River’s Edge is a dark film about a teen who kills his girlfriend then shows the body to his friends. A dozen people see her, half-naked and tossed near a riverbank, but it takes days for anyone to alert authorities.
The 1987 film was based on two similar crimes: the deeds of a teen killer recently profiled on Medium and the horrific acts of Jacques Broussard, of Milipitas, California, and his friends.
The real-life River’s Edge unfolded in 1981, shocking the nation and leading to headlines about disaffected suburban youth.
The victim, Marcy Conrad, just 14-years old, was largely forgotten as the press coverage focused on the outrageous behavior of the teens. …
It pains me to write this because I’m a dog owner and animal lover. On the one hand, we who love animals won’t miss the guy who went urban dog hunting and found himself fleeing for his life on his scooter. On the third hand, he deserved at least a trial.
He could’ve led authorities to the person who sold him the poison darts.
The province of Jiangsu sits along the East China Sea. Here lies Yangzhou, 4.5 …
I’m a clueless Gen X golden oldie, but I remember Buddy Holly. I came across another singer, a great R&B and Hip-Hop talent called Aaliyah, the other day.
Her extraordinary career began at 10 years old, but she’d been a singer since her very early years. Her mom raised her to perform at charity events and church functions. At 10, she wowed audiences on Star Search, and shortly after performed on the same stage as Gladys Night.
Aaliyah means “most exalted, the best” in Hebrew. She told the press that she tried to live up to her unusual name.
At 12, she signed with a record label called Jive Records. By then, she’d already been living in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown and home to R&B, for seven years. …