november 1985

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Bear Brook State Park Murders

Bear Brook State Park is a 10,000-acre preserve located in Allenstown, New Hampshire. The large state park is widely popular among hikers, hunters, fishers, and campers alike. It’s a favourite among tourists as well. This picturesque park was marred by tragedy in 1985 and again in 2000.

On the afternoon of 10 November, 1985, a hunter was prowling through Bear Brook State Park when he saw something hanging out of a seemingly discarded 55-gallon steel drum. As he got closer, he noticed that it was a large sheet of plastic. There was a grim sight underneath. As he moved the plastic sheet away, he was aghast to discover the decomposing and partially-dismembered bodies of a woman and a young girl. An autopsy concluded that the duo had both been beaten to death. The woman was estimated to be between 23 - 33 years old and the little girl, 5 - 11 years old. The woman was believed to have Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had curly brown hair and significant dental work. The little girl was also believed to have Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had a crooked front tooth as well as a gap between the front teeth and two earrings in each ear. The New Hampshire State Police set out trying to identify the deceased bodies. They browsed through missing person reports but this attempt to futile - they remained unidentified and were buried together.

As the case went cold and the tips dwindled to a halt, a local sheriff took a trip to the scene of the crime in Bear Brook State Farm in 2000. He made a startling discovery. Near where the first set of remains were found, he came across another 55-gallon metal drum. Inside were the skeletal remains of two more young girls. One of the girls was estimated to be between 2 - 4 years old and the other, 1 - 3 years old. The eldest of the two had a gap in her front teeth as well as an overbite, and had brown hair. The younger girl had long blonde or light brown hair and also had a gap in the front of her teeth. Mitochondrial DNA testing showed that the adult female was related to both the youngest and the oldest girls that were found in the drums but not the middle girl. In 2015, as technology had advanced, researchers were able to test their hair and teeth to determine where they lived based on the food they ate and the water they drank. It was determined that they hailed from the northeast, while the third girl who wasn’t related to the others, was believed to have come from Dakota or Nebraska.

In January of 2017, police announced that they believed Robert Evans could potentially be the perpetrator of the grim murders. Evans had been a suspect in the disappearance of a young woman, Denise Beaudin. He had ran off with Denise and her daughter in the 1980s, before abandoning her daughter in California. Denise has still never been found. In 2002, he was arrested for killing his wife, Eunsoon Jun, to which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, he passed away in prison in 2010. Investigators on the case decided to test his DNA against the DNA of the girl found in the drum who wasn’t related to the other three victims. It was a match. Investigators announced that Robert Evans was the father of the unidentified girl.

However, the case is currently still open and the true identities of the four victims still remain unknown.

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On 26 November, 1985, 28-year-old nurse, Deborah Wolfe, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, didn’t show up for work at the Veterans Administration Medical Centre where she had worked for the past 18 months. Her family and friends became worried and called by her isolated cabin but there was no answer so they broke in and immediately noticed that things were amiss - there were beer cans lying in the garden, her dogs had not been fed, and her nurse uniform was laying on the floor, all of which were extremely out of character for Deborah. They also discovered her purse seemingly hidden under her bed.

They noticed that she had a message on her answering phone and decided to play it to see if it offered any clues as to where Deborah could be. The message was from a man that worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Centre and indicated that Deborah had been off work for a number of days when she had only been off for one day. This struck them as odd because it was untrue. An investigation ensued and unhappy with how lax the investigators were being, Deborah’s mother hired a dive team to search the pond behind Deborah’s cabin herself.

On 1 January, 1986, the dive team discovered Deborah’s body; she had been stuffed into a barrel and had drowned. Regardless of the fact that she was discovered in a barrel, the medical examiner could not determine if she had accidentally drowned or was a victim of homicide. Her family even reported that she had a barrel on her property which was now missing but eventually, her death was ruled as accidental. Investigators theorised that she had somehow fallen into the pond while walking her dogs - a very unlikely scenario. Even more bizarre is that when her body was discovered, she was wearing clothes that did not fit her and did not belong to her - even the shoes and bra she was wearing were the wrong size.

Deborah’s family have always contended that the man who left the bizarre phone call is the man who killed her. He was questioned by authorities but nothing ever came of it and he moved out of state.

Celeb Women In The Signs

#internationalwomensday has passed, but there’s no reason it can’t be a woman-themed month, a woman-themed year, or a woman-themed life. In spirit, here are some cool celeb women born under each of our signs, plus I gave each sign a woman-positive quote I feel fits each of you zodiac sisters well. 

Aries: Selena (singer, born April 16, 1971), Maya Angelou (historical author, born April 4, 1928), Lady Gaga (singer, born March 28, 1986) 

“I’m tough, i’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” -Madonna

Taurus: Adele (singer, born May 5, 1988), Tina Fey (actress, born May 18, 1970), Grace Jones (caribbean star, born May 19, 1948), Nina Garcia (fashion journalist, born May 3, 1965)

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become it’s soul.” -Coretta Scott King  

Gemini: Lauryn Hill (singer, born May 26, 1975), Heidi Klum (fashion designer, born June 1, 1973), Angelina Jolie (actress, born June 4,1975), Marilyn Monroe (actress, born June 1, 1926)

“Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders”- Diane Nash

Cancer: Malala Yousafzai (nobel prize winner, born July 12, 1997), Frida Kahlo (painter, born July 6, 1907), Meryl Streep (actress, born June 22, 1949) (Wow! Lots of cool women are Cancers!!!)

“This is what my soul is telling me: Be peaceful and love everyone.” -Malala Yousafzai

Leo: Jennifer Lawrence (actress, born August 15, 1990), Jennifer Lopez (singer, born July 24, 1969), J.K. Rowling (author, born July 31, 1965), Halle Berry (actress, born August 14, 1966)

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”-Eleanor Roosevelt 

Virgo: Mother Teresa (charity founder, born August 26, 1910), Amy Poehler (actress born September 16, 1971), Taraji P. Henson (born September 11, 1970), Beyonce (singer, born September 4, 1981)

“If you’re in a movement and not following a woman of color, you’re following the wrong movement”- Linda Sarsour

Libra: Serena Williams (tennis player, September 26, 1981), Gwen Stefani (singer, born October 3, 1969), Margaret Thatcher (only female prime minister of the UK, born October 13, 1925), Lilly Singh (youtube star, born September 26, 1988)

“Apparently it’s better to be a corporation today than to be a woman in front of the supreme court.” -Cecil Richards 

Scorpio: Kathy Griffin (comedian, born November 4, 1960), Allyson Felix (olympic track and field medalist, born November 18, 1985), Marie Curie (first woman to win a nobel prize, born November 7, 1867), Scarlett Johansson (actress, born November 22, 1984)

“The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.”- Gloria Steinem

Sagittarius: Sojourner Truth (historian, born December 1, 1797), Shirley Chisholm (first black woman to run in politics, born November 30, 1924), Britney Spears (singer, born December 2, 1981), Cicely Tyson (actress, born December 18,1924)

“Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back.” -Nora Ephron

Capricorn: Aaliyah (singer, born January 16, 1979), Betty White (comedian, born January 17, 1922), Michelle Obama (former first lady, born January 17, 1964)

“Men: their rights, and nothing more. Women: their rights, and nothing less.”-Susan B. Anthony

Aquarius: Jennifer Aniston (actress, born February 11, 1969), Ellen DeGeneres (comedian, born January 16, 1956), Oprah Winfrey (host, born January 19, 1954), Rosa Parks (civil rights activist, born February 4, 1913)

“Words actually matter. They’re significant, they can transform and open up our imagination for others.”- Opal Tometi

Pisces: Rihanna (singer, born February 20, 1988), Eva Longoria (actress, born March 15, 1979), Queen Latifa (actress, born March 18, 1970), 

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything evolves, everything flies and goes away.” -Frida Kahlo

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On this day in music history: April 13, 1987 - “Tango In The Night”, the fourteenth studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released. Produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Richard Dashut, it is recorded at The Slope in Los Angeles, CA and Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, CA from November 1985 - March 1987. With the members of Fleetwood Mac wanting to work on solo projects, and focus on other creative activities, the band wind up taking an extended hiatus. In late 1985, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham begins working on what is to be the follow up to his second solo album “Go Insane”. When Buckingham invites band mates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie into the studio, the project soon morphs into the first new Fleetwood Mac album in five years, when Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie join in on the proceedings. Nicks is absent for a majority of the eighteen months it takes to record “Tango In The Night”, having been on the road promoting her third solo album “Rock A Little” and spending a stint in rehab. She spends a total of only two weeks working on the project. Though the sessions yield a solid album, unresolved past issues between band members, with some still struggling with substance abuse, come to a head during recording. That combined with the burn out experienced by Buckingham having shouldered most of the burden production wise, he refuses to embark on a tour to support “Tango”, and quits shortly afterward. He is replaced by guitarists Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, and Buckingham does not return to the band for ten years. The album is released to solidly positive reviews and becomes the bands second largest studio set behind “Rumours”. It spins off four singles including “Big Love” (#5 Pop), “Little Lies” (#4 Pop), “Seven Wonders” (#19 Pop) and “Everywhere” (#14 Pop). The albums cover art work inspired by French artist Henri Rousseau, is painted Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong, which is a painting that Buckingham has hanging in his Southern CA home. To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the albums’ release, “Tango” is reissued and remastered on CD and vinyl. Released on March 31, 2017, it is issued as a two CD deluxe edition with the first disc featuring the original twelve song album. The second disc featuring thirteen bonus tracks including demos, B-sides and alternate takes. It is also released as a three CD, DVD + vinyl LP Super Deluxe box set. It features the aforementioned contents plus a third CD featuring fourteen bonus tracks including the original 12" extended mixes edits and dub versions previously on vinyl only. The DVD includes the music videos four all five singles, plus a new high resolution 5.1 surround remix of the album. The set also includes a 180 gram vinyl LP with the newly remastered audio and a 12" x 12" booklet with photos and annotation. “Tango In The Night” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Lesbian Movies (Updated) 👭🎬

Circumstance (2011), lost and delirious (2001), when night is falling (1995), show me love (1998), better than chocolate (1999), the secret diaries of miss anne lister (2010), fire (1996), bound (1996), bye bye blondie (2011), d.e.b.s. (2004), room in rome (2010), gray matters (2006), puccini for beginners (2006), the incredibly true adventure of two girls in love (1995), the four faced liar (2010), desert hearts (1985), spider lilies (2007), concussion (2013), imagine me & you (2005), nina’s heavenly delights (2006), yes or no (2010), yes or no 2 (2012), yes or no 2.5 (2015), itty bitty titty committee (2007), but i’m a cheerleader (1999), saving face (2004), elena undone (2010), if these walls could talk 2 (2000), love my life (2006), tipping the velvet (2002), girl play (2004), fingersmith (2005), kiss me (2011), i can’t think straight (2008), love and suicide (2006), the world unseen (2007), cracks (2009), running on empty dreams (2009), boys don’t cry (1999), my summer of love (2004), Albert Nobbs (2011), De Chica en Chica (2015), Blue is the Warmest Color, Carol (2015), Almost Adults (2016), Candy Rain (2008), Butterfly/ Hu Die (2004), Loving Annabelle (2006), Boys on the Side (1995), Personal Best (1982), Once a Time With You (2013), Make Up (2011), Liz in September (2013), She Hate Me (2004), Whitout Men (2011), The Journey (2004), Aimee and Jaguar (1999), Farewell My Queen (2005?), The Girl King (2015), November Moon (1985), The gymnast (2006) 
끝과 시작 /Love Lesson (2013 Korea), Water Lilies (2007), A Perfect Ending (2012), Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014), Bloomington (2010), Of Girls and Horses (2014), Freeheld (2015), Love’s Lone Flower (2005), High Art (1998), La Luciérnaga (2013), The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005), The Handmaiden (2016), Gia (1998), The Danish Girl (2015), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Reaching for the Moon (2013), Lengua Materna (2010)

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On this day in music history: April 7, 1987 - “Whitesnake”, the seventh album by Whitesnake is released. Produced by Mike Stone and Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Mountain Studios in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Goodnight LA Studios in Los Angeles, CA from September 1985 - November 1986. The band experience numerous setbacks before and after recording starts. Lead singer David Coverdale suffers a serious sinus infection that requires surgery (for a deviated septum) and significant recovery time. Drummer Cozy Powell and Coverdale’s working relationship also become strained, leading to Powell leaving band. He is replaced by veteran rock drummer Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Jefferson Starship). Once recording gets underway again in August of 1986, there are more changes along the way. They bring in additional musicians including guitarist Adrian Vandenburg, who is eventually asked to join the band. The album becomes their most successful spinning off five singles including “Here I Go Again” (#1 Pop), “Is This Love” (#2 Pop) and “Still Of The Night” (#79 Pop), all of which are supported with videos featuring David Coverdale’s then girlfriend (later wife), actress Tawny Kitaen. The European and US releases of the album differ from the former featuring a different running order and two additional tracks (“Looking for Love” and “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”), not included on the US pressing. Also, the songs “Here I Go Again” and “Crying In The Rain” are newly recorded versions originally released on the bands 1982 album “Saints And Sinners”. The album is remastered and reissued in 2007 for its twentieth anniversary as a CD + DVD deluxe edition. The CD features the original eleven song album with four additional live bonus tracks. The DVD disc includes all four of the original music videos made for the singles, plus four live performances. It is also remastered and reissued on white and black marbled vinyl in 2012. “Whitesnake” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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October 17th is the birthday of John Stewart, Green Lantern of Sector 2814.  Happy Birthday, John Stewart!  (Not to be confused with the fake news guy, Jon Stewart)

Created by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams, John Stewart first appeared in Green Lantern v.2 #87 in December 1971.  He is DC’s first African-American superhero.  (The Black Racer appeared earlier in 1971, but is not exactly a “hero”).

A former Marine and architect from Detroit, John Stewart was selected by the Guardians of the Universe to be the backup Green Lantern for Hal Jordan when Guy Gardner was seriously injured.  He served as the backup Green Lantern several times before becoming the primary Green Lantern of Sector 2814 in Green Lantern v.2 #182 (November 1984), when Hal Jordan relinquished his ring.  He has remained a member of the Green Lantern Corps, even after Hal Jordan returned.  He has also served as a member of the Justice League.

Here are a few John Stewart comics from the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.

Green Lantern v.2 #188 (May 1985), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson

Green Lantern: Mosaic v.1 #3 (August 1992), cover by Cully Hamner and Keith Aiken

Green Lantern v.2 #190 (July 1985), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson

Crisis on Infinite Earths v.1 #1 (April 1985), cover by George Perez

Green Lantern v.2 #165 (June 1983), cover by Gil Kane

Crisis on Infinite Earths v.1 #2 (April 1985), cover by George Perez

Green Lantern v.2 #182 (November 1984), cover by Dave Gibbons

Green Lantern Corps v.1 #202 (July 1986), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson

Green Lantern v.3 #6 (November 1990), cover by Pat Broderick

Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe v.1 #9 (November 1985), cover by Paris Cullins and Dick Giordano

The Challenger Disaster, 30 years later

Please stop in your day and take a moment to remember the Crew of STS-51L, who all perished on this day, January 28, 1986.  Pictured here, the crew pose for their official portrait on November 15, 1985. In the back row from left to right: Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. In the front row from left to right: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair.  The shuttle they flew was called the Challenger: a challenger was someone who defied expectations, who disputed what could be done or what was known, who attempted a difficult task or problem.  These seven people did not see space as an empty void but rather as the next step in a series of steps ever upward, ad astra.  It was for them not a challenge at all but a privilege to fly, and they did so willingly, hopefully, happily, taking all of our hopes and dreams with them.  I watched this launch live with my high school science teacher Terry Uselton (who had applied for the Teacher in Space program) and remember both the excitement and promise that morning and the horrible aftermath.  

To these seven people and their families, I say thank you for daring to challenge us all with your determination and bravery.  And to the tens of thousands at NASA and its contractors and affiliates around the world, I say thank you for devoting your lives to science to make my life and world better.  And to Terry Uselton, thanks, Teach, I’m still working in my own way on science!

Image courtesy NASA, in the public domain.