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New York City Killers – Mistresses of Murder

The number of men that commit murder is significantly higher than the number of women that do. There are some females that have been responsible for crimes that are so horrific, however, that there can be no comparison. Like many other big cities, New York has had its fair share of horror, and the female killers that have contributed include:

  1. Lizzie Halliday

Nicknamed The Worst Woman on Earth, Lizzie Halliday was responsible for the deaths of several people during the 1800s. She was New York’s first known female serial killer and, even though the sentence was never carried out, the first woman to be sentenced to death by the electric chair. Halliday committed four confirmed murders, but it is suspected that she was the cause of the demise of several other people.

While she was growing up, Halliday’s family and friends noticed that she suffered from brief periods of insanity. She also developed a love of burning things, and set fire to the saloon of two of her old friends, and the barn of her sixth husband. Halliday was later convicted of all three deaths, and reportedly murdered her victims using a combination of stabbing, shooting and mutilation.

After Halliday was sentenced to death, by electrocution, the governor of New York commuted her sentence. The murders were deemed a result of mental insanity, and the killer was institutionalised in the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. While at the facility, where she remained for the rest of her life, Halliday attacked and killed one of the nurses, stabbing her over 200 times with a pair of scissors. 

  1. Marybeth Tinning

Marybeth Tinning gave birth, or adopted, a total of nine babies between the years of 1975 and 1985. All of these unfortunate children died before their 5th birthday. Tinning would arrive at hospital trauma centres, in a panic, clutching the lifeless bodies of the infants. Hospitals declared the cause of death for the first eight children as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and Tinning would be released to have, or adopt, another child. The police were finally alerted after she arrived with the corpse of her ninth child, Tami Lynne, to the hospital. Tinning claimed she had found the three-month-old baby unconscious, in her crib, with blood coming out of her mouth.

Photo: Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Mugshot/The Daily Gazette

After her arrest, Marybeth Tinning admitted to killing the baby, and confessed to slowly poisoning her husband. She was tried, and convicted, for the murder of Tami Lynne only, despite the suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths of her other children. Still in prison, Tinning has been denied parole four times due to ‘a lack of demonstrating insight into her crime.’ Authorities believe that she committed the murders for the attention she received after the death of each child, as well a perverse pleasure in outsmarting investigators.

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Central Park – Interesting Facts about New York’s Most Famous Park

Located in Manhattan, New York, Central Park has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, with in excess of 42 million visitors per year. The park extends over 843 acres, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962. Opened in 1858 as the first major public landscaped park in New York, one of the main reasons for its inception was to increase the value of the surrounding area. The area’s outlay was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and cost the United States more to complete than it paid for Alaska. The Americans hoped that the park’s construction would prove to Europeans that they were becoming more culturally refined, and had the best interest of the country’s citizens at heart.

Much of the area that was incorporated into Central Park was unoccupied before its creation. However, the building of the park required the relocation of an entire village of free African Americans, known as Seneca. During the mid-nineteenth century, land ownership would decide which citizens were allowed to vote. The relocated individuals were paid for their land, but lost this right during the sale.

Although the park’s landscape appears natural, it is completely designed and features: 7 water bodies, 25,000 trees, 250 acres of lawns, 136 acres of woodlands and 36 bridges. During construction, the landscape was curved to prevent horse and carriage races. These were a popular pastime in the 1850s, but many proved to be quite dangerous. The curvature of the paths has not successfully prevented accidents involving cyclists, however, and many people are injured in the park as a result each year. Central Park’s original design also included 58 miles of walking paths, and strict rules prevented children from playing on the grass.

Even though the park has maintained much of its original design, there have been several changes, including monuments erected within its boundaries. These include: Cleopatra’s Needle, which is an Egyptian obelisk dating back to 1440 BC that has Egyptian hieroglyphs on its surface and is the pair to another located along the River Thames in London; and a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus, which was unveiled in the park in 1894 and commemorates the 400th year of his discovery of America.

In stark contrast to the rigidity of the park at its origin, Central Park now features a large variety of playgrounds and children’s entertainment. The park also has its own app, which ensures that nobody gets lost within its boundaries, and provides an interactive tourist experience which includes 40 areas of interest. For visitors that prefer a more personal experience, there is the option of taking a pedicab tour, with drivers that double as tour guides. The park’s popularity has made it one of the most filmed locations in the world, with movies such as: Romeo and Juliet, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and An Affair to Remember all featuring its landscape.

Twisted Lies – Available Now!

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Chloe Carter has spent the last twenty years as a ghost, hiding in the shadows, letting the world believe she was dead and all the while she was running from the nightmares of her childhood.

Now finally able to re-join the living once again and with her sister Cassandra back in her life, she desperately wants to leave her past firmly behind her. However, they have two half-sisters, one very much dead and one possibly a psychopath. Things were not looking up.

Starting with Parker Evans, a man she should want absolutely nothing to do with, a man whose own father caused her family nothing but pain. However, Parker refuses to be ignored and however much she wants to loathe him, they need each other. They both have secrets, a legacy of misery left by their fathers and if they ever want to be free, together they must uncover the truth.

When the body of a little girl is accidentally unearthed, they find themselves following a trail of cold case murders leading back decades and once they start digging they find something far more dark and sinister than they could’ve possibly imagined.

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If you pre-ordered Twisted Lies and hadn’t heard my announcement earlier in the week, you will need to go back to amazon and click download. There was an error on amazon that resulted in all pre-orders being lost and cancelled. You will not have been charged for that pre-order. Once again, please accept my apologies if this has caused any inconvenience.


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Twisted Lies – Update

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE IF YOU PRE-ORDERED TWISTED LIES

I’m very sorry to inform you that because of an error in amazon, all pre-orders of the kindle version of Twisted Lies have been lost and cancelled. You have not been charged for your pre-order and unfortunately you won’t receive Twisted Lies in your kindle as expected on launch day (1st Dec).

Myself, my publisher and amazon are working to try and fix this and release Twisted Lies as soon as possible. I will let you know as soon as the kindle version is available. This does not effect the paperback and hardback versions which are available now on amazon.

I’m very sorry for any disruption or disappointment this may have caused you. It is a huge disappointment for me that you won’t receive your copy as expected, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, patience and loyalty.

Wendy

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The Pentagram – A Powerful Pagan Symbol

A pentagram is believed to be a pagan symbol, normally portrayed as a star enclosed in a circle. The star has five points, each one associated with an element. The upward point represents spirit, as the ruling element and the symbol of right. The other four points depict the remaining elements: earth, air, fire and water. The centre of a pentagram can be viewed as a sixth point which represents love/will, and the ability to rule matter from within. The number five has great significance for humans both physically and spiritually. This can be seen in the number of fingers and toes on each side of the body, the initiation stages of our lives (birth, adolescence, coitus, parenthood and death) and the five physical senses we possess. Wearing a pentagram as a jewellery statement is believed to symbolise a harmonious connection with the earth.

Modern fundamental Christians view the pentagram as a symbol of evil, but until the Middle Ages it was seen as a representation of the five wounds that Christ received on the cross. The pentagram was replaced with the cross by the church, as a more fitting image of the religion, and a negative association with the symbol began to surface. In Wicca, the pentagram is seen as a protective symbol against evil, with the five spikes being safely encased within a womb represented by the circle. The symbol shields the wearer and their home from conflict, as well as keeps them physically protected.

The circle around the pentagram, also symbolises the infinite, the cycles of life and nature. The circle touches all points on the star to indicate that the elements of nature, as well as all earthly beings, are connected. In the Wiccan religion, the circled pentagram represents a spiritual containment of the magical aspects of the religion and the witchcraft tradition of keeping secrets. An open pentagram is a star with no encasing circle, and represents an active approach to life. The wearer must be prepared for conflict, which can arise from being unshielded, and practise an awareness of their lifestyle.

In addition to the circled and open pentagrams, an inverted pentagram may also be observed. In this design the top point of the star is facing down, which is in direct opposite to spirit being the guiding element, and represents focus being placed on carnal desires instead of spiritual needs. Modern Pagan practitioners view this inverted pentagram as a symbol of darkness, and an embrace of evil. The symbol originally represented the Gardnerian second degree initiation, and focused on a need for witches to embrace and learn about the darkness within to prevent it from taking over.

Summer and Winter Solstices – The Longest and Shortest Days of the Year

The word solstice originates from the Latin words sol, meaning sun, and sistere meaning ‘to stand still.’ The summer and winter solstices both occur when the sun reaches a specific point in the sky, after which it stops and reverses its direction. This events takes place twice per year, once in each hemisphere.

The Summer Solstice

The summer solstice occurs during each hemisphere’s summer, and is also known as the estival solstice or midsummer. In the northern hemisphere, this solstice occurs on June 20th, 21st or 22nd each year. It is the longest day of the year, as well as the beginning of summer. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, with Earth’s axis tilted towards it, above the Tropic of Cancer. The earth is furthest from the sun at this point, which shows that summer’s warmth issues from the tilt of the earth’s axis and not the distance the planet is from the sun.

The summer solstice is connected to many celebrations, in different cultures, including the Pagan Midsummer. Paganism and Wicca celebrate the season with a festival known as Litha, during which the sacred union between the god and goddess is honoured. The beginning of the summer also marks the best time to plant, and subsequently harvest, many foods. Stonehenge has been considered a place of Pagan worship for thousands of years. Many people travel here each year to observe the sunrise on the summer solstice, which is aligned with the central Heel Stone.

The Winter Solstice

In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs between December 20th and 23rd, each year. The time of the winter solstice corresponds with the moment the North Pole is aimed away from the sun, with the sun shining directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. This marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, and several countries refer to the winter solstice as the ‘extreme of winter’ as a result. In many ancient cultures, this period signified a time of death and rebirth. As with the summer solstice, thousands of people attend Stonehenge to witness the winter solstice and the way in which it aligns with the setting of the sun.

In ancient times many cultures also believe that dark spirits walked the earth during the winter solstice. Neighbours would gather together and remain awake all night, talking, eating and sharing stories to avoid running into these entities.

Many people believed that there was going to be a cataclysmic event, which would cause the end of the world, on the winter solstice in 2012. This was a result of the Mayan calendar ending on this day. As the world never ended, new age beliefs and theories have suggested that the earth shifted on this day, and has entered a higher state of consciousness.