Here, Now – I’ve read a lot of books since I last posted a Cracked Spine recommendation, but I just haven’t had time to post anything about them aside for some quick blurbs on our Facebook Page or our forums.
One of these books was The Troop, by Nick Cutter. A nasty, effective horror book I posted about awhile back on Facebook. After numerous responses since, from people who say they loved The Troop and never would have heard of it had I not mentioned it, I decided to give it some front page lovin’.
Hopefully this will turn some more of you horror lovers on to this horrific read. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder — shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry — stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror.…
PEORIA, IL – Police say Jaason Moore walked into a high school reunion being held inside a crowded sports bar and fatally shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before being fatally shot by another patron.
The triple shooting happened at Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria Saturday night where some of the 100 people inside were attending an East Peoria Community High School reunion for the class of 1999.
At around 8 p.m., 40-year-old James Moore walked in and made a beeline towards his wife, 33-year-old Lori Moore, who was at the reunion with her new boyfriend, 36-year-old Lance Griffel.
According to witnesses, Moore calmly walked up to the couple, pulled out a handgun and shot them both in the head. Both Lori and Lance were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Moore was unable to kill anyone else, if that’s even what he intended, because immediately after he sucker-shot the couple, an off-duty FBI agent inside the bar shot and killed him.
“I think it’s pretty clear in his case the presence of this officer and his ability to take very quick and very decisive action prevented a further tragedy,” East Peoria Police Chief Ganschow said.…
RIVERSIDE, CA – A man was killed by his own daughter after he was struck by her car as he tried stopping her from driving drunk.
Police say 37-year-old Soukvilay Barton was drinking and arguing with family members on Friday when she decided to leave.
Her father, 69-year-old Bounmy Rajsombath, tried to stop her from driving since she had been drinking, but she got into a BMW parked in the garage.
As she backed out of the driveway, her father stood behind the car in an attempt to stop her. Unfortunately, Barton didn’t see her father and hit him with the car as she backed out of the driveway.
Witnesses say that once Barton noticed her father had been injured, she immediately stopped the vehicle, got out and started sobbing. Rajsombatch was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicle manslaughter. She’s currently being held on $75,000 bail. A review of California court records showed Barton has had multiple traffic violations, including a DUI conviction from 2006.…
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL – Police say Omar Monserrate’s temper landed him behind bars after he beat up a 14-year-old boy for “fooling around” with his 13-year-old daughter.
Monserrate’s daughter snuck out of the house one night earlier this month so she could meet with a boy she’d been chatting with online. She got busted by her mother while trying to sneak back into the house.
According to the arrest affidavit, the girl’s mother and Monserrate went to the boy’s house to confront him. The boy admitted that he had let Monserrate’s daughter in through his bedroom window and that the two had “fooled around.”
Unhappy with this information, police say Monserrate made the boy get into his car, then drove him to a lake where he yelled at the boy, punched him and choked him repeatedly, causing him to lose consciousness.
When he came to, Monserrate dropped the boy off at his home. The boy’s mother took him to the hospital after she returned home and noticed his injuries. He was treated for a swollen lip, nose and eyes, a concussion, a facial contusion, a fractured nose and possible eye injury.…
LOS LUNAS, NM — Police say 27-year-old Julio Iturralde locked his girlfriend out of their hotel room before raping the woman’s 8-month-old daughter.
The couple were staying at a hotel in Los Lunas when the mother, 25-year-old Jasmin Davis, ran outside to get some items from the car. When she tried to re-enter the hotel room, she found the door was locked and heard her baby screaming.
After several minutes, Iturralde opened the door and Davis saw a “tremendous” amount of blood in her baby daughter’s diaper. She told police she wanted to get her baby to a hospital, but Iturralde refused to let her leave the room and he started smoking meth.
It wasn’t until the next morning, after she and Iturralde smoked meth together, that Davis took her baby to University of New Mexico Hospital. According to the complaint, Davis told hospital staff that she though her baby had been injured by a child she watched the day before.
Medical staff ended up calling law enforcement who interviewed Davis.…
FOSTERS, AL – Police say 19-year-old Marissa Williams asked a boy she met on Facebook to kill her aunt and uncle, not realizing the boy was actually her aunt who’d created the profile to spy on her.
According to court records, Williams’ aunt created the fake profile after Williams blocked her on Facebook. The teen did not like the fact that her aunt could see her online activities, activities that included asking random men she met to come to her aunt’s house.
To continue keeping tabs on her niece, the woman created a fake Facebook profile – Tre ‘Topdog’ Ellis – so that she could friend her and see what she was up to online. On the very first day that Williams interacted with Ellis, she asked him to come over and get drunk before offering up her poonani in exchange for a paid cell phone bill.
She later told Ellis she hated her family and wanted him to kidnap her. As the conversations continued, this plan got more detailed and included Ellis shooting her aunt and her aunt’s fiance in the bedroom, then shooting her cousin and the family dog on the way out.…
STLOUIS, MO – A man opened fire on two men during an attempted home invasion leaving one suspect dead and another critically injured.
It happened on Tuesday night when the man’s 17-year-old daughter went outside of her home to retrieve something from a car. That’s when she was approached by two armed men who ordered her back inside her home.
Unfortunately for the two suspects, the teen’s 34-year-old father was visiting the girl and her mother. He was armed and opened fire as soon as the two men pushed the teen through the front door. Turns out, he’s a pretty good shot.
One of the suspects, 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, was shot and died on the living room floor. His partner in crime, 33-year-old Cortez McClinton, was shot in the chest and legs but managed to run away and get to the hospital where he was last listed in critical but stable condition.
He’s probably wishing he’d died, as he’s now been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action in connection with a fatal shooting.…
SUMMITVILLE, TN – Gregory Hale, a 37-year-old Devil worshiper, has been accused of murdering a woman and eating part of her corpse.
Police arrested Hale after receiving a tip that he was looking for help in disposing of a body. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Lisa Hyder, who police say was killed by Hale on Friday – the same day the two first met.
Hale told investigators he and Hyder were at his parents’ home home talking when he murdered her. How and why he decided to kill Hyder is still unknown, but according to the affidavit, Hale admitted he killed Hyder, then decapitated her corpse, chopped off her hands and feet, and ate parts of her dead body.
Police found evidence that Hale tried burning some of Hyder’s remains in a burn pit on the property, while some remains were found in two plastic buckets. At some point he asked a neighbor to help him dispose of Hyder’s body, but opted to they called police instead.…
Sioux Falls, SD — A 30-year-old woman is facing numerous charges after her boyfriend reportedly caught her cavorting with three very young boys. Boys between the ages of 7 and 10. Um, ick…. they still have cooties at that age!
Police say Anne Doubler’s boyfriend returned home after picking up their 4-year-old son Wednesday evening, to find the woman butt naked while in the company of two 7-year-olds and one 10-year-old. All three boys beat feet out of the apartment shortly after the man of the house arrived.
The boyfriend told police Doubler admitted to having sexual contact with the young ‘ens, and the boys apparently told police the same.
“We don’t know if it necessarily started last night,” said Officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Dept. Thursday, “Or if it’s been going on for some time.”
Police have reason to believe Doubler has had sexual contact with as many as six young boys at one time or another.
She is now behind bars on a $50,000 cash only bond, charged with five counts each of first-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16 and sexual exploitation of a minor.…
SEATTLE, WA – Jesse Brisbin, a 30-year-old child molester, got his ass beat after he tried kidnapping a 6-year-old girl from a Seattle park.
The girl was playing with her sibling at Benefit Park when Brisbin, a twice-convicted child molester, tied a shirt around the girl’s head and told her he was going to “take the poison out of her” and began dragging her out of the park.
She was able to break free and a group of 20 people – including the child’s father and two of his friends – chased after Brisbin as he fled the scene and surrounded him. The girl’s father reportedly made Brisbin use his own cell phone to call 911 and report what he’d done.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Brisbin on the ground getting his ass kicked by the child’s father and his friends. The beating started after Brisbin reportedly tried attacking one of the men after he was confronted. (*wink*)
Police arrested Brisbin placed him in the King County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping charges.…
The couple have fostered and then adopted four girls – ages 7 to 13 – over the last five years, but have had some disciplinary issues with two of the oldest. When no form of punishment seemed to keep the two in line, the couple visited a behavioral health facility.
It was there that the couple described the issues they have been having with the two girls lying and stealing, and the punishments they have doled out in order to correct them. These punishments included making the older girl live in the backyard naked.
“The 13-year-old daughter was put in the backyard in what they call ‘deep prison,'” Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said. “She would live in the backyard. She would be forced to wear a diaper or sometimes not even a diaper. They would have bathroom facilities out there that involved a bucket.…
PERRY HALL, MD — A father hit a teacher with a baseball bat after finding the teacher had engaged in some inappropriate texts with his teenage daughter.
Police were firsts contacted by the mother of a 15-year-old student at Perry Hall High School after she discovered a series of text messages between her daughter and a 42-year-old teacher at the school.
When police arrived and checked out the messages, they agreed that the texts seem to show an emotional relationship between the teen and the teacher that seemed inappropriate, but none of it constituted a crime.
Police would return to the home several hours later after receiving a disturbance report. The father of the teen said the teacher showed up at the family’s home wanting to talk. When the teacher refused to leave as he was instructed, the teen’s father hit the teacher with a baseball bat.
The teacher sustained minor injuries but said he did not wish to pursue charges. The names of the teacher and the father are not being released as neither of them have been charged with a crime. …
HOUSTON, TX – Moments after a woman crashed into a tree and died on impact, thieves stole her groceries while her two children were still in vehicle.
Houston police say a 23-year-old woman was driving a Toyota 4-runner in rush hour with her two sons – ages 6 and 4 – in the backseat. She was headed home after attending her younger son’s graduation and making a stop at the grocery store.
For reasons unknown at this time, she lost control of her SUV and collided with another car before crashing head-on into a tree. The woman was not wearing her seat belt and died on impact. Her two sons were wearing their seat belts and were taken to the hospital suffering from broken bones but no life-threatening injuries.
But what makes this story DD worthy is because of what some people on the scene did in the moments immediately after the crash. According to witnesses, thieves took this opportunity to steal groceries from the vehicle while the woman sat dead in the driver’s seat with her kids injured in the backseat.…
GLENDALE, AZ – Police have arrested 31-year-old Sarah Nunley after a 3-year-old boy she was babysitting was found dehydrated and unresponsive underneath a truck in the 100 degree heat.
Police were called to a mobile home park after the child was found unresponsive underneath a truck in the sweltering heat. The officers eventually learned the boy was staying at his aunt’s house a few homes away. Nunley, along with the boy’s grandmother, were watching the boy while his mother was at work.
When police entered Nunley’s home, they found she lived there with her sister, her mother, and her sister’s seven children – ages 1 through 11. Police noted that the home was unsanitary and that there was little food in the home. They also noted that the children slept on a cluttered, dirty floor where knives were within reach.
Nunley first denied having any children, stating all of the children belonged to her sister, but later admitted she lied after one of the kids told the officers that Nunley was her mother.…
APOPKA, FL – Kimberly Honaker, a 48-year-old middle-school teacher, is in more trouble following her arrest on child neglect charges after police say she not only allowed her boyfriend to sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl, but was an active participant.
Police were called by the wife of Honaker’s live-in boyfriend, 58-year-old Robert Pruitt, after she found Facebook messages, texts and emails eluding to having some kind of sexual relationship with the victim. Pruitt moved in with Honaker after his wife kicked him out and, according to police, his old flame allowed Pruitt to continue his sexual relationship with the teen.
This is what lead to Honaker, a sixth-grade teacher at Apopka Middle School, initially being arrested on child neglect charges over the weekend. She was re-arrested on Tuesday after police interviewed Pruitt and he admitted to his sexual relationship with the teen and the fact that Honaker condoned it. Oh, and that Honaker took part in sexually abusing the teen as well.
Honaker has now been charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and use of a child in a sexual performance.…
QUEENS, NY – Joy Morsi, a 39-year-old gym teacher at Grover Cleveland High School, is facing a slew of rape charges after being accused of having a year-long sexual relationship with at least two underage students.
Police say Morsi, a married mother of four children, offered to help a 16-year-old member of the school’s wrestling team lose some weight. This relationship eventually lead to Morsi sending him sexually charged emails and “raunchy selfies”, before taking him into a gym closet and showing the teen her nice tits.
According to prosecutor Taylor Piscionere, the pair then had 20 to 30 more sexual encounters in and out of the school over the next six weeks, including inside the school’s basement and inside her car. This relationship continued for almost a year, ending only a couple of weeks ago after a jealous Morsi flipped out when she found out the teen, now 17, had gotten himself a date to the prom..
A female friend of the teen told her mother about what was happening and that girl’s mother, who works in the school system, informed another education department employee.…
Nathan Stumler has been accused of getting into an accident while driving drunk, then leaving his 7-year-old child crying in the road after he fled the scene.
Officers responding to a report of an intoxicated driver found Stumler’s daughter screaming in the street. They also found Stumler’s still-running vehicle with some fresh damage to the front end.
When officers calmed down the frightened but uninjured girl, she told them that her father had struck something with his vehicle and ran over the curb before parking the car and running away on foot.
She also pointed out the direction her drunk dad had ran, and police were able to locate the 25-year-old a short time later. Police reported that when he was found, Stumler was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and smelled like alcohol.
For his attempt at getting out of a DUI charge, Stumler was taken into custody and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and first-degree wanton endangerment.…
WAUKESHA, WI – Police have charged Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after they lured a 12-year-old classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19 times with a kitchen knife.
Investigators say the two girls had planned the attack for months, all in an attempt to impress Slenderman, a fictional character the girls read about on the horror story website Creepypasta Wiki. One of the suspects told police that in order to be with Slenderman, you had to kill someone.
That someone turned out to be one of their friends, who they invited to a sleepover. They were going to duct tape her mouth while she slept and stab her in the neck, but figured it would be too messy. They then decided to kill her in a bathroom where a floor drain would make cleanup easier.
They opted do neither, and waited to attack the girl the next day while playing hide-in-seek in the woods of a nearby park. “One suspect held the victim down while the other suspect stabbed her 19 times in the arms, legs and torso,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said.…