Month: October 2014

Chicago Ghost Conference, Jeff Mudgett, ImaginePublicity

Jeff Mudgett Featured at 2014 Chicago Ghost Conference

November 21-23, 2014 Chicago plays host to the epic paranormal gathering, the Chicago Ghost Conference. The who’s who of the paranormal world will be in attendance giving workshops, tours, and presentations. Attendees will meet several notables like Jeff Belanger of Ghost Adventures, Chicago historian, Adam Selzer, Dave Schrader host of Darkness Radio, and the great-great-grandson of H. H. Holmes and author of BLOODSTAINS, Jeff Mudgett. For complete list of guest speakers at the conference refer to the website, Chicago Hauntings The Chicago Ghost Conference will be held at the historical Carl Schurz High School at 3601 North Milwaukee Avenue. The spectacular event is coordinated by Chicago Hauntings’ Ursula Bielksi who has hosted tours of selected haunted Chicago landmarks for 13 years, “…..From the sites of massive tragedies–like the Eastland disaster and the Iroqouis Theater Fire–to the bloody Fort Dearborn and St. Valentine’s Day Massacres… from the death site of Chicago’s most famous ghost,  “Resurrection Mary,”  to the body dump of legendary serial killer H. H. Holmes . . . From the cursed and deadly Hancock Building to the infamous Hull House, …

Fundraiser for Bernardo Kohler Center

Dottie Laster Launches Austin Fundraiser for Bernardo Kohler Center

    On Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6pm Central, Bernardo Kohler Center is sponsoring a fundraiser at Law Offices Building of Wilson Sonsoni Goodrich and Rosati, 900 Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX. The public is encouraged to attend and take part in learning about the various services Bernardo Kohler Center provides. There will be a silent auction, music, speakers and jewelry for sale made by survivors of human trafficking. The mission of Bernardo Kohler Center is “…. to attain safety, respect, and justice for abused, abandoned, neglected juveniles, victims of crime, human trafficking victims, and asylum seekers by providing legal, social, and educational services.” The advocates are continually working with cases brought to them from all over the world including Mexico and Central America, and as far away as Nepal, Cameroon, and Eastern Europe. Through programs like Casitas, which addresses abandoned and abused children, and Save One Soul, which addresses human trafficking, victims are provided with legal representation as they make their way through the chaos of their situation. The history of the Bernardo Kohler …

Crisis Center of Comal County Conference, Dottie Laster

Dottie Laster Featured at Crimes Against Families Conference

Crisis Center of Comal County, Texas will be hosting the Crimes Against Families Conference on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 8am Central. The event will be held at the McKenna Event Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. The goal of the conference is to learn how to reach out to rural communities with education and awareness of their risks for crime. Registration is required to attend. Dottie Laster will be giving a presentation on how youth are being targeted by trafficking. Laster will explain the most common grooming practices being seen in schools and colleges across the country in order that young people, and adults, will be more tuned in to the epidemic of human trafficking. Her presentation will cover the basics of trafficking, especially sex and labor trafficking, what danger signals are present, and the proper responses if one is approached. Laster says, “There is a growing problem within our schools where traffickers are infiltrating. Many unsuspecting students are unknowingly being groomed by traffickers who will introduce them to a living nightmare.” Crisis Center …

Why We Love Serial Killers, Dr. Scott Bonn, ImaginePublicity

Barnes & Noble in Manhattan Hosts WHY WE LOVE SERIAL KILLERS Book Signing

Psychology Today blogger and Drew University criminology professor Scott Bonn converses with syndicated columnist and renowned journalist, Diane Diamond, about his new book,WHY WE LOVE SERIAL KILLERS: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers, Thursday October 23, 2014 7:00 PM at Barnes and Noble, 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway, New York, NY. Serial killers and why they fascinate the public is an area of study and research for Dr. Scott Bonn. Along with his theories of media manipulation creating “celebrity monsters,” Bonn’s examination includes personal interviews with America’s most noted serial killers like BTK Killer, Dennis Rader, and Son of Sam, David Berkowitz. Unlike most other books on the subject of serial killers, the primary focus of Why We Love Serial Killers is not on the crimes and their details, but more to what kind of aberrations may create a serial killer, the most reviled type of criminal. With enough shocking facts and anecdotes for true crime enthusiasts, the book contains many conclusions of how serial killers are transformed into morbid pop culture personalities. Why We Love Serial Killers also examines the phenomena of serial killer groupies …

domestic violence, Shattered Lives Radio

Shattered Lives: Stopping a Domestic Violence Offender

  October is traditionally designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Shattered Lives Radio takes great pleasure in bringing back High Point, NC Police Chief Marty Sumner to help educate listeners about offender based policy initiatives. Chief Sumner was first introduced to the show in August, 2014 and listeners were able to get an overview of the success of the proactive approach to domestic violence cases and how statistics have decreased in his jurisdiction since its inception. For details on the previous show and to listen to the podcast click here Consider this : 1)  Re-arrest rates In the first two years of implementation re-offense rates using this deterrence program were only 9% per 1.000 + perpetrators as compared tov a 20-34% range typically found elsewhere. 2) In High Pont, since 2009, homicide rated dropped from 33% to 6 % (1 in 16) which were IPV related using the deterrence program. By recognizing that offenders consistently escalate if not held accountable, resulting in increased family violence and often murder, Chief Sumner’s program has shown a …