Sunday, 24 August 2014

Serial Killer Quarterly - "A compelling some of the best writers working in the field."

SKQ_Vol1No2_Cover-1800x2700Serial Killer Quarterly, "Partners in Pain" by Cathy Scott, Katherine Ramsland, Carol Anne Davis, Kim Cresswell, Robert J Hoshowsky, Curtis Yateman, Aaron Elliott, Anthony Servante and Lee Mellor

Bestselling author Cathy Scott guides the reader through the fog choked alleyways of Edinburgh where Irishmen William Burke and William Hare fatally suffocated up to 25 people in 1828.

Our second feature by Dr. Katherine Ramsland focuses on Houston's wicked "Candy Man" Dean Corll - one of the most sadistic murderers in 20th century criminal history.

Feature number three takes us back to the United Kingdom as Carol Anne Davis explores whether both John Duffy and David Mulcahy were truly the "Railway Killers".

Kim Cresswell relays the perverse folie a deux of Doug Clark and Carol Bundy whose rampage began in 1980 on LA's sunset strip.

Robert Hoshowsky and Curtis Yateman write of confinement and torture in their pieces on Leonard Lake and Charles Ng and "Ken and Barbie Killers" Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.

Lastly, Aaron Elliott takes a look at a rare female-female serial killer duo, LA's Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, who drugged and ran over two men with their car in order to collect on their life insurance policies.

Also includes, Anthony Servante's analysis of poems by the Zodiac Killer, Joseph Kallinger, and Israel Keyes, and a review of the film 'Natural Born Killers'.
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The debut issue of Serial Killer Quarterly, “21st Century Psychos”, explores seven of the new millennium’s most notorious multiple murder cases. In her feature story “Building a Mystery”, Dr. Katherine Ramsland examines the life and crimes of Israel Keyes – arguably the most organized and mobile serial murderer in American history. In direct contrast to Keyes’s secretive slayings, the Beltway Snipers, John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, murdered random civilians in broad daylight and openly taunted the authorities.

Michael Newton – author of 265 books including the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Serial Killers – details their three week reign of terror in his feature “Islam Will Explode”. Lee Mellor‘s “Web of Spiders” discusses the milestone case of “Slavemaster” John Edward Robinson: the Internet’s first serial killer. Other articles in “21st Century Psychos” include:

“Love in the Ashes” – Arthur Ellis-award nominee Robert J. Hoshowsky takes on Sheila Labarre – an aging nymphomaniac who seduced, slaughtered, and incinerated three male victims on her New Hampshire farm, challenging our views on the nature of female serial killers forever.

“The Interview” – Curtis Yateman’s impressionistic look at the 2009-2010 murders committed by Canadian Airforce base commander Col. Russell Williams.

“Checkmate” – The story of post-Soviet Russia’s most prolific serial slaughterer, “Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin, as recounted by Grinning Man Press co-founder Aaron Elliott.
“Canada’s Killer Countryboy?” – Kim Cresswell sheds light on clean-cut “country boy” Cody Legebokoff, who at the age of 21 was charged with the murders of four women in western Canada. Is his guilt a certainty, or is there more to this story than meets the eye?
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"Finally--a serial killer publication that lives up to its name. Serial Killer Quarterly publishes fascinating accounts of serial murder cases by some of today's top true crime writers. Must-read material for true crime aficionados." - Gary C. King, bestselling author of Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, and Driven to Kill
"...gracefully and tactfully, honoring victims of murder without sensationalizing the psychopaths who took their lives...Serial Killer Quarterly does it!" - Investigative journalist M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author of 26 books, six about serial killers, including THE KILLING KIND (June 2014)

"A compelling some of the best writers working in the field. If there was going to be a high-end literary journal of serial homicide then Serial Killer Quarterly is it." - Dr. Peter Vronsky, Bestselling author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

"If you're fascinated by history's most notorious murders, then Serial Killer Quarter is the best place to go. Here you will find some of the best true crime writers in the country... a must-read publication--as long as you keep the lights on." - Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of The Poisoner's Handbook

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Anna Swan the Giant of Nova Scotia.

Original door from
Anna & Martins
home in Seville, OH
While vacationing in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia this summer my family and I visited the small museum at the old Creamery in town. There I came across an intriguing room with a large door, four feet taller than my husband and a friendly gentleman, a distant cousin to the lady I’m going to tell you about.

Anna Swan, the 7ft and 5½ inches tall woman known as a giant.

Anna's childhood home. N.S

Born August 6, 1846 in Mill Brook, New Annan near where Tatamagouche resides today in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. 
Anna was the third child of thirteen, to Scottish immigrants of average height and weight.

At birth Anna weighted 18lbs. She grew very fast and by her 4th birthday she was 4’6. On her 6th birthday she was 5’2 just a few inches smaller than her mother. On her 10th birthday, Anna measured 6’1 and by her 15th birthday she was over seven feet tall and weighing 350 pounds.

Anna struggled with her day-to-day life living in a small farmhouse, where she could not stand to her full height. She was not permitted to sit in the chairs her family used, for the wooden structures could not hold her weight and she’d broken many pieces of furniture over the years. Upon seeing his daughters struggles within the family home, Anna's father hand-made her a chair suitable for her height and weight.

Traveling did not come easy for Anna. She had to make sure to place her weight evenly on the rail of the buggy before stepping up into the seat, if she did not, she would tip the carriage over or frighten the horses. Anna did not like to draw more attention to her than what she already received. However, it was more important to her to portray a lady and so she took great care when visiting with friends and family to search out the strongest chair, hold her tea very daintily, and be sure to sit up from the sofa before the others.

She was an accomplished pianist, actor and singer and considered a highly intelligent woman. She went on to perform at the Barnum’s museum.

While visiting a circus in Halifax Anna met Martin Van Buren Bates, a giant as well at almost eight feet and 470lbs. They were placed together as the main attraction with the circus and soon after fell in love. On June 17th, 1871 they married in London, England. Where the Queen gave Anna a handmade pocket watch as a wedding gift.

On May 19, 1872 Anna gave birth to an 18lb baby girl who lived only a few hours.

On their return from England, in June of 1874, Martin moved his wife to Seville, Ohio. They purchased 120 acres of land and had furniture made to their specifications. For the first time in their lives they’d be able to live within a home that was built to suit their sizes. The main part of the house had 14-foot high ceilings; the doors were wider than normal, and 8 and a ½ feet tall. The back of the house was built an average size for servants and guests.

Anna again became pregnant with their second child, but the 24 pound baby only lived 11 hours. To take their mind from the grief of losing another child, Anna and Martin joined the W.W. Cole Tour in the summer of 1879. By 1880 they had retired.

Anna spent the next 8 years quietly on the farm she and her husband owned.  She joined the Baptist church and attended services with her husband every Sunday, sitting in a pew built especially for them. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and visiting with her friends.

Anna suffered from a thyroid goitre all of her life, which resulted in her size. She died unexpectedly of heart failure in her sleep at her home on August 5th, 1888 just one day before her 42nd birthday. Martin ordered a statue of Anna from Europe for her grave that still stands today. 

When I stood within the museum and stared at Anna’s dresses, her pictures and the door from the old farmhouse, I grew admiration for the woman known as the giant. In a time where different was not accepted, she excelled despite what others thought of her. She made a life for herself within the circus performing all over the world and rubbing elbows with many dignitaries.

She married a man of her size, which was not likely to happen, and they cherished each other. I wish I could’ve met the 7ft tall woman with a quiet voice and reserved disposition. I’d like to think we’d have been friends.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle!!

Hey all!

I am excited to announce the soon-to-be new release (Sept.14, 2014) of Imajin Books DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle, and my book LAKOTA HONOR is featured in it! 

You can pre-order your copy of the DEADLY DOZEN via Amazon at $3.99 US that is 50% off the regular price of $7.99! 

The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle contains 12 complete mystery/thriller novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catherine Astolfo, Alison Bruce, Melodie Campbell/Cynthia St-Pierre, Gloria Ferris, Donna Galanti, Kat Flannery, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Rosemary McCracken, Susan J. McLeod, C. S. Lakin and Linda Merlino.

  1. THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo
  2. DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce
  3. A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre
  4. CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris
  5. A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti
  6. LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery
  7. PELICAN BAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen
  8. SAFE HARBOR by Rosemary McCracken
  9. SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod
  11. ROOM OF TEARS by Linda Merlino
  12. DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

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