Monthly Archives: October 2013

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In Cold Blood Part 1

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Well I have to say that the first part of the novel was very well written and easy to follow. The author makes you feel like you were in the Clutter families home when everything went on. You feel like your best friends with Nancy and could sit in her room and talk all night. You feel like you are watching Bonnie sit in her bed reading the bible and alienating herslef from everyone. You can literally take a walk with Mr.Clutter on his property and watch him enjoy his apple and milk for breakfast. I LOVE reading books that make you connect with the characters and take you inside the story and make you feel all the emotions of the characters. The fact that this novel is based on a real life murder just makes me feel sad and frightened because I know that these people were just everyday normal people. I like how the author uses refrences that were used during the time period like when it comes to post pardum depression he used the term “post-natal”.

Portraits of Family Found Murdered

The major thing that really bothered me was that these people who were just your average run of the mill family was just killed and to me it seemed for no reason.

 

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Black Dahlia

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When I hear the words “Black Dahlia” the first thing that comes to mind is the horrible murder of a young woman who’s life was cute short and a world famous unsolved murder. While reading this writing I noticed that the author used a blooming flower which is kind of funny because a Dahlia is a type of flower and they bloom in a variety of colors and can even turn a dark purple which looks black. I feel very sad when reading the description of how Elizabeth Short was tied up, given a long gash to create a sickly smile, and then she was cut in half and her blood was drained. While reading this I felt as though the author was trying to make Elizabeth Short see like a bad person by saying she mooched off of people and talked to  a bunch of guys. This reading made me think of countless referneces in movies, tv series, and books about the Black Dahlia and mad e me realize that even though Elizabeth Short never got famous in Hollywood she still will live on forever in history

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Execution and what “True” crime really is

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Well because my group is presenting this week we decided to split up the two reading and the one that I was going to do was Execution. I found so much information and video clips that would really add some sparkle to our presentation that I am really excited to present.

I think that there is no such thing as true crime because every person on the planet earth has told a lie or two in their time. I think that as a society we try really hard to uncover the truth behind things because it is human nature to be curious. Out of all the readings we have done their is always a different account of what happened by twenty differnet people. I think that we call it True Crime because it is whatever the author of the story wants us to think happened.

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Ballads of Murder

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Naomi Wise and Grace Brown:

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The readings that I decided to focus on was the Grace Brown and Noami Wise murders.

I decided to group these two women together because the way they that they both died was very similar as well as thier living situations before they died. Naomi Wise was pregnant with Jonathon Lewis’s child and was tricked into being led by a river where she was strangled and then tossed in. I found it very sad that she begged this man to spare her life and when he finally confessed to killing her on his death bed he said that all she wanted was to marry him. I found another website that gave a bit more detail into the murder as well as event leading up to it which shed some very interesting light on the situation. Apparently Lewis’s mother tried to make him marry another more wealthy girl byt he name of Hettie Elliott. While he was courting her she asked him if he was seeing Naomi which he told her no that it was just an attend to slander his good name all the while still visiting Naomi. Naomi went to go and get some water from her house and was never seen again which is where the story continues.  Now does this lead people to think he murdered Naomi so he could marry Hettie or did it so he wouldn’t have to deal with the resposiblities of fatherhood… Grace Brown was also a pregnant “girlfiend” of a man who also killed her in a body of water and left her to be found by others. Grace was also promised marriage, but was lied to by Chester and eventually she payed for it in the end. Some people say that Chester was going to  send her to a home where single mother lived but the fact that he used a fake name in the hotel guest name booklet and the fact that he only packed enough clothes for a few days tells me that he was planning on killing her the whole time

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A love not meant to be…

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Compared to other readings that we have done I actually feel some pity for the killer Alice Mitchell. She was head over heels in love with this girl in a time period where this was not acceptable to want to marry a women. This women was willing to dress up as a man and change her name just to be with Fred because that’s how much she loved her. She was so commited to this girl she sent her an engagment ring and devised a plan to run away with her. This kind of story would pull on the heart strings of any true romantic…. that is until you learn how it all came crashing down. I think that the sister of Fred kind of caused this tragic murder to happen if she had not intervened and allowed her sister to run away she would have still been alive. I believe that if you have anyone who is overly in love with a person and then the relationship doesnt work out they develop what I like to call “If I can’t have you then know one will” syndrome. Alice was driven crazy by the fact that she was never going to live with the one person she loved and it led her to kill. I don’t know if Alice planned on killing Fred that day, but I know that it happened and that she probably regreted it for a long time afterwords…. some things you just can’t forget.

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Video ideas and meeting

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Yesterday was a very productive day for our group when it came to getting an idea for our video and giving specific jobs to people. I was picked to be part of the that had William Fly, Joseph Mountian, Thomas Powers, Levi Ames, and the Foucault writings. We have sooo many amazing ideas when it comes to explaining who these people where and what they did. We decided on a gameshow idea and are going to work in some pretty funny material so I hope that you are as excited as I am about the upcoming video

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