Use Your Words - Twins

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once, and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are:

bleach ~ television ~ vampire ~ twins ~ laptop

They were submitted by: Wandering Webdesigner  - Thank you, Rena!

For this year's A - Z challenge I am preparing 26 posts for a crime / law enforcement theme that are to be published throughout the month of April. 

I'm on the go a lot, so most of my research and writing happens on my laptop. As of this season, our hockey arena provides free wifi, hooray!

According to television crime shows many criminals try to clean up the mess that their actions created. Unfortunately the strong smell of bleach makes cops suspicious as soon as they approach the crime scene. Also, even if the killers did a great job applying white vinegar to neutralize the smell, traces of (even old) blood can still be detected by using luminol, a chemical that reacts with the iron in hemoglobin. Officers like to say "the crime scene lit like a Christmas tree".

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Coincidence (or not) has it that Richard Chase, an infamous serial killer from the 70s, is known as the vampire of Sacramento for obvious reasons. He didn't think bloody Mary was an appropriate drink, he went straight for the real blood. Read up about him at your own risk, be warned though, it is very, very graphic. He ended up getting caught and given the death penalty. However, he beat the system to the punch by overdosing in his cell, sparing the tax payers lots of money that would have gone into appeals, hearings and incarceration in solitary confinement.

Having an identical twin could have helped him to walk free back then. These days even though in general identical twins have the same DNA, a special epigenetics profile may get you busted. Also their fingerprints, while similar, may still be distinct enough to charge the guilty twin.

What a sinister topic to be involved with, right? For some reason I find it highly interesting. 

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It's easy to google prison meals if you are free to go and have a chicken avocado bowl  later:

This made me think: what are the things I would miss most if I was in prison? This is probably enough for an entire blog post, but here's the short version: 

My own, warm shower with no time limits, good coffee, interaction with nice people, music, internet, yummy food, traveling, just to name a few. In general I hugely appreciate my personal freedom to do or not do whatever I like. 

How about you?

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  1. Love the theme you've chosen, mystery and true crime is my favorite genre of TV, movies and books.

  2. Tamara! I'd miss those chicken bowls minus the avacado, and that magnificent looking hot cocoa up there in your first photo. I've missed visiting your blog; hopefully we'll get to gab about forensics and bouncy castles a lot more now that I'm back. :)

  3. I would definitely not want to give up my creature comforts especially to go to prison. I'm claustrophobic so just the thought of being locked up has kept me on the straight & narrow. Great job with your words!

  4. Nice job incorporating all the words into your story. Your A to Z theme sounds interesting! I've always been keen on crime shows like CSI, NCIS, etc. that talk about forensics and will try to catch some of your posts. Spending time in jail isn't something I could handle; too pampered and spoiled! ☺

  5. Wow. Now that's a Christmas tree I hope I never actually witness! ;)
    P.S. I must be hungry. Those meals actually look . . . good.

  6. As well as everything you've listed, I would definitely miss alone time.

  7. I'd miss my alone time! Great job with your words! I watch way too many crime shows. so next time you're in Florida, we'll binge watch!

  8. I wouldn't cope in prison I like my freedom and own home and being alone

  9. I can't wait to read more of your crime series! I loved all of the A-Z novels by Sue Grafton, have you read them? Unfortunately, she only got to Y and then passed away. We'll never know what Z was going to be!

  10. Thank goodness I try my best to be a good citizen as I would miss too much. Sunshine, mountain views, hugs and good food!

  11. If I ever went to prison and that is a distinct possibility somedays when I’m trying to get on and off the bus in Zurich.... I’d miss my family, dim sum, tea, walks by the lake and my duvet.


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