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My pitch/Idea for a 3D fighting game called Way of the Fighter. Last time I try pitching this.

2020.10.25 18:40 darrylthedudeWayne My pitch/Idea for a 3D fighting game called Way of the Fighter. Last time I try pitching this.

Way of the Fighter is a game I have not only been trying to pitch for a while, but also it is a 3D fighting game reminiscent of the old 3D fighting games of that Era, It also acts a semi-Spoof/Parody of Mortal Kombat, Tekken, & Street Fighter. It also acts as a tribute to the 3D Era fighting games, right down to the character select music, being the character select music for Mortal Kombat: Deception.
The plot of the game, is that every 15 years there is a live broadcasted tournament known as Friday Night's All Out Royale. A tournament braodcasted/streamed on both the Dark Net & Very Late Night TV where combatants from around the world fight each other & at the end of the fight whether the other fighter loses or not, the audience will decide if the loser get life or death, they also do other stuff as well, such as testing there strength, throwing giant balls across a certain amount of yard, etc. However is left fights the grand champion whom has been also the host of the event, Victor Damian. A Former champion, Rickie Rockhorn Jr. the III wants to change that. So he takes the son of a hero of Earth & one of his closest friends under his wing to enter the tournament & take Victor's place as Champion, while also stopping Victor from fulfilling an ancient satanic prophecy that could bring about the Doomsday, earlier then expected.
The roster will consist of 15 characters, & three unlockable characters. The roster includes:
The three unlockable characters are two joke characters, & then the final boss of the game. The first is the Battle/Combat Demolition Test Dummy Bot, which is used for training the combatants. His Primary Weapon is a Sword & Shield, his Secondary is his fist, & then his ranged Weapon is a Small One handed Crossbow & Hand Cannon combination. The second is Female Tobey “Slickboy” Robinson, whom is the same as Tobey, except she’s female, & finally Victor Damian, the Final Boss of the game.
Victor is the host of Friday Night’s All Out Royale & the Crowning undefeated champion for each year straight, he is a hugely Arrogant, Mad, Psychotic, Narcissistic, Selfish, & dangerous man, a business man & a silver tongued manipulator, widely described as mad, at first it’s believed he will kill Yo Nai Po’s lover to bring the ruler of the underworld to the mortal world early, fulfilling an Ancient Satanic prophecy, however in reality he actually wants to use Mi Doe Chi’s finger print on a special panel so half the population will be mind controlled (via there phones) into killing each other & killing some of the others who aren’t infected, so he can please both his boss, An Alien warlord from Outer space, & the Woman Victor loves, Lady Death. However, he ironically enough is unknowingly fulfilling an Ancient Satanic Prophecy by doing this, another reason why they need to stop him. His primary weapons is his fist, his secondary Weapon is his Sai & Tomahawk combination, & finally his Ranged Weapon is his Hunting Riffle.
So...Yeah, that's my pitch & I hope you like it. I put a lot of effort into this.
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2020.10.22 11:44 Elf-forest My favorite series - FRIENDS

I first heard of this TV show because of my father. I was 14 years old, I was sitting in the living room reading a book when my father started laughing. I asked him what was so funny and he said that there was an article about fake news and how many people are believing it. One of the examples of the article was that once there was a fake announcement of a protest meeting about how Ross and Rachel were on a break and people really showed up and started protesting and that's why my father started laughing. I asked who is Rachel and Ross and my dad explained to me that it is a sitcom that my mom really used to like and he recommended me to see it.
In that evening I opened my computer and watched the pilot episode and that's how my addiction started. From that day I couldn't stop watching it.
The serial is about six young and attractive friends that live in New York City. Rachel, Monica, Fibe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey are hanging out in the Coffie shop under Monica's apartment joking around and drinking coffee. They each have different personalities that make them stand out from the group. You feel like want to be friends with them, a part of the group, and that's why it is so successful. The comedy became iconic and I think even though the show is over, it will always be popular. The TV show is very funny and it always makes me laugh. I watched it a million times. When I feel blue or too scared to fall asleep because I watched a horror movie I put on an episode of Friends and life is beautiful again and every worry and responsibility go away. The show got me through a dark time in my life, I was really stressed out at school and it was hard so FRIENDS helped me to overcome that, it was the happiest time of my day, me watching an episode and eating Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
It always makes me happy and it will always have a special place in my heart.
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2020.10.06 13:25 JessCHistory Who Killed Freddie Mills? Suspicious Death in the Heart of Swinging Sixties London

This is a case I’ve been interested in for a while but not one that I think has been covered before (as far as I’m aware). Anyway, lockdown, no job, and all that, so I thought I’d have a go at writing it up!
Who Was Freddie Mills?
Freddie Mills could rightfully be considered one of the first superstar sports personalities in Britain, although his name is probably only recognised today by those who grew up in the fifties and sixties. Born in 1919 in Bournemouth, a seaside tourist town on the south coast of the UK, Fearless Freddie started boxing at the age of eleven. At the age of seventeen, he fought in a novices’ competition where he took part in three bouts and won all of them by knockout. Mills was noticed by manager Bob Turner and began touring around UK seaside towns to fight at fairground boxing booths. While Freddie was only five foot ten and lacked any formal training in the sport, he had other gifts that made him an effective boxer - he seemed to be able to take endless punishment. His opponents would extend all their energy in trying to bring Freddie down and when they got tired, he would spring into action, subjecting them to a relentless barrage of two-fisted blows until he won.
Not even the outbreak of war could stop the rising star of Freddie Mills; enlisting in the Royal Airforce in 1940,he carried on boxing professionally. His fights drew crowds of up to 30,000 and his fighting spirit was a huge morale boost for the British forces. In 1942, he won the British and Empire light-heavyweight titles. Featured on newsreels broadcast all over Britain, Mills was very effective at giving the British public a hero to root for and be a public face for the bravery of the boys on the front. While carrying on with his RAF duties, he also toured Burma and India, gave lectures, took part in exhibition bouts, and participated in boxing demonstrations for the troops.
Mills returned to the UK after being demobilised in 1946. That year, he would take his first shot at the world light-heavyweight title against American Gus Lesnevich. The ten round fight was a defeat for Mills but he’d set his sights on winning the title and living up to his reputation of being the best in the world. Lesnevich and Mills fought again in 1948, and after a brutal and savage fifteen round fight, Mills was awarded the title. He would hold the World Light Heavyweight title from 1948 to 1950. However, it was clear to Freddie and his trainers that his boxing career would not last much longer. He began suffering from severe headaches and bouts of dizziness. After losing the World title in a fight with Joey Mazim - where Mills had a number of teeth knocked out and embedded into his upper jaw - Freddie Mills announced his retirement from boxing in February 1950 at the age of thirty.
But Freddie’s fame would not end there. He had become a huge household name during the war and a real rallying figure for post-war Britain. For so many, the hardships of the war had just never ended; the UK was suffering financially, rationing was still in place, and many were struggling to return to a sense of normalcy. Mills was a local boy that had done good, carrying a glimpse of glitz and glamour that still seemed relatable and down to earth. If Freddie could make it, anyone could. Making radio appearances from 1949, Mills was quickly able to transition to television and film. He did comedy shows, television commentary for boxing matches, hosted his own radio programmes, and performed in pantomimes. Many Brits will recognise this career path - after all, haven’t sports stars like Frank Bruno, Gary Linekar, and Andrew Castle done the same once they’ve retired from their sport? (A fitting US example would be Dwayne Johnson.) There were plenty who would know him purely as a TV and film star, always ready to turn to the camera with a twinkle in the eye that made him a great family friendly entertainer in the variety act style that was still so popular.
By 1963, however, Freddie’s career in TV and radio was beginning to taper off. There had been problems behind the scenes. There was animosity in the boxing world after he’d had an affair with the wife of another boxer, Don McCorkindale. He later married Chrissie, and they’d had two daughters, but the damage was done. In 1954, he had been knocked unconscious during a comedy sketch when another performer hit him over the head with a real stool, rather than a prop stool. This seemed to make existing problems he’d already had with his head and spine even worse. He suffered from frequent headaches and dizziness from this point.
And that doesn’t start on the problems Freddie faced in terms of his finances. He’d begun investing in London property from the 1940s, probably thinking towards his future beyond boxing and how the city would be rebuilt after the damage of wartime bombing, but then he decided to make the move into London’s exclusive late-night scene. He opened the Freddie Mills Chinese restaurant in 1946, one of the first restaurants in the area that is now London’s Chinatown in the SoHo area (London’s Chinatown had originally been in the East End). SoHo is a vibrant centre of the entertainment and restaurant industry in the capital; however, it had a bad reputation at night. It was known for sex work, for gangsters, for illegal gambling and drugs, for beatniks and jazz music, and for - gasp! - a thriving gay scene. The area wasn’t a great fit for Mills’s family friendly image and the restaurant was never particularly profitable. In 1963, it was converted to The Freddie Mills Nite Spot.
Anyone who knows anything about London, nightclubs, and the scene of the 1960s will quickly realise who Mills would now be in contact with. Yes, he was now friends with the infamous Kray Twins and other members of their particular social circle. While Mills had wanted to make his club family friendly to best fit his public image, he was soon pressured into allowing ‘hostesses’ to work there. While the club was initially successful, profits soon began to drop. Mills desperately sold off other properties he owned in London but no one would touch his nightclub. He was in serious financial trouble and the kinds of people he owed money to were not the forgiving type.
The Death
On the 24th of July 1965, Freddie Mills was found dead. He liked to park his car in an alleyway behind his nightclub and had the habit of going back there for a nap. In fact, he had told staff that was exactly what he was doing that night and no one had thought anything of it. But at around 11.45pm doorman Robert Deacon discovered Freddie dead in the backseat of his own car. He had been shot through the right eye with a fairground rifle that was propped up in the footwell of the other seat.
Things get a bit fuzzy from this point. Staff at the club seemed to not know what to do after finding their boss dead. Someone managed to phone Freddie’s wife, who arrived an hour after the body was discovered, but she found that no one had thought to phone the police or an ambulance. An ambulance was phoned for, but still no police. The ambulance team removed Freddie’s body from his car, entirely disturbing the crime scene, and transported his body to Middlesex Hospital. Still, the police were not at the scene or involved in this decision. Unsurprisingly, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and news began to break that beloved legend Freddie Mills was dead.
When the police finally became involved, they initially suspected murder but within one or two days decided against investigating Mills’s death. They considered it a suicide and a coroner’s inquest ruled it as such. He had been in serious debt to underworld figures, after all, and had been recently fined for liquor and gambling offences at his club. It made sense that he would be depressed and willing to take his own life. Mills was buried at Camberwell New Cemetery but Chrissie Mills’s fight had just begun.
Suspicions Are Raised
Unsurprisingly, the Mills family were not happy with the ruling of suicide. Chrissie received calls from a woman saying Freddie had been murdered and even Nipper Read, the detective who caught the Krays, began reinvestigating the case.
Chrissie, with or without the mysterious phone calls, never would have believed that Freddie could kill himself. Eighteen months before her husband’s death, he had told his best friend that ‘Life is there for the taking, go out and grab it with both hands’. She did not think this fitted with committing suicide - and that was on top of all the problems with how Freddie had died and the scene of the death.
There was the wound, for example. While the police testified that the angle of the bullet was consistent with a self-inflicted wound, who had ever heard of a man shooting himself through the eye? Surely, anyone would shoot themselves through the head or through the mouth, rather than line their eye up with the barrel of a gun and look down at what would kill them.
The rifle itself belonged to May Ronaldson, a friend Freddie knew from his fairground days and who ran a shooting gallery. Freddie had borrowed it a week or so before his death. But the rifle had not been in working order when he had borrowed it and now had been repaired.
And there was the position of the gun. If Freddie had shot himself, surely it would have fallen down between his legs. Yet it was found propped up in the other footwell.
And there were the bullet holes. Two shots had been fired in the car, one that had hit the front door and the one that had killed Mills - sitting in the front seat.
And there was the position of Mills’s body. He was found sitting with his hands on his knees. It was almost like his body had been posed after death or he had been sleeping when he was shot. Surely he should have slumped, or moved, or show any signs of having held a gun as he died.
And there was the evidence on the gun - or, rather, the lack of evidence. No fingerprints had been found on it. Not a single one - not even smears and partials from being handled before going into the car.
And there was the behaviour of the staff. Why had they waited so long to phone for an ambulance? Why had they allowed the scene to be so disturbed? Why had no one phoned for the police?
The Many Theories of Freddie Mills’s Death
Chrissie Mills was not the only one to find his death to be highly suspicious and a lot of people have had a lot of theories about what really happened that night.
There are Freddie’s finances to consider. He had lost nearly all the wealth he had built up over his career, dying with only £387 6 shillings and five pence to his name. A fundraiser had been put on to prevent his home from being repossessed from his widow and daughters. A gangland enforcer called Johnny Bradbury had alleged that Freddie Mills was making a stand against the protection racketeers connected to the Kray Twins and, for that, Mills was executed.
Just two weeks before Freddie died, another small club owner who refused to pay protection money had been warned ‘that something big would happen up the west end to serve as a warning to him’. This would fit with Freddie’s sudden desire to carry a rifle with him - he had needed to protect himself. He had napped in his car, unable to know that an unknown figure took up the rifle and shot him while he slept. This left the club free to be taken by the Krays - only they couldn’t owing to the public grief to Freddie’s death and the potential public backlash. The police had naturally covered it up; Wallace Virgo, who led the few days of investigation into the death, was found guilty of corruption in the 1970s after years and years of taking bribes from SoHo’s underworld to look the other way. Had he looked the other way for the killer of Freddie Mills?
However, Nipper Read was unable to find anything linking a member of the Firm (the Krays’ gang) to Mills’s death. His underworld contacts, so crucial in bringing the Krays down, firmly told him that no member of the Firm would kill someone with an old fairground rifle that might not even work. And the Krays were huge boxing fans. Freddie Mills was one of their idols. Killing him would have seen them shunned from that community entirely and the Firm told Read there was no chance of them ordering a hit on one of their heroes.
Others have taken a more, shall we say, headline grabbing route. Michael Litchfield published a book in 2002 that alleged that Freddie Mills was actually the notorious and uncaught serial killer ‘Jack the Stripper’ and was just about to be publicly exposed for the eight murders of sex workers that had taken place from 1964 - 1965. He also filled his book with claims that Freddie was secretly gay and had a relationship with Ronnie Kray. in fact, his marriage to Chrissie was a sham all along - he’d actually been in relationship with her first husband. The origin of this is a chain of Chinese whispers from former gangsters to policemen to freelance journalists until it landed in the lap of Litchfield - crime reporter for The Sun, a piece of media I am loathe to call a ‘newspaper’.
This theory has further mutated into the idea that Mills had been arrested on indecency charges in public toilets with young boys and that Chinese gangsters, seeking to take over the club, staged his death as a suicide. There is no evidence of Freddie Mills ever being investigated or arrested on charges like these.
A BBC documentary ‘Murder in SoHo: Who Killed Freddie Mills?’ explored the claims of Roger Huntman. He believed that American gangster Mayer Lanksy was responsible for Freddie’s death. The murderer? Roger’s own father, Benny Huntman, the manager who arranged the title fight of 1948. Freddie Mills had a gambling problem - or rather, he had a losing problem and would use the profits from the club to keep himself afloat - and Lanksy’s fortune and crime empire was built on the back of illegal gambling. Lanksy wanted to turn SoHo into Britain's own Las Vegas and Mills threatened to blow the whole thing up. Still, there is little evidence for this other that Huntman's own claims.
And the possibility of suicide cannot be discounted. Freddie was under severe financial stress at the time of his death, as well as having health problems associated with the long-term effects of boxing. He had been knocked unconscious many times over his life and that can cause serious damage to the brain. He might have been in the early stages of dementia and wanted to die before his condition worsened. He might have killed himself, only for the scene to be disturbed or staged by his loyal staff to try and protect his reputation. The police pathologist ruled that the gun was too close to Freddie’s skin for anyone else to have done it.
When it all comes down to it, questions will always be asked about Freddie Mills’s death because there is both so much evidence and not enough. The destruction and cover-up of the crime scene, the lack of photographs, how quickly the police ruled suicide - all of that may be entirely innocent and just an unfortunate series of events. But the London of the 1960s could be a corrupt and sleazy place, where the rot rose all the way up to the highest positions of power in Westminster.
What do you think? Did Freddie Mills kill himself or did someone else fire the rifle on that fateful night?

Some of the sources used -
Who Killed Freddie Mills?
The BBC documentary
Ten Strangest Sporting Deaths
How Freddie was driven to suicide by the Krays
Boxing Hero 'murdered eight women'
Who Shot Freddie Mills?
Freddie Mills: Death of a Sporting Hero
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2020.09.19 03:55 TopGolfUFO On February 24th of 2019 Tyler Davis vanished from Easton Shopping Center in Columbus OH under mysterious circumstances. In the short time since, his wife, mother in law, and his friends have been doxxed, harassed and borderline stalked by internet sleuths who are determined to solve his case.

Brittany Davis first met her husband Tyler at work in 2013, Tyler was her boss but the two became fast friends. Their relationship evolved from friendly co-workers to best friends to romantic partners. Brittany said nobody can make her laugh like Tyler does, she also described him as a wonderful father and husband, truly a “great provider.” In 2017 Brittany and Tyler were married and they had a son who they named Aaron. They lived in Wilmington, Ohio, a small town nestled between Cincinnati and Columbus. It is consistently mentioned as one of the best small towns in America and a wonderful place for suburban families who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city without being too far from its comforts.
The couple lived a quiet life, more content to spend an evening at home rather than a wild one out on the town. Both Tyler and Brittany worked nights. He would often get home around 4 am, and she worked well into the early morning hours as a bartender. Despite the challenges presented by their unique schedules, they made sure to find time to spend together. Every year they made a special trip, even if it was just for a day, on both their birthdays and their anniversary.
Brittany’s birthday was February 24th, and the couple had planned a weekend getaway to nearby Columbus. In the early morning hours of February 23rd 2019 Tyler got home from work around 4AM. He’d been pulling extra hours and was tired, but excited for the trip he and Brittany had planned the next day. They both went to bed around 5 am and were planning on getting up early enough to meet Tyler’s parents in Columbus around noon. However they both overslept, waking up around 12:30 and not getting out of the house until after one. Eventually they met up with Tyler’s parents at an outback Steakhouse on Stringtown road and enjoyed a relaxing lunch with them. Following lunch they left their son with his grandparents and headed north, stopping at a speedway gas station on Stringtown before the 71 on-ramp to get gas.
They arrived at their Hilton hotel around 4 or 5 pm, and got settled in. The couple had contacted their friends that lived in Columbus, Brittany’s friends had been busy, but luckily one of Tyler’s close friends was free. He made the quick ten-minute drive from his house over to Easton. The friend's name was Schon Hughes, and although his name was initially withheld from the public, the lead detective on the case used it freely in a press conference, and Schon himself has since given an interview thus his name is already in the public record.
Schon and Tyler had been friends for years, and although Schon moved an hour away to Columbus, they would still take the time to visit each other. When Tyler knew he wanted to propose to Brittany, Schon had even helped him design her engagement ring.
When Schon arrived at the Hilton, Brittany was just finishing up getting ready for their evening out. The trio hung around and caught up for a while and watched what Brittany described as “some trashy tv”. They lazed around until around 8:30 when they decided to go out on the town. They were planning on shopping and getting a couples massage the next day, so mostly just wanted to drink a bit and explore.
They had drinks at bar Louie and Adobe Gilas and were all somewhat inebriated by the time they were finished. Brittany drank mixed drinks, and Tyler had shots, and it was actually the first time ever the couple had gone out to a bar to drink together. Brittany was only 23, they had a young son, and she worked at a bar for her job, so any of these reasons could have been contributing factors as to why they'd never gone out drinking together. It is also possible that they just weren’t big drinkers. Either way, Brittany was feeling adventurous and suggested the three go to a strip club, as she’d never been before and wanted to see what it was like.
Following Brittany’s suggestion, they ordered an uber and decided to head to the Dollhouse, a strip club in a nice part of town. They ended up hanging out and drinking until around 2:30AM and at one point Brittany went out to smoke. She was hesitant to leave her drink at the bar since she knew to never leave a drink alone, but the bar had a strict policy about not allowing guests to bring drinks outside. She ended up leaving it and Tyler helped her finish it later. They had fun, and Brittany said they met some “very nice girls”. Not being from the area they weren’t exactly sure when the bar closed, but at one point Brittany went to the bathroom for a few minutes near the end of the night, when she returned the lights were on. Closing time had snuck up on them, and the bouncer was arguing with Tyler and his friend, saying they had to leave right that minute, but Tyler insisted they had to wait for Brittany. The bouncer seemed skeptical and was trying to get them out of the bar, but when he saw Brittany return, the tension diffused and they left. As pointed out later in Brittany's True Crime Garage interview, the bouncer may have been confrontational because he was used to seeing men trying to hang around after close to bother the girls who worked there.
One review of the Dollhouse mentions a patron out for the night alone, who suspected his drink was spiked with GHB. He said he blacked out after three drinks and doesn’t remember the rest of the night, but his girlfriend said two men dropped him off at his apartment late in the night, covered in cuts and bruises. His card had been maxed out at $2000. He said he filed a police report, but no follow up to the review was posted, and no other reviews mention this. Other negative reviews point to being overcharged, or no “fun” provided with the lap dances, which the owner responded to by saying “They are not a $20 BJ place” so it is worth noting, like with any business some negative reviews may be posted out of spite.
In her Dateline interview, Brittany initially skipped past mentioning the Dollhouse specifically. She just said that they went to various places in the area. The backlash and rampant speculation about the quality of their marriage after this information came out may have been why she wasn’t more forthcoming with that information. To this day, a popular theory on Reddit and Websleuths is that Brittany and Tyler must have been swingers, since they had a male friend with them on Brittany’s birthday, and went to a strip club. And of course, Brittany’s initial omission of the Dollhouse must have meant she had something nefarious to hide.
On the night in question, the trio waited outside for about 20 minutes for an Uber, and Tyler was fairly intoxicated at this point. A girl from the club brought them water and chatted for a minute. When the Uber arrived it was about a 15-20 minute drive back to the hotel and Tyler fell asleep. They got back to the hotel, and the uber driver seemed agitated, because Tyler was confused, and didn’t think they were back at the hotel. He was taking a minute to wake up, and the Uber driver was visibly irritated. Tyler thought he was being kicked out of the Uber early before they got back to the Hilton. Finally, they got out of the car, and Tyler started making a scene since he thought the uber driver left them stranded. He fell at one point and he attempted to flip over a few potted plants, and then stormed off. Brittany’s phone was at 4%, she needed to use the restroom, and Schon told Brittany he would go get Tyler. Tyler only had a 20-25 foot head start, and Schon quickly caught up with him while Brittany went back into the Hilton.
Around 15 minutes later at 3:37 AM Tyler called Brittany back to apologize and say he was just taking a walk and smoking, and would be back soon. In an interview in April of 2019 Schon said that Tyler was absolutely the type to storm off when drinking, he’d done it before and Schon wasn’t about to chase him around all night. Brittany disagreed with this. But she had never been out on the town drinking with Tyler before, whereas Schon had known him for years, and had seen him drinking many times. When asked if they’d had an argument, Schon said it wasn’t so much an argument as him telling Tyler “Hey man, get your ass back to your wife, she’s crying”
Shortly afterward Schon returned to the Hilton and found Brittany standing outside waiting for Tyler. They went back up to the room and Schon reassured Brittany that Tyler just needed to blow off some steam. He told her not to worry and that she should get some sleep
Schon talked to Tyler over the phone around 3:42 for about 8 minutes. He sounded coherent. Schon told him that Brittany was in bed and safe, and Tyler said he was going to try and figure out how to get back. Schon told him to just look for the giant building with the H on the side.
Using digital forensics, CPD traced Tyler’s route on foot from 3:20-3:53 AM. He meandered from the entrance to the Hilton, and ended up in the Easton circle around 3:40 when he was talking to Schon over the phone. Eventually, he ended up near Abbott labs, then started heading toward the Hilton. His last location showed him at the intersection of Steltzer rd and Morse crossing. At this point, he asked his phone to take him to Easton Suites at 3:51. At 3:53 his phone location shut off and CPD could no longer track his location, but he was still near the intersection of Morse and Steltzer rd.
At 4:10 AM Tyler called Brittany again to say he was walking through the woods and could see the hotel. He said he would be there shortly, in five minutes. In the True Crime Garage episode, Brittany stressed that she and Tyler were not outdoorsy people by any means. She said Tyler could look at “three trees in a circle” and call that the woods. They stayed away from the outdoors so much that Tyler managed to still own the same pair of shoes he’d worn in college. There aren’t any seriously wooded areas near Easton, but there are patches of woods, and a wetland area near Abbot labs. It’s enough woods to temporarily get lost in, but one could find their way out walking in any direction for five minutes or so. There are four wooded areas within a half-mile of Tyler’s last phone ping.
Many news sources didn’t report this last phone call accurately. Brittany stressed that Tyler was not confused in this phone call and sounded coherent, but several sources took Tyler’s earlier confusion in the Uber to mean he was confused and incoherent during this phone call. Brittany maintains this was not true, He sounded like he knew where he was. Online sleuths would later criticize Brittany for not being more worried about her “confused and incoherent' husband based on this misreported information. Immediately after the 4:10 call disconnected, Tyler called Brittany back, but when she picked up the line there was just silence for about four seconds. Brittany called him right back, but his phone went straight to voicemail.
Shortly after this, Brittany and Schon walked in opposite directions on the road in front of the hotel to look for Tyler. They didn’t see him, and Brittany was worried, but Schon thought she was overreacting, and they had a mild disagreement. At this point, Tyler had been walking around for nearly an hour without a coat, and while the high that day was 56, the low was 29, and it was a bit windy and rainy on and off. At 4:15 am footage of what the police initially thought was Tyler walking back to the hotel was shown, but this was actually Schon walking back. This incorrect picture was shown during a press conference, but Brittany corrected it on her TCG appearance.
Around 4:30 AM, Schon went home, since he lived about 10 minutes away. Brittany called a few friends for advice, and they told her she was probably worrying too much, and that Tyler would walk through the door at any moment, and everything would be fine. Her friend Harlee talked with her for a while and reassured her that everything was fine. Brittany found it hard to be calm though and called nearby jails, and hospitals, thinking Tyler might have ended up in the drunk tank.
In the early hours of the next morning Brittany got ahold of an old roommate Adam, who arrived at Easton around 8AM. They drove around, thinking maybe Tyler had passed out on a bench. She called her in laws around 9 or 9:30 to tell them what was going on and Tyler’s father started driving up to Easton.
She then called Columbus Police around 10:30-11AM to report Tyler missing. When the police met with her, she gave them a detailed account of his description, and what he was wearing. He was 29 at the time, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’10 weighing approximately 170 pounds, and wearing dark jeans, a white t-shirt and a dark green flannel. He also has a distinctive birthmark on his arm, going across his chest and up to his neck. The birthmark is visible in a t-shirt. The CPD officer told her that “A 29 year old man can go missing of his own accord, if he chooses” and informed her that there wasn’t much they could do unless he was gone for 72 hours.
Her father in law arrived shortly after and started walking around Easton, looking for his son. Brittany went back to her in-law's house to be with her son for part of the day, but joined her father at Easton to help search in the evening. Brittany and her father in law kept searching until dark. At 1 am they got Easton security involved and let the Hilton know what was going on, and the manager on duty agreed to start pulling footage to look for something useful. A few more friends joined in the search before the day was through. At 8am the next day they stopped searching on foot.
Since that day at least six searches have been conducted of the four wooded areas near Easton. Volunteers and dogs from Search and Rescue OH combed the areas looking for clues. The Columbus dive team searched the Wetlands, and Equisearch looked at two ponds in the immediate area. Helicopters flew over the area when the weather became more dry, hoping to maybe spot something in the wetlands that they hadn’t found before, but all of the searches turned up nothing. Brittany, along with friends and family, still occasionally band together to distribute flyers in the Easton area, and Brittany still calls Tyler’s phone every day.
In March of 2019 Brittany started the Bring Tyler Davis Home Facebook group. She posted information about Tyler and the night he vanished, and the group currently has nearly 10,000 members. As more people joined, Brittany and her family had to moderate and remove posts with rampant speculation. She was then accused of trying to shape the narrative. While criticizing her, online sleuths shared a speeding ticket she got when she was just sixteen years old. They also rifled through her mother, Melissa’s past, at one point saying she had an extensive criminal record. The accusing poster quickly realized they had the wrong Melissa Fields, but rather than apologize, pointed at Melissa’s driving record which had some minor infractions.
The way some networks aired the story didn’t help, as some would only include bits and pieces of Brittany’s story, and one even clipped her statement about all of the things she loved about Tyler down to just “A great provider” leading people to call her a gold digger and say she was just using him for money. One theory on websleuths claims that the reason Tyler was so tired was that Brittany was forcing him to work extra hours so she could have a “nest egg” saved up for when she killed him.
True Crime enthusiast Katie Frederick got banned from Brittany’s group, and started her own called True Crime Junkies - Tyler Davis Missing, Case Discussion. Frederick made it to be a place where people could openly speculate. In Brittany’s group, posts accusing her of murder or criticizing her appearance that added no value to the group were banned, as well as speculation and news stories every time a body was found in Columbus. Brittany had been reading all of it, and friends who helped run the group asked people not to post such content.
Frederick’s group allowed for open discussion, much of which was centered on accusing Brittany of involvement in Tyler’s disappearance. Frederick had initially gotten involved after reading about Tyler’s disappearance on a smiley face killer theory page. This theory claims that men in their twenties who fall into bodies of water while out drinking are actually killed by a gang of serial killers. It’s called the Smiley Face Killer theory, because the supposed calling card of this killer or killers is that smiley face graffiti can be found near where the body was recovered or entered the water. Since Tyler Davis is often mentioned in the same breath as Joey Labute Jr. and Brian Shaffer, who are both associated with the theory, some subscribe to that idea. Joey Labute Jr’s body was found in the Scioto River near Scioto Audubon metro park, and Brian Shaffer is often mentioned with the smiley face theory because he was a drunk man in his twenties, which is the supposed demographic. Since Tyler was a drunk man in his twenties, and there are wetlands near Abbot labs, believers of the theory have been speculating about Tyler Davis since very early on in the case.
Early on Brittany got involved with Lori Davis, who runs the Missing in Ohio facebook group. Lori Davis is a Columbus local who also runs the missing website for Brian Shaffer, and had been very close with Brian Shaffer’s family. Lori helped Brittany assemble a detailed timeline of events the night Tyler vanished, by putting together receipts and phone records. In April of 2019 Britany would go on True Crime Garage, a prolific podcast local to Columbus. Brittany would use her timeline and notes from that night to ensure she was saying accurate information.
After her true crime garage appearance, people accused Brittany of sounding scripted, since she was partly reading from notes she’d compiled since Tyler’s disappearance. The co-host of TCG, the Captain said in her defense “she has very detailed accounts and people were like, 'She sounds scripted.' Well, if your loved one went missing, I'd hope you'd sit down and write down all the facts and anything you can remember, too."
In the first part of the True Crime garage episode, Schon’s name was accidentally left in at one point, although they had tried to censor it throughout. The next day, people on Websleuths were pointing out that it was said, and the Crime Junkies Facebook page was cross-referencing Brittany and Tyler’s pages to find a friend named Schon, though the unusual spelling threw them off. Wanting to help his friend, Schon had posted information about Tyler on his page, and given out his personal number. Online sleuths quickly connected the dots, and eventually someone posted Schons’ name, phone number and home address on websleuths. Possibly Facebook as well but if it was posted there it has quickly been deleted. It was just one day after the release of the podcast that all of Schon’s information was made available to the public.
On may 6th Schon would call True Crime Garage to discuss the case with them and give his account of events. He said that he has been questioned by police, and they looked at him and his wife’s phone records. This small tidbit of information would fuel more pointless facebook discussions, where sleuths would say Schon didn’t “seem like a married man” since he’d gone to a strip club, and been somewhere in the hotel room when Brittany was finishing up showering, meaning he surely must have watched her get dressed. He said there is surveillance footage of them exiting the uber. He also went into detail about a few sightings in Ohio of Tyler. He said they all seemed credible, as they mentioned a man with a distinct birthmark, but none of them ended up being Tyler.
Doxxing was nothing new to Brittany and her mother Melissa. People were threatening to come to Brittany’s house, and calling her to harass her. They called Tyler’s parents as well, and speculation ran rampant that Aaron was actually Schon’s son not Tyler’s. A popular theory online was that the reason Tyler stormed off in the first place was because Brittany and Schon had been flirting. One poster even threatened to call children’s services, alleging that Brittany must have been mistreating her child if she would murder her husband. Meanwhile Schon started getting death threats, and all of the facebook groups involved got more members joining, despite remaining private.
At one point Brittany got involved with 'We can bring you hope' and an organization run by Michelle Helman Bender. Bender got very involved in Tyler’s disappearance, conducting her own “investigation”. Brittany sent Bender her timeline, which included Tyler’s email password, and Bender logged into Tyler’s email. Brittany got a notification that someone in Pennsylvania had accessed Tyler’s email, but quickly realized it was Bender. She changed the password and told the police about the incident.
In July author Andy Downing would write an article for Columbus Alive called “The Disappearance of Tyler Davis and the Rise of the True Crime Complex”. He would truncate and somewhat rework a version of this article to go out in the Dispatch as well. In the Dispatch article, he took the same approach as Dateline, omitting the strip club entirely in the story, even though he’d mentioned it in his longer article. Whether this was done to make the story more family-friendly, or attempt to try and keep the discussion focused on Tyler’s disappearance rather than speculation about his marriage, some online sleuths did not realize that both articles were written by the same man, and once again went into a frenzy about Brittany changing her story. Ironically enough, a quote Brittany said in this article about the news coverage thus far became oddly appropriate "I've done so many interviews, and talked to so many people, and I told everyone the same story each time, but they can all spin it, I'm telling you my story, but I'm not going to write your article, so you can write it in any direction you feel, which is obviously your right. But if I had six different writers and I tell them all the same story, they're not going to write the same thing, which makes people say, 'Her story doesn't match up.' ... This has never happened to me before, so I'm just trying to navigate the waters as best I can."
In the Dispatch version of the article, Columbus police sergeant Daniel Weaver said of the internet and media’s involvement in the case that, "There are so many competing forces involved in this, and it's almost taken on a life of its own, It's hard to discern between valid information and armchair quarterbacks who read into things that just aren't true." He runs the missing persons/exploited children’s unit and said that the case is absolutely still active, but he doesn't want to release any details and add to the social media mess.
These articles interviewed Katie Frederick herself and when asked about her involvement in the case or how her group might affect the investigation, Katie said “That's a hard one to answer because of course, it concerns me, but at the same time I don't think anything we do on Facebook is going to interfere with what they're doing in real life. For the most part, our group is just a discussion group."
In that same article, Brittany disagreed with Frederick’s stance that social media was not harming her case. After having experienced months of the public criticizing her voice, her weight, and her feelings for her husband she said "We've all seen how damaging social media is, and there's going to be a point, regardless of the outcome, regardless if Tyler pops up tomorrow, there's going to be a point maybe 15 years down the road when our son gets online and finds this. He's going to see people talking so badly about his dad and me, and it's just so awful, and I don't think people are considering the gravity of what they're saying and how it can really affect people. I pray to God our son never has to hear about all of that. I really just want Tyler to come home so we can finally move on."
The original posts have been deleted, but at one point the death of Brittany’s father was a huge topic of discussion among the Crime Junkies Facebook group. He passed away on August 29th 2009. He’d been drinking heavily and passed out in his truck, and when a fire started in the engine compartment he never woke up. His body was found the next day, as he’d been idling in his van in an alleyway. Posters speculated that Brittany’s mother Melissa Fields had killed her husband, and Brittany was simply following the family tradition by killing Tyler. One group discussion speculated that the reason Brittany and her mother were so close was that they were both helping each other cover up murders.
During this controversy, a youtube channel specializing in tarot crime readings covered the case. For those unfamiliar with the practice, Tarot readers will sometimes do readings on unsolved cases to try and figure out what happened. In the video, a camera is pointed at two tarot card decks and a pile of crystals. The reader is behind the camera, and selects cards out of view, though you can hear them shuffling in the background to assure viewers that the cards were indeed chosen at random. In the video the reading backs up all of the popular theories, saying that Brittany and Schon were in love and conspired to kill Tyler and that Melissa was under investigation for killing her husband. Melissa is not and was never under investigation for her husband's death, but this YouTuber claims otherwise.
Katie Marie Frederick would at one point attempt to make some form of amends to Brittany by setting up an Amazon wishlist for her. The request went through Melissa, who absolutely refused to give Frederick her address, and assumed she was using the wishlist as a ploy to harass them. It is worth noting that Frederick seemed genuine in her attempt, and Frederick had started banning people who spread any personal information about Brittany or Melissa. However, we know from the Columbus Alive article that at one point online sleuths posted a picture of the van that Melissa’s husband died in, so her attitude is more than understandable.
Though Frederick does at times seem genuine in helping Brittany later on, she posted the 911 call Brittany made and asked if she sounded suspicious, and would blatantly ask her Facebook group to dig into Brittany and Tyler’s lives and see if they were in debt, as that could have been a strain on their marriage.
On July 15th Brittany wrote “Yesterday I attended the Missing Persons Day in Columbus. I connected with different law enforcement offices and organizations that have assisted in the search for Tyler. I met families that are dealing with the same unfortunate circumstance of a missing loved one. I was shocked to see the number of people that deal with this on a daily basis. Please remember to be kind, you never know what anyone else is going through. Cherish your family. Be grateful for what you have. Our family will never stop looking, searching or asking questions. We will remain hopeful & continue to stay positive. I appreciate your support, shares, and prayers in our family's time of distress. Please keep your eyes open, be vigilant & stay safe.”
On July 18th, 2019 it was Aaron’s birthday and Lori Davis posted an amazon wish list for Brittany and Tyler’s son Aaron, saying he loves Winnie the Pooh and Shrek. Support poured in from the group.
On October 3rd 2019 The Columbus Police Department held a press conference to discuss the case with the public. Lead Detective Jason Brammer answered questions and stressed that the wooded areas around Easton had been searched. Brammer and another officer mentioned that the press conference was part of the sheriff's attempts to be more open to the public, in an effort to get the police, the media, and the public to all work together as best as they can and solve the case.
The True Crime Garage episode is still referenced as one of the most detailed accounts of that night, as only a few news articles covered the disappearance. One reporter in the crowd asked Brammer if he was following what people were saying in podcasts at all and he responded with “I do not follow podcasts, I follow evidence”
Brammer was asked a few questions about if he had any theories, or was leaning one way or another in regards to what happened. He simply stressed that he wasn’t letting himself get wrapped up in any theories or lean in any particular direction so that he could keep an open mind and investigate all angles thoroughly as leads came in.
Near the end of the press conference, Brittany was given the floor, and as she started to tear up, Brammer put his hand on her back, encouraging her to keep talking. She asked the public to come forward with anything they knew saying “It’s been a really long time, and I deserve answers”.
That same day Katie Marie Frederick posted on Facebook, apparently after having a change of heart saying “The first thing I want to say is that we have seen evidence that cannot be released publicly. This evidence has led me to believe that Brittany Davis is 100% innocent. Obviously I can not control how any of you feel. However, I do ask that even if you may believe she is guilty, please think about this: what if she isn’t? If she is not guilty then that means she is mourning the loss of her husband and the father of her child. Before you type, ask yourself: is what I’m about to say beneficial to anyone, or am I just being cruel?Brittany has caught a TON of hatred and I just don’t think that is fair. Now I will be the first to admit that a lot of that hatred came from this group that I created and from me specifically. But that stops now. I apologize for all of that and for any pain I have caused Brittany and those who love her and Tyler. Since I made this group we have made a few more. And we have learned a lot. There are many things that I regret and I am so sorry that things got so ugly. I wish I could take back so much of what was said and done. Unfortunately, I cannot. I just ask that moving forward, we focus on Tyler and remember that there are still people here who love him and miss him dearly. As far as any of us KNOW, Brittany is innocent and that makes her a victim in all of this. Some of you may feel otherwise, but a feeling is not evidence.”
Websleuths and Facebook are still rife with people trying to solve the case. One poster on websleuths pointed out that there were many surface-level similarities between this case and that of Brian Shaffer. In both cases the night in question started at a steakhouse, there were two men and one woman out on the town, and the man who eventually vanished left to go off on his own for “mysterious” reasons. Many of the same theories thrown out in the Brian Shaffer case are also mentioned for Tyler, with some people claiming that he must have fallen in the construction of a new Easton parking garage, and is now part of the structure, or saying he ran away to start a new life, in the middle of the night, while he was drunk.
Anytime the case is mentioned on Reddit, the top comments are almost always about Brittany acting suspiciously. Of course, there are statistics to back up why people tend to assume a spouse in foul play. From 1980-2008 16.3 percent of all homicides were committed by an intimate partner, making it nearly one in five. But does a 16.3% chance justify harassing someone who is now raising a young child on her own, and mourning the disappearance of her husband?
Lori Davis occasionally gets calls from Brittany when she’s frustrated with how the case is going, and she’ll talk her through it. Telling her to do what she can, and not let the negativity get to her. But there’s only so much Brittany can do before she’s left with no option but to wait.
In January of 2020 Brittany took and passed a polygraph in relation to her husband's disappearance. As of March of 2020 Brittany is largely absent on her Facebook group, instead opting to let others post about their missing loved ones. Right now the most recent post is that of Andy Chapman, a man who went missing in 2006. Whenever a body is discovered anywhere near Columbus it gets posted in various forums about Tyler Davis, or Brian Shaffer, further linking the two cases at least in the mind of the internet. Tyler’s disappearance, perhaps in part due to the controversy, has quickly climbed the ranks to being one of the most well known missing person cases in Columbus, meaning many people know what he looks like, and are keeping an eye out for him. This also means that the numbers in all Facebook groups involved continue to climb, and speculation on all social media platforms shows no signs of stopping.

Sources

  1. https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/columbus-police-to-hold-press-conference-on-missing-29-year-old-man/
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  3. https://truecrimesociety.com/2019/10/14/into-thin-air-where-is-tyler-davis/?fbclid=IwAR02pC73ZonRQg2m1ERSEMAm648ymwneyh1T70utux6JKRqayyaJUc0jtO8
  4. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fvs03.pdf
  5. https://www.columbusalive.com/news/20190711/disappearance-of-tyler-davis-and-rise-of-true-crime-complex
  6. True Crime Garage: episodes 296 and 297
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2020.08.26 06:06 untilitendsagain Rambling thoughts about You Cannot Kill David Arquette

Overall 6/10.
If you've ever wanted to almost see David Aequette's penis, this is the movie for you.
It's really a film about the devotion of a man's insecurities and how he tries to overcome them....the issue is that he's a rich guy who is wealthy and can do things that normal people can't do. Does that make this movie interesting, a bit, but overall it's a rich guy flexing because he can't get over how wrestling might have hurt his potential and he wants to try and own that mistake.
A big issue with me is that some of the scenes seem incredibly staged - but it's the setup stuff. Like oh, we just happen to be filming when David's wife asked David's friend to go with him to Mexico. Everything with DDP felt phony and like little more than an ad for DDP yoga. Those fake moments, while few, were very jarring in contrast to everything else.
Some not seemingly staged scenes were down right incredible in a bizarre manner. Watching a guy with millions of dollars wrestling on an intersection in Mexico for peso's is just flat out wild. I can just picture some drunk tourist in Mexico passing a flyer and seeing David's face being used to promote a local indy show and thinking well that's weird. I know that location has been in several other docs on Mexican wrestling so I don't know how indy it is, but there was less than a hundred people watching David wrestle in Mexico. That was weird.
I was really disappointed Nick Gage got almost nothing for screen time. I don't care for the man's work, but as a person his presence is always felt on screen. If this thing isn't a final cut, they absolutely need to remove the Joey Ryan scene. It was absolutely not needed and now you've got a serial sexual assaulter praising David. Not a good look.
David is this strange insecure person...and yet here is is getting damn near totally buck naked on screen for everyone to see. I was having flashbacks to I'm not Here, but you don't really know. Maybe this is all a work. I don't think it was, but if you're an insecure person, why are you so intent on putting yourself out there, both figuratively and literally. It was strange.
I was really impressed by the quality of the WCW footage. I have to assume it's licensed but I didn't look at the credits too hard.
In some ways. it was like the Wrestler, but overall not really. It just had these elements of redemption, but it was about a guy who really didn't need it if you look at the big picture. Who honestly should care if a bunch of wrestling fans think you suck some twenty plus years after you spent two weeks badly acting on a tv show that just happened to be about wrestling.
If it's on Netflix, maybe check it out, but I really wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it, let alone pay good money too. Overall, it wasn't really that special and it's hard to feel sympathy for a guy living in a nice LA home who can afford to go gallivant around the globe and play wrestler because he had his feelings hurt over it. Most of us have real problems to worry about.
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2020.08.02 08:58 autobuzzfeedbot 27 Storylines On TV Shows That People Could've Done Without

  1. Michael coming back after he had presumably died on Jane the Virgin.
  2. Quinn getting in a car accident and ending up in a wheelchair on Glee.
  3. Ted going back to Robin in the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.
  4. Rachel and Joey’s romance on Friends.
  5. Spencer having an evil twin at the end of Pretty Little Liars.
  6. Eleven finding her siblings in Stranger Things.
  7. Luke discovering he had a daughter in Gilmore Girls.
  8. The whole Olivia kidnapping storyline in Scandal.
  9. Lily and Rufus meeting their son on Gossip Girl.
  10. Pam and Jim having marital problems in the final season of The Office.
  11. Mr. Turner getting into a motorcycle accident in Boy Meets World.
  12. Landry killing a guy on Friday Night Lights.
  13. Debra getting over her stepbrother being a serial killer and realizing she had romantic feelings for him in Dexter.
  14. Izzie having a brain tumor that resulted in her having sex with her dead ghost boyfriend in Grey's Anatomy.
  15. Ben's existence in Friends.
  16. Emma and Spinner getting married in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
  17. Jackson and Maggie’s relationship in Grey's Anatomy.
  18. When Reagan was a replacement for Jess in New Girl.
  19. Spencer and Caleb's relationship in Pretty Little Liars.
  20. The whole last season of Once Upon a Time.
  21. Ian and Lip getting DNA tests done in Shameless and finding out Ian is not Frank’s son, but one of Frank’s brother’s sons.
  22. Tom finding out he had a daughter before he and Lynette were together in Desperate Housewives.
  23. On Glee, when Rachel gave up her dream Broadway role in Funny Girl to star in that really bad TV show that got canceled.
  24. The whole high school musical storyline in Season 1 of The Politician.
  25. Frank being revealed as the incestuous child of Sam and Hannah on How to Get Away with Murder.
  26. Annie’s cousin staying with her family in 90210 and ruining Annie's social life for no reason.
  27. And finally, the tickling videos storyline on Riverdale.
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2020.07.29 23:50 MooperJuice A teenage girl disappeared in the forest. We found two of her [PART ONE]

Today is my first day of freshmen year, and I was stoked. Not for class, not for the work, but for one thing: Lucy. I’ve had a huge crush on her since halfway of 8th grade, and I was focused on getting her. Ive constructed a step by step plan that if completed correctly should have her in my arms in a month or so. We’ve hung out a few times over the summer since we live so close, so step one would be easy. All I have to do is get her to sit with me at lunch.
A few hours past and we sit down at lunch, and we sit next to each other. My best friends Joey and Dennis join in too as my wingmen to help if things go wrong. But they didn’t. Thing went perfectly. We made small talk, and she gave me a surprising amount of eye contact, which I’ve seen on YouTube videos is a good sign.
Step one success, onto step two: on the brochure we received a month before school started, I was informed that we would have a English essay on day two of school with partners due on Friday. Easy for days of talking, and I could ask for her number so we could “work on the project”. We also received seating charts, and I knew she didn’t have a single friend in that class. I would just go up and ask her to be partners, which is nice and convenient because it is our first period.
I awake the next day and walk to school. Stopping by her house to walk with her. Because of the bus schedule, I have to walk to school, but I can take the bus home. I stop at her driveway, and she never turns up. I figure she just overslept, so I walk along without her. 30 minutes later, English is starting, and I look behind me to find an empty desk a few seats back. I have no other choice than to partner up with Dennis.
Lunchtime rolls around, and I sit with Dennis, waiting for Lucy.
“This isn’t like her” I worriedly say to Dennis. “Last year, she won an award for a perfect attendance. I’m really concerned.”
“She’s fine, dude, stop overthinking this shit” Dennis says whilst sipping a carton of apple juice his mother packed him.
Joey plops down right next to me and mocks “aw, are you still dwinking youw wittle appy juice?” He snickers at himself.
“You know what!?” Dennis responds. “Fuck yo-“ his sentence is cut short by him laughing apple juice form his nose, promptly causing all of us to laugh simultaneously. This whole little incident calmed me down for a bit and took my mind of the situation.
A day later, she is still missing from school, causing my concern to grow, and again for Thursday. But this Thursday was like no other. I was hopeful that she would return soon, but on the bus ride home I saw a news van, three cop cars and a FUCKING ARMY VEHICLE speeding around the bus, combing the outskirts of the forest where the road divided the trees and the suburbs. Everyone gasped collectively as they tried to record the scene with there phones, but they already sped away.
As soon as I got home, I rushed to the tv and turned on the news as fast as I could. “Hello, this is Gloria Hemings from channel 9 reporting the disappearance of a 14 year old girl, presumed to have wandered into the woods and got lost.p on Monday night. Police investigations have reported strange recording and signals from the woods, almost as if a paranormal entity is roaming the woods. The army vehicle you can see right behind me is here in case extensive measures need to be- click. The tv cut to static, so I just turned it off.
I could barely go to sleep that night, thinking of all the unimaginable horrors that could’ve taken place. A pedo? A rapist? A serial killer? My mind was racing, and I was thinking faster than I could move. And why does an army vehicle need to be involved? A fucking ARMY VEHICLE?!? nothing in our little quaint West Virginian town is even worthy of the news coming here but a MOTHERFUCKING ARMY VEHICLE! Holy shit! I kept thinking what is happening, but then I remembered something chilling. Something that I forgot until now. Something the news anchor said right before the tv crashed: paranormal.
It’s the next day, everyone is losing their shit about the situation, rumors are being tossed left and right. We all get seated down for class, and just as the teacher is about to start his the class, Lucy walks into the room.
Everyone flips around and asks her a million questions a minute, and right before she can open her mouth,
“Quiet, everybody, I know what happened is alarming but we have to start essay presentations. Would anybody like to go first?” Everyone went silent and dropped the subject.
Lunchtime rolls around, and Lucy sits next to me again, along with Joey and Dennis sitting down too. She looks different. Of course she is the same person, but she looks dazed and confused. She had some cuts and bruises on her face, her hair is all messy, and she looks like she hasn’t slept in days.
“What happened? Are you alright?” I ask her.
“I don’t know. I heard some sounds from the woods, so I went in to go investigate. I got lost, and I don’t remember much, but then... I woke up in my bed today. That’s all I remember”
“What!? The rest of us say, confused.
“Are you shitting with us?” Dennis exclaims.
“Dude, that shit ain’t funny.” Joey states in all serious. Joey is the jokester, if he’s serious, shit is real.
“I’m being serious guys! I don’t know” Lucy states with a small tear forming in her eye. Jesus Christ, whatever happened to her really got to her. To think whatever sick fuck kidnapped a girl for a few days, drugged her, broke into her home and put her back? That’s way to intricate, and it makes no sense. But then I remembered again, something that changes everything. “Lucy, the news said how the police had theories on... whatever happened in there... was paranormal.”
I saw the horror on her face when her eyes widened.
“Do you remember anything paranormal in the woods” I said. “I’m being dead serious.”
Before she even had time to think about it, an announcement from the principal aired.
“Boys and girls: we have been ordered from the chief of police that we are all sending you home early, all of your parents have been notified, and nearby schools in the district are doing the same. Everybody grab your items and return to your lockers, where you will exit the building calmly and quietly. Thank you.”
The “quietly” rule was broken in seconds as the cafeteria started to chant “half day” over and over again.
Me and Lucy sat next to each other on the bus, where I started to comfort her before the bus abruptly stopped. I peaked through the front windows to see the same army vehicle blockading the road, only this time with two more nearby. A sergeant popped out and explained to the driver how this area is sectioned off for “civilian safety” and politely asked for the bus to reroute. Since me and Lucy lives so close to where the vehicles were, we were allowed to exit the bus and walk to our houses.
As I walked with Lucy down the sidewalk, we glued out eyes to the scene, trying to piece together whatever the fuck was happening. I took my phone out of my pocket to record it in case something happens, and happen it did.
A girl identical to Lucy walked out of the woods, towards the soldiers. From a distance, I could point out her exact same clothes, her exact same height, hair, even the same walking style. I could faintly hear a general shout “hold your fire”.
Now I started to record the scene, now knowing what was about to unfold.
“Wow, I didn’t know you had an identical twin.” I said to Lucy.
The Doppelgänger Lucy let out a primal roar, and charged at one of the soldiers, ripping him to shreds. The other soldiers started firing at her, but the bullets wouldn’t even scratch her skin. She parkoured of of the mauled soldiers corpse onto the next one, and bit his arm of clean.
I looked at Lucy, who’s tired, baggy eyes became focused and alert. She opened her mouth to respond to my previous question.
“I don’t”
Lucy and I ran as fast as we could, ditching the backpacks and anything else that would slow us down. I turn my head to see what’s happening, and realize something heart stopping: it’s chasing after us.
“RUN!” I shouted at Lucy, who was lagging behind me by a few inches. We hoped a fence before that thing caught up to us.
It leaped up and tackled Lucy to the ground as she pleaded for help. Phone still in hand, I whipped around to help her out, only to see her mangled body with blood spewing from her eyes laying motionless on the street. As for the other one, it was gone without a trace.
It couldn’t be real. She couldn’t be dead! Was I going insane? Would anyone believe what just happened? Until I realized one thing...
I was still recording.
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2020.06.24 15:36 TopGolfUFO An in Depth Look at the Tyler Davis Case

The name Barbara Anne Hackman Taylor is famous among internet sleuths. She was a Jane Doe known as Tent Girl before she was identified by Todd Matthews in 1998, just a year after he’d made a website for her. Matthews had married the daughter of the man who’d found her remains 30 years prior, and decided he wanted to find closure for her, and after many hours scouring the internet, he did it. Cold case enthusiasts take this as an example of armchair detective work done right, and there are plenty of other examples, the Strongsville Jane Doe and Lavender Doe being a few other newsworthy cases. Reddit and websleuths are full of people who volunteer their time looking for matches between missing people on the Charley Project and unidentified remains on Namus, and with the help of facebook, a picture of a missing person can reach more eyes than ever before and at record times.
However, all of the added exposure and interest that the internet can bring isn’t always a good thing. When Tyler Davis vanished from the Easton shopping complex in 2019, his wife quickly decided to appeal to the internet for help in order to get as many people as possible keeping an eye out for him. She didn’t realize she was also opening up her own life to the scrutiny of the internet as armchair detectives scrambled to solve the case. Through the disappearance of Tyler Davis, we’ll explore what it looks like when someone vanishes in today's social media filled world, and the consequences for their loved ones.
Brittany met her husband Tyler at work in 2013, Tyler was her boss but the two became fast friends. Their relationship evolved from friendly co-workers to best friends to romantic partners. Brittany said nobody can make her laugh like Tyler does, she also described him as a wonderful father and husband, truly a “great provider.” In 2017 Brittany and Tyler were married and they had a son who they named Aaron. They lived in Wilmington, Ohio, a small town nestled between Cincinnati and Columbus. It is consistently mentioned as one of the best small towns in America and a wonderful place for suburban families who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city without being too far from its comforts. In true Ohio fashion Wilmington’s favored hometown crop, corn, has a dedicated festival every year and Wilmington boasts of being the birthplace of the banana split.
The couple lived a quiet life, more content to spend a quiet evening at home than a wild one out on the town. Both Tyler and Brittany worked nights. He would often get home around 4 am, and she worked well into the early morning hours as a bartender. Despite the challenges presented by their unique schedules, they made sure to find time to spend together. Every year they made a special trip, even if it was just for a day, on both their birthdays and their anniversary.
Brittany’s birthday was February 24th, and the couple had planned a weekend getaway to nearby Columbus. In the early morning hours of February 23rd 2019 Tyler got home from work around 4AM. He’d been pulling extra hours and was tired, but excited for the trip he and Brittany had planned the next day. They both went to bed around 5 am and were planning on getting up early enough to meet Tyler’s parents in Columbus around noon. However they both overslept, waking up around 12:30 and not getting out of the house until after one. Eventually they met up with Tyler’s parents at an outback Steakhouse on Stringtown road and enjoyed a relaxing lunch with them. Following lunch they left their son with his grandparents and headed north, stopping at a speedway gas station on Stringtown before the 71 on-ramp to get gas.
They arrived at their Hilton hotel around 4 or 5 pm, and got settled in. The couple had contacted their friends that lived in Columbus, Brittany’s friends had been busy, but luckily one of Tyler’s close friends was free. He made the quick ten-minute drive from his house over to Easton. The friend's name was Schon Hughes, and although his name was initially withheld from the public, the lead detective on the case used it freely in a press conference, and Schon himself has since given an interview thus his name is already in the public record.
Schon and Tyler had been friends for years, and although Schon moved an hour away to Columbus, they would still take the time to visit each other. When Tyler knew he wanted to propose to Brittany, Schon had even helped him design her engagement ring.
When Schon arrived at the Hilton, Brittany was just finishing up getting ready for their evening out. The trio hung around and caught up for a while and watched what Brittany described as “some trashy tv”. They lazed around until around 8:30 when they decided to go out on the town. They were planning on shopping and getting a couples massage the next day, so mostly just wanted to drink a bit and explore.
They had drinks at bar Louie and Adobe Gilas and were all somewhat inebriated by the time they were finished. Brittany drank mixed drinks, and Tyler had shots, and it was actually the first time ever the couple had gone out to a bar to drink together. Brittany was only 23, they had a young son, and she worked at a bar for her job, so any of these factors could have been contributing factors to their dry past. It is also possible that they just weren’t big drinkers. Either way, Brittany was feeling adventurous and suggested the three go to a strip club, as she’d never been before and wanted to see what it was like.
Following Brittany’s suggestion, they ordered an uber and decided to head to the Dollhouse, a strip club in a nice part of town. They ended up hanging out and drinking until around 2:30AM and at one point Brittany went out to smoke. She was hesitant to leave her drink at the bar since she knew to never leave a drink alone, but the bar had a strict policy about not allowing guests to bring drinks outside. She ended up leaving it and Tyler helped her finish it later. They had fun, and Brittany said they met some “very nice girls”. Not being from the area they weren’t exactly sure when the bar closed, but at one point Brittany went to the bathroom for a few minutes near the end of the night, when she returned the lights were on. Closing time had snuck up on them, and the bouncer was arguing with Tyler and his friend, saying they had to leave right that minute, but Tyler insisted they had to wait for Brittany. The bouncer seemed skeptical and was trying to get them out of the bar, but when he saw Brittany return, the tension diffused and they left. As pointed out in her True Crime Garage interview, the bouncer may have been confrontational because he was used to seeing men trying to hang around after close to bother the girls who worked there.
One review of the Dollhouse mentions a patron out for the night alone, who suspected his drink was spiked with GHB. He said he blacked out after three drinks and doesn’t remember the rest of the night, but his girlfriend said two men dropped him off at his apartment late in the night, covered in cuts and bruises. His card had been maxed out at $2000. He said he filed a police report, but no follow up to the review was posted, and no other reviews mention this. Other negative reviews point to being overcharged, or no “fun” provided with the lap dances, which the owner responded to by saying “They are not a $20 BJ place” so it is worth noting, like with any business some negative reviews may be posted out of spite.
In her Dateline interview, Brittany initially skipped past mentioning the Dollhouse specifically. She just said that they went to various places in the area. The backlash and rampant speculation about the quality of their marriage after this information came out may have been why she wasn’t more forthcoming with that information. To this day, a popular theory on Reddit and Websleuths is that Brittany and Tyler must have been swingers, since they had a male friend with them on Brittany’s birthday, and went to a strip club. And of course, Brittany’s initial omission of the Dollhouse must have meant she had something nefarious to hide.
On the night in question, the trio waited outside for about 20 minutes for an Uber, and Tyler was fairly intoxicated at this point. A girl from the club brought them water and chatted for a minute. When the Uber arrived it was about a 15-20 minute drive back to the hotel and Tyler fell asleep. They got back to the hotel, and the uber driver seemed agitated, because Tyler was confused, and didn’t think they were back at the hotel. He was taking a minute to wake up, and the Uber driver was visibly irritated. Tyler thought he was being kicked out of the Uber early before they got back to the Hilton. Finally, they got out of the car, and Tyler started making a scene since he thought the uber driver left them stranded. He fell at one point and he attempted to flip over a few potted plants, and then stormed off. Brittany’s phone was at 4%, she needed to use the restroom, and Schon told Brittany he would go get Tyler. Tyler only had a 20-25 foot head start, and Schon quickly caught up with him while Brittany went back into the Hilton.
Around 15 minutes later at 3:37 AM Tyler called Brittany back to apologize and say he was just taking a walk and smoking, and would be back soon. In an interview in April of 2019 Schon said that Tyler was absolutely the type to storm off when drinking, he’d done it before and Schon wasn’t about to chase him around all night. Brittany disagreed with this. But she had never been out on the town drinking with Tyler before, whereas Schon had known him for years, and had seen him drinking many times. When asked if they’d had an argument, Schon said it wasn’t so much an argument as him telling Tyler “Hey man, get your ass back to your wife, she’s crying”
Shortly afterward Schon returned to the Hilton and found Brittany standing outside waiting for Tyler. They went back up to the room and Schon reassured Brittany that Tyler just needed to blow off some steam. He told her not to worry and that she should get some sleep
Schon talked to Tyler over the phone around 3:42 for about 8 minutes. He sounded coherent. Schon told him that Brittany was in bed and safe, and Tyler said he was going to try and figure out how to get back. Schon told him to just look for the giant building with the H on the side.
Using digital forensics, CPD traced Tyler’s route on foot from 3:20-3:53 AM. He meandered from the entrance to the Hilton, and ended up in the Easton circle around 3:40 when he was talking to Schon over the phone. Eventually, he ended up near Abbott labs, then started heading toward the Hilton. His last location showed him at the intersection of Steltzer rd and Morse crossing. At this point, he asked his phone to take him to Easton Suites at 3:51. At 3:53 his phone location shut off and CPD could no longer track his location, but he was still near the intersection of Morse and Steltzer rd.
At 4:10 AM Tyler called Brittany again to say he was walking through the woods and could see the hotel. He said he would be there shortly, in five minutes. In the True Crime Garage episode, Brittany stressed that she and Tyler were not outdoorsy people by any means. She said Tyler could look at “three trees in a circle” and call that the woods. They stayed away from the outdoors so much that Tyler managed to still own the same pair of shoes he’d worn in college. There aren’t any seriously wooded areas near Easton, but there are patches of woods, and a wetland area near Abbot labs. It’s enough woods to temporarily get lost in, but one could find their way out walking in any direction for five minutes or so. There are four wooded areas within a half-mile of Tyler’s last phone ping.
Many news sources didn’t report this last phone call accurately. Brittany stressed that Tyler was not confused in this phone call and sounded coherent, but several sources took Tyler’s earlier confusion in the Uber to mean he was confused and incoherent during this phone call. Brittany maintains this was not true, He sounded like he knew where he was. Online sleuths would later criticize Brittany for not being more worried about her “confused and incoherent' husband based on this misreported information. Immediately after the 4:10 call disconnected, Tyler called Brittany back, but when she picked up the line there was just silence for about four seconds. Brittany called him right back, but his phone went straight to voicemail.
Shortly after this, Brittany and Schon walked in opposite directions on the road in front of the hotel to look for Tyler. They didn’t see him, and Brittany was worried, but Schon thought she was overreacting, and they had a mild disagreement. At this point, Tyler had been walking around for nearly an hour without a coat, and while the high that day was 56, the low was 29, and it was a bit windy and rainy on and off. At 4:15 am footage of what the police initially thought was Tyler walking back to the hotel was shown, but this was actually Schon walking back. This incorrect picture was shown during a press conference, but Brittany corrected it on her TCG appearance.
Around 4:30 AM, Schon went home, since he lived about 10 minutes away. Brittany called a few friends for advice, and they told her she was probably worrying too much, and that Tyler would walk through the door at any moment, and everything would be fine. Her friend Harlee talked with her for a while and reassured her that everything was fine. Brittany found it hard to be calm though and called nearby jails, and hospitals, thinking Tyler might have ended up in the drunk tank.
In the early hours of the next morning Brittany got ahold of an old roommate Adam, who arrived at Easton around 8AM. They drove around, thinking maybe Tyler had passed out on a bench. She called her in laws around 9 or 9:30 to tell them what was going on and Tyler’s father started driving up to Easton.
She then called Columbus Police around 10:30-11AM to report Tyler missing. When the police met with her, she gave them a detailed account of his description, and what he was wearing. He was 29 at the time, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’10 weighing approximately 170 pounds, and wearing dark jeans, a white t-shirt and a dark green flannel. He also has a distinctive birthmark on his arm, going across his chest and up to his neck. The birthmark is visible in a t-shirt. The CPD officer told her that “A 29 year old man can go missing of his own accord, if he chooses” and informed her that there wasn’t much they could do unless he was gone for 72 hours.
Her father in law arrived shortly after and started walking around Easton, looking for his son. Brittany went back to her in-law's house to be with her son for part of the day, but joined her father at Easton to help search in the evening. Brittany and her father in law kept searching until dark. At 1 am they got Easton security involved and let the Hilton know what was going on, and the manager on duty agreed to start pulling footage to look for something useful. A few more friends joined in the search before the day was through. At 8am the next day they stopped searching on foot
Since that day at least six searches have been conducted of the four wooded areas near Easton. Volunteers and dogs from Search and Rescue OH combed the areas looking for clues. The Columbus dive team searched the Wetlands, and equisearch looked at two ponds in the immediate area. Helicopters flew over the area when the weather became more dry, hoping to maybe spot something in the wetlands that they hadn’t found before, but all of the searches turned up nothing. Brittany, along with friends and family, still occasionally band together to distribute flyers in the Easton area, and Brittany still calls Tyler’s phone every day.
In March of 2019 Brittany started the Bring Tyler Davis Home facebook group. She posted information about Tyler and the night he vanished, and the group currently has nearly 10,000 members. As more people joined, Brittany and her family had to moderate and remove posts with rampant speculation. She was then accused of trying to shape the narrative. While criticizing her, online sleuths shared a speeding ticket she got when she was just sixteen years old. They also rifled through her mother, Melissa’s past, at one point saying she had an extensive criminal record. The accusing poster quickly realized they had the wrong Melissa Fields, but rather than apologize, pointed at Melissa’s driving record which had some minor infractions.
The way some networks aired the story didn’t help, as some would only include bits and pieces of Brittany’s story, and one even clipped her statement about all of the things she loved about Tyler down to just “A great provider” leading people to call her a gold digger and say she was just using him for money. One theory on websleuths claims that the reason Tyler was so tired was that Brittany was forcing him to work extra hours so she could have a “nest egg” saved up for when she killed him.
True Crime enthusiast Katie Frederick got banned from Brittany’s group, and started her own called True Crime Junkies - Tyler Davis Missing, Case Discussion. Frederick made it to be a place where people could openly speculate. In Brittany’s group, posts accusing her of murder or criticizing her appearance that added no value to the group were banned, as well as speculation and news stories every time a body was found in Columbus. Brittany was reading all of it, and friends who helped run the group asked people not to post such content.
Frederick’s group allowed for open discussion, much of which was centered on accusing Brittany of involvement in Tyler’s disappearance. Frederick had initially gotten involved after reading about Tyler’s disappearance on a smiley face killer theory page. This theory claims that men in their twenties who fall into bodies of water while out drinking are actually killed by a gang of serial killers. It’s called the Smiley Face Killer theory, because the supposed calling card of this killer or killers is that smiley face graffiti can be found near where the body was recovered or entered the water. Since Tyler Davis is often mentioned in the same breath as Joey Labute Jr. and Brian Shaffer, who are both associated with the theory, some subscribe to that idea. Joey Labute Jr’s body was found in the Scioto River near Scioto Audubon metro park, and Brian Shaffer is often mentioned with the smiley face theory because he was a drunk man in his twenties, which is the supposed demographic. Since Tyler was a drunk man in his twenties, and there are wetlands near Abbot labs, believers of the theory have been speculating about Tyler Davis since very early on in the case.
Early on Brittany got involved with Lori Davis, who runs the Missing in Ohio facebook group. Lori Davis is a Columbus local who also runs the missing website for Brian Shaffer, and had been very close with Brian Shaffer’s family. Lori helped Brittany assemble a detailed timeline of events the night Tyler vanished, by putting together receipts and phone records. In April of 2019 Britany would go on True Crime Garage, a prolific podcast local to Columbus. Brittany would use her timeline and notes from that night to ensure she was saying accurate information.
After her true crime garage appearance, people accused Brittany of sounding scripted, since she was partly reading from notes she’d compiled since Tyler’s disappearance. The co-host of TCG, the Captain said in her defense “she has very detailed accounts and people were like, 'She sounds scripted.' Well, if your loved one went missing, I'd hope you'd sit down and write down all the facts and anything you can remember, too.
In the first part of the True Crime garage episode, Schon’s name was accidentally left in at one point, although they had tried to censor it throughout. The next day, people on websleuths were pointing out that it was said, and the Crime Junkies facebook page was cross-referencing Brittany and Tyler’s pages to find a friend named Schon, though the unusual spelling threw them off. Wanting to help his friend, Schon had posted information about Tyler on his page, and given out his personal number. Online sleuths quickly connected the dots, and eventually someone posted Schons’ name, phone number and home address on websleuths. Possibly facebook as well but if it was posted there it has quickly been deleted. It was just one day after the release of the podcast that all of Schon’s information was made available to the public.
On may 6th Schon would call True Crime Garage to discuss the case with them and give his account of events. He said that he has been questioned by police, and they looked at him and his wife’s phone records. This small tidbit of information would fuel more pointless facebook discussions, where sleuths would say Schon didn’t “seem like a married man” since he’d gone to a strip club, and been somewhere in the hotel room when Brittany was finishing up showering, meaning he surely must have watched her get dressed. He said there is surveillance footage of them exiting the uber. He also went into detail about a few sightings in Ohio of Tyler. He said they all seemed credible, as they mentioned a man with a distinct birthmark, but none of them ended up being Tyler.
Doxxing was nothing new to Brittany and her mother Melissa. People were threatening to come to Brittany’s house, and calling her to harass her. They called Tyler’s parents as well, and speculation ran rampant that Aaron was actually Schon’s son not Tyler’s. A popular theory online was that the reason Tyler stormed off in the first place was because Brittany and Schon had been flirting. One poster even threatened to call children’s services, alleging that Brittany must have been mistreating her child if she would murder her husband. Meanwhile Schon started getting death threats, and all of the facebook groups involved got more members joining, despite remaining private.
At one point Brittany got involved with ' ‘We can bring you hope” and an organization run by Michelle Helman Bender. Bender got very involved in Tyler’s disappearance, conducting her own “investigation”. Brittany sent Bender her timeline, which included Tyler’s email password, and Bender logged into Tyler’s email. Brittany got a notification that someone in Pennsylvania had accessed Tyler’s email, but quickly realized it was Bender. She changed the password and told the police about the incident.
In July author Andy Downing would write an article for Columbus Alive called “The Disappearance of Tyler Davis and the Rise of the True Crime Complex”. He would truncate and somewhat rework a version of this article to go out in the Dispatch as well. In the Dispatch article, he took the same approach as Dateline, omitting the strip club entirely in the story, even though he’d mentioned it in his longer article. Whether this was done to make the story more family-friendly, or attempt to try and keep the discussion focused on Tyler’s disappearance rather than speculation about his marriage, some online sleuths did not realize that both articles were written by the same man, and once again went into a frenzy about Brittany changing her story. Ironically enough, a quote Brittany said in this article about the news coverage thus far became oddly appropriate "I've done so many interviews, and talked to so many people, and I told everyone the same story each time, but they can all spin it, I'm telling you my story, but I'm not going to write your article, so you can write it in any direction you feel, which is obviously your right. But if I had six different writers and I tell them all the same story, they're not going to write the same thing, which makes people say, 'Her story doesn't match up.' ... This has never happened to me before, so I'm just trying to navigate the waters as best I can."
In the Dispatch version of the article, Columbus police sergeant Daniel Weaver said of the internet and media’s involvement in the case that, "There are so many competing forces involved in this, and it's almost taken on a life of its own, It's hard to discern between valid information and armchair quarterbacks who read into things that just aren't true." He runs the missing persons/exploited children’s unit and said that the case is absolutely still active, but he doesn't want to release any details and add to the social media mess.
These articles interviewed Katie Frederick herself and when asked about her involvement in the case or how her group might affect the investigation, Katie said “That's a hard one to answer because of course, it concerns me, but at the same time I don't think anything we do on Facebook is going to interfere with what they're doing in real life. For the most part, our group is just a discussion group."
In that same article, Brittany disagreed with Frederick’s stance that social media was not harming her case. After having experienced months of the public criticizing her voice, her weight, and her feelings for her husband she said "We've all seen how damaging social media is, and there's going to be a point, regardless of the outcome, regardless if Tyler pops up tomorrow, there's going to be a point maybe 15 years down the road when our son gets online and finds this. He's going to see people talking so badly about his dad and me, and it's just so awful, and I don't think people are considering the gravity of what they're saying and how it can really affect people. I pray to God our son never has to hear about all of that. I really just want Tyler to come home so we can finally move on."
The original posts have been deleted, but at one point the death of Brittany’s father was a huge topic of discussion among the Crime Junkies Facebook group. He passed away on August 29th 2009. He’d been drinking heavily and passed out in his truck, and when a fire started in the engine compartment he never woke up. His body was found the next day, as he’d been idling in his van in an alleyway. Posters speculated that Brittany’s mother Melissa Fields had killed her husband, and Brittany was simply following the family tradition by killing Tyler. One group discussion speculated that the reason Brittany and her mother were so close was that they were both helping each other cover up murders.
During this controversy, a youtube channel specializing in tarot crime readings covered the case. For those unfamiliar with the practice, Tarot readers will sometimes do readings on unsolved cases to try and figure out what happened. In the video, a camera is pointed at two tarot card decks and a pile of crystals. The reader is behind the camera, and selects cards out of view, though you can hear them shuffling in the background to assure viewers that the cards were indeed chosen at random. In the video the reading backs up all of the popular theories, saying that Brittany and Schon were in love and conspired to kill Tyler and that Melissa was under investigation for killing her husband. Melissa is not and was never under investigation for her husband's death, but this YouTuber claims otherwise.
Katie Marie Frederick would at one point attempt to make some form of amends to Brittany by setting up an Amazon wishlist for her. The request went through Melissa, who absolutely refused to give Frederick her address, and assumed she was using the wishlist as a ploy to harass them. It is worth noting that Frederick seemed genuine in her attempt, and Frederick had started banning people who spread any personal information about Brittany or Melissa. However, we know from the Columbus Alive article that at one point online sleuths posted a picture of the van that Melissa’s husband died in, so her attitude is more than understandable.
Though Frederick does at times seem genuine in helping Brittany later on, she posted the 911 call Brittany made and asked if she sounded suspicious, and would blatantly ask her Facebook group to dig into Brittany and Tyler’s lives and see if they were in debt, as that could have been a strain on their marriage.
On July 15th Brittany wrote “Yesterday I attended the Missing Persons Day in Columbus. I connected with different law enforcement offices and organizations that have assisted in the search for Tyler. I met families that are dealing with the same unfortunate circumstance of a missing loved one. I was shocked to see the number of people that deal with this on a daily basis. Please remember to be kind, you never know what anyone else is going through. Cherish your family. Be grateful for what you have. Our family will never stop looking, searching or asking questions. We will remain hopeful & continue to stay positive. I appreciate your support, shares, and prayers in our family's time of distress. Please keep your eyes open, be vigilant & stay safe.”
On July 18th, 2019 it was Aaron’s birthday and Lori Davis posted an amazon wish list for Brittany and Tyler’s son Aaron, saying he loves Winnie the Pooh and Shrek. Support poured in from the group.
On October 3rd 2019 The Columbus Police Department held a press conference to discuss the case with the public. Lead Detective Jason Brammer answered questions and stressed that the wooded areas around Easton had been searched. Brammer and another officer mentioned that the press conference was part of the sheriff's attempts to be more open to the public, in an effort to get the police, the media, and the public to all work together as best as they can and solve the case.
The True Crime Garage episode is still referenced as one of the most detailed accounts of that night, as only a few news articles covered the disappearance. One reporter in the crowd asked Brammer if he was following what people were saying in podcasts at all and he responded with “I do not follow podcasts, I follow evidence”
Brammer was asked a few questions about if he had any theories, or was leaning one way or another in regards to what happened. He simply stressed that he wasn’t letting himself get wrapped up in any theories or lean in any particular direction so that he could keep an open mind and investigate all angles thoroughly as leads came in.
Near the end of the press conference, Brittany was given the floor, and as she started to tear up, Brammer put his hand on her back, encouraging her to keep talking. She asked the public to come forward with anything they knew saying “It’s been a really long time, and I deserve answers”.
That same day Katie Marie Frederick posted on Facebook, apparently after having a change of heart saying “The first thing I want to say is that we have seen evidence that cannot be released publicly. This evidence has led me to believe that Brittany Davis is 100% innocent. Obviously I can not control how any of you feel. However, I do ask that even if you may believe she is guilty, please think about this: what if she isn’t? If she is not guilty then that means she is mourning the loss of her husband and the father of her child.Before you type, ask yourself: is what I’m about to say beneficial to anyone, or am I just being cruel?Brittany has caught a TON of hatred and I just don’t think that is fair. Now I will be the first to admit that a lot of that hatred came from this group that I created and from me specifically. But that stops now. I apologize for all of that and for any pain I have caused Brittany and those who love her and Tyler. Since I made this group we have made a few more. And we have learned a lot. There are many things that I regret and I am so sorry that things got so ugly. I wish I could take back so much of what was said and done. Unfortunately, I cannot. I just ask that moving forward, we focus on Tyler and remember that there are still people here who love him and miss him dearly. As far as any of us KNOW, Brittany is innocent and that makes her a victim in all of this. Some of you may feel otherwise, but a feeling is not evidence.”
Websleuths and Facebook are still rife with people trying to solve the case. One poster on websleuths pointed out that there were many surface-level similarities between this case and that of Brian Shaffer. In both cases the night in question started at a steakhouse, there were two men and one woman out on the town, and the man who eventually vanished left to go off on his own for “mysterious” reasons. Many of the same theories thrown out in the Brian Shaffer case are also mentioned for Tyler, with some people claiming that he must have fallen in the construction of a new Easton parking garage, and is now part of the structure, or saying he ran away to start a new life, in the middle of the night, while he was drunk.
Anytime the case is mentioned on Reddit, the top comments are almost always about Brittany acting suspiciously. Of course, there are statistics to back up why people tend to assume a spouse in foul play. From 1980-2008 16.3 percent of all homicides were committed by an intimate partner, making it nearly one in five. But does a 16.3% chance justify harassing someone who is now raising a young child on her own, and mourning the disappearance of her husband?
Lori Davis occasionally gets calls from Brittany when she’s frustrated with how the case is going, and she’ll talk her through it. Telling her to do what she can, and not let the negativity get to her. But there’s only so much Brittany can do before she’s left with no option but to wait.
In January of 2020 Brittany took and passed a polygraph in relation to her husband's disappearance.
As of March of 2020 Brittany is largely absent on her Facebook group, instead opting to let others post about their missing loved ones. Right now the most recent post is that of Andy Chapman, a man who went missing in 2006. Whenever a body is discovered anywhere near Columbus it gets posted in the websleuths subreddit, and occasionally in the Subreddit about Brian Shaffer. Tyler’s disappearance, perhaps in part due to the controversy, has quickly climbed the ranks to being one of the most well known missing person cases in Columbus, meaning many people know what he looks like, and are keeping an eye out for him. This also means that the numbers in all Facebook groups involved continue to climb, and speculation on all social media platforms shows no signs of stopping.
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2020.04.17 00:02 ElizabethDLindsey Elijah Down the Hall

Elijah Down the Hall
Nostalgia floods over Joy's thoughts; she imagines her bouncy child, happy and chunky. The long hallway held her foot prints, worn into the wood from the many journeys. Many a night was spent rocking and dancing with her infant, settling him to sleep. The memories are warm and fuzzy, but now, 16 years later, the present is cold and far too familiar. The hall is scuffed with marks, reminders of the carefree, "used-to-be" days.
Despite a woman of her intelligence, still lovely, demure, but filled with strength, Joy never remarried. Her best friend, her other half, died many years ago, and Joy never desired another. She spent all of her energy on Elijah, creating a comfortable space, both respecting each other's privacy. Six months ago, all became topsy-turvy for both.
Joy had worked as a teacher and loved the summers off. Every summer she would take Elijah on a family vacation. This summer, they chose the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Islands. Three days into the euphoric get away, Elijah fell off the ship, cutting his right leg on the anchor chains. The gash required 32 stitches and a blood transfusion. Into the fifth day of the vacation, however, the new Elijah reared its ugly head.
Being a young boy, an abundance of caution and the nature of the accident earned a 72 hour stint in the hospital. Joy, never leaving his side and being a stranger to the locale, welcomed the hospitality that the staff offered. The metamorphosis began that first night; an agonizing constant burning and pinching in his gut that the medical professionals could not explain. Enough blood work was performed to practically turn him into a human pin cushion. None showed any trace of infection, yet the intensity of his pains continued to an unbearable state. The doctors, having no reasonable explanations, decided to keep him in a medically induced coma, running test after test.
However, approximately 24 hours later, all trace of the mysterious illness had dissolved into thin air. When they revived him, Elijah was not only back to normal, but already putting weight on the maimed leg, and laughing and joking with his exhausted mother. The doctors were relieved, chalking it up to a unique reaction to the boy’s trauma. After his time was done, Joy and Elijah headed back to the hotel, packed, and flew back home.
* * *
Number 30.
Joy always kept count of the number of kills she had committed. This body before her, right here, right now, is Subject 30. As Joy drags her down the hall, with barely a whisper more than the sound of cloth against worn wood, she hears the almost inaudible but satisfied grunt of her son, being able to smell his dinner just moments away.
Joy came from a loving, middle-class household. Thank God, both of her parents are dead now, she thinks, as she considers the evening’s chores, the distraught loved ones, the destroyed innocent victims. Her whole existence has become "the Feeder.” She is no longer a person, but a vessel for her child's hunger. The bond of love and trust between Mother and Son now went above the norm, turning into a grotesque relationship. She seems to stay a bit addled and doubtful. For certain, she’s sure, she made mistakes in the beginning, no room there for ethical judgment at the time. Elijah had to be her number one responsibility to survive. Now in too deep, ambiguity has no place here.
In some ways, Joy feels as if she were transformed into a supernatural creature, herself. She could not believe that this is now her reason for eating, walking, and talking, to fulfill the same routine, day in and day out. Her morality? Her morality is a fucking wreck, she says to herself, but what choice did she have? Joy knows she has no choice but to keep pushing through. Deep beneath, her only driving thought back then was that of a mother whose baby was dying. "I have to keep my son alive.”
Turmoil and restlessness was the new Joy; many a night has been spent praying for death, both for her and Elijah; she awakens each morning, disappointed when with daylight comes the horrific daily routine, beginning all over again. With a tinge of laughter, she finds regret with her obsessive devotion to her favorite TV show, "The Walking Dead”, and all things zombie, and to her dismay, watching her baby change, and watching the fiction become daily life.
Her nights are spent drinking Red Bull after Red Bull, tirelessly researching the Internet is her only comfort.
Zombie, n. /zämbē/ . A fictional undead being created through the reanimation of a corpse; a Haitian folklore, the dead are reanimated through mystery, voodoo,or magic
Yes, “the dead...” Her boy, whom she birthed into the universe. DEAD. Grief has not been a comfort for some time now. Weirdly, this is a relief in itself these days. She reads on further, on another site.
...Methods such as by carrier or by accidental injury, from an introduction into the bloodstream; always a wound, or a needed transfusion. This meant that, out in the world, others DO exist. She feels woozy and sick, again wanting to call the press, the army, someone, ANYONE... and yet, hitting her in the face like a shovel, inadvertently becoming an evil person by not just action, but inaction. No choice but to keep a secret, she will not risk her own family's safety.
Being filled with yet more dread, Joy could not take it any longer. It was time for a meal. Closing her laptop, she makes the walk to her car as if to a gallows, and as many times before now drives to an underpass, one she hasn’t used in quite a while. She checks her makeup, unbuttons the blouse a little further, pops the hood, and becomes the "damsel in distress.” Always a low-cut blouse, with high-rise shorts -- despite having had a child, her looks still never fail to stop a poor sap. This time Subject 31 is male.
"You need help, miss?" Early 30s, clean cut, a bit scrawny, but still a winner.
"Oh, thank God you stopped, it just sputtered out on me. I’m terrible with these things, and I can’t reach anyone."
"Let me take a look.”
“Thank you, you’re so sweet…” Hair behind the ear... brief friendly smile...
Joy always steps to the side, grabs the ice pick and slides up behind the good Samaritan, close but not so close as to feel like she invades their space. Four to six quick stabs to the kidneys with the ice pick, depending on the size of the subject, usually puts them down. He drops, and after one quick stab to the base of the neck, he stops moving, except for the occasional spasm. Joy, quickly pulling the blanket from the car, wraps it around him and, using her powerful legs, drags him into the back seat.
She stays reminded that no witchcraft, no magic genie, no warlock with a "change back“ spell has ever been found as an option. This is no movie, urban myth or television show. To complete her tasks, Joy morphs into someone else, something else entirely. She always thought of it as if an object, a mobile mannequin of sorts, comes to life during the killings and does them for her, and then afterwards it goes away, and she goes back to being herself - stepping out of, and then back into, herself.
* * *
The first one still manages to give her nightmares; her desperate state in the beginning forced a phone call to a plumber. Upon his arrival, ringing the bell, Joy welcomed him into the home, and as he stepped in she bashed him over the head with a mallet. It was a mess, blood everywhere, but the mess kept Elijah’s appetite sated for nearly 3 days. She mourned for a while; she mourned her little Elijah becoming a cannibal, and she mourned the plumber, who had three daughters and a wife of 22 years.
Fortunately, he was self-employed, and not one much for record keeping, and she was quite surprisingly thorough in the cleanup and disposal of his little utility pickup. Joy watched the pleas of his family on a couple of news press conferences; however, after a month or so, the search came to an end. Either she WAS that good, or luck favored her with a police force who really didn’t care all that much and assumed that he had abandoned his wife and children, she wasn’t sure. The public was another saving grace; leave it to the Internet to forget about a simple disappearance so quickly. The public became bored quickly enough, and because there was not a “serial killer “leaving a cryptic message to the police, or a celebrity fashion faux pas, then it didn’t matter, and wasn’t glamorous enough.
* * *
Every zombie depicted in the media was ugly, stiff and oozing fluids out of all orifices; but her Elijah looked as he always had. The only devastating change physically was a speech impediment, losing his use of speech to the point of groaning, weird noises, and hating Joy, spewing threats to her in “grunt form.“ Joy was ignorant to the changes happening inside her now-”undead” son. The brain no longer functioned, really, no care, no worry, no empathy, just the hunger for human flesh. Joy, however, is terrified of him because she has seen enough, and read plenty, about the strength of the “zombie.” As a result, Joy decided to keep Elijah chained up in his room. She simply could not find the bravery to “suck it up “and end his life, no matter the number of people she had to kill.
* * *
The following morning, Joy walks down the stairs to the deep freezer, purchased when her new reality had set in. She grabs Elijah's new breakfast and drags it to him. Quickly opening the door and placing the body directly in front of him, she makes a hasty exist and slams the door shut. She places her ear to the door and waits for the grunting to end, and for the wet, sucking sounds to begin as he drinks the bones dry of marrow. Nothing. Still grunting.
“What, why?” Joy pondered ...of course, she figures, he needs maybe some variety with his meals. As seemingly bizarre and foolish to consider, Joey gets her keys and heads to the supermarket. A small part of Joy looks rather cheerful as she pushes the cart down the aisles, choosing fresh vegetables and herbs for a spicy human stir-fry. Elijah was, after all, a huge fan of all things spicy…. Next came the frozen food section, for pizza makings, planning substitutions of body innards, and adding enough cheese for a teenage boy’s dream feast. Lastly, she hits the baking aisle, choosing fondant to add a sweet treat to his new and improved meals.
Returning home, pulling up into the driveway, she unloads her car, a smile on her lips, thinking of happier times, as she begins creating her cuisine with a zombie-friendly twist. Deciding on the stir fry, she adds chopped brains, curry, turmeric, habanero, and spices. Her grisly repast completed, she returns to Elijah’s room, sliding in the tray, closing the door and waiting for sounds of satisfaction. Instead, all she hears are throaty groans of anger, and a tone of sadness intermixed that she has never heard before in this state.
Joy, completely at a loss, begins to break. She breaks down, sobbing by the doorway; her boy, her Elijah, all she has sacrificed to keep him alive… she runs, fetching an arm and leg from the freezer, desperately opening the door, still fearful, offers it but runs back and closing the sturdy door tightly. The grunts stop, and she’s filled with relief, and happiness, slumping to the floor, exhausted by the efforts.
* * *
The next morning, Joy, now familiar with the sounds of her Elijah, rises to a quiet house. “What’s going on? “She asks herself, and unbolts and opens his door. Elijah lies on his bed, eyes awake, staring ahead, but with ragged breathing. Joy approaches him, the fear gone. The hate he typically spits at her is not present.
Suddenly, Joy is weary. She is tired of the world she lives… no, has made, killing and living in this cruel hell for both of them. Stricken by anger, she grabs him by the gore-covered shirt, his senseless form seeming to not even be alert to her presence. She punches him. “DAMN IT!” She strikes him again, and again, harder and harder.
Elijah jerks to a semblance of life. He sits bolt upright, and grabs her with the ferocity of a desperate animal, and bites deeply, blood spattering, flowing freely, as he takes a chunk out of her left breast. He feeds; he continues, gouging, and devouring, and gorging, until Joy is no more. Something inside that which was Elijah stirs; the old part, deep down someplace inside him still, unreachable before. Chains rattling, holding the meat and bones, cradling it, he cries out, in a voice scrambled and ragged.
“MA MA...”
Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
- The Sonnets, Shakespeare
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2020.03.30 23:54 thecambridgegeek Audio Drama/Fiction/RPG Debuts - March 2020

I've got what I think is a mostly exhaustive list of the new audio series that came out this month, which may be of interest to those looking for new shows. See below. Anyone want to tell me any I've missed, and I'll update it? (Note, "new" here means that the Ep1 of the RSS feed was released, or a previously non-fiction feed started producing fiction.) Listened to any of them that you would recommend?
3/1: Suns of the Fathers (RPG - Horror)
Site: https://www.necropodicon.com/sotf
Synopsis: Suns of the Fathers is a real-play, Sci-Fi, Horror, Roleplay Podcast. Four survivors work against increasing odds as their sanity ebbs away with each passing moment. Alone, afraid, and hunted by unimaginable horrors - how long can they make it?
RSS Feed: https://www.necropodicon.com/sotf?format=rss

3/1: Welcome to Fortuity (RPG - Western)
Site: https://isolatedcitygaming.com/category/shows/welcome-to-fortuity/
Synopsis: Welcome to Fortuity is an actual play Dungeons and Dragons set in a wild west frontier town at the borders of a kingdom of magic. Think cowboy elves and you're halfway there. Join Ryan, Trevor and our Dungeon Master Ross as they weave a tale of fantasy nonsense and try and make dumb jokes along the way.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.transistor.fm/welcome-to-fortuity

3/2: I Exist (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://www.mortalityworx.com/
Synopsis: A fiction podcast that explores life, death, and existence, with a healthy dose of necromancy, and sarcasm.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/826456.rss

3/2: Microphones & Monsters (RPG - Horror)
Site: https://microphonesandmonsters.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Microphones & Monsters is a Cthulhu Mythos 5e D&D actual play podcast. We are combining cosmic horror into a high fantasy setting in the world of Dunzautera. Join us in madness as our heroes solve mysteries, encounter alien technology, and try to survive the dread from eldritch entities.
RSS Feed: https://microphonesandmonsters.com/feed.xml

3/2: Three Ports in a Storm (RPG - Urban fantasy)
Site: http://www.scp-wiki.net/tpias-hub
Synopsis: Matt (GreenWolf) is joined by fellow Third Law collaborators TyGently, ch00bakka, and tawny for a weekly roleplaying campaign in the weirdest city in the multiverse. Three Portlands is in crisis, and with the municipal government unable or unwilling to act, the task falls upon an unsanctioned paramilitary group funded by rogue Alderman Stephen McClure. Facing off against multinational corporations, organized crime, political cabals, labor cartels, religious cultists, and global conspiracies, this ragtag group of misfits and meddlers must try to save the Weird City, whether it likes it or not.
RSS Feed: https://api.podcache.net/shows/5af1a111-e948-475f-9f7d-913f572ddd88/feed

3/2: Tomorrow, the Void (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://tomorrowthevoidpodcast.com/
Synopsis: Light-years away from a dying Earth, humanity’s last hope rides aboard the Dellingr, a ship on course to a distant planet to start life anew. Follow the five crew members on board, far away from all they knew and loved, tasked with a mission that is falling apart in unexpected, strange, and horrific ways. Are all the classic sci-fi’s wrong? Is love really the answer to everything? Or was this all doomed from the start?
RSS Feed: https://tomorrowthevoid.libsyn.com/rss

3/3: Believer (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://believerpodcast.com/
Synopsis: Lara Campbell used to believe in ghosts. Now she pretends to believe in them for money. But when her ex-partner goes missing in a town with some very mysterious issues, she may have to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew. BELIEVER is a paranormal fiction podcast about ghosts, cryptids, demons, cosmic entities, and the fake psychic who doesn't believe they exist.
RSS Feed: https://believer.libsyn.com/rss

3/4: Daft Dice Project (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: https://shows.acast.com/daft-dice-project
Synopsis: An Actual Play Podcast with a focus on showcasing games that don't get the attention they should!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/5e1e7206a77f8f7b32cac278

3/4: HAVOC (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://bchavocpod.podbean.com/
Synopsis: An audio drama told in transmissions between Houston and NASA's abandoned High Altitude Venus Operational Carrier (HAVOC). When radio operator Noah Anderson receives a distress call from Dr. Avery Beck, the pair must unravel the mystery behind the ghost ship - before it unravels them.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/bchavocpod/feed.xml

3/5: Dungeons & Dweebs (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/914851.rss
Synopsis: Dungeons & Dweebs is our twist on an actual play D&D podcast where we dive deep into an all new home-brew adventure the likes of which you've never seen... or heard. So join us as we delve into the mysteries of The Isle of Chains and find out if our heroes have what it takes to turn the tide of darkness and have some laughs along the way!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/914851.rss

3/5: Gone (RPG - Thriller)
Site: https://www.tablestory.tv/series/gone/
Synopsis: Who are we but our memories? What if our memories are wrong? GONE is an episodic, surreal thriller tabletop actual play using the new Nibiru system about identity, memory, and what makes us who we are.
RSS Feed: https://www.tablestory.tv/series/gone/feed/

3/6: 1954 (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://packingshedtheatrecompany.co.uk/1954/
Synopsis: This series re-imagines George Orwell’s 1984 taking its inspiration from the line in the original book where Winston Smith recalls “perhaps it was the time when the atomic bomb had fallen on Colchester.” Set thirty years previously we follow the events that lead up to that catastrophic event and then the dystopian nightmare that becomes Big Brother.

3/6: D&D Minus (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://danddminus.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: The actual play podcast with all the swearing and dick jokes you've been waiting for.
RSS Feed: https://danddminus.libsyn.com/rss

3/6: In Strahd We Trust (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://in-strahd-we-trust.simplecast.com/
Synopsis: Fantasy... mystery... indistinct European accents. Something’s wrong in the land of Barovia - and it’s up to our four plucky adventurers to save the day. Join our table for this weekly D&D 5E podcast based on the Curse of Strahd adventure. Fasten your armour, grab some ale, and roll for initiative!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/eHToY73e

3/7: Do We Level Up? (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://dowelevelup.buzzsprout.com/
Synopsis: A homebrew, Dungeons and Dragons 5e adventure. Join our party of adventurers as we explore and uncover the mysteries of the exotic land of Galandria.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/889129.rss

3/7: Dungeon Manager (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://dungeonmanagercampaign.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Set in Faerûn after the “Age of Heroes,” this UK D&D actual play campaign follows five disparate adventurers as they tackle corruption and injustice in a world without hope.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/dungeonmanagercampaign/feed.xml

3/7: Laboratory 62 (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: https://laboratory-62.simplecast.com/
Synopsis: In this Tales from the Loop actual play podcast four friends gather to take on the role of kids in a technologically astounding 80s. In the world created by Simon Stålenhag, the kids investigate mysteries but most of all crack jokes and harass their GM. Join us you won’t regret it.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/4EaYYqjd

3/8: Destination: Earth (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://destinationearth.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Destination: Earth is a riveting, fully scripted audio drama in 10 parts. The war between humans and Gray has been going on for longer than anyone can remember. Spin Braddock, a down-on-his-luck wheeler-dealer and Garvey, his pilot and best friend, get by doing odd jobs for shady clients. They cross paths with Jenna Anderton, a 15-year-old girl, who makes them an offer they can’t refuse. Her father, a history professor at the local museum, wants to enlist them to help fulfil his lifelong dream: to find long-lost planet Earth from which humans once set out to conquer the stars. Reluctantly, Spin and Garvey accept. After all, everyone knows that Earth is just a myth...
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/destinationearth/feed.xml

3/8: Queens of Adventure: Legends (RPG - Anthology)
Site: https://queensofadventure.com/legends-episodes/
Synopsis: Dungeons & Dragons & Drag Queens come together in stand alone comedy adventures! Queens of Adventure: Legends is our second podcast. It’s the place for live shows, one-shots, and stand alone side stories in a world of Dungeons & Drag Queens.
RSS Feed: https://queensofadventure.com/legends-episodes?format=rss

3/10: Graph Paper Theater (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: http://graphpapertheater.podbean.com/
Synopsis: A weekly RPG actual play podcast that focuses on one-shot/short campaigns using a variety of game systems.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/graphpapertheatefeed.xml

3/10: Party Foul (RPG - Anthology)
Site: https://anchor.fm/roman-arnaize
Synopsis: A weekly dungeons and dragons podcast where we take your favorite animated movies and fairy tales and make a parody of these stories in a dnd setting.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/15a12114/podcast/rss

3/10: The Devil Hates Mondays (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: http://devilhatesmondays.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: The Devil Hates Mondays is a supernatural audiocomedy about a Regular Guy that gets caught up in a Not-So-Regular situation.
RSS Feed: http://devilhatesmondays.libsyn.com/rss

3/11: Body Horror (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p086934c/episodes/downloads
Synopsis: What price a new body? Welcome to 2050, where the booming transplant industry can cater for all your wildest desires.
RSS Feed: https://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/p086934c.rss

3/11: ESCAPE! (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://robertwtinsley.com/home/full-cast-audio-fiction/
Synopsis: AMI-42, the command AI for the damaged secret research vessel, New Dawn, finds itself alone with an escaped experimental subject that has killed all the human crew and now wants to kill AMI.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/13df97d4/podcast/rss

3/13: The Loathsome Lambton Worm (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://soundcloud.com/lambton-worm
Synopsis: Sergeant Neil Howie was looking for a missing girl. He thought he’d found her – but it was they who had found him. Rescued from the brink of fiery death, Sergeant Howie struggles to readjust to everyday life on the mainland. Irrevocably haunted and scarred by his experiences on Summerisle, he nonetheless feels drawn back to the island. But Summerisle has changed since May Day – and so has Howie. Now, the ultimate test of faith awaits him. The Loathsome Lambton Worm is a feature-length, full-cast audio drama sequel to the cult horror classic, The Wicker Man, based on an original treatment by Anthony Shaffer.
RSS Feed: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:712924870/sounds.rss

3/13: Thirteen (Fiction - Horror)
Site: https://audioboom.com/channels/5020042
Synopsis: Feature length, atmospheric, spooky stories told on the Thirteenth of each month. Explore an eerie universe of supernatural and occult tales.
RSS Feed: https://audioboom.com/channels/5020042.rss

3/14: The Black Serpent (Fiction - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/theblackserpent/
Synopsis: The Black Serpent is a dark fantasy audio drama that follows the tale of Jason Briggs and his struggle in a parallel world where he must fight against magic, assassins, mythical monsters, and more.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1644f870/podcast/rss

3/16: The Shelf Life (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://shelflifesitcom.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: THE SHELF LIFE is a short-form podcast sitcom about Blue Cat Books, a small independent bookstore in a quaint, American town, and the store’s owner, Edwin Charles, as he deals with the daily nuisance of his customers and neighbors.
RSS Feed: https://shelflifesitcom.libsyn.com/rss

3/17: Rainbow in the Dark (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://anchor.fm/ritd/
Synopsis: Follow Calvin Rinter as he tries to survive after escaping the Sustainia. A spaceship that became infected with the G Virus which decimated Earth.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/16dfee5c/podcast/rss

3/17: The Tales of Kirby City (RPG - Superhero)
Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/935101
Synopsis: A Real Play (RPG) Role Playing Game podcast powered by FATE. A rotating group of friends play an adventure narrative as original super people, who fight to keep their capes clean as they battle evil in a strange comic book inspired world with fiends, friends, monsters, and mystery! Great for Newbies to RPG games, or anyone who wants more superhero fun in their ears. KA-POW!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/935101.rss

3/18: RanDMised (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://randmised.co.uk/
Synopsis: RanDMised is a new take on the classic D&D podcast format. Instead of one single DM, each week we roll to see which of our four players gets ripped from time and forced into the DM chair. With potential DMs and players, Callum Thomson, David Keown, Anna Woroniecka, Rui Monteiro and Liam Wright - the story can take some dramatic twists and turns thanks to the enigmatic minds of each of our players. Filled with intrigue, comedy and thrills, RanDMised will keep you guessing as to what happens next.
RSS Feed: https://randmised.sounder.fm/show/WzPXz/rss.xml

3/19: Corrections - Survival of the Fittest (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: https://correctionssurvival.com
Synopsis: A serial audio drama created by real inmates in a real maximum security prison. Over a period of three years, a team of a dozen inmates worked with university teachers to create a script for an unfolding audio drama -- one that would entertain their peers while confronting the health issues they all face. Then, using nothing but the most limited recording equipment, these men performed and recorded what they had written. The result is fiction -- but a story revealing the truth these men know and live every day.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/correctionssurvival/

3/19: Marvels (Dramatised - Adaptation)
Site: http://marvelspodcast.com/
Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, Marvels takes place in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, high above New York City for the fate of the world. One intrepid photographer, an ambitious college student, and a cynical journalist embark on an investigation to confirm or debunk one of the most super-powered conspiracy theories of all time.
RSS Feed: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/aaea4e69-af51-495e-afc9-a9760146922b/f1159593-8387-45b5-9e72-ab6d013b8405/86f8ce69-ba20-492a-93b0-ab6d013ceebc/podcast.rss

3/19: MAYDAY - Fiction for the Future (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://mayday.simplecast.com/
Synopsis: The world of science fiction, although it sometimes seems so far away from what we know as reality, has roots in the world around us today. Add in some extreme imagination and a radical escalation of human capabilities or imperfections, and there is some pretty viable material to build on. Perhaps that is why some say the genre is uniquely equipped to hold up a mirror to the present. We at Mayday Magazine happen to believe in the power of fictional stories to grow our minds and imagination. Take a listen to the future — maybe nearer than we think — with these original shorts.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/mTwWqtVI

3/19: The Triton Incident (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Site: https://linktr.ee/Archiact
Synopsis: Disaster at sea: a massive research vessel lost to a rogue wave, though the sinking did not make the news, and the families of her crew were left without answers. Follow one young woman on her journey to unravel the dangerous mysteries surrounding the Triton incident, even if the truth may reopen old wounds. As she may soon learn: some depths are better left unexplored.
RSS Feed: https://media.rss.com/thetritonincident/feed.xml

3/20: Douchebags and Disasters (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://dbnd.buzzsprout.com/
Synopsis: Hey you nerdy bitches!!!!! If you are looking for heroic deeds, fantastic adventure, and EPIC story telling.....well we may not be for you. Join Zoess(the child rouge with her trusty teddy bear), Ecum (the kobold paladin with unknown goals), Rein (the elf warlock who is in need of new management), Catchi Yoda (the tortul monk whose fist hits as hard as his insults), and Arthur (the human bard who's as quick with his blades as he is with his hurdy gurdy) as this group of mostly chaotic assholes try to stumble through saving the world and more importantly their own asses.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/867766.rss

3/20: Story Fort (Fiction - Children)
Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/944113
Synopsis: Audio stories for kids! Imagination igniting stories that will inspire your children and make them smile.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/944113.rss

3/20: The Lake Shore Four (Fiction - Children)
Site: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/860782.rss
Synopsis: Meet the Lake Shore Four! These four kids are brothers and sisters who go to visit their grandparents at their lake house. They discover a raft and decide to go exploring. While out on the water they encounter a mysterious red floating object. Laugh with them as they discover what it is! This story is meant for younger elementary aged children (K-4th grade). It is meant to encourage siblings to speak kindly to each other, work together, problem solve, and be friends. Meet Zoe, Gus, Pax, and Eden as they adventure together as The Lake Shore Four!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/860782.rss

3/21: Havok Story Podcast (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://anchor.fm/havok-story-podcast
Synopsis: A semi-monthly audio narration of selected Flash Fiction stories from Havok Publishing. We cover genres from science fiction to fantasy, mystery to drama, humor to thriller! Hosted by Magnus Carlssen and written by authors from around the globe, there's a little something for every fiction lover in this podcast!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1451061c/podcast/rss

3/21: Once Upon A Table (RPG - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://onceuponatablepod.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Join Glen, Niko, Andy and Sam for a laugh and a story as they adventure together in this actual play Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a fictional version of modern day Milwaukee.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/onceuponatablepod/feed.xml

3/21: Spellbound (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/946528
Synopsis: Spellbound is fairy tale inspired, actual play D&D podcast, featuring DM Emma Carter and players Kelsea Botwinik-Hruza, Rebecca Munoz, and Lydia Miller. It follows the adventures of Delaelia, the elven ranger, Feliks, the gnome fighter (atop his goat Ramsay), and Princess Theia of Highguard, the Wild Magic sorceress.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/946528.rss

3/21: Waiting (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://soundcloud.com/waiting-podcast
Synopsis: Waiting is a fictional podcast following a young time traveller who's managed to get herself locked in a stone tower, with only the void to talk to.
RSS Feed: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:797095564/sounds.rss

3/22: Cassie and Corey (Dramatised - Musical)
Site: https://shows.acast.com/cassieandcorey
Synopsis: THE STORY: Corey is fat, in fact he’s massive. It’s the night before his gastric band operation, but he’s too scared to go through with it. He has a better plan. He is going to steal a mobility scooter from the hospital and go and pickup his best friend and recovering anorexic Cassie. They're gonna go to the Brit School for an auditions at 9am. They rhyme together. They spit bars together. Together they can do anything. Together the will go on a journey through the South London Night, doing what they do best - making Drum and Bass. Cassie & Corey is a Drum and Bass Musical about Eating Disorders.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/cassieandcorey

3/22: Red Valley (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://redvalleypod.podomatic.com
Synopsis: Hypersleep. Stasis. Cryonic preservation. We've all enjoyed the benefits of suspended animation - it allows our favourite characters to travel the galaxy or be thrown into the distant future, all in peaceful, harmless hibernation. But no one asks how it works, or where it came from. Red Valley is a sci-fi audio drama about the creators of Hypersleep, and the bloody mess they left behind.
RSS Feed: https://redvalleypod.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

3/23: Cast of the Dice (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.spreaker.com/show/cast-of-the-dice

Synopsis: An actual play Call of Cthulu podcast, set in 1980. At the intersection of the cold war and the supernatural, a misfit team of investigators from the Office of Naval Intelligence's Records and Reconciliation unit, works to uncover the mysteries behind strange experiences at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba. Their mission takes them to places near and far, common and bizarre, as the national security of the United States, and the fate of the entire world, turn on the actions of a few cast-offs from a small office in Virginia.
RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4278552/episodes/feed

3/23: Late To The Party (RPG - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://latetothepartywbne.podbean.com/
Synopsis: A Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Actual Play Podcast with a modern twist. Join a real estate agent, a football coach, a failed actor and a teenager as they battle to save the world.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/latetothepartywbne/feed.xml

3/23: Life as a Vampire (RPG - Horror)
Site: http://www.ddblue0.com/LaaV.html
Synopsis: A 1 on 1 Vampire the Masquerade V5 campaign with myself as Storyteller and my wife as the lone player. Features prep discussion and actual play episodes.
RSS Feed: http://www.ddblue0.com/podcasts/LaaV/rss/LaaV.xml

3/23: Liminal (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://liminal.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Liminality: The state in between waking and sleeping. Liminality: In between moments. Liminality: Sci-fi, Comedy, Sound, Drama, Music, Voices. Liminality: The period of discomfort, of waiting, where a characters’ beliefs and personal identity disintegrates. Liminality: Listen. Time passes. Listen.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/liminal/feed.xml

3/23: Ravenscourt (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: http://www.cornucopia-radio.co.uk/ravenscourt/
Synopsis: Dr Kennedy is a guilt-ridden psychiatrist, who is reviewing old recordings of his former patient Alisha, in the hopes of solving the mystery of Ravenscourt. At the time he easily dismissed Alisha's assertion that Ravenscourt was bound to evil. However, many years later his singular faith in that assertion and even reality itself, is starting to crumble. Because somehow the deserted asylum has now started calling to him in his dreams... "Ravenscourt" is a four-part gothic horror influenced #audiodrama #audiofiction ghost story about a psychiatrist who is haunted by past mistakes, the patient he failed and the place he now believes may have played a role in all of it. The story is inspired by St Anne's Asylum in Cork City. The now derelict building was built in the 1850s and the "corridor asylum" is said to be one of the longest buildings in Europe.
RSS Feed: http://ravenscourt.libsyn.com/rss

3/23: The Left Right Game (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://www.qcodemedia.com/theleftrightgame
Synopsis: Tessa Thompson stars as an idealistic young journalist tries to make a name for herself by following a group of paranormal explorers, obsessed with a seemingly harmless pastime known as the Left/Right Game. The journey takes her into a supernatural world that she and the other members of the expedition cannot handle or survive.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/wTHk7_y_

3/24: Dice Crimes (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://www.podcasts.com/dice-crimes-7ed240541
Synopsis: Actual role playing games with actual friends around actual tables. You'll hear dice roll, and people laugh. We want it to sound like you're sitting at the table and playing along with us. Enjoy pen and paper tabletop role playing as it has been enjoyed by friends. We hope you listen and laugh along with us.
RSS Feed: https://www.podcasts.com/rss_feed/60a585b78cb817678794906756f8ef07

3/24: Shrouds of Yesterday (RPG - Horror)
Site: https://www.infinitybreak.net/yesterday/
Synopsis: Come with me, time out of mind, into the Shrouds of Yesterday. A horror-survival game that explores the struggles of mental duress and identity in an unfamiliar world. An Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game where the players don't get to see their own character sheets; waking up with no memory, the audience learns about the world and protagonists at the same horrific pace that the players do. What would you do, with a blank slate and a dark past written in invisible ink?
RSS Feed: https://infinity-break.squarespace.com/yesterday?format=rss

3/25: Fistful of Destiny (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/938692
Synopsis: Five friends join forces to deliver a collaborative storytelling podcast set in the outer rim of a galaxy far, far away. Okay, it's basically Dungeons and Dragons set in the Star Wars universe, but we're not actually sure we're allowed to say that. Firwood Studios presents: Fistful of Destiny!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/938692.rss

3/25: Listen Rinse Repeat (Dramatised - Anthology)
Site: https://listenrinserepeat.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: When does 20 seconds feel like foooooreeeeevvvveerrrrrr? When you're washing your hands for the umptyumpth time today, and is it really all that important to wash them AGAIN??? Yes. Yes, it is. To make it easier, a group of writers and podcasters have put together these 20-second stories to get you through the Lather, Rinse, and Repeat stages. So, crank up a story, lather up, and be well.
RSS Feed: https://listenrinserepeat.libsyn.com/rss

3/25: Unpolished Little Gems (Fiction - Slice of life)
Site: http://unpolishedlittlegems.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Unpolished small stories to amuse, entertain, and warm the heart, for when you need a little time out.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/unpolishedlittlegems/feed.xml

3/26: Blue Skies Chronicles (Fiction - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.blueskieschronicles.com/
Synopsis: This is the serialized audio version of the Blue Skies Chronicles series of novels. Written and produced by Matt Grandis. Read by Kaitlyn Furey. Starting with BLACK KNIGHT, the Blue Skies Chronicles tell the story of 25 year old Juno Price who, after the sudden death of her father, has to return to the one place she swore never to set foot in again, her old childhood home of Hobbs End, New Mexico. Here, Juno has to face the dark secret that tore her family apart when she was a child. Rekindling old friendships, confronting old enemies and struggling with her relationship with her estranged stepmother, Juno comes to the realization that everyone was wrong about the truth behind the Roswell incident and the mysterious Black Knight satellite. And that her imaginary childhood friend wasn't as imaginary as she thought.
RSS Feed: https://pinecast.com/feed/blue-skies-chronicles

3/27: Somebody Killed Mom (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Site: http://somebodykilledmom.com
Synopsis: Eve’s been struggling since her retirement. Cancelling appointments, forgetting simple things…sleeping an awful lot. Her three kids are worried. When the oldest decides to check in on Eve before heading off to an important work dinner, the simple visit turns into something much bigger, and darker, than anyone could have predicted. Through found audio - phone calls, Facetime, Skype, live social media posts and recordings caught by unwitting bystanders - listen in as Abi, Kay and Joey work with, and sometimes against, each other as they try to piece together what happened…and who’s to blame.
RSS Feed: https://somebodykilledmom.libsyn.com/rss

3/27: The Glam Gizmo (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: http://syn.org.au/show/the-glam-gizmo/
Synopsis: The Glam Gizmo' is a fictional Sci-Fi / Supernatural / Fantasy audio drama adventure made in Melbourne, Australia, featuring a host of intriguing characters, bizarre monsters and terrifying truths.
RSS Feed: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/e594962d-1f17-45d8-a2a8-a474003a75a1/538fc9e9-463d-40d9-821b-ab57000ddc5b/97f5e606-046a-4db0-ac4c-ab57001091e8/podcast.rss

3/27: The Rolls We Made (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://therollswemade.podbean.com
Synopsis: The Rolls We Made is a comedic, actual play podcast featuring the JoeJoeHasFun comedy team. We are playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition in Fantasy High School!
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/therollswemade/feed.xml

3/27: The Vault of Horror (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: http://podcast.pocketuniverseproductions.com/
Synopsis: From EC Comics, the macabre minds behind “Tales from the Crypt”, and the producers of the “X-Files” and “Locke & Key” audio dramas, comes THE VAULT OF HORROR! With equal parts camp and creepy, it’s tales of terror are adapted and presented in an audio-rich fully immersive setting complete with a full cast, soundscapes, werewolves, vampires, cutthroats, and numerous ne’er-do-wells! So put your headphones on and enter THE VAULT OF HORROR… it’s a real scream…
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/podcast.pocketuniverseproductions.com/feed.xml

3/29: Work Life Ballad (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: http://worklifeballad.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/feed.xml
Synopsis: An improvised serial drama-esque comedy featuring improvisors out of Portland, OR.
RSS Feed: http://worklifeballad.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/feed.xml

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2020.02.04 22:08 Rhynowolf08 Scary Stories To Tell

Horror Stories
The Hell Tree, Empress Hotel, Aslyum Forests, Mare Island, Clown Attraction Nightmare, Eternal Tunnel, Horror Kit, Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online MareGame, Catacombs
The Hell Tree: Plot: Roommates go visit the other side of their street, on Horsetooth lurks a horrid past. A goat farmer not only hung his cowokers but his whole family including wife and children.
Characters- Ryan: Wander type of person, but very alert and aware. Naive... Cheyenne: Mikayla: Ben: Hunter: Bella: A couple: Goat Farmer: Farmer’s Wife: 4 Ghost children:
Other- Chiuahua 3 cats- Black, little grey, patterned
From the tall plants of wood looking over all from their height. Crooked branches, ropes in hang style has the grip off 4 children and a young woman in black hair. Another end workers, and on top a man. Normal people believe everything or everyone is all sunshine and sugar. Special people other than normal understand life comes in all forms of also dark and evil. Cheyenne: interactive Do you like haunted places? Ryan: I hope there are some around here. little dog runs over, cat greets him Cheyenne: Down on the other side of this street is longest out of all Fort Collins. A goat farmer hung his whole family including coworkers even whole family including wife and children. I was at a party with some friend, we saw a ghost who followed us from this cemetery. Ryan: distracted in trace of thought Oh really… interested Be exciting to visit some of these haunted places. I’m going to sleep night. Ben: Yes let’s do it all of us can go sometime. The next day, Ryan went out for a walk to end of Horsetooth. Sips a Sonic Lemonade purple grape flavor. He reaches a road where gravel meets, all grass is dead, trees give off an erie vibe. Crooked trees, a fenced in house, another house in rumble, a bridge which connects. He walks over. Explores every inch of forgotten place, only those interest of anything haunted are drawn in. A locked door on the ground, into deep underground. Where does that lead some dark basement? As dark approached, he had to leave. Walks back over bridge, something of the wind gusts though his hair, shoulder, and down the spine. As if felt presence of someone watching. By dead flowers, a path, white grey creek under bridge and between the ruins of an abandon cabin in ruins. A pale woman sat arms touching near flowers, black hair unable to wind into the clouds on windy day, dark eyes just staring right at some living young blonde man. Quickly Ryan notices. Ryan: Do I need my eyes checked or something? walks back around the bridge, the woman just suddenly vanished Yes I definitely need my eyes checked, nah just probably sleepy. takes an uber home Cheyenne: How was it? Ryan: Good. left goes into the room does research on his OS mac laptop Searches The Hell Tree, goat farmer and his family. The wife appeared same looks. Eyes widened. Next two weeks he studied through college, doesn’t get along with anyone as have different opinions. He thinks animals should be protected, and classmates believe killing is a solution to everything. Yet same time eats animals, goes between vegan and nonvegan. The young man moved from San Francisco, California to study wildlife. One night hears an abusive argument between the girlfirend and boyfriend of his roommates. Threatened to kill himself leaves on his motorbike. Ryan tries to calm his shit down. Ryan: Dude calm your shit down, think about your kid and wife who needs you. Don’t go killing yourself it will make everything worse. Ben: I just need a ride. leaves on motorbike in the cold night of Colorado, feeling breeze from surrounding mountains on the side Ryan, Cheyenne, and the other roommates, decide to head for The Hell Tree. Cheyenne: That’s his motorbike. panicked Ghost in the distance hanging on trees. A man on top of the Hell Tree. Mikayla: This isn’t any of my business. Let’s leave. Ryan: wanders off under the tree Over here. No splitting up. Cheyenne: Guess you’re noisy is good for somethings. Ryan: I guess. Everyone follows. The night is that of a full moon. Around the fence an opening that the group goes through. Ben was on the corner resting. His girlfriend and daughter runs up. Though whole situation seemed rather strange. Everyone begun to slowly realize things got weirder and weirder. Cheyenne: found you, okay? Ben: SUNSHINE disappears In far corner under the stinky bed is a door to underground. It opens by itself. Far side other side, a man in shadow stared at the group. HANG. The group scared shitless ran underground with no chose. They keep running and running, a tunnel. Only to find a labratory finding more secrets. A ghost points. Same ghost the blonde boy saw. Mikayla: Oh god this was her diary. reads learns the truth tells everyone Ryan: WTF? Where is Ben? Mikayla: He was right in front of me. We should get out of here. Cheyenne: Not without Ben. What did you see at the top of tree? Ryan: I don’t know, tried flash lighting and he just vanished. Mikayla: We should call the cops. Ryan: I hate to admit it, we have no choice. Mikayla: calls Hi cops we need help. Ghost farmer: On our way, please stay put or get out. Mikayla: You sound like you know where we exactly are. Ryan: Are you the ghost farmer? Ghost Farmer: DIE The phone was disconnected. The three went outside up above ground. Two members of the group were taken, Ben and Mikayla. The little girl was carried by here. mother not understanding the situation. Ryan grabbed Cheyenne’s hand. Soon runs over to the Hell Tree. Ryan: I’m going to climb the tree. takes out lighter and pocket knife Cheyenne: I have a gun take it. Please don’t go, it’s dangerous. We have to get out of here. Forget about saving them. I know Ben is dead. Ryan: Guns don’t work on ghost, but yeah. Everything is dry here. climbs up finds dead bodies of everyone the roommates, but Ben is alive? Cheyenne: Burn in hell! *shoots the tree, uses salt, sage brush, and oil Ryan burns everything. Cheyenne and Ryan run far to avoid getting caught. 3 months later, Cheyenne gets a new boyfriend, Ryan moves out he decided to look after them until things got better. The cats and dog stay behind to protect the little ones. Ryan: Hey how are you holding up? runs into at gas station Cheyenne: Fine, I found a message on his phone after charging it. reads-I’m sorry Cheyenne, I was just very stressed. I will never leave you and the kids behind. Coming home soon, just exploring The Hell Tree. Why don’t we all go on a trip to Stanley Hotel, you, Ryan, and I? :-)” Ryan: *cries and hugs I just felt like had to do something. Cheyenne: Thanks take care Ryan: Yeah you too. waves a peace sign and leaves
Bingham Cemetery-
Fairmount Empress Hotel- Plot: One young man explores Fairmount Empress Hotel, he also finds a cute guy to stay with for a couple days. They date, cuddle, sex, and also share haunted hotel adventure. Ghost plague the hotel, a time leap, disoriented.
Characters: Peter Danny
On a trip to Victoria, BC one young man age 22 just doing unfinished family businesks. The family just straight up pretends not there, no existence. The youngest of em all so treated like an autistic 15-year-old or younger. His aunt asked if he plays with legos. Fucks her with a no. Just giving zero tolerance for family’s behavior, simply goes out bus, no one to keep company. Prides in solidtarity, still looking for love, tattoos, and sex. Someone of acceptance, darkness, a motivation for revenge. A big hotel stands in Victoria BC, can see mountains, has eyes higher than the parliament buildings, ocean, boats, people walking along, horse carriages. Once inside everything is seeemingly crowded, just one take of an elevator to very top. Everything is silent, not a person in sight all alone. Peter: Finally some place to stay isolated from civilization. Rather be in a dark place away from those sadist family of mine. I’ll just explore and if decide to sleep, I’ll stay here. Maybe a bar with some sexy guy, and host for a hookup. Flashbacks an argument with parents who disagrees his ways of looking for someone, though believes they’re getting way of his business. As an adult, needs to become one is one. Naively, seeks sex in some gay sauna, or a bar Meeting men on dating apps like Grindr, Daddyhunt, and Scruff for sex.no choice to find someone, horiness is taking over drive. Though loses interest in all things, he cannot control drive. The drive takes over becomes a different yet dark person. He lost innocence a long time ago. Desire for sex, and boyfriend takes a lot of anxiety and depression out of him. He wanders along the halls eating chocolates from a popular store close by. Losing all problems only focused on the walls, halls, endless strolls, pantings, for exploration. Takes out the phone recording everything as a documentary, similar to movies of Blair Witch Project. Peter: Haha!! Finally some excitement other than that crazed boring sunshine and sugar bs family. Behind Peter a ghost follows from behind. A door swings open. Some hot guy appears, black hair, muscular and smooth. Danny: What would you might be doing? Peter: Just exploring for some sexy guys. Hook up. Danny: sure The two have sex, take each other shirts off, no condoms, hump, suck nips, blow jobs, and cuddle. Two agreed for a drink at bar. Family tried calling but phone is dead, police were called. Even the two guys could here sirens. Everyone did not believe in Peter, and begun gaslighting making him go crazy. Peter left to find away for revenge, or simply not wanting to see any again. Peter: A bar and food sounds hot. I’ll stay for the night. Danny: I like you. We can live together. Peter: I like sound of that. As two went into elevator, another door swung right open as entered. The elevator took awhile to close, loud footsteps. Two lovebugs worked together closing elevator as fast as they could. Danny: Strange… Peter: Yeah either we’re crazy or some tech issues with the elevator. recorded on phone The two went into a bar. Ate just poutine, drunk some sweet alcohol. Got drunk so went to sleep in room of Danny’s for night. Though night would have the soon fated couple pounding hearts, disorient, distrust, trust, gaslight, adrenaline rush, paralysm to move, grasp of spirit killers. Other girls happened to be staying in the same hotel. Cops are coming, family spotted Peter only to gaslight, and banished by God through christianity. Treated as weird and odd. The parents accepted, but some stranger didn’t know, yet not so much a stranger. Even Peter’s dog followed, aunt’s dog followed, yet ignored those two with no interest as the past self. Still phone has photos of horny hot guys attract his dick horniss, rising the drive. Quickly, Peter and Danny said “Piece of shit family, fuck you” The two returned, to historic hotel, yet haunted better than everywhere else. Incredible every fuck, bj, cum goes everywhere, lips connect, banging backs, and hump. Feeling sensation of skin, bones, muscular, warm, cozy, cute two hots. Soon two went to sleep. Over by doors, over by hallway, bathroom, under bed, even closet, on TV, through window reflections and mirrors appear dead of past. Peter: screams Danny: You okay sweetie. Peter: Yeah just the strangest nightmare. We went back in time, bunch of earthquakes, something in the mirrors, windows, closet, door. I’ll just stay up staring at phone for a bit. Be fine. My dreams are also vivid, I like nightmares, they’re quite enjoyable. Danny: Quite character, never met anyone who enjoyed nightmares. Peter: I actually dislike full of sunshine and sugar type persons. Danny: I hear ya. goes back to sleep Peter just stares at the phone going through photos and videos, only to see ghost by chairs, mirror above. The elevator was most weird part of all, instead of going down left, he went down on right side. Eyes widen. A little boy and mom also went down earlier, only those never appear in data book or came back. Those two died 100 years ago, by a serial killer. Peter went for a walk, with Danny. Only to look at one mirror, alongside some of the girls. Soon they went back 100 years ago. Otherside, they keep yelling for help, try elevator, no one was out. Just sudden vanishes. Can’t leave doors locked. Elevators disorienting, going out on differents sides, not going at all. Just staying. Girl: We need to get out. Girl: But how? Peter: Don’t look at us like we do, no answers at all. Danny: Well shit, we are fucked.
Asylum Forest- Plot: What was a hike with some friends soon turns into a disorient crazy loop in a forest, once an asylum. Where is the Asylum though?
Black Diamond Mines- Plot: A witch a cemetery, one guy and his dog explore Black Diamond Mines only to get lost. The witch was executed accused of her witch craft. This guy doesn’t believe in witches, ghost, spirits, raise up from dead. The guy and his dog get lost in the mines.
Winchester- Plot: Just when a simple tour goes wrong, it up to everyone to make out of the maze. Maze inside the biggest mysterious haunted house in America recorded history.
Fort Headlands- Plot: No one noticed an abandoned fort up by the cliff. Spirits of the soldiers haunt, will kidnap for sex and death. A guy and his date, girl and her friends get trapped.
Mare Island- Plot: Nightmare Island is an attraction, but a cult keeps one at bay. Abandoned buildings, golf course, cemetery Mare Island spirits have a sinister plan. One tries to escape, spirits and cults are feeding off of that one’s anger and fear. No one can leave, but will be followed.
Clown Attraction Nightmare- Clown Attraction Nightmare I found a bunch of pit bulls to unleash and rip him apart. No really I was wandering around a haunted attraction, a dead ghost girl held my hand..then the clown started chasing me, killed one of my friends. I dropped back to 10 years old somehow, but mind of my real 23 year old self. The clown been chasing us since on the freeway. He used tools and sharp shit for torture then burned alive..then he tried to torture me to death.. pick me up and all into a torture room I found myself in..so started fighting using his own tools poking eyes out and all. Run down outside but a punch of wooden pillars maze block my path a couple try to help tells me to kick them down. But no time left wrn climbed over to escape. I felt something was wrong that.they were the clowns assistants or something. They abandoned me behind, I keep running find pit bulls kept in a big cage saying dangerous do not let out do not touch. I beg the pit bulls for help someone is trying to kill me a clown let them out the pit bulls surround me with kisses and hugs and pets lol. Ready to stand guard. Owner was like they are so dangerous get back in.. pit bulls refused, I keep running find bunch of food trucks large one run by the crowd. But they were from dead people who clown killed. I go back check on pit bulls and burn down the clowns in attraction. Pit bulls rip apart clown protecting me and I burn down the haunted attraction killing the clowns. We survive over. 13 years later Preston: We feel uncomfortable having you here. Restoring salmon is just not for you. Ryan: I’m sorry you feel that way. What the fuck are you talking about? Preston: You killed a clown, and burned down the haunted attraction. Ryan: Um if I didn’t myself and more of us would have died dumbass. Preston: It makes people feel uncomfortable they told me. Ryan: Who cares? get out of the comfort zone. If anyone is unfit for the restoration project it’s you and everyone else. Preston: laughs Make no sense I practically in charge. Ryan: Okay, doesn’t mean you understand goddamn shit of anything at all. leaves Preston: The guy just told me wasn’t a fit. Everyone: Awful doesn’t know what he’s talking about, we heard, he’s no fit. Ryan: All of you sunshine and sugar shack restoration phonies can go rot in hell. burns down place salmon and vultures eat them, leaves. Takes over smiles I almost got kicked out of some volunteer opportunity, because they were uncomfortable and offended about my nightmare being chased around by a clown. Talking horror movies, American horror story, wilderness trips anyting coming outta my mouth. Gaslighters!
Horror Kit
Often times I dream wandering in the night sky, full moon deadwitted forest. An isolated house where no one lives, standing in middle of nowhere, unknown corpse eyes staring out through windows. Front of the house is white, but dark in between. As if this spirit or house has been calling me for sometime, I do not know where it is. A spirit that knows of my existence, knows where I live, knows everything about me sending messages through those nightmares. Blood leaks, a massive black mansion on inside. Whistling no the curiosity obsession of haunted places some persons might find astouinding. Go in, living beings can or cannot leave, even if leaves for over 100+miles. Can those spirits summon back those left imprinted.
Thursday night free from college classes, half and half study or no study, adventure over class, horror over ordinary boring life. Everyday those sweet tingling kitties, puppies, everyone is pure. No one is, but how does one turn evil, how does one turn pure. How does life stop being ordinary forever. Weak or strong, who survives. Talk the talk, I am strong will protect, will get out of haunted house not stay for minute longer if it kills. Reality, the obsession of haunted excites one such as myself I watch way too many horror movies, maybe just imagination. I love haunted places I’m not scared. The minute I see one or hear of one, tell myself to go, but actually turn around as if feel some evil aura from far away. The places I’ve been to Winchester Mystery House, The Hell Tree, a cemetery, Empress Hotel, haunted forest wildered that possessess asylum wrecked farm farmhouse with something underneath, Black Diamond Mines where legend has it a witch accused for being from the 1800s burned at the stake so her ghost moves along dark tunnel of those mines, Cementery also close. Getting in it’s surrounded by abandoned windmills, small farm barns, houses, cattle roam the upperlands. Be alone, no one at the site of Black Diamond Mines, you will see the ghost. Tell her no such thing as a witch, sorry, share empathy for the bullshit she went through, and leave. Other places I’ve been to in Los Gatos East Alamenden exists a museum once home to those who dictated area leading for disease which killed all the Mexican immigrants. All back in late 1700s-early 1800s. Take photos of areas where I feel the presence of someone watching when no one else is there. Leave and look back at the photos, each time faces will be made no special effects were put in effect. Haunted places aren’t only haunting or horror, cults in fact are among most to be feared. Cults you can’t leave, leave you die will in my case not really. I’m a two time cult survivor abandoned in Hollywood, surrounded by sexual predators for some ritual massage. I will leave immediately any group that has sexual predators in it, force me to stay against my will, don’t act what they say as if exact opposite those who wants utopia actually seek death and war. I had no idea for years or for few hours that these groups are crazy beings desperate for power, use people to abuse them. Endless unrealistic triumph, trying to get higher achieve a place to make decisions too. Save persons from their death, be a hero. Those leaders believed in me, said to go into next available team for years, lies. Just endless, mentally exhausted, driving members crazy on purpose. Shame to extent, real activists just believed to be true. Apologized, continuous shame or fake forgiveness. When you leave to live life or simple move on, behind your back they’ll talk shit. Gaslight, you’ll be endless did I do that? Oh I really don’t care about persons? Maybe I did don’t care for dogs? Can I leave? I’ll leave right now, no feeling the pleasure of wanting to be loved, engaged, or whatever my wants are. But those wants and pleasures are exact opposites and fake. Drive you for suicidal thoughts? When you leave a cult, no what if the whole world is a cult culture. Live life at home with pets, seek the great outdoors for hiking or beach, watch movies, out to eat, overall just do absolutely nothing is sometimes the safest thing to do. Avoid possible fears that could come true, are true DEATH, TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, MISTREATED. Only ones to have pure innocence are nonhuman animals, not humans. Once everyone thought I was the sweetest purest person alive, constant amont of hell pressured me to turn a new soul. Soul of darkness, isolation, fuck the world of cult and death. I know true Halloween, true darkness, I have a dark side everyone was surprised of. Humanity’s insanity drove pure innocent human individuals into darkness, depression, anxiety.
I am at home, alone with two dogs. I live off the Suburbans of a major famous city in the US of Marin County, CA. I usually say San Francisco traveling outside, but really all of San Francisco is home. Marin County has dark points as well, the racists, after the movie Get Out in 2017, everything is just different. White people here say the strangest things, weirder than fiction or that of a horror movie. Too much to handle, why not I go out find a haunted house. Take my mind of things.
I play Pokemon in my room after waking up from some nightmare, about a haunted house dream regularly. tell myself about Winchester Mystery House, Mare Island, or find some new place. There are no haunted places in Marin, too close. Haunted must be far can never reach, never reach away once enter the boundaries. My dog looks up at me, he’s ready to go anywhere, loves everyone, wants me to be happy. I seek happiness thanks to my dog. I say, “Let’s go Marley to Black Diamond Mines or Mare Island or some new place.” No rush indeed, I’ll search around on the internet, or just drive find someplace random to go. Just do it is my motto, one of them. Never give up is another main one. I do whatever I want secondary. So get out in the Prius, wearing a grey hoodie, camoflague pants. Pack up my panny sack for water, treats, bags, some snacks. We drive to Mare Island, it’s as if I’m seeking something. I’m attracted to haunted places as if bounded. First go to Point Isabell for running around have fun, then we go do some other fun drive to Mare Island for haunted fun. My name is not needed, but call me Joey. Joey lost his only friend 6 months back due to a religious group that believed in something bizarre. she’s not dead. Actually she’s a he, that’s cool. Whatever gender, sexual identity , race or whatever a person is doesn’t matter. An individual person’s life is their own, no one elses. Sawyer loves haunted and horror places, conflicted whether real or not. Joey believes in them, his instincts does. Sawyer is in Arizona, talking about Joey right now.
Defenses against ghosts, spirits, demons if they get in your way because lingered in those haunted places for too long. They will latch, absorb your obsession. Take photos for no proof, if bringing in any group friend or family give action tell all to leave right away, but if none will leave, leave yourself.Take no values except the dog who warned of danger if alive. Things to say, I did not exist in your time so don’t drag us into your problems. We want to live. Conquer fear, which they feed on grows them stronger. At beginning of horror movie or throughout if it is scary, at end if character no longer is afraid the ghosts are no longer to be feared but faced head on. Burn all last resort burn the whole place down, the ghosts are confined so will go to eternal hell afterwards or free from eternal placement. Ghosts are not resting in peace, they died at a time shouldn’t have, feeling regret, envy the living who live their own future which could have, wanting to live another life reincarnation at least.
Time Time runs differently for ghosts, and haunted places. They are means of history. Houses are alive, tunnels are alive, cemetery’s are alive, yet are all dead at same time. When you see a ghost, or they see you looking through time 1800s vs 2000s/present. Ever since that encounter mysteriously, unknownlingly know every move you make. They will break internet cycle, make threats, drive you crazy. The strongest to combat are nonbelievers, but get involved nonbelievers are screwed, the believers are screwed or not screwed. Means of mystery with questions to be or not be solved. Mental breakdowns, mental scares, even physical labor pain will be resulting of solving in means of escape the evil. Never will a ghost want to know the truth, every research, every curiosity scrolling through photos, ghosts the spirits know every move you make.
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It is the decade for possible Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online to actual become a thing. Everything will feel reality, but virtual. Virtual Reality is more of a prototype now, but used for mostly activism to show people make feel as if actually there.
Corpse Funeral
Whiteness Utopia: Marin STAY PUT,
Alcatraz-Ouija OUT OF CONTROL In San Francisco lurks one of the greatest darkest prisons of all world. Now tourist resort, even groups come to volunteer thriving this historic place. Expensive to get on, one volunteer excuses himself over for some boring garden work. Having enough with other volunteers bullying, decides to bring Oujia to Alcatraz, and have the spirits do all the dirty work for any cover up.
Catacombs In Circles
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2020.01.28 23:57 500scnds [Table] r/wiedzmin — Netflix’s Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich answers your questions right now!

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To alleviate any confusion, despite the answerer promising:
Okay, guys, thank you for the amazing questions, the civil debate, and for not once calling me a moron. I averaged 3 minutes an answer, went over by a full hour, and still only got to about 10% of the questions.
Here's what I will do: I will keep coming back. Consider it an extended AMA, or... I guess it's just called a discussion? I will continue to answer questions in order, as I have the time. If I'm not around as much, it's because I'm actually working on S2. But I like it here, and will come back.
Keep being you.
The AMA was flaired closed so it was tabled as-is.
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Hi Lauren, thank you very much for beeing here. I have a few questions regarding the representation of Nilfgaard. I think it´s ok to show them as the bad guys for the first season, especially from the perspective of the Northern Kingdoms. But Nilfgaard is an civilized and advanced empire in the books, while its soldiers in the show act more like fanatical religious zealots from some theocratic monarchy. There is no doubt that Nilfgaard is one of the big antagonists in the Witcher saga, but in my opinion they are far more than just an evil empire. And it bothers me a lot that Cahir acts like a psychopath in the Doppler scenes. Of course, he has his dark sides in the books too, but he would never slaughter dozens of civilians. So, will we get a better and differentiated insight into Nilfgaard and its representatives in the future seasons? I still enjoyed the show. ;) Greetings from Germany! Short answer: YES! For the longer answer, see this answered below. :)
You have said before that the writers wanted to make Geralt more active and less reactive. What was the rationale behind this change? It seems like a very purposeful one, considering one of his characteristic qualities is his passivity(or what he calls neutrality when it comes to politics) that comes back to bite him in the ass several times as seen for example when he accepts Ciri too late in Something More, and how he holds on to it in The Lesser Evil and is only forced to react by Renfri. The characters and even Geralt himself talk about it in no subtle terms, he refuses to participate in the grander scheme and prefers to react to everything instead as he says to Vilgefortz. And this attitude carries itself throughout his actions and not just when it comes to politics, and it's one of the major aspects of his character subjected to development over the course of the narrative. He is like the opposite of Yennefer in this aspect, who is very "active". So, what drove this purposeful change? This is a really tough one, and I fully get the critique. I also don't know why it works so well in the books, because every bit of logic tells you that if given the choice between following the journey of an active character or a passive character, active is going to be more interesting.
What I can say is this: Geralt is, as you say, mostly passive in Eps 101 and 102. He doesn't want to get involved. He calls for neutrality. When we got to Ep 103, we made the choice to have Geralt go to Temeria to see Foltest because -- honestly -- we felt like audiences might lose interest in him.
Also, the reason we gave Jaskier the line in Ep 104 about getting involved is that it is an irony of the books: Geralt always says he's going to stay neutral. He rarely does. As set up in The Lesser Evil, he does eventually always make a choice.
Lauren, I would like to ask you three questions regarding the depiction of Nilfgaard (no, I won't ask about the armors). What made you decide to make them religious zealots? In the books, they were not driven by religion - Nilfgaardians wanted more territory, labour force and natural resources. It was quite simple and understandable motivation. Eternal Empire was, above else, disciplined, efficient, economically powerful and, in fact, much more "civilised" than Northern Kingdoms. Of course, Great Sun cult was important, but priests and religious fanatics didn't have much power in Nilfgaard. So why? "The White Flame" - is it still just Emhyr var Emreis' cognomen (I hope so!) or will you make White Flame central figure/deity of Nilfgaardian religion, replacing Great Sun ? Or maybe Emhyr is worshipped as a god? It wasn't very clear to me in the show. Are we going to see Emhyr in next season? Thanks a lot for answers! You'll have to wait and see on Emhyr!
And I answered Nilfgaard more below. The White Flame is still simply a nickname.
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First I want to thank you for doing this at all, it's not at all taken for granted and all power to you for caring and at least listening. Now, I'm sure everyone here will ask you specific questions on why change this and why add that and so on, but my question I think will summarise what made this season mediocre. TL;DR- Why did you decide not to adapt the story of the books, but rather try and write a better one yourself using the books as a basis? If you dispute that you did this and have time to read, I'll explain my meaning. 1. The first two books as we know are short story collections, however you decided telling short stories is not good enough to adapt for TV and rather tried to connect them and create some sort of a season stretching story, why? What is the problem with telling self contained stories in each episode of the season? Shows like Black Mirror have completely different stories with different characters each episode and do just fine, why can't the first 1-2 seasons of The Witcher be what the first 1-2 books of the series were? Self contained stories that build up the characters and the world slowly but powerfully. I will try to summarize my thoughts briefly, because these are big questions. But they're important questions. I don't think we've created a "better" story at all. What we tried to do is adapt the short stories as Sapkowski wrote them, to an entirely different medium. Shows like Black Mirror are episodic, as you point out, and not serialized. That works because Black Mirror will never become serialized. There is no bait-and-switch in season four, where you suddenly start following one single character episode after episode; if that happened, the built-in audience for Black Mirror would be confused. The rule with television is: the first episode has to represent what the series will be. That's how television is sold (ie, the studio that's footing the 100 million dollar bill knows what they're purchasing) and it's how television is marketed (ie, the audience that shows up knows what they'll be tuning in to watch for the next year or two or seven.)
2. Moreover, the first two books had only Geralt as a main character, but again, you decided that story is not good enough to adapt and 3 main characters are required, why? They worked just fine with only Geralt (and to a certain extent Dandelion) being the main character, what's wrong with that? Again, why try to write a better story in your opinion rather than adapt the books? You said in earlier comments that you didn't trust the viewers to care about Ciri (and I guess to a greater extent Yen) if you don't introduce them right away, but again, why? Did book readers not care about Ciri since she was only introduced in The Sword of Destiny? Why is that story not good enough to adapt in your opinion? Once again, other shows got away with much more than that, for example The Walking Dead's Negan was introduced in Season 6 (!), what's so bad about introducing a main character in S2? I could go on and on about the changes to Cahir and Vilgerfortz and so on but this comment is already too long and I hope my point came across as is. As a sidenote, an extension of this question would be, are you planning to keep on doing this? For example after Thanedd Yennefer disappears for an entire book, are you going to come up with your own story to keep her included in places she wasn't (and thus cutting time from Geralt and Ciri)? The same goes for the characters. Yes, you can always introduce more characters as you go along in a show. We'll be doing that as well -- there's a whole new set of fun characters coming in S2. But it was important to me that from the very beginning, the audience know that this story is about Geralt, yes, but it's also about Yennefer and about Ciri and -- most importantly -- about what happens when they find each other and become a family.
I want to ask about plans for Ciri's relationships in future seasons. Since show-Ciri is older than book-Ciri, she will probably be around fifteen or sixteen (so almost an adult) when she meets Yennefer. And while an orphaned twelve-year-old forming a mother-daughter relationship with a teacher feels very natural, it doesn't feel that realistic with this older Ciri. Also, since we got to see Yen's school-years, she feels much more youthful than in the books. Triss, on the other hand, was introduced as an adult woman. Ciri-Triss being a sisterly relation, while Ciri-Yen are mother and daughter is definitely gonna be harder to pull off in that situation (and, honestly, Anya's and Anna's compared looks won't make it any easier) Okay, I finished with my essay ;-), here's my actual question - have you given this any thought? Do you have a plan on how to alter those relationships? Or maybe you just want to go with the book characterization and you're sure Anya's and Freya's acting skills are enough to make it feel right? You hit the nail on the head -- we've hired incredibly strong actors who can pull this off. One of my favorite things about Anya is she IS incredibly maternal. She's that way to me, and I'm 15 years older than her. It's not about age. It's about how we show this level of caretaking, this sisterhood, and this maternal instinct.
In the books, Geralt has no trouble communicating and will very often trade words with all manner of people on various topics. Vilgefortz, meeting Geralt, notes that he thinks of him as too well-read for someone in his situation in life. Why was this aspect of Geralt ignored in favor of a seemingly endless stream of “hmm” and “fuck”? Geralt is incredibly talkative in the books. It worked a lot of the time for me, but I do remember reading Voice of Reason and thinking, "At some point, wouldn't Iola ignore her vow of silence and tell him to stop talking so much?"
In the first episode, Geralt did speak a lot. We ended up cutting a lot of his dialogue because once we had it on its feet, it didn't feel real, or how a person would actually talk. Henry and I worked intensely together to make sure he seems incredibly smart, still has his dry wit, and can still hold his own with Calanthe and others -- but also like he seems like a person who doesn't always want to be a part of the conversation, or to let others into his every thought.
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1. Can you tell us something about reshoots of episode 1? Are you able to give us some details why it had to happen and whether the pieces that were cut could affect the perception of the characters presented? Reshoots happen for a million reasons. In this case, there were pieces of the first episode that weren't coming together for me. We had shot flashbacks of Renfri's youth, for instance, that were overly confusing (adding in yet another timeline, ha), so those were lost. But when they were lost, we then lost some of the nuance of Renfri in present day, so we wanted to add a bit more to those scenes to flesh them out. And the final fight between them wasn't as emotional as we needed it to be -- it didn't carry the right weight yet. These are the growing pains of making a show -- learning what works and doesn't. For instance, learning from that in S2, the scripts are now MUCH shorter -- so we're not having to cut down the product in editing as much.
2. Did you consider at some point using another actress as little Ciri to present flashbacks or something related to 'Sword of destiny'? We haven't thought about Ciri flashbacks yet, but nothing is out of the question. :)
Hi! Two quick questions: 1) In your post about the pitch for the show you said that in the finale Yen is blinded (as in the books) but we just saw her bleeding from her eyes and disappearing due to the amount of magic she used. So will we see her blind indeed? 2) The books are a huge source material, can you explain how you decide what to include in the series and what not? Thank you for this first season. Knowing this complex story from the books, I really look forward to watch it unfolding on screen, so many great moments to look forward to (is there a chance to see “dear friend” letter and Yen saving Jaskier in S2?). Greetings from Italy I can't spoil S2! So you'll have to wait on the Yen question. But -- the story will be much more linear, now that the three characters' stories have started to intersect.
Could you please reconsider adding Jaskier's bonnet? Maybe not having it in the first season is a good decision, to make adding it in Season 2 show his growth and evolution as a bard. If you think it doesn't fit like you thought in the first season then maybe giving him some facial hair or something will make it fit? And also a sign of how much time had passed since he last saw Geralt. Ah, yes, the hat! It was made, we tried it on Joey, and we couldn't stop laughing. Will we try again? Sure. Nothing is impossible. And yes, we dropped the ball on aging him up over the course of the show. It's hard to show the passage of time when everyone looks the same, so we'll be approaching that differently in S2.
Dear Lauren, thank you for making a fun show. Question: As a showrunner, if you agree with any of the critique on the quality of the show’s writing (clunky dialogue, too much exposition, overuse of certain words, etc) what sort of changes are you able to make in your process or your team structure to improve quality of writing in season 2 without breaking the hearts of your writers? To clarify: How do you reward the writers that delivered a high level of craft and how do you improve the ones that didn’t? Do you hire new people? Do you establish more checks and balances from outside the team? The checks and balances system includes me, the executives at Netflix, and the producers, who all offer notes on every part of the process: outline, script, and cuts. What happens between seasons is that we look at all of the episodes and discuss internally what worked and what didn't -- when we thought we needed exposition, for instance, but turns out that it came across clunky. And then we course-correct.
We're all professionals. There's no heartbreak. We constantly want to improve.
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1. Why was it decided not to explain how the Witcher's potions work and what kind of magic he has? And we decided to save some tidbits of witcher lore until... you actually meet more witchers. :)
2. Making such a big show is a long process. Can we expect a new season at least every 1.5 years? We don't yet have a target launch date for S2, past 2021. We don't want to rush the product. That doesn't benefit anyone.
Hi Lauren :) I personally think you did a good job with the first season. However, I want to know if you plan on being more faithful to the books now that you're going into the saga? Also, whose decision was it to make the season only 8 episodes rather than, say, 10 or 12? The number of episodes is based on the story we're telling, our sense of what an audience will watch (and finish), and the budget. When you're starting a show, and don't know if it will be a success, more episodes generally means that you get to spend less money on every episode. So we knew we didn't want to do that. Eight felt like the magic number.
We're approaching S2 in a similar way we did with S1: what are the stories Sapkowski was telling, and why? What building blocks do we need to set up future stories? Is there anything we missed from S1 that we want to include? And what will work on television? For instance -- no one wants to see Triss have diarrhea for three episodes. So what are we trying to glean from that in the books, and how do we present that onscreen?
What was the showing trying to convey with Vilgefortz's last scene (where he smashes a dying sorcerer's(?) head in)? Love the show Lauren, great job to you and everyone who worked on the show. I don't agree with every change you made, but I feel so blessed to have been able to watch it! Ohhhh Vilgefortz. There's much more to be learned about this particular sorcerer, and I don't want to spoil that -- but I will say that his temper is covering a great amount of frustration at things not going his way.
Hello Lauren and welcome back! One of my favorite aspects of The Witcher short stories are the monsters, however, Sapkowski tends to leave out a lot of details about what they look like in the books. What was the decision process for the final design of the monsters for your show? Were there multiple designs for each monster and everyone voted or what? There's no official voting process, but we have a creature concept designer who works off the original material, and then consults with me and Tomek Baginski -- we constantly are honing our vision until we're all happy. We also have to keep in mind whether the monster is going to be portrayed by an actor, with prosthetics, or in CGI -- that changes its design immensely.
Lauren, did you ever consider a storytellenarrator for the time jumps? To elaborate a little more. : What i envision is (first scene of s01e01) a camera showing a countryside tavern on a raining evening, and slowly entering trough a window. Showing a rough carved wooden table with a mysterious/sinister person (a bard) in the corner, lighted by dim candlelight and surrounded by interested peasants. Than in the spirit of "let me tel you a story" and introduction is given by the bard and the kikimora fight starts. Now when a time jump happens, insert a cut scene of this mysterious bard (or his voice) clarifying the time jump. Storytelling (the books) and bards play a prominent role, and this could maybe deepen the immersion? Another plus, it could create some creative control, that can help as a problem solving tool. Give it some thoughts. :) There's a theory that The Witcher books are all "told" by our narrator, Jaskier. It's an interesting thought, and we do try to include his commentary on Geralt's adventures, via his songs. But we purposefully didn't want someone constantly explaining what we're about to see, and why. It was clearly a controversial choice!
Are we going to delve more into the lore of non-human races in later seasons? As a gnome enthusiast, I'm personally hoping to see some gnome characters, as they were totally absent in the video games. Points for being a gnome enthusiast. :) Yes, we'll continue to meet and see other non-humans in future seasons.
Thanks for doing this! 1) Ok, I have a question about the hottest topic probably – diversity. You could honestly learn from Game of Thrones on how to nail diversity in a medieval fiction. POC in GOT never felt as forced casting. They represented different culture of Westeros like Naath, Sothoryos, Dothraki. What you guys did on the other hand, is randomly throwing around POC here and there with no origins or background. There are nonwhite cultures in the books like Ofir, Zangvebar etc. Why not just explore them and have POC represent these nations instead of just building modern day Brooklyn into medieval fantasy? Furthermore, why are fictional races like Elves are subject to human ethnic and racial differences at all, they are a race of their own? 2) You wasted so much money on action scenes but couldn't somehow make all these fictional races feel nonhuman? I mean dwarfs are just humans with dwarfism. Dryads are a multiracial amazon tribe. Elves are just humans with different ears. Can we hope for any improvement at this point or is it too late? Ah yes, the hot topic! The discussions about race in the writers room, with the producers, and with Andrzej himself were long and varied. We talked about the history of the Conjunction of the Spheres (are all humans out in the ether the same color? Did the Conjunction drop certain races in certain areas?), we talked about the Continent being a huge place (are we to believe that people don't migrate?), and we talked the most about how racism was presented in the books. Like all readers, we always came down on the side that racism in the books is represented by species-ism -- humans vs. elves vs. dwarves vs. gnomes vs. halflings vs. monsters and so forth. It's not about skin color at all. You don't notice skin color when instead you're looking at the shape of ears, or the size of torsos, or the length of teeth.
Furthermore, in the books, there are a few mentions of skin color, usually "pale" or "wind-chapped." Andrzej very specifically didn't add in many details of skin color, he told me himself. Readers generally make assumptions (typically, unless otherwise noted, believe characters to be the same color as themselves). That said, the general assumption is that everyone in The Witcher is the same color, which is why all the focus is on species.
Because it's 2020, and because the real world is a very big and diverse place, we made a different assumption on the show. That people don't pay attention to skin color -- not because they're all the same color, but because the bigger differences are about species, not skin. If you went to your local supermarket and there were people with horns and tails, do you really think you'd be paying attention to how much melanin is in their skin?
Maybe the answer is yes. Clearly, it is for some people! But it wasn't for us, the writers and the producers.
Q: Are you planing to get more writers that can both read and relate to the source material? And I mean people who are not just roughly related to Poland or Central Europe but actually Polish writers who can work with the original material, context, the small details and ambiguities of the Slavic background that books have. Something that is in many cases is lost in translation. Books have a lot of Polish culture and feel embedded into them naturally, more than just description of particular locations, this aspect that is based on author’s nationality, culture and period in polish history when the books were written all have big influence on the general mood, it was almost totally lost in the show. Our writers are from all over the world, but you're right, we all live in Los Angeles -- but we do have several Polish producers on the show, including Tomek Baginski, who is incredibly involved in all parts of the creative process. I'm sorry that it felt lost in the show -- it's something we have an eye to constantly, and we will work to do better
Hi Lauren, Witcher books are really challenging to adapt as their tone changes with each one. Short stories are as chaotic as they can get, 1st book is slowly paced character introduction and development, 2nd is fact paced action, 3rd is a mixture of everything, where humor is chaotically mixed with very serious matters like in short stories, 4th is the very grim, dark, ruthless and grounded, yet manages to be beautifully haunting, and 5th changes completely the tone from the grounded 4th entry to literary, space and time full blown fantasy. I saw that approach for season 1 was faithful to the short stories, mixing a lot of elements (humor with serious issues, which some viewers find confusing). There was also a specific choice with overall aesthetics bringing magical or dreamy feeling - I'm talking about using shooting techniques, color filters, lenses (Tarkovsky like) or choices to show particular locations (Brokilon for example) using a lot of post-processing. Like to underline that this is a Fantasy show with capital F. Magical elements were also used often in the story. My vision/expectations for TV adaptation was a bit different, rather keeping things rather realistic in tone and presentation (with additions of Jaskier from time to time to ease the tension), maybe even going with limiting the magic used to bare minimum needed for the coherent and exciting story. Although this could be similar to ... so, Questions: How do you plan to approach this challenge of tone changing rapidly between each books in source material? Do you want to keep more or less the tone and aesthetics of 1st season for the rest of the show, or you may change it season by season if the story will need it? Does some other very popular fantasy show affected the choice of aesthetics in the 1st season, or there was other reasons for that? I feel like someone really wanted to differentiate The Witcher from this very popular TV show bringing all this magical feeling to picture and location aesthetics and often use of magic in the script. I completely understand using this approach to picture and aesthetics without mixing other shows to it, but was just feeling that it's was a bit overused and I'm interested for the reasons for that choice. Thank you in advance for answers, congratulations, great job on S1 and can't wait for next season. Story dictates the tone, so as the story changes, so will the tone! That said: "Chaotic" is the right word for season one, and we wrapped a lot of different tones in there too: romance, humor, horror, adventure, and so forth. We'll continue to shift as needed. And it wasn't so much about separating ourselves from GOT, but rather, honoring the specifics of The Witcher. The books are more magic. They aren't all gray and gritty all the time. I credit the video games for showing just how beautiful a fantasy world can be -- we wanted to include that as well.
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Thank you so much in advance! And please stop when you feel it’s time to move on. Even two will be a lot. 1. Now that Nilfgaard has gone from being a primitive backwater to being a kingdom of genocidal religious fanatics, and not an advanced empire with generations-old Equal Rights Amendment-like provisions, which country in the Continent would be the nicest for a woman or someone from a minority to live in? Interesting about Nilfgaard. Yes, we felt like we needed to set up a "bad guy" in S1 -- but it's our hope that we've added enough layers to Cahir and Fringilla that the audience thinks "Wait, but THEY don't seem insane. So what do they see in Nilfgaard? Maybe there's more there than meets the eye?" Perhaps we didn't go far enough in S1, to see more behind Nilfgaard's curtain -- but it will definitely be explored more thoroughly in S2.
2. [important but complicated, skippable] Show Calanthe has been called a 'female Robert Baratheon.’ What was the creative process behind writing Calanthe and Eithne, two brilliant, fearsome, strong, unique, unforgettable women in the books?
3. How have you ensured that the varying quality of the English translation would not negatively affect the scripts? Did you have Bagiński in the room often? Have you considered getting an assistant who understands Polish and all the nuances? Tomek is an EP. He reads all the outlines and scripts and give copious notes. He is on the ground, on set. He sees all of the cuts, and notes them as well. You're right, I don't read Polish. But he's quick to tell me when I'm not understanding something -- the Law of Surprise, apparently, makes a lot more sense in Polish than in English! He and I have a lot of debates; neither of us get our way all of the time. But I also know he is incredibly proud of the show, and thinks it represents the tone and soul of the books well.
4. I understand the show will deviate from the books some more down the road because existing changes make certain book developments impossible. Is this a part of your seven-season plan, or more of a result of focusing on creating the best possible first season? More if I have the time!
As an adoptive parent myself, I’m a fan of the approach you’ve taken with the show. I was wondering if you could speak to how the complexities of that kind of family dynamic - including the ups and downs - might inform the story going forward? Several of the writers are parents; and we all come from different family structures and dynamics, including adoption. I ask all the writers to bring in their life experiences to the room, so many of the things you see in S1 -- Yennefer's relationship with her father, and then her growing relationship with Tissaia for instance, or Ciri's affection with Mousesack leading to her welcoming Geralt as a new father-figure -- are not only based on the books, but also our own experiences with our parents and our children. We want to be as honest and truthful as we can about how humans treat other humans.
First of all congratulations on The Witcher being one of the most popular shows! Second kudos to you for choosing this subreddit for your AMA. I only have one question. In light of some showrunners feeling they can do no wrong due to them having made a great series. What do you fear most in terms of being the showrunner for The Witcher? Also thank you for making the series the best way that you can. My wife and I love it. Uhhhh... I can't speak for other show runners, but I do a lot of wrong. I think I do a lot of right, too, but some jobs you have to learn on your feet, and this is one of them. This is also one done on a giant fucking stage with a giant fucking audience, so that's been something for me to adjust to. I think my goal is to keep writing the best show I know how, while simultaneously paying attention to what is resonating with fans (and what isn't). I don't want to lose myself. And I don't want to lose them.
Hi Lauren! First of all, congrats on the show, I think you did a fantastic job and I'm definitely looking forward for S2. My question is about the ending: what were the reasons behind choosing to go for a very brief, cliffhanger-like exchange between Geralt and Ciri ("Who is Yennefer?") instead of something deeper and more emotional like in the books? Not sure if you saw it on Twitter, but the scene from the books was filmed, almost word for word. Even the episode's title -- Much More -- came from that scene. But in the editing room, it felt like it was too on the nose. Two people saying everything to each other, rather than it being conveyed through their eyes or body language. That's what happens when you take literature and suddenly ask real people to act it out. Sometimes it works; sometimes, it feels like too much. I think everyone has a VERY different reaction to this scene -- it seems about 50% of people miss the book ending, and 50% of people feel like it would have been cliche and cheesy. Even though I loved the book ending, I came down in the latter camp... obviously.
Greetings Lauren! Big fan here from Macedonia. A quick question - will there eventually be a tiny little 'nod' to the Witcher games in the TV show? Something that us gamers would instantly recognize :) That'd be cool. Thanks for doing this and looking forward to season 2! You mean like a bathtub? :)
Hi, Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this AMA. My question is this. In the final episode, right before Geralt and Ciri meet, Ciri leaves the house and goes into the woods then circles back and meets up with Geralt closer to the edge of the forest. Was that intentionally done and if so why? It seems such a bizarre thing to do. I know they were supposed to meet in a forest to complete Renfri’s prophecy but surely there was a better way to execute that than Ciri running in what is essentially a circle. Interesting -- their meet-up point was nowhere near the edge of the forest. I know this because we all had to hike to get there! I wonder why it looked that way to you?
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Lauren, Thank you for hosting this AMA. Two questions: 1. Would it be possible to make this show more diverse and more Polish at the same time? I’d love the idea of you casting Latino actors, Native American actors, Polynesian actors – it’s fantasy, so why not? But also, make it more Polish! Add Pierogis, winged hussars, stroje ludowe – make it extremely Polish! Yes! We do color-blind casting, and we work hard to make sure that no one feels like they can't put themselves up for a role just because they're not the "expected" look of the character. We will continue to do this in S2, and hope to expand our reach even more.
And yes to "more Polish!" I mean, we'll see about the pierogis. :)
2. Will we see more “morally grey” decisions in the second season? I’d love to see Geralt make the wrong choice more often. I think the “lesser of two evils” approach that Geralt has to take is part of the appeal of this series, he wrestles with a world where sometimes there’s no good answer. The pilot did this extremely well, but it would be excellent and engaging to see the dilemmas continue. Thank you! And good point about seeing Geralt make the wrong decision more often. It was my hope that viewers would debate whether or not he is in the right or wrong on many occasions, rather than making it obvious on a story level -- and I think we could do that better in S2.
Thanks for doing this AMA! First of all, I just finished season one, and there were a lot of things I absolutely loved, from the casting and acting (Henry Cavill was born to play Geralt) to the faithfulness to the source material. However, one thing that I found confusing was the relative lack of explanation regarding the time jumps between the three main character arcs (it was hard to tell when and where things were happening) and some of the more (admittedly minor) in-universe fantasy aspects of the show (Renfri telling Geralt’s future, Borch’s prophetic abilities, how Geralt recovered from the nekker bites). I got the impression that the reason for this was foreshadowing and show structure, as well as the overarching meta-structure of the destinies of the three main characters slowly converged over the course of the season before eventually colliding for the season finale, which had been hinted at since the beginning of episode one. So that leads to my question, what was the reasoning for some of the creative decisions behind season one, regarding the narrative, structure, and occasional deviation from the source material (Mousesack’s death, Jaskier not being called Dandelion)? Was it because of a specific target demographic the showrunners have in mind, such as hardcore fans of the books/games? Are the episodes going to be more linear chronologically and character-development instead of plot/conflict based going forward now that the three arcs have (mostly) converged? Does fan feedback really play in deciding which direction to go regarding creative decisions such as timeline, character fates, and structuring the narrative? I don’t really think the hundreds of trolls and haters really affect what the writers have in mind, but I just wanted to know if it’s all done in-house or if it’s more of a “see how the nerds react” kind of process. Thanks again! The narrative structure was put in place so that we could tell Geralt's short stories (the foundation of the whole Witcher world, in my opinion), while Ciri and Yennefer could also be a part of the action. They're stories don't happen simultaneously, so we knew we needed to play with time a bit. This will definitely change in season two, as they're stories have begun to converge.
Honestly? I didn't expect this to be one of the most hotly-contested part of the series. I've heard a lot of people say "I didn't figure it out until episode 4!" -- which is exactly when we expected people would do it. I think it's a matter of personal choice. I like movies with structures I have to figure out as I go -- other people may not. In this case, the people who hated it will luck out, because S2 is structured differently. :)
Also -- quickly -- each creative change has a different reason. For instance, Mousesack isn't featured heavily in later books, so his death -- which would be the last piece of Ciri's family to be taken from her -- felt like an appropriate shift from the source material, in order to help us ground Ciri's emotional state.
How can someone in a completely different professional field with little experience and no agent who just really connected to your show and would love to be on it get a shot for an audition for a future role? Our casting director is Sophie Holland, and she is on Twitter. You will need an agent, though -- I'd suggest starting your google search there!
Hi Lauren, how did you feel about Game of Thrones’ last season (assuming you have seen the entire show) and do you see why people disliked it so much? I have seen all of GOT, and loved a lot of it and disliked some of it too. I didn't read the books, so I came at it fresh with zero expectations. My issues in S8 were that 1.) it felt like it spent several episodes recapping what had happened in all the years prior, and 2.) that it spent the final several episodes trying to tie up every loose end quickly and neatly. I think there's a lot of pressure on a show with a fanbase to be everything to everyone, and... sometimes it ends up being too watered down for that. That was my biggest issue.
Will there be any queer representation next season? (before anyone yells at me, there is in the books) One of my favorite things about the books is that they are full of subversion. Yes, we're gonna represent.
Do Geralt's swords have names? Silver and steel. That's it.
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2020.01.25 16:04 TopGolfUFO An in Depth Look at the Case Part 2

link to part 1: https://www.reddit.com/BrianShaffecomments/etrmjg/an_in_depth_look_at_the_case_part_1/
With Brian’s disappearance becoming international news, sightings of him popped up in foreign countries, and other states. One in Michigan was provided by a girl on a road trip who saw a waiter who looked exactly like Brian. His name tag even said Brian S. When police visited the restaurant he worked at however, there wasn’t a Brian working there. Lori and Randy thought about driving up to Michigan that night, but decided against it, and the sighting was eventually determined not to be Brian. It’s possible that the girl had misread his nametag, or a waiter had forgotten his nametag and grabbed an old one.
Sometime during the early weeks of the search, Clint got a lawyer. He’d already come in for several interviews, and helped with the initial searches as well as passing out flyers. When police asked him to take a polygraph, he refused. There were rumors that Randy had accused him of knowing something about Brian’s disappearance during one of the searches. Whatever his reasoning, quickly afterward, more rumors about Clint would make rounds on the internet. People claimed he had offered additional information if he were given immunity in the crime. Others questioned his friendship with Brian, pointing to the lack of texts between them, and the fact that they’d had other falling outs. In an interview with Kelly Bruce, later on, Don Corbett would point to an incident where the two were at a baseball game, and Brian ended up getting punched in the face during an altercation, but whether this was somehow Clint’s fault is unclear. Whether he knows more than he is saying or not, the internet rumor mill frequently paints him as the main suspect.
On May 11th at around 2am Brian’s apartment was broken into. It was just one of three in the same complex that had been robbed, including his next door neighbor who had their door kicked down. Someone stole a TV and some DVDs but didn’t touch the two guitars in his apartment, or any of his other electronics. Columbus Police called Alexis just an hour later at three AM. In a Dispatch article, Columbus police urged anyone who knew anything about the disappearance to come forward, because the reward for information was temporarily boosted to $100,000 for a few days in the hope someone would call in. No one did and it dropped back down to $25,500.The break in was determined to likely be unrelated to the case.
That same day fellow OSU student Hiroshi Hayashi vanished on his way to class. His car was found near Tuttle mall, and after missing not only class, but a club meeting on the weekend that he was scheduled to speak at, his classmates and family grew deeply concerned. He lived with his parents in Grove City and was not the type to just run off. He put a lot of focus on his studies and stayed out of trouble. His family reached out to the Shaffer family, wondering if the cases were connected, and Hiroshi’s brother remarked that Brian looked familiar. Hiroshi had gone to the same high school and Brian and Julie Popovich.
On May 16th Hiroshi Hayashi walked into a police station in Athens, Georgia and told police he’d been kidnapped. He said he’d been on his way to class when a stranger approached him asking for directions. The stranger hit him over the head and when he regained consciousness he was tied up and blindfolded in the back of a truck. He told police he’d been held against his will for five days, and brought to Athens. Very quickly after being read his Miranda writes though, he confessed that he had made the story up. Georgia police held him on suicide watch, and set his bail at $10,000. They are waiting for his parents to pick him up, and don’t expect to press any charges.
The Dispatch wrote an article explaining why they don’t cover more cases of missing people on May 21st. In many cases of missing adults, they don’t want to be found or just needed a break, and reporting on them would just make their problems worse, like in the case of Hiroshi. They typically only cover missing adults if authorities have reason to suspect foul play, and in this case, had covered Hiroshi’s disappearance because it was just a month after Brian Shaffer vanished, there had been no activity on his bank account or email, and he had gone to the same high school as Brian Shaffer. It’s not illegal for an adult to run away, and it can be tough to decide which cases need the attention of the media.
In a May 18th interview on Fox News, Randy stressed his opinion that Brian didn’t run away, and he was certain that foul play was to blame, saying “I don't think there's any possibility he just took off. I know Brian's personality way too well. He's got too many things going good for him. His grades were good in school. The fact that he wanted to go on vacation. He had a deep love for Alexis and also for me and his mom. He -- he just wanted to do the best that he could and the one thing he said is you inspired me to do great things one day. To me that's enough right there to say that Brian had a goal, an objective, he knew which way he was going. And somebody interrupted that and messed it up. And I want to find out who it is and get him back. I firmly think something happened that was not good and it wasn't just Brian taking off.”
After getting non stop calls from a psychic, Randy, his brother, and Kevin Miles went to search the Olentangy river. Apparently the psychic was convinced that Brian’s body was trapped against one of the concrete support beams, and eventually, Randy broke down and went to go check for himself. His brother helped him search the river while Miles waited on hand to jump in if there was an emergency. Randy fell down in the river at one point, almost getting swept away in the current, but he searched every pillar around the bridge and found nothing.
Corbett eventually reached out to Alexis and asked her the tough questions about their relationship, asking how often they were intmate, and if it was possible Brian was gay but afraid to come out. In an October 1st Dispatch article, Alexis told reporters about how she had been questioning her relationship with Brian, wondering if he really did love her, until she found his email password. She’d had most of his passwords already, and kept tabs on his account, but this one surprised and reassured her. His email password was AlexisLoveMarry all one word.
In early June Alexis went out shopping to help a friend pick out a bridesmaid dress. The trip reminded her too much of her own wedding, that she thought she might be planning soon, and she ended up crying in her mother’s arms.
That summer Alexis sold the tickets she and Brian had had for the upcoming Pearl Jam concert in cincinnati, writing “Someday, I promise I will see them, but I think I would be more likely to cry through the whole thing.” Tim Shaffer went to the concert and to try and raise awareness for Brian, and Eddie Vedder asked the crowd to keep an eye out for Brian, and gave a rough description, and saying he was “a real handsome guy”
Brians’ lease at his king avenue apartment ended on July 1st. Alexis brought a moving van over, and Randy and Don hugged her and helped her move his things out of his apartment. Hovering reporters peppered her with questions, and she told them that she hadn’t given up, she just couldn’t renew his lease. On her blog, she wrote “I would be lying . . . to say that it wasn't a sad, sad day that had the feeling of a funeral hanging over it for myself and Brian's dad and brother. Now we don't have any place to go to "be" with Brian.” According to Dan, when they were moving his bed they found the word “Alone” scratched into the wall. Though in later interviews Hurst says this is not true.
In July Alexis and her classmates started working rounds in local hospitals, the class that Brian should have been a part of.
On August 18th the Columbus police released a part of the surveillance video and asked the public to help them find a man in an orange sweater who had been seen entering and exiting the bar several times. The new potential break in the case brought Brian’s friends and family together and they discussed their theories, some saying that he simply ran away. Alexis hoped that was the case, though it would have hurt. She wanted him to be okay. At work the next day when a patient asked her if she had a boyfriend she said "I did. I still might. I don't know."
On August 23rd 2006, Randy went on Fox news to discuss Brian’s disappearance. He brought up that police were searching for a man in an orange sweater who had been seen going in and out of the bar several times. Then he went on to detail more about when Brian disappeared. He said that at exactly 1:57 AM Brian told Clint and Meredith that he wanted to hang back for a bit and talk to the band. They walked over to the car, and just after 2 AM Meredith called Brian, it went straight to voicemail, and she left him a message saying “Where are you? Where in the hell are you?” He then went on to say that it’s possible Brian went in the construction site, but the Columbus police department had searched it very thoroughly several times.
This was the first time someone mentioned that Brian had gone to talk to the band in a published interview, though they had already been cleared by police at this time. If that’s not enough, the members of True Crime garage knew the guitar player of the band, and he had no recollection of Brian even attempting to make contact with the band that night. For several years internet sleuths suspected that the band had something to do with it, going so far as to say Brian’s body could have been smuggled out in guitar cases or other equipment. The name of the band wasn’t released until 2018 when Kelly Bruce and Nick West asked Hurst about it, and he sent them the name right away, It sounds like the name was likely just never brought up on the news.
The very next day on August 24th Alexis went on fox news to give them more updates and details on the case. The man in the orange sweatshirt had gone up to police right away and told them he was looking for his friend who was his ride home. His story checked out and he was cleared of suspicion. The interviewer, Greta Van Sustersen asked Alexis about the friends Brian was last seen with and she said “The friends that he was last seen with are students of another friend of his, another person that he had been with through the evening.” She went on to say that she hadn’t spoken to them since April, and she knew the police had talked to them. This is a bit vague and Alexis is likely referring to Amber and Brighton, since Clint was a TA. But it’s possible she meant Brian had been spending time with a professor friend earlier in the evening as well, and Clint and Meredith were students of this other person. There were other people he talked to that night, and it’s been over a decade since that interview aired, so even if she did mean he was spending time with a professor, that person was likely cleared of suspicion early on.
Alexis went on to say that she hopes he is okay and just decided to run away, but she doesn’t think it’s likely and worries that something bad had happened to him. They interviewed Randy next, and he said that while he recognized that a few detectives were putting immense amounts of work into the case, he doesn't understand why the surveillance videos were released only recently.
Eventually, after spending months going over the footage, police tracked everyone who went up the escalators that night, coming down later that same night. Brian Shaffer was the only one seen on camera entering the bar, but not leaving the bar.
Randy was obsessive about his search. He wrote repetitive letters to Clint and Meredith, begging them to come forward if they knew something. He would go over different scenarios, trying his hardest to figure out what happened with the limited information he had. He frequently called Lori Davis just to talk about the case, and one day called her 30 separate times. He would also call John Hurst to talk, sometimes in the middle of the night if he thought he’d figured something out, or just needed a sympathetic ear.
On September 8th Alexis called Brian’s phone at around 11:30 PM before bed, a ritual she’d kept up every day without fail since April 1st. She and Randy had been paying Brian’s bills, hoping that if he were alive he would reach out to them. His cell phone had never been recovered and it was in his name. For the first time since March 31st, his phone rang.
It rang three or four times, then went straight to voicemail. Alexis called a few more times, and each time it would ring before going to voicemail. She got her brother to call Brian, and the phone rang again. Alexis called the CPD and Randy. Before long, Randy, Derek, Alexis, and a few local officers were calling Brian’s phone. The last call went out sometime between 3-5 AM, then when someone called again at 8 AM on that Saturday, it wasn’t ringing anymore. However the next day on September 10th it rang all day starting at around 8 AM.
Alexis checked Brian’s phone records and credit cards every day, and there was no activity on any of his accounts. If someone had turned on his phone, they hadn’t made any calls or received any voicemails. The calls were later determined by Brian’s phone carrier to be a glitch. Though they had pinged off of a cell tower in Hilliard, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone was used in the vicinity of that cell tower. Whether this was really a glitch is still a hotly debated topic.
In a September 21st Fox News interview, Randy expressed his frustration with how the Columbus Police department was handling the search saying “Almost six months have gone by, and I don't know any more now than what I did six months ago. Certain things I -- I wish the police would tell me some of what they've done, as far as that. Sometimes, I don't know how much they understand. You know, I wish -- I would almost like to say to them sometimes, you know, What would you do if it was your son, your daughter? Would you bend the rules just a little bit? Because it just seems like certain people want to go by the rule book so much, and I think it's time to tell me what's happened, what they've done, what they have done in the search, and I haven't heard anything from them at all about what they've done yet.”
In later interviews, John Hurst would talk about how not everything regarding the case can be released. Open cases are not subject to FOIA requests, and he can’t disclose every detail about the case with the public.
On September 25th 2006 Alexis wrote the following letter to the editor To the Editor:
I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone to be very careful when they are out during the night.
For those of you who don't know the story, on April 1, my boyfriend Brian Shaffer disappeared after being out for the evening. We still don't know, almost 6 months later, what has happened to him or where he could be.
Please, don't let this happen to you or your friends as it is an absolute nightmare for everyone who loves and cares about you.
Please don't walk alone at night, and keep your eyes on your friends who you go out with. There is strength and there is safety in numbers, and it is just as important to watch out for each other as it is for yourself.
Have fun this year! Just don't forget that being safe makes the year a whole lot better!
Alexis Waggoner OSU Medical Student
In a September 27th Fox News interview, Randy led a news crew through the ugly tuna, taking them through the layout of the building, and talking about how he went back and forth on how Brian had gotten out. When asked about how he was feeling, and what he thought happened, Randy said “It's something you don't really want to experience because it's just awful, I mean, especially when I lost my wife, too. She loved him so much and he cared for her so much, and that's another reason why he wouldn't do this because she's gone. I mean, he looked after his mother. He wanted to make her proud. So he makes her proud whether she's here alive on earth, whether she's up in heaven looking at him, he's going to do it. And I truly think that. I just -- I just don't think he just wandered off!”
In that same interview, when asked about whether she thought it was possible that Brian just wandered off, Alexis said “I -- I hope so but I don't think so. I want that to be it. I want him to be somewhere. I want him to be OK and, if he is, that would be amazing but I just have a hard time believing that he would walk away from everything when he was talking about a future and it was only a few days before that he said to me "Let's skip school tomorrow and go get married."”
The very next day, Brian’s professor Charles Hitchcock went on the same program to discuss the disappearance. He didn’t have a prominent theory that stuck out to him, but he talked about how the community had come together to support Randy, and it made the students grow closer together, saying “It's been actually quite remarkable. It's brought the class -- and not only his class but the entire community of medical students here and faculty together.”
October 1st was almost six months since Brian disappeared, and in a reflective Columbus Dispatch article highlighting Alexis’s struggle, John Hurst said of her "She's a bright young lady. I think she's sincere. Her feelings toward Brian are true." While Randy said “I feel for her greatly, she's a very beautiful girl. She's very intelligent. I know Brian really cared for her." Near the end of the article, Alexis pondered how long she should wait for Brian. She knows she wants to have a family someday, and it’s been six months with no word. She worries that her lack of closure could complicate future relationships, if and when she is ready to move in. In the meantime, she focuses on her studies.
On January 7th, 2001 Sally Sheasby finally got what she promised her son Jonathan at his funeral. Governor Bob Taft signed a bill standardizing the practices statewide for how missing adult cases should be handled. Randy and Tony Luzio Jr. stood with her, hoping the bill might help other families who were going through what they went through. Though Randy wished it would have included something about providing families with regular updates, he knew it was a good start. It required entering the missing person's information into a national database within a week if foul play was suspected or, 30 days if it wasn’t. It also required that DNA be taken from unidentified jane and john does and sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Sally said “Jonathan, I know, is smiling down right now. He's saying, 'Mom, you did what you said you would do.' This law gives people the gift of hope."
A yearly reflective piece done by the dispatch caught up with Alexis and John Hurst. Alexis still had Brian’s things in her house, and still calls his phone every day. Though she did note how she’d had put many of his possessions out of sight “I put his things in the back of my closet, and I just needed that chapter of my life to be over, there were a lot of tears and it was sad, but it was time to move forward." She wrote on her blog “I want to go downtown or drive down High Street without almost driving off the road multiple times. I catch myself still looking at everyone walking down the street. The men with beards -- I try to see their profile or how they walk to make sure it's not Brian. I look between houses, and under steps to apartments.” Derek had also been faithfully calling Brian’s phone, though the calls were fewer and farther between, and would eventually stop not long after April. John Hurst expressed his frustration about the lack of updates, saying the case was "the most frustrating one I've ever dealt with in my life."
On August 22nd of 2007, Tony Luzio Sr. and Randy went on Fox news with Tim Miller, the founder of equisearch, to discuss their missing sons. Miller had come up from Texas with his team and their equipment to try and do a more thorough search of some areas that may have been overlooked in both cases. Miller said he’d been moved by Randy and Tony’s passion for finding their children. “ I've actually been working with Randy for the last two or three months, talking to him, and then met Tony last week. And you know, when you meet these fathers, how do you say no to them?”
The two fathers had become close over the last several months. When talking about their ordeal, Luzio said “You know, it's kind of a double- edged sword, you know? It's -- in a way, we want closure, but not having closure gives us just a smidgen of hope that somehow maybe he's out there and still alive.” Randy noted how his family had been halved in such a short amount of time “It's been extremely hard for me. I mean, my wife was such a beautiful lady, and I still can't believe she's gone at 51, and losing Brian three weeks after that. So I get by”
When equisearch visited Ohio, hopes were high that they might finally provide some answers, but unfortunately, the search turned up nothing for the missing men.
Two years later in 2008, The Lantern caught up with Alexis. She had graduated and was ready to start her first residency, with the same class of students she and Brian had started with. She’d been determined not to let his disappearance keep her from pursuing her dream job, and it had finally paid off. She got assigned to Riverside Methodist Hospital, just a stone’s throw away from the edge of campus, and remarked how making more good memories in that part of town might be good for her.
She worries more than she should when her friends or her brother are out, and checks in with them often. Her brother mentioned that she had finally thrown away what he had dubbed “the Brian shrine”, which had been a collection of Brian’s possessions she’d kept for him in case he came back. She was ready to move on.
In regards to romance, she told the Lantern “I would say it was about a year-and-a-half afterward when I started feeling like a normal person again, because that was about the time that I told my mom that I thought I was at the point where maybe I could go out and eat dinner with someone again and get out there and have fun again."
Her mother, Melanie, was ready to jump at the opportunity to get her daughter back out there. She had been talking a bit with a contractor working on her house in Toledo. His name was Eric Noss and she told him about her daughter’s unusual situation and decided to try and play matchmaker with them. Alexis reluctantly agreed, and the two fell into a serious relationship, having been together for five months as of April 1st, 2008. Eric was understanding that Alexis still had complicated feelings regarding Brian, and would lend a sympathetic ear when she did want to talk about it. He said "It's not my intention to replace their memories, just make new ones."
On April 29th, 2009 NBC ran a piece about how the retired detectives behind the famous Smiley Face Killer theory thought Brian’s case could be connected. This theory is an American counterpart to the famous “Manchester Pusher” in the UK, and says that many cases where men in their twenties drown in rivers could be connected. Since graffiti of a smiley face is often found within a few miles of where the bodies of these young men are found, some people have decided that these deaths could be the work of a serial killer. Others call this out as a hoax, noting that drunk men in their twenties often just fall into rivers by accident and that the timing and motive of these killings wouldn’t make any sense. Randy said “It's hard for me to go on with my life. It still is. I'm just sort of stuck in limbo because of all this stuff sometimes, I listen to it and I guess I try to (say) -- whether it be psychics or this -- well, OK. If that's so, show me some information, some proof that you have, that you know this could have happened to my son. And I haven't seen that proof yet."
Just weeks after that interview, hurricane Ike brought hurricane-force winds into the midwest. Schools closed, and one of the largest power outages in the midwest took days to repair among crews cleaning up trees and downed power lines. Ohio alone suffered over $560 million dollars of damage. 195 people were killed 26 of those in landlocked states, and among them was Randy Shaffer. He was walking to his backyard shed, presumably to start cleaning up the damage from the storm, when he was struck and killed by a falling tree branch. Randy’s obituary spoke of his love of music, family and his sense of humor, one excerpt reading “There was never a stranger in Randy's life. He made such beautiful music with his saxophone that friends requested he entertain at many area churches, bringing peace and tranquility at solemn moments and entertaining at many other gatherings. He was always willing when asked for his time to play. He will be a great addition to Heaven's orchestra. Randy's family was one of the most important parts of his being. He loved to try and beat his sister, brother, and father on the tennis court and always has great stories of his victories whether he won or not.”
Though the obituary said he was survived by both his sons, it did mention Brian’s disappearance, saying “After the passing of Randy's beloved wife Renee in 2006 and the disappearance of his son Brian, Randy was relentless in his search for Brian and never gave up hope. He made hundreds of friends and helped many other families in search of their loved ones while being involved with the Crimestoppers Organization. He will be sadly missed by all the people whose lives he touched.” Kevin Miles had become so close to Randy over the years that he was asked to give his eulogy at the funeral.
Comments poured in on his obituary from friends, family, and strangers who had been touched by Randy’s relentless search for his son. One comment quickly caught everyone’s attention. It read “I miss you dad, Love Brian (U.S. Virgin Islands)”.
In articles covering his death and the suspicious comment left on his memorial page, the Lantern interviewed Don Corbett, while the Columbus OH Other Paper interviewed John Hurst. The comment was quickly determined to be a hoax, and Derek would describe it as “Disgusting” that someone would pull that kind of prank.
In Hurst’s interview he said that the posting was likely a hoax and that it was made from a public computer in Franklin county. He said “For somebody to do something like this-it's horrific. The family's been through so much.” Hurst noted that with such a highly publicized case, hoaxes and false leads were unavoidable. He said they still get tips, and investigate them all, even though most have turned out to be dead ends. He went on to say that they looked into every tip that was called in and implored the public to come forward if they knew anything, saying "You may have thought something you heard in a casual conversation was nothing and just blew it off-we need those people to call. That's usually what helps solve this type of case. Let us determine if it's important information or not."
The identity of the sender was never released to the public if it was ever found. Just in case there was any substance to it, police in the Virgin Islands were given information about Brian’s case, and news about his disappearance was aired on local networks.
Despite this, in his interview, Corbett detailed his frustration with how the police were handling the case. He thought it wasn’t right that Randy never got to see the full records of the investigation, and continued to try to talk to the police and access the full records in case there was anything they were missing. In later interviews with Kelly Bruce and Nick West, Corbett and Hurst would double down on their respective viewpoints. Hurst stressed that open cases are not subject to FOIA requests, and police reserve the right to keep some information from the public.
Corbett said that when the comment was posted, he tried to ask Hurst if the computer had a camera anywhere that would have caught the person who posted it, but Hurst declined to answer. Though Hurst would later say in the Comeback podcast, that there weren’t any cameras that could have caught the suspect.
On April 13th, 2009, the Lantern, the same paper that frequently interviewed Corbett, but that John Hurst and the rest of the CPD tended to avoid, ran an interesting article claiming that Neil Rosenberg, Clint’s attorney spoke to a detective working on the case. He told Don Corbett over the phone and in an email, that police gave him reason to believe Brian was alive. It’s unclear if this was Hurst. In his email, Rosenburg said “If Brian is alive, which is what I'm led to believe after speaking with the detective involved, then it is Brian and not Clint who is causing his family pain and hardship. Brian should come forward and end this."
He went on to clarify that Clint had refused the CPD’s request for a polygraph, and Corbett’s repeated requests for a polygraph at Rosenberg’s advice, as polygraphs are unreliable. He said as far as he and Clint were concerned the matter was closed, and Clint told Corbett in an email, that although he appreciates him trying to find Brian, any questions Corbett has for him need to go through his attorney first. The email was cordial, and if anyone has tried to talk to Clint through his lawyer, it hasn’t been publicized.
The article went on to interview friends and family members. Meredith Reed confirmed that she had in fact taken and passed a polygraph. Clint was the only one who law enforcement had asked to take a polygraph who hadn’t complied. Many of Brian’s friends and family members saw this as suspicious. Derek said "I've always thought he definitely knows something - just won't come forward with it. If Brian did take off somewhere, if that is the case, we just always had a strong feeling that Clint would possibly know that." Alexis leans more toward the foul play angle but still thinks that Clint knows something he isn’t saying. Her father, Tom, said “The gist of my perspective on Clint Florence is that I think that basically all roads to making any progress on the case on Brian Shaffer lead through Clint Florence,"
The Columbus Monthly on June 30th of 2009 ran a piece reflecting on the fact that Randy never found the answers he was looking for in life. Kevin Miles said that “It Haunts me, that we still don’t know where Brian is.” In that same interview, Lori Davis talked about her own quest for answers, and how she’s been immersed in the case from the start, up to 2009. She talked about how she had her teenage son take pictures of the Ugly Tuna when she wanted to visit to conduct her own investigation. She talked about how the case is still getting attention, saying “The Internet won't let this case die. People a lot more distant than even me want answers. This case haunts them. I think it's because any of us could be in that situation. I have to fight against becoming so paranoid about it that I can't live my life."
Shortly after she said that the journalist mentioned that her son, who was with her during the interview, got up to walk to the bathroom, and Lori told him “If someone tries to take you, you scream.” He was 13 years old at the time, and it was his birthday.
On April 2nd, 2011 NBC ran a segment talking about how neither the Shaffer or Luzio case had ever been solved. Lori Davis had organized a blood drive to raise awareness for Brian’s case. She figured since he was a medical student, helping people in that small way might be a nice gesture. Kevin Miles noted how nothing new had been learned in either case, and Tony Luzio Sr said “In my career, many times I'd go on a missing adult or a missing person case and just really felt sorry for the family, thinking that will never happen to me, and I hope it never happens to me, and it did happen to me.”
Three years later closure would be provided for the Luzio family in October of 2014. A nonprofit group had continued searching long past when the funds ran out, looking in over 200 lakes and ponds in Delaware county. They finally pinged a car in a water retention pond near Powell, a pond that had even been previously drained. When they drained it again, the car was so decayed and covered in algae that it was easy to see how it could have been missed the first time. Inside the car, they found Tony Luzio Jr’s body. Luzio Sr. said “"After 9 1/2 years to prepare for this, we thought we would be ready for the inevitable. But it hurts as bad as if it happened yesterday.’
April 1st of 2016 brought about the ten year anniversary of Brian’s disappearance. The dispatch interviewed everyone closely related to the case. Derek remarked on how he’d been too tired to join Brian on campus that night, and said "I've thought about that night over and over and over for 10 years, what if I had been there that night? Would things have been different? Would my brother still be here? I've carried that guilt around for a while." Once again the subject of Clint was brought up, and Derek said “If I saw him I'd say, 'Where the hell is my brother?' " Derek said. "If anyone knows whether he is still alive, or if something happened to him, it's Clint."
After 10 years, Alexis was an OBGYN who loved her job and had moved to Toledo with Eric Noss, who was now her husband. They have two children together and couldn’t be happier. Noss told the dispatch that "I met the right girl, and my life changed in the best way possible, there was just no doubt in my mind that even if Brian came back around we were going to be together. I just never was worried about it or thought about it. Everyone has a past, and I think that period of Alexis' life made her stronger." She has fully moved on, and though she occasionally still wonders what happened, it doesn’t affect her life. She said “It almost feels like this all happened to someone else, it was all in a different life for me."
Hurst talked about how emotionally involved he had become with the case. Noting that he still didn’t really have a theory that he believed. He said he doesn’t know if the case will ever be solved “"The answers that everyone wants, everyone needs ... I don't know if we will ever have them."
NBC ran a similar segment for the anniversary, talking about the similarities between Brian’s case and that of Joey Labute. Joey had been a 26-year-old out for a night of fun with his friends. He wasn’t much for the bar scene, but went to Union, a local gay bar, with one of his friends to celebrate them coming out. He was a level headed guy who loved the beach and nights in with friends. He was last seen on the Union security camera leaving the building. After sending two somewhat incoherent texts to friends in the next few hours he vanished. His body was found in the Scioto River near Scioto Audubon Metro Park. He was likely dead before he went into the water but the exact cause of death is unknown. Since he was the same rough demographic as Brian Shaffer, online sleuths tried to connect the two cases, especially those who believed in the smiley face theory. Derek and John Hurst talked about how the case brought back a lot of painful memories for them. Hurst said about the case that “"We've got another family out there who's going through what the Shaffer's went through. Listening to it brought back a lot of memories about what we had to do and what we went through… how agonizing this type of situation is for the family members."
On April 15th 2018 the annual March for the missing saw Lori Davis in the spotlight once again, saying to an NBC reporter “Unfortunately there have not been leads that have led to anything in Brian’s case, I think that people might be afraid to talk and I think after 12 years they need to buck up and they need to start speaking.”
May 1st of 2018 was the last senior crawl the Ugly Tuna would see. The bar’s lease had expired with the building owner, and the Ugly Tuna was going to be looking for a new location. Hurst told the Dispatch on May 3rd that "Anytime the name Ugly Tuna comes up ... that's the first thing that pops into my head,". Him and Andre Edwards still look into any tips that come in, but ten years after the fact those are few and far in between. Hurst, always the optimist, said "I think at some point, everything will come together, It's like a puzzle. We put pieces in, and we have to work at getting them to fit."
In a 2019 interview, Brian’s cousin Dan would describe Brian as “dark and secretive” and that he wouldn’t have been surprised if Brian had some kind of drug problem that factored into his disappearance. In an interview with the same host, Corbett would insist that there was no way Brian had a drug problem. Corbett went on to say that Brian did certainly have secrets that he kept from the people close to him. He told Bruce about how, sometime after Brian’s disappearance, the father of one of Brian’s friends brought over a box of Brian’s belongings. Among the box was a bunch of Brian’s writings, that Corbett described as “dark and bizarre.”
To this day Don Corbett still gets tips on the case. Just this past year in 2019 someone sent him photos of a man in India who matched Brian’s description very closely. Though he looked a lot like him, family members determined that it was not him. Corbett continues to be frustrated by the fact that Columbus police aren’t doing yearly interviews with the people who last saw Brian, saying they could catch a potential slip up in their stories. However, it’s worth pointing out that in the first few years Corbett himself and Randy had inconsistencies in their stories. It’s very easy to misremember details or misquote something months after a case, let alone years after.
When he disappeared, Brian was wearing a yellow cancer awareness bracelet in honor of his mother. To this day, Derek still wears a green missing person’s bracelet to honor Brian. In the latest Investigation Discovery piece on the case, Alexis was notably absent, and her pictures were blurred out. After thirteen years perhaps she’s done doing interviews, and ready to put the case behind her.
John Hurst retired in January of 2019 but he still answers requests for interviews, and just recently went on Investigation Discovery to talk about the case. He says he still looks for Brian when he is on vacation or in a crowd. One year when he was running security for a football game, he thought he saw Brian, and ran through the crowd to chase him down, but when he caught up to him, it was Derek. Being a religious man, Hurst believes in Heaven, and although he may never find out what happened to Brian, he is confident that Randy has been reunited with Renee, and has the answers he was searching for about Brian.
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2019.12.25 12:58 Lancerer If you are interested in how The Witcher was rated in Poland, I can give you numbers.

I will do it based on the ratings from the filmweb.pl portal. FIlmweb is a very large portal for rating movies, TV series and games, the Polish equivalent of IMDB.
This is a popular website and probably a phenomenon on a large scale. Personally, I don't know anyone who uses imdb to rate in Poland, everyone only uses filmweb.pl.
To compare the scale and rating on these portals:
Game of Thrones:
Filmweb: 8.8/10 and 343,000 rates.
IMDB 9.3/10 and 1,617,000.
Stranger things:
FW: 8.4/10 and 223 000.
IMDB: 8.8/10 and 688,000.
So the ratings on the Polish portal are usually about 0.5 lower than on IMDB and the number of ratings is suppose to be about 3-5 times less. Remember, Poland is a country with a population of 40 million and imdb is a global website. Filmweb is really a big deal in Poland.
So, The Witcher.
https://www.filmweb.pl/serial/Wied%C5%BAmin-2019-724464
FW: 7.8 / 10 and 38,000.
IMDB: 8.8 / 10 and 83,000.
As you can see the rating is 2x lower than in the case of GOT and ST but the number of ratings is only almost 2x smaller.
Episode ratings:
FW vs IMDB
EP.1 - 7.7 vs 8.7
EP.2 - 7.4 vs 8.2
EP.3 - 8.1 vs 9.0
EP.4 - 8.0 vs 8.9
EP.5 - 8.0 vs 8.8
EP.6 - 8.0 vs 8.7
EP.7 - 7.9 vs 9.0
EP.8 - 8.1 vs 9.3
Episodes were rated similarly. The worst is episode 2 and the best is 3 and 8. The biggest difference in rating is in episodes 7 and 8. In my opinion, this is because episode 7 contains practically no events described more widely in the books, and the lower rating of episode 8 is caused by less emotional ending which was the strong point of the book and the Polish series The Hexer.
I would just forget, The Hexer.
FW: 5,3 / 10 and 26,000.
IMDB: 5,4 / 10 and 900.
After a few days, the Netflix series has more filmweb ratings than The Hexer.
On filmweb, you can also evaluate the performances of actors. The same scale: 1-10.
Henry Cavill (Geralt): 9.2 (# 62 TOP male role in Tv show of all time)
Joey Batey (Jaskier): 8.7 (# 184 TOP male)
MyAnna Buring (Tissaia): 8.5 (# 191 TOP female)
Adam Levy (Mousack): 8.1
Anya Chalotra (Yennefer): 8.1 (# 256 TOP female)
Jodhi May (Calanthe): 7.9 (# 405 TOP female)
Freya Allan (Ciri): 7.8
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Eist): 7.5
Eamon Farren (Cahir): 7.3
Therica Wilson-Read (Sabrina): 6.6
Maciej Musiał (Sir Lazlo): 6.5
Royce Pierreson (Istredd): 6.3
Anna Shaffer (Triss): 5.6
Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla): 4.8
I think the sorceresses' performances have been rated a little low: Yennefer, Triss and Fringilla. In my opinion, each of them deserves a grade one higher. This is due to rather unfulfilled expectations as to the appearance/race of the actresses playing in the series.
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2019.09.30 21:17 timothy3578 Ex On The Beach UK: Series 11 cast revealed🌴💔-including Love Island, TOWIE and Geordie Shore stars

Who’s Ex Is Next? 👀 The dating show from hell is back...
Filming has just wrapped after a month of shooting abroad. The cast, according to The Sun Online includes
•Sophie Kasaei• - Geordie Shore
•Joey Essex• - The Only Way is Essex
•Calum Best •- Serial reality star
•Micheal Griffiths •- Love Island star who says CHALDISH
•Ellie Brown•- Love Island
•Charlie Brake•- Love Island
•Ashley McKenzie• - British judo champion
•Georgia Harrison• - Love Island
•Lateysha Grace-• The Valleys
•David McIntosh•Kelly Brook’s ex fiancé
•Lotan Carter•Stripper and Big Brother
•Marissa Jade•Mob Wives star
•Miles Nazaire •- Made in Chelsea
People are sharing their opinions, with one saying “I love a bit of reality tv, even watched Love Island this year but I’m sorry Ex On The Beach is pure trash.” Thats the show we know and some love🌞🌴
Ex On The Beach will return to tv screens later this year :)
Ex On The Beach 11
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2019.09.29 06:57 alientoyshop Chopped Week 7 Tasting Party!

If you're new to the Chopped Challenge, read about Week 7 here! Join in on the fun when Week 7 starts on Friday!
Week 7 has come to an end, and now it's time to see what you came up with! Even if you didn't make a level, pick something that catches your eye and give it a try!
If you want to see some levels in action, check out the Chopped streams and hang out with the amazing community in the Chopped Discord!
Week 8 starts on Monday! You won't want to Skip this one!
Everybody is split up into groups of 5 or 6, please make an effort to play your group's levels!
(Comment on levels down below in the gang's group comment!
You might consider editing a single comment with your plays for the group!)

Blue Yoshi Gang
Dcmotz - Spike Top Tunnels - C3Y-WQG-PRG
ring_dinkster - Cleaning Dry Dry Desert - YXY-H6C-VHG
TyMario85 - Mario's Spiketop Dream - MPG-6P0-GNG
Crystal1501 - Bone Fish Lake in Spike Top Wood - TOB-BM2-QVG
DaemosDaen - Lakitu Hit You With A Trout - 1XS-F2Q-WHG
kmfactor - Yoshi Flight by Night - K8V-79Y-9HF

Orange Yoshi Gang
TwBurn - Aliens ate my Babysitter - WR9-N39-6QG
Dcmotz ('s son) - Orchard by the Fishbone Sea - 522-7Y4-XMF
Bird_Power - Yoshi is our friend! - WH9-Q98-QFF
BMFeltip - Don't jump alone! - 5V8-4R3-K2G
rexyphilSMM - Yoshi Island Under Attack! - RM0-837-NJF

Pink Yoshi Gang
McGinnis2727 - Yoshi - Friend or Tool? - WRF-NS6-KPF
Splat-hero - The Space escape - PSM-DK2-3CG
VaultBoy_13 - Fishty Cuffs - CP0-XJL-X4G
NoahBody - Yoshi's Big Day - Y2Q-BVK-2QG
--Wj-- - Journey Through Spike Top Jungle - R1Y-HPR-CQF
Gasterfire6 - Yoshi's Feet Hurt - FB4-T6G-MJG

Black Yoshi Gang
AnatoleSerial - Per Pisces Osseus Ad Lauream - 52V-F6D-HXG
Pwuz - Ablutophobia - 795-12W-XMF
Shwayfromv - Yoshi Affogato - RH6-8K3-4QG
MutatedMudkip - You Callin' Me a Liar? - 7TK-HS9-WMF
Zackfection - Yoshi Drop Zone - 10L-HPX-3RF
JJiggy13 - friggin frozen fishbone bones - 148-T9D-X0G

Yellow Yoshi Gang
Nastydon - Fish Bone Disaster - K6K-HC3-SHG
rat_bark - Yoshi Flight by Night - K8V-79Y-9HF
radaar - The Yoshank Redemption - 73X-XH4-8GG
NeonXero - Dusty Desert Dash - CMK-CF3-9YF
Henk_Meerkoet69 - dino caverns - YB2-LXM-CYF
RollingResonant - BossJr - 1DJ-PV8-WRF

Green Yoshi Gang
Poepkorrel - The Eagle Nebula - 77L-B5Q-NDG
csh_blue_eyes - Yoshi Prison Break! - 9SL-2K0-9LG
KonamiCode_SMM2 - Smoldering Hot Garbage - 7RV-2CT-PWF
DanoVonKoopa - A good dino & some chopped trees - MY4-Y6C-T8G
Bulbapuck - Pirhana Firing Range - 5V0-4CL-VMF
-zub- - Yoshi's Missing Coins - TNL-HVD-4CG

Purple Yoshi Gang
Cultural_Department - Dropfish Drainpipe - K42-20P-0WF
B_Boll - Yoshi's Sacrifice - KLH-FN7-NNG
Poepkorrel - How did I know you wanted that? - PVN-D3T-KXF
ChongJohnSilver - Yoshi Obstacles - 52V-3WM-NNF
Dimenzio_ - Yoshis Jungle - HWG-6X7-FSG
JoeysCorner01 - Chopped Week Seven: Yoshi Week (Original I know) - YL8-CG8-GFG

White Yoshi Gang
Francisco123s - Spike top migration - T84-CVQ-3HG
GByteM3 - jumbled jungle jump - Y6X-0BX-J2G
Omegasaurusus - Platforming Pal Yoshi - 921-YG9-MKF
Evilchiken7 - Kaioshi - 1X0-YGW-NNF
honigbearchen - They Come From the Shadows - TGC-921-1RF
pal1ndr0me - Riders on the Storm - 1X2-VGD-4CG
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2019.06.25 05:35 Bongo_Pongo Bye mommies. Plus a Goodbye gift for the Mommies

I will keep my goodbye short. I don't enjoy the podcast like I use to. I feel like it has changed and it's not for me. I think it's time for me to take my jeans off. Anyways, I thought a great goodbye gift would be my personal YMH list. So here you go.
A few things before you see my list:
The list has moments from the podcast, Mommy terms, and clips.
My list covers episodes 2-500.
I dont have to many of the 400s because my 400s file was corrupted and I lost them all. I had to go back and look for the different iconic YMH moments again. I didnt find all of them
I am missing episode numbers for 4 or 5 bullet points. I am to lazy to find them.
If you think any of the bullets are worth being added to the YMH Database feel free to add them.
My YMH List
■A
•"Ahhhh Fucking Nigger" girl gets her asshole tattoo ep500
•Angel's fellatio secrets bj on a dildo ep100
•Angel's fellatio secrets "figure 8" technique ep 101
•Angel's fellatio secrets "grapefruit" technique ep 221
•Angel's fellatio secrets interview ep 104
•Angel's fellatio secrets "Put your dick between your legs" ep101
•"Animal Passions", a couple's sexual experience with a horse ep104
•Are you thirsty? Do you want to suck on these big large nips of mine? Ep193
•Argintinian ball kicking video ep33
•Arpad Pazsitzky-Christina's dad ep61
•Asian man's legs get pinned by car ep323
•Asshole clip ep123
•Auntie Fee "sweet treats for the kids" ep248
•Auntie Fee Fee ep94
■B
•Ball Hog and Payten Laferty ep431
•Banana Farts ep411
•Bannismurferney-anniversary ep31
•Barstucks-starbucks ep224
•Beatles vs. Biggie debate ep 227
•Bert Chryslar-Bert Kriesher ep 38
•(Why is)Bert Kreischer so fat? joke ep345
•Bert is fat internarional sumissions ep 355
•Bert Kreischer looks like Gerard Depardieu ep325
•Big Time Tommy ep500
•Big words quote ep43
•Bikes!! ep82
•Bill cosby acting stange on ESPN ep 57
•Bitch clip ep287
•"Blast my fucking face"porn clip ep170
•Blood, Fam ep378
•Blowjob Betty song review ep280
•Blueban-the bird producer of YMH ep40
•Bobby and Karen ep372
•Bobby and Trish ep383
•Boring videos segment ep378
•BOW BOW BOW BOW ep 117
•Brace gigolo "The Brace Philosophy" ep 36
•Brace gigolo quote "Dumping clips" ep 115
•Brace gigolo quote "Fuck off" ep74
•Braco aka Crapsoe and his healing gaze ep 111
•Brawstrerries-Strawberies ep111
•Braxtin family values ep44
•Bristol stool chart ep 149
•Brown talk announcement drop ep47
•Bug Chasers ep299
•Bumpin Bumpin ep7
•Buttery yellows-yellow teeth ep71
•Buttfloss- mommy term for a thong ep 67
•Buttplugs- mommy term for ear plugs ep301
■C
•Cargo shorts debate ep 249
•Carla 24/7 ep199
•Carl's Jr. Baby name joke ep359
•Cat eating kibble ep297
•Cats love hot sauce. Mommies make fun of cousin Bry-Bry ep169
•Case of the meanies-angry eyebrows ep271
•Charo ep 41
•Charo add read ep129
•Charo add read "Do you like big tits? Go see Christina do stand up." ep399
•Charo's massive fart ep500
•Chest beefers-Mommy term for tits ep 40
•Chest/beard flakes-mommy term for beard dandruff ep143
•Ching chong, ching chong ep331
•Chips in a bowl audio ep233
•Chopper dyes his pupes ginger ep 34
•Chris Gaines ep271
•Christina does not understand Smart and Final's name "Smart and Final, you are smart for shopping here but all sales are final." ep264
•Christina "God's real. God blesses a nigga" ep253
•Christina loves L.A. and everywhere else sucks joke ep391
•Christina realizes she has been saying combative wrong ep276
•Christina's aunt sends her a racist chain letter ep91
•Christina's first shart ep73
•Christina's ice cubes smell like a butthole prank call ep125
•Christine ep415
•Cinncinati Fart ep306
•City Connection-webster ep 158
•Cops are all bald and shit ep250
•Cock throughts by Hirsuit Pursuit ep23
•Country club-mommy term for the mall ep382
•Cousin Jeanette ep193
•Cousin Julie ep107
•Cousin Sari ep121
•Crazie Locs ep 334
•Crossfarts-crossfit ep135
•Cum dog-male or female who lives in your backyard and is used only for sexual purposes. It can only be fed with your cum ep83
•Cum dog sprinkler audio drop ep86
•Cum Gum ep279
•Cum Huggers aka Tantric sex ep407
•Cutman ep 37
■D
•Dadboner-mommy term for dads that are lame ep 40
•Daddy told us not to be ashamed of our dicks ep361
•Dadmouth- the bad breath earned after becoming a dad ep52
•Dalmation- mommy term for a dumb hot girl ep is Bonus episode in irvine after ep391
•Dalmation wife-a dumb hot second wife ep402
•Dan Pena ep350
•DC/LC-Maria's term for Dumb Cunt/Lazy Cunt ep85
•Dennis Rodman ep186
•Dennis Rodman "Watch this bullshit wahhhh!" Ep302
•Dental update music ep15
•Dental update official name ep17
•Dental watch origin ep13
•Diabeetus-diabetes ep102clip
•Diamond in the crevas of your pussy ep373
•Dick Detectives ep23
•Dick will make you slap somebody in the face ep82
•Dick tips-mommy term for burnt ends ep50
•Did some singing and some dancing(a politician refering to Michael jackson) ep283
•Diego and his beautiful guppies ep313
•DJ Dadmouth name first introduced ep303
•DJ Dadmouth's first appearance on T.V. ep338
•Do dogs have brains? Trisha Paytas ep164
•Do not abuse me mommy. Do not hit me mommy. Do not scream at me mommy. Ep380
•"Do you want two dicks in that ass? Just quit debating" porn clip ep 137
•Dog bed- a bachoelars bed with no bed frame ep22
•Dog cunt ep430
•Dog Dick Afternoon ep237
•Dog in the bathtub- when dick and balls are in the other persons mouth, asshole, or vigina ep33
•Dog shit person-someone who does not pick up their dog's shit ep106
•Dog's tits ep168
•Dog's tits meaning ep185
•Don't be peter gazing ep267
•Dont bring anyones mother into this ep14
•Dookie love- the love bobby brown and whitney houston had for each other ep42
•Double Pipe Classic- Fart and burp at the same time ep87
•Downton Daddies-fans of Downton Abbey ep 106
•Duct tape ep358
■E
•Eat a booty gang ep241
•Eat the poo poo ep221
•Eco sex ep403
•Equine diarrhea ep190
•EV mic guy ep 347
•Eye..eye..eye on the road ep34
■F
•Face Farts ep466
•Face meat pushes down on the throat meat-the reason why tom snores ep42
•Fan made song "Bert is fat" Ali Xie Xer ep354
•Fan made song "Biggie vs Beatles" ghost kru ep 244
•Fan made song "I am Peter stain" by Obe1canolli ep260
•Fan made song "Jeans in my cunt" by max newman ep236
•Fan made song "How I Glass" by Young Patreon ep 382
•Fan made song "Love comes down" by ghost kru ep288
•Fan made song "Ohh My Gosh" by max newman ep168
•Fan made song "Problems make my dick soft" by max newman ep 334
•Fan made song "Sharkeisha Week" by ghost kru ep198
•Fan made song "Salome " by Jordan Wolf ep363
•Fan made song "Theo song" version1 by obe1cannolli ep187
•Fan made song "Theo song part duece" by obe1cannolli ep252
•Fan made song "24/7 Theos Groove" by ghost kru ep209
•Fan made song "YMH promo" Jo-DBL ep51
•Fan made song "2short" obe1cannoli ep288
•F.A.R.T. ep 372
•Fart in a jar- a product the mommies were thinking about making ep71
•Farten ep371
•Fartgician ep176
•Farticheocs- farts from artichoecs ep100
•Fartmistress ep400
•Fedex debate ep319
•FGT RTD ep460
•Fill her up and seal her shut ep 45
•Fill her up and seal her shut music ep46
•"For all the niggas in the wu tang clan" porn clip ep 254
•Foreign accent syndrome 152
•Four Stokes ep446
•Fuck me in my ass man! ep194
•Fuck my stoma (Christina quote) ep 137
•Fuck My Triple D Slut Wife ep396
•Fuck stimulating my clit stimulate my motherfucking mind ep217
•Fuck the points ep 22
•Fuck watcha heard. I am an ass licker. Ep400
•Fucken camp ep43
■G
•Garth Brooks ep270
•Garth Brooks interview he describes his music is like a sexual experience 368
•Gigolos ep15
•"Girl get cho life"- Taymar braxtin quote ep72
•Girl gets shot in the ass with a cactus ep181
•Givin him the grease like fuck himself ep141
•Gloria Estefan ep293
•Goat lips-what tina's lips look like when she drinks water ep63
•Go see the Doctor song review ep102
•Good Morning Julia ep465
•Good Morning Julia video 3 ep478
•Gooder than a Bitch ep 118
•Got any cum in those balls ep333
•Gucci Gucci by Kreayashawn ep20
•Guy orgasms 100x a day ep259
■H
•Hard fucken core ep219
•Hardcore fun ep483
•Hardrocknick"Women are motherfucken hating cunts" ep486
•Hat comic joke ep417
•Hates-giving- The Thanksgiving with Maria when she was pregnant. She said a lot of racist things about Dominicans and Puerto Ricans ep49
•HD vision glasses ep24
•"Hell nah to the nah nah nah" ep304
•Hen the gender neutral pronoun ep418
•Henry's Portait of a Serial Killer ep17
•Hey Hitler ep325
•(Hey Hitler) Danny's friends are on shrimp scampy boat being turned into lasagna ep348
•Hey Mommy Thanks Jeans origin ep266
•Hey Mommy Thanks Jeans(fan submissions) ep373
•Hi mommy! Hi mommy! Hi mommy! Ep329
•High n' Tight ep12
•Hillary Clinton ate my asshole ep403
• Honestly,It wasnt until, and this goes for almost all the moments. It wasnt until someone was there telling me, You have 2 in or you have 3 in you....I am proud of myself ep148
•"How does my asshole smell?" Ep279
•Hungarian phrase"losfaz a segeddbe" means horse cock in ass ep411
•Hungarian term "Punzi semed"-pussy eyes(racial slur for asians) ep 248
•Hungarian word "Cigány" means gypsy ep 58
•Hungarian word "Punzi" means pussy/gay ep75
•Hungry tits-mommy term for small tits ep234
•Hungry tits dance ep266
http://www. joke ep 52
■I
•I am at the comedy club ep37
•I am going on a cum strike ep383
•I am looking for a girlfwend ep266
•I dont give a fu..shit ep 310
•"I dont know what yah saying and I dont know what you mean" Judge Mathis ep202
•I got a bad bite ep361
•I have cum all over my face ep372
•I hate the gooks ep146
•I hate you motherfuckers. I hate you motherfuckers. GG Allin quote ep 87
•"I have a bad case of diarrhea" japanese song ep211
•I have my dad's dick. I need my dad's balls movie idea ep304
•I left my wallet there ep125
•"I only got but two nuts to bust" (couldn't find clip or when it was play on podcast but mommies said it on ep253) ep?
•I wanna find a skinny ass little bitch, and make her fat, and we could loose weight together. Ahhhahhhhh ep166 @6:22 time stamp is for the link
•ICDC college-I can do college college ep287
•Idn't greezy, Chuck Woolery ep174
•Immagrant mother fucker, you spic ep285
•Intervention cry ep 13
•"It's fucken morning" cholo clip ep206
•"It's only smells" Rocco Safredi quote ep240
■J
•Jane Segura ep76
•Jane Segura quote •"Seriously, seriously, seriously" ep76
•Jean ep372
•Jean Segura baseball player ep126
•Jeans-The first time Christina calls Tom by this pet name ep38
•Jeff Tate hot dogs and gatorade ep36
•Job stoppers mommy term for knuckle tattoos ep210
•Juice juice porn clip ep80
•Just glassin ep368
•Just like the gays ep371
■K
•Ke..Kellogs corn flakes ep81
•Kickie foot ep 132
•Kids of Whitney High ep30
•Kim Anh ep260
•Kim Anh "what is amaze" ep260
•Kim Anh "Asshole" ep 333
•Kim Anh interview ep348
•King Ass Ripper ep144
•King ass Ripper "you do the math"ep 149
•Kiss my pussy. KISS IT!! ep301
•Kitchen deodorant ep 289
■L
•La Croix debate 337
•Lady makes a fart video in her shed ep400
•Lambo prank ep420
•Last Cruise joke ep5
•Lets Get Social ep218
•"Lick my ass. Lick it"Rocco Safredi porn clip ep?
•Lightning crew-Christina's college friends group name ep25
•Lil Trump 90 ep381
•Lil Trump 90 "Pomcast" ep386
•Linkendin-Joey Diaz term for Linkedin ep341
•Listen to me you piece of Fuck! For one I am not bisexual, two I'm not gay, threeno, I'm not God damn fat. I am skinny as hell, four I'm fucken Wiccan. If you have a problem with that. You can go fuck yourself. Piece of Shit. Ep207 (true origin is bonus episode 4 but you have to buy it)
•Look at the river. Look at the river! Ep385
•Look at yourself in the mirror ep 108
•Love Mustard-cum ep2
•Low and loose (It is the first time I heard the mommies say it,but I could be wrong)ep87
■M
•Machines Within ep417
•Main Mommy debate ep175
•Make a bridge and get over it ep307
•Making fitness ep164 and (definition)246
•Making fun of comedy club names and places ep21
•Maria origin ep77/79
•Maria/Jane intro ep94
•Maria's crazy starbucks order ep80
•Maria's quote about the cream topper on her starbucks order ep109
•Maria quote "Dirty and disgusting" ep109
•Maria's quote "You take your fucking scissors and use your puggy fucken monkey hands. Cut the box open. Cut a hole in it, and pour it in the bottle" ep93
•Maria's porn read ep178
•Master of accents ep327
•Mom, Mom, Mom, why did you do that to me? ep316
•Mommies secretly record conversation with a pharmacist about poop ep69
•Mommy Dance ep45
•Mommy definition ep35 part2
•Mommy Dome ep42
•Mommy term first used ep1
•Mommies made death threats ep82
•Moose soup lady ep403
•More Pwesha ep85
•Mr. White Folks ep333
•Mushy Purples ep373
•Musical jeans "Animal song" ep125
•Musical jeans " Butthole song" ep126
•Musical jeans "Call me mommy" ep85
•Musical jeans "Chuy Bravo song" ep96
•Musical jeans "Do you like Bbq like I like Bbq?" ep99 and 145
•Musical jeans "Do you wanna fart? Do you really want to fart? Ep304
•Musical jeans "Don't go smelling my farts. Don't go eating my ass" ep275
•Musical jeans "Don't smell my farts/Don't eat my ass" ep159
•Musical jeans "Feef out" ep243
•Musical jeans "Feefo Feefum" ep304
•Musical jeans "Fist song" ep127
•Musical jeans "Get out of my dreams and into my jeans" ep275
•Musical jeans "House of Farts" ep286
•Musical jeans "Hungry Ass" ep234
•Musical jeans "I am in charge. I run the show. They call me Feefo." Ep 304
•Musical jeans "I sharted in Africa" ep354
•Musical jeans "I sharted on the way to Africa" ep353
•Musical jeans "I think. I love you but you are made of dog farts" ep327
•Musical jeans "In a world full of jeans only some are tight. Isnt that crazy. Crazy." Ep330
•Musical jeans "Kentucky song" ep127
•Musical jeans "Love wipes down" ep50
•Musical jeans "Mommy mommy mommy is the best .Daddy Daddy Daddy doesn't know your middle name" ep359
•Musical jeans "Miami Fart Machine" ep289
•Musical jeans "She has tits and she knows how use them. She takes shits and she knows how to duece them? Ep452
•Musical jeans "Shrimp song" ep22 and 98
•Musical jeans "Smurfday song" ep110
•Musical jeans "Squeeze my tits and pull my dick real hard" ep73
•Musical jeans "Tell me how you feel about my fart" ep323
•Musical jeans "Unbreak my farts" ep262
•Musical jeans "we fell in love in a homeless cave or we fell in love with some homeless gays" ep42
•Musical jeans "You can't always shit when you want" ep279
•Musical jeans "Your problems make my dick soft" ep95
•My-anus clip ep106
•My cunt, my cunt, my cunt uhhhh ep231
•My eyes turn into a telescope when I see your face ep476
•My husband just farted-a game where Tina rolls down the window of her car telling everyone on the street that her husband farted ep55
■N
•Nappy Jew Hair- mommy term for Happy New Year ep92
•Nasty Championship ep431
•Natural Harvest ep50
•News woman falls down whiles squishing grapes and gets the wind knocked out of her. ep234
•"Nigga nice nigga nice nigga nice" ep63
•Niggas hating on meeee ep217
•Never ending wipe ep 36
•No, aint no privvicy ep215
•No such thing as Wednesday ep161
•No talking until January- mommy term for no talking/bothering during football season ep25
■O
•Obama quote "I aint yo bitch nigga get your own god damn fries" 77
•Oi..oi..oil on the road/eye..eye..eye on the road debate ep73
•Oh hi Hitler ep339
Oh my Gosh! Ep141
•Oopsies-mommy term for swets or athletic shorts that are so loose as you walk they slide down and reveal privates ep326
■P
•Pastor Manning "There is semen in the Starbucks. You better watch out. You might just get pregnant" ep289
•Pastor Manning "What's wrong with chu? What's wrong with chall? Yah niggas are crazy!" ep212
•Patreon put that shit down ep 344
•Paul F. Tompkins reads the coach Ice script ep48
•Peepee stuck in butter, oh no ep 211
•Peeza-pizza ep46 @3:22
•Perfect Smile ep366
•Personality Championship ep378
•Peter Cane ep 226
•Peter Cane call/interview ep262
•Peter Cane "Friends are the worst" ep231
•Peter Cane "Linked in is helpful" ep 311
•"Please give me cock. Cock. Cola" asian teacher teaching english ep188
•Pleasahh-pleasure ep73
•Plies ep275
•Plies "Critmit time" ep277
•Polyamory "I am going to fluid bond with Jessie and use condoms with Tahl"-Jen ep302
•Polyamory "I am proud to aunounce that I polyamorous and bisexual"-Tahl, ep302
•Polyamory "Megan and I have been together for nearly 3 years now"-Michael ep302
•Poo Pile ep351
•Poop soup mommy term for Christina's special soup that makes you poop ep??
•Poopy kisses-mommy term for fart ep401
•Pooty eye-Bill Cosby's lazy eye ep 52
•P.O.P. Pimp squad ep258
•Popcorn teeth- yellow teeth ep76
•PornstaHooker math ep300
•Pup play ep346, 370,377,379
•Pup play "Run your finger along the crack of your ass. You dont need to finger your hole. You dont want shit on your finger. Ep377
•Put some respec on my name. (also) Are we finished or are we all done? ep341
■Q
Quiet riot-a silent but deadly fart ep67
■R
•Rack em Rack ball ep154
•Rain Florence coffee enema ep323
•Rain Florence urine enema ep410
•Real Man book review ep 282-283
•Real Talk-discuss reality shows ep44
•Reason why Yourmomshouse is called Yourmomshouse ep79
•Riding the Bus with My Sister ep471
•Ring sting- the pain on your butthole after taking a dump ep69
•Robin Wright, you must sniffing her butthole when you introduce yourself joke ep203
•Roll tide. Roll tide. ep159
•Rub rub rub guy ep399
•Rumors, (wisper) I heard you were funny. Joke ep77
■S
•Sack lunch ep82
•Salasious barking dog ep 27
•Salome ep 317
•Same shit different toilet ep99
•Same strokes..uh different folks ep278
•Scoop and score-when cum is left on the rim of the girl's/guy's mouth and she/he uses a finger to push the cum into their mouth. ep2
•Scrum-mommy word for taint and butthole ep422, ep428(definition)
•Seriously-mommies are making fun of Jane and Maria ep36
•Shakey Cheese-Kraft parmesan cheese ep36
•Shakey Jeans-Michael J. Fox ep155
•Shane Lee ep269
•Shane Lee interview ep273
•Shane Lee made a video for mommies "Love comes down" ep286
•Sharkiesha no ep184
•Shart week-Shark week ep23
•She's retarded ep419
•Shirley-mommy term meaning to over eat ep96
•Shit Blanca ep5
•Shit brick house-brick shithouse ep55
•Shit freckles- freckles morgan freeman and bill cosby have ep58
•Shit hammock, Pat Mcafee ep378
•Shit to shower ep 100
•Show me how those big tits fart ep214
•Shrimpen-biting toe nails ep45
•Sissy of Freemont street ep444
•Sixty Nine on the night before 70th birthday joke ep422
•Skippy vs Jiff peanut butter debate ep289
•Skullet ep373
•Smurfday-Birthday ep110
•Snushi-sushi ep55
•So Major ep 36
•Staló 120 days of Soddum (one of Tom's favorite movies) ep25
•Stanima ep360
•State Droopers ep406
•Stayin Alive homeless guy ep439
•Steve Harvey's-huge white teeth or viniers ep211
•Steven Seagal "I am the king of improve. Forgive my saying so" ep 304
•Steven Seagal "What is the Buddha nature? Ep242
•Stevie "I was going to knock her in the head one day out here beside the garage because she called me uh retarded. I was going to knock her in the head with a claw hammer", "he was the only dad i ever knowd", "thats where i get my name snake because i aint afraid of them","people changes" ep67
•Stevie's aunt " He got a stiff dick", "He had a hard on" ep67
•Stevie's dating profile ep69
•Stevie's girlfriend "when he is on that marijana and wiskey; he gets crazy" ep 67
•"Stick your tongue in my asshole" ep279
•"Succulent Chinese meal"and"Get your hand off my penis" ep 150
•Summertime song ep227
•Sup sharry. Sup berry joke ep84
•Sushi waitress scolds mommies for ordering to much food origin ep96
•Synergy-mommy term meaning when a couple burps at the same time ep 347
■T
•T.A.I.N.T. sign language ep381
•Ten or twelve Benydral guy ep418
•"Thank you sir" man has intense sex with MacSF ep164
•The library blocked my password ep489
•The time is now ep315
•The towels can have aids ep271
•Theo(tom's voice) ep106
•Theo's origin and sad story about him ep104
•Theo's name changed to Feefo ep270
•This is your last rondey voo ep12
•Throatzilla ep319
•Throatzilla call ep321
•Tighten up world ep251
•Tiny hats ep43
•Tiptoes ep474
•Tits/dick for days ep150
•To make a long story short, I put a whole bag of jelly beans up my ass ep217
•Tom and Berts shaving their chests story ep24
•Tom "I am poly and I'm bi" ep302
•Tom milks tina story ep 57
•Tom prank calls a barber shop ep125
•Tom or Black ep95
•Tom or White ep261
•Tom's brown was so loud and violent that Christina was ready to take him to the hospital story ep42
•Tom's poop in a bag prank story ep54
•Tom's Ruth's Chris baby name joke ep359
•Tom's story about possibly being in a subway commercial ep21
•Tom's story about getting banned from a bank ep 37
•Tom's sup Kane story ep75
•Tom's tourrettes classmate story ep34
•Tom's "What if Mike Tyson raped my sister" joke idea ep251
•Top Dog origin ep 41
•Top Dog booger on elevator story ep42
•Top Dog "Dumb broad" quote ep358
•Top Dog explains how to hit on a bank teller ep63
•Top Dog "Five feet to far" quote ep63
• Top Dog loves Mcdonald's coffee but hates the 2 lane drive thru ep41
•Top Dog "hehehe...Multiple choice" ep 156
•Top Dog shit his pants in Maine with Tom ep62
•Top Dog revisits the Orland airport where he shit his pants before his flight ep134
•Top Dog wipes after a brown with bleach wet wipes ep42
•Top Dog "You need to wipe down" quote ep42
•Top Dog's pick up line "Do you like sweetner or splenda?" ep267
•Top Dog's 1986 brown story ep 49
•Trans-Canada Highway ep390
•Try It Out Guy ep420
•Try It Out Guy interview 1 ep496
•Try It Out Guy interview 2 ep497
•Turds on the ground-Christina overflows a toilet story ep173
■U
•UB40 "Red Red Wine"-Christina hates this song ep62
•Uh retard or uh retarded debate ep67
•Uncle Bill ep276
•Uncle Terry ep482
■V
•Valentimes Day ep36
•Vegan Vigina Guy ep259
•Vegan Vigina Guy video of him removing his tooth an licking it ep365
•Vietmom-mommy term for Christina's new Vietnamese mom ep489
•Vitamin Ds-a mommy term for big tits ep234
•Vocal fry ep150 and 277(indepth look)
■W
•Wanna fuck wit me Miemie huh? Ep331
•Wanna talk some shit? Ep176
•Watch your profanity ep116
•Water Championship ep347
•Way worser(no clip played on the show, but Christina started saying it. Because she was watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding ep41-87) ep?
•We ain't going out like that. This shit should be easy ep12
•"We talking about practice?"(might have been played early in YMH history) ep262
•Webster, "You and George make great daddies, but there is only one mommy" ep158
•Whatcha doing homie? I am taking a shit. ep382
•What's Calculus? ep 206
•What's going on here ep 100
•"What's up with the jeans" Joe rogan quote ep282
•What's your name? What's your pronoun? Ep352
•When you are Puerto Rican you are just Puerto Rican ep49
•Where are the dudes at? story ep 33
•Where are the dudes at? story clarified 35 pt1
•Where are the dudes at? Casey quote ep 36
•Where are the dudes at? Monkeytodd quote ep37
•Where is the cum? Ep336
•Which Braxton are you today? Ep262
•Which is Mike Singletary game ep34
•White bummer-sad movies white people like ep??
•White lightning- mommy term for strong coffee ep222
•White tigress practice ep 98
•White niggers ep215
•Whitney Wisconsin(mommies dont believe she fucks dog) ep322
•Who's Randy? Ep36
•Winnipeg Bombing ep172
•Wipegate ep283, official name on ep286
•Would you ever date your mom? I said, I really would Ep371
•Would You Rather all music is "The Heat is On" or all movies are "Sister Act 2 Back in the Habit" Ep34
•Would You Rather be retarded or molested by your grandfather on a farris wheel and get as much funnel cake after ep 333
•Would You Rather gather your whole family and play a video of 10 homless guys/girls mastrabate on your face or your whole family watches you mastrabate to completion ep25
•Would You Rather music- jello pudding remix ep77
■X
■Y
•Yeah clip ep91
•YKWIS(You Know What I'm Saying) asian girl ep202
•YKWIS counting/competition begins ep153
•YKWIS Half ounce "you know what i am talking about, yeah feel me, yeah nah mean" ep251
•YKWIS Kenyan Martin ep173
•YKWIS Miss Fluff ep371
•YKWIS Pshhh... YKWIS ep146
•YKWIS Pimp clip ep153
•YKWIS Prison rape clip(first YKWIS clip) ep141
•YKWIS ya know, ya know, ya know, YKWIS ep332
•YMH intro song ep36
•Yoshi's offensive audio drops ep138
•Yorkie sips-mommy term for how Christina drinks water ep352
•You are completely retarded ep483
•You can suck my goat sack punk ep145
•You can try me fat so ep105
•You got any cum in those balls? Ep333
•You jew motherfucker you ep111
•You like uncircumcised guys as I recall. Ep333
•You make my pussy dry ep113
•You want 2 dicks in that ass? Just quit debating ep137
•You're like a son to me man ep12
•"Your mama is in the fucken stands. They are trying to disrespect me. They are in my house grabbing the remote control and contolling your tv. They are putting on your shirt. They say fuck you" ep12
•Your mom's house said by a high homeless man on the show "Cops" ep190
•You're the man now dog ep63
•"You're the man now cum dog" audio drop ep86
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2019.06.13 03:28 Ikeblueflames Counter Points To A Metroid Other M TV Tropes Article. (Part 1 of 4)

Before I get into the actual post, there are a few things I want to preface first.
This post isn't necessarily a response to the author of the article (as it was posted 7 years ago), but rather a response to the points made in the article (as these are the main points I see against Other M, and I've seen this article cited multiple times).
Also, Metroid Other M isn't among my favorite Metroid games, I just happened to quite enjoy it (I actually prefer the Prime games to the 2D games).
Lastly, this post isn't to try and make people like Other M, nor is it trying to change people's opinion towards the game. Rather, this is to correct some things that are factually incorrect, as well as to provide an alternate view point.
I will only be quoting certain topics from the article (as the article is 18 pages long), but I will link the original article below:
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=13373815860B43920100&p=1
I will also link each individual page from the article when I use quotes from that page.
Page 2
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=13373815860B43920100&p=2
Author: After Metroid: Zero Mission, Samus isn't allowed to wear regular clothes, so she's naturally in her "Zero Suit."
Prior to Zero Mission, she was only ever in her underwear (outside of Fusion, which was basically a two piece Zero Suit.)
Author: She's in some kind of medical facility... for some reason. Even though Super Metroid clearly had Samus run out of the exploding Zebes without injury.
Without injury? Aside from all of the damage you take throughout the game, and aside from getting hit by a massive amount of energy (Hyper Beam). It might be a good idea to check for any kind of harmful effects that the Hyper Beam could have had (like radiation). Getting a medical check after a mission is likely standard procedure.
Author: She then tells us the end of Super Metroid: that "the baby" somehow gave her the Hyper Beam she used to kill Mother Brain. Wouldn't it have been great to actually see all of that?
Other M is a tie-in game set in-between Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion, it's expected that the player have, at least, a basic understanding of those two games.
Super Metroid doesn't recap when Samus fought the Queen Metroid in Metroid II. Super only recaps when Samus rescues the baby Metroid (the actual relevant part).
Author: Because what Samus wants when she's outside of her armor is to have to balance on 4-inch heels.
Do you really think someone who was trained by both the Chozo and the Galactic Federation, and has Chozo DNA infused into her system, giving her better agility, speed, durability and strength, will be outdone by some wedge heels for the 5% of the time that she isn't in her Power Suit?
The ending escape sequence in Other M shows Samus (in wedge heels) is fully capable of running, dodging, jumping/flipping and sliding through various terrains (like stairs), all while carrying a helmet in one arm and using her other arm for shooting enemies/obstacles (while the entire station is exploding).
Also, Other M wasn't the first to give her heels, the Captain N comics were:
https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/captain_n_comics/ch_0006/scaled/sc_cn5-00-cover.jpg
Plus, I'll just leave this here:
https://youtu.be/5M9Z4C_SEu8
Author: We fade to Samus walking down a corridor, lamenting again that she would never see "the baby." OK, Samus, it's been 4 minutes; can you talk about something, anything else?
Samus says "the Baby" 5 times within the first 5 minutes (closer to 9 minutes if you include gameplay), and "the baby" is said 14 times throughout the course of 2 hours worth of cutscenes (these 2 hours would be buffered out via gameplay).
In Prime 3, the word "Phazon" is said 6 times (not counting "PED", which stands for "Phazon Enhancement Device"), throughout the course of a 1 and a half minute long cutscene (right after Samus wakes up from being unconscious for a month).
Both "the Baby" and "Phazon" are said a lot, because they are both relevant to the topic at hand.
Author: Wait; she's allowed to go before a meeting of politicians wearing neigh-indestructable battle armor that comes equipped with an Arm Cannon?
Yes, she is THE most well-known and respected Bounty Hunter, who has been hired by the Federation on numerous occasions.
Also, the Samus and Joey manga depicted Samus at a Federation Peace meeting, and she was wearing her Power Suit (while in the company of the President).
https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=26&cid=124#manga_top
Author: Anyway, she tells the Senate about how she committed genocide and blew up a planet. Naturally, this draws applause from the Senators, because genociding a species and destroying a world is good!
Yes, they HIRED her for this. She accomplished her mission, it was a success, of course they would be happy (the universe was at stake had she failed).
Author: we cut to Samus on her ship, monologuing about how she doesn't know how much time passed since then. Really? Do you not have a calendar? Is your suit incapable of telling time? I mean, unless we're talking years, this should not be a hard question to answer.
The point of her saying that she doesn't know how much time has passed, wasn't because she ignorantly forgot to look at her calendar, it's because she has been in a haze since Zebes blew up. It was where she was raised, the last Metroid (the species she has been fighting for her whole bounty hunting career) is finally gone, but it's also the end of the Metroid that she spared, the Metroid that, not only saved her life, but gave her the means to defeat Mother Brain, is also no more. Ridley is gone (for good this time), along with Mother Brain and the Space Pirates, so all of this has been weighing on her (hence the point of Other M bringing ALL of these things suddenly back into her life, in one way or another).
Author: And if you think that the baby and motherhood motif has been too subtle at this point, guess what's sending out the distress call? The "BOTTLE SHIP" (always written in ALL CAPS).
The BOTTLE SHIP has a double meaning. Yes, it is part of the motherhood theme, but is also meant to be a LITERAL "bottle ship", a ship in a bottle (since it houses unique "things").
Author: Want more ham-fisted SYMBOLISM!? The title appears as Samus says that Godawful line. What does "Metroid: Other M" mean? Well, the obvious acronym for the game is "MOM". Also, "Other M" is a pathetic anagram for "MOther."
Yoshio Sakamoto said: "Other M has several meanings. As the story unfolds, those meanings should gradually reveal themselves."
https://web.archive.org/web/20121106154050/http://www.1up.com/previews/metroid-other-m?pager.offset=1
"Other Metroid" is likely one of the main meanings behind the name, because the Unfreezable Metroids are one of the main story points.
It's also likely is a call back to the original Metroid's ending:
"You have fulfilled your mission. It will revive peace in space. But, it may be invaded by the other Metroid."
"Other M" may also refer to "Other Mother" (as in Mother Brain). MB being a new "version" of Mother Brain is also a big plot point.
Another meaning could be "Other Madeline", because MB used the name "Madeline" as an alias, before you find out who the actual Madeline is.
So yes, "MOM" and "MOther" are both likely meanings for what "Other M" stands for (which makes sense, because Other M has motherhood themes). But that isn't the ONLY meaning behind "Other M".
Author: The Metroid is shown suspending Samus in air. Also, it's not huge.
Compare the Baby to the normal Metroids that attack Samus during the Queen battle, and you can see a pretty sizable difference.
Keep in mind that Super Metroid only had a 2D environment to convey scale, as where Other M has a 3D environment (they do more shots of the Baby from a below angle to show how much mass it has).
In Super Metroid, the size difference from regular Metroids and the Baby Metroid, is comparable to the size difference shown in Other M (just one is from a 2D perspective and the other is 3D).
Author: See, Other M wants us to believe that there is a deep, personal relationship between Samus Aran and "the baby." Other M is saying that Samus loved this Metroid like her child, and it's death was crushing to her, the equivalent of losing a child. The problem with this is that this is not what Super Metroid said!
This is from the Nintendo Official Guide Book for Super Metroid:
"However, a sole infant remained alive on SR388-the rescued Baby Metroid. (In terms of the original mission, this had been a violation of duty) There, you can see Samus' true feelings. A sole survivor like herself... No one else to rely on, a lonely existence... Samus imposed her fate onto the baby, becoming its mother, almost as if she were trying to raise it herself."
https://metroid.fandom.com/wiki/Second_Office_of_Trentesse
The Super Metroid manual says this:
"Even this hardened bounty hunter could not destroy the Metroid larva. When the larva sensed Samus' presence, it clung to her as though it had found its mother."
https://metroid.retropixel.net/gallery.php?gallery_id=m3_manual&image_id=4
When the Baby gets killed in the Super Metroid comic, Samus says:
"Poor thing! I'm sorry that I couldn't help you... You poor deluded creature... Please forgive me..."
"The Mother Brain is going to pay for this... IN SPADES!!!"
And after she defeats Mother Brain, she is seen crying and says "The last Metroid..."
Pages 5&6:
https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=1&cid=5#manga_top
Also in Fusion's opening, Samus makes a point of how the Metroid hatchling has saved her life twice.
"Pondering this fact, I realize... I owe the Metroid hatchling my life twice over."
If there wasn't a connection, why would it be brought up so much?
The Baby (in some capacity) is in every mainline Metroid game (since it was introduced in Metroid II).
Metroid II's ending is a crucial part of the Metroid lore/story. Super Metroid's entrie plot is centered around the Baby. Fusion's story doesn't work without the Baby's DNA. Other M is simply continuing this story and showcasing Samus's connection to the Baby.
Also, Samus has been depicted many times to have a deep connection with people/animals.
In the Metroid manga, not only does Samus have a pet (Pyonchi), but she also does everything she can to try and save the Iono Feria. When she fails to protect them, she gets angry and sheds a tear.
https://metroid.retropixel.net/gallery.php?gallery_id=mga_emch2&image_id=31
The Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether manga starts with Samus rescuing an old man and a kid from Space Pirates. The old man says that Samus doesn't have human emotions, but the kid thinks to himself "You're wrong. The person behind the mask... Had very kind eyes... Samus... Thank you..."
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https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=22&cid=86
Later in the manga, Samus makes her way to Aether and is trying to rescue the last 4 surviving GF soldiers. The running theme is that Samus doesn't have emotions or doesn't care, but by the end of the manga, all 4 soldiers get killed, to which Samus removes her helmet and sheds a tear.
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https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=22&cid=122
Even though it's a comedic manga, in The Shape of Happiness, Samus has a pet named Mari (who Samus likes to call "Mari Yo"), and when Mari gets killed by a Metroid, Samus says "I won't let you get away with this Mother Brain! Your life is forfeit! (Again, it's a comedy, but it still is depicting Samus's connection to animals).
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https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=32&cid=156
The very act of being able to rescue the Dachora and Etecoons (in both Super and Fusion) is showing that Samus cares about life, and is willing to put her life on the line in order to protect it.
Plus, even outside of the games, Samus has been depicted with a motherhood theme.
In the Samus and Joey manga (which from what I can gather, is supposed to take place after the Magazine Z manga and Zero Mission, but it ignores the other games and does its own thing instead. So Samus never encountered the Baby Metroid in this story), Samus is finally revealed to be a woman, and says to Joey:
"Although I am a woman, from the time I was very young... I have carried the destiny of a warrior on my back... Like a mother carries her child... Even though I have never given birth or raised one... But by fighting, I have been able to protect and nurture children... Who are the hope for the future..."
Pages 13-15:
https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=30&cid=154
Author: The very opening sequence in fact suggests the opposite: Samus gave "the baby" away, with nary a second thought.
Samus HAD to give up the Baby, it was illegal for her to keep it. So she did what she thought was best for the good of civilization.
She even says "Satisfied that all was well", meaning she didn't just give the baby away with "nary a second thought", she stayed until she was sure the baby was in the hands of someone who could actually do some good.
Author: Even Samus calling it a "baby" in Other M is a rewrite. Why? Because in Super Metroid, it is very clearly not a baby anymore; it's an adult Metroid, and a very large one at that. It used to be a baby, but it's all grown up now.
That Metroid has always been referred to as "baby" in Japan. Even Super Metroid's opening in Japanese calls it "baby", where the English version says "hatchling".
In Fusion, Samus says "I owe the Metroid hatchling my life twice over." (she says "baby" in place of "hatchling" in the Japanese version), so Fusion wasn't calling the Metroid an adult, it still referred to the Metroid as "hatchling".
In the Super Metroid comic, it's explained that the reason for the Baby's size, is because it was exposed to massive amounts of beta-rays (on page 5 of the previously linked Super Metroid comic). Remember, the Space Pirates were trying to make more Metroids and failed (the Mochtroids). Once Ridley took the Baby (the last remaining Metroid), they pumped that thing full of beta-rays (in order to make more Metroids). It's why the newly built Tourian has ACTUAL Metroids (rather than Mochtroids).
Also, I bring up things like the Super Metroid comic, not because they are canon (because they aren't), but because details from things like this have made their way into canon (they are also official depictions of Samus, that Nintendo has approved of).
Such as the Captain N comics were the first thing to give Samus her GF background.
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https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=4&cid=21#manga_top
Or how in the Samus and Joey manga, Samus gives a thumbs down and says "any objections?".
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https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/manga/?vid=26&cid=114#manga_top
Or even Old Bird himself originating in the Super Metroid comic.
However, the Magazine Z manga is considered to be Samus's official backstory. The manga writer is credited as "Special Thanks" in Other M, and Sakamoto is credited as "General Supervisor" for the manga (Sakamoto even answers questions regarding the manga in relation to the Metroid universe's story/lore). So I will be referencing that manga has canon.
Author: Of their main three franchises, Metroid is the one that actually had a real continuity and coherent timeline. Zero Mission replaces Metroid 1 as the start of the series, since it's a remake. Following that are the three Prime games in order, followed by Metroid 2, Super Metroid, and Fusion. They all fit together seamlessly and in a single continuity. Metroid is the only one of Nintendo's serieses that they actually seem to care about having a real continuity for.
And yet, here's Other M, not giving a damn about what has to be wrecked in order to get what it wants. It's one thing to want to carve out your own little fortress of canon within a larger continuity. It's quite another to start radically altering what is almost universally seen to be not just the best game in the series, but also one of the best games of its kind, and has a frequent presence on top 100 and top 50 all-time game lists.
The Metroid series has had plenty of contradictions and retcons that most people just ignore. Such as:
Ridley was originally an indigenous life-form on Zebes, being controlled by Mother Brain (stated in the original Metroid's manual).
The Federation were the ones that originally named the "Metroids", but Fusion's manual states that the word "Metroid" means "Ultimate Warrior" in the Chozo language (the manga shows that the Chozo named the Metroids).
It was originally stated that beta-rays could duplicate Metroids in 24 hours. Super Metroid changed this to "just a few seconds" (in the manual).
In the opening to Super Metroid, Samus states that after Zebes, she next fought the Metroids on their homeworld, SR388. Prime contradicts this.
A lot of Prime 1's (NTSC) scans had to be retconned and rewritten in later versions of the game. And even then, it doesn't make sense how Metroid Prime (the boss) came to be, without using headcanon. The details given contradict themselves.
In Fusion, when Samus rescues the animals (Dachora and Etecoon from Super Metroid), she says that they taught her abilities she never knew she had, yet in Zero Mission, she is using those abilities before Super Metroid when they were taught to her.
In Metroid II, the Ice Beam can't hurt the evolved Metroids, but Fusion (and later Samus Returns) changes this.
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Author: Anthony, a GF grunt she knows and the only guy who calls her "Princess". So, her CO called her "lady" and this guy called her "princess." What the hell is wrong with the GF military that this kind of shit goes on?
Anthony is an old friend, he calls her "Princess" as a joke (affectionately).
In Fusion, Samus says:
"He called me "Lady" on missions; from anyone else, it would have sounded sarcastic, but Adam made it sound dignified."
In Other M, Samus says:
"Commander Adam Malkovich was normally cool and not one to joke around, but he would end all of his mission briefings by saying, "Any objections, Lady?" He was joking, but others weren't... At the time I felt surrounded by people who treated my like a child or used kid gloves because I was a woman. And yet, with Adam, I was greatful for the nod... My past has left me with an uneasy soul, and as a result, it touched me on some level that Adam would acknowledge that past by calling me something delicate-- like "Lady." And I knew more than anyone that every word from Adam was deliberate."
Calling her "Lady" would have just been some offhanded joke that "sounded sarcastic" coming from anyone else. But Samus knew that Adam's words were deliberate and it was more than just a joke. To her it felt "dignified" to be called something delicate, like "Lady".
Also, it's not like Samus hasn't been called by nicknames before. In Prime 3, Gandrayda calls Samus "Sammy".
Author: Samus monologues that being called an "outsider" in fact "pierced my heart." Obviously we couldn't have any acting to show us; that'd require Samus to emote in her voice or having the animators do physical acting or something. And that's certainly not going to happen in this game. I wonder if horrible lines like this were some failed attempt by the writers to compensate for Samus being inside a suit and having one hand in a gun all the time. The idea being that we can't see subtle facial expressions, change in body positioning, and other forms of emoting, so we would need some way of knowing what she's feeling.
The animators DID animate her face.
This is what one of the developers said about Samus's animation:
Timestamp: 7:21 - 8:20 (Turn on captions.)
https://youtu.be/8IxtUUF-iNo
Author: Well... why should she care what he "authorized" her to do or not?
Because the BOTTLE SHIP is under Federation Jurisdiction, and she wasn't hired to be there.
Author: Then Adam says the oddest line: "Samus, I'm authorizing missile use."
... what? I'm not even talking about the character implications (yet). This makes no sense on a basic continuity level. Adam never told her to not use missiles, so how does he know to authorize their use now?
Samus knows Federation protocol and she knows how Adam operates (she used to be part of his unit).
Author: But Adam says that she has to follow his commands. And I quote, "You don't move unless I say so. And you don't fire unless I say so." So Samus kicks him in the balls and tells him to go fuc- no, she goes right along with it.
Because she is now made a temporary member of the 07th Platoon (which places her under Adam's command).
It's ILLEGAL for Samus to be here, the BOTTLE SHIP is under Federation Jurisdiction. You know how Police tape off a crime scene? You can't just roll up and do whatever you want.
Samus WASN'T commissioned by the Federation, and Adam's unit had already started an investigation prior to Samus showing up. Adam (being the Commanding Officer on site) allows Samus to stay, so long as she follows his commands (which places her under the same jurisdiction as the other members of the 07th Platoon).
Author: but she was touched by Adam using the term "lady" to refer to her. And yet, she says that her thumbs down was a way to express derision at being called a lady. So... which is it Samus? Were you touched or did you not like it?
The thumbs down was Samus's way of outwardly showing that she "didn't like" being called a lady.
For example: If you enjoyed anime, but your friends thought it was lame.
When you are with your friends, and if they were joking about how dumb anime is, you would laugh with them to not be singled out, or feel ashamed for liking something that they thought was lame.
Samus liked being called "lady" but she didn't want others to know that she liked it.
Author: Then Samus says that, because her parents were killed when she was young, she saw Adam as a father figure. Shitting on Metroid #2: For saying that the Chozo we see with child Samus in a flashback in Zero Mission meant nothing to her, thus retroactively damaging that scene. No, that guy wasn't a father to her. Nor were any of the other Chozo who raised her, gifted her with her magitek powered armor, and trained her into a badass warrior. No, none of them were a father to her.
Samus has a multi-layered past. The Chozo raised her for around a decade, and Adam was the one she looked up to AFTER her Chozo parents were dead/gone. Adam becoming her father figure doesn't negate Old Bird and Gray Voice (just like how Old Bird and Gray Voice don't negate her birth parents, Rodney and Virginia Aran).
Author: Adam ends the briefing. His men give him the customary thumbs up. Now, given the flashback scene we were just shown, what would you expect Samus to do? Obviously it would be to give the thumbs down; that's the narrativistically appropriate thing to do, right? Or perhaps, she should show improved maturity (in her mind) by giving the thumbs up. Which is it?
Neither! Because nothing in Other M is allowed to make sense.
Samus hasn't been a part of the GF (or more specifically, Adam's unit) for years. She has only JUST been made a temporary member, and there is still some unresolved issues between her and Adam. Why would she respond like things are back to how they were?
Samus does say "Understood, Adam. No objections, of course."
Interesting detail:
Samus has only used her right hand to give Adam a thumbs up or thumbs down (her arm cannon arm).
Where as in Prime 3, she uses her left arm to give a thumbs up (because she is wearing her Power Suit).
Author: Instead, Samus monologues about how this was the first joint mission with the GF since becoming a bounty hunter. And that's Shitting on Metroid #3: for pretending that Metroid Prime: Corruption didn't happen, where she went on missions for the GF directly, under the command of an Aurora Unit and Admiral Dane.
In Prime 3, Samus and the other bounty hunters were hired as a 3rd party, where as in Other M (and Fusion), she is under Federation Jurisdiction.
Samus says this was her first joint mission since becoming a FREELANCE bounty hunter, meaning in every mission prior, she was HIRED as a freelance bounty hunter.
Prime 3's guide book confirms this where it says "Samus continues her service to the Federation on a freelance basis."
Prime 3's guide book (as well as most Metroid guide books) can be found here:
https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/maps.php
I've already covered the "Joint Mission" thing in more detail in another post, which I will link below:
https://www.reddit.com/Metroid/comments/b1acga/joint_mission/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
Author: Watch this entire scene and ignore Samus's monologues. Go just on what is actually shown; it's not a pretty picture. Take Adam's very first line, "Any objections, Lady?" Think about the situation in which Adam is saying this. Adam, a military commanding officer, has just given his troops a briefing about some life-and-death situation. This may be the last time he speaks to some of them. And how does he end it? "Any objections, Lady?"
Note that he's looking directly at Samus as he says this. The fact that she's the only female in the room makes his implication clear. Obviously all the men-folk understand the orders; they wouldn't have any objections, so I don't have to ask them. But we need to check in on little Samus Aran; does she understand the big words coming out of Adam Malkovich's mouth? Oh, isn't she so cute, she's giving the thumbs down. We'll just humor the little girl.
Adam is simply acknowledging her being rebellious. Samus says she was known for giving a thumbs-down.
Also, why would someone ignore Samus's monologues during this scene? You would be taking the context that she is providing and throwing it away, then go on to say "See, I told you this was dumb!"
If you took the opening of Super Metroid, and removed Samus's monologue (which provide context), you would see Samus kill a giant brain, find an egg, the egg hatches, a floating life-form pops out, Samus takes said life-form to a group of scientists, and then she leaves. What was that giant brain? Did the brain lay an egg? Did Samus take this floating life-form to the scientists so she could get paid? Did the scientists hire her to do this?
Context matters.
Author: It's interesting that it actually gets worse when you put some of the monologue back into it. Remember what Samus said: Adam was not normally known for joking around. This means he specifically decided to make an exception in this case. He didn't do this for just anyone; he singled out Samus Aran as the butt of his "jokes".
So as a viewer, we get to choose which context to apply to a scene?
We don't have to apply ALL of the context, only the points that we deem necessary?
No, to view a story the way it was meant to be viewed, we have to take EVERYTHING into consideration, not just the things we WANT to consider.
Author: This is not a nice door that the writers here have opened. It goes farther downhill in light of the way Samus reacts to being in Adam's presence. Take the missile door scene; before, there was no explanation for Samus turning off her stuff. But it makes perfect sense in light of what has been revealed here. She exercises her independence by blowing open the door without being directly asked. Adam gives her the "don't do that again" look. He doesn't even have to say a word; that's how well-trained she is. He lets her know that he disapproves, so she immediately turns off her missiles and bombs until Adam specifically tells her to use them.
Watch that scene again. Anthony suggests that they need a centralized explosion to open the door, Samus picks up on what he's saying, so she shoots the door herself. Anthony laughs because he knows Samus wasn't supposed to do that, he was just trying to break the ice between her and Adam. Adam looks at her, and Samus ISN'T EVEN LOOKING TOWARD HIM, she instead turns and looks at Anthony (because he was the one who suggested she shoot the door). Anthony steps in-between Adam and Samus, which he then looks at Adam and turns back towards Samus and says "I'm gonna go on ahead." leaving Samus with Adam for a moment. Which, judging from the scene, is unclear if Samus EVEN looks directly at Adam. As Anthony leaves, her eyes follow him as he starts moving, then we get a close up of Samus's eyes, and finally we get a shot where Adam and Samus are both in frame. In that final shot, Samus is clearly not looking at Adam, and then Adam leaves.
Samus knows Adam and she knows what Anthony was doing. This wasn't Adam controlling her, this was an awkward situation that Anthony was taking advantage of. Anthony knows the bad blood between Samus and Adam (he brings it up later), so he was just trying to help things get moving.
Timestamp: 11:10
https://youtu.be/eG_terAuBBg
Author: One could almost imagine that Adam picked her out early in her career. He saw someone who wasn't fitting into the unit, who was maybe a bit too young to be in the military. Someone young and vulnerable. So he decided to mold her as he saw fit, to play dominance games of power and control with her. To use abuse as a means to keep her in line. It's pretty despicable when you try to imagine how this relationship started.
No need to imagine how it started, because the manga SHOWS how it started.
Samus was part of the Federation Police (not the Army, she wasn't under Adam at this time), and Zebes was under attack by the Space Pirates. Samus wanted to go to Zebes, but the Federation Army had already planned an attack (Samus wasn't part of that plan). Samus decided to disobey orders and go herself, and that's when Adam confronts her. Samus points her arm canon towards him and says "Don't try to stop me! I'm going to Zebes!", Adam responds with "You have 48 hours. The Army will foray in 48 hours, Federation time!! That is all."
This is the moment that Samus starts to look up to Adam (figuratively and literally).
https://metroid.retropixel.net/gallery.php?gallery_id=mga_mv1ch5&image_id=17
Adam is allowing her the opportunity to go to Zebes and save the Chozo, even though it is against her orders.
Towards the end of the manga (in the final chapter), Samus has already made her way to Zebes (Zero Mission) and Adam is holding off the Space Pirate forces when he gets word that Ridley is making his way to Zebes. Adam orders his men to try and prevent Ridley from making his way to Zebes (because Samus is there), and Adam has a moment where you get to see how he really feels about Samus (he doesn't say this to her, just to himself):
"Samus, I won't let you die. You're a warrior, but you've lived with such pain... I understand you... But most of all, you're a woman with the power to return things to how they once were."
"Your mission, is not simply to defeat the enemy, you must also return alive, Samus. You don't need to prove your value as a warrior. A lady never forgets the people who are waiting for her!!"
Keep in mind, this was after she had left Adam to become an independent bounty hunter (this is also a bit of foreshadowing towards Adam sacrificing himself, in place of Samus).
https://metroid.retropixel.net/gallery.php?gallery_id=mga_mv2ch16&image_id=6
This scene is also a call back to an earlier moment between the two of them.
Samus: "What's so funny?"
Adam: "... Nothing... I just thought to myself that you don't seem to act very lady-like."
Samus: "What's this all of a sudden? Don't get creepy on me!!"
Adam: "... It's simple... You should remember what you are when you're not a warrior. Samus, that's something lost in you lately.
Samus: "You overstep your bounds! I'm not one of your Federation Officers anymore! I'm a bounty hunter!! When we had to run from Zebes and defeat the Space Pirates alone, I decided what I was to be from then on. And I am a warrior!!"
https://metroid.retropixel.net/gallery.php?gallery_id=mga_mv2ch14&image_id=16
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Author: Anthony says that, while Maurice is busy, everyone else should check the building out. And nobody should be watching Maurice's back because...?
Because the only way for something to get to Maurice, is if it got passed the others...while they were CHECKING THE BUILDING (the door they come in locks behind them).
Also, Maurice can use the building's intercom system, so if he needs back up, he can call them (which we see him do after he finished getting the data from the computer).
Plus, it's not like Maurice is defenseless. He has a Freeze Gun and a Submachine Gun (like everyone else).
Author: After a fade out, Anthony asks the "princess" about the view from the building. See, the BOTTLE SHIP has a bunch of hologram generators, and this building is in the middle of a grassland recreation. Anthony says that it reminds him of the GF training grounds.
Well, that was pointless
This was before it was found out that the BOTTLE SHIP was under the GF. It was a hint that the Federation were the ones that was doing illegal acts.
Author: Samus calls it a "Zebesian." I have no idea why; it's actually a Space Pirate.
Space Pirates are not native to Zebes. Neither the instruction manuals nor the games state or even imply that Zebes is anything other than their fortress, their main base for piracy.
The Space Pirates from Zebes have been referred to as "Zebesians" since Super Metroid.
Super Metroid and Fusion's manual both refer to the Space Pirates as "Zebesians".
https://metroid.retropixel.net/gallery.php?gallery_id=m3_manual&image_id=19
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In the Super Metroid Comic, they call them "Zebesian Pirates".
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Even the Nintendo Official Guide Book for Super Metroid says this:
"Earth colony K-2L... a planet attacked by the Zebesian Space Pirates, Samus was left as the sole survivor."
https://metroid.fandom.com/wiki/Second_Office_of_Trentesse
Zebes wasn't (originally) a Chozo homeworld, the Chozo simply made it one of their many planets that they called home (like SR-388, Tallon IV and Elysia).
The Space Pirates invaded and made Zebes their "homeworld" (hence why they are referred to as "Zebesians").
During a Q&A, someone asked Sakamoto this:
"I want to hear from all the staff. In the Magazine Z serialized Metroid Manga, Space Pirates weren't originally from Zebes, and after attacking Zebes, they created their headquarters/main base, why did they call themselves "Zebesians"? Please tell me why."
Sakamoto: "It's like how people who have emigrated to America will call themselves Americans."
https://www.metroid-database.com/old_site/features/faq4.php
Author: Samus then asks who "Madeline Bergman" is, even though the document just said that she was in charge. What, did she expect Adam to know the woman?
She was asking because they just found out that the BOTTLE SHIP was being run by the Federation, and Adam, being a GF General, might would know something.
She wasn't expecting Adam to know, she was asking, since if anybody would know, it would be Adam.
Author: For some reason, giving the Metroid to them violated "protocol." Um, what protocol? And how was that more of a violation than, you know, genocide?
Samus was HIRED BY THE FEDERATION to exterminate ALL Metroids. She let one live.
Again, this is from the Nintendo Official Guide Book for Super Metroid:
"However, a sole infant remained alive on SR388-the rescued Baby Metroid. (In terms of the original mission, this had been a violation of duty)"
Author: Of course, no orders are valid unless they come from Adam, so he tells them to back off and then orders Samus to deal with these guys. Now that Adam has spoken, a fight can begin.
Adam is the COMMANDING OFFICER of the 07th Platoon (which Samus is now a temporary member of).
Parts 1 and 2 of this post can be found here:
https://mommetroidotherm.blogspot.com/2019/06/counter-points-to-metroid-other-m-tv.html
Parts 3 and 4 of this post can be found here:
https://mommetroidotherm.blogspot.com/2019/06/counter-points-to-metroid-other-m-tv_13.html
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2019.05.06 19:05 Hail-Dixon A productive three-day weekend!

Spent the long weekend doing the things I love the most: cricket, films/tv and playing games.
First up, we watched Detroit (2017) which was pretty good. Quite tense and it proves that John Boyega can act when he's given something to work with.
Next, we watched Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile which is a film I've been waiting for a while. This courtroom whirlwind provides a brief telling of Ted Bundy's capture and eventual conviction and, while it skims over most details, the focus is purely on Bundy as a man and his effect on the women around him. I've seen criticism of the film for portraying Bundy less as a monster and more as a rock star but I think that misses the point entirely. Zac Effron is superb as Ted and gives a charming, dramatic, magnetic and slightly creepy performance which, if people's accounts are to be believed, those are the words one would use to sum Bundy up. He isn't the rock star of serial killers but he is strangely endearing. Lily Collins is also great in the role of Bundy's long suffering girlfriend.
Then we made the mistake of watching Slender Man (2018) which was even worse than I expected it to be. Not because I thought it'd be good; I knew it was going to be utter dross but because I thought it might be funny. You see, the actress playing the main character was in a terribly awful/funny horror film a few years ago called Wish Upon (check it out if you can!) but, while she still couldn't act her way out of a paper bag, Joey King does not bring the laughs like she has done in the past. Nothing happens in the film, no one bothers to act, the script is painful, and everything is so fucking dark that I reckon that the dp and lighting guys didn't even show up. A totally joyless experience and one you should avoid. I would make a joke about Slender Man being the lynchpin in the CPCU (that's CreepyPasta Cinematic Universe for those less cultured) but I don't think even Hollywood is that dreadful.
Finally, we watched the first three episodes of a new Netflix mini series called Quicksand. I was excited for this one because it's from one of the lead writers of the critically acclaimed Bron/Broen (definitely worth a look) but we're halfway through and Quicksand is very disappointing so far. The first issue was that Netflix defaulted to an English dub that's just awful. I don't know if the original cast is doing the dub but whoever is sounds like they're reading straight from the script. There's no emotion, no intonation, no inflection, nothing. Things didn't improve much when we went with the original Swedish audio though.
The story as cookie cutter as you like: nice girl meets rich bad boy, gets into drugs, goes off the rails and together they shoot up their school. The events are largely shown in flashbacks by way of police interrogation but there hasn't been any twists or turns so far. Everything's just so emo and I don't know if we'll be finishing the series.
I've recently started a new game of Hollow Knight to celebrate the announcement the Bloodstained release date. If you like Metroidvanias then this is a game you've got to play. The gameplay is fun, the controls are tight and the graphics and music are both top notch.
Lastly, because nobody cares, I spent Saturday playing cricket. I took two wickets, got a few runs and we won the game so that was pretty cool. Sadly, on the football side of things, Leeds have had a dreadful end to the season and have gone from top of the table and certain to get automatic promotion, to finishing third and having to navigate the playoffs... which they probably won't manage. Another year, another season in the Championship but the team's made massive strides this year and we'd have taken third at the start of the season but it sucks knowing we should have been champions and going straight into the Premier League 😕

Hope everyone had a good weekend and start to the new week! 😃
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2019.03.14 02:14 Maniax80 Slasherverse: Crystal Lake Chronicles Volume 2 Part 2

Issue #4
Creighton Duke, Live!
We open up the scene with a black panel with white writing reading
WARNING:
THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
The image then is overwhelmed through two panels by static before clearing up and officially starting the issue with Robert at the wheel of the van, being filmed, while he narrates.
“It’s been over a week now since my team and I had come to Forest Green County to bring light to Crystal Lake Killer, Jason Voorhees and its ominous connection to the most recent murders perpetrated by Hannah Fiaklov less than a few months ago. In the time my team and I have been here, we have been working tirelessly, day and night, to unravel the story of Jason Voorhees, separating fact from fiction. However in our pursuit of the truth, interviewing locals [1] and going through police files, (Exit flashback) my team and I have strived to go even deeper into the matter with us contacting a rather special individual with a personal connection in the matter.”
Coming to a stop, Robert’s narration coming to a stop, we momentarily transition out of camera view style as we watch Robert’s feet hit the slushy ground of a parking lot. Expanding out as Robert walks forward, we come to see him walking towards a diner which reads ‘Joey’s Fast Food Diner’ in fading paint.
We cut then to the inside then as we return to filming as Robert sits down in a booth (Note that on his collar we can vaguely see an audio wire similar to police wires if you get me and some papers set in his spot) with none other than Creighton Duke sitting right across from him with a tall glass of tea in front of him.
“It’s a pleasure to have you with us today Mister Duke.”-Robert give a ‘news’ smile, extends his right hand.
“Pleasure to be had Mr. Campbell.” Creighton, gives a faint smile back as he accepts the hand with his own in a shake.
“I hope the ride here wasn’t to bad, I can imagine that location isn’t exactly ideal with your busy schedule and all.”- Robert
“It’s no problem, really not that much trouble to be honest, was actually considering stopping by here before you called.”- Creighton takes a sip from his tea.
“Interesting. (Face becomes a bit serious as he gives a sigh) Now Mr. Duke, I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to say two words right now and I want you to say the first thing that comes to your mind.” Robert
“(Raises an eyebrow in confusion) Ok, shoot.” Creighton, takes a sip from his tea.
“Alright (Clasps hand together).....Jason Voorhees.”-Robert, causing a Creighton to briefly sputter as he drank his tea.
“*Cough* Wow! Right out the gate then huh?”-Creighton gives a bit of a grin, whipping the tea from his mouth.
“Oh! I-I’m so sorry, I….”-Robert began but Creighton cut him off, raising his hand
“Nah, nah, ain’t nothing to be ashamed of, actually kind of appreciate it to be honest. Better to cut the [email protected]#$ than just beat around the bush.”-Creighton
“I guess so yes, a bit of a interesting way of putting it though.” Robert, gives a bit of a nervous smile.
“(Creighton chuckles) Guess so. (Take a sip of his tea as he look down into the glass with almost emotionless look, swirling it around, then to Robert) How much do you actually know about what happened on November 13th of 1984? Aside from the police reports and all.”
“Well, I guess not much to be honest other than that and that you were….”Robert
“The only survivor.” Robert and Creighton, Creighton giving a bit of a nod and smile. Not a happy smile but a smile that seemed to say that he had heard this before.
“Yeah, thought so. (Gives sigh and leans back a bit) Where do I even begin? Well, I guess you can say it all started with my parents really. For as long I knew my parents, they were….They were always at at odds I guess you could say [1], always fighting, always arguing, and just about everything in between.”- Creighton, looks into the glass for a moment
“So you could say that you um *Cough* *Cough* came from a dysfunctional home.”-Robert, clears throat
“No, not really dysfunctional just broken I guess. [2] The family just broken. But doesn’t mean that my parents didn’t try to fix it. So one week my parents decided to go and take my older brother and I up north to a cabin they rented out. A ‘family bonding’ trip they called it, sometime for us all to get away and relax and just spend time together, maybe even do some hunting (In the back trunk we see a shotgun). *Heh* If only. [3] My brother and I knew the trip wasn’t just some fun family getaway. It was one last stop for our parents to either to patch things up between each other or just cushion the blow when they decided they couldn’t. (Gives a brief, almost tragic, smile reflecting before transitioning back to the flashbacks) [4] For the most part when we got there, things actually seemed fine, parents were getting along and me and my brother would just hang out, playing board games or exploring the woods. It was weird but things actually were seeming to get better (Cut out of the flashback, a sort of transitional fade from Creighton’s parents holding hands at the fire to Creighton). Then he came.”-Creighton, straight faced
“He?”- Robert, faux confused
“(Shakes his head, seriously) Now don’t go playing dumb with me, you know exactly who. It was him, it was him, it was Jason Voorhees. [5]My family and I, we didn’t know, we didn’t know anything, we weren’t from Cunningham Township, we didn’t know the story of Jason Voorhees, we didn’t have TV at the cabin so we didn’t know that he was found at Higgins Haven or that his body was taken to the Cunningham County Morgue, and we didn’t know that he was on his way home.”- Creighton Duke narration
Focusing in on the right eye of the hockey mask as we now see a smiling Gloria laughing. Coming into focus now we see then that she’s in the woods right now standing on a small hill, it is getting dark out with the sun already past setting.
“Seriously? C’mon slowpoke, hurry it up! (Sets hands on her knees and motions with her head) C’mon, the kids are waiting back at the cabin.” Gloria, smiling as she laughs
“Easy enough for you to say, you’re like almost half my weight!” William, panting as he struggles to get up the hill.
“Yeah and I’m also almost like half your height! Hurry up and I promise I’ll cook up a nice juicy steak when we get back.” Gloria smiles as William reaches the top of the hill. Exhausted.
“(Panting) Is that (Pant) some kind of (Pant) fat joke?”- William, giving a half hearted smile as he pants, holding his hand to his chest to catch his breath.
“Maybe? Now c’mon, it’s getting dark out.” Gloria states, waving William over as she begins walking through the foliage of ferns when William speaks up.
“Wait, wait…”- William, raising a hand as he holds an almost confused look now.
“Will, it’s getting late and I personally don’t want to spend all night walking through the woods in the dark.”- Gloria
“No seriously listen. Don’t you hear that?”-William, narrowing his eyes to focus off in the distance as they suddenly widden then a we hear the sounds of charging feet.
The duo then are sent back when a buck leaps from the foliage, sending Gloria jumping back against a tree and William falling to the ground as the buck bounds off. Both unharmed, William lies still on the ground with his eyes wide and panting from shock as he looks back to the direction the deer was going. We pan up to Gloria then as she begins laughing, moving off the tree then. Needless to say she is both surprised and relieved.
“ (Laughing) Jesus Christ! Did-Did you see that? Wonder what he was running from?” Gloria asks she shakily straightens up, moving back to her place before on the ‘path’.
William looks back to her then, after having watched the deer run off, with wide eyes as she gives a confused look. Standing right behind Gloria, standing seven foot tall and hidden a bit by the darkness of encroaching night, is Jason.
Transitioning to the cabin then, we get an exterior shot of the cabin with the lights on now. For a few panels, we zoom in on the cabin as a shout is released from in as “AHHHHHHH…..”. From within then we see it finish with a “YEAH!” as we see a as young Creighton and Steven are playing a game of cards in the living room on a coffee table. Steven stands tall with with fist raised in the air in triumph!
“HAAAIIIILL TO THE KING BABY!”- Steven laughs as young Creighton crosses his arms in huff.
“No fair! You cheated!”- Creighton stated angrily as Steven laughed
“Ain’t cheating little man just because I got skills and you don’t.”- Steven laughed, crouching down to give Creighton a noogie.
“Hey cut out! Quit it!”- Creighton shouted, struggling to break free.
“Not a chance little man, c’mon , say it! Who’s the winner?”- Steven, locking Creighton in a headlock as he rubs his knuckles against Creighton’s head again
“Stop it! I’m gonna tell mom and dad!”- Creighton states, typical annoyed child fashion anger.
“Not until you say it (Give Creighton another noogie), c’mon, say it. Say it! Who’s the winner?”- Steven asks with a smile as Creighton
“Stop it! Stop it!” Creighton shouted as he thrashed to break free.
Suddenly then the door of the cabin flings open and we see none other than William enter and rather worse for the wear. He’s panting heavy, his eyes are wild with fright, his face is covered with a mix of small cuts and sweat which has mixed together with the blood, but the most important is his side. Clutching his right side, we can see that there is massive, expanding red spot on the denim jacket. The blood staining his clutching hand as Steven instantly releases his brother, the two in shock as their father stumbles in.
We cut out of the flashback briefly then to see present day Creighton at the table. His arms resting on the table as he looked to Robert (Camera view displaying them both of course).
“I still remember you know, almost like it was just yesterday. [6] My dad bursting through the door, covered in cuts and blood, and I remember when he told my brother to call the police and grabbed his shotgun.”- Creighton Duke narrates the scene
“Interesting and what about Gloria Duke? What about your mother? What exactly happened to her?”- Robert’s narration.
“(Looks down for a brief moment) I’d...personally prefer not to talk about that but I think you already know what happened to her.” Creighton states, we briefly cut out of the flashback to see Creighton almost stone faced Robert when he answered.
Transitioning back to the flashback we see William then grab a shotgun from a closet. Expanding we see him exit the bedroom and head towards the door only for Steven to stop him. Inaudible still, we can see that Steven is almost begging his father to answer him (Likely what happened to Gloria) as William lifts his face to reveal his tear filled eyes. We cut then to the forest where we see Gloria lying dead on the earthen ground, blood pooling from a massive chest wound and her eyes faded and glassy.
“(Briefly cut out to Creighton) You wanna know the one thing that I’ll never forget about that. What my dad said before he went back out there. He told us that [7]‘ (Overlap with William) No matter what you hear out there, no matter what you see, don’t open the door’. I never realized that would be the last I would see my dad alive.”- Creighton states.
“What happened next?”- Robert narration, kicking off the new flashback.
Entering the new page (Kicked off by Robert’s narration) we now see William exiting the cabin and into the darkened night. The wind is blowing hard, send crisp autumn leaves flying through the air as William walks down the gravel path as his eyes widen in a mix of fear and rage. From an angle then we can see a pair of legs step onto the gravel drive, seeing William standing likely over 20-30 feet away.
“(Narrated) Death. Death is what happened next.” - Creighton Duke
Taking up the whole page we see Jason, ‘The Real Jason’. Angled at from the waste up, the trees towering and swaying behind him, we can tell already that he is a lot different. He is a lot muscular, at least over 300 pounds of pure muscle beneath a green trucker style jacket. The most interesting though, sticking out in this is his mask. A bit different from the movies, we can tell though that they got it right to an extent. The mask is a hockey mask, the red chevrons have begun to fade with only half of the one on the forehead present, the mask is still a light eggshell yellow with minor scrapes and scratches, and above his right eye is the infamous axe scar from Chris Higgins, still freshly stained with his blood. The few minor differences that seem to differ is with the shape and straps as it appears more ovoid in shape, similar to F13 VIII, with the black leather straps and air hole pattern of FVJ’s hockey mask. Still yet a bit Jason’s bald head is exposed at the top.
For a brief moment the two seem to be almost in standoff, getting a full (Rectangle) panel of the two with William holding his shotgun and Jason holding his machete. It’s almost like a standstill, as though the two are waiting for the other to initiate the inevitable fight. Breaking this, Jason begins to stalk forward then towards William whom lifts the shotgun up, taking aim.
Focusing on William then we can see the rage in his eyes, the tears beginning to slip past his eyes as he focuses his aim on Jason. He releases the first shot, striking Jason directly in his stomach. He stumbles back a moment, only by a few feet as Jason continues his murderous stalk towards William. He’s now 15ft-20 away. William adjusts his aim as he pumps the shotgun.
“Die you son of a bitch! Die!”- William growls in hushed voice, tears falling heavy from his eyes as he fire again, this time hitting Jason directly in his left shoulder. He barely even stumbles and keeps moving forward. He’s now less than 15 ft away now as we focus in on Jason’s machete as he closes the gap.
William pumps the shotgun again and fires! CLICK! His eyes widen in horrible realization as he realizes he’s out! Moving quickly, William quickly and shakily pulls out two shells from his pocket and loads them in. Jason is now less than 6ft away from William now as he rapidly cuts down the distance, raising his machete high as he goes to strike the man down when suddenly….BANG! The panel then display the bright flash from the shotgun blast aimed right at the lower half of Jason’s mask, sending the mask flying off and machete stopped in mid fall. The closeness of the shot sends William falling back onto the ground then, dropping his shotgun as he grips his right shoulder as Jason’s damaged mask lands behind the two, still burning around the shotgun blast..
Focusing back onto Jason, at the same time William fell to the ground, Jason dropped his machete leaving it embedded in the gravel covered ground. His head bent back, Jason stumbles back, hunching over then as his hands go to cover his now mangled mouth. From a side view then we can see the black shaded outline of Jason’s deformed head and face as he removes his hands from his mouth, the red blood ‘highlighting’ Jason’s shredded, bleeding mouth and coating his hands. From what we can see now from the blood running down from his mouth, Jason’s mouth has been scarred in an almost zombie-esque manner with his teeth completely exposed. Hearing a grunt then, Jason head whips over then to look at the source (Appearing as almost to look at the viewer).
We see in the next panel William moving towards the shotgun as he attempts to reach out to it with his left arm, noticing his right arm clearly dislocated, when a familiar booted foot comes down on the arm’s wrist, his hand meer inches from the shotgun. We end the page then with a panel view of William’s eyes as we see a reflection of Jason towering over him with the billowing tree background barely visible.
On the next page (With a caption above reading ‘Cabin, Moments Before…’) we go back to the cabin as William leaves, focusing in on young Steven and Creighton then.The central focus appears on Steven then, who has just hung up the phone, before a voice calls from behind.
“Stevie (Pan to the side to reveal him as Steven turns around to look at his brother), are we going to die?”- Creighton asks, his child face subtly etched with fear and tears waiting to burst. Steven is greatly surprised by this then.
“What? (Crouches down to his brother, taking him into a hug) Don’t say that little man, everything’s alright.”- Steven states, holding his brother as Creighton begins to tear up.
“ (Beginning to sob) But-but dad was covered in blood and h-h-he took the shotgun and where’s mom?” Creighton, at the last question the young Duke moves back to reveal his tear coated and fear wriddled face, his brother’s hand still on his shoulder.
“(Pauses, struggling to find words)...I-I don’t know but I can promise you this. Are you listening to me right now Creighton (Creighton nods). I promise you that everything is going to be alright.”- Steven manages to give a half hearted smile, not true but simply to calm his brother, tears still falling down his face.
At that moment then we hear the three shotgun blast from outside then as the two Duke boys heads whip to the window then with Creighton’s a look of panic of which his older brother subtly mimics. Outside then we see Jason, from behind, slide on his hockey mask. Lowering himself down then briefly, we get panel shot then showing the dead William with his eyes wide and his neck clearly snapped, as Jason pulls his embedded machete from the gravel driveway as he stalks towards the cabin with the light illuminating his way.
Back in the cabin then we see Steven by the steps then as he looks into a partly opened cupboard door. Inside is the frightened Creighton sitting inside.
“Alright so you know what to do right? It’s just like hide and go seek remember? You stay here, don’t make any noise, and you don’t come out until I come and find you again alright? (Creighton nods as Steven gives a weary smile) Good, good, now I’m going to shut the cupboard door for now and it’s going to be bit dark so I’m going to need you to be really brave right now. Do you think you can do that?” Steven asked, looking to his younger brother.
“(Sniffles) Yes.” Creighton responds as his brother gives a smile.
“Good, that’s great. Now remember, stay quiet and I promise that I’ll be back.” Steven gives his brother one final brief smile before shutting the cupboard door. Steven’s smile shifts then to a look of impending grief as he quietly leans on the cupboard door.
Suddenly then, ‘SLAM!’ the sound of a door opening. Steve head whips to the source of from the kitchen. Steven enters into the kitchen with caution, pulling a meat cleaver off the cutting board as he moves to find the kitchen door wide open. Steven cautiously walks towards the door then as he looks outside the doorway into the night. Cautiously looking around into the forested area, we pan to a bit to the side then as we see Jason standing only a few feet behind him.
Inside the cupboard, we see young Creighton sitting in the dark space with only a sliver of light peeking through. His arms wrapped around themselves, Creighton is giving hushed and almost silent sobs as tears fall from his cheeks. From outside then, we can hear a sudden cry and the sound of object falling to the ground in a mix of ‘CLANGs!’, grunts, and glass ‘CRASHs!’ as Creighton’s arms tighten around himself as he squeezes his eyes shut. As quickly as that had begun though, the silence had once again returned as everything was once more quiet. Opening his eyes a crack then, Creighton’s arms release as he opens his eyes fully, scooting then towards the cupboard door.
Creighton opens the cupboard door a crack then as he peaks through. We see then a pained Steven, gripping a bleeding chest, fall onto a lamp table sending the lamp crashing to the ground. In pain, Steven looks to the cupboard to see Young Creighton looking right at him. Suddenly then Creighton’s eyes grow even wider as they shift to the side. Staring behind Steven, Creighton and us get a full view of Jason. This is the first full shot we get of Jason then with his wounds, the blood slowly soaking through the shoulder wound and stomach wounds dished out by William Duke and his shotgun. But the most obvious is face as we the full view of it now with the mask. It is almost like the grim reaper with his cloak, the shotgun damaged mask revealing the equally damaged jaws of Jason which still dripped red with his blackish-red blood. We see then on the side, in his right hand, that Jason’s machete is now dripping fresh red.
Steven’s head quickly lowers then, avoiding Creighton gaze as we notice now that there is a meat cleaver in William’s right hand. Steven’s face shifts to rage then as he whips around and almost throws himself at Jason. In this, Steven first raised his left arm as though to try and strike Jason only for the killer to catch it instantaneously. That was a mistake as that momentary distraction allowed for Steven to slam the cleaver into Jason’s neck. Perhaps in the back of Steven’s mind, he had hoped that the cleaver would go straight through and decapitate him or just simply kill him but that was not the case. Embedded less than an inch into the base of Jason’s neck, Jason gives a momentary twitch at the sensation as Steven’s eyes widen in shock as Jason raises his machete. In one swift motion then, a side view displaying both this and young Creighton’s horrified eyes watching from the stair cupboard, Jason swings his machete through Steven’s neck which sends his head flying off in a display of gushing blood as his body drops to the ground shortly after it.
A gasp escapes young Creighton’s mouth then as Jason, having pulled out the meat cleaver from his neck (Side view) suddenly whips his head towards the source of the sound. The duo briefly make contact as Creighton sees Jason look directly at him almost through the crack Creighton peaked through. Inside the dark cupboard, shutting door, Creighton back further into the corner of the cupboard. His hands almost instantly have clasped over his mouth, muffling his sobbing, then almost immediately in horrible realization at what he had done as tears dribble down his face. He waits in the dark then of it for a few moments before the silence is permeated by the sound of fading footsteps follow past. Creighton waits a moment then, removing his hands from his mouth as he slowly moves his hand to the cupboard door. (Exterior view)We see then the cupboard door open a crack to look unto the bloody scene, oddly devoid of Jason.
(Return to the inside of the Cupboard for a brief moment) We see Creighton looking through the crack around the room, his eyes falling then to his brother’s decapitated head and corpse. As he looks through the crack, suddenly Jason fills Creighton’s view as he instantly appears in front of it. Creighton let’s out a scream then as Jason tears off the cupboard door right of its hinges, sending it flying across the room. Creighton kicks himself back against the cupboard’s wall, his back and hands splayed across it as he continues to try and kick himself further back as Jason crouches down into view.
“(Narration) And what happened next?” - Robert asks, his narration going in with Jason coming into view through the cupboard opening.
“(Narration) He just looked me right in the eye and just….left.”- Creighton answers. Coupled with this we see the young Creighton panting in terror as Jason tilts his head, looking at the child, and simply stands up and leaves.
We cut then to police showing up, hours later as two state policemen enter the house. There guns held tightly in their hands, they come across then the bloody, decapitated corpse of Steven. Cautiously pointing their guns at the body, they lift them up then as they approach with extreme concern evident on their face as we pan in on young Creighton sitting in the fetal position within the cupboard. His eyes wide with fright as they officers inaudibly attempt to question or snap him out of it only for him to remain in this panic frozen state.
“(Coupled with the flashback above) Police should up a few hours later, a few hours too late. Said that when they found me I was in shock, completely unresponsive after everything I’d seen. Can’t really disagree with them on that, the things I saw. (Flashback ends) After that, well you already know the rest. Aunt and uncle took me in after the murders, joined up with the military for a bit back in ‘91 before being discharged in ‘94, and when I got back I took up being a bounty hunter.”- Creighton, a majority of his lines are coupled with the flashback above. At the end of the flashback we see current Creighton looking at Robert with his cold and weary face.
“Yes and you were responsible (Lifts up the paper pile to look towards before returning his gaze back to Creighton) for the capture of six of this country’s most notorious serial killers. (Gives a bit a chuckle *Heh*) That’s, um, quite the achievement.” Robert compliments, setting the paper down.
“Hey, everyman needs a hobby.”- Creighton shrugs, taking a sip of his tea.
“I guess so, yes. (Robert’s face becomes a bit more serious) Now, Mister Duke, I hope you don’t mind answering this question not only just for myself but for our viewers today, what was it like?” -Robert asks, clasping his hands together in an inquisitive manner.
“(Sets down his drink) You’re gonna have to be more specific, what was what like?”- Creighton asks, setting his arms on the table.
“To see him, to see Jason. To have been so close to death only for it to pass you by, to literally stare into the eyes of the void and have it blink back at you.”- Robert asks.
“Well that’s one hell of a question now isn’t it (His eyelids falling heavy then, looking briefly to the side before returning to Robert)? For starters, I wanna make it clear right now that I did see into Jason’s eyes and what I saw wasn’t some abyss. There was no darkness, no infinite sea black, no absence of light or whatever the hell people usually say for this. [7] When I looked into those eyes, I saw something inhuman. No humanity, just pure rage and hate, the kind that swallows up everything in its path and leaves nothing but death in its wake.” - Creighton states almost eerily, his face a mix between his stone face and oddly enough...Fear.
Briefly then, after the flashback, we cut to the inside of the van with Karen and the others watching the video screen of Creighton looking on at the camera with a rather cold look. All Karen can say then to that, with wide eyes as she lowers her glasses, is “Whoa.” as we cut back to the dinner as we go back to the filming at hand.
“(Robert eyes are wide at this as he shudders a bit) Well that...that is certainly quite a description, you almost make it sound like he wasn’t human.” - Robert states, giving an extremely faint smile. Creighton’s vivid description seems to have actually shaken the newspaper reporter a bit.
“I never accused him of being human because he isn’t.” Creighton states, turning to his side then towards a waitress as he points towards his glass as he inaudibly asks for a refill more than likely.
“I’m sorry, what do you mean? Not human?”- Robert asks, his face a tad perplexed.
“Do you like history Mr. Campbell? If you did then you’d know that even before the first white settlers came and settled Cunningham Township, the Native Americans never touched the land surrounding Crystal Lake. You know why? They called it the ‘Bad Lands’.” - Creighton explains.
“Bad Lands?” - Robert asks, only able to ask that.
“Yeah,(Sets a hand flat on the table) you see the Natives believed that land around the lake was...impure. Bad things, living in the land. Awful things, waiting there.” - Creighton states, getting a panel display of Creighton looking towards Robert’s direction.
“And what do you believe about Mister Duke? About those stories and the stories about the fact that Jason Voorhees may in fact still be out there.” - Robert asks, a bit pale now from the eerie Creighton’s stories.
“(Gives a faint as he stands up) I’d say that I’d be surprised, that’s it’s impossible, but if that were the truth (Slides on his jacket) then I wouldn’t have already planned on coming. (Walks over to Robert as the camera expands the shot to show Creighton as he sets a hand his right hand on the left side of Robert’s shoulder) If I were you Mr. Campbell? I’d do a little bit of reading, you’d be surprised at what you can learn if you go looking into the past.” - Creighton states, giving him a pat on the shoulder then as the camera watches him walk down the aisle and out the door before whipping back to an equally surprised as well as confused Robert watching him leave.
The camera feed then cuts to Robert in an old fashioned 80’s style library then with Karen at a library computer with a few books scattered across the section.
“It took a bit of digging but it’s all right here, just like he said. In 1937 a man drowned his kids in Crystal Lake before blowing his brains out with a shotgun [8], in 1882 a lumberjack butchered his entire camp [9], and look right here. (Karen opens a book open to reveal a map displaying various road lines and lakes) Remember the massacre in ‘51 at Atsion Lake? The one with Pamela. (Points to one of the lakes on the map) Atsion Lake is less 2 miles away Crystal Lake, not even. (Looks to Robert a bit concerned) And I did some digging through some of the articles on the library’s digital archives, look here (Scrolls down the computer screen). There have been over 50 unsolved missing persons and homicide cases in the past 30 years after ‘84. You wanna know what’s really freaky about this though? From what I can tell, all these disappearances, all these unsolved murders, they were all located within or near the forests surrounding Crystal Lake.” - Karen looks back to Robert, concern etched well into her face, as he looked in morbid fascination at the documents on the computer screen and what they had to say.
“(Narration as Robert looks over the screen) So that raised the question, was Creighton Duke right? Could it be that there was some sort of...presence of some kind, lurking within around the forgotten lake? A malevolent force which compelled those who dared to step foot on it’s tainted ground to commit these horrible act and if that is the case….(Flashback begins) what was Jason to it?”
The panel going to black at the end of Robert’s narration, we once again return to 1951 one as we pick up where we left off with a young Pamela looking on with a terrified expression. We expand then to see what Pamela is looking at and it is horrifying. The entity itself stands at least 8 feet tall hunched over, it’s body is greatly emaciated with its grey, pale skin clinging to its very bones allowing for us to see every black vein and every rancid breath it takes, and it’s arms are abnormally long and spindly with spiderlike finger each tipped off with a sharp black claw. The worst though, the most frightening of it, may be in fact it is wearing as well what it hides underneath. Covering its legs is a sort of robe like skirt comprised of crudely stitched together rotting,deer skins with a number of Native American style bone weapons lining the waistband of robe. Covering its head and shoulders though, dangling over his bony chest, was a sort of mix between an executioner mask and poncho. Comprised of the same sickening silk, this odd ‘mask’ covered a most disturbing site, the entity’s face.
Even from covered the mask, with one eye hole left exposed for it, we can see a bit of what lies beneath. Poking out from beneath the hood and through it was one could only describe as a sort of deer skull with the snout and antler’s left exposed. The entity stood only a but a few feet from Pamela, simply standing with it long arms resting at its sides. Suddenly then, the entity lifted one of it’s clawed hands to Pamela’s face. Pamela’s eyes closed shut then in fear as the hand neared her face but gnarled hand did not strike her but rather oddly seemed to almost stroke, if not caress her face. Pamela’s face then became a mix of confusion and fear as the humanoid beast tilted it’s head at her as it began to step forward, it’s legs visibly bending in the opposite direction (Like a deer almost). Pamela falls to the ground, almost motionless as the entity pins down her arms with a it’s spidery hands.
Pamela’s face almost frozen in an emotionless, the only obvious extent of emotion left now with her eyes still wide with fear and tears still staining her cheeks. The entity looms over Pamela then as we then zoom in on it’s masked face as we see that it’s exposed eye (The left one), sunken in deep, is a familiar brown iris with a cornea surrounding it. Panning out from the forest then, going to black, we hear Pamela scream.
Flashbacks
[1]: We get a brief clips of Creighton’s interviews with everybody from the course of the past 3 issue.
[2]: We see young Creighton and his brother in the back seat as Creighton is playing with a toy Frankenstein.His parents are arguing over directions up front as as we can see the young Creighton is focusing on the toy, trying to ignore it. Steven sets a hand on his shoulder reassuringly as he states “Hey little man, c’mon, it’s alright.”. As young Creighton looks to his older brother giving a faint smile.
[3] From the front we see the parents looking onto the road as William sets his hand on his wife’s only for her to pull away with almost pained expression.
[4] We see the Duke family sitting by a fire, making smores, laughing. All of them so happy and we pan down to see that William and Gloria are holding hands once more.
[5] We get a two page view for this, Jason’s hockey mask at the center, as with each “We didn’t” corresponding with a shattered glass panel alongside the ridges of Jason’s mask.
[6] We see William stumble in as Steven rushes to hold his father up while young Creighton remains frozen to his spot at the coffee table. Inaudible, we can see Steven look at his father’s bleeding wound and bombard him with questions. (Coinciding with Creighton’s narration then) We see then William lift his head to look at his son, his eyes tearing up.
[7] Coinciding with Creighton’s narration we see the terrified Creighton look directly at Jason, we then pan in on Jason’s mask as we see his brown, bloodshot eye, staring at Creighton with what best could be described as a mix between ferocity and curiosity.
[8] Coinciding with the narration, we see the shadow of a man blowing his brains out.
[9] Coinciding with the narration, we see a large lumberjack standing in a log cabin with the bed lining the sides displaying the bloodied dismembered corpses

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2019.02.20 19:01 Cymoril_Melnibone Sanguine Libations

In early 2017, a group of young horror writers had an idea. Like many such ideas, it wasn’t exactly original, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. Once we’d winnowed out those who weren’t committed enough to follow through, we started on our grand project: a themed horror novel, written by nine different authors. The concept was simple enough; we would each contribute a nine-thousand-word chapter. Then I had the unenviable task of pulling it all together, editing it and moulding it into a printable, publishable product. The subject matter was also nothing special. It was a house-of-horrors on rails, moving from room to room through a now-derelict mansion, once a haven for a collective of serial killers, all themselves murdered. Each chapter unriddles the story of an occupant, turn by turn – until it’s revealed that the author himself is the ninth psychopath, and is the ultimate killer. It was schlock, but in the hands of halfway decent authors, it could have been a fun read – if entirely predictable. I suspected that if it had been penned by good, even a few great writers, it might have been memorable enough to attain a low level of cult status. But instead it was written by us; a motley collection of narcissists, plagiarists and hacks, whose sole claim to fame was grubbing for upvotes, likes and retweets across various platforms on the internet. And it turned out that’s exactly what the book needed.
 
Individually, the stories were mostly just bad. As a collection, they really stank; a steaming bucket of humid offal, seeping far more ambition than talent. Continuity was poor, thematically it was a Gordian mess, and I knew from that start I had no chance of keeping all the frayed ends tucked in to sustain the illusion of a grand, unifying pattern – because none of us had a fucking clue what we were doing. Plagued by strong personalities clashing over every minor detail, I struggled to keep the group focused on the endgame, desperately writing and re-writing my ending to try and encompass all the nonsensical drivel I was being served up. What we published was a book called ‘Meditations on Sanguine Libations: Who killed the killers?’ – a title just as overblown and tortured as the whole pernicious little project. But while we weren’t the best writers, most of us were extremely good at marketing. Mustering all the clout of our collective social media, we hinted and teased, name-dropped and spun intriguing half-truths, inflating this book into the most brilliant thing ever written in the name of horror. And to really up the ante, we promised to auction off a very special copy of the book; signed by each of the nine authors in their very own blood. The online reaction was immediate. Bids started flooding in, every click adding to the hype. It might have been a shit book, but by god, we were all going to make some pretty decent money out of it.
 
The first printed copy was sent to Alex, who had penned the opening story. The plan was for him to sign the inside cover with his name, using actual human blood – harvested from a jabbed finger – then package the bloodied tome up and post it on to the author of the second story, Kelly. But Alex, like many of the others, was prone to theatrics. He’d been one of the biggest problem children in the group since the very beginning of the project, and never did anything by halves. After he’d been sent it, weeks passed with no further sign of the book, and Alex vanished from social media. Eventually Kelly got sick of waiting and contacted me, asking what the fuck was going on. I knew Alex lived with his sister, and finally managed to hunt out a number to call her after she blanked every message I sent her online. When she picked up, her voice was distant and hollow. She told me the details like she was reading a story; her brother clearly hadn’t been satisfied with just pricking his finger to sign the book. No, Alex had done what Alex typically did; he’d gone all-in and gouged his name into his wrist, carefully reversed. That way he could press those four bloody letters to the page, and reap additional drama points by posting pictures of the healing wound online, and having a gnarly scar to show off forever.
Well, he got more drama than he bargained for, but he wouldn’t be around to collect it – his sister had to do that for him. Exactly how it ended up with him cold and ex-sanguinated on the floor of his basement room, we can’t be sure, but it sounds like the kid hit an artery and didn’t stop cutting. Knowing how his mind worked, I’m guessing he thought some impressive extra gore and danger would make the story even better, but by the time he’d blotched his signature (complete with an artful underline of arterial spray) then realised his mistake, he’d already lost so much blood that he passed out. He then bled out – all over the threadbare carpet of the converted cellar where his poor sister found him. As soon as I posted this information to the project group, everyone went fucking bananas. The bids on the book were already well into the thousands, and we’d all been eyeballing that money for bills. Every single one of us was making plans for that cash before we’d collected a dime, and this scandal potentially meant a lot more dimes, albeit at the expense of a dead kid. Debate raged back and forth about what to do; but at least half of the authors threatened to pull their stories from the project if they didn’t get paid what they had expected. In the end I made an executive decision; I had to talk to Alex’s sister again. I wasn’t sure whether I was looking for permission or absolution, but everyone made it pretty clear that whatever the moral action was, it needed to be the kind of moral with a payout.
 
We’d all been telling ourselves that it was what Alex would have wanted. Fortunately, his sister said it was what he would have wanted – or at least she did after I told her how much the story of his death would add to the appeal of the book, and how much money we had the potential to make. I got the distinct impression that things hadn’t been great between the siblings, that Alex wasn’t the success he’d made himself out to be – and that he’d left his dear sister with a bunch of debt to clean up. And of course, his posthumous share was still on the table for his grieving family to collect. We went back out to our fans and carefully tailored the story to fit our narrative: our magnum opus, Meditations on Sanguine Libations, had legitimately killed one of the authors who had contributed to it. There wasn’t a true horror fan alive who could resist a story like that. With our project not only salvaged, but even more promising than before, the bickering in the group died down and we went back to the original plan. I asked Alex’s sister to send the book on to Kelly, who was to sign the defiled hardback and pass it on to the third author, Joey. Kelly had told us she didn’t want to hang onto the thing for long, so her plan was to pick the book up from the post office and take it back to her car, where she’d draw blood from her fingertip with a diabetes lancet. She’d sign the bloody book in her vehicle, then take it straight back into the post office and send it on immediately.
But the book had different ideas. The carpark was next to a highway, separated from the busy road by only a grass verge and a flimsy fence – neither of which slowed down the semi-truck and trailer that had blown an axel. Kelly probably had no idea what hit her, intent on signing the book as legibly as possible with human blood. That was the kind of person Kelly was; she might not have been the greatest writer, but what she did, she did meticulously and thoroughly, never leaving anything incomplete. I knew it would have pained her greatly that the last letter of her name, the very last thing she ever wrote, was smeared clean across the page. She was killed outright in the collision, her mangled body cut from the wreckage, curled around Meditations on Sanguine Libations as though protecting a beloved child. It was a story straight out of Hollywood – a better story than any of us could ever have written. And it was starting to scare the shit out of all of us.
 
Of the seven remaining authors, Joey was next in line to sign the book, as the writer of the third chapter. He’d always danced a fine line between hucksterism and reputability, and had been the least keen to contribute to the project, but I’d managed to persuade him by applying a not inconsiderable amount of flirting. Joey was, in fact, convinced we had a ‘beautiful thing’ going on, even though we lived in different states and had never met in person. As well as being emotionally malleable, Joey was also an unfortunate combination of extremely bright and quite superstitious, and he wanted nothing to do with the bloody tome that had witnessed the untimely deaths of his peers. No amount of wheedling and cajoling could convince him otherwise – he even banned me from coming into his presence with the book, on pain of ending our ‘relationship’. He also couldn’t see why I wouldn’t just forge his signature, even though I had explained that I didn’t want to risk devaluing the book if that got out. And there was more to it than that; if I did that, I had to justify in my head that Alex and Kelly had paid the ultimate price, while Joey got to wriggle out of his responsibilities yet again.
It was a five-hour drive to Joey’s place, and by the time I pulled up outside the suburban home he shared with his parents, it was late afternoon and I was more than a little cranky from negotiating the traffic. My intention had been to sweet-talk him, to play up the ‘girlfriend’ angle just long enough to convince him to sign the book – hell, I’d done much worse to get my previous titles off the ground. After a stilted meet and greet with his parents, I ended up in the back yard with him, talking about the book. He was fidgety, strained, and talking too fast, quick to fill me in on his theory. His conclusion was worthy of a pulp horror novel in its own right: we’d created a nexus of negative emotion, comprised of the stories themselves and the fraught interactions within the group while we pulled everything together. And Alex’s death had been the catalyst for a sort of literary awakening within the book. “It’s a book about serial killers, so of course its primary motivation is to kill.” My laugh wasn’t genuine. “So… you’re saying that if it was about fluffy bunnies, it would try to find a pet store?” I asked, incredulous. He huffed, exasperated by my skepticism. “Well, no, because that’s not how these things work. People aren’t scared of baby rabbits, so it doesn’t generate the same aura.” “You’re afraid of the book, aren’t you?” I teased. Joey gave me a hooded stare, “You’re not?” I shook my head. Joey might believe in this sort of nonsense, but I certainly didn’t. He held the stare for a long minute, searching my face for any hint that I was lying, genuinely unable to comprehend that I wasn’t on board with his brilliant deductions.
“Anyway, where is the damned book, Katie? You’ve avoided saying, other than it’s not with you.” I shrugged. “I asked Kelly’s folks to send it on my place, airmail. I’ll deal with it when I get home.” The tension Joey had been holding in his shoulders eased a little when he heard the book wasn’t anywhere close to him. He leaned forward, a crooked smile burgeoning below his patchy moustache. “How about we forget all this stuff for a while? We could try some of those things you were hinting at in your IMs instead?” He flicked his eyes at the sliding doors to the den, then back to me. “My folks will be upstairs watching TV, they won’t hear a thing.” I sighed inwardly – but of course I’d been resigned to this. There was no way Joey wasn’t going to make a move on me, but I’d still been hoping to avoid any really messy intimacy. There was nothing wrong with the guy; I just seriously wasn’t interested in him. Even as I was mentally bracing myself, Joey’s meaningful stare slid upwards until he was gazing somewhere above my head. I turned as he pointed into the sky. “Woah. Katie, what the hell is that?” Following the line of his finger, I saw the dark, familiar silhouette of a plane against the afternoon sky. But the thick drift of black smoke billowing behind it was no normal jet trail, and my brain took a second to process the rest; the puffball of white that rose like a sinister mushroom from the side, marking what looked like an explosion erupting from the fuselage. “Engine failed?” I wondered aloud. “I don’t think so,” Joey said, “shit, look, I think that’s actual debris falling.”
As we stared, the white cloud flashed orange and dispersed, trailing comets of flaming junk arcing earthward from it. I felt a sudden frisson of real fear, then hauled my gaze away from the sky to look askance at Joey. “Um. Should we get inside the house?” “Yeah, yes, quick, let’s get inside!” Joeys voice sounded faintly slurred in my ears, as though time had slowed down a fraction. I remember grabbing his hand and pulling him toward the house; but he was a big guy, and as we made for the patio, it felt like dragging a reluctant steer. The first piece of debris from the stricken plane hit the outdoor table we’d been sitting at, bounced off, then rolled into the bushes, smouldering. The second piece struck Joey in the back of the head, a bright scarlet blossom expanding from the stem of his spine. I knew it was the book the instant it struck. I didn’t even need to see it, the corner wedged into the meat of Joey’s nape. For a full three seconds I stood there, stupefied and frozen, before the third piece of debris thumped down. As if it was a final missile targeted to make quite sure the job was finished, the chunk of fuselage smashed what remained of Joey’s skull, splitting it open like a melon.
 
The dangerous goods blowout on the plane had been caused by a mislabelled package, and Joey’s death was ruled to be the accident it was. I stayed with his parents for two weeks, playing the part of the grieving girlfriend, by turns numb and inconsolable at his loss. Before you think too much ill of me, there wasn’t much acting involved. I’d definitely been fond of Joey, just not in a romantic way. Witnessing his awful death was traumatic; something that I still struggle to process, even as I write this account, months afterwards. The story got out very quickly to the remaining authors, and the ripples of shock and disbelief were palpable. Crystal and Rick, the writers of the fifth and sixth chapters, did actually refuse to believe it was real, insisting this was some sort of elaborate stitch-up to get the fans slavering for more. But I’d been there. I’d seen Joey’s body sprawled on the back porch of his parent’s place, Sanguine Libations sticking out of the back of his head, misted with his blood. I saw it over and over again, every time I slept, and I heard the damp handclap of the impact every time I stepped outside. I hadn’t told anyone it was the book that had killed him. Cause of death was attributed to the final blow that had pulped his head beyond recognition. Only I knew that the book had hit him first – that the last impact had in fact jolted it free of his flesh, to land right at my feet.
I wasn’t sure if it mattered any more. We’d been able to reconcile the first two deaths, but this was too real to brush aside, even for a group of greedy horror aficionados who had all imagined far more gruesome fictions. As the writer’s group dissolved and the book auction was pulled, everyone groused about finding other ways to pay their bills, but the most honest of us admitted they felt safer for it. Without our avarice fuelling the push to give the book our blood, it seemed quiescent; harmless. I’d put it inside a Ziploc bag, then I’d put the bag in a shoebox and pushed it under the bed in my studio apartment. Originally, I’d intended to burn it, as a sort of crematory service to the three deceased writers. After all, they were infused into its pages, in more ways than one. Maybe that’s why I felt like I needed to touch it, to read it before I put it to rest – to viscerally interact with the thing we’d created in our folly. I owed at least that much to Joey, whose memory filled up a lot of my waking thoughts. The signed names weren’t legible anymore; the triple dose of gore from the three deaths had subsumed them, also soaking through a good third of the pages, leaving them brown and stiff. But the stories themselves were still legible through the stains, and as I carefully pulled the crusted pages apart and leafed through the first chapter, I found myself caught up in Alex’s writing, drawn into a story that was much, much better than the one I remembered. By the time I reached Kelly’s story, I knew something was very wrong. I wasn’t misremembering, this wasn’t just some kind of rosy hindsight applied out of respect for the deceased. This was not the same chapter she had submitted. This was a different book – plot-perfect, every turn of phrase polished and professional – where each chapter could only have been written by the very best versions of Alex, Kelly and Joey. And it wasn’t just good. It was fucking magnificent.
 
 
Tori Riordan had always been the best writer in our group, by a long shot. Her prose was matchless, but unfortunately her ideas were sparse – she struggled to find originality in a genre that she’d over-consumed. Practically born goth, Tori liked to point out that she quite literally dwelt in nearly perpetual darkness; she lived in the northern reaches of Alaska. When I first emailed her the transcription of the irrevocably changed Sanguine Libations, she refused to consider for one second that I might be telling the truth. I should have been flattered; obviously she thought my editing skills were remarkable, if she suspected I’d wrangled those chapters into the masterpiece they clearly were. But after I sent her unadulterated photos of the heavily stained pages, she agreed to meet, to be in the presence of the book. She was a tiny creature, turtled in a huge sable trenchcoat and silver-studded boots. Masklike, her stark white face was defined by jet lipstick and heavy eyeliner, the effects half-hidden behind a curtain of dirty blond hair. She was intrigued by the book, turning the pages reverently, lovingly. One chipped black fingernail traced the words to the end of Joey’s chapter, then faltered as she began her own story. “What’s wrong?” I asked. Her voice sounded like she hadn’t spoken for days, cracked, and hobbled by a lisp. “For a moment I’d been transported. I’d delved into a chasm of perfect, all-consuming darkness, but then I was cast out. Cast out the instant I started my own story.” “I’m sorry,” I offered, lamely. Tori shook her head, dismissive and ineffably sad, “No, you’re not to blame. This was never going to be my best work. Nothing is; I just can’t find my voice anymore. Whatever gift I had when I started writing horror, I lost it a long time ago.” The book sat open between us on the coffee table, its gruesome stains in tune with the dark décor in Tori’s spacious and well-insulated home. Rent was cheap at the edges of civilization, apparently. “I think we both know what my story needs,” Tori said, toying with the myriad of silver necklaces that dangled below her throat, “And that’s why you really brought the book here.”
Guilt assailed me for a moment, but then she smiled. It was a truly beautiful smile, full of strange peace. Her dark lips, those two rows of tiny teeth, were like strings of baby pearls in a black velvet box. “It’s OK, I wanted it. I wanted to see it happen with my own eyes. If this is my only chance to be a great writer again, to be a vital part of a real literary legend, then I’ll take it. No matter the cost.” She unhooked a razorblade from one of her necklaces, then rolled back the sleeve of her heavy woollen sweater. A myriad of livid pink scars puckered her skinny arm, overlaying a disused railway of much older, whiter ones. “Not my first rodeo,” she offered, matter-of-fact, searching for an unmarked scrap of flesh to cut. We’d all known Tori’s history when she signed up to the project. Two of her past suicide attempts had been quite viciously publicised by the less savoury members of the wider online horror community, and she’d confessed to me during our various online chats that there had been many more – ranging from premeditated cries for help, to very serious attempts stymied only by chance. She cut without hesitation, opening a half-inch wound that welled immediately with bright blood. Dabbing her finger in it, she smeared the blood across the first paragraph of her story, pausing to refresh her rudimentary pen when the ink ran dry. Under her ministrations, the letters darkened, then blurred. As the blood dried, red fading to brown, the letters crept back into focus, subtly altered from the forms they’d held before. “It’s so beautiful,” Tori whispered, the razor already poised for a deeper cut. I felt a pang of something I couldn’t quite name. “Wait,” I cautioned, “Tori. Are you sure you want to do this? Really, really sure?” Her face was no longer a mask; I’d never seen anyone look so alive. “What do you mean? I have to do this.” “No. No, you don’t. I can take the book away, burn it. Throw the ashes in the sea.”
Tori’s eyes flayed me, exposing my half-hearted protests for what they were. “You want this as much as I do. You want to see the story finished; to be part of whatever this thing becomes. Don’t be ashamed of that.” She was right. “But you won’t see it finished if you kill yourself,” I pointed out. The razor’s edge was kissing her skin. “Then you have to make me a very solemn promise. Promise me you’ll finish it. That you’ll send it on to Rick and Crystal, so that they can complete their part. Then on and on, until it’s done.” “This is crazy,” I griped. But she knew I didn’t mean it. I was just following some internal script; saying the things I thought I should say, given the insane circumstances. “There’s a shopping centre a few miles south. Go to all the stores, and then the diner,” she told me, “make sure you get seen on lots of cameras, spend half the day there. When you get back here, dial 911 and let them know you’ve discovered a suicide.” I shut my eyes, because I couldn’t stop looking at that thin, sharp line of steel, shimmering in time with her pulse. “I should call the cops now. I should stop you.” “But you’re not going to.” Three minutes later I was on my way to the township, sleet hammering the windscreen of my rental like an admonishment from God. My phone stayed in my pocket, untouched.
 
The fourth chapter was bleakly beautiful; an aria sung by a freshy fallen Lucifer. I knew Tori had read it to the end. She’d traced her shaky initials on the last page, a secret message to let me know she’d seen her greatest work being born in blood, re-writing itself even as she closed her eyes for the last time. I took it from her as gently as I could, and I knew the smile on her bloodless lips was also meant for me. I didn’t mention the book when I dialled emergency services, nor when I was briefly interviewed by the local constabulary. They knew Tori’s tortured history. The EMT who spoke to me first had even found her close to death before, bleeding out in the snow in a local reserve, just three years ago. My promise to her seemed bound up in the book itself. It felt heavier for it, resting in my backpack, swaddled in a towel. The weight of it urged me to get it to Rick and Crystal, to get them to play their part as soon as I could. The long flight home gave me plenty of time to think, to mull over how best to approach the fifth and sixth authors of Sanguine Libations. Rick and Crystal were a couple, although how, or why they remained together was anyone’s guess. They fought like territorial cats, publicly and noisily, complete with endless howling and posturing. It was well-known that each of them had cheated on the other more than once. But somehow, even that seemed to have driven them closer together, their sticky infidelities oozing a complicated glue that only bound them tighter – locked in a heady spiral of lusty, mutual hatred.
As you’d expect, they’d been a complete nightmare to work with; only the penultimate author, Cyrus, had been more of a pain. They’d fought about whose story should go first, then fought over who would get to use which of the pet concepts they’d both been working on. They bickered constantly in our group chats, and each had flounced multiple times during the course of the project; only returning out of jealousy when the other partner hadn’t walked away. You’re probably wondering why I hadn’t simply kicked them out and recruited better writers who were less hassle to deal with. And that was due to the biggest problem with R&C – that they used their considerable influence within the online horror community to tear down and destroy anyone or anything they didn’t like. To put it simply, it was safer to have them onside than offside.
As I wrestled with the problem of convincing them both to do what needed to be done, my mind wandered back to the book, approaching it like a supplicant. In my cramped, cattle-class seat, I read the first four sublime chapters over and over, convinced the book itself would offer me up a solution. And every time I reached the fifth and six chapters, a visceral disgust would overwhelm me; the perfection of the previous chapters so completely ruined by the piss-poor writing from that pair of toxic assholes. Crystal had managed to get her piece finished first; her serial killer a ponderously inept poisoner with all the personality of a toilet roll. She’d blatantly stolen the poisoner concept from one of her partner’s old flash fictions. Rick had been furious, and in a fit of petty revenge had taken one of Crystal’s pet projects for his own story, and basically fucked it as hard as he could. Both their chapters reeked, bad writing made worse by one-upmanship and clumsy jibes. As I held the book in my hands, mulling over my options, inspiration hit me. Two text messages left my phone when I landed, one to Rick, and one to Crystal. Both messages were identical, except for one detail – the name included:
Expect a package from me within the next few days. It’s the book. Please sign and send back, but don’t tell Rick/Crystal. It will be our secret.
The next day, I carefully packaged up Sanguine Libations and sent it to California, where the couple lived.
 
The first confirmation that Rick and Crystal were dead came from a breathless online post made by one of their little group of sycophants, hinting about a double homicide at the hands of an intruder. But when the story began to hit the local news, the truth became much clearer. Over the next few weeks, I scoured various sources to tease out every detail I could find, putting together a rough picture of what must have happened. It seems that on the day the book was scheduled to arrive, there was a screaming, acrimonious shouting match heard from R&C’s house. It was loud and lengthy enough to register with the neighbours, but the whole street was so used to the couple’s fights that nobody bothered to call the authorities. The next day, around 11am, Rick left the house, put something in the garbage, then drove his car into town. When he returned a couple of hours later, his driving was erratic, and he smashed into a street light. He half-fell out the door of the damaged vehicle, then managed to stagger up the steps of his home and get the door open, before collapsing in the front hall. A neighbour called an ambulance, and not long after the paramedics arrived, so did two police cars, at speed. Rick died on the way to hospital, while the cops cordoned off a crime scene; the bloody body of Crystal had been discovered inside the house.
Further details were scarce, but there was a lot of speculation; Crystal had poisoned Rick, intending it to be fatal and quick, but he had discovered her murderous plot and stabbed her to death before he succumbed. The theory had some merit. It would explain why Rick’s driving was so erratic after he returned from his trip into town, and why hadn’t he sought medical attention for himself - there was a danger that his crime would be discovered if he revealed he’d been poisoned by his partner, and he probably assumed Crystal had bungled her attempt to dose him, just like she fumbled everything else. But even though Sanguine Libations appeared to have done its wicked work, the book itself couldn’t be found. The ‘friend’ who helped clean up R&C’s place after their respective funerals found no trace of the tome, and my very careful inquiries to the family and police turned up nothing. It seemed that Rick and Crystal’s final act of grand assholery had been to lose the book. In death, they had achieved the destruction of the project, and each sabotaged the other’s only chance at greatness, far better than they ever could have in life.
Part 2
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2019.01.30 10:53 cuavas MAME 0.206

MAME 0.206

Welcome to 2019 – we’re starting the year with a bang! MAME 0.206 is an absolutely huge update when it comes to new dumps and newly working software, especially when it comes to TV games. As far as we know, MAME is the first V.Smile emulator with working controls and the most compatible, with almost all dumped titles fully playable for one player (the second joystick isn’t working yet). A number of JAKKS Pacific games based on similar technology are also working in this release. And from Japan, you can now play the Popira and Dance Dance Revolution Family Mat rhythm games, as well as Super Dash Ball. The Namco Nostalgia and Taito Nostalgia games are now playable, too. Game & Watch coverage is steadily expanding, with Black Jack, Lifeboat, Manhole (new wide screen), and Rain Shower added in this release. Black Jack is particularly notable as it hasn’t seen re-issue or emulation before now.
On the arcade side, San Francisco Rush 2049 and its Special Edition have been promoted to working, and we’ve added alternate versions and bootlegs of several supported games. Heihachi_73 has tested the Aristocrat Mk V slot machines, and dozens have been promoted to working. If you enjoy spinning the wheels, why not give some a try?
If you’re aware of the effort to preserve original Apple II software in the new low-level WOZ disk image format, it should come as no surprise that MAME is on board. We’ve started documenting these dumps in a software list, and we’ll continue to add dumps as they become available. If you’re a fan of Acorn computers, you might want to try some of the newly supported BBC Micro ROM slot expansions, including banked ROM devices, RAM expansions, and real-time clocks. A few additional Electron expansion devices have been added, too.
Of course, these are just selected highlights, and there are plenty more bug fixes and emulation improvements in this release. There are also some incremental improvements to MAME’s system and software selection menus. You can get the source and Windows binary packages from the download page.

MAMETesters Bugs Fixed

New working machines

New working clones

Machines promoted to working

Clones promoted to working

New machines marked as NOT_WORKING

New clones marked as NOT_WORKING

New working software list additions

Software list items promoted to working

New NOT_WORKING software list additions

Source Changes

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