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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 […]

Brightside Books: Sharks, Widowers, Shapeshifters and Happiness

Brightside Books: Sharks, Widowers, Shapeshifters and Happiness

September Brightside Booklist   The Outsider by Stephen King I love Stephen King. BUT, you know how sometimes when you read his books, you finish and say to yourself, Did I actually like that? I mean, I read the whole 5,342 pages, so I must […]

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 […]

The Serial Killer You’ve Never Heard Of

The Serial Killer You’ve Never Heard Of

I consider myself to be somewhat of a serial killer connoisseur. So, when one comes along that I’ve never heard of, I’m as shocked as a cop finding a head in a refrigerator. I know there are going to be some of you out there […]