Baked Spaghetti

This recipe is one that is great for a family dinner, potluck, or even for a crowd. You can easily double or triple it, and customize each pan. I love pasta and especially one with a lot of cheese in it. So here is the recipe I use to make Baked Spaghetti, and know that you can 100% change this up to meet the flavors your family prefers.

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 pound of spaghetti, cooked al dente
    • 1 large jar of spaghetti sauce, any flavor
    • 1 container of cottage cheese (2 pounds)
    • Oregano or Italian seasoning
    • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
    • 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and move a rack to the middle of the oven.
    • Cook spaghetti al dente, or to desired tenderness, remember it will cook more in the oven. Be sure to salt the water as this is the only time you can flavor the pasta.
    • Prepare a baking dish by spraying the bottom and sides with cooking spray.
    • When the pasta is done, drain the water and transfer the pasta to the baking dish. What I like to do is sprinkle a little oregano, basil, or Italian seasoning on top of the noodles.
    • Spread the entire container of cottage cheese on top of the noodles. If you are completely against cottage cheese, you can use ricotta, but trust me, you won’t even notice the cottage cheese when eating it. Again I sprinkle more seasoning on top of the cottage cheese.
    • Using as much sauce as you prefer, pour that on top of the cottage cheese, I use at least one jar, sometimes more to make sure it’s not dry. After you pour on the sauce, cover the top with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
    • After taking out of the oven, wait 10 minutes before serving. I usually serve this with garlic bread and a nice green salad.

Alternatives to try: Add a pound of cooked ground beef or turkey with the sauce. Load in the veggies and have mushrooms, onions, and peppers, as an additional layer in the bake.

Happy Eating my Friends!

Conspiracy Theory – Moon Landing

I thought today I would change things up a bit and talk about a conspiracy theory. Many people believe the moon landing to be a giant hoax. My opinion on this topic will be expressed at the end of this post, I’m here to give you the conspiracy opinion.

July 21, 1969; 238,855 miles away, Neil Armstrong said the now famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for man kind.” He said these words when he stepped out onto the moon. Allegedly.

Now in 1969, NASA was able to design and build a rocket to not only leave the Earth’s atmosphere, but actually travel over 238,000 miles and land on the moon. And then they were able to live broadcast this. How was this even possible?

There are some “facts” that those who feel this event was an event created in Hollywood, and not on the moon orbiting our planet. Here is what they think:

The Flag on the Moon

The American flag was fluttering in the breeze. Unfortunately the moon does not have the same environment that Earth does. It doesn’t have oxygen, or any other air current that could possibly make that flag flutter. NASA had responded to this point by saying that the flag was simply crumpled from the trip to the moon and wasn’t completely open.

The Shadows on the Moon. Having the sun shining without a cloud or other obstacle in the way would have a shadow form behind you when facing the sun. How many suns are actually in our solar system? One. So if the cameras, and videos of this momentous occasion were capturing this event with the sun behind them the shadows should be in front of them. But on the pictures of the moon landing, the shadows seemed to be all over the place, one explanation for that is because on a film set, there are lots of lights….hence multiple shadows.

Where are the stars? Besides in Hollywood? The pictures from the moon were missing something that should have been there had it been captured from outer space. Stars. There are billions of stars in the night sky, and the NASA cameras captured exactly, zero of them. None of the NASA pictures have a single star in the night sky.

The Moon’s landscape is all the same. According to NASA the missions sent to the moon were all documented as to their landing and their explorations. So the images that were captured would all be wouldn’t they? However that is something rather noticeable in some of the pictures. A rock seems to have cloned itself on the moon’s surface, and various missions who explored areas miles apart from each other, have very similar landscape. Did NASA get lazy with the set and just recycle it?

Moon graffiti on the rocks? There is a moon rock that has an impression on it of the letter ‘C’. If this was actually on the moon, how did a perfect letter ‘C’ become etched onto this rock if we were the first ones there? NASA has answered this question for us by stating it was a stray hair on the lens. Not a prop rock on a movie set.

Cosmic Microwave. Now ever since Marie Curie worked on radioactivity, it’s been known that radiation is deadly. Now it took the astronauts almost 2 hours to go through the Van Allen Belt. This was a radiation belt. The ship the astronauts were in was covered in aluminum, but was that much exposure to radiation safe? NASA said it was and that they weren’t subjected to the radiation for very long. But if I were in a cosmic microwave for two hours, I don’t know if I would have survived.

Helmet reflections don’t seem to show the correct environment. Apollo 12 took photos of the moon landing. The photos had already shown things that have been called into question, but none more so than the image reflected on the helmet of the astronaut. It’s admitted that the picture is grainy so it’s hard to determine what it is, but some theorists, suspect it is lighting or other equipment from the set where it was all filmed.

Footprints in the dust. The astronauts who visited the moon, have claimed that the dust on it is similar to wet sand, or talcum powder. They have shown their footprints in the dust but some pictures of the lunar module shows no disturbances in the dust around it. Some theorists claim this is because the module was simply placed on the set and didn’t necessarily land. And average astronaut could weigh up to 209 pounds. Let’s assume that the astronauts who landed were an average of 175 pounds. Their suit weighs up to 280 pounds. So even in the microgravity of the moon the average astronaut would weigh 455 pounds. And they left a foot print. The Lunar Module weighed over 33,000 pounds, and didn’t leave a mark.

So those are the main reasons that people feel that the Moon Landing in 1969 was fabricated. Now, I know some of these theories may have been debunked, but there are those people out there who fully believe it didn’t happen. I am not one of those. I do believe it happened, and am open minded to let people think what they would like.

Stay curious my friends!

Sante and Kenny

Many times in a family when there is a sexual relationship it’s often the father and his daughter. But there are those between a mother and her son that are also illicit. The case of Sante and Kenny goes beyond an affair and leads to murder. To really understand the full case we have to start with Sante.

Born in 1934, Sante was one for four children to her working class parents. Her parents had moved west to Los Angeles after her birth, and eventually she would graduate from high school in Carson City, NV.

In 1957, she married Edward Walker, and old friend. They would have one child together, Kent. Their marriage would be on and off until the divorce was finalized in 1969. By 1971, she had married Kenneth Kimes. They too, would have one child, Kenneth. Questions surrounded their marriage as to its validity.

Sante’s husband was rich. He was a motel tycoon, and Sante was able to afford her most luxurious lifestyle. But that wasn’t enough for Sante. Sante had spend the majority of her life fleecing people. She would take money, expensive merchandise, even real estate. The con’s she pulled were sometimes elaborate, and sometimes basic. Arson, forgery, and theft were her tools in trade.

She would frequently commit insurance fraud by arson and then collecting the money for any damages. Some of her actions weren’t even financially necessary. She would treat her household staff as slaves. She was able to pay them, but she seemed to have a sick thrill by being cruel to the staff.

Because of this, in 1985, Sante and her husband Kenneth, were arrested for violations of the anti-slavery laws. Kenneth agreed to a plea bargain, and went to an alcohol treatment program. Sante served five years in prison. During this time, Kenneth and Kenny lived a somewhat normal life.

Sante was released from prison in 1989. Kenneth, her husband, died in 1994. After her husband died, Sante stepped up her criminal activities.

In the 1970’s Sante and Kenneth occupied a home in Las Vegas. This same home was where she and her son lived, having convinced a friend, David Kazdin, to put his name on the deed to the house. Years later she would convince a notary to forge David’s name to a loan for $280,000 and using the house as collateral. When the forgery was discovered, David threatened to expose Sante. She had him killed. Her son, Kenny, went to Los Angeles and shot him in the back of the head. His body was found in a dumpster near the airport. The gun was never found.

Irene

In June of 1998, Sante and Kenneth found themselves in New York City. They were concocting a scheme to assume the identity of 82 year old Irene Silverman, who owned a $7.7 million mansion, that she rented apartments in. They would then sell the building and collect the money.

Sante and Kenneth rented a room from Irene, and less than a month later, Irene was missing. Before she was missing, Irene was suspicious of the pair. They wouldn’t allow housekeeping in to clean their rooms, and it was rumored that Sante and Kenneth had a sexual relationship at this time. Kenny was in the shower when Sante was discovered in the bed, the bed appeared to have been the site of a rambunctious lovemaking session.

Sante and Kenny avoided the security cameras in the building lobby, and often asked Irene for her ID and Social Security number. When she had disappeared, Sante called to an old acquaintance to help facilitate the sale of a house in New York. Stan Patterson, had already been contacted by investigators and he had agreed to help apprehend the pair to avoid prosecution.

Stan notified police that he was meeting Sante and Kenny in New York on July 5. Arriving at the Hilton at 6pm, Stan met with Sante. Around 7pm, Kenny arrived to meet with Sante and police moved in to arrest them both.

The Kimes’ had a stolen black Lincoln Town Car, that was a treasure trove of evidence. Not only was there a stun gun, social security cards, reams of paperwork for the sale of the Silverman property, but also Sante’s journals. Detailed schemes were contained inside these journals, for everything from simple fraud, to more elaborate real estate schemes.

Investigators charged Sante and Kenny with 117 charges, including; murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy, forgery, illegal weapons possession, and eavesdropping. Sante and Kenny were confident that they would not be convicted, as there was no body of Irene Silverman. If there was no body, there was no crime.

Fortunately the judge and jury didn’t see it that way. They convicted Kenny and Sante on the charges they stood accused of. Sante was sentenced to 120 years, and Kenny was sentenced for 124 years. But their legal troubles weren’t over yet.

Both Kimes’s were extradited to California for the murder of David Kazdin. Eventually Kenny made a plea bargain to plead guilty, as long as the death penalty was not pursued for his mother if she were found guilty. Kenny then told the court everything about every single con game, fraud, and how his mother indoctrinated him at a young age.

Kenneth is serving his time in California. Sante was serving her time in New York, she passed away in 2014.

Be strong, make good choices, stay safe

Irene Silverman’s Mansion in New York City

Mystery – Natalie Wood

Most of us may remember Natalie Wood as young Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street. Or Maria in the movie West Side Story. She had many other movie and television roles throughout her life; but one thing most of us are interested in now is her death.

November 28, 1981, Natalie Wood was taking a weekend break on the yacht, Splendour, to Santa Catalina Island, with her husband, Robert Wagner, co-star Christopher Walken, and the captain of the boat, Dennis Davern.

Natalie’s body was recovered by authorities on November 29, 1981 in the morning. She was approximately 1 mile away from the yacht with an inflatable dinghy beached nearby. Her cause of death was originally ruled as accidental drowning. The autopsy revealed that she had bruises on her body and arms, as well as an abrasion on her left cheek, but no indication as to when or how the injuries happened.

Her blood alcohol content was 0.14% and there were also traces of a motion sickness pill and a painkiller in her bloodstream. Both of which would increase the effects of the alcohol. It was suggested that she slipped while re-boarding the dinghy.

Now most people would have simply stated it was a tragic accident and not pushed it any further. Allowing the family to grieve for the loss. But that wasn’t going to happen. Lana Wood, Natalie’s younger sister, felt that something wasn’t right about the death of her sister. She knew that her sister wouldn’t have used the dinghy. She would have remained on the yacht, as Natalie couldn’t swim, and was terrified of the water. Other witnesses came forward stating they heard a woman scream for help during the night.

Dennis Davern

In November of 2011, thirty years after her death, the case was reopened. Dennis Davern publicly stated he had lied to police during the original investigation. He now stated that Natalie and her husband Robert Wagner, had an argument that evening. When Natalie had disappeared, Robert prevented Dennis from turning on the search lights and from notifying the authorities.

Dennis Davern alleged that Robert Wagner was responsible for her death.

But why?

According to Dennis, Natalie was flirting with Christopher Walken and this enraged Robert Wagner. He was jealous and may have done something irreversible.

It is not clear how she ended up in the water, but it was determined by a former intern of the original coroner that the bruises on her body were substantial and fitting for someone thrown out of a boat.

In February of 2018, Robert Wagner was named a person of interest in her death. He has denied any involvement. Robert Wagner has told his stepdaughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, that “Nobody heard anything. That night has gone through my mind so many times.”

As of 2021, Robert Wagner has not been charged in her death.

Highlight

Welcome back my lovelies to another Sunday, and another skincare posting. We have gotten to the highlighting stage of your makeup, if you choose to get this far. I can’t stress this enough…makeup should only be worn for you. Not to impress anyone else. It should make you feel good, but not be something to hide behind.

Now with that said, if you wish to wear a full face of makeup, at some time during a tutorial you will hear about highlight. But what is highlight?

A highlighter is a product that can be used to enhance the focal points of the face. It draws attention to your face and gives it that magical touch. It’s main goal it to “highlight” the beauty of you.

With any product, less is more. Remember you can always add more, it’s not as easy to take it away. You really only want to put this product on the areas of your face that would normally reflect a little glow. Above your brows, the middle of your forehead, top of the cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, and a little on the top and tip of the nose. Where the light would normally touch your face.

There are currently a lot of products that can be used for highlighter, but you are wanting to use one that has good pigmentation, and shimmer. Something matte is not going to be a highlight, it will dullen the area.

The best way to find the right highlight look is to play with shades, locations, and brushes. Yes, the brush does matter.

Remember you are beautiful just the way you are, and if you add make up, it should enhance the uniqueness that is you. Don’t hide behind a mask.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Ted

There are serial killers who are fascinating. Some because of their brutality. Some for their methods. Some for body count. And then there is Ted Bundy. Fascinating for all of the above and even more. He was charismatic, handsome, and completely psychotic. Here is a deeper dive into the case that Ann Rule named, The Stranger Beside Me.

Part One

Louise Cowell

Louise Cowell, welcomed a baby boy in November of 1946, in Vermont. She was an unwed mother and the baby’s father was never fully identified. She named her son, Theodore Robert Cowell. Her son was raised for the first three years with his maternal grandparents, who claimed the child was theirs to prevent any social stigma surrounding his mother’s unwed status. Young Theodore believed his mother was actually his sister.

Because his mother never told him the truth, and he found out on his own, he would always be resentful that she never told him the truth herself. In 1950, Louise changed her surname from Cowell to Nelson. And at the urging of many family members, Louise moved to Tacoma, WA, to live with cousins, she brought her young son with her.

Shortly after arriving in Washington, Louise met a man at a singles night, hosted at the Methodist church. Johnny Bundy later married Louise, and adopted Theodore, giving him his name, Bundy. Louise and Johnny would eventually have four more children, and as much as he tried to include his adopted son in family events, Ted remained distant. He would later tell girlfriends that Johnny wasn’t his real father, and he wasn’t a very smart man, nor did he make enough money.

While growing up Ted preferred to be alone, claiming that he was unable to understand interpersonal relationships, and he had no sense of how to develop friendships. However in high school he was remembered as a well known and well liked man. He was a medium fish in a large pond. Ted was also arrested at least twice in his youth. When he turned 18, his record was expunged, as was customary in Washington.

Stephanie Brooks

In 1965, Ted graduated from high school and attended the University of Puget Sound for one year before transferring to the University of Washington to study Chinese. In 1967 he was in a relationship with a student named Stephanie Brooks. A year later he would drop out of college and work a series of low-level, minimum wage jobs. He was also active in politics by supporting the Republican candidates.

Eventually Stephanie would break things off with Ted, returning to her family in California. She told Ted that he was immature and lacked ambition. Psychologists claim that this moment was the point in Ted’s life that was pivotal in his development. Ted was devastated by Stephanie’s rejection. He took some time to travel across the country and visited family in Arkansas and Philadelphia. It’s believed that during this trip he learned his true parentage.

By 1969, Ted was back in Washington state, and had started a relationship with Elizabeth Kloepfer. They would have a stormy relationship for several years, well past his incarceration in Utah in 1976.

In mid 1970, he was now goal oriented, and Ted was working on a suicide prevention hotline in 1971, where he met and worked along side a former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule. She was trying to become a crime writer, and eventually wrote a book about Ted Bundy. She claimed that Ted was “kind, solicitous, and empathetic.”

After graduating from the university, he was accepted into Law School in Utah, and at the time he had rekindled his relationship with Stephanie who was amazed by his transformation and dedication. He was also seeing Elizabeth at the same time, neither woman knew about the other.

Less than a year later, Ted broke things off with Stephanie, simply by not accepting calls or letters from her any longer. She felt that Ted planned this all in advance to get revenge on her breaking up with him in 1968.

Eventually Ted stopped attending classes at the University, and women were starting to disappear in the Pacific Northwest.

Part Two

January, 1974, around the same time that he ended things with Stephanie, he had entered the basement apartment of 18 year old Karen Sparks. He bludgeoned her with a metal rod from her bed, and then sexually assaulted her with the same rod. She suffered internal injuries, and remained unconscious for ten days. But she did survive, with permanent mental and physical disabilities.

  • On February 1, Ted broke into the basement room of Lynda Ann Healy, he beat her unconscious and then dressed her and carried her away. During the first half of 1974, women college students disappeared about one per month.
  • March, 1974, Donna Gail Manson, left her dorm to go to a jazz concert, but never arrived.
  • April, 1974, Susan Elaine Rancourt, disappeared after a meeting while going back to her dorm.
  • May, 1974, Roberta Kathleen Parks, left her dormitory to have coffee with friends, but never arrived.
  • June, 1974, Brenda Carol Ball, disappeared after leaving a tavern.
  • June, 1974, Georgeann Hawkins, vanished walking back to her sorority house from her boyfriends apartment. Ted admitted to picking her up and knocking her unconscious with a crowbar, before driving to Issaquah, where he strangled her and spent the night with her body. He would visit her body three more times.

During this time Ted met and started dating Carol Ann Boone, who would be most important in the final phase of his life.

On July 14, 1974, Ted abducted two women from the beach in broad daylight. Janice Ann Ott, was abducted when she went to help him unload a sailboat. Four hours later, Janice was still alive, but Ted had abducted Denise Marie Naslund, and returned to where Janice had been left. He forced one to watch the other die, before killing her as well.

Police provided a composite sketch of the suspect, and a description of the VW Bug. They received over 200 tips a day, and Elizabeth Koepfel, Ann Rule, and other co-workers of Ted’s recognized the car and sketch as Ted Bundy. The police thought it was unlikely that a clean cut law student would be their suspect, especially one who didn’t have any adult record. Several months later the remains of Ted’s victims would be found. Donna Manson’s remains have never been found.

Part Three

In August of 1974, Ted had gotten a second acceptance to Law School in Utah. He moved to Salt Lake City. His classes were incomprehensible to him, and he was amazed that his classmates were better than he was. A new string of murders began in Salt Lake City in September.

  • September 2, he raped and murdered a hitchhiker in Idaho, this victim is still unidentified.
  • October 2, Nancy Wilcox was abducted and buried 200 miles away, her remains have never been found.
  • October 18, Melissa Ann Smith, disappeared after leaving pizza parlor, she was found nine days later.
  • October 31, Laura Ann Aime, she vanished after leaving a cafe. Her body was found by hikers on Thanksgiving Day. Both she and Melissa had been raped, sodomized, and strangled.
  • On November 8, presenting himself as a police officer he attempted to abduct Carol DaRonch. During a struggle, she escaped from his car. Later that evening, Debra Jean Kent, disappeared after a high school theater production.
Ted and Elizabeth

In November of 1974, Elizabeth Kloepfer, called the police in Seattle, again providing Ted’s name as a suspect, he had also been elevated on their suspect list prior to her call. Elizabeth also called the Salt Lake City police to provide them with the same information. They stated there was no evidence that linked him to the crimes.

  • January 1975, Caryn Eileen Campbell, disappeared in the hallway of her hotel in Snowmass Village. Her body was found a month later on a dirt road next to the resort.
  • On March 15, Julie Cunningham, disappeared when returning from a dinner date with a friend. Ted visited her remains six weeks later.
  • April 6, Denise Lynn Oliverson, disappeared while riding her bike.
  • On May 6, 12 year old Lynette Dawn Culver was lured from her junior high school in Idaho. She was drowned and sexually assaulted in Ted’s hotel room before her body was dumped in the river.
  • On June 28, Susan Curtis, disappeared in Provo. Her murder was the last one that Bundy confessed to moments before entering the execution chamber.
  • The bodies of Wilcox, Kent, Cunningham, Oliverson, Culver, and Curtis have not been recovered.

Meanwhile, Washington investigators were still struggling to make sense of the overwhelming mass of data. The created a then-innovative strategy of compiling a database. After inputing the information of classmates and acquaintances of each victim, Volkswagen owners named “Ted”, known sex offenders, and so on, the computer produced 26 names from thousands. Ted Bundy was on this list. Detectives also compiled a list manually of their 100 “best” suspects. Ted Bundy was on that list as well. He was at the top of the pile when the news came from Utah of his arrest.

Part Four

August 16, 1975, Ted was arrested by a Utah state trooper. The trooper had witnessed Ted cruising a residential area in the pre-dawn hours. And when spotting the patrol car sped off in high speed.

When searching the car, the trooper found a ski mask, a second mask fashioned from pantyhose, a crowbar, handcuffs, trash bags, a coil of rope, an ice pick, and other items initially assumed to be burglary tools. Bundy explained that the ski mask was for skiing, he had found the handcuffs in a dumpster, and the rest were common household items.

Police noted similarities of his vehicle and the items found within based on the information from Carol DaRonch. They also recognized his name from Elizabeth Kloepfer’s call.

Police had searched his apartment and found circumstantial links to some of the victims, but nothing definitive. As police didn’t have sufficient evidence to hold him, he was released on his own recognizance. Ted said police missed a stash of polaroid’s of his victims, that he destroyed after he was released.

In September Ted sold his VW Beetle to a teenager, Utah police then impounded it. Technicians disassembled it and found hairs that matched Caryn Campbell. They also found hairs from Carol DaRonch and Melissa Smith.

On October 2, Carol DaRonch identified Ted in a police lineup.

In February 1976, Ted stood trial for the DaRonch kidnapping. He waived his right to a jury trial and after a four day bench trial and a weekend of deliberation, the judge found him guilty of kidnapping and assault. He was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.

In October, Colorado authorities charged him with the Caryn Campbell murder. After resisting, Ted waived extradition, and he was transferred to Aspen in January of 1977.

June 7, acting as his own attorney, he was researching his case in the courthouse law library, hiding behind a bookcase, Ted opened a window and jumped out from the second story. He eluded police for six days before being caught when driving a stolen car erratically. By late 1977, Ted escaped from jail a second time. This time he wouldn’t be caught until he reached Florida.

Part Five

  • January 15, 1978, Ted entered the Chi Omega Sorority through a back door. At approximately 2:45am, Ted began attacking the women who lived in the house.
  • Margaret Bowman was the first attacked, she was bludgeoned with some firewood before being strangled.
  • Lisa Levy was beaten unconscious, strangled, one of her nipples was tore off, and Ted left a bite mark on her buttock. He sexually assaulted her with a foreign object.
  • Kathy Kleiner, survived but her jaw was broken and her shoulder was severely lacerated.
  • Karen Chandler, survived as well, she suffered a concussion, broken jaw, loss of teeth, and a crushed finger.

Another sorority sister was coming in through the back door, when Ted was leaving. The attacks on the women in the sorority lasted approximately 15 minutes.

Eight blocks away, Ted broke into a basement apartment and attacked Cheryl Thomas. He dislocated her shoulder, fractured her jaw, and fractured her skull in five places. She has permanent deafness that affected her equilibrium and ended her dance career.

On February 8, Kimberly Diane Leach was abducted. She was summoned back to a homeroom for a forgotten purse, she never returned to class. She was found seven weeks later, she had been raped before her neck was slit.

February 12, Ted Bundy was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle near Pensacola, Florida. He had told police at that time, “I wish you had killed me.”

Part Six

A change of venue to Miami, Florida, Ted was in charge of his defense. The prosecution had provided him a deal, plead guilty to the murders of Lisa, Margaret, and Kimberly; and they would recommend a sentence of seventy five years. They would take the death penalty off the table.

Ted was planning to accept, as he could see an acquittal in the future when he would file a post-conviction motion, after the evidence had disintegrated, witnesses recanted, but ultimately the case against him would be deteriorated beyond repair. He would then be set free. However Ted realized he would have to say in front of everyone that he was guilty, and that was something he could not do.

July 24, 1979, the jury deliberated for seven hours before finding Ted Bundy guilty. The judge imposed the death sentence for the murders.

Six months later, a second trial, in Orlando, FL, for the murder of Kimberly Leach, also ended with a guilty conviction.

Carole Ann Boone

During the penalty phase, an obscure Florida law allowed Carole Ann Boone, who was now living in Florida to be near Ted and was testifying on his behalf as a character witness, to marry Ted Bundy.

On February 10, 1980, Ted was sentenced for a third time to death by electrocution. He would ultimately fulfill the orders of the court in nine years.

In October 1981, Boone gave birth to a daughter and named Bundy as the father. While conjugal visits were not allowed at Raiford Prison, inmates were known to pool their money in order to bribe guards to allow them intimate time alone with their female visitors.

Part Seven

Ted attempted to overturn his convictions, and when it became clear that no further stays would be forthcoming from the courts, Diana Weiner, a young Florida attorney and Bundy’s last purported love interest, asked the families of several victims to petition Florida Governor Bob Martinez for a postponement to give Bundy time to reveal more information. All refused. “The families already believed that the victims were dead and that Ted had killed them. They didn’t need his confession.”

Officials made it clear that they would not agree to further delays in any case. “We are not going to have the system manipulated. For him to be negotiating for his life over the bodies of victims is despicable.” Boone had championed Bundy’s innocence throughout all of his trials and felt “deeply betrayed” by his admission that he was, in fact, guilty. She moved back to Washington with her daughter and refused to accept his phone call on the morning of his execution.

On the eve of his execution, he talked of suicide. “He did not want to give the state the satisfaction of watching him die.”

Post Execution

Ted Bundy was executed in the Raiford electric chair at 7:16 a.m. EST on January 24, 1989. Hundreds of revelers sang, danced and set off fireworks in a pasture across from the prison as the execution was carried out, then cheered as the white hearse containing Bundy’s corpse departed the prison. He was cremated in Gainesville, and his ashes scattered at an undisclosed location in the Cascade Range of Washington State, in accordance with his will.

So my friends, if you have stayed with me this long, you deserve the biggest thank you ever! This month is an in depth look at a notorious killer. I hope that I have given you an inside look into the Ted Bundy case. Obviously Ted took many secrets to the grave, not only of his victims locations, but how many victims he actually had.

One thing that Ted attempted to do before his death was to help investigators find the Green River Killer who was also working in Washington State. It was his profile that proved to be more accurate than that of criminal profilers.

I thank you again for reading this rather long posting. Be strong, make good choices, stay safe!

Villisca

When we hear of murder cases, they seem to occur in big cities around the world. So when a murder of eight people happens, and we learn it happened in a small town in Iowa, it seems almost unheard of. But even worse the case remains unsolved. Here is the tale of the Villisca Axe Murders.

Villisca, meaning “Pretty Place” was a small town of 2500 and was flourishing in the early 1900’s. June 10, 1912 the residents of Villisca, IA had to reconsider if their tiny hamlet was actually a “Pretty place” or if it was more accurately named after the Indian word “Wallisca” which means ‘Evil Spirit’.

Before the words Serial Killer and Mass Murderer were used in newspapers the world over, Villisca was faced with a crime so horrendous it’s still discussed on internet chat rooms and true crime platforms. A husband and wife, their four children, and two house guests were all murdered in their beds, and nobody knows why.

On June 10th, the neighbor hung out her laundry at 5am. At 7am she didn’t see anyone out at the Moore house next door, nor had the chores been started. She attempted to rouse the family by knocking on the door and windows, but nobody replied. She returned home and then called Mr. Moore’s brother, Ross Moore.

From here the sloppiest police investigation commenced. Ross attempted to awaken the family by knocking but when that produced no answer, he took out his keys and found the one to open the door. The neighbor lady did not enter the house. Ross didn’t get past the room off the parlor.

In the bedroom where two bodies and dark stains on the bedding. Ross immediately left the house and had the neighbor call the police. The two bodies in the room were the guests of the Moore family, the neighbor girls, Lena and Ina Stillinger, ages 12 and 8 respectively.

The police discovered the murders, but then it became a circus; neighbors, onlookers, gawkers, all came through the house, destroying evidence and seeing the bodies of their friends and neighbors. The entire Moore family, Josiah and Sarah, and their children; Herman (11), Katherine (9), Boyd (7), and Paul (5) were dead in their beds. An axe found at the scene was determined to be the murder weapon.

These are the facts of the case:

  • Eight people had been bludgeoned to death, presumably with an axe left at the crime scene. It appeared all had been asleep at the time of the murders.
  • Doctors estimated time of death as somewhere shortly after midnight.
  • Curtains were drawn on all of the windows in the house except two, which did not have curtains. Those windows were covered with clothing belonging to the Moore’s.
  • All of the victims faces were covered with the bedclothes after they were killed.
  • The axe was found in the room occupied by the Stillinger girls. It was bloody but an attempt had been made to wipe it off. The axe belonged to Josiah Moore.
  • The ceilings in the parent’s bedroom and the children’s room showed gouge marks apparently made by the upswing of the axe.
  • A piece of a keychain was found on the floor in the downstairs bedroom.
  • A pan of bloody water was discovered on the kitchen table as well as a plate of uneaten food.
  • The doors were all locked.

There are suspects, but no arrests were ever made in the case. Unfortunately the Moore family and the Stillinger sisters have never received justice in this case. Here are the suspects and why:

Frank Jones – Frank was Josiah’s employer until 1908, when Josiah left his employment and in fact opened his own implement dealership as well. It was rumored that Josiah had also had an affair with Frank’s daughter-in-law. Both father and son denied any involvement with the murders.

William Mansfield – William was a serial killer, before the term even became popular. He was responsible for the axe murders of his wife, child, and in-laws in 1914, two years after Villisca. He was also responsible for the murders of Jennie Miller and Jennie Peterson in Aurora, CO. And the axe murders in Paola, KS, 4 days before Villisca. It was reported that all the murders were committed in the same way, so therefore by the same person. It was also speculated that William had been hired by Frank Jones.

Reverend George Kelly – The reverend was invited to the children’s services at the Presbyterian Church the day before the murders, where the entire Moore family had participated. He was in town the night of the murder and left early the next day, as there was a train depot in town with trains arriving and departing frequently. He had been put on trial, but was later acquitted.

Henry Moore – No relation to the Moore family. Henry had been convicted of murdering his mother and grandmother in Missouri four months after the murders in Villisca. He had killed them with an axe and just as brutally as the murders in Iowa. The same murders that were linked to William Mansfield were also linked to Henry Moore. Prison officials believed that Henry had committed them all, again they were all similar in brutality, and weapon.

Every unknown person, transient, hobo, or tramp passing through or near the town of Villisca were considered a suspect. Unfortunately there are only theories, and no solid suspect, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

The house still stands today. It has been preserved as it looked in 1912, and is open for tours, ghost hunts, and overnight stays. The property is reported to be haunted by the victims of the axe murders. If interested please check their website for further details of tours, costs, and precautions. https://villiscaiowa.com/index.php

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Creamy Parmesan Rice

Everyone has a preferred side dish. But we are always looking for another one, or a new way to dress up an old favorite. When I came across this recipe it was an instant winner, and we find ourselves making it often when having steak, but pairs nicely with pork, chicken, or fish.

  • Ingredients:
    • 4 Tbsp butter (not margarine)
    • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 c uncooked white rice (not instant rice)
    • 1 c water (or more to cook tender rice)
    • 1 c milk
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 tsp parsley (optional)
    • Extra milk as needed
  • Directions:
    • Saute garlic and rice in butter, in a medium saucepan, over medium heat. Cook 3-4 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the rice is coated in butter.
    • Add the water, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, keeping at a simmer, cover the rice and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir occasionally, to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
    • Stir in parmesan cheese and parsley. If you need to make your rice creamier, add more milk. Taste to check salt levels and then let rest off the heat for 5 minutes.

Happy Eating My Friends!

Julius and Ethel

Before FX premiered their show The Americans, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, before espionage was a word heard on TV shows, there was Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Julius Rosenberg was born in 1918 in New York City. He became a leader of the Young Communist League USA and there he met Ethel Greenglass. Ethel was born in 1915 in New York City. She was an aspiring actress and singer but eventually took a secretarial job. She became involved in labor disputes and joined the Young Communist League and met Julius in 1936. They married in 1939 and had two sons, Robert and Michael.

Because of his membership and association with the Communist party, Julius lost his position with the US Army Signal Corps in Fort Monmouth NJ. Important research on electronics, communications, radar, and guided missile controls were undertaken at this location during WWII. Rosenberg provided thousands of classified reports to his handlers in the KGB.

Julius Rosenberg

Alexander Feklisov was Julius’ contact in the KGB, and it was to him that he provided this top secret information. It was also his direction that Julius recruited his brother-in-law, David Greenglass, who worked on the Manhattan Project, into provided further information for the Soviet Union. Julius also recruited a second Manhattan Project worker, an engineer named Russell McNutt who was able to provide access to secrets about processes for manufacturing weapons-grade uranium. For this acquisition, Julius earned $100.

Even though they were allies during WWII, America and the Soviet Union did not share information with each other about the Manhattan Project. So they were surprised with the speed that the Soviets were able to stage their first nuclear test.

In 1950, the US discovered that key documents were being shared with the Soviets during the war. Starting in May, Harry Gold was arrested. He had been the courier for several contacts, including David Greenglass.

David Greenglass

In June, David Greenglass himself was arrested for espionage and soon confessed. He also claimed that his sister Ethel’s husband Julius, had convinced David’s wife, Ruth, to recruit him. David further stated that Julius had also passed secrets to another contact, Anatoli Yakovlev. This connection would be necessary as evidence if there was to be a conviction of espionage of the Rosenbergs.

July 1950, Julius was arrested on suspicion of espionage, solely based on David Greenglass’s confession. In August Ethel too was arrested after giving testimony to a grand jury.

Ethel Rosenberg

Twenty senior government officials met secretly in February, 1950, to discuss the Rosenberg case. Gordon Dean said: “It looks as though Rosenberg is the kingpin of a very large ring, and if there is any way of breaking him by having the shadow of a death penalty over him, we want to do it.” Another member stated the case on Ethel was “not too strong”, but that it was “very important that she be convicted too, and given a stiff sentence.” J. Edgar Hoover had stated to use Ethel to make Julius talk.

Their case against Ethel Rosenberg was resolved 10 days before the start of the trial, when David and Ruth Greenglass were interviewed a second time. They were persuaded to change their original stories. David originally had said that he had passed the atomic data he had collected to Julius on a New York street corner. After being interviewed this second time, he said that he had given this information to Julius in the living room of the Rosenberg’s New York apartment. Ethel, at Julius’s request, had taken his notes and typed them up. In her re-interview, Ruth Greenglass expanded on her husband’s version:

Julius then took the info into the bathroom and read it and when he came out he called Ethel and told her she had to type this information immediately … Ethel then sat down at the typewriter which she placed on a bridge table in the living room and proceeded to type the information that David had given to Julius.

As a result of this new testimony, all charges against Ruth Greenglass were dropped.

On August 11, Ethel Rosenberg testified before a grand jury. For all questions, she asserted her right to not answer as provided by the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. FBI agents took her into custody as she left the courthouse. A week later the grand jury returned an indictment for both Julius and Ethel as well as David Greenglass.

The Rosenberg’s trial began in March, 1951. The prosecutions primary witness was David Greenglass, Ethel’s brother. At the end of March the Rosenberg’s were convicted of espionage. They were sentenced to death according to the Espionage Act of 1917.

On June 19, 1953, Julius died after the first electric shock. Ethel received the normal course of three shocks, and she was determined to be still alive. She was given two more shocks and afterwards she was dead. Smoke was reported to be rising from her head.

On the death of Julius and Ethel, their son’s Robert and Michael were orphaned. Unfortunately their many aunts and uncles didn’t take them in, they went between their grandmother’s and in a children’s home. Eventually they were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife. They have since assumed that surname. They continue to work to exonerate their mother who they claim was entirely innocent of the espionage charges.

In 2001, David Greenglass, recanted his earlier statements, stating that his wife was more important than his sister. He stated “I frankly think my wife did the typing, but I don’t remember.” He said he gave false testimony to protect himself and his wife, Ruth, and that he was encouraged by the prosecution to do so. “My wife is more important to me than my sister. Or my mother or my father, OK? And she was the mother of my children.”

He refused to express remorse for his decision to betray his sister, saying only that he did not realize that the prosecution would push for the death penalty. He stated, “I would not sacrifice my wife and my children for my sister.”

I’m not sure about this case. Ethel may not have been guilty, but then why did she plead the Fifth during the Grand Jury testimony? But based on her brother’s statements, she may not have been guilty at all. I’m just glad that I don’t have a brother like hers.

Stay curious my friends!