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Brightside Booklist: 5 True Crime Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Brightside Booklist: 5 True Crime Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Devil In The White City. Helter Skelter. The Stranger Beside Me. These are all considered classic go-tos in the true crime genre, but let’s expand our libraries here for a second, shall we? I’ve got nothing against these books (in fact, The Stranger Beside Me […]

Brightside Biography: I See Ghosts

Brightside Biography: I See Ghosts

My mom died over three years ago, but just because she isn’t alive doesn’t mean I haven’t heard from her. I haven’t seen her floating through my bedroom (holy shit, thank god), but I have heard from her in other ways. I’ve asked her questions […]

Ted Bundy: (Boring) Serial Killer

Ted Bundy: (Boring) Serial Killer

Everyone is going bananas over that Ted Bundy documentary. You know the one on Netflix? Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes? Not me. I’m not going to watch it. Why? Because I feel all like WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GUY ALREADY. (You […]

Cemetery burials, New Orleans style

Cemetery burials, New Orleans style

When I hopped off that plane, I wanted to squeal right over to the nearest cemetery. New Orleans=mandatory cemetery tour, right? Well, there are A LOT of them and we only had time for one. My family tolerates my cemetery obsession, but aren’t as interested […]

How To Get Away With Murder

How To Get Away With Murder

No signs of a break-in. An immaculately bleached floor. A $500,000 life insurance policy taken out on your wife. What are these signs of, you ask? Well, they’re signs that you’re dealing with an idiot who doesn’t know how to commit a simple murder without […]

Brightside Biography: I Was Born Into a Cult

Brightside Biography: I Was Born Into a Cult

Julius Schacknow proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ in 1970. For almost 3 decades, Brother Julius would lead hundreds of members in “The Work,” a cult which eventually ended with lawsuits, sexual assault charges and murder between cult members. (Fun!) It was in the midst […]

Brightside Booklist: From Here to Eternity

Brightside Booklist: From Here to Eternity

How would you feel about your dead Aunt Julie taking up space in your dining room for, oh, 3 weeks? How about 7 years? Let me guess, you wouldn’t. Well, me either. But that is all irrelevant because that’s what they do in Indonesia, not […]

You Are The Brightside Needs Your Help

You Are The Brightside Needs Your Help

Hey, friends! Have you noticed that I’ve been missing? You haven’t? Well, I’m hear to tell you that I HAVE been missing, but I’m gearing up for a big comeback. I need YOUR help, though, in determining what direction I need to go. I’ve been […]

Brightside Booklist: 4 True Life Stories To Read Right Now

Brightside Booklist: 4 True Life Stories To Read Right Now

October Brightside Booklist The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs Every month I find myself reading at least one book about death. Is it helping me to run faster from my fear of death? I don’t know, but I’m going […]

The Catacombs Of Paris: Who Are These People?

The Catacombs Of Paris: Who Are These People?

Good grief, I’m glad we bought tickets ahead of time. In fact, the line was so long that I felt like Beyonce with my pre-purchased tickets.I was pretty smug, scoffing at all of those poor, unenlightened people who weren’t as smart as we were. 500,000 […]


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