Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Short Story.

It’s difficult to create an accurate description of the desert to people who have never seen it. It is a place people perish of thirst; it is then that we realize the true value of a single cup of water.
                “It’s a big desert,” I heard myself say to my partner, unable to distract myself from the dry ache in my throat.
                “I’ve got water” he replied, waving a small canteen in my direction-tauntingly, “we can share.” he said in a soft voice. He was off today, not himself. Holmes had been my partner for a year now, and we had never encountered such a crime in our entire time together. I could tell it was stressing him out.
                I sighed, forcing my still legs to carry in the direction of the vast amount of footprints, all heading in the same direction.
                “I count fifteen distinct souls: boots, shoes, sneakers. Those drag marks though; those are always in the middle.” I glanced down, noticing the dark parallel lines; which appeared to be exactly as it looked…  A drag mark.
                I knew I was to expect this. Those drag marks belonged to a body, a body dumped in the backyard of a random house, a body now sitting on a table in our lab. Where there are specialist are using terms like: no vital signs, multiple fractures to the spine, useless information, he was dead, and it was my job to find out how, and why…
                “Look at that…” Holmes said. I followed the direction of his glance, resting mine on a small object. At first I couldn’t distinguish what it was, until I noticed it was a building, a building hidden beneath the sand- underground, only about a good peaking above ground. “That would make a very difficult to find, hiding place.
                “Get some back up out here to check it out,” I yelled, watching as Holmes pulled out his walkie talkie and began barking out frantic orders. His words became just a jumble, my focus was on the small concrete building in front of me. It was old, small chunks of it crumbling and blending with the scorching desert sand.
                Holmes was right, this mysterious hidden building would make for a difficult hiding place to find; and I had a feeling; a gut wrenching feeling that this was the key to everything.
                Back up came, tall men with guns, one by one orderly rushing into the small building, while I awaited the okay to enter, or the warning; the warning to leave
                This wasn’t the first strange happening. It had been going on here for months; even surrounding cities have been reporting missing people, namely teenagers that come from rich parents. Kid’s with an already decided future, that much we had figured out, and after last night, we had a pretty good idea where they had all disappeared to.
                I looked over at Holmes; he was standing a few feet away from me. He was a good looking guy, around thirty; his skin was dark with dirt. When working with someone for a year, you tend to pick up on people’s flaws. He didn’t have any, he was clean, orderly, and didn’t talk much. The only thing I have noticed about his personality was whenever he was nervous, or excited, he twirled the bracelet on his arm, like he was doing now- in anticipation.
                “Holmes, Watson, you might want to come see this” hollered an officer from beneath the concrete building.
                We rushed down the steep stairs, into a large room. The walls were painted white, and a couple dozen beds surrounding the walls, the air was cool- about as cool as it gets in a desert building. But the features of the room didn’t matter. What stood out were the bodies, the bodies of teenagers, dead teenagers.
                “Who,” I stumbled, “who are they?”
                “We counted, and checked it out, they’re the reported missing teenagers, they’re all here… all but one” replied a nearby officer.
                “Jake McClintock- appeared he was the leader. We found another room besides this one, looks to be his, though he’s not in there- Just a bunch of empty envelopes and some flyers.” Explained the officer, turning to pick up a half full plastic water bottle, he examined it, and placed it back in its original place.
                “I’m sure in’s that McClintock kid, he’s responsible for it,” interrupted Holmes. Holmes was speaking up? That’s a first… I was about to argue with Holmes, when I glanced over at one of the bodies; a young red haired girl laid sprawled across her bed, water bottle in hand. They all had water bottles in hand.
                “Do a test on the water” I interrupted.
                “Already did There was high dosages of Mercury Chloride placed in the water, if enough is consumed, it’s highly toxic.”
                “Any figure prints?”
                “McClintock’s were on every water bottle.”
                “See, see. Now they believe me.” I heard Holmes mutter to himself.
                “Looks like that kid did it,” replied a nearby officer, “those envelopes we found had the word cash written across the bottom, looks like someone too the contents and erased the word. My guess is its Jake, he must have figured out a way to convince these kids to give him money; their parents all had enough to go around. My guess is he kept them alive long enough for them to give him what he needed.”
“Well, we better start looking for him; we have sixteen murders on our hands; that someone you don’t want roaming around through our towns.” Holmes interjected.
                “Check outside for a single pair of footprints, he was most likely by himself.” I watched as the team split up, half staying to deal with this rare situation in the building, and half racing to find the culprit for the crime. In all the chaos, Holmes and I were caught in the middle.
                I followed Holmes out of the busy room, into the room of Jake McClintock. He had been missing the longest out of the sixteen kids. I looked across the floor, magazines, and envelopes were scattered all around the room. I reached in my pocket, pulling out two pairs of latex gloves, handing one pair Holmes.
                I began sorting through the papers, looking for some type of evidence where he was running to. He seemed to be a hoarder, on his way to being able to be on that annoying television show, where those people can’t seem to get their act together. He had papers, and papers dated back as far as 2000, how long had he been planning this?
                Right when I was about to give up on searching, and move on to another spot, I noticed a piece of paper, with a time, date and location on it- He on his way to the airport. All my doubts about him not being the killer disappeared, he was running.
                I pulled out my walkie talkie and began frantically barking out orders, “he’s on his way to the airport he’s boarding his plane in a half an hour.”
                Holmes and I began running out of the building. Turns out no one thought to leave us a vehicle. We would have to make the three mile walk back to civilization for the second time today.
                We reached midafternoon, and the heat was unbearable. The seconds stretched into minutes, the minutes stretching to hours.
                “He ran, but we got him,” my pocket announced. “Come straight to the offices, you up for some questioning?”
                Holmes ad I exchanged glances, “we are” we both replied.

                Man, I wish I was back in the desert. The room was cold and all the tension just seemed to make the situation worse. We had been at this for hours, seeming to be going nowhere fast. McClintock- like most criminals, pleaded innocent and continues to do so, though we all knew he was lying. There was enough evidence to put him in jail for life. It looked like that’s where he was headed.
                “It wasn’t me.” Jake replied coolly. “I didn’t do anything and my lawyer will get me out of it.
                “Actually, we’ve got sixteen bodies, and a whole lot of water bottles with your figure print on them, we’ve got eye witnesses. You’re going away for a long time, Mr. McClintock, “replied a man I did not recognize. He was filling in for Holmes, who at disappeared instantly as soon as we got back to civilization.
                “I didn’t kill them!”
                “That’s what they all say.” He countered, ending the conversation.
                I watched as three officers escorted Jake McClintock out of the room, a small satisfaction growing as I watched him take the criminal away. A sense of belonging overwhelmed me. I was part of the reason this criminal was on his way to jail; and wouldn’t be hurting anyone else, anytime soon.

Makinaw City
June 1
4:00 p.m
                I stood across from the diner, watching. A small satisfaction cheeped to the surface when I see them. They would be mine soon, and no one would suspect anything. It was just a never ending cycle.
                I twisted the bracelet on my wrist, a bad habit I never could break. I slid my hand in my back pocket resting my hand on an envelope. An envelope filled with cash.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Poltergeist: The Original Film.

Poltergeist is the original film in a trilogy of American Horror Films, release on June 4, 1982. The story consists of a family of 5, who live in California in a home known as Cuesta Verde.
Their home is invaded by ghosts communicating through the television, whom are being controlled by a demon known as 'The Beast'. Paranormal events being to occur in the family's home the following days, such as glasses and utensils that mysteriously break or bend, the furniture that moves on its own accord. Though the happenings seem small at first, they soon start to intensify until the Poltergeist's or Ghosts kidnap the youngest daughter- Carol Anne, and believe that she is the key that will lead them into the 'Light'.
Watching the film, I didn't find it believable. I found it humorous. Taking into account that it was made quite a few years ago, even so, it was dramatic, unnatural and the story line I found awful. My opinion is only one, but while watching the movie I was not convinced it was actually happening, and I definitely was not convinced of the reality of Poltergeist's. Could movies like this really be a contributing factor for the reason most people don't believe?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Making a Difference.

Making a difference is easier said, then done. Miranda, Cassidy and I chose to learn about and support an organization called One Laptop Per Child. One Laptop Per Child is a non-profit organization that creates laptops for children in third world countries. They create their laptops inexpensively by using the scrap parts of used or broken laptops, using the simplicity to further education the children.
We only had a single month  to raise awareness and funds to help out this cause. In the time that we had, we managed to raise an amount of money to possibly change a child's life. When we started, we had a large vision of what was going to pan out, high expectations that never completely came true. Now I realize if we had more time, more organization and more people, we could have easily pulled of a higher amount of money and gotten more support from our Community. Though, we only made a small amount, it is nothing to dwell on, and we cannot wish we had done better. We were able to accomplish our goal, and make a difference.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Facebook; the good, the bad, the ugly.

Facebook is a social networking website where users can create a personal profile, connect with other users and exchange messages: automatically, publicly and privately.
 The world has become obsessed with facebook. Currently in 2011 there are over 500,000,000 active users, that being one in every thirteen people on earth. 57% of people talk more online, then the do in person. 48% of eighteen to thirty-four years old's check facebook right when they get up. Facebook is a major contributor to why cyber bullying is as bad as it is today, giving users a sense of false privacy- which is exactly the opposite of what it gives us, your posts, comments, tags and photos will no longer be private again, check Google, you may be surprised by the photos that they now posses, they just might be the same one's you posted on Facebook a few months ago.
But Facebook's characteristics aren't all 'bad' and 'ugly' , it can be extremely beneficial if understood, while allowing you to connect to old friends, long lost family members, relatives living far away and of course, new friends.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Delicious; the tastiest search engine on the web.

Delicious is a social bookmarking website used to store, share and discover web bookmarks. Using simple systems which allow you to tag websites in which you would like to remember or return to.
Delicious' home page consists of a 'hotlist' where 'popular' and most viewed websites can be found; keeping you up-to-date on the most recent and trending websites available. The many original features: including the use of the site being free, have quickly made Delicious one of the most used social bookmarking websites around. All bookmarks, or tags, are saved publically and strongly emphasized as so- although users can choose specific bookmarks to be private by default, and shared with others using Delicious around you. If your friends use Delicious, you can send them interesting websites that they can check out as soon as they log in, as well as them doing the same for you. In order to keep you up to date, Delicious also has a blog. No only can delicious keeps you up to date with your linked items in an organized manor, but lets you access it from any computer anywhere, anytime. Getting’s started on Delicious is just as easy as each and every one of it characteristics!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rosenheim Poltergeist

In 1967, a law office,  a place called Rosenheim suddenly started receiving mysterious phone calls with no answer on the other end, lights in the building started to act strangely- they would swing on their own accord, and turn on and off. Soon, the workplace photocopier started to leak for no apparent reason. Eventually, the office cut of all power and used a standalone generator to get electricity, the strange phenomenon continued.
People began catching wind of all the strange going on's, and began interviewing and doing research. Upon interviewing, they came across a teenager- Anne-Marie, they concluded that she was highly strung out, and  very emotional (had repressed anger and disliked her work and employer).
Researchers began to notice that the phenomenon only started at certain times of they day, coincidentally when she was working. They noted that as soon as she stepped in the office, the strange happenings started, and as soon as she left, it ceased.
Anne-Marie left her job soon after, and the phenomenon in the office stopped completely. It was documented that she had several other jobs in which the strange electrical problems followed her.
Researchers and Investigators never learned weather it was simply a hoax or a real life poltergeist case. But what makes this case so fascinating was it can't be explained if Anne-Marie was so troubled she could have created this herself. Also, it was one of the most documented Poltergeist cases on record and not just by one group, by electricians, telephone repairmen, physicists and researchers. All to which could not really pinpoint the root cause.
Unlike most Poltergeist stories I have read- that haunt specific places or houses. This certain case picked a person, and stayed with her. Weather it be her creating it as a hoax, or an actual happening. The answer is still unknown.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Danny, 7

Jason Cobb purchased a used vintage bed at an auction, in 1998- A purchase he later regretted. Three nights later, Jason told his parents that he felt as though someone has planted their elbows on his pillow and was watching him, breathing cold air down his back. Later, he began noticing that the picture of his deceased grandmother was flipped down, after he righted it, it was flipped back down again. Trying to make sense of the irritation, people began jokingly calling out 'Do we have a Casper in here? Tell me your name and how old you are?'
Before leaving the room he left some paper and crayons on the bed, only to come back fifteen minutes later to find in childlike block letters 'Danny, 7"
The spirit was willing to communicate, and through questioning, 'Danny' indicated that his mother had died in the bed, and that he wanted to stay with it. Danny, not wanting anyone to sleep in the bed began to get irritated, but the family didn't get the memo. When a Terra cotta head that had been hanging on the wall came flying through the room, just missing Jason before it hit the closet door, the famiily was left unable to understand what they were dealing with.
The family didn't know what to believe about who was leaving the conspicuous notes, moving the furniture, opening drawers, setting the kitchen table, and rearranging posters to spell out a person's name.
Knowone new what to believe, if it was the bed, or the electromagnetic energy that the wall was creating; or if they were all just outside of someone elses foolish joke. Either way, their story is known now a a famous poltergeist case; and is easily accessible for others to read about, and post their own opinions. Weather it is true or not; or just a joke, was never completely solved.