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Cracked Spine Book Club: The Short Drop

March 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm by  

Short DropHERE, NOW – I barely have time to get news articles written up anymore, much less reviews, but I just finished The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons and figured I would add my two cents.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team.

Crystal GambinoALEXIS, NC – Crystal Gambino, 42, has been charged with first-degree-murder in the shooting death of her husband, 40-year-old Giovanni Gambino, and a couple from Charlotte.

Gaston County Police were called by Crystal’s brother-in-law who told them that Crystal had informed the family she had caught her husband in bed with another woman and had shot them both.

Crystal also told her family that she had cleaned up the scene “and took care of the bodies,” claiming to have put the dead woman’s body in a wheelbarrow and dumping her on a “burn pile” behind the couple’s home.

However, police say when they went to the home they found the naked bodies of Giovanni Gambino, 39-year-old Geoffrey Gilliland, and 33-year-old Stephanie Sanchez shot to death inside a bedroom.

Gilliland and Sanchez lived together in a $55-a-night motel in Charlotte and were visiting the home, according to police. How Giovanni knew the couple hasn’t been made real clear, but it’s not hard to come up with a couple of scenarios – especially with the following quote:

“These are people that met, had interaction and then came together,” said Gaston County Police Capt.…

DarwinCONCRETE, WA – A 43-year-old man died over the weekend after he accidentally shot himself in the face while taking selfies with a gun.

The man was with his girlfriend at a residence where they were each taking pictures of themselves holding the gun.

The girlfriend said that they had done this several times throughout the day and that the dead man had repeatedly unloaded and loaded the gun.

However, the last time the man posed with the gun he was unaware he had left a bullet in the chamber. He ended up with a new hole to his head that severely hindered his ability to be alive anymore, and the gene pool got another drop of chlorine.

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Patrol Chad Clark said no charges will be filed at this time and that the death is being investigated as accidental.

Not surprisingly, this is not the first person we’ve reported on who fatally shot themselves while taking selfies with a gun.

Last year, 19-year-old Deleon Smith accidentally shot himself in the throat while taking selfies with a gun.…

shooting rangeSALISBURY, MA – A man and a woman used rented handguns to kill themselves inside a Massachusetts gun range.

According to Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler, the two victims rented the guns from Bob’s Tactical Shooting Range at around 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

With six to eight people inside the business, the pair blew their brains out in the shooting range area of the store. Both were transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead with gunshot wounds to the head.

Their identities have not been released at this time, but Fowler did say they were in their early 20s and resided in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He also added that police found what they believe to be a suicide note.

Their suicides were caught on the store’s surveillance camera, so no doubt it will be online eventually.

If you have been reading our site for any length of time, then you are aware people committing suicide at gun ranges is nothing new.

One of the weirder ones involved identical twins who went to a Denver shooting range and shot themselves in the heads.…

Jaina McGloghlonPORTLAND, OR – Jaina McGloghlon was found suffocated with a balloon over her head after the 8-year-old attended a children’s birthday party.

The girl’s father, Mike McGloghlon, said his daughter had gone to bed after participating in a children’s birthday party held at the home.

When he went to check on her later, he found Jaina with a three-foot Mylar balloon over her head.

“He took the covers off and found the balloon on her head,” said the child’s grandfather, who was in the home. “The only thing we could think is that she opened it, to suck the helium out and put it over her head and she suffocated.”

Mike cut off the balloon and performed CPR for an hour until emergency services arrived. Unfortunately, Jaina died. Officials have ruled her death an accident and there will not be an official investigation.

Did you know the Consumer Product Safety Commission claims that balloons are the leading cause of death by suffocation among children in the US? Me neither.

But before you parents freak out, that’s only 110 children who have died between 1973 and 2011 — and most of those deaths involved deflated or broken pieces of balloons.…

Halle MerrillIDAHO FALLS, ID – Here’s a nightmare story for those of you with young children. A 2-year-old girl died last week after being buried alive by snow that fell from the roof of a ski cabin.

Authorities say 2-year-old Halle Merrill was near her grandfather’s cabin with her seven-year-old sister and seven-year-old cousin, when a massive amount of snow slid off the cabin’s roof.

In a matter of seconds, the three children ended up being buried under several feet of snow and large chunks of ice.

Family members immediately began digging and first responders where there within minutes to join their efforts to save the three girls.

It took 25 minutes of digging before they found one of the older girls who had to be dragged out from under a 300 to 400 pound ice sheet. She was breathing, but in extreme pain.

Five minutes later, the other seven-year-old was found with no pulse and not breathing. Rescue workers began CPR and, a short time later, she began breathing on her own.…

red pepper flakesDELTONA, FL – Three 12-year-old girls at Deltona Middle School were arrested for spiking a teacher’s drink with red pepper flakes.

The incident happened last week when 12-year-old Marjorie Garrido-Herrera decided to get revenge against 52-year-old Jayne Morgan because the teacher had sent her to the principal’s office for “dumping glue into another student’s backpack and for suspicion of stealing a laptop computer.”

The next day, Garrido-Herrera brought some red pepper flakes from home and enlisted the help of two other 12-year-old girls, Leisy Llanes-Pupo and Cristal Tejeda-Castro. While one of the girls distracted the teacher, the other poured the pepper into Morgan’s open can of soda.

When Morgan took a drink, she immediately began to choke and experience shortness of breath. She found the pepper after she poured the soda into a clear cup.

The three girls were arrested on Friday and taken to Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Garrido-Herrera and the girl who spiked the soda were both charged with poisoning food/water and tampering with consumer products. The girl who distracted the teacher is charged with tampering with consumer products and being a principal to poisoning food/water.…

Gyulchekhra BobokulovaMOSCOW – Police have arrested a woman after she walked to a Moscow train station carrying a child’s severed head and threatened to blow herself up.

According to reports, Gyulchekhra Bobokulova is a nanny who waited for the parents of a child to leave their home before she murdered the girl, believed to be around 3 or 4-years-old. She then cut off the girl’s head and then set fire to the apartment.

Bobokluva then made her way to Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station, where she pulled the little girl’s head out of a bag and began screaming that she would blow herself up.

“I am a terrorist,” she can be heard screaming in amatuer video that was posted online. “I am your death.”

Bobokluva, who is reportedly from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, was detained by a police officer who said she was not carrying any type of explosives.

Despite shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “I am a terrorist,” authorities are not treating the incident as terror-related — stating that the woman is mentally unstable.…

Jennifer RobinsonTHOMASTON, GA – Jennifer Robinson, a 47-year-old kindergarten teacher, has been arrested after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

Robinson got busted after calling in sick from her job at Upson-Lee South Elementary School, where she has worked as a teacher for 17 years.

Nothing wrong with an impromptu sick day, but Robinson forgot to turn off her classroom computer. A teacher’s aid noticed notifications going off on Robinson’s Facebook page and went to disable them.

That’s when she noticed Robinson was receiving some very inappropriate content from a 14-year-old student of Upson-Lee Middle School. The instructor immediately notified the school principal, who then contacted police.

When police spoke to Robinson, she admitted to the relationship and said it had been going on between July 1 of last year and earlier this week.

The pair allegedly had sex in the teacher’s kindergarten classroom over summer break, in her car near the playground area of the school, at the teacher’s two homes as well as an industrial park.…

Aleisha HarrisCLAYTON COUNTY, GA – A 15-year-old girl and her aunt have been charged after the teen allegedly punished her 4-year-old brother by hitting him multiple times with a leather belt, before holding him in a tub of hot water.

According to reports, the sister of 4-year-old Jamal Dunlap was punishing the boy for urinating on himself. The next day, police responded to the home after receiving a call of a boy having difficulty breathing.

Jamal was rushed to the hospital suffering from second- and third-degree burns over more than 40 percent of his body. He also had brain swelling and had an 80-degree core temperature. Jamal would die 30 minutes later.

Police would later arrest the 15-year-old girl and her aunt, 30-year-old Aleisha Harris, charging them both with murder and first-degree child cruelty charges. They were being held without bond Wednesday in the Clayton County Jail.

Harris’ brother said the only thing his sister is guilty of is trying to to “help a family in need.” He said that Harris was caring for the siblings because their parents dumped them on her and never returned.…

Paul TitchenerBRISBANE, CA – Paul Titchener killed himself by jumping off the Bay Bridge hours after the 62-year-old gave a television interview about his missing wife.

Titchener says his wife, 57-year-old Shelley Titchener, left their home the day before Valentine’s Day after they got into an argument.

He claimed she told him she was going to stay with a friend and left without her car, cell phone, laptop or bipolar disorder medication. Two days later, Titchener reported her missing.

The odd thing about his version of events is that on the day Paul reported her missing, a next-door neighbor says she talked to Shelley in their neighborhood and she was seen shopping at a mall.

Neighbors said they would sometimes hear shouting coming from the couple’s home and that there was tension when Paul moved back in after leaving for some time.

A week later this past Sunday, a fisherman found the torso of a woman floating near the Fremont shoreline, 30 miles from Titchener’s home. On Tuesday, an arm was found in the same area.…

Osborn PlaygroundNEW YORK, NY – All criminal charges have been dropped against five teenage boys accused of gang raping an 18-year-old girl in a Brooklyn park, after the she admitted the sex with the teens was consensual – as was the sex with her father.

For those of you who have not been following this story, the five teens were arrested after she told police that she and her father were confronted by a group of teens in a Brooklyn park. She alleged that the teens used a gun to run her father off before they gang-raped her inside the park.

The boys ended up charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and other charges. Their names were released and their pictured plastered all over the news articles.

As you can imagine, the comments on the initial news articles reporting on the incident were filled with people wanting the boys’ heads on a silver platter. But the story took a twist when the teens said the sex was consensual and that when they arrived at the park, the girl was having sex with her own father.…