Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Where to Find Great True Crime Stories

My theme for this year's A to Z Challenge was unsolved mysteries. Many of the posts were inspired by shows I saw on Investigation Discovery or Dateline NBC.



The stories pulled people in, although some people didn't seem to enjoy them. I find it fascinating that people who are interested in true crime are often some of the gentlest, most loving people you'll ever meet. Think of the people you know who have watched every episode of this show:



Of course, even I don't enjoy details about torture or murder. I simply find the mystery of a missing person fascinating. How does someone just disappear?



Or sometimes it's the mystery of how a person ended up dead--the people involved, the events that led up to it. I tend to tune out when they give details of how the person was murdered.



But if you like true crime, there are a couple of recommendations I have for you. One is to pay attention to Investigation Discovery. There are some silly shows, granted...



...but there are some GREAT shows, as well. Also, you can find old episodes of 48 Hours, Dateline, and 20/20 on YouTube.



If you're into podcasts, here are a few to check out:

(Please add any podcast suggestions in the comments and I'll add them to this list.)

If you're more of a reader, I highly recommend any of Ann Rule's books. She's best known for her book on (her friend) Ted Bundy, but she also wrote a Crime Files series that is highly addictive. P.S.: All of Ann Rule's books work great in audiobook form.



Do you have any recommendations for true crime fanatics? Leave them in the comments so others can check them out!


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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Introducing Out of Tune by Gail Nall

Today I'm celebrating an exciting book birthday for one of my favorite people! I've had the honor of standing alongside to Gail Nall at several author events and I can say she's not only an extremely talented author, but she's an awesome person! Here's her latest book, which I just finished Saturday evening. Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy!!!





Blurb:

A country music hopeful puts her Nashville dreams on hold when she moves into an RV to travel across the country with her family in this charming new novel from the author of Breaking the Ice.

When twelve-year-old Maya’s parents sell their house and move the family into the world’s ugliest RV to travel the country, Maya’s only goal is to get back home—and fast. No way is she going to miss the chance to audition for Dueling Duets, the singing competition show that’s going to surely propel her—and her cowboy-hatted crush—to country stardom.

Operation Maya Goes Home, or OMGH, turns out to be more complicated than she had expected, so Maya sets out on a secret one-day, one-hundred-mile bike ride through Yellowstone National Park with her know-it-all little sister, a cute nature boy, and blue-haired, earbud-addicted Shiver (a.k.a. the most annoying girl ever). Somewhere between the worst muscle ache she’s ever experienced and losing half of their group to a flat tire, Maya starts wondering if maybe, just maybe, it’s possible to find home in the last place you expected. 


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Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the Aladdin/S&S middle grade novels BREAKING THE ICE, the YOU'RE INVITED series (co-authored with Jen Malone), and the upcoming OUT OF TUNE (11/8/16) and BEST.NIGHT.EVER. (co-authored, 8/15/17). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins). You can find her online at gailnall.com and on Twitter as @gailecn.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Mystery Monday: The Girl Scout Murders

It's an exciting day on my blog. Today, I introduce a brand new feature:



Every Monday, I'll present a new mystery. Some have been solved...some remain unsolved to this day. Today's mystery is one I had never heard of until recently...and I was a Girl Scout in the 70s. Warning: This one involves the deaths of young girls.



The horrible events of June 13, 1977 seem to have been forgotten for those who don't live near Tulsa, Oklahoma. But once you hear the story, you'll never forget it. Especially when you see the young, innocent faces of the victims.


Michelle Heather Guse, Lori Lee Farmer, and Doris Denise Milner were like any other girls between the ages of eight and ten. They had friends, families who loved them, and promising futures. They headed off to Camp Scott with no idea that just two months earlier, a camp director had found a note that threatened to kill three little girls. The director had assumed the note was a prank and tossed it.



Lori, Doris, and Michelle were assigned to Cabin 8, which was located farther from the counselor's tent than all the others.



On the evening of June 12, the girls wrote in their diaries and went to sleep. Just after midnight, one of the camp counselors was awakened by a strange sound. She described it as a guttural sound, not human but not like any animal she'd heard. She investigated, but couldn't find anything.



Others reported hearing the same guttural sound that night. One girl said she heard a young girl crying for her mom and others said a man looked into their tent and walked away.



The next morning, the camp counselor who had heard the strange noise left her tent early to take a shower. On her way, she noticed some strange items under a tree. She then saw some sleeping bags. She called the police.




At some point in the night, the girls had been taken from their tents, attacked, and murdered. A variety of clues led police to this man, an escaped convict who was living in the area at the time.



Although local authorities were certain of his guilt, a jury acquitted him. He was still serving his original sentence when he died while lifting weights in the prison yard. Although many people believe he did it, he was never found guilty of the crime, leaving the possibility that the murderer was never caught.




Perhaps most chilling of all was something Doris Milner's mom revealed in a documentary called Someone Cry for the Children. On her way to the camp, the girl asked her mother what would happen if everyone in the world died. Her mom said that couldn't happen, to which the little girl said, "Everyone's going to die tomorrow." The murder happened the next day.

What's the most haunting mystery you've ever heard?

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