Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ripped from the Headlines: School Shootings and Women in Captivity

Dear Readers/Viewers:

Today I will review:

and one of the all time greats:


Here are links to the books on Amazon:

I'm waiting for the definitive Fritzl book to come out, but I believe we'll have to wait for many years to get the full story. And of course there are the survivor stories-- Jaycee Lee Dugard's memoir and Elizabeth Smart's...

Colleen Stan today!

Here's a link to the movie version of Murder of Innocence starring Valerie Bertinelli on Amazon. It's free with Amazon Prime:

Josephine Rivera, the survivor of Heidnik's hell hole, gives her story.  Her testimony is unbelievably sad and chilling. [and, despite appearances, she is wearing clothes, a white tube top]

Remember friends, be nice to each other!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Girl on Girl Tragic Action

Dear Readers/Viewers:

Today's books are:


Here's my review:

A couple notes/corrections:
I think I said Jack "Mitchum" when I meant to say Ketchum. Here's a link to his book on Amazon:
The Girl Next Door
I also say "Batress" instead of "Mattress" because I'm getting over a cold.

Here is a picture of Gertrude in 1985 when she was paroled:
She died a few years afterwards.

Her daughter Paula tried to turn her life around but has been unable to shake the stigma of her adolescent actions.

Paula Baniszewski

Here's the trailer for An American Crime, which tells a version of Sylvia Likens' ordeal. I did not agree with some of the directorial choices--I think Gertrude's sexual motivation was downplayed or ignored and her medication was played up-- but a lot of viewers found it moving. Since I wasn't there, my version would be as speculative as this one....but of course, I think I'm right.

 I suggest you read the book first and draw your own conclusion. 

Here are some other important related links:

Definition of "Slut shaming"

Info on Kate Millett

Info on Second Wave Feminism

Remember friends, be nice to each other!