Holiday Horror – Two Gruesome Halloween Murders


Timothy O’Bryan

If you grew up during the 70’s and 80’s, it may be easy for you to remember the panic about adults giving children candy that was somehow sabotaged (razor blades, etc). In fact, it got to the point where many kids only went to more highly controlled Halloween gatherings at churches and between friends/relatives because paranoia had reached such a fever pitch. But was all the fear and suspicion warranted, or was it more urban myth than reality?

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The Las Vegas Shooting – Why Mass Murderers are Difficult to Predict


I apologize, friends, for being late with my usual Tuesday post. I’d planned for another serial killer profile and was ready to get going on Monday morning when I woke to see the news splashed across the screen of my phone: “Shooting in Las Vegas.”  At the time there were ‘only’ 20 confirmed dead, but that number rose steadily throughout the day to it’s gruesome total of 59, with hundreds wounded. Like most of you, I feel as though it’s already been a long week, and metabolizing all the details is almost too much.

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The Stephen King “It” Edition


Perhaps you’re one of those people who doesn’t follow pop culture, or perhaps you  haven’t seen the entertainment news lately. Maybe you’re just living in a hole somewhere. You know, like a storm drain…

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Are TFCer’s Seeing America for the First Time?


In the wake of the protests and violence in Charlottesville, I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how racism (and other ‘isms’) in America are “worse than they ever have been.” This sentiment has been echoed in the Washington Post, Slate, Reuters, CNN, and Gallup.

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Bennington, Cornell, and What You Can Do About Suicide


Depression has been prominent in the news lately with the deaths of lead singer of Soundgarden and the lead singer of Linkin Park to suicide within weeks of each other. People are screaming that it’s an epidemic and it’s not uncommon to see comments on social media saying, “What’s going on?!?”

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The Carter Verdict: Is Free Speech Actually Free?


This week in Massachusettes, a verdict of “Guilty” to Involuntary Manslaughter was reached in the criminal trial of Michelle Carter.  The beautiful 20-year-old girl who appeared so elegant and stoic in court up until the Judge’s rendering, had been doing her best to save face against the ugly accusations: that she had knowingly helped murder her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.

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Why Voyeurism Isn’t Harmless & How The Justice System Fails Victims


Wikipedia describes Voyeurism as the “sexual interest in, or practice of, spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature.” Psychology’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) explains it much the same way, indicating that the syndrome must cause marked “impairment or distress” to the patient due to their own internal struggle with the morality of the situation, or due to external sanctions like being sentenced to prison time.

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