It was easy for Samantha Reid to ignore the signs at first — a tracking cookie on her computer (who didn’t have those?) and the sense that someone was following her after she knocked off work.
But she dismissed those fears, convinced that they were always bigger in her mind than they were in her reality.
It wasn’t until whoever was stalking her started leaving more overt signs that she began to grow slightly more concerned.
And when whoever it was that had taken an unhealthy interest in her had started leaving notes outside her apartment, she seriously started…
For all intents and purposes, Tony Chung led a privileged life. Chauffeured to school in his own Daimler, his afternoons were spent whiling his time away at the Singapore Cricket Club.
Throughout the 1930s, Chung’s father ran a prosperous business, supplying the British troops that were garrisoned in the island fortress of Singapore with the creature comforts of home, Chung senior had made his family fabulously wealthy in the process.
But even before the ink had dried on the documents of surrender, as the British, who were thought to be undefeatable, ceded control over Singapore to the invading Japanese…
Anzio Ancelotti didn’t notice anything amiss right away. It was subtle things at first. Perhaps a credit card transaction that would take longer than everyone else’s to clear, or a bank loan that wouldn’t be approved.
Then his paychecks would bounce at his bank, but clear on reissue. Eventually, the bank closed his account and refused him banking services altogether.
And then one day, while walking home from work, an unmarked van pulled up and a two barrel-chested men bundled him into the back gruffly.
Panicked, Ancelotti tried to shout, but a gloved hand clasped firmly around his mouth…
Samantha Heywood thought she could change him after they got married. Like so many other women, she thought that given time, her then-boyfriend now husband, would perhaps change his ways.
And for the longest time there were plenty of signs to indicate that that could happen.
After all, hadn’t he thrown her a surprise birthday party and wasn’t he tender with her when no one else was looking?
Yet as she washed the matted blood out of her hair, Samantha was starting to wonder if Doug would ever change, or whether she’d be dead well before he did.
Sal Billings felt parched. Thirsting for nothing other than a cold one, Billings thought twice about heading to the local bar.
Out here in the outskirts of Broome, Western Australia, the only beer available cost US$20 and you had no choice of brew — by way of comparison, the equivalent beer would only cost US$5 in downtown Perth, over 1,200 miles away.
As a surveyor, Billings made, well, good billings, as the mining industry of Western Australia boomed in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
But part of the reason that workers were so well-paid in the industry was…
“Mom, please I need to get one,” an irate Jeremy Crain stressed to his long-suffering mother.
“You already got a PlayStation last Christmas, we are not getting you an Xbox as well young man.”
“But you don’t understand, all the other kids have one and I can’t play Halo with them online if I don’t have it.”
“Then you’ll just have to find some other game to play with your friends, but we are not getting you another console just so you can talk with your friends, you’re spending enough time on those things as it is.”
Detective Joseph Blake looked down at the slumped over body of Peter “Petey” Romano.
Lying in a pool of his own blood, Petey and several capos had just been gunned down by a rival gang as they stepped out of the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in downtown Chicago.
A notorious mob hangout during Prohibition, the Green Mill was also known as the “Green Mile” — after the color of the strip of walkway that death row inmates would walk their final steps on towards the electric chair.
The Green Mill was often a place where scores were settled and…
In 1985, I sat in the backseat of a 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, with my parents in the bench seat in front, pulling up to a nondescript automatic carwash just off of South Volusia Avenue, Daytona Beach Florida.
A typical Floridian Spring day, temperatures were in the mid seventies and the air dewy sweet with the scent of begonias and lilacs that Florida’s legion of retirees were busy tending to.
“Your car is too big.”
“What do you mean my car is too big?” my father asked quizzically at the reed-thin man leaning into the driver side window of our…
Meaghan Carter couldn’t put a finger on what was ailing her fourteen-year-old daughter Peggy. A cheerful, happy child, Peggy had blossomed into a “tweenager” yet had never manifested any of the predictable maladies that that age was supposed to have ushered in.
But of late, Carter noticed that her typically bubbly and sociable daughter was turning petulant, and was concerned about cyberbullying or other things that could be happening to her at school.
Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Carter, who enjoyed an extremely close relationship with her eldest child, broached the topic in the gentlest…
“When you owe the bank money, it’s your problem, when you owe all the banks money, suddenly it’s their problem,” a stone-faced Chen said to the lawyer taking his deposition.
Accused of unauthorized trading of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of oil contracts, Chen was CEO at the time for a prominent Chinese oil trading company which was believed to have had links to Beijing, and which had traded well beyond its allowed mandate.
But the banks had been complicit as well, extending copious amounts of credit to Chen, despite having suspicions that he neither had the authority to…
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