The Accidental Hero by Joshua Graham

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Big Pete is a hitman that was hired to kill a local minister.  However, though a series of random events Pete decides to turn himself into the police and tells them about every hit he  performed and every client that hired him.

The story was decent, but seemed a bit silly at times.  Also, I would recommend the author watch a few prison documentaries.  His description of Pete’s life behind bars as a death row inmate is ludicrous, because Pete freely interacts with the general population and is housed with random cellmates.

Children of Shame – A Documentary

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The documentary Children of Shame exposes atrocities committed at a home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland.  The home was founded in 1925 and closed in 1961.

At the time, religion was an important part of the Irish culture.  Purity was viewed as an essential trait and failure to live up to that standard brought extreme shame, so unwed mothers were sent to special homes.

The unwed mothers were forced to live and work in these homes against their will.  They were treated as criminals, even though fornication was not considered a legal crime.

The babies could be put up for adoption by the home, regardless of the mother’s desire to keep her child.  Children remaining in the home were treated poorly.  They were malnourished, abused, and did not receive appropriate medical care.  This resulted in a mortality rate for babies born out of wedlock that was six times higher than the norm.

Legislating morality has been a hot topic in the United States.  For example: should gay marriage be legalized and should birth control be easily available to all women.

However, stories like this one remind me of the dangers of strictly legalizing morality.  The appearance of purity can become more important than people.  The end result is evil acts are committed to hide immorality.

Sloss Furnace – Birmingham, Alabama

Sloss Furnace began operation shortly after the Civil War and continued until 1970.  It was a huge producer of iron and steel, which was used in buildings all over the United States.  Sloss Furnace also provided the necessary material for weaponry during times of war and even produced common household products.

Sloss Furnace is also considered the most haunted place in Alabama.  An untold number of men lost their lives at Sloss Furnace, due to the dangerous working conditions.

In the 1990’s, a foreman named James “Slag” Wormwood was in charge of the night operations at the furnace.  In spite of limited visibility and extremely dangerous working conditions, Slag wanted his shift to produce at the highest level.

Slag refused to allow the men to have any breaks.  He would push them to work beyond their limits and completely disregarded the safety of his crew.  As a result, substantially more men were killed in workplace accidents whenever Slag was in charge.

Slag died one night when he “fell” into the largest furnace at the facility.  The workers claimed Slag slipped off the walkway; however, Slag would have no reason to be on that walkway and the story was viewed with great suspension.

In spite of the lack of evidence, everyone believed the night crew murdered Slag by throwing him into the furnace.

Various people have claimed to see Slag haunting the area.  He appeared to them as a badly burned man or as a man on fire.  They said Slag would push them and yell for them to “Get back to work!”  A few people that claimed to have seen Slag, also suffered severe burns when touched by him.

The hauntings at Sloss Furnace have been investigated by numerous paranormal investigative teams, including Ghost Adventurous, Ghost Hunters, and psychic investigators from AIRLINE.

Everything Can Change in a Second

What can happen in a second?

  • A baby can take their first breath of life
  • A bullet can leave a gun, zoom through the air, and destroy a life
  • A smile can brighten someone’s day and lift their spirits
  • Expressing gratitude can make someone feel special
  • A harsh word, spoken in anger, can break a person’s spirit
  • A hug can bring heeling and peace to a troubled soul

A lot can happen in a second.  We can bring heeling, peace, and love to others.  We can also create destruction, agony, and death.  Every second matters, so use them wisely.

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Homicide House

Twenty years ago, there was a quadruple homicide in this house.  The victims were teenagers and they were killed for accusing a young man of stealing a cell phone.

The guilty individual, as well as his two accomplices, were convicted and the house was eventually abandoned.

I drive by this house all the time and this week I was compelled to look inside of it.  It’s hard to describe how I felt entering the house.

There was a mixture of sadness and grief, due to the senseless murders that happened here.  I can’t even imagine how those poor teenagers felt as they realized their lives were coming to an end.  Also, I felt angry.  How can someone be so evil and callused?

I didn’t know the teenagers, but I feel for them and their families.  I wonder what they would have accomplished if their lives were not taken from them.

I left the house with a heavy heart and a lot of questions.

 

Sleep Walkers Who Kill – A Documentary

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I found the documentary Sleep Walkers Who Kill on Netflix.  I was intrigued by the title, because some of my family members have been known to sleep walk.

They usually do funny things in their sleep and we just laugh about it the next day (for example:  eating an entire box of cookies or flushing clothes down the toilet).  The one thing they have in common is a lack of awareness of what they were doing at the time and they often don’t remember the event.

What if someone has a sleep walking disorder mixed with night terrors?  What if this combination causes them to attack their loved ones?  What if they actually kill someone in their sleep?  Should they be arrested and sent to prison or should they be required to undergo psychiatric treatment and be allowed to maintain their freedom?