8. Look at the bright side even if you’re looking at a night sky.

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

I turned 20 years old on September 26th and while reading through articles on Medium it made me think of how much I’ve done and learned in 20 years. The last 20 years have flown by as it feels like just yesterday I was starting high school or even middle school. I am currently in college and working and I feel like I have found myself but also still exploring this crazy world we live in. 2020 has taught me so many things about myself and life in general that I wouldn’t have figured out for years if the Covid-19…


Jasmine Fiore’s remains could only be identified by her implants.

Jasmine Fiore / Photo by Zimbio

Introduction

Jasmine Fiore was born in 1981 and raised in Bonny Doon, California. She grew up very athletic and played many sports while also working at the local grocery store. As she got older she used her looks to her advantage and became a swimsuit and body paint model. She realized the need for models was very high in Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved there to work in casinos and also began working in commercials.

Jasmine did not want to be just a model though. Fitness and exercise were a passion for her and she had aspirations of opening a gym…


SHORT READ

Six people were involved in the murder of their friend.

Latisha Frazier / Photo WJLA

Introductions

In 2010, Latisha Frazier was 18 years old, raising a daughter and working full time at a local McDonald’s in the Washington D.C. area. Her friend group was led by a 17-year-old named Johnnie Sweet and included Brian Gaether (aged 23), Cinthya Proctor (aged 19), Laurence Kamal Hassan (aged 22), Anneka Nelson (aged 16), and Lanee Bell (aged 17). Did a miscommunication over $900 end in Latisha suffering a brutal murder at the hands of these so-called “friends”?

The Crime

On August 2nd, 2010 Latisha worked her shift at McDonald’s but never made it home. Her family officially reported her missing. Five…


Her killer did a terrible job of concealing his involvement.

Jennifer Dulos / Photo by Patch

Introduction

Jennifer Dulos and Fotis Dulos got married in 2004, moved to Farmington, Connecticut and raised five children together. Jennifer was originally from New York City and Folis was from Turkey but raised in Athens, Greece. Fotis developed luxury homes and was very successful. The beginning of the end publically began in 2017. Jennifer filed for divorce on June 20, 2017 and moved 70 miles away to New Caanan, Connecticut with her five children.

Jennifer and Fotis both were originally given temporary joint custody of the children but this led to many appeals from both sides. In 2018 Fotis broke many…


SHORT READ

The offer of a free breakfast was too great for her boyfriend.

Rebecca Aylward and Joshua Davies / Photo by The Sun

Introduction

Rebecca Aylward and Joshua Davies were your everyday young high school sweethearts. They met in high school in Maesteg, South Wales in 2010 dated for three months, and then broke up. The cause of the break-up was never confirmed but Joshua’s version of the story is that Rebecca was trying to get pregnant and he did not want a child. After their breakup, Joshua would constantly talk trash about her to his friends. Eventually, this trash talk turned physical and the whole town of Maesteg was changed forever.

The Crime

On October 23rd, 2010, Rebecca Aylward’s mom called 911 and reported her…


SHORT READ

The 15-year-old had attacked another and was planning to kill more.

James Fairweather / Photo by The Guardian

Introduction

James Fairweather was a 15-year-old boy that lived in Essex, England and attended Colchester Academy. He suffered from dyslexia, was severely bullied in school, and had been in and out of trouble most of his life.. In 2013, he was charged and found guilty of criminal damage to a house. In 2014, at the age of 14, his grandmother passed away and this may have triggered and ultimately pushed him “over the edge”. He was found guilty of stealing cigars and holding up a cashier at knifepoint. Since he was a minor, he was only sentenced to supervision from authority…


An affair with a 27-year difference caused a man to be murdered.

Sarah Tarrant / Photo by Current Affair

Introduction

Sarah Tarrant and Alois Rez were a young couple that by age 24 had been together for 9 years and shared 4 children together. They raised these children in Dubbo, Australia. Although the relationship started so young, it appeared strong and if asked, most people would say this relationship might be one that could have lasted. However, “most people” don’t get to peek behind closed doors. Rumors began to surface of gang activity with Alois and violence in the relationship. The motorcycle gang, Rebels, is prominent in the Dubbo area and he was rumored to be a member.

The Crime

Sarah met…


A robbery almost 7 years later finally broke the case open.

Shafilea Ahmed / Photo by Cosmopolitan

Introductions

Farzana and Iftikhar were married cousins from Pakistan that migrated to Bradford, Yorkshire, England. They were devout to the Islam faith and culture. On July 14, 1986, Farzana gave birth to Shafilea Ahmed.

Shafilea grew up in England but dreamt of moving away from her parents, the culture, and strict guidelines of her parents. She ran away from home for the first time at age 11.

Murder

In March 2003, the Ahmed family were in Pakistan for a family vacation when first responders were called to the house. Shafilea drank bleach in an apparent suicide attempt although her parents claimed Farzan…


What’s the point if it’s going to melt?

Photo by Adam Chang on Unsplash

The country has seen a lot of snow in the past month. As an adult, having a “snow day” surely doesn’t mean what it once did as a kid. Add a pandemic, where the world continues to move regardless of snow, rain, or sun….unless you lose your Wifi.

Here’s a glass “half empty” approach toward snow, especially as an adult.

If you live in any part of the United States above Georgia you have probably seen or endured a couple of snowfalls in your life. However, if you live in the northern part of the country and in my case…


Just hours before this couple celebrated their wedding anniversary.

Sandra and Jon Garner / Photo by CBS News

Introduction

Sandra and Jon Garner were a madly in love married couple from Maypearl, Texas. Sandra was 13 years older than Jon and this would be her third marriage and his first. Sandra also brought two children to the marriage.

On January 2nd, 2018, Jon was murdered and the town of Maypearl was never the same.

The Murder

On January 2nd, Sandra Garner called the local police department and told them her husband was shot. The police rushed to their house and found a panic-stricken Sandra walking aimlessly around the house. She showed the police her husband’s body and claimed an intruder killed…

Dylan Deckard

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