A review of the diabolical plots of Patricia Allanson, nee Taylor, a southern belle who encouraged her husband to kill his parents, served time for attempting to murder his grandparents, then after parole, opened a private nursing care service and tried to kill two clients. Once again free on parole, some fear she will strike again.
In 1977, Cameron Hooker kidnapped 20-year-old hitchhiker Colleen Stan and forced her to be his sex slave for seven years of physical and psychological abuse. At times she was even kept in a coffin-like box under his and his wife Janice's bed. Yet through it all, she stayed, even when it seemed she could escape. In the end, it would be left to a jury to answer the question: Was Colleen Stan brainwashed and forced to endure years of sexual degradation and mental torture as she and Janice Hooker contended, or a willing partner in her own enslavement, and as Cameron Hooker maintained, in a consensual "love" relationship?
The pursuit of beauty has separated friends, created dangerous love triangles and split shallow lovers--could it also be a motive for homicide? We sometimes forget that beauty is often the root of jealousy and jealousy is often the root of murder. From pageant queens to envious killers, KILLER BEAUTY will tell the true story of those who use murder as a way to get back at or closer to all things physically appealing. Beauty is a weapon, so be careful how you use it.
They are the famous African-American writers who have fearlessly examined cultural stigmas, provided intimate life details, presented new ideas and created remarkable fiction through literary works. For their prophetic genius, these men and women have received Pulitzer Prizes, NAACP awards and even Nobel Prizes, among other honors. Our list of prominent African-American authors includes Toni Morrison, who has detailed the lives of black characters who struggle with identity amidst racism and hostility; Langston Hughes, a founder of the Harlem Renaissance; and Maya Angelou, who has eloquently chronicled various eras of her life through her autobiographies.
Despite all sorts of institutional obstacles, women have continued to reach stratospheric levels of success in a full gamut of professional pursuits, whether as scientists, scribes, educators, governmental leaders, athletes, designers, film directors or performers. Learn more about the plethora of triumphs obtained by our group of trailblazers.
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