and kidnappings

Art of kidnapping

I dont understand why the hell kidnappers have to be so extra? Like using chloroform and getting so physical and wearing all black and driving in a van. Like dude . All you gotta do is bribe me with a book and lock me up in a hugeeee library and feed me. That’s it. Easy pesy. Best part? I wouldn’t struggle a bit. You need my soul? No problem. Here have it. Just remember to bring me snickers.

speaking of being a massive ecology nerd, guess what season it is, folks! That’s right, it’s FLEDGLING BIRD SEASON here in North America, which means it’s time for an annual reminder that most species of birds have almost no sense of smell. Someone probably told you that if you touch a baby bird, the mother will smell you on it and reject her baby. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. 

Pictured: a young Mourning Dove, after being rescued from the tender mercies of my dog, circa spring 2005. It’s a fledgling! Note how it has most of its feathers, but still looks a bit awkward and scruffy, and, being unable to properly fly, can be caught by an elderly husky or a child. 

  • Hatchlings: IF it is covered in fluffy down (or partly naked) and cannot flutter successfully, it’s a hatchling, and has fallen from its nest prematurely. Look for the nest- if you find it and can reach it, return baby and then gtfo and let the parents return. If you can’t find the nest, or if you find it in pieces on the ground, use a small box lined with dryer lint or dog hair or similar fluff and attach as close as possible to where you found the bird or where you think the nest was. Return baby!!!! 
  • Fledglings: If you spot a young bird covered with feathers on the ground, chances are it’s a fledgling (bird tween, can flutter) who is not doing well in flying 101, but it is probably NOT injured or sick. Hanging out on the ground is part of the learning to fly process! If it looks like it’s in immediate danger (i.e. of being run over, stepped on, or eaten by a cat or dog), the best thing you can do for it is to gently scoop it up and place it in the branches of a nearby tree or shrub, and then LEAVE. The parents are likely nearby, and will return once the coast is clear of humans/predators. If it flutter-hops away from you and you can’t catch it, then don’t worry! It just successfully avoided a predator (you), and therefore can probably continue to do so. 
  • DON’T DON’T DON’T: Try to feed it, bring it into your house or car, or take it to your local vet or animal shelter. 
  • IF it IS actually for-real injured, you can catch it and contact a local wildlife rehabilitation professional (and then listen to whatever they tell you), but keep in mind that they get a LOT of fledgling birds, and those birds have a pretty high mortality rate. They may tell you that there is nothing you or they can do but allow nature to take its course, and that’s hard, but important to hear and respect.

tips on sneaking around

  • Try to sidle up against walls/furniture. Because the floorboards get little to no use there they won’t creak.
  • Either stand straight or crouch down, bending your knees slightly puts more weight below you and makes floorboards creak louder.
  • If you crouch, walk on the balls of your feet. Also, put a hand down on the floor between your feet so you A) spread out your weight/center of gravity and B) don’t fall.
  • If you’re standing straight, I don’t reccommend moving on your toes.
  • If you’re standing straight, put your hand on the wall and lean slightly backwards. Use your forward foot to test the floorboard for creaking before moving forward.
  • Needless to say, it’s best to sneak around in the dark. But if the lights are on and you know there’s someone awake don’t turn them off. That’s suspicious and will raise the awareness of the person you’re trying to evade.
  • Most microwaves DO have sound settings. However, if you don’t already know how to silence it do NOT try to figure it out while you’re sneaking around. The buttons will beep as you’re trying to figure it out, and it’ll be overall louder than if you just stopped the timer at 0:01.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of sleepiness. If you’re moving at night and make a noise it doesnt mean all is lost. If the person you’re trying to evade is asleep/going to sleep their brain may try to make up a reason to excuse the noise.
  • If you need to get OUT, the window should be your first bet. Opening a window is much quieter than unlocking a door.
  • If you need to get back inside eventually make sure the chain lock isnt attatched. Especially if you’re going out through the window.
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Have you heard the voice? The case of Amber Tuccaro

On August 18th 2010, Amber Tuccaro (20 yrs old) from Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta was staying at a motel in Nisku near Edmonton, Alberta, where she was visiting, along with her one year old son and a close female friend after arriving from Fort McMurray. Hoping to catch a ride into Edmonton, Amber got into a car with an unknown male and unfortunately, never returned back to the motel that night and was later reported missing by her mother.

Mishandling’s of the case were apparent from the beginning as the RCMP did not consider her a missing person. When first reported missing by her mother, RCMP asked her if “Amber ever went missing before.” And had made the assumptions that she was just probably out partying. She’s going to come home or that she’d call. This could not be any more further from the truth.

Amber was not considered a missing person until long after she disappeared and only after one month the RCMP removed Amber’s name from the missing persons list, despite no one seeing her. RCMP also destroyed all of Amber’s belongings that were found in the Nisku motel room, without informing the family.

The night Amber went missing she received a phone call from her brother, who was being held in the Edmonton Remand Centre at the time. Amber, while still in the vehicle with the unknown man, answered the phone call. The Centre her brother was at began recording all outgoing calls made by inmates in early 2010 and had recorded 17 minutes of audio of Amber interacting with the male.

2 years later and still no sign of Amber, investigators, at this point, had now considered Amber’s case a homicide and asked for the public’s help identifying the man’s voice on the recording taken that night and put up billboards around the area with a headliner reading “have you heard the voice?”. 

Transcript of the chilling call

Amber - Where are we by? 

Unknown Male - We’re just heading south of uh, Beaumont or north of Beaumont. 

Amber - We’re heading north of Beaumont… 

Amber - Yo, where are we going? 

Unknown Male - Just… (Inaudible) 

Amber - No, this is a… 

Unknown Male - (Inaudible)… The back roads. 

Amber - Are you fucking kidding me?  

Unknown Male - No, I’m not kidding you. 

Amber - You better not take, you better not be taking me anywhere I don’t wanna go. I wanna go into the city, okay? 

Unknown Male - One end of the street. 

Amber - Yo, we’re not going into the city are we? 

Unknown Male - We are. We’re going… 

Amber - No, we’re not… 

Unknown Male - Yes…

Amber - Then where the fuck are these roads going to? 

Unknown Male - To 50th street. 

Amber - 50th street? Are you sure? 

Unknown Male - Absolutely. 

Amber - Yo, where are we going? 

Unknown Male - 50th street. 

Amber - 50th street? 

Unknown Male - 50th street.

Amber - East, right? 

Unknown Male - East. 

Amber - (Inaudible)… Over now. 

Unknown Male - (Inaudible)… Gravel. 

Amber - (Inaudible) 

This is the only part of the 17 minute recording that was released to the public and RCMP have stated that this was the only time in Canadian history they released an audio recording to the public in a murder investigation. You can listen to the call here.

On September 1st, 2012, only four days after its release, horseback riders found Amber’s partial skeletal remains in a farmer’s field in Leduc, Alberta. The police have stated the remains being found just days later was a “total coincidence.“ 

Remains of four other women were found in the same area as Amber’s. They were within a few kilometers of each other in Leduc County.

  • Edna Bernard went missing in September of 2002 and her body was found the next day.
  • Katie Sylvia Ballantyne went missing in May of 2003, her remains were discovered in July of 2003. 
  • Corrie Ottenbreit went missing in May of 2004, her remains were discovered in April of 2015.
  • Delores Brower went missing in June 2005, her remains were found in April of 2015.

This information has made many come to the conclusion that these women were possibly murdered by the same man and that a serial killer is out there walking free. Amber’s mother has set up a Facebook account in hopes to find her daughter’s killer. She posts the audio of her daughter’s last known words very frequently in hopes someone recognizes the man’s voice.

Guys Stan did not wander off in that sewer scene? I keep seeing people saying this. He did not. He heard a noise, turned to investigate thinking it was Beverly, crawled a A FEW INCHES inward and saw Pennywise. Once he saw him he immediately turned to alert the group and found himself in a totally different room.

The character development is strong in this one
  • Season1!Dan: HOW CAN YOU LET LUCIFER NEAR OUR DAUGHTER?! HE'S DANGEROUS!
  • Season2!Dan: Lucifer kidnapped Trixie but yeah whatever I mean he's practically her stepdad, right?

Born on the 5th of August, 1990, Asha Jacquilla Degree grew up to be a quiet and shy young girl. She was a good student at Fallston Elementary School in Shelby, North Carolina, and enjoyed playing basketball. She was somewhat isolated from the outside world; her parents forbid the internet and TV and were god-fearing church goers. Asha was an extremely timid little girl, in fact, she was wary of almost everything.

At approximately 8PM on the 13th of February, 2000, 9-year-old Asha went to bed. When Asha’s father, Harold, returned from work at approximately 12AM, he checked on his children who were fast asleep. He checked once again at 2:30AM and saw them both fast asleep once again. She slept in the same bedroom as her brother who later recalled that he heard noises in the early morning hours but just assumed it was Asha turning and tossing in her sleep. However, in reality, Asha was actually packing her book bag with clothing and personal items. She then crept out of the house in the dead of the night.

At around 3:45 - 4:15AM, two drivers saw her walking along Highway 18. Another witness saw her and turned his car around to ask her what she was doing. A young child out on her own at that time of the night certainly wasn’t normal. Especially considering the weather was so grim - it was windy and the rain was lashing down. When he went to approach her, she darted off into the woods. This was the last time Asha was ever seen. When her mother, Iquilla, went to wake the children up for school at around 6:30AM, she found her missing. Police dogs were unable to pick up any scent from Asha. That was potentially because the heavy rain had washed away any scent of her. When the news of her disappearance broke, the three drivers who had spotted her walking along the road came forward to relay what they had seen. There was absolutely no sign of Asha until two days later, when candy wrappers, a pencil, and a Mickey Mouse hair bow were found in a shed in the woods where Asha was spotted running into. They were identified as her belongings by her parents.

Investigators announced that they believed she had left her home on her own accord. They later announced that they theorised she had been abducted along the way. This grim theory was even more believable when Asha’s bookbag was unearthed during a construction project along Highway 18. It had been wrapped in a plastic bag and then buried. In 2013, Asha’s mother took to the media to express her disgruntlement that Asha’s case didn’t garner much media attention. She believed it was because Asha was African American: “Missing white children get more attention. I don’t understand why,” she said.

The leads eventually dwindled to a standstill until 2016 when the FBI announced that there was a new lead. Asha may have been spotted climbing into an early 1970s green Lincoln Continental Mark IV or a Ford Thunderbird. The case currently remains open and these leads are being investigated.