Tag: murder

  • We Need Justice

    We Need Justice

    Editor's Note: George Floyd was laid to rest in Houston yesterday, next to the mother he cried out for. Did you listen to any of the service? I did. The remarks of Rev. William Lawson left me in tears. The 92-year-old Lawson helped organize the[..]
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  • Thoughts from a Black Mother

    Thoughts from a Black Mother

    Editor's Note: I am opening up the blog to my black friends to contribute their thoughts and experiences at this time of a reckoning in this country. I am happy to introduce you to the poetry of E.J. Wade. A year ago, we traveled to[..]
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  • As a Black Man Thinks: I, too, am America

    As a Black Man Thinks: I, too, am America

    Editor's note: Meet my friend Ralph Mitchell. Ralph and I grew up in the same segregated Southern town in military families and both had our lives impacted by the war in Vietnam. Ralph is a veteran, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Reserves. He[..]
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  • My Confession

    My Confession

    Twitter is not going to shut him down. Not for the love of God, man or country. So it is going to be up to the rest of us. We the people. We are the engine that drives Twitter. Without us, there is no platform.[..]
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  • Trump Steals from Ted Bundy’s PlayBook

    Trump Steals from Ted Bundy’s PlayBook

    In some ways, Ted Bundy is an icon of the '70s. He mixed show biz and violence in a way that had never been done before. - Stephen Michaud [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TZ6fTYrsE[/embed] Ann Rule and I used to talk about certain murder cases. We met when I[..]
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  • The Onus of Forgiveness

    The Onus of Forgiveness

    [caption id="attachment_4862" align="aligncenter" width="618"] This photo shows a bronze statue called "Raise Up", part of the display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in lynchings (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)[/caption] During the Amber Guyger sentencing, the[..]
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  • Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    [caption id="attachment_4329" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Dahlia, Cutting garden[/caption] In 2012, Amyjane Brandhagen was found murdered in an Oregon motel room. She had been brutally stabbed to death. Amyjane was no stranger to our family. We had attended church with her family, had participated in Bible Studies[..]
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  • An Isolating Affair

    An Isolating Affair

    We were just a couple of songs into the Shabbat service on Saturday when a congregant sobs cracked across the crowded room. Those sobs soon turned into downright wails. The rabbi paused, looked, then offered words of comfort to the rest of us. Other congregants[..]
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  • Writing My Way Through Fears

    Writing My Way Through Fears

      For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
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