse. Arson was suspected but never confirmed.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

Beer Battered Cheese Curds

Being from Wisconsin I love cheese. And there is nothing better than a fresh cheese curd. The salty, squeaky, mini block of cheese just makes every cloudy day a little brighter. Now, I would never advise to store your cheese curds in the fridge if you plan to eat them as is, room temperature is the absolute best way to enjoy them, however this recipe does call for you to have your curds in the freezer for about an hour. Don’t worry it’s part of the process and is necessary. However the remaining cheese curds that you do not fry up, should remain at room temperature, and enjoyed in all their squeaky deliciousness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts of oil for frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of beer (Use a domestic beer, such as Miller, Leinenkugels, New Glarus, or Point Beer)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (depending on how salty your cheese is, this may not be needed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pounds of cheese curds, separated
  • Extra flour for coating the curds
  • **Optional – after battering the curds you can coat them in Panko if you are looking for a little extra crunch**

Directions:

  • Put your cheese curds into the freezer for an hour. Heat your oil to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl mix, flour, baking soda, beer, salt, and eggs until just combined.
  • Take a drink of beer and smile, as you will be even happier in a couple minutes.
  • Take our your frozen cheese curds and lightly flour them. Dip them into the beer batter and completely cover them, you want to let the excess batter drip off, as you only need a light coating of the batter.
  • Place curds into the heated oil and fry for a few minutes until golden brown on all sides. Only fry a few at a time so the oil doesn’t cool down too much. Once browned remove them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve them immediately by themselves, with ranch or ketchup.
The Gunny Sack Cheese Curds

These are great anytime, however you can make them for cooking out with your favorite brats and burgers, or at a tailgating party. It’s important to note that your cheese curds can differ in flavor if you use an inferior beer, so please fry responsibly and use a Wisconsin beer brand, trust me, we know what we are doing when it comes to both beer and cheese. 🙂

Happy Eating!

Oconomowoc Crafty Burger

Truly Weird and Shocking – Black River Falls

Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is located in Jackson County, in the western part of the state. Population as of 2019 is 3465 people. While Black River Falls is an outdoor enthusiasts ideal destination as it has forested areas, water access and trails; what you see today as a picturesque town was not what you would have seen in the late 19th century. It seems that Black River Falls has a dark past, that may be unexplained.

The 1973 book by Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, relays the full history of the time, and it was adapted into movie in 1999. The horrors the plagued Black River Falls, began around 1890 and ended around 1910.

A few of the books highlights:

Botched burial leads to woman biting her finger half off. Mrs. Sarah Smith was buried in Rosedale Cemetery and she was buried alive. When exhumed her body was on it’s side and her fingers were half bitten off. It is believed this occurred when she realized her fate.

Teenager steals property after killing landowner. 13 year old John Anderson, ran away from home and shot a farmer at close range. With his 10 year old brother they took over the property until the farmer’s brother arrived. After a chase John was caught and sentenced to life in prison.

Self diagnosis of cancer, results is fire. A 60 year old woman, attempted to remove a malignant sore from her back, by setting herself on fire.

The fear of being possessed causes a woman to drown her three children at a beach. Mrs. John Larson, suffering from mental illness drowned her three children at Lake St. Croix. The bodies of two children were recovered.

Distraught farmer goes out with a bang. Mr. Christ Wold decided to take his own life by uncommon means. He dug a hole and filled it with dynamite, stuck his head in and lit the fuse.

Diptheria epidemic ravaged the town, causing mass murders and suicides. The grief and panic caused by the deadly illness resulted in many children dying. Citizens burned down houses and were plagued by the disease in the early 1890’s.

Pyromaniac destroyed several homes after going to a carnival. Lydia Berger, 15, set fired to her father’s barn and home, after she was disciplined for going to a carnival. When staying with neighbors, she then set fire to their property as well. She set several fires before being apprehended and admitting to the arson.

The infamous Wisconsin Window Smasher was addicted to cocaine and eventually committed to an asylum. Mary Sweeney claimed to destroy over $50,000 worth of glass, while using cocaine to “quiet her nerves”. She was jailed over 100 times and eventually institutionalized.

What caused this twenty years of madness in a small town in Wisconsin? Was there something sinister at work, or was it simply a series of tragedies that eventually ended it death to so many? If you have read the book, or viewed the movie, please share your opinions with me, love to understand this a little bit more.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Melissa

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Melissa Haferman

This week is showcasing Wisconsin, today’s True Crime case is very close to home, Melissa Haferman was a girl I went to school with and graduated from high school with, I remember her and I don’t want the world to forget her either. Here is the story of Melissa Haferman (married name – Januskevicius), also known on stage as Melissa Love.

Melissa was born in Madison WI, on December 20, 1978. From an early age Melissa loved to sing and started with nursery rhymes eventually singing the National Anthem. At 13 years old, she and her family moved to Stevens Point, WI, where she eventually graduated from the Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) in 1997.

After graduation Melissa pursued her future in the country music scene, by going to Nashville TN. She recorded her first CD in 1999, and then had gotten on a bus to come back to Wisconsin. She would never make it.

August 1999, Louisville Kentucky, a body was discovered in a vacant lot near the Louisville bus depot. The victim had died due to strangulation, but the case soon grew cold for investigators. The body was identified as Melissa Haferman.

Melissa had been traveling back to Wisconsin and she had a layover of one hour in Louisville. In that hour’s time, she was abducted. Her partially clad body was discovered a few blocks from the bus depot. Her killer would not be identified for over 4 years.

In 2004 another young woman Amanda Wood, pregnant at the time, went missing and was later found in the basement of Betty Goins. She was wrapped in plastic and duct tape.

This murder was committed in Tennessee, and while in police custody Glenn confessed to the murder of Melissa, four years earlier, when he was 18 years old. Sadly Goins didn’t just admit to the murders of Amanda and Melissa, he admitted to three other killings, and “fuzzy recollections” of four others.

Unfortunately the families would not see justice, as Glenn Goins committed suicide while in police custody awaiting trial.

Be ever alert, make good choices, be safe

Cover of Melissa’s one and only CD