Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Piper's Big Birthday Party!

Today's a big day in Piper Morgan's world. It's her book birthday! Book #5 comes out...and it's set at a birthday party, which means there's plenty of...



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Thanks for celebrating with us!



Blurb:


Piper tries to plan the perfect party in the fifth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper is excited to help her mom plan a big party for another girl her age. After all, who doesn’t love a good party? But when Piper and her mom arrive, they are in for an unpleasant surprise: A spoiled little girl, a huge mansion, and a list of impossible demands from the birthday girl that includes a real-life princess and grape jelly beans. How will they ever pull off the show-stopping party that Emmy is demanding? It seems like no matter what they suggest, Emmy is never happy. Can Piper help her mom pull off the best party ever? Or will the party turn into a big fat mess?


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Mystery Monday: Holly Bobo Update

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



Sometimes mysteries have resolutions. Those resolutions may not be pretty, but it's important to pay attention to them. After all, for every solved case, there are many other unsolved cases that may have similar explanations...


Such is the mystery of the sudden disappearance of Holly Bobo. I profiled this case here after we'd at least learned that her remains had been found and an arrest had been made. But we didn't know for sure who had killed (or how) until the case went to trial.



Holly was a college student who still lived with her parents in the tiny town of Darden, Tennessee. On the morning of April 13, 2011, she woke up early to study for an exam. Her last phone call that morning was at 7:42 a.m.--after that, all texts and calls went unanswered.



At 7:46 a.m., a neighbor heard a scream and called his mom, who relayed the information to Holly's mom, who was at work. At 7:50 a.m., Holly's brother Clint, who was the only other person at home with her, was awoken by dogs barking. He looked out the window and saw Holly and a male kneeling, facing each other. He could hear voices and said it sounded like she was upset. He heard her say, "No, why?"


A shot of the carport where Holly was last seen

Thinking the male he saw was Holly's boyfriend, Clint called his mom, who told him that wasn't the boyfriend. She told her son to "get a gun and shoot him." While Clint's mom called 911, Clint saw the man and Holly walk off toward the woods together. That was the last he saw of them.



More than three years later, Holly's partial remains were found 20 miles away by hunters. Also in 2014, the first arrests occurred in the case. 


Dylan Adams, Zach Adams, and Jason Autry
Zach Adams, his brother Dylan, and his friend Jason Autry were arrested and charged in the case. Zach was the first to go on trial in September. On September 22nd, Zach was found guilty of first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated rape. He was sentenced to life without parole, along with two consecutive terms of 25 years. Despite no DNA linking anyone to the murder, the overwhelming number of witness testimonials made it difficult to doubt Zach was connected. (Although some still doubt it...)



The details of the crime are horrific (***WARNING***), serving as a reminder that sometimes mysteries are better off unsolved. What emerged was that Shayne Austin, who committed suicide in 2015, is believed to have been the one to kidnap Holly, taking her to his house where at least Zachary (and likely others) raped her. According to Autry's testimony, he showed up after the fact, hoping to buy drugs from Shayne Austin. Instead, he ended up helping Zachary dispose of Holly's body, only to find out she wasn't completely dead yet. Without getting into more detail than necessary, Adams resolved that problem with a gunshot...




The only good thing that comes of this is that Holly's family finally has answers...and justice. However, Holly's mother had to listen to details on what a group of boys did to her daughter. Two of the boys were once students of Holly's mother, who is a second-grade teacher.



Do you like to hear the resolution of unsolved mysteries? Or do you feel it's better not to know?