Category Archives: True Crime Authors

It’s an Old Story

It’s possible Celino Villanueva Jaramillo is the world’s oldest man. Born in 1896, he is now 121 according to Chilean government records, making him four years older than the current Guinness World Record holder, the Guardian reports.

As of this writing, he is still living and in the care of Marta Ramírez, who first agreed to look after Jaramillo after his house burned down, leaving him penniless. She must have assumed it would be short-term, given that Jaramillo was then 99. That was over two decades ago.

So what is the secret to his longevity? Chilean officials have suggested he has state-run health care to thank. According to the Guardian, when the president and minister of social development visited Jaramillo a few years ago, they “told him he was a shining example of health and vitality . . . and of the government’s commitment to Chile’s seniors.”

The wonders of government-provided health care are often

Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/its-an-old-story/article/2010419

Kevin Spacey Is Literally Joseph Stalin

In the mid 1950s, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev initiated the process of “De-Stalinization.” Much of this was political: Khrushchev liberalized the Stalinist political system (without, alas, dismantling it) and freed many gulag prisoners. But a big part of De-Stalinization was purely aesthetic. Stalin had constructed a massive cult of personality, and a big part of this was iconic. His image leered over the country through statues, paintings, and mosaics. Khrushchev removed many of these. The Moscow metro system—an absolute marvel, with a stunning array of beautiful stations—is a case in point. Its stations were once dominated by images of Old Joe. Khrushchev removed them.

Hollywood is now taking a tack from Khrushchev’s playbook. It’s begun a process of, shall we say, De-Spacifization. In the wake of allegations that Kevin Spacey is a sexual predator, the heretofore celebrated actor is being banished from the screen. First, he was fired from

Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/kevin-spacey-is-literally-joseph-stalin/article/2010405

From Inspiration to Publication – The Beach Hut Writing Academy Announces New Date!

via: Ken Douglas (Flickr)

Following two sell-out writing conferences in both 2016 and 2017, the much loved writing workshop will be back in 2018.

The event will consist of workshops with top authors including the Sunday Times bestseller of psychological thrillers ERIN KELLY – lauded as “a master at drip-feeding us the details, keeping us guessing about the truth” – The Guardian. 

Alongside workshops will be a guaranteed opportunity to pitch your story to a literary agent or publisher in a one-to-one slot!

Sponsored by Writers’ Forum, a monthly magazine that aims at helping aspiring writers to reach their goals, and Mslexia, the groundbreaking magazine for women who write, full of debate, discussion, advice and inspiration for women looking to progress their writing careers.

The event will be taking place on March 17 2018 and is being created through the careful curation of organisers’ favourite authors and writing experts, across all genres, “we think it’s

Read more at: http://bjournal.co/from-inspiration-to-publication-the-beach-hut-writing-academy-announces-new-date/

Afternoon Links: Return of the Assault Weapons Ban, Subsidizing Parking for Rich Foodies, and Greta the App Baron

Greta Van Susteren, APP Baron? You of course remember Greta from her long tenures on CNN and Fox News and her brief one on MSNBC, right? Now, she’s about to release an “APP” that she wants you to install on your phone. It’s called Sorry:

You will get to ‘accept or reject’ apologies from a friend (kept private between you and your friend) or ‘accept or reject’ apologies of public figures which we ALL get to see and vote to accept or reject. We all get to see what others think about accept or reject of public apologies when we see the numbers roll in on those very public apologies. Eg, imagine if you and everyone else got to vote ‘accept or reject’ when Kathy Griffin apologized? Was it enough? or not? And how would she know if her apology was accepted without the vote counter?

It’s easy to

Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/afternoon-links-return-of-the-assault-weapons-ban-subsidizing-parking-for-rich-foodies-and-greta-the-app-baron/article/2010396

Editorial: A University Reins in Its Own Agitators

American universities are out of control. Tuition rises even as the quality of teaching sinks and the value of a degree falls into question. Students assault speakers and suffer no punishment. Others are accused of crimes and condemned without evidence or due process. All the while, curriculums are infested by politicized cant and crank ideologies.

The failures of American higher education are so varied and so appalling as to make one wonder if our institutions are any longer able to govern themselves. But here and there are signs of hope. Consider the effort by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to rein in one of its most obnoxiously politicized organizations.

At issue are the political and legal activities of a UNC Law School enclave called the UNC Center for Civil Rights. The center thinks of itself as a tireless advocate for the poor and minorities, but its main activity over

Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/editorial-a-university-reins-in-its-own-agitators/article/2010250

The GOP Surrender

This week on the Kristol Clear podcast, editor at large Bill Kristol on the announced retirements of President Trump’s Senate antagonists.

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Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-gop-surrender/article/2010242

Red States, Blue Towns

Bisbee, Arizona, is at the center of a jurisdictional tussle with the state government, a kerfuffle that may prove whether there’s room in a conservative state for local self-determination—even liberal local self-determination.

The Scrapbook has to admit a fondness for Bisbee, a former mining town in the desert mountains of southeastern Arizona. Much of the city’s late-19th- and early-20th- century frontier architecture has survived, giving the place a quirky Old West quality that helped make it an artsy destination. Which, in turn, has made Bisbee something of a liberal outpost in what has otherwise traditionally been a conservative state.

One way you know Bisbee is liberal is that it has banned plastic shopping bags—a city ordinance that Arizona’s attorney general says is illegal.

It was just last year that the state legislature passed a law saying that only the state government could regulate “auxiliary containers.” As the Arizona Daily Star puts it, no

Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/red-states-blue-towns/article/2010237

Death by Festival Brings the Horror and Metal for a Good Cause

Scaring is caring. When the inaugural Death By Festival splatters the walls and shakes the foundations at the North Door this weekend, this hybrid horror film/heavy music festival will raise funds for Austin Pets Alive! and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. But make no mistake, that big heart is still full of entertaining evil.

It will be a sealed room of mayhem, with 13 hours of ghoulish cinematic creations, interwoven with music from the darker side. Fest co-founder Susie Winfield said, “We went back and forth on, ‘Do we even call this a festival? Is the concept of a festival that there are multiple things happening at the same time, at different places?’ We said, ‘You know what? It is a festival. It’s a full day.'”

There’s a historic resonance here. Back in 2012, local true-crime author Corey Mitchell announced he wanted to run a small fest fusing extreme films and extreme

Read more at: https://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2017-10-27/death-by-festival-brings-the-horror-and-metal-for-a-good-cause/

Death By Festival Brings the Horror and Metal for a Good Cause

Scaring is caring. When the inaugural Death By Festival splatters the walls and shakes the foundations at the North Door this weekend, this hybrid horror film/heavy music festival will raise funds for Austin Pets Alive! and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. But make no mistake, that big heart is still full of entertaining evil.

It will be a sealed room of mayhem, with 13 hours of ghoulish cinematic creations, interwoven with music from the darker side. Fest co-founder Susie Winfield said, “We went back and forth on, ‘Do we even call this a festival? Is the concept of a festival that there are multiple things happening at the same time, at different places?’ We said, ‘You know what? It is a festival. It’s a full day.'”

There’s a historic resonance here. Back in 2012, local true-crime author Corey Mitchell announced he wanted to run a small fest fusing extreme films and extreme

Read more at: https://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2017-10-27/death-by-festival-brings-the-horror-and-metal-for-a-good-cause/