What happens when the husband is the ‘good guy’ for 25 years?

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We’ve all gotten that cringey gift. Maybe it’s lingerie we wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing. Or a piece of jewelry that borders on gaudy. Or a sweater we wouldn’t be caught dead in. Most of the time, we shrug it off. We might not be crazy about the fire-engine red garter belt or the ginormous rhinestone earrings but we love our guy and it makes us smile because, hey, he tried.

Less often, we get those gifts that make us wonder if we know the giver as well as we thought we did. Sometimes they may even haunt us. When 22-year-old…


How a visit to the crime scene changed my mind

Sketch of the man in the white car many believe may have murdered Molly Bish. The man has been the focus of the investigation for two decades (sketch via The Republican).

— Twenty years have passed since 16-year-old Molly Bish disappeared from Comins Pond minutes after she arrived to begin her shift as a lifeguard on June 27, 2000. The search for the pretty blonde, blue-eyed high school student was the largest in Massachusetts history. Molly simply vanished.

It was her eighth day on the job she inherited from her older brother John, who had worked as the Comins Pond lifeguard for three years. He trained her, so when police initially theorized his sister had drowned he was skeptical. …


The veterinarian whose dream of writing never faded

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USA Today bestselling author Emma Rous recently released her second novel, The Perfect Guests, and it is already gaining attention. Earlier this month CrimeReads included the book on its “Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021” list and Booklist gave the novel a starred review.

Emma’s debut novel, The Au Pair, was an international success. The book shot to the top of many “Must Read” lists, including POPSUGAR’s Must-Read Books of 2019, Cosmopolitan’s Books of 2019 to Bring to Your Bookclub, Woman’s Day’s Best Fiction Books of 2019 and Goodreads’ Top Mysteries & Thrillers of 2019.

Emma grew up in England…


Will a breakthrough finally help solve the case?

Sketches of the Zodiac Killer (via Getty Images)

After more than half a century, the Zodiac Killer is in the news again. It has been a banner year for amateur detectives and the Zodiac case is no exception. In December a team of volunteer code-breakers announced that they had cracked the 340-character cipher the killer sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969.

The Zodiac Killer murdered at least five people during the late 1960s and early 1970s but authorities believe he may have killed as many as 30 people. Except for the murder of a lone taxi driver, all his documented attacks targeted couples. The first cipher…


Did Agatha Christie try to frame her cheating husband for murder?

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It has been nearly 50 years since Agatha Christie’s death but the “Queen of Crime” remains the best-selling novelist in history. Only the Bible and Shakespeare’s works have sold more copies than her books and her legacy shows no signs of fading.

In addition to the two billion copies of her mysteries in circulation, Christie’s play The Mousetrap remains the longest-running theatrical production of all time. First staged in 1952, it only closed down temporarily in March 2020 due to the pandemic. …


Write a sonnet about radiance

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This morning the birds on wires
are writing power ballads.
As they scatter across the blue
each one adds a note
to the symphony of clouds and sky.

November’s yellowed lawn
seems warmer in the rising sun
and even a neighbor’s
leftover electric reindeer
are awash in impressionism.

I want to immerse life in a new language.
Make weather my personal metaphor.
Write a sonnet about radiance
and dedicate it
to the ghosts of radical prodigals.

Sometimes I’m faded and frayed around the edges like the photo someone broken still carries in their wallet but only looks at in bars…


after Maggie Taylor

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Whether the bees are arriving
or departing
is an unsolved mystery.
The pink daisy held with both hands
offers no information.

As for the girl, her eyes
are twin lakes that drown reflection.
The mouth stays silent too —
curves in no direction
as her body becomes a gown of wings
too dangerous to touch.

Maybe the shift away from innocence
is filled with venom.
On the other hand, what if the future
is beauty that hums electric
stings us only
when we fall back to sleep?

Originally published in Menacing Hedge

This poem was inspired by the amazing “Girl…


The danger of broken things

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The name of the girl across the street
shone like copper.
In the apartment below
a teen with a Mohawk
was already imagining the bomb
that would explode his hand
into bloody petals.

When the leaves turned that year the kids from the tenement took turns jumping off the roof of an empty house and called it flying. I stood off to one side — tried to explain the dangers of broken things, the treachery of glass. The next day the boy with stitches in a crooked line across his ass would call me a witch but that night the…

Lori Lamothe

Poet and freelance writer who focuses on true crime, mostly cold cases. Author of Trace Elements, Kirlian Effect, Happily. Top Writer x 6.

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