Cold case Quest: Darchelle Stone

Darcelle Stone
Ohio Attorney General website

Darchelle Stone was only 19 years old when someone took her life on September 2, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. She died due to injuries from stab wounds.

Although Stone’s photograph is not listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s website, it was published with her obituary. She was a young mother who was involved in community service. Stone and her mother helped to clothe and feed the homeless and other people in need.

From the little bit of information that I found, it doesn’t seem like she had enemies. Who would do such a horrible thing to such a good person?

I’m sure that the police ran into the same problem of not finding any viable suspects.

If there were any witnesses, no one has said anything. Hopefully, someone will come forward with information. It would be a travesty if they kept silent. Please honor Darchelle Stone’s memory by helping to solve her case.

The area where Darcelle Stone was found.

Who to contact:

If you would like to submit information, contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers. Rewards may be available for information on a case that leads to a conviction by contacting Central Ohio’s Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477 or visiting their website.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold case, please contact the Columbus Police Department. The Homicide Cold Case Unit number is available (614) 645-4036 during the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also call the Investigative Subdivision Duty Desk at (614) 645-4624, after hours.

Meet and Greet: Bite me Bambi

Who: Bite Me Bambi of Orange County, California

What: They are a ska/punk band. Oh my glob. I love ska/punk bands so I’m stoked to tell you about Bite Me Bambi.

Why: Listen to them because they are awesome.

Where:

www.instagram.com/bitemebambi

www.facebook.com/BMBSkaBand

www.youtube.com/channel/UCbqBe668vbrZKd65rfzK81A

Flawless Friday Video: Stone Sea

Photo Credit: Sandro Alencar Mrowinski

If you’re craving some alternative rock that makes you feel a bit nostalgic for the 90s, then Stone Sea has a video for you. I’m gonna go see if I can find a flannel shirt and combat boots to where while playing this video. It’ll be a good time.

Their song, “Slice of Depth,” is pretty rockin’. Take a peek.

Stone Sea website

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Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

Since I may not have a book review ready this week, I’m going to do a Zombie Book Blog Tag. It’s an old book blog tag but it’s still worthy. If you have a chance, visit Beatrice at DreamlandBookBlog. Her zombie book post is pretty awesome.

If you would like to participate, consider yourself tagged. It’s fine if it’s not your cup of tea.

You can find the original video here, and if you want to find out more about how the tag works, I suggest you go watch that. 🙂 In short, though, this is what you need to do:

1. Pick 5 books.

2. Turn to a random page.

3. The first name you see gets to be on your zombie survival team.

4. Apply the characters to the 10 situations and types of people in the order you got them.

The Reader

1. The first person to die:

Hanna.

She may not be chaotic evil but she did let people die needlessly because she was following orders.

2. Person you trip to get away from zombies:

Michael

I’m kind of sorry. He’s probably a decent person. Or he could be a weak link.

If you are interested in Nazis and Zombies, check out this book.

Othello

3. The first person to turn into a zombie:

Desdemona

She probably was set up by Iago.

4. The Person that trips you to get away from the zombies:

Iago

I’m not surprised at all that he would trip me to save himself. Iago is all about self-preservation. At any cost.

There’s a book about Othello and Zombies . . .

How have I missed this jem?

Wicked

5. The idiot of the team:

Frex.

Yeah, he is. Let’s send him on a missionary trip somewhere over the rainbow.

6. The brains of the team:

Elphaba.

She is smart and potential for ruthlessness. We might stand a chance if she focuses her anger on zombies.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

7. The team Medic:

Jack Durbeyfield.

Oh my glob. We’ll never be healed. He’s always drunk. Plus, since he’s drinking all of the alcohol, what will we use to disinfect wounds? Dang it.

8. The weapons expert:

Joan Durbeyfield.

Interesting choice. Maybe she’ll surprise us with her knowledge of weapons?

Their Eyes were Watching God

Here’s a link to an article about Zora Neale Hurston and zombies. https://io9.gizmodo.com/zora-neale-hurston-zombie-hunter-5823671

Don’t let your feelings for somebody turn you into a love zombie https://www.pinterest.com/pin/552042866793891172/

9. The brawler:

Janie

She doesn’t strike me a a fighter – in a physical sense. However, that doesn’t mean she won’t fight. Janie isn’t going to go by anyone’s rules either.

10. The Team Captain:

Pheoby

I’m ok with Pheoby. I think she’ll give underdogs a chance and cut players from the team.

Meet and Greet: Halogram

Who: Halogram, a progressive instrumental metal band from Spain and the UK.

Band members: Javier Iglesias – Guitar
Dani Mourinho – Bass

What: They have a new single, “Obsolete Future.” It’s available in all of the usual places.

Why: The song has been produced by Buster Odeholm, who has worked with Born of Osiris. So of course it is spectacular.

When: You can go listen to it right now. You probably should . . .

Links:

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Cold Case Quest: Sheronda Norris

Sheronda Norris

21 year-old Sheronda Norris of Columbus, Ohio was last seen alive by her family on September 15, 1991. She was on her way to her aunt’s house but never arrived.

A bus driver found her body on the afternoon of September 16, 1991. the coroner determined that she had been strangled and left in the area of Agler and Sunbury Roads.

The police are not sure what happened after she left her house. They did say that the case could be connected to several other cases. No one has said which cases but I think that Norris’s case could be connected to Frances Smith, Janet Amar and Rene Combs.

Norris left Richmond Ave. She was on her way to E. 23rd Ave. Her body was found at Sunbury and Agler Roads.

There have not been any suspects or arrests. No one knows or has said if she was seen with anyone before her death.

Norris was about to be served a warrant for aggravated burglary. The warrant was vacated shortly after her death. She was a former go-go dancer who was trying to get her life back on track. Norris wanted to provide a better life for herself and her young son, who was two at the time.

Do you think her death was related to the burglary? Was she going to testify against someone else? Was Norris chosen at random? Was the person who killed Norris the same killer as the other cases? If I had to bet money, I would say that they are connected and there are probably more homicides committed by the same person.

Who to contact: 

If anyone knows anything about any of the cases of Sheronda Norris, Rene Combs, Frances Smith or Janet Amar, contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Contact information: Rewards may be available for information on a case that leads to a conviction by contacting Central Ohio’s Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477 or visiting their website.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold case, please contact the Columbus Police Department. The Homicide Cold Case Unit number is available (614) 645-4036 during the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also call the Investigative Subdivision Duty Desk at (614) 645-4624, after hours.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Puta Volcano

Puta Volcano of Greece has just released their album, Amma, within the last few days. Their musical style is hard rock/post-grunge. I think they are better than 99 % of post-grunge bands.

They remind me more of Alice in Chains except with a female singer. Puta Volcano has been together since about 2012. They are nothing if not persistent in sharing their music with everyone. We have to give them credit for staying together in times when bands don’t make it beyond five years. It’s a tough business.

My favorite song on the album is “Kassandra’s Gift.” I’m not sure if the song is based on the Cassandra/Kassandra of mythology. The curse that she received from Apollo was that she would see prophecies and no one would believe her.

It would be kind of awesome to listen to this album while visiting volcanoes in Greece or Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Maybe shake your fist at the volcano and shout “Puta Volcano!!” It would be epic.

Until it’s safe to travel, we’ll just have to watch volcanoes on YouTube and shake our fists from the comfort of our homes. As soon as it’s possible, I hope to see Puta Volcano in concert.

PUTA VOLCANO is:
Anna – Vocals
Alex Pi – Guitar
Steve Stefanidis – Drums
Bookies – Bass, Backing Vocals

PUTA VOLCANO online:

www.putavolcano.com

www.facebook.com/putavolcanoband

www.instagram.com/putavolcano

A beginner's guide to musical theater

Photo by Gwen Ong on Unsplash

Last month, my kid auditioned for a part in “The Wizard of Oz” at a local children’s theater. Unfortunately, everything has been delayed for an undetermined amount of time. In the meantime, here are a few things that I have learned about musical theater.

5 things you should know about musical theater

  1. “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Constantin Stanislavski. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get the part you want. Think of it as a learning experience. Then give your part 100% effort.

2. If you are auditioning for a part, be prepared. Know the music and the part.

3. It never hurts to be familiar with a variety of musicals. Go to shows whenever it is possible again. Watch whatever you can. Stream or rent musicals. YouTube also has a variety of theater-related videos.

Before all of the social distancing, I bought musicals at thrift stores. VHS tapes are old school but so far our VHS player works.

4. Don’t be petty. It can be difficult to work with so many personalities. So much drama. I mean, it is the theater where most people love the drama. Try to funnel all of that attitude into the acting, dancing and singing.

5. “The show must go on.”

Did you know that the saying originated in the circus. If something happened during the show, the ringmaster would try to keep the crowd entertained. Keeping things moving was a way to honor the performer that could not finish their act.

So until things go back to our regular routines, we should keep the show going. What’s the harm if the entertainment occurs in our living rooms or backyards with less than 10 people?

What are you guys doing for entertainment?