The Dead Drink First by Dale Mahridge

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            This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible Original, The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge. This word was released in June 2019. This audiobook is 3 hours & 31 minutes in length and read by Dale Maharidge. The following overview is provided from Audible: Like many veterans of his era, Sgt. Steve Maharidge never talked about “the good war.” On the surface, the Madaridges were a normal working-class family in the suburbs of Cleveland. But behind closed doors, even the most mundane moments could trigger Steve’s violent, traumatic episodes, which left his son Dale searching for clues to his past. And yet, there was only one: a black and white photograph of Steve with another soldier that hung permanently on the wall in the basement. In The Dead Drink First, Dale Maharidge, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, recounts his 18-year quest to learn everything he could about the man in the photo with the hopes of discovering a side of his late father he never knew. The result was something Dale never expected: Not only would he learn the man’s name—Herman Walter Mulligan—but he would help locate his remains and ultimately bring him home 74 years after he was killed in action. In this deeply personal audio documentary, Dale retraces his journey through never-before-heard conversations with WWII veterans, their children, and the team of strangers that assembled to find lifelong friendships, and uncovers the rich, uniquely American truth about how and why we repatriate our fallen soldiers.

            I implore everyone to listen to this Audible Original. I love spoken history, nothing is better to me than listening to a person share their experience around a historical moment in time. This journey along with the stories captured my attention and made this one to relisten to. I love the bonds of brotherhood found in the military, the stories highlighted that so well. I cannot rave about this audio work enough. It’s a heartwarming stories in an uncertain time.

            I give this Audible Original 5 out of 5 stars.

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Original Scene #22

            This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene. I hope you enjoy this piece of original work which can be found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible Original, The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

A Young Child Makes a Discovery

            I have finished putting on my makeup and went to find Philip and Nigel. I chuckled as I listen to my husband encourage our son to call things by their scientific names. The sun was bright, on this cool spring afternoon. Nigel was using a yardstick to measure various things, Philip was encouraging him to identify each thing before he measured it.

            “Ginkgo biloba is the name for the tree.” Philip directed.

            “I like calling it Maidenhair like mommy.” Nigel chuckled.

            Nigel Superman cape was stretched out behind him, as it was caught on an aloe plant. Nigel pulled his clicker toy out from his fanny pack. He used it to make noise and cause the animals to show themselves. Nigel was always fascinated by nature but his favorite things was furry animals.

            “Well, since it’s Moviegoer Monday down at the museum, do you all want to go for the cavern experience?” I asked.

            “Yes! Can we, Daddy?” Nigel ran and clung on to Philip’s leg.

            “Yes, I believe that a fantastic idea.” Philip picked Nigel up and we headed it.

            Nigel quickly got himself ready to go to the museum and off we went. There was nothing better than spending one of my rare days off having a family day out.

~END

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Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich Ep2

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            This week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping the second episode in the Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich series on Netflix. I will recap all the information from the episode first followed by my opinion at the very end. TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING: This documentary discusses sexual abuse of minors, while I don’t go into graphic detail here, it is still mentioned in this article.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich Ep2 – Follow the Money

Epstein’s Palm Beach Mansion – October 20,2005

            This episode opens with footage of Detective Recarey executing a search warrant on Epstein’s Palm Beach residence. The warrant is served to an employee of Epstein’s. This search was done seven months after Palm Beach police began their investigation. Due to the state of certain items around Epstein’s house, police believed that Epstein knew he was being investigated and had been tipped off. It was disappointing for them to find that a lot of critical items had been removed. The police were still able to validate the victims’ stories based on their descriptions of the house. Police did find memo pads that helped them identify victims as well as some of the female adult recruiters that Epstein had. The memo pads also gave investigators a look into how things operated. Law enforcement was surprised by how long this behavior by Epstein had been going on. It was not an easy investigation for detectives, as there were those that would protect those in Palm Beach due to connections with others.

Palm Beach, Florida – 1999

            Virginia Giuffre was 16 years old when she met Jeffrey Epstein while working at Mar-A-Lago. She had been working as a locker room attendant in the spa area of the estate. At the time, Virginia had wanted to become a massage therapist. Ghislaine Maxwell had noticed Virginia reading a massage therapist book when she approached her about Epstein looking for a traveling masseuse. Virginia went over to Epstein’s house after her shift at Mar-A-Lago. She was greeted at the door by Maxwell who led her to the massage room. Epstein was already laying on the table, Maxwell guided Virginia in the massage. There was small talk between them as the massage went on. When Epstein turned over Virginia was instructed to take off her clothes, Maxwell also undressed at that time. Virginia was terrified of what would happen if she had a negative response to what was about to happen.

Maxwell and Epstein both participated in the sexual abuse that took place according to Virginia. Virginia feels that she was the perfect victim for them to exploit. Virginia believes that Epstein and Maxwell had been great in normalizing the abuse she experienced. She felt like it was deranged family because they would go hiking, watch movies, and other normal things while abusing her behind closed doors. It became like Virginia was Epstein’s slave especially once she was trafficked to friends of Epstein’s. These friends were powerful people so she felt like she would not be believed if she told anyone.

Coney Island, New York – 1960

            Epstein was born and raised in Coney Island, New York. He is described as bright and a good student in high school. He ended up skipping a couple grades in high school and graduated in 1969. In deposition footage we learned that Epstein attended Cooper Union for two years of college and did not obtain a degree. Before the deposition footage cuts away a lawyer asks Epstein if it is true that he taught at Dalton College in New York after he dropped out of college.

1979

            In 1976, Michael Tennenbaum received a call from Ace Greenburg, who happened to be a trustee at Dalton College, asking if he would interview Epstein for a job at Bear Stearns. Tennenbaum hired Epstein to develop and market Bear Stearns quantitative analyses for options. When something would happen, that Epstein could not predict, Tennenbaum describes Epstein’s ability to deal with it in an impressive manner. This made Epstein an effective salesperson. Two months into Epstein working for Tennenbaum, he received a call stating that Epstein had lied about his education on his resume. Tennenbaum believes that his biggest mistake was giving Epstein a second chance after confronting him about it. Epstein had done a well enough job that they ended up making him a limited partner. Tennenbaum learned that a few years later Epstein had been fired for breaking the rules.

Palm Beach, Florida – 2006

            Law enforcement found that many of the victims did not want to see Epstein prosecuted when they were first approached by police. However, that changed as the investigation went on. Michael Reiter had spoken with  Barry Krischer who was the State’s Attorney at the time, and let him know that they had 40-something victims who were teens who had had sex with a man in his 50s. The response from Krischer was that it would be an easy case and they would put him away for life. Epstein had called Alan Dershowitz asking for his help with a situation. Dershowitz would be one of a legal team of eight to represent Epstein. Epstein did not only organize a defense, but he had his team go on the offense. His legal team began to look into the detectives working the case, they wanted to know if there were any vulnerabilities they could target.

            Reiter had been surveilled by people hired by Epstein. The surveillance even included picking up the trash of the law enforcement member they were following. Law enforcement stopped inputting the reports associated with the investigation in the computer, keeping them separate and safe from interference. Krischer attitude had changed significantly over the few months since Reiter had first mentioned the case. Law enforcement was never able to convince Krischer that the fact that Epstein had paid each victim that they were still victims of a serious crime. A slide is shown that states in July of 2006, Epstein is charged with a single felony count of solicitation of prostitution. He was arrest and release on bond within a few hours.

            Dershowitz proudly explained how the defense went after each of the victims, bring up everything negative they could. Shannon Cake explains that as the story broke, local journalists began to realize the gravity of the situation. Reiter was frustrated that the State only brought one charge against Epstein. So, he wrote to the parents of each victim letting them know that he would be referring the case to the FBI. A slide is shown that states that the FBI took over the investigation in July of 2006.

New York City – 1996

            Maria Farmer returned to New York after the assault by Epstein and Maxwell in Ohio. Maria had found out that both Maxwell and Epstein knew she had reported them to the FBI. Maxwell called Maria and threatened her and had mentioned personal routine things that would make Maria an easy target. After that Maria would move every few months after receiving a call from Maxwell.

North Carolina – November 2006

            Maria had fled to North Carolina and was living under an alias when the FBI came knocking. The agents had stated that they were there to follow up on her 1996 report. Annie Farmer was also approached by the FBI to hear her story. Based on their experience telling the FBI, Maria and Annie felt like Epstein was going to pay for what he had done. Shawn Rivera was told that the FBI would keep her safe, they just needed her to tell them everything that happened. Many of the victims’ families upon learning what had happened, obtained lawyers to help navigate the situation and their options. Slide is shown stating that separate from the criminal investigation, several victims filed civil lawsuits seeking monetary compensation from Epstein.

Palm Beach, Florida – 2002

            Courtney Wild was 14 years old when she was introduced to Epstein. Courtney had been a straight-A student through middle school. However, the summer before high school things at home fell apart. Courtney thought she was going to make some easy money giving Epstein massages. Epstein made Courtney feel like she was lucky to be in his presence. After a few times of going to Epstein’s, Courtney was asked if she had any friends that she could bring. Epstein would pay Courtney $200 and would pay the friend that same amount. Courtney says in the two to three years that she was abused by Epstein, she brought anywhere between 40 and 60 girls to him.

Palm Beach, Florida – 2006

            When police reached out to Courtney, she had conflicting emotions due to the picture of Epstein she had in her head. Once she saw the reports of girls she had brought to his house, a wave of emotions hit her. Courtney wanted something done and hired Brad Edwards to be her attorney. Edwards worked to identify who the main players were in this “molestation” pyramid scheme. Edwards saws that the people responsible for recruiting girls were Maxwell, Sarah Kellen, Nadia Marcinkova and Adriana Mucinska. Maxwell is the one identified by most as Epstein right-hand person in the pyramid scheme.

            Maxwell met Epstein in New York. She is an extrovert while Epstein was an introvert. Maxwell’s father had been a big figure in England as a newspaper publisher. When Maxwell had come to New York, her world had fallen apart because of her father dying.

1986

            Steven Hoffenberg met Epstein in the ‘80s after he had been fired from Bear Stearns, Hoffenberg was the CEO of Tower Financial Corporation. A CEO of a large company that had employed Epstein in Europe had called Hoffenberg to interview Epstein for North America because of his Wall Street credentials, energy, but had a questionable moral compass. It stated that Epstein had cheated and stolen money on his expense account. These behaviors appealed to Hoffenberg because they were running a Ponzi scheme. A slide appears stating that Hoffenberg’s $460 million Ponzi scheme used fake financial statements to exaggerate the value of his company and lure new investors. Hoffenberg described Epstein as his partner-in-crime, backing him up, leading the advance and participating in the crime daily. When the law caught up to them, Hoffenberg took responsibility for the crime, he never turned Epstein in for his role. Hoffenberg was sentenced to 20 years in federal corrections for his role. He claims that Epstein sold his soul to Lex Wexner for several billion dollar investment.

New Albany, Ohio – 1986

            Epstein met Wexner around 1986. Wexner had opened the women’s fashion apparel store, The Limited in 1963. Wexner’s other brands included Abercombie & Fitch, and Victoria’s Secret. These brands would make Wexner a multi-billionaire. At one point, Wexner signs a Power of Attorney giving Epstein complete control of his finances. Epstein was working with Hoffenberg and Wexner at the same time. Epstein would travel between New York and Ohio regularly. Hoffenberg claims that Epstein told him how he planned on manipulating and controlling Wexner fortune so he could make a substantial income. A slide on the screen states that between 1991 and 2006 Epstein oversaw the selling of more than 1.3 billion dollars of stock from Wexner’s company, The Limited. In 2019, Wexner revealed that he but ties with Epstein in 2007, when he discovered that Epstein had stolen more than 46 million dollars from him. Wexner did not explain why he never pressed charges.

Santa Monica, California – 1997

            Alicia Arden met Epstein when her friend had told her about a guy that could get her in a Victoria’s Secret catalog. Alicia met Epstein at his Shutters’ Hotel room in Santa Monica. Epstein looked at her portfolio, then requested to see her in her bra and underwear. At that point he began touching Alicia, she felt as if she were going to be attacked or raped, so she ran out of the room crying. Alicia went to the Santa Monica Police Department to file a report. She does not believe that Epstein was ever investigate, since nothing ever happened after she reported it.

Palm Beach, Florida – 2006

            Mike Fisten is a private investigator that work with Brad Edwards on his civil case against Epstein. Fisten was helping to locate other victims of Epstein’s to help Edwards’ case. Fisten believe that he tracked down around 46 girls that had been assaulted. Even though some victims did not want to speak with Fisten, he was able to collect names and addressed that he would later provide to the FBI. Epstein’s own investigators began doing surveillance on Edwards. They were trying to find anything they could to use against Edwards, they even began to surveil Edwards’ house where his wife and children resided. Edwards’ wife noticed that she was being by someone. That’s when Edwards knew that they intended to intimidate him into abandoning his clients, he never would give them the satisfaction. Epstein’s investigators were also targeting victims as well. Shawna were terrorized by the investigators, at night they would shine their car lights into her bedroom window. Edwards had Fisten pick of Shawna and get her to a location away from the investigators. When Fisten showed up to Shawna’s house, he took pictures of the car and the investigator. The investigator continued to film Shawn’s house while Fisten took pictures. Fisten took Shawna south and put her up in a hotel.

November 2007

            The investigation was a cooperative one between the FBI and the US attorney’s office. The Palm Beach Police Department was not an official partner in the investigation but was kept informed along the way. The government had enough evidence that a 53-page indictment was prepared to charge Epstein with various crimes. Reiter asked for an appointment with Alex Acosta who was acting US Attorney at the time. After meeting with Acosta, Reiter felt like Epstein would go to jail for the rest of his life.

May 2008

            The case had been turned over to the federal government for two years, when Edwards called the US Attorney’s office to find out its status. Based on what was said to him, Edwards felt that something was going on behind closed doors. Reiter says that the police department was now cut off from any more information from the FBI. Acosta had met with Epstein’s lawyers causing the indictment to disappear, and the FBI stopped their case. The episode closes with three individual slide that stated the following statements: 1. Alexander Acosta had maintained his action in the Epstein case were appropriate; 2. Former Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer declined requests for an interview; 3. Ghislaine Maxwell denies all allegation against her.

People Interviewed:

            These are all the people interviewed for the episode. They are listed in order of credited appearance:

  • Michael Reiter, Former Police Chief – Palm Beach Police Department
  • Sigrid McCawley, Survivors’ Attorney
  • Marc Fisher, Senior Editor – The Washington Post
  • Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Survivor
  • James Patterson, Author
  • Michael Tennenbaum, Former Bear Stearns Executive; Author – Risk: Living on the Edge
  • Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s Former Attorney
  • Tim Malloy, Journalist
  • Jane Musgrave, Journalist – The Palm Beach Post
  • Shannon Cake, Journalist – WPTV
  • Maria Farmer, Survivor
  • Annie Farmer, Survivor
  • Shawna Rivera, Survivor
  • Brad Edwards, Survivors’ Attorney
  • Courtney Wild, Survivor
  • Vicky Ward, Journalist
  • Charles Gasparino, Senior Correspondent – Fox Business Network
  • Steven Hoffenberg, Epstein’s Former Associate
  • Bob Fitrakis, Editor – Columbus Free Press
  • Tim Feran, Former Financial Reporter – Columbus Dispatch
  • Alicia Arden, Model/Actress
  • Mike Fisten, Private Investigator

Do I even need to express my disgust for all things Epstein at this point in time. Dershowitz gives me ewe vibes. I cannot pinpoint exactly why, but there is just something about him. I feel so much for the survivors. I am not going to touch on Maxwell until the end of the series. But can we just ring the garbage bell for the following people: Epstein, Maxwell, the recruiters, and the private investigators that worked for Epstein.

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Sweet Magnolias

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            This week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the romantic drama series, Sweet Magnolias. This show debuted in 2020. This series is rated TV-14 and I was unable to find information on why. Starring in this show is JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliot, and Heather Headley. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: Centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

            I went into this series rolling my eyes. Do not ask me why but something about shows set in small towns always make me go ewe before I watch it. (Other examples of this: Riverdale, and Hart of Dixie.) I loved this show. It was cute and I love the friendship between the main characters. I love how real the characters feel. The problems and situations are relatable. I related a lot to each characters’ various struggles and challenges. I would describe this show as an emotional feel good show. This is a show I would love to watch when it cold out or I’m not feeling good. Just cuddle up in my bed with a bunch of blankets, hot cocoa or some hot soup and just binge watch the whole. This is that kind of show.

            I give this show 4 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping the second episode of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. Next week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the comedic drama series, Atypical. Until then keep binge watching the episodes; Nerd out!

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Extraction

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            This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action thriller film, Extraction. This film was released in 2020 and has a running time of 1 hour & 58 minutes. This film is rated R for the following reasons: severe violence & gore; moderate profanity; mild alcohol/drugs/smoking; moderate frightening & intense scenes. Starring in this film is Chris Hemsworth, Bryon Lerum, and Ryder Lerum. The following plot overview is provided IMDB: Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

            This is an action film that I could watch over and over again. I am not a huge fan of action movies, due to the fact that they normally lack enough story to keep me entertained. But this one had enough story plus action that my husband and I both enjoyed it together. I loved the well-rounded balance of all the elements in the film. There are some fantastic cinematic shots for me. The acting is good for a film that requires more combat training then actual acting in my opinion. This is a good film, I loved the ending because it lets you imagine what you want. I love films that end that way, it lets me have fun conversations with others on what we think it means. It’s not a romantic date night movie but it is worth a watch for date night.

            I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the romantic drama series, Sweet Magnolias. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the comedic drama, Wish I Was Here. Until then keep seizing the cinema; Nerd out!

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Empty Frames Podcast

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            This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, Empty Frames. This podcast debuted in February 2018. There were 22 episodes available at the time of writing on Apple Podcasts. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: Welcome to Empty Frames. Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes, they stole 13 pieces of art, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt. Season 2 tackles other angles of art crime. We hear from the owners of an antique store who found a famous stolen painting, we discuss a stolen da Vinci with Turbo, & we dig into Gardner heist minutia. Season 3 begins May 19th, 2020.

            I have mixed feeling about this podcast. I liked season two more than season one. There had been only one episode of season three available at the moment so I cannot judge that season yet. Season one feels rushed and the hosts seem to gloss over the crime. That would not be a problem if you knew about the heist before listening. They delve deep into the different theories without giving what I feel would be significant enough information. I had never heard of this heist before and I needed to do a little reading between episodes to understand better. I am sure that having all the episode available at once to listen changes that. I started listening to this when it first launch and so I am basing my review on that experience. I cannot wait to here what the rest of season three. I also look forward to hearing about other art crime as this podcast evolves. Check this podcast out if your into true crime involving art.

            I give this podcast 3 out of 5 stars.

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Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

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            This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the biography novel, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark. This book was published in May 2019 with a page count of 304 pages. The audiobook is 6 hours & 31 minutes in length and read by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark and introduction read by Paul Giamatti. The following overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation. In Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

            I loved this book. I related to Karen and Georgia’s stories. My absolute favorite chapter is Fuck Politeness. I love how this came to be from the podcast and explained here. I have cried tears relating to these stories, feeling like I am seen and understood for the first time in a long time. The story about worshipping at the altar of doubt, hit home for me. This book has so many good stories in it. I highly recommend the audiobook as well. Getting to listen to get the of hosts share their stories, some even recorded at live shows is the best. There is just something about when an author reads their own memoir that I love. Once you read it let me know if you were a latch-key kid like I was.

            I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

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Personal History Part 39

            This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. I hope you enjoy the latest installment which can be found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the biography, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

Who inspired you as you matured?

            There have been a lot of people that inspired me over time. Here are some of my top influences (they are randomly listed):

  • Princess Leia
  • Princess Diana
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Queen Victoria
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Rose Hathaway (Character from Vampire Academy)
  • Sydney Sage (Character from Bloodlines)
  • Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts
  • Stephen King

~END

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Missing: Matthew Daniel Anfeldt

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            This week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Matthew Daniel Anfeldt. Matthew is classified as an endangered missing person. He was last seen on February 28th, 2019 in Rochester, Washington. Matthew was born on January 27, 1999 and was 20 years old when he went missing. He is described at a white male, 5’6”, 115lbs, short brown hair, and hazel eyes. Matthew has the nickname MT Haze. He has an appendectomy scar and the following tattoos: wrist band with cross, cross between thumb and index finger.

            Matthew was last known to be wearing a Chicago Bulls sweatshirt, and grey sweatpants. Matthew disappeared under suspicious circumstances. He had run barefoot to the neighbor’s house saying that his family had been harmed or were going to be harmed. He left from there across the highway, yelling and crying about his family. A few minutes later he was 2 miles down the road at a small gas station repeating the same sentiments as before while trying to hide. The clerk called 911 and Matthew took off through a side door during the call. He has not been seen or heard from since. If you have any information on Matthew or his disappearance, please contact Detective Mickey Hamilton of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department at (360) 688-6696. Make sure to reference case number 19-1080.

            Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/5371dmwa.html

            NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/56647

            Charley Project: http://charleyproject.org/case/matthew-daniel-anfeldt

            Tomorrow for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. Next week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping the second episode of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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Norsemen

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            This week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the comedy series, Norsemen. This show debuted in 2016. This series is rated TV-MA for the following reasons: mild sex & nudity, severe violence & gore; mild profanity; mild alcohol/drugs/smoking; mild frightening & intense scenes. Starring in this show is Kare Conradi, Nils Jorgen Kaalstad, and Jon Oigarden. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: Viking life at the close of the 8th century. *At the time this review was written season three had not been released, and is based the first to seasons*

            This show is okay. Episodes are hit or miss for me. It took me more time than I would like to make me care about anything going on it. I understand what their trying to do and I am not entirely sure what is the exact issue. I cannot tell if it is the acting or the story writing, I am leaning more to it being the story writing. But with it always falling in the same mediocre range each episode on both parts I do not want to say it one or the other. I can only express my opinion when it comes to the experience I had with the show. It is a more niche show then one for a board audience. The only thing I can advise is that you not judge the whole show on the first episode.

            I give this show 3 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Matthew Daniel Anfeldt. Next week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the romantic drama series, Sweet Magnolias. Until then keep binge watching the episodes; Nerd out!

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