Serial Killer: Joseph Paul Franklin

By Chris Bunton When I travel, I typically add “Crime” as a point of interest at my destination. This is what I call “Crime Travel”. So, along with museums, restaurants, and all the normal travel sites, I will also look for crimes or infamous criminals that might have been in the area. So, I wasContinue reading “Serial Killer: Joseph Paul Franklin”

In Loving Memory of Sherry Lewis

By Dennette Bender (Russell), Edited by Andy Betz It was not a typical Friday. It was the first day of the annual Decatur Celebration, a day many in central Illinois looked forward to. It was the marking of another great midwestern summer. Local corn harvesting, farming, and vacations were coming to an end. Children wereContinue reading “In Loving Memory of Sherry Lewis”

Missing in Orlando: What Happened to Jennifer Kesse?

By Molly McGuigan When one hears someone mention Orlando, Florida, the first image to come to mind is probably princess castles, looping roller coasters, and family fun.  Because of the opportunities, those interested in working in the hospitality industry flock to the Orlando area; there is no shortage of theme parks, recreational activities, and hotelsContinue reading “Missing in Orlando: What Happened to Jennifer Kesse?”

Serial Killer: The Cincinnati Strangler

By Chris Bunton I recently traveled to Cincinnati on vacation, and while there I did some research on the Serial Killer known as The Cincinnati Strangler. Normally, when I travel and research these killers, I go to the neighborhoods where the killer lived or where the victims lived, or the crimes took place. Often fromContinue reading “Serial Killer: The Cincinnati Strangler”

Polish Day Parade

By Jerome Berglund Poet’s Note: TRIGGER WARNING: These selections comprise part of a cycle of pieces examining the life and crimes of serial killer John Wayne Gacy in 33 different poetic forms, and invariably include some graphic and disturbing content. English Ode “The trick is, you need the key.” – John Wayne Gacy Polish DayContinue reading “Polish Day Parade”

By The Slab

By Jerome Berglund Poet Note: TRIGGER WARNING: These selections comprise part of a cycle of piecesexamining the life and crimes of serial killer John WayneGacy in 33 different poetic forms, and invariably includesome graphic and disturbing content. Alexandrine, Inter-hemistich: By the Slab The still boy looks lonely, too lacks one and only;Lying there so pronely,Continue reading “By The Slab”

Inner City Blue

By John E. Marks The old pub on the corner lost beneath a motorway junction;Stands in a similitude of snow now. Its windows are gone the wayOf the church spire from whence the müezzin calls a different faithful to prayer.The bronze statue of an eminent Victorian child abuserGlowers over what was once his property, his factory, hisContinue reading “Inner City Blue”

Serial Killer: Beoria Simmons

By Chris Bunton I recently traveled to Louisville, Kentucky where I did some research on the serial killer, Beoria Simmons. Simmons was born in May of 1954. He was convicted of Kidnapping, Raping and Murdering three women in Louisville, Kentucky. His fourth victim escaped and was able to identify him, which led to his arrest,Continue reading “Serial Killer: Beoria Simmons”

They Killed My Little Brother

By KeKeDreams My friend my brother I miss you dearly This one hit more than deep bro Dam bro I was just with you I lost my brother to murder crime Left his blood, family beyond hurt We all crying Said he was called for somebody else’s beef They wrong, they have to leave youContinue reading “They Killed My Little Brother”

The First Prison in Illinois

By Chris Bunton I have been traveling sections of The Great River Road for many years now. It is a road that goes along the Mississippi River on both sides, and is full of beautiful sites of history and culture. I recently went to Alton, Illinois which is on the Great River Road, in theContinue reading “The First Prison in Illinois”