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Are Trump supporters dangerous?

Are Donald Trump's supporters a danger to our society? Maybe not all of them -- but it seems that a disturbing number of folks are already getting riled up at the thought of him losing this election. Unfortunately for those people, Hillary is ahead of Donald by several points -- making him less popular than Mitt Romney was when Barack Obama whooped him in the 2012 election. It's gotten to the point that many Republican and Democrat analysts have called the election in Hillary's favor, and several conservative politicians have distanced themselves from their party's current candidate. Meanwhile, Trump himself has declared more than once that, if he loses, that somehow proves that this election is "rigged." He has even refused, preemptively, to accept the outcome of Nov. 8th's election results -- possibly because he already knows that he has failed. Some of his followers are absolutely infuriated -- or are they terrified? -- of the idea of Hillary Clinton …

Man murdered elderly woman to prepare for zombie apocalypse

An Arkansas man has been convicted of various crimes associated with the grisly death of a 90-year-old woman. Investigation Discovery's Crime Feed reports that Richard Jordan Tarver will never see the outside of a prison complex again after what he did to Lavinda Counce. The details surrounding this shocking case are horrifying, and they are also indicative of Hollywood and Television's strange effects on people who suffer from dangerous mental illness.

On July 3, 2015, Richard Tarver broke into the residence of 90-year-old Lavinda Counce. The Arkansas man forcefully removed the elderly woman from her home, and placed her into the trunk of his car. After driving around for an unspecified amount of time, the man pulled over near a cornfield and concluded his macabre plan. Police say that Tarver removed the elderly woman from the trunk of his car, and walked her out among the stalks of corn. It was there that he used a .38-caliber handgun to shoot her in the back of the head.

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Mom caught teen doing something horrifying in his bedroom

A Maryland teen is in jail and facing the possibility of life imprisonment, and it's all because his mother walked in on him doing something unthinkable. Opposing Views reports that 14-year-old Solomon Pule raped his own eight-year-old cousin, and threatened her with a weapon to make sure she wouldn't tell on him.

The incident took place in April 2014. The teenage boy's mother was putting her younger child to bed when she noticed that it had become "too quiet" in the home -- where her 14-year-old son and eight-year-old niece were awake at the time. Call it a mother's intuition, but she felt that something was amiss by the silence in the home, so she decided to check in her teenage son's bedroom to check on him and the eight-year-old girl.

To her horror, she discovered exactly why it had become "too quiet." She had literally caught her teenage son in the act of raping his eight-year-old cousin. The Huffington Post reports that 14-year-old Solomo…

Good riddance: Bigoted 'Sweet Cakes' bakery finally closes

Good riddance to bad rubbish: I'm very pleased to learn that the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon has finally closed, after a years-long battle over their mistreatment over LGBT customers. This news broke earlier this month, with Opposing Views reporting that the owners of Sweet Cakes announced the closure on Sept. 29. 
Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein launched themselves down the road to failure when they refused their business to a lesbian couple in 2012. By 2013, the couple found themselves the targets of a lawsuit launched by the couple. They also attracted the attention of national media and the scrutiny of people from one end of the country to the other. While they did gain support from conservatives and religious fanatics, they were still legally found to be in violation of Oregon state law, and were ordered to pay more than $100k for their behavior. Here it is four years later, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa is finally closed. No longer will Aaron and Mel…

Is Donald Trump a rapist? Casey Anthony's former attorney represents accuser who says he is

Donald Trump's supporters are trying their best to ignore the recent scandal involving him on a hot mic, appearing to joke and brag about sexual assault. However, there appears to be an alleged history of sexual misconduct involving this relic from the Reagan era. ABC News reports that at least one woman has come forward with a lawsuit, alleging that The Donald raped her when she was just a teenager. To make these claims seem more legit, the lawyer that represented Casey Anthony is now representing the woman making these allegations. So could millions of Americans potentially vote for a man who has not only bragged about sexual assault, but possibly committed it?

Cheney Mason is representing a plaintiff known only in the media as "Jane Doe," who alleges that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her when she was just 13-years-old. The woman claims that Trump, along with Jeffrey Epstein, raped her multiple time during at least one occasion -- a party that had been arranged by …

Hoax alert: Jodi Arias 'early release' story fools gullible readers

A new hoax involving convicted killer Jodi Arias has gone viral, and this time it's almost surprising to see people falling for it. A story published by the Boston Tribune, earlier this month, claims that the Arizona woman may see an early release from prison.

The report cited that an incident between Arias and correctional officers has led to a decision that makes no logical sense whatsoever. The woman who killed Travis Alexander will reportedly be released to "house arrest," and will be required to check-in with a parole officer for three years. Of course, as Snopes has pointed out, this story is absolutely false. Jodi Arias will not be granted an early release -- for any reason -- from prison.

The Boston Tribune is a satirical website that has garnered viral attention before -- like many other sites of similar nature. Sites like these prey on the gullible nature of readers on social media, who swallow whatever headline comes across their timelines. It's unfortuna…

Halloween horrors: Shocking murders on All Hallows' Eve

Halloween is just around the corner, and tis the season for throw blankets, hot cocoa and spooky stories -- but what stories are spookier than true ones? The following cases are examples of some of the most gruesome real-life crimes committed on this popular autumn holiday.

Texas man Johnny Frank Garrett committed a crime that some may consider unthinkable. On October 31, 1981, the 17-year-old teenager let himself into the St. Francis Convent -- which was located across the street from his family's residence. On the second floor of the convent, he encountered 76-year-old nun, Sister Tadea Benz. Instead of fleeing from the convent, like most teenagers would do, Johnny Frank Garrett assaulted the elderly woman. The Texas man not only assaulted her, but he raped, strangled and killed the nun -- then left her body on the second floor of the convent from which he fled.

Garrett's case isn't only famous because he committed the grisly crime on Halloween morning. What made his cas…

'Killer clown' shot Florida woman in the face

With all the recent madness surrounding "clown sightings" across the country, it's easy to laugh at those who are actually panicked. After all, a clown is still just a person in makeup and costume, even if they do look creepy. Nonetheless, there have been multiple incidents involving clowns -- in real life -- that make the current panic slightly understandable. One of those incidents is the unsolved murder of Florida woman Marlene Warren.

On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren answered her front door to someone who was dressed as a clown. The character was carrying flowers and balloons, but he was not there to give them as gifts to the Florida woman -- nor was he there to perform any cheerful clown antics for her amusement. Instead, the costumed person pulled out a handgun and shot Marlene Warren in the face.

It has been many years, but Marlene's costumed killer has never been identified. Her husband was suspected at one time during the investigation, but no arrests have e…

Slain in Sin City: The unsolved murder of Krista Lee Elliott

Over three decades ago, the slain body of Krista Lee Elliott was discovered in a Las Vegas motel room. With all the time that's passed -- along with the strange circumstances of this homicide -- it's hard to determine whether or not there will ever be closure in this case. One thing is for certain, however, and that's that the murder of this young woman remains one of the most mysterious cold cases in Las Vegas history.
On the morning of June 02, 1982, a maid entered room #2054 at the Frontier Hotel to perform a routine cleaning and tidying. What awaited her after she unlocked the door wasn't the ordinary scene of untidy sheets and filled waste-baskets, though. What welcomed the maid on that morning was a macabre scene of murder -- a crime scene absolutely worthy of any fictionalized crime show focusing on this iconic city. The body of a young blonde woman lay in the motel room's bed. She had been viciously stabbed to death, and laid in a pool of blood that couldn…

Las Vegas cold case: Who killed Brianna Jean Schlick?

During the nighttime hours of February 16, 2007 -- just two days following Valentine's Day -- 21-year-old Brianna Jean Schlick was violently murdered. Now it's nearing a decade since that fatal day, and authorities still haven't figured out who took the life of this young woman. Will this case ever be solved?

The homicide took place around the 7300 block of Sundown Glen Avenue -- an otherwise quiet and "nice" part of Las Vegas. An unknown assailant entered the home where Brianna Schlick was babysitting for the evening. She was sleeping on the couch at the time, and died by a single gunshot wound to the head. At this time there have been no publicized leads in the search for her killer, nor have any suspects or persons of interest been named.

Who would randomly kill a sleeping woman in a quiet Las Vegas neighborhood? Hopefully authorities with the Las Vegas Metro Police can figure out who killed this woman before another decade passes.

Was Shannon Palmer murdered?

Authorities in Arkansas are looking for Shannon Palmer. The 33-year-old woman hasn't been seen since August 10, making it approximately two months that she has been missing. What's troubling is the sparse media coverage in this case, as her loved ones continue to search for her. What few circumstances exist in the disappearance of the Arkansas woman can indicate a number of scenarios -- and unfortunately, none of them lead to happy endings. So what happened to Shannon? Is she the victim of foul play, or can her disappearance be explained through other theories?
The missing woman's husband troubles me. That doesn't mean that I'm leveling any accusations against the man. After all, his wife is missing, and this is a time that is -- ordinarily -- a time of mourning, confusion and anger. Nonetheless, I want to express that the hubby didn't make his presence in this case entirely known until the vehicle driven by Shannon Palmer was discovered. Her truck was found n…

What happened to Shadow McClaine?

What happened to missing soldier Shadow McClaine? The 25-year-old Kentucky woman last had contact with her loved ones on Sept. 2, at around 7:07 p.m. However, the contact was via text message with her mother. As far as I'm concerned, this does not guarantee that this was the actual last contact she had with anyone. The very last text sent from her phone indicated that she was driving. From that point, her phone was turned off, and she has not gotten back in contact with her mother -- or other loved ones -- since that evening. It has been over a month since she vanished, but what could be behind this strange disappearance?

Lisa Irwin case 5 years later: My thoughts

Missouri baby Lisa Irwin still hasn't been found, and it's been five years since she was last seen alive. To make matters worse in this case, there have been no new developments in the investigation for quite a long time. Meanwhile, the parents of the missing infant still remain the focus of suspicion among numerous people in the public -- myself included -- and law enforcement in Kansas City.