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Cold Case Quest: JoJo Striker

JoJo Striker

Although JoJo Striker’s story had quite a bit of press in 2017, the case has not been solved yet. Striker was the third transgender woman of color murdered in the United States during 2017.

She was 23 years old and living in Toledo, Ohio. Striker was found in a parking garage after being shot. No one has said whether she was shot somewhere else. The police didn’t have many leads at the time and even fewer now.

Her mother believes that Striker’s murder is a hate crime. She’s not wrong. Any number of hate-filled circumstances could have led to someone shooting her. Maybe the situation didn’t start out with evil intentions but it ended that way.

Some of the articles about Striker mention that her gender was misidentified by the media. Someone may have witnessed something that could give the police a clue but didn’t know that Striker was transgender. The possible witness could have heard about the case of a man being killed and doesn’t make the connection to what they saw. Even her obituary is under her old name. It could be very confusing to any witness.

Striker is not listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s website which lists unsolved homicides. Is it possible that they aren’t listing every transgender homicide? Maybe. So far I’ve only seen one unsolved transgender victim listed on the website. Whoever is in charge of the website has some work to do on inclusion.

There’s nothing else written about this homicide after 2018. No one has been arrested. The trail has gone extremely cold.

Anyone with information should call the Crime Stopper program at 419-255-1111.  Striker’s mother is still waiting for anyone to come forward with information that could solve the case.

HRC Mourns JoJo Striker

Moonlocket: #bookreview

Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl is about two kids, Lily and Robert, who get involved in trying to solve a mystery involved a criminal mastermind, Jack of Diamonds.

The book is Fantasy/Steampunk/Science Fiction. It is suitable for children who are 10 and up. There’s no cursing and nothing inappropriate.

Overview:

Lily is the daughter of a scientist, who made a cogheart for her so that she could live. They also have a houseful of creatures, like Malkin the mechanical fox that are bigger wind up toys. They aren’t toys though.

Robert is an orphan who lives with Lily and her father. His father has recently passed away and his mother left years ago. When Robert goes to visit the house that he used to live in, he meets Jack of Diamonds. Jack is looking for a clue to where the Blood Moon Diamond is located.

Lily is ready for an adventure. She’s been stuck at her house because of her artificial heart. She talks Robert and Malkin into looking for clues too.

The characters are likeable, except for Jack of Diamonds. He’s a villain and truly despicable.

I hope that it gets made into a movie because it would be great to see all of the steampunk things and mechanical characters. If you like fantasy or steampunk then you will love Moonlocket.

It didn’t take very long to read the book. Although the ending was cool, I was sad that it ended.

  • I received the ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. Obviously.

	

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Electric Youth

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Electric Youth
Memory Emotion

The music of Electric Youth is sometimes ethereal and at other times energizing. It’s updated electronic pop. They remind me a little bit of ‘Til Tuesday; however, Electric Youth has their own style. Their new album, Memory Emotion, is available everywhere. My favorite song on the album is ARAWA.

Multi-instrumentalist Austin Garrick and vocalist Bronwyn Griffin are from Toronto/West Hamilton, Canada.

What’s their story? They met in middle school. Their Facebook biography says is all:

we are electric youth
we were childhood loves
we grew up together 
we make music together



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https://www.facebook.com/electricyouthmusic/

I’d like to listen to this album while driving down the California coast. If there was a convertible and fancy sunglasses in the equation, that would be cool.

Twitter: @_electricyouth


Bucket List Goal Completed: Visit Caverns. Whispering Cave, Hocking Hills

The last time that we went on vacation was in 2014. We’ve taken day trips occasionally but not too many overnights far from home. It’s not because we didn’t want to but the bank account was saying “No way dude. Stay home.”

So this year, we went to Hocking Hills State Park to see the caves. There are about 8 caves or waterfalls to see. We made it to two: Whispering Cave and Old Man’s Cave.

If you go, wear comfortable and sensible shoes. We climbed up and down stairs and slippery rocks, plus mud. Between the two caves, we walked about 2.5 miles and none of it was in a flat area. Save the flip flops for the beach. Next time, I’m wearing hiking boots for sure.

Beginning of the trail

Whispering Cave

I guess he’s the captain.

Back to the trail

116 Days of Summer Guests: Rozu

Rozu

Hey guys, thanks for having us.

An issue that we really believe and speak upon as a band is equality amongst the people. We released our single ‘Divide’ about two months ago and the song means a lot to us being the first time we have ever written about something that truly isn’t from our own battle or experiences but speaking to our nation and world.

We truly care about pushing forward to live in a world where racism is in the past and it starts here at home for us. Our government and people voted a man to be the leader of our nation who in our opinion is an absolute bigot.

We believe, feel, and present ourselves as equals with every single person out there in the world. Just because someone is different than you or believes in something different than you does not make that person an enemy or someone to put down, we are all human and we all bleed red.

In such a technologically advanced society that we live in with knowledge at our finger tips it is truly time to leave these negative ideologies in the past where they belong. 

Embers of Liberty: #bookreview

Embers of Liberty by Trever Bierschbach is about a group of people trying to escape the United States for the Republic of Texas. It’s a different world than the one we know now. However,we’re not far from living like the people in Embers of Liberty.

I would categorize Embers of Liberty as a dystopian novel. Everything in the United States is controlled by the government and the president, who is more of a dictator than a president. In theory, the United States should be a utopia but it’s becoming more dystopian every day. We could say that about the current life in the United States.

John Evermann and a group of friends meet in secret to make a plan to cross the border into the Republic of Texas. They suspect that the government is closing in on their meetings, which are illegal. Evermann is arrested but an officer lets him go. The plan to cross the border has to happen immediately.


I did not know how it was going to end for Evermann and his group. Everything that I suspected turned out to be wrong. So that was a bonus. Who wants to guess everything? It would be so boring to know every move that the characters are going to do.

If you enjoy dystopian novels then you will probably like Embers of Liberty.






  • I received this ebook from the author in exchange for doing a review. Thanks to Violeta. All opinions are my own. Obviously.