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“Saturday, March twenty-fourth, nineteen eighty-four. Shermer High school, Shermer, Illinois. 60062”

Thirty years ago today,
a princess,
a delinquent,
a brain,
a basket-case,
and a jock,
met for detention.

This is a special day.

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Hemingway Birthplace by Brian Crawford

Alton Coleman was born November 6, 1955 in the Chicago suburbs. His mother, Mary Bates, was a prostitute who drank and did drugs throughout her pregnancy. Alton never met his father, nor did he have any idea who he was. According to Alton’s grandmother, Alma Hosea, Mary never wanted Alton and threw him in a trash can, which she rescued him from. After that, Alton was taken in by his grandmother (Mary had four other children, all of which were raised by relatives)and raised by her, but his childhood was anything but idyllic. Alton still lived close to his mom and neighbors recall the small child being beaten by his mother with a chair and a baseball bat.  

Alton’s grandmother Alma ran a brothel and gambling parlor out of her home where Alton slept on a pallet made from rags. Alma was a voodoo practitioner who would send Alton out to kill animals so she could use the carcasses for her practices and collect dirt from cemeteries.  Alton was subjected to sexual and physical abuse at home and often neglected.  At school, Alton was frequently bullied due to his wetting his pants until the age of 12 and on occasion, being sent to school wearing girl’s clothing. Schoolmates and family alike would refer to Alton as “Pissy”.  Alton dropped out of middle school and it wasn’t long before he gained a reputation with local law enforcement as a troublemaker. His first arrest was for breaking windows in a housing project.

In his teens, Alton was known for his strong sex drive. People in his neighborhood reported that Alton was bisexual and willing to have sex with anyone, any time. His sexual appetite only seemed to increase in time and become much more deviant.  Between 1973 and 1983, Alton was arrested on numerous occasions for various sex crimes, often taking plea deals and other cases being dismissed, including one from his own 8 year old niece. Alton informed people he was able to stay out of legal trouble due to his grandmother teaching him voodoo, however, in 1973, his luck would change. He kidnapped, robbed and raped an elderly woman. While he was able to dodge the rape charge due to the victim being too scared to testify, he did serve 2 years for the robbery. Once released from prison Alton continued on his rape and robbery spree, once being acquitted for rape and had an upcoming trial for raping a 14 year old girl. It was around this time that Alton Coleman met Debra Brown.

Debra came from a well respected family. During her childhood, she suffered from a head trauma which doctors stated had made her “borderline mentally retarded” with a dependent personality. Debra was 21 years of age and engaged to be married when her paths crossed with Alton. Debra immediately fell for Alton, left her fiancé and moved out of her parents home to be with him. Shortly thereafter, Alton and Debra would purportedly develop their relationship into a master/slave role with Debra anxious to please her man in any way he saw fit.

In 1984, when Coleman found out he was a wanted fugitive for the rape of the 14 year old girl, he and Debra fled to Wisconsin. Once there, Alton befriended Juanita Wheat, a mother of a 7 year old boy and 9 year old girl, Vernita. Alton used aliases for Debra and himself.  On May 29th, Jaunita gave Vernita permission to go with Alton and Debra to their apartment to pick up a stereo. Instead, Alton and Debra kidnapped Vernita and drove her back to their home in Illinois.  On June 19th, Vernita’s badly decomposed body was discovered in an abandoned building, approximately 4 blocks from Alton’s grandmother’s home.  Her cause of death was ligature strangulation and one of Alton’s fingerprints was discovered at the crime scene.  By this time, Alton and Debra had stolen an acquaintances car and were staying in Gary, Indiana.
It was in Gary where the couple spotted Annie (9) and Tamika Turks (7). The girls were walking home to their grandmother’s from a candy store when approached by Alton and Debra, who convinced them to play a game in the woods.  Once in the woods, the two girls were bound and gagged with Annie being forced to have sex with the couple.  While raping Annie, Tamika began crying loudly and Debra covered her mouth while Alton stomped on her chest, followed by strangling her. Annie survived, although she had extreme injuries and suffered severe blood loss. Some cuts were so deep, her intestines were protruding into her vagina. Tamika’s body was discovered on June 24th with the cause of death being strangulation. Annie and Tamika’s grandmother took her own life after the ordeal. After raping Annie and killing Tamika, the couple kidnapped 25 year old Donna Williams and took her car. Her decomposed body was discovered in an abandoned house on July 11th in Detroit, Michigan with the cause of death being strangulation. While in Michigan, they robbed a couple and beat them, stealing their money and car. 

Pictured above victim Tamika Turks

On July 5th, Alton and Debra drove to Toledo, Ohio.  Once again, they found themselves meeting and befriending a young mother by the name of Virginia Temple. They took particular interest in Virginia’s nine year old daughter, Rachelle. Days after their meeting and befriending Virginia, family members became worried that they had not heard from Virginia or the children. They went to Virginia’s house only to find the young children alone, scared and hungry. After searching the house, both Virginia and Rachelle’s bodies were discovered in a crawl space. They were both raped and strangled to death.

While still in Ohio on July 11, 15 year old Tonnie Storey would become the couples next victim. Tonnie was on her way to a junior high computer class, but never showed up. Her parents reported her missing after she didn’t come home after school. 8 days later her body was discovered in an abandoned apartment building. She had been beaten, raped and strangled to death. Alton’s footprint was discovered at the scene of the crime and Debra’s fingerprint was found on a Michael Jackson button the girl was wearing. It was around this time that the FBI had placed Alton Coleman on the “Ten Most Wanted” list, linking him to several of the murders. Two days after killing Tonnie, the couple arrived at the home of Darlene and Harry Walters. The couple inquired about a camper for sale in the Walters’s’ yard. Harry excused himself to search for the title for the camper, while his wife Darlene went to get the couple some lemonade. Alton followed after Darlene and proceeded to hit her with a wooden candlestick, raped her and beat her to death. When Harry returned, he too was beaten with the candlestick. Harry survived the ordeal, but with brain damage. His wife Darlene did not survive the attack. Alton and Debra stole Harry’s car and quickly left the state.

Pictured above victim Tonnie Storey

The couple stole yet another car in Evanston, Illinois and killed the man who owned the car, 79 year old Eugene Scott. On July 20th, while still in Evanston, Alton and Debra were walking along the street when a car passed them. The driver of the car was from Alton’s neighborhood where he grew up and he immediately recognized Alton and Debra. Since it was all over the news that the couple was wanted, the man pulled over at a gas station and proceeded to call the police and inform them that he knew the whereabouts of the couple. Shortly after, the police discovered Alton and Debra at a nearby park. When asked if he was Alton Coleman, Alton denied and stated he had no identification to prove who he was. Debra was searched and a gun was found in her possession. Both were taken to the police station and identified through their fingerprints.

Over a two month span, Alton and Debra had killed 8 people traveling across 6 different states. Law enforcement officials from each state held a meeting to consider which state would charge the couple first. Michigan was immediately ruled out due to their not having capital punishment. It was decided Ohio would be given the first opportunity, as it is known for its stricter laws on punishment and they were likely to be executed there much more quickly than the other states. Both Alton and Debra were sentenced to death for the murders of Tonnie Storey and Marlene Walters. Additionally, the couple were both sentenced to death in Indiana for the murder of Tamika Turks. Alton Coleman also received a death sentence in Illinois for the murder of Vernita Wheat. He became the first person to ever receive the death sentence in three different states.

During the sentencing phase of Debra’s first Ohio trial, she had passed a note to the judge, which stated in part, “I killed the bitch and I don’t give a damn. I had fun out of it.” While she  has a death sentence in Indiana for her part in the murders, she had her death sentence commuted to life in prison in Ohio due to her low iq cited as the reasoning as well as the master/slave relationship she was in with Alton and the influence he had over her. Since serving time in prison, Debra has become extremely religious and in 2005, she made a video apologizing to her victims. She remains in prison in Ohio without the possibility of parole.

Alton continuously worked on his appeals while in prison, but 18 years after being apprehended, he was scheduled for execution on April 26, 2002. Alton had spent his last day in prison watching religious programs, writing letters to family and friends and visiting with his spiritual advisors. At the time, Alton ordered the largest final meal that had ever been requested to date. His last meal consisted of: A New York strip steak (he requested filet mignon, but the prison didn’t have it) sauteed mushrooms, sweet potato pie with whipped cream, butter pecan ice cream, biscuits with brown gravy, broccoli with cheese, french fries, cherry coke, a salad with French dressing, collard greens, onion rings, fried chicken breast and corn bread. All the food came from the prison kitchen, except the ice cream.

Alton Coleman’s  last words were “The Lord is my shepherd,” which he repeated over and over again. Due to how many victims and victims family came to the execution, the prison had to set up a viewing venue outside of the prison to watch over closed circuit television. Alton Coleman is buried at Warren Cemetery in Lake County, Illinois.

Seeing Is Believing (MASTERLIST) [in progress]

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Story Summery: You live in a small southern Illinois town when your home is invaded by a demon. When Sam and Dean Winchester show up to save the day, your entire life changes.

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CHICAGO <3

Hey guys,

Today’s show is in Chicago, Illinois which is home to both the first openly-LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States and to Boystown, the first officially recognized gay village in the U.S. Boystown is now known for its nightlife and colorful atmosphere.

In Chicago we’ll be working with Project Fierce, an incredible organization that aims to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing accessible housing and support services.
At a time when LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for depression, bullying, and violence, than their peers, organizations like Project Fierce are a necessary resource for teens that don’t feel safe. About 40% of homeless American teens identify as LGBTQ and Project Fierce can provide them with a safe and comfortable environment.

Want a ticket upgrade? We’re taking donations of basic necessities that are often taken for granted. We are asking that you bring a new stick of deodorant to donate at the show. Bring at least one to be entered in a raffle for a ticket upgrade.

Love Troye x

COMING OUT AS A BISEXUAL

“I felt like i needed to repost this cause i want the truth to come out. Im a bisexual and proud to be a bisexual” When I was around 6 years old I knew i didn’t fit in with society, I knew I was different I felt different. Girls my age started to talk about boys how cute the boys were.for me yeah I thought they were cute but I started thinking how cute this girl was in my class. I kept thinking about how I could I think that a boy & a girl was cute I was so confused. When I was 9 I will struggling to find out what was wrong with me so I went to the only person I could trust my older brother. He was practicing his new dance routine with me when I just shouted out that I like boys & girls, he stopped to look at me I was literally crying I was so confused I hoped he could help me. My brother just wiped my tears and said I was struggling with my sexuality he told me that I might be a bisexual and that its normal no matter what people say. When I was 15 I was in high school its had been 3 years since I lost my brother he was the only one who knew my about my sexuality he swore he wouldn’t tell anyone till I was ready to tell people. During my high school I was really trying to just like guys but it was hard when you have a crushes on girls as well. On July 7th 2015 age 17 @shanedawson came out as bisexual now he was the reason I came out he was my idol I looked up to him. So I decided to tell everyone I told my friends on Twitter first cause I knew they would understand but them came the worst part telling my family. At the time my parents weren’t divorced they were in California visiting family I was at home in Illinois I decided to Skype them. My parents & siblings understood me and loved me at least that’s what I thought. A week later my parents divorced I was currently living with my mom when she came home drunk and started saying that my faggot ass needed to leave that I was the reason she was divorced & why she has cancer( Now before you hate on my mom we made up she said she sorry we are all good). The worst part was my mom side of the family & my step dad they were very mexican christen people they hated me & the fact that bi. As for my father and british His family they loved me and they supported me. Yeah having one side of the family support while the other side doesn’t hurts. As for high school they found out cause words spreads fast some supported me while some will push me & call me names like worthless fag. The worst part of high school was senior prom age 18 I was asked by a guy who I currently liked when I went to prom he & his friends organized paint to dropped on my head when I took pictures all I heard was laughter & “my date” say look at the faggot she crying. After prom I just kept to myself and graduated high school thinking I’m free. So here I am today 18 almost 19 year old Angela sitting here telling you my story about how I came out as a bisexual & I’m so happy that I’m finally me after years hiding I’m finally free to be me. I love you all & thanks for reading my story “If anyone has a problem with me being bi please feel free to have your opinions, call me names, unfollow me, im not going to be mad about your opinions thats not how i roll so i dont care what you do im happy for being the real me” -love Angela

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I’ve been feeling very nostalgic… I miss Papa II and his sassy, grumpy ass. I guess I’ve been feeling very homesick lately and the Infestissumam era makes me think back of home in Illinois when I first discovered these spooky nerds, which was where I was able to see them for their first time in STL and also their first headlining show there and actually meet a couple of the guys…

This band is killing me.

All drawn with an ink pen on watercolor paper. I may or may not be creating prints to sell (it kinda of depends on your opinion). If I do, there will be a very limited amount (like 10 or less) because I actually have access to a printing lab in my school and they will be on my etsy shop. Stay tuned for news if you may want one…

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Rosenfield House by Brandon Bartoszek
Via Flickr:
This house in Rock Island, Illinois was built in 1893 by Morris Rosenfield. In 1977 the house and surrounding land was bought for a senior housing development named Coventry Apartments (seen on the left).

Eddie Vedder Quotes

  • “When it comes to grunge or even just Seattle, I think there was one band that made the definitive music of the time. It wasn’t us or Nirvana, but Mudhoney were the band of that time and sound.“
  • “The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.“
  • “The love received is the love that is saved.“
  • “It’s an art to live with pain…mix the light into gray.“
  • “I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s say, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.“
  • “Life moves fast. As much as you can learn from your history, you have to move forward.“
  • “You know, punk bands now sell with one record-their first or second record-sell 10 times the amount of records than the Ramones did throughout their career with 20-something records. That’s why I go over to Johnny Ramone’s house and do yard work three times a week, just to absolve some of the guilt.“
  • “Music was your real passion, this thing you held dear even above family. It was this relationship that never betrayed you. Once it became your job-this thing that was highly visible, this thing that became about commerce-that’s when you were holding onto music like it was a palm tree in a hurricane.“
  • “I probably get strangers coming up to me two or three times a week to just say something nice. I get more than my share of compliments as I walk through my daily life. I’m not having to show off or make a point about how good I am at doing something. I think I’ve always kind of been that way.“
  • “Sometimes, whether you like it or not, people elevate you. It’s real easy to fall.“
  • “I don’t need drugs to make my life tragic.“
  • “Playing music for as long as I had been playing music and then getting a shot a making a record and at having an audience and stuff, it’s just like an untamed force…a different kind of energy.“
  • “After the Ramones, it was more about new wave for me than punk.“
  • “Whatever your walk of life is, I think you have to be real about it.“
  • “You know, rock stardom…I have a hard time discussing that because I don’t really accept it. It’s not really that tangible. What’s really bizarre is how it’s used as a thing-you know, ‘He’s the rock star of politics,’ ‘He’s the rock star of quarterbacks’-like it’s the greatest thing in the world.“
  • “I think celebrities suck“
  • “Caffeine. The gateway drug.“
  • “It’s not a bad time to be me.“
  • “If it’s a good cause, I’ll play just about anything.“
  • “At a certain point, you realize you have a responsibility more behind yourself and your need for adrenaline. I’m glad I did things in my 20s that were more reckless.“
  • “I’m trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived.“
  • “I think that if your approach is one where you don’t want to alienate anybody, you’re going to have to soften the viewpoint or the information that you’re offering to such an extent that it doesn’t have the power to make any difference. You have to take that risk.“
  • “As far as viewpoints, I think I’m more well-rounded and definitely more educated, and probably more hopeful than I used to be. I think when you’re young and you get into a cause, you get frustrated with it within a few years, or six months.“
  • “It’s fun singing with other people who are really good singers. There’s something kind of poignant about braiding a couple vocals.“
  • “I just finished touring, and I’m on a detox thing. It’s a heavy detox, so nothing in my belly except water, salt, and cayenne pepper.“
  • “There’s been times when I’ve been standing in a line at a movie and someone’s hit me with something really heavy about someone really close and how our music has helped them get through it. Even in our darkest moments we try and find something beautiful.“
  • “So my one kid’s 4, my other kid’s 4 months, I’m 44, Barack Obama is the 44th president-it’s all lining up nicely here.“
  • “I just have this deep connection of reality being like…in a way, I feel like a dock worker. I want to stay in connection with my dock-worker side, ‘cause that’s how I grew up.“
  • “you can go down the list of great artists and kind of understand that they are products of their environment. Whether it’s U2 or Henry Rollins or myself or Johnny Lydon, they’re gonna be products of their environment. Whether it’s U2 or Henry Rollins or myself or Johnny Lydon, they’re gonna be products of their environment.“
  • “Our influences are who we are. It’s rare that anything is an absolutely pure vision; even Daniel Johnston sounds like the Beatles. And that’s the problem with the bands I’m always asked about, the ones derivative of the early Seattle sound. They don’t dilute their influences enough.“
  • “I’ve never been a calm, midrange type person.“
  • “I was living on the wrong side of the tracks in Evanston, Illinois, in a home for boys. We had these Jackson 5 records. I really related to their voices-they were about my age, but they were doing it.“
  • “People on death row, the treatment of animals, women’s right to choose. So much in America is based on religious fundamentalist Christianity. Grow up! This is the modern world!“
  • “you don’t love me. If you really knew me, you wouldn’t love me. You love who you think I am. And don’t pretend that you know me. Because I don’t even know myself.“
  • “I don’t question our existence, I just question our modern needs.“
  • “I don’t wanna think, I wanna FEEL.“
  • “ When you’re inside and you have no control and when you’re the 14-year-old version of Frances Farmer, you know, you have reasons to be angry. You have reasons to be angry when your parents, who are very sheltered themselves, make decisions as to what you should experience in your life and what’s normal and what’s not.“