18 year old Jean Pierre Orlewicz of Canton, Michigan, is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Daniel Sorenson. After stabbing the 26 year old 13 times, Orlewicz used a hacksaw to decapitate the body and threw Sorenson’s torso into a nearby field where he set it on fire. In an effort to disguise the victims identity, Orlewicz also took a blow torch to Sorenson’s hands and feet. The head was later found in a plastic container dumped in a river nearly 15 miles away from the scene of the crime.
Despite Orlewicz’s contention that he had acted in self defence, the jury found him guilty of murder and mutilation of a corpse. Speaking at the trial, County Prosecutor Robert Moran stated:
‘Where was his emotion when he testified that he had to kill Mr. Sorensen? When he had to cut off his head? He testified like he was ordering a pizza. A typical day. That’s him. That’s cold.’
Help us raise one million pounds for Syrian refugees by buying a book.
Waterstones has come together with Oxfam, authors and UK publishers, to raise money for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.
From Thursday 1st October, all Waterstones shops will sell a fantastic selection of books by bestselling authors in our ‘Buy Books for Syria’ campaign. All of the books have been donated by their publishers and we will donate 100% of the full retail price to Oxfam’s Syria crisis appeal.
A wide range of authors are supporting the campaign, including:
Philip Pullman, Hilary Mantel, David Walliams, Neil Gaiman, David Nicholls, Marian Keyes, Victoria Hislop, Ali Smith, Robert Harris, Lee Child, Salman Rushdie, Caitlin Moran, Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.
“This is the biggest refugee crisis in history - 60m people, world-wide, are displaced, half of them children - threatening both the stability of the Middle East and Europe, and our own sense of compassion, and the value we put on human life. Whilst the governments of this world still fail to come up with a solution to this problem, I am proud to do as millions of others have, and say ‘We see you, we hear you, we will not let you suffer this alone. We promise - help is coming’.“ – Caitlin Moran
"I’m delighted to be a part of the British book world’s effort.” - Salman Rushdie
“I support this initiative with heart, mind and soul” - Ali Smith
“Buy a book, help save a life” – Ian Rankin
“The cause is so obviously good that anything we can do is worth doing.” -Philip Pullman
The list of titles will be announced on October 1st and when you buy from our 'Buy Books for Syria’ selection, every penny will go towards helping refugees.
Our target is to raise one million pounds and all funds raised will be ring-fenced by Oxfam for aid for Syrian refugees and displaced people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey as well as European points of entry in Macedonia, and Greece.
All of our shops are participating, simply ask a bookseller or look for the books with the 'Buy Books for Syria’ sticker. You can also follow the campaign online using the hashtag #BuyBooksForSyria.
God intends us to enjoy His creation; that’s why it’s beautiful. We see His wonders above us, beneath us, all around us, even within us. We’re encircled by an eye-popping, mind-boggling, awe-inspiring cosmos, which logically implies there’s a Creator who sees, thinks, and inspires awe. The universe is full of pulsating energy, so it’s Maker must be omnipotent. It appears virtually endless, so He must be eternal. Because it’s finely calibrated, He must be intelligent. Since it contains life, He must be personal; and since it’s magnificent, He must be altogether lovely. Assuming the existence of a Creator isn’t a mindless leap of faith; it’s the most reasonable thing in the universe. -Robert Morgan