Showing posts from March, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 25, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Penguins take liking to iPad cat game

Officials at a California aquarium said a couple of young penguins have taken a liking to a mouse-chasing iPad app designed to amuse cats.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach said penguins Jeremy and Newsom, who are still too young to get caught up in the excitement of the upcoming mating season, have found "enrichment" with the free "Game for Cats" iPad app, ABC News reported Friday.

The game features a mouse running around the screen that lets out a squeak when tapped by a paw -- or in this case, a beak.

"Newsom set the penguin high score of 1,600 for the game," the aquarium said on its website.

A YouTube video of Newsom playing the game has been viewed more than 167,000 times.

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Book Event in Belgrade, Maine Today

If you are in or near Belgrade, Maine, stop by and say hello! I'll be on a panel of authors and we will do a 5-minute reading from one of our books (I'm going to read about the online cannibal from True Crime Online), then Q&A and selling our books: Maine Open Reads Noon to 2 pm Belgrade Public Library 124 Depot Road Belgrade, Me 04917 207-495-3508


WHO@ RELEASES 2012 CYBERSTALKING STATISTICS WHO@ Shows How Online Trends Have Changed In the Past 13 Years March 21, 2013 - Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHO@) released their 2012 cyberstalking statistics, as well as cumulative statistics for the past 13 years (2000-2012). WHO@ is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization that has been continuously helping adult victims of cyberstalking since 1997. WHO@ is the only organization to provide the most up-to-date cyberstalking statistics and cumulative trends. It is important to understand that WHO@ statistics are not based on the total number of cases handled during the year. Criteria is distinguished by victims who fill out all of the voluntary demographic information in the questionnaires provided on the WHO@ web site at Those completed questionnaires ensure comparable, verified and meaningful statistics. According to WHO@ President Jayne Hitchcock, “based on the individual needs of each victim…

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 18, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Social media helps teddy bear return home
A Dutch man who found a teddy bear left behind on a train said he was able to return it to its 3-year-old owner after an eight-month social media campaign.

Cees de Jonge, a photographer, said he found the bear on a train that arrived in Hoorn in July and decided to take it home when the conductor told him it would be discarded if he turned it in, Netherlands newspaper reported Monday.

De Jonge said his Facebook posts about the bear yielded so many responses that he made the stuffed animal its own Facebook page. He said a friend made a Twitter account for the bear.

The photographer said months went by without finding the owner, but a fresh push last week resulted in a response from a woman who said the bear belonged to her 3-year-old son, Luciano, reported.

"I am the happiest bear in the…

Portland Press Herald article about me and my book

Check it out at the Portland Press Herald web site - the reporter did an excellent job!

Online Dating Worked For Me - It Can Work For You, Too!

See my post at the Maine Crime Writers Blog today!

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 11, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tattoo gets man free year of Netflix

An Indiana man got a Netflix tattoo on his torso and after posting it to Twitter, company representatives saw it and gave him a free year's subscription.

Myron Robinson of Kokomo said he's always been a big fan of the company and as an inside joke with a few friends, got the tattoo. He tweeted a picture, saying, "@netflix put me on a commercial I love you guys."

KGO-TV, San Francisco, said Netflix responded, retweeting "NO WAY! Free year for you."

A year's subscription to Netflix costs about $96, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

Reed Hastings, chief executive officer for the Los Gatos, Calif., company, also posted Robinson's story on his Facebook page.

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Garnier Olia Hair Color

I love being a Bzz Agent - look at the latest thing I got to try and review!!

True Crime Online Book Release party was a hit


True Crime Online Newsletter - March 4, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Girl sends apology for sticks from park

A Reddit user who says he's a ranger at Yosemite National Park shared a letter from a junior ranger that apologizes for taking home two sticks from the park.

The Reddit user, who goes by the name of bestmattever, uploaded a photo of a hand written letter from a girl identified as Evie, KPIX-TV, San Francisco, reported Wednesday.

In the letter, Evie said she accidentally brought home two sticks -- which were attached to the note -- from her time as a junior ranger in the park.

"I know I'm not supposed to take things from the park, so I am sending them back. Please put them in nature," Evie wrote.

Bestmattever said he wrote back to the girl and her parents, commending her for her honesty and promising to put the sticks back in the park.

The letter was trending on Reddit on Wednesday and has recei…