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Festivals and Arsenic: The Wakayama Curry Killer
Circumstantial evidence led to the death penalty for Masumi Hayashi.

Pandemic Stress Made Man Kill His Own Children
The “devoted family man” reached a breaking point.

Man Killed Infant by Zipping Her in Backpack in Car Trunk
Child protective services had allegedly been called three times…


Circumstantial evidence led to the death penalty for Masumi Hayashi.

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In 1998, a pot of poisoned curry was served at a Japanese summer festival. Four people, including two children, died. More than sixty others suffered before recovering.

This is the story of how one woman’s bitterness led to the poisoning of an entire village, and how the circumstantial evidence was enough to lead to a death sentence.

The Crime

On July 25th, 1998, sixty-seven people fell ill with arsenic poisoning at a summer festival in Wakayama, Japan. Unfortunately, four of those people died.

Once police and investigators arrived on the scene, the poisoning was linked to a communal pot of curry. After…


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The “devoted family man” reached a breaking point.

Maurice Jewel Taylor Sr.; Daily Mail News

On November 29, 2020, two children were stabbed and decapitated by their father. The remaining two children were forced to view their siblings’ bodies over a course of five days.

Lancaster, California Mayor Parris commented that the pandemic had led to increased stress and desperation among citizens. This is the disturbing, true story of what happens when that stress reaches a breaking point.

“A Kind and Gentle Man”

According to friends, clients, and associates, Maurice Jewel Taylor Sr. was described as a “kind and gentle” man. They were shocked by the violent crime that happened within his home.

However, some clients reported that Maurice was…


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Child protective services had allegedly been called three times before the murder.

Trevor Marquis Rowe; Source: Lubbock PD Social Media

On January 7th, 2021, Trevor Marquis Rowe zipped his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter into a backpack and left her in the trunk of his car where she died. Sadly, child protective services had been called three times before the murder to no avail.

This is the heartbreaking story of how neglect and unheeded cries for help led to the death of Marion Jester-Montoya.

Red Flags

Trevor Marquis Rowe is a 27-year-old Lubbock citizen with a history of neglect. Before his arrest, he lived with his own children, his girlfriend, and her 10-month-old infant daughter, Marion Jester-Montoya. …


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The popular camping grounds were considered “safe,” but is anywhere truly safe?

Lauren Barry (left) and Nichole Collins (right); Source: The North West Star News

In October of 1997, two schoolgirls were brutally killed less than two miles from home. Their murders remain two of the most notorious in Australia to this day.

This is the horrifying story of how a weekend camping trip in a “safe” area ended in a terrible fate for Lauren Barry and Nichole Collins.

A Birthday Weekend

On Labor Day weekend in 1997, 14-year-old Lauren Barry and 16-year-old Nichole Collins decided to spend the weekend at White Rock, near the Bega, in Australia. …


The whys, hows, ins, and outs of a good swap!

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Like many people, I’ve started to go a bit stir crazy during the restrictions of the pandemic. However, I’ve found the secret sauce; the way to give that itch to travel a good scratch from the comfort of your home…

It’s postcard swaps!

Postcard swapping is a great way to learn about other places, share your own experiences, create lasting friendships, and have fun. By the end of this article, you’ll be a postcard swap expert and can get started too!

Why Postcard Swap?

Why get started with postcard swapping as a hobby? …


Pope Clement VIII was pressured to renounce it, but then he tasted it…

Pope Clement VIII; Source: Wikimedia Commons

“This Satan’s drink is so delicious that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it.” — Pope Clement VIII

In the 1600s, coffee was called “Satan’s drink” and heavily frowned upon by Catholic Europe. That all changed when Pope Clement VIII had his first cup of joe.

There’s no doubt that coffee has an interesting history stemming from Turkey all the way to Italy before it was embraced as a morning staple.

A Dangerous Drink

Although popular among the citizens of 17th century Turkey, coffee is a drink that has a history of being outlawed.

Sultan Murad…


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He claimed someone told him to do it — but who?

Mike Lopez; Source: ABC News

In December of 2020, a Utah man, Mike Lopez, shot and killed his mother at the dinner table. After the horrific act, he danced with his younger teen sister.

This is the bizarre and devastating story of Victoria Ramirez’s murder.

Dinner Gone Wrong

On December 23rd, 2020, Victoria Ramirez was sitting down to eat dinner with her three children: Mike Lopez and her two daughters. Mike, her 23-year-old son, entered the dining room with a shotgun that he had purchased the day prior. He didn’t say a word but simply pointed the gun at his mother.

According to the police report, Mike looked…


He tried to crowdfund his escape after breaking his bail conditions.

Photo by Domenico Loia on Unsplash

In December of 2019, 29-year-old Keith Morris Smith Jr. was arrested for multiple charges, including sexual crimes against a minor. Before his trial, Keith cut off his ankle bracelet and started a GoFundMe page to raise money so he could flee the country.

This is the recent story of how Keith evaded the law, attempted to crowdfund his escape, and is currently on the run.

Keith’s Original Arrest

In late November of 2019, Keith had allegedly engaged in a sexual situation with a 15-year-old girl in Keystone Heights, Florida. When the unnamed teen didn’t return home, her parents filed a missing person report.


Kayoko Nakai ordered an attack on her rival’s club, which killed four people.

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In March of 2000, paid criminals threw Molotov cocktails into a Japanese dating club to disrupt its business. Unfortunately, four customers were killed and many others were injured.

The attack happened in Japan’s seventh-largest city, Kobe, where two dating club chains had an intense rivalry. This is the story of how that rivalry cost innocent lives.

The Rivalry

In early 2000, Kayoko Nakai, the 65-year-old manager of a small chain of “telekura,” starting to see a decline in business.

Telekura are Japanese telephone dating clubs, which were popular in the 1900s and early 2000s. Customers visited the clubs for a simulated dating…

Malinda Fusco

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