This is a story about the hunt for a serial killer. It explores the thoughts that drive this killer. It also explores the psychologically damaging effects that the investigation has on the detectives who are hunting for the killer.
Despite huge amounts of literature on child abuse, there exists little information on situations in which children are killed. Analyzing data from over 700 cases, this study identifies specific types of perpetrators, victims' socio-economic backgrounds and patterns of dangerous circumstances.
A former Navy SEAL first finds his way into private security leading to African conflicts, leading to US private military corporations that lead to indirect and direct involvement to covert activities. He finally finds his niche back in private business, only to be pulled back into the shadows in preventing a complete alteration of the political makeup of American government. Along the way, he experiences success, friendship, and tragedy.
A True Story of Murder, Medicine, and High-Stakes Science
Author: Richard Firstman
Category: True Crime
Unraveling a twenty-five-year tale of multiple murder and medical deception, The Death of Innocents is a work of first-rate journalism told with the compelling narrative drive of a mystery novel. More than just a true-crime story, it is the stunning expose of spurious science that sent medical researchers in the wrong direction--and nearly allowed a murderer to go unpunished. On July 28, 1971, a two-and-a-half-month-old baby named Noah Hoyt died in his trailer home in a rural hamlet of upstate New York. He was the fifth child of Waneta and Tim Hoyt to die suddenly in the space of seven years. People certainly talked, but Waneta spoke vaguely of "crib death," and over time the talk faded. Nearly two decades later a district attorney in Syracuse, New York, was alerted to a landmark paper in the literature on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome--SIDS--that had been published in a prestigious medical journal back in 1972. Written by a prominent researcher at a Syracuse medical center, the article described a family in which five children had died suddenly without explanation. The D.A. was convinced that something about this account was very wrong. An intensive quest by a team of investigators came to a climax in the spring of 1995, in a dramatic multiple-murder trial that made headlines nationwide. But this book is not only a vivid account of infanticide revealed; it is also a riveting medical detective story. That journal article had legitimized the deaths of the last two babies by theorizing a cause for the mystery of SIDS, suggesting it could be predicted and prevented, and fostering the presumption that SIDS runs in families. More than two decades of multimillion-dollar studies have failed to confirm any of these widely accepted premises. How all this happened--could have happened--is a compelling story of high-stakes medical research in action. And the enigma of familial SIDS has given rise to a special and terrible irony. There is today a maxim in forensic pathology: One unexplained infant death in a family is SIDS. Two is very suspicious. Three is homicide.
1st PRIZE WINNER OF THE 15th WRITERS NETWORK SCREENPLAY AND FICTION COMPETITIONThroughout the 19th century, England was the acknowledged center of the global traffic in white slavery. By 1885, 400,000 young girls had been abducted to fill London's 10,000 whorehouses, as well as brothels worldwide, whose owners would arrive to attend periodically scheduled auctions at which girls were bought, drugged and smuggled out of the country.Lucy Williamson, a 13 year old Reverend's daughter, is tricked by her nanny into entering a house, which in actuality is a brothel, where she is imprisoned. This is the story of her resistance to the forces attempting to exploit her and the globe spanning heroic efforts of an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector that led to her eventual rescue.These events are woven within a factual narrative of the attempts by the militant Reform Movement to force Parliament to raise the age of consent, as well as put an end to legalized prostitution and the widespread government corruption it had spawned.They finally succeed in convincing William Stead, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, to publish the “Maiden Tribute,” a four-part exposé, which reveals for the first time, to a totally unaware public, of the existence and extent of this national cancer. Parliament caves in as a result of the explosive public reaction, and passes the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, which the government then simply and summarily ignores. This defiance of the newly passed legislation leads to the outbreak of armed uprisings throughout the country, which carries with them the seeds of a potential civil war. It takes the intervention of Queen Victoria herself to quell the disturbances and enforce compliance with the new law, which puts an end to this sordid period in British history.
Richly imagined and compulsively readable, The Innocents is a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between siblings. SHORTLISTED FOR THE GILLER PRIZE, THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PRIZE, AND THE ROGER'S WRITER'S TRUST FICTION AWARD In centuries past, a brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated outport cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean and a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but their family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to help them survive. Muddling through the severe round of the seasons, through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested. 'A gripping and credible page-turner about children surviving in the wilderness, but more than that: this Adam and Eve struggle to make sense of a world that's somewhere between Eden and Hell. Michael Crummey writes like an avenging angel, never putting a word wrong' - Emma Donoghue, author of Room 'An extraordinary novel, emotionally precise, vivid in its portrayal of nature, and subtle in its exploration of the relationship between life and story' - Wall Street Journal 'In The Innocents, Mr Crummey, a Newfoundland native, captures in hypnotic prose the force of the driving sea and the ways of a beautiful, barren place where Evered and Ada are cast adrift' - The Economist 'Imagine Into the Wild with prepubescents, told in the voice of a William Blake acolyte as verbally inventive as Tolkien... The Innocents is a survivor narrative and a psychological thriller, a chilling study in isolation' - Vulture
For the second edition this popular collection on contemporary ethical issues has been expanded to nine sections. Abortion and euthanasia are now given expanded coverage, and there are new sections as well on assisted reproduction and commodification, and on ethics and the use of violence. The book is primarily composed of pieces by philosophers, chosen both for their intrinsic value and for their accessibility to students. But where relevant the collection also includes legal documents and non-philosophical writings that help to set issues in context for Canadian students. In all, Ethical Issues now includes sixty-six selections, thirty-nine of which are new to this edition. The editor has also provided extensive introductory material and questions for discussion.
This study begins with the assumption that individual rights exist and stand as moral obstacles to the pursuit of national, no less than personal, interests. That assumption might seem to demand a pacifist rejection of all war, for any sustained war effort requires military operations that predictably kill many non-combatants, most of whom presumably have a right not to be killed. Yet the book concludes that sometimes recourse to war is justified. Its argument relies on the insights of John Locke to develop and defend a framework of rights to serve as the foundation for a new just war theory.
Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works
Author: Phyllis Frus
Category: Literary Criticism
Some film and novel revisions go so far beyond adaptation that they demand a new designation. This critical collection explores movies, plays, essays, comics and video games that supersede adaptation to radically transform their original sources. Fifteen essays investigate a variety of texts that rework everything from literary classics to popular children’s books, demonstrating how these new, stand-alone creations critically engage their sources and contexts. Particular attention is paid to parody, intertextuality, and fairy-tale transformations in the examination of these works, which occupy a unique narrative and creative space.
The Power of Sermons from Pearl Harbor to Black Lives Matter
Author: Melissa M. Matthes
In the wake of national tragedies, it matters who is mourned and who is overlooked. Focusing on Protestant sermons, Melissa Matthes argues that, since WWII, America's religious majority has defined and redefined the nation and belonging through post-crisis mourning. And by embracing a patriotic role, preachers also act as civic educators.