Mystery – Capital City Murders

Many crimes in the United States go unsolved, families do not get closure and the victims do not get justice. This case is one of those, it remains unsolved and after 7 victims and 53 years, it may remain a cold case forever. It’s possible that the perpetrator is still alive, it’s possible that they may be incarcerated, or moved to another location. We may never know. Here is the case of the Capital City Murders.

1968, Madison, Wisconsin – The first body is discovered on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, with 14 stab wounds. Christine Rothschild had been strangled and her upper and lower jaws had been broken, her gloves were pushed into her throat. She was found in the bushes next to Sterling Hall, Christine resided in a different dormitory.

1976, Cross Plains, Wisconsin – A village west of Madison Wisconsin, a body was found in a gully. The charred and decomposed remains of Debra Bennett were discovered; and during her autopsy it was discovered that she had been dead for at least 10 days. Her dental records had enabled her to be identified. She had been staying at the Cardinal Hotel in Madison; and three weeks after her body was discovered, the key to her hotel room was mailed to the hotel, no note, return address or ID marks. Debra’s cause of death is unknown.

1978, Waunakee, Wisconsin – Just outside of Madison, sits the village of Waunakee. Julie Ann Hall was found in a shallow grave along the side of the road. She had been dead for at least 3 days. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. She worked on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, and there were no suspects or evidence pointing towards her killer.

1979, Madison, Wisconsin – Julie Speerschneider disappeared in 1979 when leaving a bar. Her body was not found until 2 years later in 1981. Her body was found in Dunn, Wisconsin, southeast from Madison. Her body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death. No clothes, shoes, or jewelry were found with her remains.

1980, Westport, Wisconsin – Shirley Stewart was found in a wooded area in Westport. A small suburb of Madison. She had disappeared after leaving work and when her body was discovered she was very decomposed preventing the coroner to determine the exact cause of death.

1982, Madison, Wisconsin – Donna Mraz was stabbed a number of times while walking home from work, near Camp Randall Stadium. She was not sexually assaulted, and her money, paycheck and keys all were found with her body. A witness saw Donna stumble to the street but never saw the killer. She was exhumed two years later to compare bitemarks on a possible suspect, but no arrests were made.

1984, Buena Vista, Wisconsin – The body of a partially clad young woman, was found by hunters in a wooded area southeast of Highway 54. The remains were identified to be that of fourth year student at the University of Wisconsin, Janet Raasch. She was last seen in October of 1984 and discovered about a month later, she had been dead for a week to ten days when found.

Sadly in the 2010’s, it was discovered that evidence in many cases had been discarded or lost by the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. Key evidence in this series of murders was diluted or lost by police. The evidence for both Shirley and Christine had been compromised or lost completely. As of 2021, no arrests have been made and no new leads have been discovered. The cases remain open.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

Skincare Battle – Part 7

The Final Battle

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To ensure you have all the battles for your skincare please check out the following posts:

Hello my lovelies! The final skincare battle is being fought. We have made our way through cleansing, toning, serums, eye cream and moisturizers, and sunscreen. Today we approach our final battle, Night Cream. At night you would still follow the first four battles to cleanse and prep your skin. But instead of a day time moisturizer, you would use a night one, and you don’t need sunscreen at night.

So what is the difference between moisturizer you wear in the day and one you wear at night? The main difference is that a day cream usually has an SPF and is a lighter formula than a night cream. Night creams are generally thicker, and have ingredients that work their magic while you sleep, away from the sun’s rays.

So there are a number of night creams out there. Which one should you use? Well that really depends on what your skin needs and what your budget allows. Below you will find a few options for different skin types.

For Dry Skin: Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight Moisturizer

This product has an abundance of skin-softening ingredients, and hyaluronic acid, glycerin and squalane to hydrate your skin. It has a smooth texture, it is gentle and has a subtle scent. It also can help firm your skin. $87 at philosophy.com

For Aging Skin: Exuviance Age Reverse Night Lift

This brand offers a gel-like formula, minimizes the look of lines and with its active ingredients gives faces a “lift”. You will see improvement in your skin in as little as four weeks, not only in the minimization of lines, but in overall firmness. $79 at dermstore.com

For Normal Skin: Caudalie Resveratrol (Lift) Night Infusion Cream

When using this cream, you will experience some serious results. It’s formulated with moisturizing grape-seed oil, and free-radical fighting antioxidants that boost cell repair, and stimulate collagen. $76 caudalie.com

The Product with the Best Value: L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream

L’Oreal has provided a lightweight night cream with hyaluronic acid, to help with hydrating your skin. It helps smooth your skin and make it feel plump and healthy. Best value priced at $29.99 from Amazon.

Best Overall Product: Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Cream

Olay has created a light weight cream, that has anti-aging ingredients, making your skin look brighter, softer, and more lifted. Olay is a product that I’m super familiar with and it’s wonderful how well it works. $28.99 olay.com

There you have it, my lovelies. The battle has been won, you are the victor over your own skin care. Of course if you have other products you use, to exfoliate, treat acne or other concerns please continue to use those as instructed by your doctor. These are simply suggestions on how to create your skin care routine, and what is wonderful is you can always change things.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Sallie House

If you were to ask people what the most haunted location in the United States is, you would hear a number of different answers; Myrtles Plantation, Queen Mary, Bell Farm to name a few. However you may not hear about a house in Atchison, Kansas, called Sallie House.

This unassuming house in Kansas was originally built in the early 1900’s and became the office and home of a physician and his family. One day a woman rushed to the house with her 6 year old daughter, Sallie. The child was experiencing severe abdominal pain. The doctor diagnosed an appendicitis and feared it would soon burst. Before the anesthesia could take full effect, the doctor began cutting into Sallie. She was screaming from the pain, and suddenly went pale and limp. Sallie died on the operating table, her memories were of the man who she believed was torturing her.

What can you experience at the Sallie House? The house has always had a presence in it, however in 1993 the entity began to do more. Fires broke out, sinister attacks were aimed at the man who lived in the house, but not his wife or child. There would be cold areas, especially the operating area, and objects would move.

Other things that have been witnessed include:

  • Video and Investigative equipment would stop working
  • Batteries that are full are completely drained
  • Moving objects
  • Unexplained scratches or bruising during or after the visit to the house
  • Physical touches
  • Cold spots, that are unexplained
  • Trained guide dogs who refuse to enter the nursery

Psychics and paranormal investigators have confirmed the presence of spirits in the home, and have audio, video, and photographic proof. Several skeptics have left as believers. Now it’s your turn to see the Sallie House, will you believe too?

If you want to tour the Sallie House, please check the website that manages the Sallie House, https://visitatchison.com/ for tour information, waivers, costs and other information.

You are your own best investment

April Fool’s Day

I thought for fun, we would talk about a horror movie. Or as it’s described a black comedy mystery slasher film. The movie is April Fool’s Day, and it was originally released in 1986. There will be no spoilers in this post.

On the weekend leading up to April Fool’s Day, college friends gather to enjoy spring break on an island mansion with the cousin of one of the group. Muffy St. John attends Vassar and has a variety of pranks and gags set up for the group. These become more complex and disturbing as the movie continues. But regardless the group tries to relax.

When people go missing and end up dead, a murderer is on the loose, it’s discovered that the phone lines are dead, and there is no way off the island until Monday. After putting some clues together the surviving students realize their hostess isn’t really Muffy, but her, recently escaped, violently insane, twin sister Buffy.

Buffy chases after the two remaining students with a butcher’s knife until they are separated. The finale of the movie reveals the truth, that some friends may not be trusted and everything isn’t as it seems.

There was a remake of this movie in 2008, however it was direct to video, please honor the original and watch it first. Thanks to Kim H. for inspiring me to discuss this movie with you all. Please feel free to share with me, how you liked the movie or if you have other movies you would like to have me review.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

On The Dinner Table: Slow Cooker Chili

We love to eat hearty meals. Things that warm you up and keep you full. It’s really a perfect recipe for the winter, spring, summer, fall, that’s right; year round. You can easily double or triple this recipe and even freeze it for the future. This recipe is from my father, who shared it with me and now we don’t use any other version. However you can use your preferred ingredients and seasonings, but this is almost perfect as is. Give it a try and share how you like it in the comments!

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 pound of ground beef (you can use turkey if you like, simply put in 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil)
  • 2 – 10.75 oz. cans of tomato soup
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can of black beans, drained
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch of allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • In a skillet cook the ground meat and onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is translucent. Drain the grease.
  • Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the soup, beans, and seasonings with the meat and onion. Mix until well combined. Add to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • We like to serve in bread bowls, with shredded cheese and sour cream.

Happy Eating!

I Lost My Cherry

A few weeks ago I had written a blog on tattoos and how they can make you feel empowered and confident. At the time, I didn’t have any tattoos of my own, but was really looking to get one. Well that time has come. As of today I have lost my ink virginity and have a tattoo on my body. (Or will this afternoon)

To me tattoos needed to be special to be on my body. I love that people can express themselves through the artwork they have and I’m not here to judge anyone by their ink. But I’m excited to say that I have joined the ranks of those who have gotten a tattoo.

What is the tattoo, and why is it special?

My tattoo is a magnolia flower as shown on the right. This is the image that was added to my body and the importance of this is it symbolizes my sister, Jennifer, who is one of the most important people in my life. And she and I wanted to make sure we had a tattoo on our bodies for the other.

The reason you are not seeing the image directly on me is because I’M ON VACATION! That’s right, I’m not even in Wisconsin and won’t be for a few more days. I’ve planned ahead to make sure I’m still able to share with you all and wanted to make sure you were kept in the loop of my life and whereabouts. So when the tattoo heals….I will update you all with a real picture.

So now that I have one, we’ll see how many more I do get, I have many people in my life and many things that are important to me. The world may be my oyster, but my body is my canvas and I’m going to make myself even more unique and memorable.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Kathleen

Some marriages take “Til death do us part” too seriously. And if death doesn’t come fast enough some spouses choose to help it along.

We grow up thinking that the police are the good guys. Playing cops and robbers when you are a kid, you always wanted to be the cop. When you get lost, you find a police officer to help you. But what happens when the police are not the good guys? What if the bad guy police officer is your spouse? What if you disappear and aren’t seen again?

This scenario was the reality that Kathleen Savio faced while married to Drew Peterson, a Chicago area police sergeant and undercover officer on the drug unit. Drew Peterson, is a retired police officer from Illinois, USA. He was born in 1954 in Bolingbrook, IL, and served in the US Army before he began his 30 year career as a police officer in Bolingbrook, a southern suburb of Chicago.

Drew had been married to his first wife while he worked undercover, but that didn’t stop him from having an affair, causing his wife, Carol Brown, to file for divorce. They had been married for six years and had two sons together.

In 1982, Drew married his second wife, Victoria Connolly. Victoria stated after they had divorced that their entire 10 year marriage was filled with domestic violence and Drew had threatened to kill her and make it look like an accident.

Drew Peterson married his third wife, Kathleen Savio, two months after his divorce was final from his second. They divorced in 2003, and had two sons together as well. From the years of 2002 to 2004, police were called out to the home 18 times, on domestic disturbance calls. In 2004 Kathleen’s body was found in a waterless bathtub, her death was initially ruled accidental drowning. Those who knew Kathleen had already started to suspect Drew.

Drew’s alibi was from his fourth wife, Stacy Cales, who he wed in 2003, a week after his divorce was final from Kathleen. Stacy was 19 when they married, 30 years younger than Drew. Together they also had two children, a boy and a girl. Stacy legally adopted Kathleen’s children and treated them as her own. In October 2007, Stacy was reported missing by her sister, when she failed to hear from her as expected. Stacy is still considered a missing person, her family has launched a website to help find her.

However the disappearance of Stacy, prompted authorities to exhume Kathleen’s body and undergo forensic examinations. The doctor who was not familiar with the previous circumstances and Drew Peterson, ruled her death a homicide. It was discovered during the autopsy that bruises and abrasions on the front and back of Kathleen’s body were inflicted within an hour of her death. The back of her head also bore an inch deep wound resulting from a blow hard enough to split her scalp.

Drew Peterson booking mug, Thursday, May 7, 2009.

In 2009 Drew Peterson was indicted for killing Kathleen Savio. His trial lasted 10 days, and in September of 2012 when he was found guilty of premeditated murder, he was then sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of his third wife. For his safety his location in the prison system is not known.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

The Mystery of Deidre

*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*

Mystery Monday is back and today I wanted to discuss a case that is close to home. The victim was a 21 year old, single mother of a 4 month old baby girl, she had her whole life ahead of her, but it was snuffed out in June of 2006 when the vibrant young mother was murdered. This is the story of Deidre Harm.

Unfortunately for the family and friends of Deidre Harm, not much is known about her death, or the person who caused it. Deidre had gone out with some friends after getting a babysitter for her daughter, Vegas, on June 10, 2006. They had visited two local bars in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. When leaving The Finish Line on Saturday night, Deidre was not alone. She had left with a male individual, who had a distinct tattoo on his left forearm.

This man was not identified, nor is it confirmed that he murdered Deidre or simply left with her and took her to another place where someone else murdered her. When Deidre didn’t arrive home nor contact her family or friends she was reported missing. Family said that; Deidre would have never been out of communication with them, especially since she had her daughter. Deidre was missing for approximately five months.

In November of 2006, hunters in the town of Seneca, approximately 6 miles from where Deidre was last seen, found human remains in a field. Because of the decomposition and having only bones, a forensic pathologist who specialized in skeletal remains performed the autopsy. It was determined that there was trauma to the bones, but it wasn’t conclusive if it was from her death. The remains had been identified using dental records, and it was confirmed to be Deidre Harm.

With very little to go on from eye witnesses on the night she disappeared to the limited evidence found when she was autopsied, detectives on the case have very little to work with, the case went cold for three years.

In 2009 there was a potential break in the case when a local resident informed police to check out Christopher Revak. A native to Wisconsin Rapids who had moved to Missouri. It was learned that Christopher Revak was also a suspect in another missing person case in Missouri.

Christopher Revak was in Wisconsin Rapids when Deidre went missing, but investigators would never get the chance to speak with him, Christopher Revak had taken his life by hanging himself in the Douglas County Jail in Missouri.

The case of Deidre Harm remains unsolved, police are still asking for any information to help them provide closure to Deidre’s family.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

Korean Skincare

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I’ve often been mesmerized and fascinated by elegant beauty of Asian women. Their skin often appears young, hydrated, soft, and healthy. They make it look easy to maintain a skincare regimen. Korean skincare is all the rage right now. This beauty regimen has numerous products and steps that are performed morning and night. Korean skincare is not about more products than you can count, it’s about having the right products that do the right things and using them in the right order. Let’s break it down on what to use and when.

These steps will be used morning and nightly unless otherwise noted:

  • Step 1 – Oil based cleanser, for example: Dermalogica Precleanse
  • Step 2 – Foaming or water based cleanser, for example: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
  • Step 3 – Exfoliator – Used 1 to 2 times per week, example: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
  • Step 4 – Toner – for example: Lumene Klassikko Toner
  • Step 5 – Essence – for example: Origins Essence Lotion With Dual Ferment Complex
  • Step 6 – Treatments – This is your acne treatments, serums, or other ampoules that you use for fine lines or hyperpigmentation. For example: The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
  • Step 7 – Sheet Mask – Nightly Only – As we talked about facial beauty masks before, this is a step that should not be missed. The longer the contact of the sheet to your face the more your skin absorbs it, so make sure you are getting quality masks. For example: Etude House Soonjung Sheet Mask Panthensoside.
  • Step 8 – Eye Cream – for example Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream
  • Step 9 – Moisturizer – for example: the Olay Regenerist line.
  • Step 10 – Sunscreeen – Daytime only – for example: Suntique I’m Pure Cica Suncream

These 10 steps may seem like a lot of products, that take a lot of time, and depending on the product; may cost a lot of money. However, you don’t need the most expensive product. Expensive doesn’t mean better. Find products that you love and use those in the steps.

CHALLENGE – I challenge all of you to follow a Korean Skin care regimen for 30 days. Take a picture of you skin before you start, and at the end of the 30 days. Make note of things you notice in your skin, dryness, dull skin, acne, fine lines, etc. After the 30 days notice how your skin feels, are the areas you noticed before you started still there? Let me know how your skin is after your month of Korean skin care. I too will be challenging myself starting May 1, 2021, and you know I will keep you all posted.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Herb Gardens

When I was younger I read the Little House on the Prairie series and loved reading about how they lived off the land. I had always wanted to have a green thumb, and have beautiful gardens at my house, but sadly I seem to kill plants more than anything. However I think I found an option that may allow me the joy of growing something without running the risk of killing it.

I’m talking about Herbs. We know them, we love them, they are something we all love the taste of, but probably haven’t grown them ourselves. This year I hope to change that. But with any project I had to to some research. What grows best in my area? What would grow well together? Do I start them inside or outside? Containers or raised bed? Seeds or starter plants? All these I needed answers to.

What will grow decently in my area? Where I am located I am in on the edge of Zone 4 and 5. I made a list of the herbs I would want to grow, and they would all grow in my zone, some may required to be brought indoors in the fall. But these are the herbs I would like in my herb garden; Chives, Lavender, French Tarragon, Lemon Balm, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Dill, Rosemary, Basil, and Wintergreen.

Will these herbs all grow together well? The answer is yes and no. Confusing right? The rule of thumb is you can grow them together as long as you don’t mix the herbs that like plenty of water, for example chives; with those herbs that like well-drained soil, for example oregano. You can plant them together in pots or in beds if you prefer.

Should I use containers or raised beds or even a garden plot? This is really a matter of preference. Some herbs, mint for example, will take over the area if you don’t keep it in check. Other herbs respect the space they are allowed and don’t bother their neighbors. You will want to make sure you allot for growth of the plant but not have them take over. My plan is to use containers to create my herb garden and make it a display for the front of my yard.

Do I start them inside or outside? Should I use seeds or starter plants? From researching the options out there it was recommended that people purchase starter plants, that are ready to go into the ground. If you start with seeds you run the chance of not having them properly ready to go into the ground, plus by purchasing the plants ready to go, you will be able to enjoy the bounty they offer.

I’m glad I researched this a little bit more, and I know a course of action I want to take with my herb garden. Be sure to research your herbs and what can grow together, and be sure to prune your herbs properly to ensure continued growth.

You are your own best investment