Posts Tagged ‘murder’

Aside from reading all books Atlantic World oriented, I’ve been digging through the evidence for a murder from back in 1821.  Well at least it started out as a murder investigation.  It was like a CSI script in many ways.  A body washes up on shore, the man appears to have had his throat slit.  He was wrapped in a blanket that appeared to have been attached to several rocks to ensure the body wasn’t found.  Moreover, several witnesses reported that he was in possession of a large amount of cash and had been (quite stupidly) flaunting it.

The man boarded a ship to go from Virginia to Camden, North Carolina.  He never reached his destination and his body washed up on shore near Pasquotank County, North Carolina.  The local justices of the peace put out a warrant for his arrest and the story in the local paper about the “MURDER!” was published in over 15 papers from North Carolina to Maine. (more…)

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In the category of “Not the best way to argue your innocence” is Orlando Maurice Guarino (38), suspected of killing his wife and two young children.  After telling reporters that he didn’t commit the murders he, rather unfortunately for his defense counsel, added:

It could be me, man, you never know. I’m not going to play it out in the media. … Anything’s possible, you know what I mean? You look at the circumstances, I mean, I would accuse me too.” – Yahoo! News

Way to go.  Most likely your lawyer will be an underpaid and over worked public defender.  I am sure he will thank you for making his job harder.

In the category of “How NOT to Hire a Hitman” (more…)

I wrote a while back about my plan to write the next great American novel. The plot was fairly straight forward, a serial killer who kills serial killers.  However, I never wrote more than five pages because I was disgusted by the Punisher-esque cliche origins of my main character.  In a streak of unimaginative glory I explained his character as a man whose wife and child died at the hands of a killer.  Uber-cliche, eh?  I know, I thought so too.  One Punisher is quite enough.

So as I sat in church- I know, an odd place for this inspiration, but in my defense service hadn’t started yet- I came up with an idea for my main characters origins that is both unique and powerful.  Instead of a cliche murder victim’s spouse and father, my main character has his family entirely intact.  No, he doesn’t kill out of revenge.  Instead, he kills because of a haunting past and memories that rack him with guilt so severe that at times he feels as if their weight might crush his conscience.  Why does he feel so guilty?  (more…)