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Most people know of Charles Manson, the evil things he has done, and the people that helped him do them. He was the leader of the Manson Family cult, and together they brutally murdered several innocent people in their aim to create a race war.

In this post, I will write about Charles and his younger years leading up to what he became in the '60s.

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What is the game?

The Blue Whale Game began in Russia on social media. It consists of a series of tasks that are given to players by the administrators. The tasks are given over a 50 day period and start off seemingly harmless at first, but would slowly include self-harm and lead up to final challenge: suicide

The game itself is named after a phenomenon called cetacean stranding where whales and dolphins beach themselves and die.

The aim of this game is to break the spirit of the players and to encourage them to commit suicide.

Happy Valentines Day! The day of romance! The day of heart-shaped cards, bouquets of roses, and boxes of chocolate. Well, for most of the world it is. For me it means I get to write about couples that have killed together...as you do. 

There have been many crime loving couples over the years, and if I could write about all of them I would! However, I have chosen to share 3 couples with you that stood out to me for different reasons.

They are all wicked in their own way and their crimes equally as shocking. So without further ado, here are 3 killer couples that believed that couples that slay together, stay together. 

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Who was the Black Dahlia?

The Black Dahlia was the nickname given to Elizabeth Short, a young aspiring actress from Massachusetts. Some believe she had the name before her death due to her black hair and clothing, and others say it was given to her by the media. Elizabeth's body was found on January 15th, 1947 on a vacant lot in LA.

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Elizabeth's Early Life

Elizabeth Short was born on July 29th, 1924 and grew up in Medford, Massachusetts. She grew up with her father Cleo, mother Phoebe and four sisters. Her father built miniature golf courses for a living, but when Elizabeth was 6 years old her father lost all of their savings and the family had nothing. Shortly after this, her fathers abandoned car was found and it was believed he ended his own life. This meant that her family had to move into a small apartment, and Phoebe worked multiple jobs to get by.

In 1942 Phoebe received a letter from Cleo apologising for faking his death and leaving them, and said he was now living in California. In his letter, he asked to come home, but she refused to see him. At the age of 18, Elizabeth went to live with her father in California. However, she didn't stay long and due to their arguing, she moved out in 1943.

Elizabeth got herself a job near Lompoc on the Air Force Base and lived with her friends. She also lived with an Air Force Sergeant for a short period of time, but she moved out as he allegedly abused her. After leaving Lompoc she moved to Santa Barbara and it was here that she was arrested for underage drinking in a bar. The authorities tried to send her on her way back to Medford, but Elizabeth had other ideas and decided to go to Florida.

While in Florida she met a man called Major Matthew Michael Gordon Jr. She told her friends that he asked her to marry him by letter while he recovered from his injuries after a plane crash. However, before they could tie the knot he was sadly killed in a second plane crash in 1945.

In 1946 she relocated again to LA where she worked as a waitress. It's believed she wanted to become an actress. However, there is no evidence that she starred in any films while in LA.

The Murder

On January 15th, 1947 a body was found on a vacant lot in LA. The body was found by a woman and her child, and at first glance, they believed it was a discarded mannequin. Her body was pale, naked, and was severed into 2 pieces at the waist.

After further examination they discovered her blood had been drained, the body had been cleaned, and her face was slashed. The killer had sliced Elizabeth's mouth so she had a grin from ear to ear, also known as a Glasgow smile. She had cuts on her body, had been posed with her hands over her head, and her legs were apart.

After an autopsy had been performed they found superficial lacerations to her right forearm, left upper arm, and the left side of her chest. They found the cause of death to be hemorrhaging from the lacerations to her face and shock from the blows to the head and face. They also believed she had been tied down for days due to the rope marks on her wrists, neck, and ankles.

The Investigation

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It was on January 21st that somebody contacted the editor of the newspaper The Examiner. They claimed they were the Black Dahlia's murderer and that they would be sending over "souvenirs of Beth Short".

An envelope arrived January 24th and the words had been created using newspaper clippings. The letter said:

"Here is the Dahlias belongings letter to follow."

The envelope contained some of Elizabeth's belongings, such as her birth certificate, business cards, photographs, and an address book. All of the items had been cleaned using gasoline just like Elizabeth's body. They were still able to pull some partial fingerprints off of the items, but they were unfortunately damaged in transit and could not be analysed. 

There were also reports of a handbag and shoe being found near the crime scene, but when they were recovered they had been cleaned with gasoline too.

The LAPD received many calls for Elizabeth's case, but the majority of them turned out to be hoaxes. They also received many more letters allegedly from the same person, but like the first, they had all been cleaned with gasoline and no prints could be lifted. 

Due to lack of evidence, this murder still remains one of the oldest cold cases in LA.

The Suspects

There have been many potential suspects and over 150 men were interviewed during the investigation. Even though so many men were interviewed the murderer was never found. There are many theories out there about who killed Elizabeth. Some of the men I feel could have been the actual murderer after researching the case are listed below:

Walter Bayley - He was a Los Angeles surgeon that lived very close to where Elizabeth's body was found. When he died in 1948 his widow claimed his mistress knew a secret about him, and that is why she was listed as his main beneficiary. Due to his medical background, many people believe he is a potential suspect. Some theories also suggest his secret was that he would perform abortions, which was illegal in the 1940s. The next theory is that his mistress killed Elizabeth, but there is no evidence support either theory.

George Hodel - Dr. Hodel was originally accused of sexually abusing his 14-year-old daughter when he became a suspect in the murder. The LAPD put Hodel under surveillance in 1950, and they installed 2 microphones into his home. In the recordings they heard a woman screaming, Hodel speaking to another person about killing a woman, and Hodel discussing the Black Dahlia murder. He was heard saying:

"Supposin' I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldn't prove it now. They can't talk to me secretary now because she is dead."

Ed Burns - When Ed met Elizabeth they hit it off right away. He thought she was the girl of his dreams, and would give her money and listen to her stories. However, Elizabeth didn't show Ed off to her friends and it is believed this was because of his looks. Some people even described his features as rabbit-like. It's also believed that Elizabeth's stories and obsession with the Suzanne Degnan murder began to drive him crazy. He felt she idolised and loved the killer William Heirens more than she would ever love him, and this could be what drove him to kill her in the way he did. 

Ed committed suicide March 15th, 1947 exactly 2 months after the discovery of Elizabeth's body. He left a suicide note that said the following:

“To whom it may concern: I have waited for the police to capture me for the Black Dahlia killing, but have not. I am too much of a coward to turn myself in, so this is the best way out for me. I couldn’t help myself for that, or this. Sorry, Mary.”

There are many websites that share their thoughts and theories on what happened to Elizabeth Short. Most of my information came from BlackDahlia.web and blackdahliasolution.  They are very informative and go into more detail about the suspects and investigation. If you want to know more please check those links out!

Do you have any of your own theories about what happened to Elizabeth Short? Who do you think could have done this to her? 

Please share your thoughts with me below.

What is Microblading

Microblading is a popular beauty procedure that involves tattooing the eyebrows with semi-permanent ink to add more shape and create a natural look. The microblading is done using 10 - 12 small blades in a pen-shaped holder, and it creates natural looking hair strokes in the eyebrow. 

The microblading process is bespoke to each person that is undergoing the procedure, as the artist will make measurements to ensure they create the perfect brows for each face shape. 

Why am I having it done?

This is an old photograph but it shows my large and bold brows.
Back in the '90s when I was a young girl it was fashionable to over pluck your eyebrows and make them super thin. As a result, my eyebrows are thin, have little to no shape, and I despise filling them in. 

The reason why I hate filling them in is that I am garbage at it. That is literally it! I used to make them way too big. Seriously... It became a running joke at my previous job. I would laugh along because looking back I was just so terrible at it. However, as time went on I became lazy with them and don't bother too often. I always make them too dark and they never end up natural looking.

So, I figured since I am getting married in September I would like to have more shape and have natural looking brows that don't need much any work.

How am I feeling before I get it done?

If I am being completely honest I am a bit anxious about it. Naturally, I have been watching YouTube videos and reading articles online, which was both good and bad. A lot of people say it was a great experience with no pain, and others that it was awful and the results were disappointing. I also checked out how they looked after the healing process is complete, as it can be misleading when you see the before and after pictures online.

The things that I worry about the most after watching the videos are discolouration, infection, and them looking worse than they did before. If that's even possible! 😂I also have very oily skin so I am a bit worried about that, as it could make the healing process difficult. 😓

Even though I am scared and have read good and bad things about it I am still excited to have it done. I have been playing with the idea for ages, and I just bit the bullet eventually and booked in. I've been busy reading reviews and looking at the images on the artists' website I have chosen, which adds to the excitement!

Have any of you guys had this done? How did it go for you and were you happy with the results? Please let me know in the comments because I am really curious! I will update you guys after I've had it done. 😀

You can read part two of this series here. Thanks for reading! 

What is the Occult?

The word occult is derived from the Latin word occultus. Occultus means things that are mysterious, hidden or secretive. Occult practices include fortune telling, witchcraft, astrology, and ouija boards as they all fall into the category of being mysterious. Some occult practices have made a huge difference to our modern life, for example, early astrology and alchemy would lead to the birth of modern science and medicine.

After searching online I found a blog post by gilberttheoccultist from 2014 with the following statement:
That is what the occult is. Religion operates on faith. Occultists operate on experiment and practice to garner true knowledge about the spiritual. Religious adherents “believe” in angels. Occultists talk directly with them. Religion fears demons. The Occult cages them and demands labor from them. Religion interprets the words of the gods. The Occult draws the gods down to ask for clarification.

In short, what is the difference between the occult and religion? Religion is faith. Occult is knowledge.

Is the Occult Evil?

A lot of people are under the impression that the occult and anyone that is interested in it or practicing it are evil. It is true there have been people that have used their knowledge for their own personal gain and to exploit others. However, there have been others that have used it only for good. Both will do their work in secrecy, but the malevolent hide so nobody sees their true motives, while the benevolent hide to avoid persecution.

Many occultists will also practice religion like Satanism, Hermeticism, and Gnosticism. 

What is Classed as the Occult?

There are many occult activities, and I have listed some of these below. You may have heard of some of the activities before but never realised they were part of the occult:
  • Tarot cards - A deck of cards that are used to measure potential outcomes.
  • Tea leaves - A method of fortune telling by interpreting patterns in tea leaves.
  • Seances - A meeting of people that attempt to make contact with the dead.
  • Witchcraft - The use of magical powers for healing, seeing into the future, or causing harm.
  • Black magic - Magic used for selfish and evil purposes.
  • White magic - Magic used for selfless purposes.
  • Ouija board - A board with letters and numbers used in seances.
  • Black Mass - A ceremony celebrated by satanic groups.
  • Clairvoyance - The ability to gain information from an object or a person.
  • Necromancy - Conjuring the dead for divination purposes.
  • Alchemy - A medieval practice aiming to transmute base metals into gold and prolong life.
  • Rune magic - A tool of divination that is used to tell the future.
  • Talismans - An object believed to hold magical properties and protect from harm.
  • Auras - Auras are coloured energy that reveals someone's feeling and thoughts.
  • Numerology - Belief in the divine relationship between a number and one or more events that take place at the same time.
  • Divination - Seeing the future by supernatural means.
  • Astrology - The study of celestial objects and how they affect people and events on Earth.
In future posts, I will be going into more detail about the different activities listed above. Do you practice any of the above? Is there anything on the list you would like to know more about first? Comment below to tell me! 😀

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