Scaring Me

I am delaying my regularly schedule post on The Death of Nikki LaDue January until Tuesday. 

I thought this would be more appropriate for Halloween.

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As a child, I attended a friend's birthday party, and his parents took the group of boys to the movies.  I had no idea what we were going to see, it was just always fun enjoying the tub of popcorn and a large soda there; especially since I wasn't paying.

That was until the boy's dad got us in to see The Amityville Horror

All I knew was that it was based on a true story.

And the movie had a predictable effect on me--I was scared silly.

Despite hiding my eyes from the screen as much as possible, I still slept with the light on for a couple of years.

I never told my parents, and they had no idea why adequate lighting became so important for me.

Based on a true story and real life experiences, still get to me.

As such and on Halloween, I thought I would select two previous posts that illustrate what scares me:

1) The Blogger

He hits the snooze multiple times when his alarm goes off. 

His breakfast included a granola bar at his work desk.

He sees a police car and wonders if the officer recognizes him.

Why is this online writer and his blog, Blogging the Fifth Nail, different?

Well it is the author, not the content.

You can go here to read about Mr. Duncan.

2) The Deception

When speaking to youth on dangerous situations, I am a firm believer that if I create a PowerPoint presentation of things not to do and talk in generalities, my message will not be well received. 

The audience will yawn and spend the time texting and daydreaming.

As such, offering powerful examples of an issue are essential in creating an appealing message.

Like with the dangers of social media; specifically people may not always be who you think they are.

This was illustrated, via a hammer, in the case of a teen named Justin Bloxum--and his unfortunate encounter with Brian Douglas Horn.

To read about this deadly deception, you can go here.

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Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it.  

19 comments:

JJ.in.Phila said...

Two truly scary stories.

Here is one of mine:

Two years ago, I found out that I live within a mile of Gary Heidnik's "house of horror."

Dawn said...

I don't celebrate it...but It still doesnt stop me from getting a bit scared when I read stories like these. Off to bed. I'll be sleeping with my closet light on. Thanks;)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ew, I remember the Duncan posts but I hadn't thought about him in awhile. Icky, icky and saddening. His crime was so horrible and the blog is so eerie, I just went to it and there's a post asking people to pray he can fight his demons. Weird. I hadn't heard about the cab crime but that is so sad and horrible. What is a 12 year old doing getting in a cab at night though? That's so young. Disheartening because that should have been a red flag right there: fellow 12-year-old girls probably couldn't afford a cab either. Ugh, that poor boy :( And I remember having to fight fear to sleep on numerous occasions. My childhood home was a big, old house so it creaked a lot which only enhanced my fear! I found that sleeping with a fan helped a lot to mask the creaks with the humming. To this stay, I have a fan on every single night while I sleep. Helps after watching "The Shining".

The Blonde Duck said...

ACK! I've got to go walk the Babies and it's dark outside...maybe I should reconsider. Or get a ninja to protect me.

Brian Miller said...

ha...alright off to read...smiles.

Pat Hatt said...

Blah, I'll take Amityville over that anyday. Now you've got me even more paranoid about blogs, if that's possible..haha

Theresa Milstein said...

Ah, Amityville Horror. I had cousins who grew up in Massapequa, NY, close to Amityville. One night, my cousins and I drove to the house. As we slowly approached, someone in the car screamed to spook us. My oldest cousin slammed on the gas and we got out of there!

Little Ms. Fun said...

The Amityville Horror scares the crap out of me too! I don't live too far from there, so once in a while my friends and I will drive by the house. Eep! I close my eyes and make deals with a higher power to let me get out safley each and every time.

Happy Halloween to you too!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Granted, in today's world, we ALL have a lot more things capable of scaring us...but the BEST weapon we can often have is KNOWLEDGE.

(the 2nd best weapon you can pretty much figure out...)

Good post.

(stay safe out there.

Momma Fargo said...

I love scary stories and movies on Halloween! Happy Halloween, Slam!

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LD Masterson said...

Oh heck - now I don't want the kids to go trick or treating tonight. Even with a bodyguard.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

So crazy!

I didn't celebrate this growing up, but I do now :)

Happy Halloween.

jodeeluna said...

I'm a light weight when it comes to scary movies, so I totally understand.

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Disturbing...ok where's the night light......

SuziCate said...

I don't do scary movies, too much for me! Who is the blog, I think the first link, the one about demons in his head? And the second one was a serial killer? Kind of scary that we don't really know who's out there.

secret agent woman said...

Amityville Horror creeped me out, too.

Carol Kilgore said...

Real psychopaths are the scariest monsters of all.

Lisa said...

Just goes to show that truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes, scarier.

Amityville Horror? Seriously? Not a candidate for a Parent of the Year award for sure.