Critical thinking has taken a dive in this era

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Tom Hanks Canceled! Fox News and other conservative outlets blared across their screens. White men cried about a white man being allegedly taken down by a mob of social media warriors. Nobody is safe; they whined to their audiences, even as they themselves cancel anyone who doesn’t follow their hateful views.

What prompted this outcry of anguish? An opinion piece written by Eric Deggans posited that Oscar-winner Tom Hanks was non-racist and should be anti-racist. The thesis was that Hanks should use his platform to shine a light on the plight of people of color.

This, of course, sent the…

50 years later and the mystery persists

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One July 1974 day started as a fun family day on the beach. 12-year-old Leslie Metcalfe and her dog were running through the sand. Her parents were behind her, laughing at the silliness of their daughter and dog. In many ways, it was the perfect day.

Or it was. When the dog began to act out, barking and pulling Leslie towards a section of dirt, the dream day would turn into a nightmare. The Metcalfes discovered a naked woman lying in the sand.

She was dead.

After the police arrived on the scene, they noted that the lady had been…

A mystery haunts Sweden to this day

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An unnamed man was walking his dog on July 18th, 1984. The area was quiet; very few people were around. When the puppy began acting erratically, the owner tried to get him under control. It didn’t take long for him to see what upset the canine: two garbage bags sat under a tree.

Curious, the man looked inside the bags. What he discovered made him sick to his stomach. One of the bags held a woman’s torso. The other one contained her legs. He called the police right away.

When the officers arrived, there were many questions. At the top…

An unhappy marriage destroys multiple lives

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Jonathan Nyce was a lonely man. Friends and coworkers tried to get him on the dating scene, but he showed no interest. That is until a friend steered him toward a mail-order bride catalog. While browsing the magazine in 1989, he saw a picture of a Filipina woman, Michelle.

The two began to correspond via the mail. It wasn’t long until they decided to meet in person. Jonathan agreed to fly out to the Philippines. Once there, he fell head over heels for the woman he had shared letters with. He proposed they get married, and she return to the…

She appeared at a party in the Mayor’s mansion, then tragedy struck.

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“After all, who would notice just one more unsolved homicide into the City of Detroit?” Norman Yatooma

Detroit is full of intrigue and mystery. It’s a city that does not try to hide the crime-laden underbelly. At one point, even the mayor of Detroit committed crimes with glee and without fear of being punished.

One of the most enduring murder mysteries is that of Tamara Green. She was an exotic dancer who went by the stage name Strawberry. …

A gossip story helped launch a seismic California legal scandal

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“It’s expensive to be me; looking this good don’t come for free….” Erika Jayne Girardi purrs on her song, Xxxpensive. In it, she brags about all the doors money has bought her. But was the money ill-gotten?

Viewers of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills know about the opulent lifestyle Erika lived. Season after season saw the burgeoning pop star spend money like it was going out of style. This behavior earned her a huge fan following, as some viewers lived vicariously through her.

However, there was criticism of Erika keeping things a bit too private. Her airtime seemed designed…

There was voter fraud in the 2020 election but not on the side, one would think

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For months Donald J. Trump and conservative media outlets espoused the Big Lie. They claimed that he only lost because there was widespread voter fraud. This even though Trump’s administration said the 2020 election was the most secure in the country’s history.

The statements from former Attorney General William Barr did not fit in with what Trump, Fox News, Newsmax, etc., were telling his base, though. Barr was forced out mere weeks before the Biden administration came into power so that the former reality star could continue the lie. There was money to be raised.

Despite the unethical way the…

If he couldn’t have her, no one was going to.

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Noela Rukundo and Balenga Kalala met in 2004. There was a connection neither of them could explain. The pair began dating, and the relationship moved at the speed of light.

Kalala explained to her about his troubled past in Congo, his home country. He had fled a rebel army that had killed his wife and son. The soldiers had destroyed the village he was from. There was nothing left for him there.

They bonded and fell in love. In quick succession, the couple had three children. …

Capitalist love it until it doesn’t work for them

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The Coronavirus pandemic shed light on many inequities. Many urban schools scrambled to figure out how to keep teaching the young children during the lockdown, while suburban schools went directly online. Food insecurity reared its ugly head at many families. Unemployment hit highs not seen since the Great Depression.

In a show of rare bipartisanship, congress passed the CARES act of 2020. This provided many with stimulus checks and additional unemployment benefits in the hopes of keeping the economy afloat. As lockdown neared six months, another bill was passed by the House of Representatives. …

Two women ran a criminal enterprise that shook the Big Apple

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The stripper with a heart of gold stereotype has been around forever. It makes people feel better about sex workers; it eases their prejudices. However, the story of the stripper hustlers does not lend itself to that particular stereotype. In fact, the women in this story delight in the fact that they stole money from men, leaving some with next to no money.

Some have compared them to Robin Hood, but they didn’t give to the poor; they gave to Christian Louboutin.

Samantha Barbash and Rosie Keo both contend they were the brains behind the scheme. They stole hundreds of…

Edward Anderson

Edward has written hundreds of acclaimed true crime articles and has won numerous awards for his short stories.

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