True Crime Tuesday: Bradford Bishop, Fugitive.

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This weekend my husband and I were watching Dateline – or I should say, I was watching Dateline and my husband was barely paying attention, playing some golf game, that he’s totally obsessed with, on his phone instead.

His interest was piqued when he realized the case was about a woman scorned who had tried to poison her lover. She was one of the top breast cancer doctors in the US. She’d saved many lives and was making important strides in cancer treatment. Now she’s serving ten years for attempted murder and will likely lose her medical license.

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My husband said to me, “why would someone so successful risk everything over a relationship?” Good fucking question. “The dick was really good?” was my quippy retort, but I know that’s not the real answer. Chill.

But, why do people risk their own livelihoods, successes and futures for a relationship? It makes no sense from the outside looking in. And yet, it happens all the time. There is an endless supply of Dateline stories about otherwise normal people killing their spouses and mistresses and boyfriends. And getting caught. And losing everything.

Part of me understands the “heat of the moment” thing. Or being so hurt or angry that you see red and don’t really know what you’re doing until it’s over. And part of me understands a cold, calculating anger that waits and plans and poisons. Would I ever do it? I doubt it, but there is something to be said for not being “in your right mind.” I’ve been there a time or two for other reasons. It’s an interesting feeling, to say the least. But I’ve never been inclined to murder anyone.

Perhaps a great many people understand those emotions. And that’s where our fascination with these kinds of cases comes from. We just don’t get it! …but then, we kind of do.

This, for me, extends to the family annihilator killer as well. As my husband and my conversation progressed, we ended up talking about John List.

Would I ever murder my entire family and then run away? I can’t see myself doing that for a number of reasons that include I don’t like running, I don’t like exerting myself and I don’t deal with open-ended stress well, which would certainly follow me as a fugitive. But do I understand how someone could do this? A little bit, just thinking about the psychological reasons.

I found myself searching out some of these family annihilator cases and came across Bradford Bishop. Everyone knows the John List story, but I’d never heard of Bishop before that I can remember. He’s super interesting to me because today, he’d be 81 years old. And if he’s still alive, he’s still successfully hiding from justice.

This is the story of William Bradford Bishop Jr.

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True Crime Tuesday: Christmas Eve Massacre

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Merry Whatever-You-Celebrate, Booknerds!

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It’s officially Christmas/Yule for my family today, so as you’re reading this I’m definitely still in my PJs, making breakfast for everyone and settling in to open presents. After that, we’ll watch a holiday movie and play some games before I inevitably pass out from expending so much of my limited energy trying to make everyone fucking happy. Good times.

What are your typical December 25th plans? I’d love to hear about how your day went today and what gifts you got! Epic book hauls? Fandom gifts? What made your hearts happy today? Let me know in the comments.

Between all of my offline plans, you can be sure that I’m still going to poke my head in to check out #bookstagram and read your blog posts whenever I get a chance.

And if you’re doing the same thing, welcome to my last True Crime Tuesday post for 2018! What better day for it than on Christmas? Clearly, between your family time and your excitement about all your new goodies, you’ve popped by my blog to get your fix of murder and mayhem and for that, I say thank you and we are the same.

Today’s story is a full-on Christmas nightmare committed by Santa Clause himself!

So, grab a hot chocolate, wrap yourself up in a holiday blanket, enjoy the soothing sounds of Christmas music and your family talking or screaming or laughing together, while you snuggle in for the next fifteen minutes to read about another family getting fucking killed ten years ago.

This is The Covina Massacre.

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True Crime Tuesday: The Robison Family Murders

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It’s week two of True Crime Tuesday and apparently I’m on some kind of family murdering spree kick. What’s that say about my mindset? Could it have anything to do with my teetering mental health because of the chaos that currently envelopes my entire home and marriage due to my oldest stepson’s all-consuming hurricane behaviour that is literally making it feel like I can’t fucking breathe and maybe my marriage won’t make it?

I digress. We certainly don’t have time to unpack all of that and delve into the psychology and Freudian slip-like choice of true crime tales I’m telling.

Everything is fine. No one is going to kill anyone in my house, unless it’s mentally and emotionally HAHAHA…

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Alright, here we go. The Robison Family Treehouse…no, murders. They’re all going to die in this one, so just prepare yourselves.

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