It is common knowledge that the first 24 hours after someone disappears is critical. In the case of college student Shannon Melendi, the failure of law enforcement to take her disappearance seriously helped her killer — a convicted sexual predator — cover his tracks and elude detection for years.
Thankfully, two tenacious prosecutors resurrected this case a decade later and refused to give up until they caught the man responsible for abducting and killing Shannon.
Shannon Melendi was her parents’ pride and joy. Luis and Yvonne, immigrants from Cuba, had dreamed of a better future for their children. …
Siri, Alexa, the British lady who narrates my car’s GPS, I take entirely for granted the nameless women who lend their voices to help power my day.
Women’s voices and likenesses have long been used in the advancement of technology. For example, beginning in the 1950s, Kodak employed beautiful models — referred to as “Shirleys” after the original model — whose photos were used to calibrate color film during the printing process.
The identifies of most of these tech muses are anonymous to the world. …
Limiting goals to just a few months makes them more attainable
I love making seasonal resolutions way more than making new year’s resolutions.
No matter how positive you are, new year’s resolutions always seem motivated by guilt or regrets — a reaction to overindulging, spending too much money over the holidays, or lamenting all the things you didn’t accomplish the previous year. Plus, it’s cold and dark in January, which doesn’t exactly put you in the best mood to work on your goals.
On the other hand, seasonal resolutions don’t have the same punitive qualities associated with them. Why? …
34-year-old Diane Newton King was a news anchor at WUHQ-TV station in Battle Creek, Michigan. In addition to being a star reporter, Diane’s striking good looks and dynamic personality made her a local celebrity in her hometown of Marshall, Michigan.
Diane’s personal life seemed just as idyllic as her professional accomplishments. Married to Brad King, her husband of four years, the couple had two beautiful children, ages three and three months.
Diane lived life to the fullest and had big plans for her future. When she wasn’t working or caring for her children, she volunteered at a soup kitchen and…
My experience using Avail, the airport-based car-sharing service
I’m always looking to add to my income streams, preferably with minimal effort, so I was intrigued when I came across Avail.
Avail is an airport-based car-sharing service where car owners can make money while they travel. The Avail website succinctly summed up the rental process while addressing the biggest pain points for travelers:
The close-knit community of Acme, Washington, was never the same after the brutal rape and murder of one of their own in 1989. The crime remained unsolved for over 30 years until a chance meeting between two women in 2013 breathed new life into the case and helped nail the perpetrator, who had long been suspected of this terrible crime.
On Friday, November 24, 1989, 18-year old Mandy Stavik was home for Thanksgiving break. As a freshman at Central Washington University, she had fully embraced collegiate life, packing her social calendar with friends, sports, and extracurricular activities.
After a busy…
Marilyn Monroe is known for many things: her bombshell looks and undeniable sex appeal, an impressive canon of iconic movies, her many lovers, her tragic death, and, of course, that dress. But the starlet also had a remarkable friendship with the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald.
It’s hard to believe that a white movie star and a black singer would be acquainted, let alone become close friends in the early 1950s. After all, this was a period of racial unrest in our nation’s history. State-sponsored segregation was still in effect, and institutions were openly and unapologetically racist.
But Marilyn and…
On January 3, 1956, three boys were hiking in Great Falls, Montana, when they stumbled upon a gruesome scene. On the dirt road lay a young man who had been shot in the head. His hands were tied behind his back with what was later determined to be his own belt. Next to him was an empty car that had its headlights on and its engine still running.
The young man was 18-year old Lloyd Duane Bogle (“Duane”). Originally from Waco, Texas, Duane was an airman second class stationed near Great Falls for the last 8 months. It was Duane’s…
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…
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.