Their unborn baby stood in the way between him and his other lover

Dr. Maynard Muntzing and Michelle Baker; photo source.

All Michelle Baker wanted was to get married and start a family. The divorced, 33-year old paramedic thought her dreams had come true when she met Dr. Maynard Muntzing. Also divorced, the handsome doctor seemed equally enamored with Michelle, and the two began a whirlwind courtship.

When Michelle became pregnant, she was ecstatic. But soon after that, she began experiencing severe cramping and bleeding. A hidden camera placed by Michelle would ultimately reveal the heartbreaking reason for her mysterious illness.

Michelle and Maynard’s relationship seemed straight out of a modern-day fairytale. Within one month of meeting, Maynard moved into Michelle’s…

19-Year Old Janet Stallcup was Last Seen Leaving Her Apartment in 1976

Janet Stallcup was headed to a holiday party when she was raped and killed; photo source.

For 45 years, Lee Neil was haunted by her sister Janet’s death. Janet Stallcup was raped and murdered when she was just 19-years old.

For the next four decades, dozens of Orange County investigators worked on this case. However, the identity of Janet’s killer remained a mystery until DNA evidence provided a breakthrough in 2021. As it turned out, the man responsible for this horrific crime died less than a year after Janet’s death and was buried in the same cemetery as her.

Janet was a nursing student who also worked part-time at the UCI Medical Center. Lee describes her…

Reimagine your phone’s features to keep you motivated and focused

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Smartphones understandably get a bad rap. The hours spent mindlessly scrolling through social media apps could be better spent doing countless other productive activities.

But rather than try and limit your screen time, which invariably never happens, why not reimagine your phone’s features to work for you? Below are three phone functions that most of us use every day and which we can easily optimize for our future success.

Label your alarm something that will inspire action

I labeled my morning alarm, “Get your ass up.” When I first started exercising regularly, it was difficult for me to wake up early in the morning. …

A stranger kidnapped a 13-year old girl and then hid her in plain sight for 88 days

Jake Patterson murdered Jayme’s parents and then kidnapped her; photo source.

From the moment he laid eyes on Jayme Closs, Jake Patterson knew he had to have her. He had never met the 13-year old girl before, and yet he mapped out a meticulous and frightening plot to kidnap her.

After callously murdering Jayme’s parents, Jake abducted Jayme and held her captive in his cabin for nearly three months. Jake was finally caught after Jayme bravely escaped from Jake’s home. Authorities promptly charged Jake with Jayme’s kidnapping and the deaths of her parents.

This case stunned the residents of Gordon, Wisconsin, and forever challenged their sense of safety. They wondered how…

It was the best thing that ever happened to me

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I started my Facebook page, Unbury that Badass, in 2018 to share motivational content and encourage people to overestimate themselves. At first, I was nervous about putting myself out there publicly on social media, but the more content I created, the more comfortable I became sharing my vulnerability.

All was well until a few months ago when Facebook notified me that they would be deactivating my page unless I changed the name. Apparently, they deemed Unbury that Badass “profane.”

The old me would have despaired. But the current me just…

He would gag and rape his victims before strangling them with their own clothes.

The high school graduation photo of Lee Chun-jae and a composite sketch of the Hwaseong serial killer; photo source.

Between September 15, 1986, and April 3, 1991, a serial rapist and murderer terrorized Hwaseong, a rural city in South Korea. Despite the two million police officers deployed over the years to track down the culprit, the killer remained elusive, fueling the public’s collective fear and even inspiring the 2003 hit film Memories of Murder.

The killer’s identity remained a mystery for 40 years. But detectives never gave up on this cold case. With the help of advances in DNA technology, police identified 56-year-old Lee Chun-jae as a suspect in 2019. …

The Lyon sisters vanished without a trace from a suburban mall

Kate and Sheila disappeared without a trace from a suburban mall in 1975; photo source.

The 1975 disappearance of Kate and Sheila Lyon devastated a small Maryland community and led to one of the most extensive police investigations in Washington area history.

In their relentless pursuit to find the girls, police conducted countless interviews and followed up on hundreds of tips. Scuba divers searched nearby ponds, volunteers walked through vacant lots, and the National Guard was even called in to search a nearby forest.

Despite the massive search efforts, the girls were never found, and their fate would elude law enforcement for the next three decades.

In 2013, a cold case team made a break…

Jesus may have turned water into wine, but women found a way to turn water into pie

Water Pie was invented during the Great Depression; image source.

It’s no secret that women are resourceful and resilient. Moms the world over have the magical ability to transform inexpensive ingredients into gourmet dinners and to stretch pantry staples to feed even the largest of families. Reflecting on my childhood, I’m in awe of how many times my mom would whip up a delicious and healthy meal, regardless of how empty our fridge was.

But when I discovered Water Pie (also known as Hot Water Pie or Depression Era Pie), I was gobsmacked…

A 1997 Cold Case Still Haunts New York City

Quin-Rong Wu was 11-years old when she was kidnapped and murdered; photo source.

It was the American Dream gone horribly wrong. A Chinese couple immigrated to Manhattan in 1996 to make a better life for themselves and their children. A year later, they would bury their youngest daughter after her lifeless body was found floating in the East River.

The Wu family were one of the countless immigrants who, over the last century, left their homeland to move into the crowded tenements of the Lower East Side. The father worked at a Chinese noodle factory on Canal Street, the mother, a seamstress in a garment factory in Chinatown.

Both of their jobs were…

Our ability to adapt is both a superpower and a liability

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One of our most amazing skills is the ability to adapt. But this skill can also be a liability because we start accepting things that make our lives less convenient, less productive, and ultimately less happy.

For example, my laptop’s power cord barely reaches the wall outlet in my home office. Consequently, I would carefully step over the cord each morning to ensure I didn’t trip trying to get to my desk. …

Liz Jin

Attorney, motivational speaker and creator of Constantly striving to become a better communicator and storyteller.

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