Murder Most Foul - Jeremy Steinke and Jasmine Richardson
Most pre-teen girls go through phases of rebellion against their parents, but twelve-year-old Jasmine Richardson of Medicine Hat, Canada, took teenage rebellion to a horrific extreme when she assisted in murdering her parents and younger brother because they forbade her to see her boyfriend, twenty-three-year old Jeremy Steinke.
Jasmine had a normal childhood with doting parents, but her personality changed when she created a MySpace account and became interested in gothic culture. It was through this interest that she first met Jeremy Steinke - over a decade her senior - and began a secret relationship with him. Steinke was a self-confessed witchcraft enthusiast, claimed to be a 300 year old werewolf in human form, and reportedly wore a vial of human blood on a chain around his neck.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jasmine’s parents objected to their relationship, and before long forbade Jasmine from having contact with Jeremy. Furious, Jasmine continued seeing him in secret and the two began hatching a plan to rid Jasmine of her parents meddling. A note recovered from Jasmine’s bedroom by police displays how callously the couple felt about murder. In Jasmine’s hand it read “Ok, I have this plan. It starts with me murdering my parents and ends with us being together.”
On April 22, 2006, Jeremy Steinke sneaked into the basement of the Richardson house armed with a knife. When he encountered Jasmine’s mother he beat her to the floor and began stabbing in a frenzy. Jasmine’s father attempted to protect his wife with a screwdriver but he too was overpowered and stabbed repeatedly; the coroners report later noted that the Richardson parents had suffered dozens of stabbing injuries each.
Meanwhile, Jasmine had sneaked upstairs with a knife and busied herself with killing her younger brother. She later said to police that her brother had begged for his life before Jasmine choked and then stabbed him. Sated, the two murderous lovers fled the chaotic scene to a friends house, where they estatically had sex.
A young boy visited the Richardson house the next day and glimpsed the bloody corpse of Jasmine’s mother through a glass door. Police were dispatched to the home where they immediately noted the absence of Jasmine; fearing she was being held hostage, police released her description and an all points bulletin across the area.
Though they had planned her family’s murder thoroughly, Jasmine and Jeremy clearly didnt give much thought to evading capture; within a day they were located and arrested, with Jasmine’s part in the murders frighteningly clear when she spoke about murdering her brother. She showed little remorse and giggled when informed police had found drawings of hers that depicted the brutal slaying of her family.
Jasmine Richardson was charged with three counts of murder and remains the youngest person ever charged with murder in Canadian history. Because she was only twelve at the time, she legally could not be charged as an adult. Despite overwhelming evidence she was an active participant in the awful crime, Jasmine Richardson was sentenced to only ten years in prison, the maximum sentence a person of her age could recieve. Her relatively light punishment caused a public outcry throughout Canada, with calls to reform the sentencing process for under-age offenders. Her lover Jeremy Steinke was charged with three counts of murder and recieved three life sentences.
Y100s Philadelphia’s New Rock, it’s an all points bulletin. No food allowed, at all, for Phil today. If you see a guy coming up to you, very large, chunky guy, who kinda looks like Bam, begging - he’s got a beard. don’t give him food. -Don’t give him any food. He’s about 480 pounds. Think drunken santa claus. -So listen to this, Bam actually put a billboard up on 322 with a picture of Phil. Really? -They’re dead serious about this. He may offer you money, he may offer you a thousand dollars to give him a cheeseburger. Don’t take it. -Don’t. Feed. Phil.
I was recently given a critique of some recent work I’d written. I was told I introduce all my characters in the same general way, and it slowed my pace down and made my story more difficult to read. I very much want to improve this, but because I have no real writing experience, I’m having a difficult time understanding what my reader meant by this. (I can’t recognize when i do it.) Do you have any ideas on how to learn to diversify the ways writers can introduce characters, places, and things?
One of the most common mistakes new writers make is treating new characters like sitcom walk-ons who have to be formally and fully introduced to the reader the minute they first appear: Bob opened the door to find his neighbor, Sally, standing there. She had long blonde hair and wide hips, and still wore the blazer bearing the name of the real estate company she worked for. She gazed up at him shyly, blue eyes all a-twinkle, and presented him with a cherry pie she said she’d baked that morning.
That’s a fine introduction, but if we introduce every character in the same manner, it becomes repetitive and boring. Thankfully, it’s okay to let characters appear without making a big production of it. You can open a scene with new characters already there, already interacting with your protagonist, and simply give us hints about who they are and what they’re like through dialogue and exposition.
Bob was sitting in the cafe on the day he received the phone call. He was listening to his best friend, Sarah, tell the story of her last blind date gone awry. “So, there I am in the elevator with my date and my landlord, and someone passes gas! And of course I’m mortified, because if it was my landlord, my date will wonder if it was me. And if it was my date, then–gross!” Sarah shook her head as if to ward off the thought, her red curls glinting in the shaft of light coming in through the window.
This is our first glimpse of Sarah, but there’s no big production made about who she is or what she’s like. She’s just sitting there interacting with Bob. We learn she’s his best friend, and that she’s single and not averse to a blind date. We also learn that she has red curly hair–which, really, is a fair amount of data to learn about someone in just a few sentences. But this information isn’t fed to us as a formal introduction. We learn it simply by being there and watching the scene unfold. The same can be accomplished through exposition. Take a look at the introduction of the character Neeve in Maggie Stiefvater’s book, The Raven Boys. By this point, we already know that the protagonist (Blue) is the daughter of a psychic (Maura), who does tarot card readings at home for clients. Blue has grown up with a certain prophecy about her future love life, which I won’t get into here. So, the narrator tells us: But that belief changed when her mother’s half-sister Neeve came to their little town of Henrietta. Neeve had gotten quite famous for doing loudly what Blue’s mother did quietly. Maura’s readings were done in her front room, mostly for the residents of Henrietta and the valley around it. Neeve, on the other hand, did her readings on television at five o’clock in the morning. She had a website featuring old soft-focus photographs of her staring unerringly at the viewer. Four books on the supernatural bore her name on the cover.
This description actually precedes Neeve’s arrival rather than succeeding it, so that we know a bit about her even before she first appears. Once again, it’s not an all-points bulletin describing how she looks and what she’s like. It simply gives us a foundation upon which to build an impression. Just the fact that she’s the opposite of the other women in Blue’s life gives us a lot to go on already. Another example is the introduction of Mrs. John Dashwood in the first chapter of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility:
[Mr. John Dashwood] conducted himself with propriety in the discharge of his ordinary duties. Had he married a more amiable woman, he might have been made still more respectable than he was: he might even have been made amiable himself; for he was very young when he married and very fond of his wife. But Mrs. John Dashwood was a strong caricature of himself: more narrow-minded and selfish.
The introduction of Mrs. John Dashwood comes not as she walks into her first scene, but as part of the exposition which explains why her sisters-in-law are so very poor. The narrator tells us all we need to know about this woman: she’s narrow-minded, selfish, unfriendly, not very respectable, and so awful that she makes her husband worse for having married her. That’s a hell of an introduction, right? But it has impact even though it’s a few pages yet before she utters her first line of dialogue.
Now that you have this in mind, pay close attention to how characters are introduced in the books you are reading. For a helpful exercise, go to your bookshelf or to the library and grab a stack of books. Flip through the pages and look for scenes where new characters first appear, and notice how very often they appear without any sort of formal introduction, yet with lots of interesting details about them embedded in the exposition and dialogue surrounding their appearance. :)
On this day in music history: December 3, 1976 - The photo shoot for Pink Floyd’s album “Animals” goes awry when the thirty foot tall, helium filled inflatable pig suspended above the Battersea Power Station in London breaks free from its moorings and floats away. An All Points Bulletin is issued to aircraft flying in the area to be on the lookout for “a giant flying pig”. The balloon eventually lands in a cow pasture in near by Kent. It is discovered by the owner of the farm, furious that the giant pig has frightened his cows. Eventually the final cover art for the album features the pig superimposed against the background.
On October 1, 1993, Polly Klaas (12)was abducted from her bedroom in Petaluma during a sleepover with 2 friends. Richard Allen Davis invaded her home and allegedly asked the three girls who lived in the house shortly before tying the girls up and blindfolding them. Once Klaas’ friends were tied up Davis told them to count to 1000 and he promptly carried Klaas from the home.
Within 30 minutes of the kidnapping an all-points bulletin was issued with the suspects information throughout Sonoma County. The APB was only broadcast over 1 police station. Later that night, a suspicious Ford Pinto was noticed stuck in a roadside ditch. A concerned neighbor called the police and the deputies could not find enough evidence for probable cause to arrest the suspect and asked the property owner to perform a citizen’s arrest to which the property owner refused, and the suspect, Davis, was allowed to leave.
On November 28, 1993, the property owner found torn ballet leggings and pieces of a white cloth on her property. This evidence was traced back to Davis along with a palm print found in Klaas’ bedroom. Davis was arrested on a parole violation and held on suspicion of Klaas’ death, on December 4, Davis admitted to strangling Klaas and led investigators to a shallow grave on the side of highway 101 where Polly’s body was found. Although Davis admitted to killing Klaas he refused to give police a timeline from that night.
On June 18,1996,Davis was convicted of 1st degree murder and 4 special circumstances. He was sentenced to death.
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You said to an anon earlier that gender = mental and sex = physical is cissexist. Can you please explain why that is so and how I should explain the difference between sex and gender instead? Or did I misinterpret that and that's how it is supposed to be? Please answer asap, and thank you!!
The concept of biological sex is useless, really, and doctors know it. Your assigned gender does not tell anyone:
your hormone levels
your karyotype (sex chromosomes–not everyone with XY has a penis, not everyone with XX has a vagina, and people with more than those two exist, for example XXY)
what genitals you have
what your reproductive system is like
what secondary sex characteristics you have
literally any sort of condition(s) that would have an increased risk based on your hormones/genitalia
It tells absolutely nothing but what box someone checked you off as when you were barely seconds old. What’s the purpose of assigning a gender, then? Absolutely fucking nothing. Doctors make assumptions about all of those bulletin points when they see your marked gender, ones that aren’t always correct.
Now, as for why it’s cissexist: assuming someone’s genitals based on their dgab is cissexist. You are assuming that people who were assigned male all have penises and various other physical characteristics, and people who were assigned female all have vaginas and various other physical characteristics. It’s also cisnormative because it makes being trans or nonbinary an option and being cis the default. The trans narrative becomes “Well I was born as x but I identify as y”, as opposed to “I am y”.
Incoherent prediction about the solid form of Juvia's element...
My gut instinct says Juvia is going to figure out how to freeze water in this arc to feed her ice demon slaying husbando.
Picture it! Natsu and Gray are likely both going to be fighting E.N.D. together because it’s been teased by Silver and Igneel. As typical in Natsu’s signature big fights, he usually gains fire to consume as he finds a way to overpower the enemy. Gray’s a slayer now, but ice doesn’t lay around quite as conveniently. Where would it come from? With this scenario, two sources come to play:
1) Lyon. Wendy is trying to get an all points bulletin out to other guilds for help with FACE. If he shows, he might be able to help provide some icy snacks. However, he’s not there at the moment.
2) Juvia becomes a freezer and provides the man she loves an almost infinite source of power up! That, and she’s been friggin paralleled with Gray this whole arc.
Conveniently, water when cold turns into ice; our resident water mage can boil when she’s angry. We know when she’s sad, it rains. There’s got to be some emotion that brings freezing!
We know her water magic can be frozen by Gray. We know it’s been said that ice and water magic is compatible. This has been played up a few times and was JUST teased again in the magazine. Gray has a power up that enhances with large quantities of ice from someone else. Juvia will do anything in the world for Gray and possesses the basic ingredient for ice. Voilà!
Heck, looking back, it seems like Juvia being the emotionally expressive, yet physically reserved water mage was created explicitly for being the frozen water (aka ice), emotionally reserved, physically expressive (stripping) ice demon slayer mage’s love interest. This same girl was the one who delivered the final blow to give Gray slayer powers and was the one who Silver basically entrusted his son to. Given all of this, it’s probably not a stretch.