A to Z 2016

A to Z 2016
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I'm an opinionated mom, writer and lawyer. I'm not currently practicing. I prosecuted for nearly fifteen years, so my kids call me a drill sergeant. I hope to use the time off to finally finish revising my first legal thriller and I just completed the second draft of my second novel another legal thriller/domestic noir. I'd love to write an unreliable narrator next.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

When Insurance Greed Leads To Murder

Insuring Your Ex-Spouse is Legal: 

Ex Spouses Bitter Divorce Murder & Life Insurance:

Did you know that it’s perfectly legal to take out life insurance on your ex-spouse … after the divorce? Yep. Not only is it legal, it’s smart. If you’re the custodial parent, depending on child support payments and/or spousal support payments, it’s a financially smart idea to insure those payments should, god forbid, something happen to your ex. What would happen to you then? How would you support your children? The law favors an ex-spouse taking out life insurance on ex-spouses and some states even require the couple maintain the ex-spouse as the beneficiary of any existing policy. 

Don’t dash off to your laptops just yet. I can see brains spinning with all sorts of twisted plot ideas. You can’t bolt to the nearest insurance company and take out an insurance policy on the local homeless men sprinkled throughout your city … then collect when they drink themselves to death or fall off are shoved off the curb into an oncoming metro train. Nope. Sorry, crime writers. Turns out, you must have an “insurable interest,” in the person you will be taking the life insurance policy out for. Damn! That means I can’t take life insurance out on Donald Trump, Gwyneth Paltrow. 

While the following shocking, murder for life insurance plots will knot your stomach into balls of terror some of the cases, like the one where the father who killed his wife and son (crushed his son by dropping truck on him), all for the insurance money, shot that ball of terror into my throat threatening to choke the life out of me.  As you might have guessed, Murder for life insurance scams is not legal. Click the link above to read more like: A most bitter divorce and Soldier charged in death of wife for insurance money. For some couples death is easier than divorce. Until they get caught. And they always get caught.

Don't they realize that the first thing the investigating officer looks at is who benefits from the victim's death. And guess where they start? Yup, you guessed it. The life insurance polices. You'd be amazed how many of these dimwits take out the life insurance policies or double or triple the benefits just weeks or months prior to the murder. 

How would you feel if you discovered your ex spouse took out a life insurance policy on your life? Worried? Cautious? Or would you feel like it was a perfectly normal act considering you have children together who would need financial assistance if you died?

I want to share another blog that Ive discovered during the A to Z challenge. Shelia M. Good, Author, is a blogger over at Cow Pasture Chronicles. I've enjoyed her blog throughout this challenge. She's blogged about everything from social media to writing to building an audience. Her blog posts are succinct and informative and I highly recommend that everyone take a look when you get a chance. This girl knows her stuff. Her site has a plethora of other resources, so stop and take a look around. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W- Aileen Carol Wuornos

Aileen Carol Wuornos

The movie Monster
was based on the the true story of the 2nd female murderer executed in Florida since 1976

Wuornos was convicted in Florida and  sentenced to death for the murder of Richard Mallory. She has been called America's first female serial killer. Not that it mitigates or depreciates the seriousness of what she did, but Aileen's father, Leo Dale Pitman was a convicted child molester and sociopath. He was strangled in prison. Her brother raped her when she was only thirteen. She gave birth to a child at a home for unwed mothers. Her own mother abandoned her. She and her brother were made wards of the court, but she ran away and began a life supporting herself through prostitution.

Although she was only convicted for Mallory's murder, Wuornos confessed to murdering six men along the Florida coast. She claimed Mallory attempted to rape her. It should be noted that Richard Mallory was a convicted rapist.

Wuornos met a young lesbian, Tyra Moore, in a gay bar and they fell in love. Prosecutors argued that Wuornos killed, not in self defense, but rather to rob her johns so she could support her gay lover.

Wuornos and her attorney sold the rights to her story within two weeks of her arrest and thus the hit movie Monster was made and actress Charlize Theron won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2004.

Can you believe we're almost done? We've almost made it to the end of the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


My Favorite Fictional Villains:

Some villains we just can't help rooting for. Do you ever find yourself pulling for the villain?

Favorite T.V Villains:

Not in any particular order.

Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Nancy Botwin (Weeds)
Francis Underwood (House of Cards)
Boyd Crowder (Justified)
Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
J.R. Ewing (Dallas)
Dexter (Dexter)

You have to admit there's a little something satisfying about watching evil people who finally get their overdue karma handed to them Dexter style while strapped to a steel gurney. They wake to find photos of their victim's staring them in the face. They attempt to bolt, but this time they are the one who is trapped liked an animal. The tables have turned. The hunter has become the prey. A blood spatter analysts  moonlighting as a serial killer, but a serial killer with a code. This was one of those killer concepts all of the writing instructor gurus have been talking about.

Favorite Film Villains

 (some will carry over into the literature category)

Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs
Tom Ripley - The Talented Mr. Ripley
Keyser Soze - The Usual Suspects
Michael Corleone - The Godfather
Sheriff Lou Ford - The Killer Inside Me
Catherine Tramell - Basic Instinct
Bo Bandit - Smokey and the Bandit 
Entire Cast of Oceans Eleven

I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can think of now. Below are 3 honorable mention villains. Nope, didn't root for them, just mean, cruel, villains I thought worth mentioning on Villain Day.

Nurse Ratched - One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest 
Annie Wilkes - Misery 
Joan Crawford - Mommie Dearest

If you want to learn about some real life villains you should check out a blog that I've become addicted to during this challenge. Stephanie Faris's Theme: Unsolved Mysteries had some amazing, cool and really twisted topics for each letter of the alphabet. If you don't already follow Steph, you really should stop by and visit. You will want to start from the top with Letter A Amy Lynn Bradley a woman who disappeared on a cruise ship. I won't go into the details, you will have to read it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Debbie over at My Random Musings has been writing the best flash fiction I've ever read. It's dark and disturbing, so it brings to mind a creepy, frighting villain, but never fear, it's all fiction. That's how talented she is. You really must read her her stories. Need to learn how to write a twist ending, here's your chance.

Do you have any favorite blogs you want to share with readers?

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