Autumn Pasquale – Murdered 20 October 2012

Autumn Pasquale Murderred 20 October 2012
Autumn Pasquale

Clayton, N.J. – After receiving a Facebook offer to trade bicycle parts, tomboy and BMX-bike rider, 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale disappeared on 20 October 2012.  Two days later, 23 October 2012, her body was found in a local recycling bin.  She had been strangled to death.  A mother’s suspicions tipped off the police that two teenage boys, aged 15 and 17 were responsible for the murder. The younger, Justin Robinson, claimed sole responsibility for the crime and was sentenced to 17 years in state prison.  The elder, Dante Robinson, accepted a plea bargain for obstruction and was released after time served.

Though the murderers were caught and imprisoned, we still don’t know why the Robinson brothers strangled Autumn Pasquale.  Their lawyer claims that both Robinson boys witnessed their father strangling their mother during arguments.  No motive or details of the crime were presented to the public.

Autumn’s hometown of Clayton, N.J. will surely be remembering the brutal crime that rocked their small community of 8,200 residents.  A bike path and a park have been named after Autumn Pasquale and her soccer team renamed themselves as Autumn’s Angels in memoriam.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends, family and community today.

Dante Robinson and Justin Robinson, Convicted Murderers
Dante Robinson (17) and Justin Robinson (15)

Murder Quotes – Emmanuel Teney

Murder Quotes – Emmanuel Teney

Murder Quotes - Emmanuel Teney
Emanuel Teney or Tanay (1928 – 2014) was an American physician, a forensic psychiatrist, and a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

Death Penalty Cartoons – Prolonging Life

Death Penalty Cartoons

Death Penalty Cartoons - Prolonging Life

Aileen Wuornos Quotes

Aileen Wuornos Quotes

Aileen Wuornos Quotes - Cold As Ice
Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990.

Murder in a Nice Neighborhood by Lora Roberts Book Review

Murder in a Nice Neighborhood by Lora Roberts Book Review

Book Review by Debbie Winkler

Murder in a NIce Neighborhood by Lora Roberts Book Review

Series: Liz Sullivan Mystery Book 1
Author: Lora Roberts
Publisher: Fawcett Books (May 1994)
EAN: 9780449148914
Page Count: 211 pages
Format: paperback & ebook

Target Age Group: adults
My Rating: image_thumb84_thumb1

Synopsis:

Liz Sullivan was innocently enjoying a pear and a book when Pigpen Murphy accosted her. Liz could just never get it through to Pigpen that she wasn’t interested and never would be interested, bad smell notwithstanding. It is true that she had to be a little more forceful than usual, slamming the door shut on her home, her snug little VW bus, and Pigpen’s hand just happened to be in the way at the time, but was that any reason for him to smash a fist through her window? Things just got worse when Liz woke up to find a very dead Pigpen underneath her bus the next morning.

Detective Paul Drake obviously regarded Liz as his prime suspect and a strong flight risk, due to her highly mobile “house.” Liz greatly resented Detective Drake prying into her affairs and ripping apart her carefully constructed life in Palo Alto, CA. Liz liked living in the Bay area and didn’t want to move, but she knew that it would only be a matter of time before her abusive ex-husband would show up. Still, she couldn’t leave before the police investigation was cleared up, so Liz continued researching her new article, teaching a Senior Center Writer’s Workshop, swimming at the local pool and helping out the temporarily incapacitated Claudia Kaplan. However, as Liz continued to maintain her innocence, more bodies began to pile up with another vagabond and a sweet old lady being murdered in the same manner. And Liz was the last one reported to see them alive…

Review:

Murder in a Nice Neighborhood by Lora Roberts was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery and a great start to the Liz Sullivan Mystery series. I found the main character to be very interesting and unique in that she was homeless and what most would consider a vagrant, but she led her life in a normal fashion and had a good reason for traveling around. I also loved her views of the other characters in the book and the author really seemed to have fun with certain stereotypes such as Claudia Kaplan, an author who still mourned her husband’s passing 10 years previously and was sharper than a tack; Vivien, a sweet, old, retired lady just barely making ends meet, but still determined to live out her life the way she wanted; Delores Mitchell, the all-too-perfect loan manager who never had a hair out of place and was just so much fun to tease; Ted, the ambitious real estate agent who was ready to pour on the charm, anytime, anyplace; and Paul Drake, the constantly disheveled detective who seemed like a bumbler, but was really a great investigator and a host of others. I enjoyed reading about the characters more than learning about the mystery, actually. I didn’t think the mystery was that difficult to solve and had suspicions pretty early on as to whodunit, but the book was still enjoyable and very well written. Recommended for fans of mysteries in the cozy genre.

Content:

This mystery contains descriptions of dead bodies, but nothing too detailed, graphic or gross. The main character fled an abusive relationship and fears her ex-husband will hunt her down so there is quite a bit of discussion of spousal abuse and fear in the book. Liz is also homeless so you learn quite a bit about the homeless community in central California. There is a touch of romance between the main character and the detective, as is usual in cozy mysteries, but this is very clean and doesn’t really get past the thought stage. Very little bad language and very clean. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Murder Mystery Cake

Murder Mystery Cake

Happy Birthday to Me!

Murder Mystery Cake

This murder mystery cake is surprisingly easy to make.  Simply select your favorite cake mix and follow the instructions.  Pour into round cake pans and bake per box instructions.  Frost with white frosting.  Drizzle with fake blood (see below).  Stab a knife into the top of the cake.*

Fake blood recipe: Corn syrup, chocolate syrup and red food coloring.  The corn syrup gives it the look and texture of blood, the chocolate syrup makes it taste good and the red food coloring can be used to create a bright, fresh blood or a dark, oxidized blood depending on your taste.

* Stab with authority.  You can’t remove the knife and restab the cake or the knife will not stay upright and it ruins the effect!  If this cake is for a children’s party or a teen’s party (for Halloween or birthdays or whatever), use a plastic knife or a Halloween prop to ensure no one is injured.  For adults, simply remove the sharp knife from the middle of the cake, cut slices and serve with a flourish!

Piotr Dumala’s Crime and Punishment 2000 Film Still

Piotr Dumala's Crime and Punishment 2000 Film Still

Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller Book Review

Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller Book Review

Book Review by Debbie Winkler

Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller Book Review

Series: Sharon McCone Mystery Book 1
Author: Marcia Muller
Publisher: Mysterious Press (April 1990)
EAN: 9780445409026
Page Count: 224 pages
Format: paperback

Target Age Group: adults
My Rating: image_thumb82_thumb1_thumb1

Synopsis:

Private eye Sharon McCone was hired by All Souls Cooperative, a San Francisco legal services plan, to discover who was vandalizing a small street of antique shops when one of the antique dealers was found murdered in her own shop. Sharon had no idea who had killed Joan Albritton, a pleasant older woman whose main fault was talking to the dressmaker’s dummy, the stuffed German shepherd, and the little boy mannequin she kept in her shop, but she didn’t feel confident in the police’s ability to discover the killer. Especially after she met the unpleasantly patronizing Lieutenant Marcus who was in charge of the case. Uncertain of whether she would be paid for her work or not, but refusing to allow Joan Albritton’s killer to go free, Sharon starts her investigation.

Suspects abound, with Charlie, the junkman who ran the shop across the street from Joan’s, at the forefront. Charlie was Joan’s former lover, recently jilted for a wealthier man, and he was the one who had discovered the body and called the police. Then there was Cara Ingalls, a real estate mogul with ice running through her veins. She made no secret of the fact that she was glad that Joan was gone so that she could buy the land and force the antique dealers out. Of course, Cara was not the only one trying to buy the land so that motive could apply to any number of real estate speculators. And then there was the slimy bond bailsman and the slick “antique-style” dealer who kept popping up at every corner. Not to mention the puzzling Lieutenant Marcus, who was grateful for Sharon’s help and then pushing her aside the next. As Sharon takes more and more risks, she comes closer to solving Joan’s death, but she also comes closer to being murdered herself…

Review:

Edwin of the Iron Shoes is the first Sharon McCone Mystery and it was just okay. The book was well written, but the story was pretty simplistic and the characterization was pretty inconsistent. Sharon McCone is billed as this hard-boiled female private investigator, but I thought that she was pretty stupid myself. She took a lot of unnecessary risks and managed to solve the case more by being the only one around then following the clues properly. Also, I know that this book was written quite some time ago (I have the 1977 edition), but I have a hard time believing that the police ever invited female private investigators to look over the crime scene while the body was still there. With a stronger plot, more believe characters and some additional detail, this mystery would have been much better. Hopefully the series improves as it goes along…

Content:

This is an old-school mystery with a hard-boiled private investigator. There are descriptions of dead people and death-defying leaps of logic, but nothing explicit or gory. There are no CSI-like descriptions of any type of fluids or cryptic clues, just a lot of talking to people and making deductions (whether mentally or in a notebook). Safe and clean. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

After the Sunset by Mary Calmes Book Quote

After the Sunset by Mary Calmes Book Quote

Murder Kitty #2

Murder Kitty #2 - You Are Road KillTurnabout is fair play…