Spotlight Sunday – The Strangers

Now I know what you’re thinking “it’s a movie…. that’s not real!”
ahhhhh but what if it was?

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If you don’t know what movie I am talking about it’s this one….
and I will tell you that I have seen it a billion times and it still scares the crap out of me.

(click the picture to go rent or buy it on amazon!)
BUT there is some truth behind this movie!

Before we move on – answer this simple poll so we can see who knows and who doesn’t before I get into the story!

So the Strangers is a story about a man and woman who to go a house and get harassed by three strangers in masks. It’s quite terrifying – but it’s a really good movie. It’s not 100% truthful but it’s BASED on true events.
Now – for the ‘inspired by’ parts.

The screenplay was inspired by TWO real-life events: the Manson family Tate murders, a multiple homicide, as well as a series of break-ins that occurred in Bertino’s (the writer/director) neighborhood as a child. Some journalists noted similarities between the film and the Keddie cabin murders that occurred in Keddie, California in 1981, though Bertino did not cite this as a reference.

Manson Murders – Tate murders, the shocking and grisly murders of actress Sharon Tate and four other people by followers of cult leader Charles Manson on the night of August 8–9, 1969, in Los Angeles. … After two highly publicized trials, Manson and four of his followers were convicted of all the murders in 1971.

The Manson murders is the most POPULAR theory but I was one of the ones who heard the story about the Keddie murders and it does make sense – so let’s see what you think!

Keddie Cabin Murders – The murders took place in Cabin 28 of the Keddie Resort during the late evening of April 11, 1981, or early the following morning, and the bodies of Sue, John, and Dana were found on the morning of April 12 by Sue’s 14-year-old daughter, Sheila, who had been sleeping at a friend’s house. Sue’s two younger sons, Rick and Greg, as well as their friend Justin Smartt, were also in the house, but were unharmed. Tina – another daughter – was missing from the scene.

Tina remained a missing person until April 1984, when her skull and several other bones were recovered at Camp Eighteen, California, near Feather Falls in Butte County. Multiple leads and suspects were examined in the intervening years, though no charges were ever filed. Some police say the investigation was done poorly and they missed a lot of crucial evidence. Some new leads were been announced in the 21st century, including the discovery of a hammer in a pond in 2016, as well as announcements regarding the discovery of new DNA evidence.

Renewed public interest in the case was sparked in part by the release of the 2008 horror film The Strangers, which various Internet bloggers theorized was inspired by the Keddie murders; despite slight similarities, the film made no such claims to having been based on the crimes. But some STILL think Bertino used these murders as some inspiration for the film.

There isn’t much information about the break-ins in his neighborhood – though I wish there was so we could learn about them – but I’m sure it did have a lot to do with the film.

What do you think?
What theory makes more sense to you or have you heard different theories too?

Let us know in the comments!

Spotlight Sunday – Ourselves!

Weird, right?
But when you’re your own blog owner then you can spotlight yourself and it’s just fine!

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So now we shall show you what we’ve been up to!

We’ve got some new merch!!! https://teespring.com/stores/mhm-podcast and you can find it all at this link!
We’ve got all kinds of colors, styles and so much more and we are obsessed with these new designs, as we normally are but we like what we make! Which is good, right?
If we like it then hopefully you will too!

These aren’t the only two designs we have, though, we have tons to choose from!

All of our designs on some of our styles – and we love them all!
We hope you do too! https://teespring.com/stores/mhm-podcast

If you do happen to purchase some of our stuff please tag us on instagram using #Mhauntingsm or #marriagehauntingsmurder – you can also tag us by using our @ at mhauntingsm !
So many options – but we’d love to see it!

Thanks for being a MHM fan and we can’t wait for you to see what’s coming next!
xoxo

Spotlight Sunday – Richard Ramirez

Ahhhh the Night Stalker.
One of the most known serial killers – and one of the craziest.
When you hear him you think of many things – nasty teeth, creepy as hell, beaten in the streets.. .etc etc… but if you wanted to learn MORE about him then guess what; we’re here for you!

First up – The Night Stalker: The Disturbing Life and Chilling Crimes of Richard Ramirez

Decades after Richard Ramirez left thirteen dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles in the 1980s, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo’s classic The Night Stalker, based on years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, revealed the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined. From watching his cousin commit murder at age eleven to his nineteen death sentences to the juror who fell in love with him, the story of Ramirez is a bizarre and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil.
After The Night Stalker was first published, thousands of women from all over the world contacted Carlo, begging to be put in touch with the killer. Carlo interviewed them and presents their disturbing stories in this updated edition along with an exclusive death row interview where the killer himself gives his thoughts on the “Ramirez Groupies”—and what he thinks they really want.

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You can find this book here – https://amzn.to/3b0ROvD and learn allll about him today!

Next on the list is the Letters From The Night Stalker: A Decade of Correspondence with Richard Ramirez

In the summer of 1985, the city of Los Angeles was held in a grip of terror by an elusive killer. He came at night entering through unlocked doors and windows, targeting houses at random, blending in with the shadows, as silent and deadly as cyanide gas. Brutalizing and robbing his victims, forcing them to swear to Satan, driven by heavy metal music and narcotics and what he believed was the power of Satan himself. It seemed no one was safe from who the press dubbed ‘The Night Stalker.’This is a firsthand account of the authors ten-year correspondence with him on San Quintin’s Death Row, where he awaited execution for twenty-three years before dying of natural causes on June 7, 2013.Packed with newspaper clippings, interviews, artwork from the killer himself, this book gets you up close and personal with the real Richard Ramirez. It is sure to surprise you.

Amazon Book Information

You can find this book here – https://amzn.to/2MuleIm

And lastly on our list is The Night Stalker: The True Story of America’s Most Feared Serial Killer

Based on hours of interviews with Ramirez on California’s Death Row, a chilling account of the crimes of the “Night Stalker” follows Ramirez’s criminal odyssey, from his first brush with the law, to his Los Angeles murder spree, to the investigation that brought him to justice. 200,000 first printing.

Amazon Book Information

You can find this book here – https://amzn.to/352ONqD

You can also find a coloring page to color of Richard (and many more) in this coloring book – https://amzn.to/3rJsrUW – called BLOODY ALPHABET: The Scariest Serial Killers Coloring Book. A True Crime Adult Gift – Full of Famous Murderers.

What is your favorite book/movie about the Night Stalker? Let us know!
xoxo

Spotlight Sunday – Ted Bundy

Welcome to our NEW Sunday blog – Spotlight Sunday!
I (Ashli) am going to spotlight ONE serial killer each Sunday and share with you some of my favorite books and things to learn more about him that you can get for yourself or your true crime loving friend!
So of COURSE I had to start with none other than Ted Bundy!

First up is a book written by Elizabeth Kendall that I didn’t even realize had been updated and now I need to get one for myself – because it looks AMAZING – and it’s called “The Phantom Prince -My Life With Ted Bundy”

The Phantom Prince – My Life With Ted Bundy

This updated, expanded edition of The Phantom Prince, Elizabeth Kendall’s 1981 memoir detailing her six-year relationship with serial killer Ted Bundy, includes a new introduction and a new afterword by the author, never-before-seen photos, and a startling new chapter from the author’s daughter, Molly, who has not previously shared her story. Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers in American history and one of the most publicized to this day. However, very rarely do we hear from the women he left behind—the ones forgotten as mere footnotes in this tragedy. The Phantom Prince chronicles Elizabeth Kendall’s intimate relationship with Ted Bundy and its eventual unraveling. As much as has been written about Bundy, it’s remarkable to hear the perspective of people who shared their daily lives with him for years. This gripping account presents a remarkable examination of a charismatic personality that masked unimaginable darkness.

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This one technically I don’t think you can LEARN about Serial Killers but…. it’s awesome LOL!

Serial Killer Coloring Book!

A Serial Killer coloring book! I mean, we all have go get this now, right?

If you’re talking about Ted Bundy then you ALWAYS have to mention Ann Rule who wrote the infamous book “The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Rule, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews), her unforgettable classic account of the horrifying murders in the Pacific Northwest and her shock when she discovered her friend—Ted Bundy—was not only a suspect but also one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

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And you can’t mention Ted Bundy without mentioning Kevin Sullivan. Now he has a SERIES of books about Bundy but this one is the highest rated and the most informative. There are many options when it comes to Kevin’s writing so you may want to look into his other books as well.

THE BUNDY MURDERS – A Comprehensive History

In this revised, updated and expanded edition, the author explores the life of Theodore Bundy, one of the more infamous–and flamboyant–American serial killers on record. Bundy’s story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy’s life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information about several murders is unveiled. The biography follows Bundy from his broken family background to his execution in the electric chair.

-Amazon

Are there any other books you have read about Bundy that you’d like to share with the rest of the class? LOL!
Comment and let us know what you like to read and what your favorite Ted book is! I need to add more to my reading list!

-Ashli

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