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…


Cathy is Not the Heroine You Should Admire

“Wuthering Heights” by Robert McGinnis/Tom Simpson

Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights, is full of so much violence and brutality that, in its time, it was seen as incredibly controversial; readers simply couldn’t stomach the way the book challenged their rigid sense of morality and decency.

Although judgment has tamed substantially in the century-and-a-half since its publication, the vicious scenes Brontë crafted are no less striking, and the moment I’ve always found the most memorable comes in chapter seventeen.

Isabella Heathcliff (formerly Linton) has just escaped her abusive husband, fleeing the house in the middle of the night, in winter, wearing nothing but a thin dress…


And the homophobes lost their minds

Movie poster for Happiest Season

In February of 2020, right before shit hit the fan with the pandemic, my little town of Grove City, PA got some exciting news: a Hollywood film crew was coming in for a day to film some scenes for an upcoming Christmas movie. That movie was Happiest Season, a Hulu original movie that came out later that year starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, and many other big names. The movie was directed by Clea DuVall, star of another lesbian rom-com But I’m a Cheerleader. The premise of the film is a young woman named Harper (Mackenzie…


They set the rules. They just seem to have a hard time following them

Photo by René Ranisch on Unsplash

Ever read a men’s health magazine full of helpful tips for women out in the dating world? Ever notice that their actions seem to contradict their own guidelines?

As a woman who’s been online dating for years. . .I have.

Don’t hide in your photos. Be proud of your appearance, your face, your body. Confidence is sexy.

This guy’s a mystery. His profile is sparse, except that he attends Pitt and likes going out. All his pictures show young men standing on a beach, sitting around a campfire, or scaling a rock wall. Which one is he? The beanpole in the Hawaiian print swim trunks with the floppy blonde hair or the guy with the unkempt beard…


Are the cages keeping the living out, or the dead in?

The grave of Sarah Ann Boone | Public Domain

In the small town of Catawissa, Pennsylvania there is the Mt. Zion Cemetery, a quiet little spot that sits atop a hill overlooking the rolling farmland below. It’s a relatively nondescript place, except for one odd feature that draws in curious individuals: two of the graves are covered by metal cages, approximately three feet wide by six feet long.

The graves belong to two women. First, there is Asenath, wife of John F. Thomas. She died on June 26, 1852, and though no official cause of death can be found for the woman, it is believed that she died due…


They told her she had no honor. She proved them wrong

Franca Viola

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

Franca’s assault

Franca Viola never intended to be a trailblazer for women’s rights. The oldest daughter of a farmer living in Alcamo, Sicily, she seemed destined for a simple, quiet life.

And then she met Filippo Melodia.

In 1963, when she was only fifteen years old, Franca became engaged to the twenty-three-year-old Melodia, the bad-boy nephew of mafia member Vincenzo Rimi. Their union, however, was short-lived. When Melodia was arrested for theft, Franca’s father insisted that the…


Where is Anthonette Cayedito?

Anyone who ever met Anthonette Cayedito could tell she was a very special girl. Affectionately nicknamed “Squirrel” by friends and family, she was described as a kind and gentle spirit; a lover of music (especially Michael Jackson), the color purple, and her Bible studies; dedicated in school and wise beyond her years; and exceedingly maternal. At only six years old, she was helping her single mother, Penny, raise her two little sisters, Wendy and Sadie. She cooked their meals, did their laundry, and occasionally babysat them. Everyone believed she had a bright future ahead of her. …


Why are we so scared to talk to our kids about sex?

Photo by Dainis Graveris on Unsplash

In my freshman year of high school, during what should have been my gym period, my class was instead ushered into the auditorium for a special presentation. A woman (whose name I cannot remember) had come to teach us about the importance of “saved sex,” that is, abstaining from any sexual activity until marriage. At the time, I didn’t care about the particulars of what she was saying, was only excited that I was getting out of gym class. At the end of the presentation, we were given a survey to fill out asking what we had learned. …


Why can’t men write powerful women without traumatizing them?

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In 2015, during the fifth season run of the HBO series Game of Thrones, fan-favorite character Sansa Stark was violently raped by her new husband, Ramsay Bolton. At the time the episode aired, many critics questioned the necessity of such a violent scene for someone who had already suffered so much. Fans were outraged once again when, years later, Sansa attributed the rape (and her rapist) with toughening her up, saying in the eighth season episode “The Last of the Starks,” “Without. . .Ramsay and the rest, I would have stayed a little bird all my life” (00:21:58–00:22:04). In 2017…

Annabelle Wagner

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

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