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My Ex-Fiancee Was Murdered and Her Killer Is Still Out There

My Ex-Fiancee Was Murdered and Her Killer Is Still Out There

Sarah Long was found dead in her home on July 23, 2014. She had a gunshot wound to her head and her left hand was holding a revolver. A case could’ve been made for a suicide, except for one problem: Sarah was right handed. Sarah’s […]

Michael Jackson: Can I Still Listen To Him?

Michael Jackson: Can I Still Listen To Him?

Michael Jackson. Can I still listen to him? Do I need to shelve Thriller forever? Am I forever forced to sit on the sidelines when Billie Jean comes on at a wedding dance? What about when Smooth Criminal comes on (pun not intended) in my […]

Maura Murray: Found?

Maura Murray: Found?

Remember Maura Murray? That missing woman that I’ve been obsessed with for years? Her dad is convinced that he knows where she is. For those that don’t remember, I featured her in this blog post where I talked about her case. I also talked about […]

Our Cat Died (And It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye)

Our Cat Died (And It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye)

Eleanor died today. It was the day I had been dreading for two months, but, for her sake, had been eager for since yesterday. I don’t like cats. I mean, they’re fine. They’ve always just been THERE. You know, crawling all over your lap when […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Taught The BTK Killer How To Tie Knots

I Taught The BTK Killer How To Tie Knots

I have a confession to make. I have always considered myself to be totally smart and in the know about serial killers and other like-minded folk. I could talk for days about Ed Gein. I could go into detail on how I lurked around the […]

San Francisco’s Secret Tombstones

San Francisco’s Secret Tombstones

I was hangry, it was 11 a.m. and I had already walked 8 miles. I witnessed (with my 6-year-old) someone smoking out of a bong and a bloodied man talking about how he was going to “kick Tyler’s ass.”  But here I was, leaving the […]

Obsession: The Murders of Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts

Obsession: The Murders of Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts

Every night at home, we put our phones away so we don’t get distracted from, you know, REAL LIFE. I’ve been sticking to it pretty faithfully, but lately all I’ve wanted to do is sneak off to the basement staircase and scrounge for new info […]