For seven months now, she has been fighting to bring him home

Mercado and Deener with baby daughter, Ast

At only two years old, her son was taken from her

When Syesha Mercado (best known for placing third on the seventh season of American Idol) took her fifteen-month-old son, Amen’Ra, to the hospital to be treated for dehydration, she thought nothing of it. Her son was simply having trouble transitioning from breast milk to solid food and needed some extra fluids. Imagine her shock when Dr. Sally Smith, one of the physicians who examined the boy, decided that he was suffering neglect and abuse in the care of his parents and contacted CPS, who immediately took the child away and placed him with a foster family.

Dr. Smith and CPS…


Why do we still let him have a platform?

Next week, the Dr. Phil Show will be entering its twentieth season, marking nearly two decades on the air. The popular talk show, which features Phil McGraw (a former consultant of Oprah Winfrey) giving life advice to his various guests, aired its first episode in 2002, and since then has been a staple of daytime television. But despite its longevity, the Dr. Phil Show has proven to be a toxic stain on the legitimate fields of psychology and therapeutic wellness. Dr. Phil is not a helper or a healer, but a parasite. …


It’s a magical place behind the curtain

Photo by Rob Laughter on Unsplash

Picture it: an auditorium, 2014. It’s dark, save for a couple of flitting penlights that allow you to see the shadowy figures moving around you, murmuring too quiet for you to hear. In the near distance, the chatter of people and the tuning of violins is audible, the metallic clang of the cymbals on a drum set. You choke on air thick with hair spray, dry shampoo, and Japanese Cherry Blossom body mist. More than once you have to dive out of the way (careful not to make any noise!) as a looming tower or cardboard limousine is rolled past…


There was never anything funny about Lorena Bobbitt’s story

Lorena and John Bobbitt at 1994 trial

Trigger Warning: this article contains descriptions of sexual assault and violence that may not be suitable for all readers. Please read with care.

John and Lorena Meet

Lorena Gallo, born in Ecuador and raised in Venezuela, emigrated to America in 1987 on a student visa. She found work as a manicurist in a salon. Shortly after coming to the country, she met Lance Corporal John Wayne Bobbitt at a dance hall located near the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Quantico. They fell fast in love, marrying on June 18, 1989.

But as quickly as their union came together, so too did it fall apart


Ted Bundy was not a tragic hero, he was an irredeemable monster.

The victims of Ted Bundy

Taking a love of true crime too far

From a young age, I’ve always been fascinated by true crime (honestly, I was probably way too young to be into that kind of stuff; I read Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson and Tears of Rage when I was only ten).

There are many reasons why I like true crime. I like trying to solve mysteries that have stymied investigators for years. It allows me to experience fear in a controlled environment (much like riding a rollercoaster or watching a scary movie). And of course, it teaches me of the dangers to watch out for in the world.


All that remains is that creepy security cam footage

Where is Lars Mittank?

On June 30, 2014, German tourist Lars Mittank traveled to the Golden Sands, a popular seaside resort just outside of Varna, Bulgaria, along with a few friends. For about a week, they enjoyed a pleasant trip, barhopping and lounging on the beach. On July, 6, however, things took a turn.

While out at a bar one night, Mittank got into a fight with some other German tourists over, of all things, football. Mittank, a fan of the football club Werder Bremen, got into a physical altercation with fans of Bayern Munich. …


What secrets do these photos hide?

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

People take photos everyday. . .selfies when they’re feeling good about their outfit, group shots with friends and family to celebrate special occasions, and even something as simple as a pretty flower they saw while out on a walk. Most of the time, these photos come out normal. But sometimes. . .sometimes they can capture disturbing things that the photographer may not have noticed.

The Solway Firth Spaceman


10/10 would recommend trying

Photo by Jan Mellström on Unsplash

Let me be more clear: I don’t read books by straight, white men anymore (and from here on out, anytime I refer to men in this article, you can assume I’m talking about this specific breed of man). This didn’t start as a deliberate choice. It just so happened that the vast majority of books I was reading were penned by women, POC, and/or LGBTQ+ individuals.

And then last summer, after one long stretch of not reading a single book by a man, I picked up a copy of Hex by Thomas Heuvelt. I was intrigued by its premise: a…


Did Jordan Brown kill his father’s pregnant fiancée?

Jordan Brown’s mugshot

On the last morning of her life, Kenzie Houk asked her fiancé Chris Brown to stay home with her rather than going to work. She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant and, feeling a bit ill, wanted him to stay home to take care of her. Chris decided to go into work, however, and left.

It was a decision that he would soon come to regret.

Chris and Kenzie had known each other since childhood, both having grown up in the small town of Wampum, PA, and when they reconnected as adults, sparks flew and they developed a relationship. Both of them…


He walks at night

One of the few confirmed pictures of Raymond Robinson

Picture this: you’re cruising around in your car one night, maybe on a date with your girl, maybe just hanging out with some friends, when you spot something peculiar in the distance. It looks kind of like a man, but there’s something very off about him. For one thing, he’s green, his skin seeming to glow in the night. And his face. . .it’s so deformed it barely even looks human anymore.

Congratulations! If you live in Beaver County, chances are you’ve just spotted Charlie No-Face, or the Green Man as he’s sometimes known (if you’re not from Beaver County…

Annabelle Wagner

Storyteller. Lover of cats. Holding a BA in English/Creative Writing from Point Park University. She/her.

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