Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day. A day we celebrate the men in our lives that have been there since day one. Who where our first heros and the man we compare all other men to.

Our dad’s took care of things for us like teaching us to throw a baseball, how to blow bubbles in our milk, or even telling us jokes and stories to make us laugh.

Dads are the ones who protect us, defend us, keep our cars running, know what a 10mm wrench is needed for and has every tool known to man somewhere in the garage. We call him to help us with a flat tire, or to even buy us dinner.

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

Thank you Dads!!

Shout out to Darrel B., Michael B., Jacob S., Robert Y., Jason S., and LeRoy S. You are all some of the best dads I know! Enjoy your day!!

The Rock

If you think this post is about Dwayne Johnson, I’m sorry to mislead you, we are not talking about that Rock today, although he is worthy of his own post admiring him. However today we are going to discuss The Rock, as in Alcatraz Prison.

Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz, located on a island in the San Francisco bay, was a notorious prison. Those sent there knew there was virtually no way to escape, and the waters surrounding the island were freezing cold and hazardous to swim due to the strong currents.

Originally built in 1847, 1.25 miles from San Francisco, CA. The small island was originally developed for a federal prison, military prison, lighthouse and military barracks. The federal prison operated from 1934 to 1963.

In 1969 the island was occupied by a group of Native American Activists from across the country. They held control of the island for 19 months. They wanted to convert the island into a Native American education, ecology, and cultural center. The provisions set forth by the Treaty of Laramie of 1868, stated that all federal lands that are abandoned, retired, or out of use would be returned to the native peoples from whom they were acquired. So for all purposes, the Activists were proceeding according to the law. In 1971 after months of negotiations, the occupation ended.

But onto the rest of the story; the federal prison was established in 1933 after it was converted from a military prison. It was intended to house prisoners who continually caused problems at other facilities.

The prison had seen notorious criminals in it’s 29 years of service such as; Al Capone, Robert Stroud (The Birdman of Alcatraz), George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Doc Barker, Alvin Karpis, just to name a few.

During it’s time as a penitentiary, the facility bragged that no successful escape had occurred. 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts. 2 prisoners tried twice. 23 were caught and returned, 6 were shot and killed during the attempt, 2 drowned and 5 are listed as missing presumed drowned. In my honest opinion, I disagree. It is probably widely believed that 3 men were successful in their escape from The Rock.

Frank Morris

Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin. They are currently missing and presumed drowned. They escaped by putting papier Mache heads, resembling their own in their beds, and escaped via an unused utility corridor, out to an inflatable raft of sorts. Where they ended up is unknown but it is believed that the Anglin brothers went to South America. And then returned to the United States, staying in South Florida. Their family received postcards randomly and from different locations. Their mother received flowers every Mother’s day until her death in 1973. At her funeral, two very tall, heavily made up women were seen attending the funeral.

John (L) and Clarence Anglin

The FBI confirmed the receipt of a letter received in 2018, presumed to be written by John Anglin, stating that Frank died in 2008 and is buried in Alexandria by a different name, Clarence had passed away in 2011. John was looking to negotiate the terms of his surrender for medical help for his cancer. You decide if they escaped or not. I believe they did.

But with all the history and reputation of the prison, is it haunted?

Many people have experienced phenomena in the prison. Inmates, guards, and now those tourists who visit the island. Some of the things you may experience include:

  • Cell 14D- The dreaded cell that many visitors claim has an extreme coldness that surrounds them. The inmate in this cell died, screaming that a creature was going to kill him. Cell 14D (Left) was a punishment cell.
  • Cell blocks, A,B, and C – From these blocks you may hear disembodied screams or moans.
  • There is the chance you may encounter a prisoner known as “The Butcher” who was executed in the 1940’s.

The prison is now part of the National Parks department and provide a variety of tours on the island. Be sure to view their website at alcatrazislandtickets.com.

Have you had the opportunity to check out Alcatraz? If so have you experienced any paranormal events? Please share if you have!

You are your own best investment


Most of the true crime cases I bring to you are ones from the last century or so. This one, is one from the 1600’s in Sicily/Italy and it’s reported she may have helped kill over 600 men. So let’s dive into the fairly unusual case of Giulia Tofana.

Giulia was born in Palermo in 1620, in a place and time where divorce was unheard of and children (both girls and boys) were married off into loveless relationships. They were more business arrangements than anything else. Escaping marriage was only achieved if your spouse died, or if you risked your reputation by turning to prostitution.

When Giulia was approximately 13, both of her parents died. It is believed that her mother murdered her abusive husband and was later executed for it.

After her parents died, the young, beautiful Giulia spent a lot of time in apothecaries, and was present when they were making their potions eventually developing her own poison; Aqua Tofana. It was a colorless, tasteless poison, and was mostly arsenic, lead and possibly belladonna.

Giulia made a business out of selling her poison to both men and women who wanted to escape their marriages. Giulia and her daughter; Girolama Spera, were both in the business together. Eventually moving their services to Naples and Rome. It is not known whether she was married, or if she had decided to escape her marriage at any time.

So how did she do it?

As Giulia’s clientele were mostly women, as she sympathized with them most, she disguised her poison as either a healing oil or an ordinary perfume. The poison was in plain sight on the dressing tables of these women and when their husbands annoyed them too much, they simply gave them a dose of the poison, whether in tea, soup, or simply as a medicine.

The poison was slow acting, and worked in multiple doses; first dose would produce cold like symptoms. The second dose compounded those symptoms and the victim would be extremely ill by the third dose. Symptoms included vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea, burning sensations in the digestive system. The fourth dose would kill the victim. It allowed the victim time to repent and write a will.

And Giulia was a savvy woman. She instructed her clients to make the death look like it was caused by a simple disease. She coached them on how to act, what to do, what to say, and instructed them to demand a coroner’s exam to not draw suspicion.

As her business was by referral only, Giulia was known as a friend to the troubled wife and business was booming.

As is the norm, all good things come to an end. And Giulia and her business were finally revealed to Papal authorities by one of her customers. As she was so popular, authorities had a hard time finding her as the locals protected and hid her. She finally escaped to a church and was given sanctuary, but a dark rumor that she poisoned the water supply encouraged authorities to drag her from the church and in for questioning.

Under torture, she confessed to killing 600 men between 1633 and 1651. And in July of 1659, Giulia, her daughter Girolama, and three other employees were all executed.

What are your thoughts on this unusual case? Please share them in the comments, and thank you for reading about Guilia and Aqua Tofana.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

There are some foods that are iconic. They remind you of your childhood, simpler times, or even a comfort. This is all three in one. You can use whatever jam/jelly you prefer, as it is not required to use only one option. That’s what is lovely about this recipe, you can make it to your tastes or a combination of flavors at one time.

  • Ingredients:
    • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 1½ cups sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, at room temperature
    • 18 ounces creamy peanut butter
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1½ teaspoons salt
    • 18 ounces jam or jelly
    • 2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • Directions:
    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.
    • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes.  With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until well combined.
    • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture.  Mix just until combined.
    • Spread two thirds of the dough in the prepared pan, spread evenly. Spread the jam evenly over the dough.  You can add two (or more) types of jam/jelly on the same pan if desired. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don’t worry if all the jam isn’t covered; the dough will spread when it bakes. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool before cutting.

This is a great recipe for kids, parents, groups, anyone who loves classic flavors of peanut butter and jelly. If you have alternatives to this recipe that you have tried and love, please share them with me, I would love to try variations.

Happy Eating!

I say, Yes yes

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I’m not one to follow many trends, I don’t usually follow the crowd. I simply stay on my own and do my own thing. I like what I like and I don’t apologize for that. So it’s amazing to me that I actually found a YouTube channel that I like, and even more than one.

I came across the channel by Bailey Sarian on accident. If you aren’t familiar with her, she is amazing! I watch her Murder, Mystery, and Make Up Mondays. While relaying a true crime story, she does her make up as only a make up artist could.

Bailey tells the story in a way that is easy to understand and she keeps you entertained. (Suspish, I say nay nay) This channel has all of things I enjoy. And the cases she talks about are not always the big cases, she usually shies away from the ones about the more well known killers, as she says there isn’t always much more to tell than what we know. So you can learn about ones that you didn’t even know existed.

If a combination of true crime, makeup, and humor is something you find you enjoy, you might be interested in her series. I highly encourage you to check out her channel on YouTube, she is also on other forms of social media, and has recently launched a podcast.

Please check her out, she’s fabulous at what she does, and is down to earth enough that I would love to have her in my area so we can hang out and talk true crime. Or at least get some great tips on how to do my own make up.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Not So Gentle Giant

*Warning – The post you are about to read may be too graphic for some readers. It may contain descriptions of true crimes, crime scenes, and photos of crime scenes. Reader discretion is advised.”

Serial killers come from all backgrounds, family situations, and education levels. But when a person with an IQ of 145, decides to use his intelligence to hurt people, you get Edmund E. Kemper III.

Edmund was born in December, 1948, and weighed 13 pounds as a new born. He was the middle child, and only son of Edmund and Clarnell Kemper. Edmund and Clarnell were not a good role model for their children, Clarnell felt that Edmund’s job as an electrician was menial work, and Edmund said that “suicide missions in wartime and the atomic bomb testings were nothing compared to living with her” and she affected him “more than three hundred and ninety-six days and nights of fighting on the front did.”

Edmund exhibited anitsocial behavior at an early age. He was cruel to animals, murdered family pets, and lied about his behavior. He led a dark fantasy life, and preformed rites with his younger sisters dolls, by removing their head and hands.

In 1957, Edmunds parents separated and even though he had a close relationship with his father, he was forced to live with his mother in Montana. His mother was a neurotic, domineering, alcoholic and often belittled, humiliated, and abused him. Running away from home at the age of 14, Edmund tried to reconcile with his father, who was now remarried and had a stepson. As this didn’t work out for the new family, Edmund went to live with his paternal grandparents.

At the age of 15 in 1964, Edmund and his grandmother Maude Kemper, had an argument. Enraged he stormed off and collected a hunting rifle, and upon his return to the kitchen where Maude was sitting, he fatally shot her in the head, and twice in the back. When he grandfather returned from grocery shopping, Edmund when outside and fatally shot him in the driveway. He phoned his mother, Clarnell, who told him to call the police. As he was young when he committed these crimes, he was sent to Atascadero State Hospital, and was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.

While in the hospital, he was a model prisoner. He was a good worker as described by his psychiatrists, and he assisted with administering other tests to inmates. However, he learned from the other inmates during these tests as well; he learned to manipulate his doctors, and learned from sex offenders who stated to avoid leaving witnesses, you needed to kill the woman after raping her.

Upon his release from the hospital at the age of 21, Edmund returned to his mother’s home, and attended community college. He was denied a job with the police department due to his size, 6 feet 9 inches, so began working with the State of California Division of Highways. His juvenile record was expunged.

It wasn’t until 1972 that Edmund began acting on his homicidal sexual urges, called “little zappies”. He picked up female hitchhikers and take them to isolated areas where he would shoot, stab, smother, or strangle them. After they were dead, he took them back to his home, were he decapitated them and would then perform irrumatio on their severed heads. He would have sexual intercourse with them and dismember them. Edmund did this for 11 months before being caught. In total he killed five college students, a high school student, his mother, and his mothers best friend.

After the murders of Clarnell and her friend Sally, Edmund drove to Colorado fearing a manhunt was underway for him. When he arrived in Colorado, he called the police and confessed to the murder of his mother and Sally. They didn’t believe him, telling him to call back later. He called again and spoke with an officer he knew and confessed again to the murders, and the other students he killed as well.

When asked why he turned himself in, he said, “The original purpose was gone…it wasn’t serving any physical or real or emotional purpose. It was just a pure waste of time … Emotionally, I couldn’t handle it much longer. Toward the end there, I started feeling the folly of the whole damn thing, and at the point of near exhaustion, near collapse, I just said to hell with it and called it all off.”

During his trial, he attempted an insanity defense, but the jury found him sane and guilty of all 8 murders. He asked for death, but received seven years to life for each of the 8 counts.

He remains in prison and is considered a model prisoner. He is also a prolific reader of audio books for the blind, and has had several hundred audio book recordings to his name. He was retired from this in 2015 after having a stroke and being considered medically disabled. His next parole hearing is in 2024.

That is the story of Edmund E. Kemper III. What are your thoughts about Edmund, IF he was granted parole in 2024, do you think even at the age of 76 that he would be in 2024, that Edmund would kill again? Do you feel he should be paroled? Tell me what you think in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

Mystery – Cleveland

*Warning: The post you are about to read may be too graphic for some people, it may contain descriptions of crime scenes, violent crimes, adult situations, reader discretion is advised.*

Cleveland, OH, is known for many things; The Cleveland Indians play baseball there, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is found in Cleveland, and a mystery from 1930 still remains on the books: The Cleveland Torso Murderer.

In the 1930’s there was an area of Cleveland that was impoverished called Kinsbury Run, another name was “Hobo Jungle”. This area of Cleveland was home to many vagrants and west of the The Roaring Third. An area known for its bars, gambling dens, and brothels. The victims found in Kingsbury Run primary came from this area.

The murderer was eventually known as the Cleveland Torso Murderer, and has had 12 murders attributed to him, but could have had up to 20. The victims were usually drifters whose identity was not determined, with few exceptions. The murderer always beheaded their victims, and often times dismembered them as well. Most of the victims heads were undiscovered.

From 1935 to 1938 twelve people were murdered. Due to the dismemberment of the bodies, it was a theory that the person or persons who murdered the Black Dahlia (Elizabeth Short) were also the unnamed Cleveland Torso Killer. This has been a theory, but hasn’t been pursued.

The one suspect in the case was Frank Dolezal. He was a suspect for one victim, identified as Florence Polillo. He died mysteriously in the Cuyahoga County jail. There wasn’t evidence that linked him to all the victims. Most was circumstantial at best.

Most investigators suspected, Dr Francis E Sweeney. He was a part of the medical unit in World War I that conducted amputations in the field. Dr. Sweeney failed to pass early polygraph tests and it was believed they had their man. Unfortunately Dr. Sweeney committed himself to a mental asylum and was not pursued further.

It is unknown who the real murderer(s) were. It could have been a dumping grounds for those individuals riding the rail lines that were conveniently located in Kingsbury Run and that all these victims were simply murdered by multiple individuals. However the fact remains they were ALL decapitated, and unless the individuals on the rail lines all had the same exact idea for committing the murders and for dumping the bodies, my guess it was all one person who may or may not have been a local to Cleveland.

So tell me; what are your thoughts on this case? Do you think these and the Black Dahlia are connected? Sadly the majority of the victims were never identified and their heads still remain unrecovered, so they may never be known.

Be ever alert, make good choices, be safe

The Foundation of Make Up

Hello my lovelies! You are absolutely perfect just the way you are, but if you feel you need to enhance any part of your appearance, please do it for you and nobody else. As I have said in the first posting ever, I’m in your corner and here to help you in anyway that I can. So with that said, I wanted to share some information about foundation today.

Being a woman with an uneven complexion and other aspects that I wish to eliminate or at least hide (more on those in the future), I have tried numerous options and found several foundations that I like. This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned therein.

So I prefer a full coverage foundation. One that isn’t too thick but can be built up in areas that need more coverage and in less needed areas it provides good coverage but may not be as heavy. However you do you! If you need less coverage or even none at all, simply share this post with others so they too can maybe find an option that will work for their needs. I envy you if you do not use/need foundation.

The first product that I would like to mention is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Stay In Place Make Up. This has been my go to foundation for a long time now. I find it covers the areas that need to be covered. Doesn’t irritate my skin, and allows my face to breathe. It’s not a product that feels cakey nor does it sit in fine lines (thank you face primer). They have 56 shades and is available online or in fine department stores; $43.

Another product that I have used and enjoy as it is also a fuller coverage foundation, but appears on your skin like natural skin; meaning it doesn’t look like you have foundation on, is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation. Like the Estee Lauder brand it too can be built up so that you can cover certain areas more as needed. This product isn’t a matte finish, so it simulates healthy glowing skin and provides decent coverage to make you feel your best. Available in beauty stores or online; $38.

Lastly a product that I’ve recently tried and I’m sure you have seen advertised lately is the Il Makiage Foundation. I did their easy color match quiz and received a full size product to try out. The shade is pretty close to my natural skin tone, so I think the quiz is really good at matching you, as long as you are honest and accurate in your answers. What’s even better is that you have full support from Il Makiage so if the shade is not a good match or if you don’t like it, you can return it and try a different shade. Available on ilmakiage.com $44.

Whatever you wear let it be something good for your skin, your beauty, and your confidence. This past year of the pandemic I haven’t worn make up much at all, and I’ve slowly gotten more confident in my own skin. That said I still enjoy make up and getting “dolled” up, but I don’t feel that I have to hide my imperfections any longer. I’m imperfectly perfect. And so are you!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Prisons hold many people who have done despicable things. We as a society seem to be infatuated with prisons for a number of reasons. Not only are they needed, but we also have a fascination with the true crime genre that the individuals residing inside can provide. Another aspect of prisons that we seem to flock to is the fact that even the guardians of these criminals have the ability to be horrible monsters, all in the name of the law. So the prisons in turn have their own stories they can share. That may be true of the West Virginia State Penitentiary.

Moundsville, WV, is the home to the West Virginia State Penitentiary. Originally built in 1866, and similar in style to the prison located in Joliet, IL, the prison began accepting prisoners in 1876 until it closed in 1995.

In a span of 60 years, 94 men were executed, primarily by hanging, but some by electrocution as well. The prison had four distinct areas for prisoners: The Alamo, where the worst guests of the prison earned 22-24 hours in a 5′ x 7′ cell; New Wall, which was for the general population; Rat Row, which was for prisoners who testified against others and needed special protection; and Honor Hall for those who had earned special privileges. If you found yourself being housed in one of the 10 worst prisons in the United States, you may have had dealings in the “Sugar Shack”. This was the recreation area of the prison; but the recreation included gambling, fighting, rape, and even murder. This area of the prison remains a hotbed for paranormal activity.

One of the infamous prisoners who requested to be relocated here was Charles Manson, his letter remains on display in the execution chamber. The prison may have been the inspired by the Shawshank Redemption (Novella: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King) as in 1992 three inmates tunneled out through the greenhouse.

Even though the prison is no longer housing prisoners, some of those who once lived there, may still be there. The prison hosts many paranormal tours, and you may encounter the Shadow Man, you may hear echoing sounds from souls that your eyes can no longer see, or even be accosted by unknown forces. The lowest levels of the prison host a dark entity that if you dare to explore, be warned.

If you have visited the West Virginia State Penitentiary, please share any of your experiences with me!

You are your own best investment!

Entrance to the Sugar Shack


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Wineville Ranch

Those of you who had watched American Horror Story: Hotel, may have learned briefly about this case. However let’s go into it further and learn what happened at the Wineville Ranch, in Riverside County, California during the 1920’s.

Gordon Northcott

Gordon Stewart Northcott was born in Canada, in 1906. He moved with his parents to Los Angeles, CA, in 1924. Two years later he asked his father to purchase a plot of land in Wineville, where he built a chicken ranch and house. He needed help with the new ranch and had his nephew Sanford Clark join him in California. When the boy arrived Gordon began to beat and sexually abuse Sanford.

Sanford’s sister Jessie, came to visit and was concerned over what her brother had informed her of one evening. He stated that Gordon Northcott had murdered four boys at his ranch. Upon returning to Canada, Jessie contacted the American Consul, who in turn contacted the LAPD and they also included the United States Immigration Service as Gordon was a Canadian citizen.

Sanford Clark

August 31, 1928, two Immigration Service officers took Sanford Clark into custody, Gordon had seen them coming and told his nephew to stall them or he would shoot him with a rifle. For two hours, Sanford stalled them while Gordon ran, but when he felt they could protect him he advised that Gordon had fled into the trees.

Gordon and his mother, Sarah Louise, fled to Canada and were arrested in September 1928. They were extradited back to the United States. Sarah Louise wasn’t an innocent party in the happenings at the Wineville Ranch. At her sentencing, Sanford advised that Gordon had kidnapped, molested, beaten and killed three young boys with the help of his mother. A fourth young man was killed by Northcott and Sanford had been forced to help dispose of the victim’s head which was burned in the fire pit. Quicklime was used to dispose of the remains of the three boys, but the young man was left on the side of the road.

Sarah Louise Northcott

Police found the three shallow graves exactly where Sanford said they would be, unfortunately the three bodies were not complete, it is believed that the bodies were dug up by Gordon and Sarah Louise and burned in the night. Gordon and Sarah Louise claimed to have killed up to 20 boys, but this has not been supported by any further evidence.

The three victims remains, along with the testimony of Sanford and his sister, resulted in a death sentence for Gordon, and life imprisonment for Sarah Louise. Gordon was hanged on October 2, 1930 at San Quentin Prison. He was 23 years old.

Sarah Louise served her sentence at Tahachapi State Prison, and was paroled in less than 12 years. She died in 1944.

Wineville changed the name to Mira Loma in 1930.

Sanford returned to Canada and died in 1991.

Christine Collins
  • The vicitms:
    • Walter Collins: 9 year old Walter Collins was abducted when he went to the movies and never returned. His mother, Christine, worked with police to find her son, and when they claimed to have found the boy in Illinois, the police organized a public reunion, and upon meeting the boy who claimed to be her son, she told police that wasn’t her son.
      • Dental records proved this boy was not her son, and police committed her to a psychiatric ward in Los Angeles County Hospital. The boy, who was actually Arthur Hutchens Jr, was a runaway from Iowa. He was trying to get to Hollywood to meet his favorite actor. Arthur admitted he was not Christine’s son and she was released from the hospital, and filed suit against the LAPD. The story of Christine and Walter Collins was portrayed in the movie, The Changeling.
    • Lewis and Nelson Winslow: Aged 12 and 10 respectively. They were abducted in 1928 from Pomona, California. Their father, Mr. Nelson Winslow Sr, led a lynch mob to the Riverside jail where Gordon was being held, with the intent of hanging him after his trial. The police convinced the mob to disband.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe