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HANNAH FRASER A REAL MERMAID OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY
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TOPICS Sentenced to a life in prison Defending gay marriage
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Alyssa Bustamante, a Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. She murdered Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, Mo., in 2009. The judge also ordered Alyssa Bustamante, now 18, to serve a consecutive 30-year term in the armed criminal action charge. Here's her booking photo: Alyssa Bustamante was 15 years old when she confessed to strangling Elizabeth, repeatedly stabbing her in the chest and slicing the girl's throat. She led police to the shallow grave where she had concealed Elizabeth's body under a blanket of leaves in the woods behind their neighborhood. With her hands shackled to her waist and her feet shackled together, Bustamante rose and faced Elizabeth's mother and siblings on Wednesday. "I know that words," she said, pausing for air, "can never be enough and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this." She added: "If I could give my life to get her back I would. I'm sorry.â€? A Tale of Two Girls 45 minutes: That's how long Elizabeth Olten was missing before her mother called the police. That's how long it took Alyssa Bustamante, 15, allegedly to kill her first murder victim, her neighbor Olten. The most shocking thing of all? Alyssa Bustamante's youth was trumped by her victim's: Elizabeth Olten was only 9. According to friends, family and neighbors, Olten was all sweetness and light, a little girl made of sugar and spice and everything nice, who loved cats, the color pink, and was a real girly girl. Alyssa Bustamante She had long medium-brown hair, wide-set
SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON Alyssa Bustamante, a Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. She murdered Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, Mo., in 2009.
eyes, and was described a shy girl who "was afraid of the dark and would not normally have gone into the woods," according to the AP, making her disappearance more ominous. Peggy Florence spoke on behalf of the family: "She was somebody special. They call her a girlie girl. She would be outside in the snow or in the mud in her frilly little dress."Looking at photos from Bustamante's now-defunct Facebook page, one sees a girl hardened beyond her years; pale blue eyes rimmed with heavy black eyeliner, straightened bangs hanging in her eyes and a defiant pout, chin stuck out at the camera.
Even in two dimensions, she had attitude and charisma to burn. Like many troubled teens, she was labeled a Goth. In an alternate life, she might have been a star; in this one, she may be one of the most shocking teenage murderers, yet.
Miley Cyrus has a famous friend in her fight for marriage equality. In the latest issue of Attitude UK, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe comments on a number of societal issues, from the rise in teen suicide ("You used to be able to escape at the end of a day: now you can be hunted by mobile phone, Facebook, Twitter. It's terrifying.") to his feelings on gay marriage. â€œThe ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalized everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they're married; then you look at the gay couple who've been together for the same amount of time, but because they can't get married their relationship doesn't seem the same," the actor says, adding: "Yes, gay marriage is about symbolically blessing a relationship, but the larger issue is about transmitting a fundamental message about equality.
Gay people should have equality in law everywhere.â€? Radcliffe is currently starring in The Woman in Black. What do you think of his stance on marriage?
Daniel Radcliffe Defends Gay Marriage: It's About Equality! In the latest issue of Attitude UK, Harry Potter star comments on a number of societal issues, from the rise in teen suicide ("You used to be able to escape at the end of a day: now you can be hunted by mobile phone, Facebook, Twitter. It's terrifying.") to his feelings on gay marriage.
The planes landed with the 594,000 coins and other artifacts retrieved after a five-year legal wrangle with a Florida-based salvage company, which had taken the haul to the U.S. in May 2007. Deep sea explorers found the treasure in a shipwreck, believed to be Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, off Portugal's Atlantic coast. British warships had sunk it during a 1804 gunbattle as it approached Spain as part of a fleet that had traveled from South America. The Mercedes was believed to have had 200 people aboard when it exploded and sank. Once the treasure is offloaded from the planes it will be transported to an undisclosed location, state broadcaster RTVE said. A detail of 30 officers from Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard force protected the coins once they landed. Civil Guard spokesman Miguel Tobias said everyone had breathed a sigh of relief at having the treasure back safely on Spanish soil. "There were some storms on the way over," said Tobias, explaining why the two Hercules C-130 transports had landed at Torrejon de Ardoz military air base late. The trove was transported to Spain despite a last-ditch claim to the treasure by Peru, the South American country from which the coins first set off more than two centuries ago. "The coins were made from raw material obtained from mines that are currently on Peruvian soil and were struck at the Lima mint," according to a Peruvian foreign ministry statement from Friday. In 1804, Peru was the local seat of the Spanish crown in South America and documents held in Spain's archives show that Mercedes was commissioned by King Charles IV to transport and protect a shipment of coins and bullion at the request of a noble family in Lima. Peru said in the statement it would maintain its claim despite losing an appeal Friday and the rejection by U.S. courts of previous claims by descendants of the Peruvian merchants who had owned the shipment. Odyssey Marine Exploration made international headlines when it discovered the wreck, estimating the trove to be worth as much as $500 million to collectors, making the haul one of the richest ever. The Tampabased salvage outfit had used a remote-
SHIPWRECK TREASURE RETURNS TO SPAIN Two military planes carrying 17 tons of silver and gold coins scooped up from a sunken Spanish warship landed in Madrid, ending a more than 200-year odyssey that took the treasure from an ocean floor to Florida courtrooms.
controlled submersible to explore the depths and bring items including cannon balls and other metal fragments to a surface ship, and argued that it was entitled to the treasure. The Spanish government challenged Odyssey's ownership in U.S. District Court soon after the coins were flown back to Tampa, relying on documents from its naval archive which listed Mercedes as a naval warship. International treaties generally hold that warships sunk in battle are protected from treasure
seekers and the Spanish government successfully argued that it had never relinquished ownership of the ship or its contents. A federal district court first ruled in 2009 that U.S. courts didn't have jurisdiction, and ordered the treasure returned. Odyssey then lost every round in federal courts trying to hold on to the treasure, as the Spanish government painted them as modern-day pirates plundering the nation's cultural heritage.
What has happened to the adorable child actor from "Home Alone"? Fans were shocked (picture hands on face and mouths wide open) to see a gaunt, scruffylooking Macaulay Culkin in a photo snapped on the streets of New York recently. Culkin shot to fame as an 8-year-old scene stealer in the "Home Alone" movies. At the height of his stardom, the child actor was considered the most successful young star since Shirley Temple. In fact, the movie is a perennial hit with fans on the Web. Yahoo! lookups for "Home Alone" shot up over the holidays, along with sentimental searches on "macaulay culkin biography," "macaulay culkin news," and "macaulay culkin movies.â€? As an adult, Culkin hasn't seen his career take off. The actor appeared in movies like "Richie Rich" and then moved into TV appearances on shows like "Will and Grace"; Culkin is also a voice on the Seth
MACAULAY CULKIN HOW IS HE TODAY What has happened to the adorable child actor from "Home Alone"? Fans were shocked (picture hands on face and mouths wide open) to see a gaunt, scruffylooking Macaulay Culkin in a photo snapped on the streets of New York recently.
Green show "Robot Chicken." Culkin's last big-screen effort was the well-received 2004 indie comedy "Saved," with Mandy Moore. The star also won praise for his role as a murderous club kid in 2003's "Party Monster." He is rumored to be in the British military action comedy "Service Man," which comes out in 2013. With his having experienced so much success as a kid, perhaps a bumpy transition is no surprise (See: Lindsay Lohan). The actor grabbed headlines in the past for his childhood friendship with the late Michael Jackson, whom he defended during the singer's trial. Culkin had slept over at the pop icon's
home many times, and he called charges against the megastar "absolutely ridiculous.â€? As a kid, Culkin successfully "divorced" his parents, whom he accused of mismanaging his funds, assigning instead a family accountant to take charge of his fortune until he turned 18. In 1998, he married fellow child star Rachel Miner. The two divorced four years later. In 2004, Culkin was arrested for marijuana possession and for possessing pills for which he had no prescription. He was given a one-year deferred substance sentence on each charge and ordered to pay $540.
“Dreams do come true”
Hannah Fraser INTERVIEW TO: ΜARIA PRODROMOU
She wanted to be a mermaid since she was a little girl and... today she is doing it! She swims underwater with a hand crafted, fully functional mermaid tail, as a job. After all she was always passionate about mermaids. Her name is Hannah Fraser and she is a professional freelance mermaid. To us also the most famous and beautiful in the world! Surely to thousands of people, as well!
S Swimming in the ocean as a mermaid, becoming one with the underwater environment and having the opportunity to see magnificent creatures, whales, dolphins, even sharks at close range has inspired her to campaign against ocean degradation, pollution and overfishing . She has also recently been actively campaigning for an end to the slaughter of whales and dolphins through direct action and through education, awareness programs and beautiful imagery in her mermaid videos and photos. Let's meet better one of the most talented and beautiful professional mermaids in the world!
Speak me little about your childhood, your dreams as a little
girl. Have you always had an affinity for the ocean and ocean life? Did you always want to be a mermaid?
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My name is Hannah Fraser.. I am a professional freelance mermaid. I swim underwater with a hand crafted, fully functional mermaid tail, as a job. I was always passionate about mermaids.. When I first began drawing stick figures, they had tails! I was always very artistic, creating mermaid art and little sculptures that I would decorate with shells and seaweed. I didn't live near the water until I was 20 years old. I was born in England but I spent the first 7 years of my life in the hills of Los Angeles. We then moved to Melbourne, Australia and we were at least two hours drive from the beach. We'd make it out for a beach day now and then, but it was few and far between. So I really didn't have the ocean as part of my life when I was growing up. But I was always drawing pictures of mermaids and the ocean. My life near the ocean began after I finished school and moved to the sub tropical paradise of Byron Bay NSW East Coast of Australia. This love of mermaids was definitely something that was part of my soul no matter where I lived or what else was going on in my life. I used to have dreams of flying.. and now when I swim in the ocean, I feel like I am weightless, flying through
You created your first mermaid tale at the age of 9. How did you manage to do that? How did you feel? Has any art or literature or film inspired you on doing it? I create my mermaid tails myself. I created my first tail when I was only 9 years old after seeing the 80's film SPLASH starring Daryl Hannah.. and swam around in my pool in the tail for about 6 months until it fell apart from overuse! Now I create high art tails.. and each one takes over 4 months of work to make. There's a lot of intensive sewing, gluing, and constructing. It's a labor of love, but worth it in the end. My tails are functional, durable, selffixable and very beautiful! They are fully functional underwater and help me to swim fast. I have been performing as a mermaid for nearly a decade, and to my knowledge was the first person to make a full time career out of being a freelance professional mermaid. Creating a career that fit into my passion rather than trying to fit into an existing career path hasn't been easy, but endlessly rewarding.
Photo by Cipto Aji Gunawan
Photo by Cipto Aji Gunawan
Photo by Jeff Bedrick
I moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to throw myself fully into my passion and make the most of my career in a place where there are many creative people with a lot of motivation! I have worked in many of the world's top aquariums, performed at large scale events, and been featured in photo shoots, campaigns and short films for many large companies and creative ventures. I have swum with great white sharks, whales, dolphins, manta rays, stingrays, turtles, seals, and a wide variety of other sea life. SO far I still have all my limbs!
What is it like, swimming in the ocean with your tail among all those creatures, sharks, and whales? It sounds a little scary to me. My first swim with dolphins I was so
overjoyed and felt on top of the world! I couldn't believe how lucky I was to have that experience and how playful and interactive they were with me. I got to hang out with a pod of about 100 little spinner dolphins just off the coast of Oahu. They were just really calm and swimming all around and they allowed me to join their dolphin pod! Swimming with the whales was definitely overwhelming due to many factors.. the songs that they were singing were so incredibly loud that it was sensory overload.. and the size of them was beyond anything that we ever come into contact with, so that was mind-blowing! Also, the fact that they could move so fast through the water,
and that they were so aware of me was incredible and awe-inspiring! Some friends and I went to Tonga in the South Pacific just to create amazing footage and have this incredible experience with the whales. We'd been doing so much campaigning to end whaling and dolphin slaughter, so we really wanted to have a positive connection with these creatures we spent so much time trying to protect. We had to overcome a lot of obstacles and difficulties in timing, boat issues, permits and weather to be in the right place at the right time, and on the last day it seemed like it had all been in vain… However, in the remaining few hours of our trip, a mother, her calf and an escort whale showed up and wanted to play. The thing with whales is, if they don't want to hang out with you they can just dive deep and they're
“I would like to see an end to ALL whale and dolphin slaughter, an end to overfishing, and a worldwide commitment to end ocean pollution”. Photo by David Warth
Photo by Bob Armstrong
underneath me and getting larger and larger and I suddenly realized I didn't know which way to swim! I realized I could end up in this whale's blowhole or its mouth and I didn't know what to do. But the whales were so awareof their size and where I was and what I was doingand so this whale came up just within a couple of feet of me. It was amazing how conscious it was of its effect on me, down to the swishing of its tail. You can feel that intelligence emanating from Child photos from age 9-Hannahmermaid.com them. You look them in the eye gone before you even know what and there's just this happened. But fortunately, these consciousness. whales were totally curious. The baby whale was completely fascinated by me and my tail. It just kept coming up to the surface and eyeballing me and it would spread out its wingtip fin towards me, just out of reach. I could see it looking at me and it was such an amazing powerful experience being next to this baby whale that had just been born into the world… but was the size of a bus! We were swimming way out there in the ocean and looking down at the endless blue depths. When the sun's shining from above you can see gorgeous rays of sunlight shooting down into the endless depths of the ocean… And then there was this huge mammoth mama whale just coming up
Then the whales started singing to each other. It was mind-blowing. This big mama's song was so deep and so rumbly, it was like standing in front of the hugest speaker stack in the world, just this massive rock concert where your ribs vibrate. I felt like it was rearranging my DNA molecules; it was reverberating through every cell in my body. The baby whale was singing in such high-pitched trumpeting notes that it was nearly too loud and too high pitched for my ears to deal with. And of course water carries sound so you feel it coming from every angle. It was just phenomenal. When we got back in the boat we were crying. This emotional release happened that was so powerful, and I knew at that moment that I would put my life on the line to protect these creatures. They're just so special, so beautiful, and so conscious. I felt so grateful that even after hundreds of thousands of years of humans decimating their species, they're still so curious, interactive and show so much joy and
curiosity. As we were driving back in the boat there was another young whale that kept up with our boat and kept breaching, jumping, leaping out of the water, so full of this joy to be alive, until it couldn't jump anymore. It was beyond amazing. Swimming with 14 ft great white sharks was beyond overwhelming!! I was so scared before I did it, I had sweaty palms and nightmares for weeks before the experience, but when I did it.. Although I was definitely in a fight or flight, moment of facing death experience, I was very calm and focused on where I was, what I had to do and being super conscious of every move that the sharks made! I was on a stinky old fishing trawler off Guadalupe Island in Mexico, The experience was phenomenal, amazing, an incredible opportunity to totally face all of my fears. Although I'd been swimming as a mermaid for quite a few years I'd never seen a shark, and of course that's the first question everyone asks: “Aren't you afraid of sharks?” And I was always replied, “Well,yeah, but that's not going to stop me from following my passion!” And then when I had this opportunity to go swim with the sharks I thought 'well this is the moment, if you want to be a real mermaid!' I threw myself in the deep end, and as far as I know I was the first mermaid to ever be filmed swimming with great white sharks in the wild, with no cage, wearing a tail, breath holding, with no safety gear! The scientists who were accompanying us on the trip were very interested in how the sharks reacted to me, suggesting; “We believe that the sharks are so intelligent that they can identify the difference between a human and a fish, even if you're dressed like dinner!.” So that was our premise for the TV program. And it was very interesting. I don't think the sharks reacted any differently to me than they did to the scuba guys, and I believe they could tell that I was not a fish or a seal (which was their usual food source) I came to feel a new kind of respect for these prehistoric predators, and tapped into an intelligence within the sharks that I hadn't previously thought existed. But that doesn't mean they weren't curious. And the only way they can check you out is to have a little nibble!!! So regardless of the fact of whether they can identify you as a fish
Photo by Bob Armstrong
Photo by David Warth
“I was swimming last year with an underwater 3D filmmaker named Per Peterson, around an open ocean shipwreck with black tipped Caribbean reef sharks. That was just a phenomenal experience”. or not, the danger factor is still completely there. And when I first got onto the boat I said, “Well first off who's the medic on board? We're in the middle of nowhere, we've travelled hours and hours on little tiny planes and boats to the middle of nowhere…Who's the medic on board in case anything goes wrong?” And the guy who was running the show said, “Uhhh I think we have a first aid kit on board somewhere.” Right, I thought. I'm really in the deep end here with some cowboys. So I'm out there, I'm holding my breath, in a tail with my legs bound together and with no cage, and I asked, “What happens if a shark comes at me and I feel like it's gonna eat me?” and they were like, “Well, they're just like wild dogs, you just have to show them who's boss. Just don't turn tail and run away, because then all its predatory instincts will be aroused. Just show them who's boss.” I was like, “Are you kidding, how am I going to do that, let alone even remember to do that in a moment when a great white shark is coming at me?” Now, the theory was that there were going to be guys with spear guns around me for safety, but the reality was I'm so much faster in my tail than anyone else, especially when they have dive gear on, and to get the best photo, I have to be out in the open ocean away from the dive guys, alone with the sharks! So I take off, I'm swimming right out there in the ocean, they're all way behind me, and this shark starts coming directly at me. And I had the experience of everything slowing down to that one drawn out moment in time, and my brain was going a million miles an hour and I
thought, “Okay this is that moment that I was asking about. What am I gonna do? That's right I have to show it who's boss. And so I put my arms out wide, and started screaming under the water and swimming directly at it. I was actually yelling, “Come on motherf***er! I'll take you ON!!” But of course it just sounded more like, 'blup blup blup'. And the shark just veered off course, changed direction and took off! I scared off a 14-foot great white shark, so whenever I'm faced with scary situations in life, I remember that and think.. “I can handle ANYTHING!” I was swimming last year with an underwater 3D filmmaker named Per Peterson, around an open ocean shipwreck with black tipped Caribbean reef sharks. That was just a phenomenal experience. I was a lot more comfortable in many ways than swimming with the great white sharks. There, the shark reef dives happen every day. These divers go down wearing chainmail suits over their whole bodies and they hand feed the reef sharks. They really are like a pack of wild dogs. They're used to being fed by humans, by hand, and they know where the dinner's served, and yet they're completely wild in the open ocean. So I'm getting in my tail and I thought, “okay I've swum with 14foot great white sharks, this is no big deal!” The divers guys told me that when I swim I had to keep my hands by my side, because if I put my hand out that's a sign that I'm trying to feed them dinner and if I don't have
a fish in my hand they'll probably just take my whole hand off. I was like, “Okay. I'm not feeling so comfortable anymore!” And I look down and realize the divers are all wearing full-body chain mail and I'm half naked in a fish suit. That was the moment I realized I might be just a little bit insane. We went down about 40 ft deep and there were probably about forty sharks just swarming all around me. They're really comfortable with humans down there on a daily basis, so they came a lot closer than the great white sharks ever did. Suddenly I'm swimming and I feel this pulling back and forth on my tail… I look down and there's this shark attached to the end of my tail having a good go at it! That's the thing I always hope: if they're going take a bite, just eat the plastic! But it let go and I was like, “Okay, it's okay, no big deal,” It wasn't until I was back up at the surface that filmer showed me that he got an amazing photo of the shark actually taking a bite out of my tail. It was a misleading photo though, because the shark looks so cute and friendly, like it was smiling, gently posing for the photo, holding my tail gently in its mouth with a cute grin on its face…! It certainly felt a lot scarier when it was happening! Despite this scare, I decided to go back down again to get some more footage, but this time the sharks were getting antsier, and one came up and bumped me on the shoulder roughly. The divers looking after me were totally freaked out! They were asking if I wanted to go up to the surface, and I was like, “Well, I don't know, should I be going up, is this dangerous…? You guys are the experts!” But I ended up staying; I really wanted to do more photos because it was such an incredible opportunity. And it wasn't until we got up to the top, that I saw they were all white-faced. I was like, “You guys get bumped all the time and you push them away, why was that such a big deal?” and they were like, “That shark
“Swimming with Manta rays is like meeting alien creatures. They're the most gloriously graceful beings under the sea. They're so relaxed and so smooth and so aquiline”.
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had its mouth around your shoulder, we're in shock that you still have a shoulder!” They were like, “Are you crazy, didn't you feel its teeth at all?” And I was like, “Nope! Didn't even feel it.” I got a hickey bump from a shark. That was a phenomenal experience; I can't wait to go back.
about anything other than where I am, and the feeling of being comfortable and at one with the underwater world. This is especially important if I am swimming with large or dangerous wild animals. I need to be super aware of them, their movements, and tune into how they react to me, so I can adjust what I do to be safe, non threatening or careful.
Swimming with Manta rays is like meeting alien creatures. They're the most gloriously graceful beings under the sea. They're so relaxed and so smooth and so aquiline. They make me feel ashamed of my own movements. I just want to be as graceful as they are! I have this footage where I'm swimming upside down belly to belly with a huge fourmeter manta ray and I'm blowing bubbles onto its tummy. It was just bliss for me. You just have to make sure they don't feel like you're getting in their space, you're just there and you're part of what's going on and as long as they're not feeling threatened, they're really relaxed beautiful creatures and happy to hang out with you.
Have you ever seen or met a real mermaid? Do you believe they really exist?
You are also doing it without oxygen! This is amazing. Wearing a tail is a great workout and keeps me fit in ways I couldn't achieve otherwise. I practice yoga, breathwork, and dance a lot to keep in shape to be able to perform as a mermaid. There is a certain amount of mental preparation that goes along with The basic physical preparation (yoga, breathing exercises, etc) I need to slow my heartbeat down by mentally relaxing.. going into a meditative state where I am not thinking
I have heard a lot of stories from people who believe they have seen a real mermaid. Some accounts are very convincing. One man that related his story to my mother told her of seeing a mermaid in Papua New Guinea over 50 years ago. He said he saw a female figure with a fish tail very clearly and distinctly from the edge of a boat. When he arrived on the islands and asked the native tribe people about it, they said that they knew of the mermaid creatures and saw them on occasion. They didn't seem surprised at all by his story
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“I have not seen a mermaid myself, but I believe that there have been mer-creatures on this planet at some point, as you see nearly every culture in the world has their own mermaid myths.. even land locked desert tribes like the DOGONG tribe in Africa!”
I also spoke to a couple who both saw a large, somewhat imposing merwoman in shallow water in the waters in Hawaii some years back. They said she was quite heavyset, had frizzy dark hair and a very long tail and glared at them like they had disturbed her! I have not seen a mermaid myself, but I believe that there have been mer-creatures on this planet at some point, as you see nearly every culture in the world has their own mermaid myths.. even land locked desert tribes like the DOGONG tribe in Africa! Why do you think people are so attracted to mermaids? Why do you think they like to see them, listen about them etc? What do you think of mermaids' rising popularity and the growing popularity of “mermaiding” generally? I think people are attracted to mermaids because they represent our connection to the Ocean.. which is the womb of all life! Mermaids are the 'known' human form (represented in its most alluring beautiful female vision) and then a fishtail, which is representative of the 'unknown'.. the depths of the sea, Mother Nature in all her awesome glory. I think the stories of sirens calling sailors to drown in the depths of the ocean is a like a metaphor for humans surrendering to their own depths of emotion, and the great unknown. It can be interpreted as a positive letting go into the deep wisdom of nature.. A death of our imperialistic way of thinking that we are separate from our surroundings, instead of the reality of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth. I think people want to integrate with nature in new ways.. They don't just want to scuba dive in a cumbersome suit that feels limiting and separate from the underwater world.. They want to
play in the ocean like they are part of it.. one of its creatures that belong there.. not just a spectator but an interactive creature. You have featured in short films, music videos, advertising campaigns, photo shoots, largescale events, aquariums, and parties around the globe. You also appeared in the Oscar award winning film, 'The Cove', and stared in a TV special risking your life to swim with Great White Sharks! Can you talk about those experiences? How have they changed you, if they did? Swimming in the ocean as a mermaid.. Becoming one with the underwater environment and having the opportunity to see such magnificent creatures at close range has inspired me to campaign against ocean degradation, pollution and overfishing. Most dear to my heart are the whales and dolphins.. the closest relatives of the mermaid.. who bring so much playfulness, interaction and trust to their encounters with humans. I have been actively campaigning for an end to the slaughter of whales and dolphins through direct action and through education, awareness programs and beautiful imagery in my mermaid videos and photos. I hope to encourage others to take an interest in the ocean through what I do, and to realize we have a responsibility to care for all creatures on this planet as fellow beings. I have been lucky enough to travel around the world to so many amazing tropical beautiful islands, swimming in many different oceans and interacting with a large array of sea creatures, and I began to notice sick animals, beachings, pollution, coral reefs dying, bad fishing practices and rubbish dumping. When you are actually swimming in these conditions it really hits home that the ocean is in a dire state and it is
only because of our selfishness and laziness as human beings not caring for it. When I first saw a video clip of dolphins being slaughtered in Japan I wept with shame at being part of this race.. and have been endeavoring to try to make a difference in the way humans interact with the ocean ever since. Our group Surfers for Cetaceans came up with a plan to hold a direct action in the killing cove when a slaughter was taking place. I was 100% ready to do whatever it took to make it happen. The local Japanese fishermen were extremely angry that we were there interfering with their work and their culture. Most Japanese don't even know that dolphins are even killed by fishermen, and don't support it, but they are hesitant to fight with their countrymen about it. They are also mostly unaware of the large amount of toxic metals and mercury contents in dolphin meat that cause all sorts of illness and death if consumed. I remember paddling out into the bloody waters, seeing dead dolphins on the beach, and live dolphins netted of who were squealing and swimming in their families blood. We joined hands and created a ceremonial circle; 6 fearless, peaceful warriors - 4 of whom were young women, all so dedicated to preserving the life of these beautiful animals that they were willing to sacrifice their own safety to achieve that. It was incredibly empowering, and yet being face to face with other humans that could so carelessly and brutally end the life of such sentient intelligent beings as dolphins was truly depressing. I would like to see an end to ALL whale and dolphin slaughter, an end to
“When I first saw a video clip of dolphins being slaughtered in Japan I wept with shame at being part of this race.. and have been endeavoring to try to make a difference in the way humans interact with the ocean ever since”.
Underwater - Per Peterson
“I feel incredibly lucky that I have a talent that allows me a voice to be able to speak for causes and issues that I feel strongly about. This is the part of my job that gives me most satisfaction, where I feel like I can be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves”. overfishing, and a worldwide commitment to end ocean pollution. In a previous interview you said that you have learned a lot of new skills, extending your free diving and also overcoming your fear of sharks! Do you believe that this is the best way for humans to overcome their fears, meaning facing them? Usually our fears are just situations that are unfamiliar to us or outside our comfort zone. I was scared at first swimming with manta rays, but now I look forward to it with no fear whatsoever, because I know how they swim, how they react and how to be in their space without scaring them! Even spending time with sharks, who we all know CAN be dangerous, lifethreatening animals to swim with, becomes much less frightening when you realize they are just really big fish with large teeth. They are not mindless killing machines, and have their own logic, intelligence and motivations that you can begin to understand and respect when you get past your irrational fears and operate from a place of respect, awe and knowledge of their behavior instead of prejudice. Here's another example of learning to face my fears at an early age.. I used to be very timid.. scared to speak out, scared to talk to my peers and adults. I realized that I didn't like myself very much and I wanted to be one of those outgoing people with no fear. From that moment on, I began to move TOWARDS the fear.. If I felt scared, I knew it was an opportunity to overcome a limitation, and would force myself to speak out, share my
vulnerability, and stand out from the crowd in the way I wished I could. When I tell that to people who know me now, they can't believe it because I am that girl who is in the middle of the party, performing, public speaking, and very confident in myself. This did not come naturally.. I learned how to open up and become who I wanted to be by facing my fears. Would you say that you are a fighter for life? I would say that I am andinspiration for life'. I feel that if you are creating separation and fighting against 'enemies' then our world will always be stuck in duality rather than finding resolution and inspiration for us to change as a whole human race. I like to create beauty, and bring fantasy and mythology to life. I like to experience life out of the box, push boundaries and bring a sense of childlike wonder and awe to our existence. Nature inspires me… There is such magnificence in nature that I am endlessly inspired to pay homage to the creative spirit in every way I can. I will always stand up for what I believe in, and use my creative talents to bring awareness to issues that need attention, but I hope to do it in a way that will inspire change not just point the finger and create shame.
You are also a passionate
environmentalist, travelling all over the world, speaking at events and conventions about your experiences swimming with great white sharks, humpback whales, seals, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and other marine life. How much important is this for you? I feel incredibly lucky that I have a talent that allows me a voice to be able to speak for causes and issues that I feel strongly about. This is the part of my job that gives me most satisfaction, where I feel like I can be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. The ocean creatures are unique, magnificent, intelligent and imperative in our world's ecosystem to keep everything balanced. How do people on the outside typically respond to you today? I headlined at the World Mermaid Awards last year, and met crowds of 'Mer' enthusiasts! It was a wild experience to see so many people who shared their gratitude for what I was doing and have been inspired to make their own tails and start performing as well! It's amazing what an explosion of interest in mermaids there is right now. I get emails every single day from someone else saying 'how do you make mermaid tails, how do you do what you do, tell me how to become a professional mermaid.' It's really an amazing feeling to have inspired so many people. I got an email today from a girl who said, “I just saw your videos for the first time and I cried, sobbed for hours because I always had this dream of being under the ocean and I just never realized you could actually do that as a job, or have a tail. Everyone in my life thinks I'm crazy but you've made it real.” Another woman told me later that she had a life threatening illness which she has overcome by being inspired by what I do underwater and she began to swim as a mermaid and became so much more healthy, happy and active that her health issue has been
“I would say that I am andinspiration for life'”.
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“People often ask me why on earth I would swim with such dangerous creatures such as sharks. I find them to be intriguing, awe inspiring, magnificent and beautiful in their own way”. alleviated! My whole life all I ever wanted to do was inspire people to live their dreams, whatever they may be. I want to show people that if they are continually passionate about what they believe in, anything is possible! I'm completely re-inspired every day by seeing other people who have the same passion and who've been awakened to the beauty of the ocean like that. As a mermaid, what message or messages do you bring to regular land-locked humans? The ocean is our lifeblood. If we mess it up with pollution, overfishing, and killing these incredible species that hold the knowledge and the wisdom of the ocean, it's only a matter of years before the rest of civilization crumbles. We cannot survive without the ocean. It's the womb of the world. We humans are 70% water. We can no longer pretend that we're just these land-based creatures or that we don't have a completely a symbiotic relationship with the ocean. How do you see the future of our planet? Do you have any advice you want to give to the people? Growing up spending a lot of time in India showed me firsthand what happens when people are either
too poor or not supported to keep their environment clean and protected… The rubbish and destruction, shanty towns and pollution had a large impact on me, and when I moved to Byron Bay on the East Coast of Australia I found like-minded people who were willing to stand up and protest against the environmental degradation. I went to old growth forest protection rallies, helped save an abandoned quarry lake from being a rubbish dump, protested the destruction of a bridge over protected wetland, and then got heavily into ocean protection when I had the chance to travel to many beautiful tropical islands performing as a mermaid. When I had the chance to swim with whales and dolphins, I decided to focus a lot of my attention on helping these species as I felt their amazing intelligence and joyful natures. My advice for everyone is to find that place inside yourself that connects to the source of nature and the Earth we live on. Then act from this place of reverence and care in all aspects of your life. Be vocal about your love of the Earth and humanity. Find ways to support organizations that are doing real positive works to help bring in a new paradigm of society based on mutual respect for all creatures and humans. Use your work or art form or hobbies to
bring awareness to issues that need help with positive change. What type of mermaid projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in the months to come? People often ask me why on earth I would swim with such dangerous creatures such as sharks. I find them to be intriguing, awe inspiring, magnificent and beautiful in their own way. I accept that they are one of the world's most dangerous predators but I also have found that they are not mindless monsters just waiting for me to dip my tail in the ocean to suddenly attack me. They are wary, clever, and intelligent creatures. If you treat them with respect, know their behaviors, be very careful and occasionally show them who's boss.. then you can be lucky enough to swim with them and stay in one piece. I recently released a short video piece entitled ' The Beauty of the All Around' that is focused on the ocean environmental message reaching children. (see it on Vimeo) I have an upcoming book launch in March on Malibu beach for a kid's book titled 'Last Night I Swam With a Mermaid' that inspires children (and hopefully adults) to care for and respect the ocean. I am collaborating with some amazing musicians and producers on mermaid music video clips for 2012. I am booked to perform at a huge outdoor dance music festival in LA in March called Beyond Wonderland in a 40 ft long mermaid tank. 2012 is heating up to be a wild ride, while at the same time centering into a heart space of my deepest passions and excitements.
“My advice for everyone is to find that place inside yourself that connects to the source of nature and the Earth we live on. Then act from this place of reverence and care in all aspects of your life. Be vocal about your love of the Earth and humanity”.
A Mermaid is a mythological creature with a human head and body, and a fish tail instead of feet. The name mermaid was made up of 'Mere' which is the old english word for 'Sea' and 'Maid' meaning 'woman'. There have been many stories of Mermaids throughout the ages, but some of the most popular myths are that Mermaids enchant people by singing to them, the singing distracts people from their work causing them to walk of the deck or run their ships aground.
MERMAIDS - DO THEY REALLY
EXIST? - THE MERMAID MOVIES
A A Mermaid is a mythological creature with a human head and body, and a fish tail instead of feet. The name mermaid was made up of 'Mere' which is the old english word for 'Sea' and 'Maid' meaning 'woman'. There have been many stories of Mermaids throughout the ages, but some of the most popular myths are that Mermaids enchant people by singing to them, the singing distracts people from their work causing them to walk of the deck or run their ships aground. Other stories say that the Mermaids squeeze the life out of men while attempting to save them from drowning. Some people believe they take members of the crew underwater not realising they cant breath underwater while others say they drown the men out of spite. The first known Mermaid story was in 1000 BC, when a goddess named Atargatis loved a mortal Shepard but later unintentional killed him, feeling ashamed at what she had done she apparently jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish but she was still beautiful on the top half and a fish on the bottom half so became known as a Mermaid. Another popular story is that Alexander the Great turned his sister in to a Mermaid after she died, the story says when she swam across a ship she would ask the crew "Is King Alexander alive?" and if the crew members did not answer correctly then she would raise a terrible storm that would prove fateful to the ship and all the crew on board, however if they answered "He lives and reigns and conquers the world" then she would calm the waters and wish the crew farewell. In Britain Mermaids are seen as omens, foretelling disaster and more often than not causing it. Mermaids are also a sign of rough weather. Most people would agree that Mermaids are no more than a myth but why are there so many claimed sightings all across the world? Zoologist's suggest that people are actually seeing Dugongs. Dugongs are mammals that use their arms for steering and their legs are two small bones floating deep in the muscle. Specialists
claim that Dugongs can appear to be Mermaids from a distance although i don't see the resemblance myself. Archaeologists have also found bronzed figures of Mermaids dating back over 3,000 years ago, and along with the sightings there have also been ships found floating in the sea with the crew members all missing which still remains a mystery. In 1493 Christopher Columbus reported seeing three mermaids playing about and jumping out of the water. He said they were not as beautiful as they are painted, although to some extent they have a human appearance in the face. Many people have tried to cash in on the Mermaid myth with hoaxes, such as stitching monkeys and fish together to create what looks like the remains of a mermaid. Some have even gone as far as to use real bodies of the deceased and added a fish tail where the legs should be. When the Tsunami hit back in 2004 many photo's were put on the Internet of these hoax creations claiming to be Mermaids that had washed up in the disaster. The most sickest photos have been of deceased
victims of Sirenomelia. Sirenomelia also known as 'Mermaid Syndrome' is a rare disorder in which a child is born with their legs fused together. This is a rare condition affecting one out of every 100,000 births and is more often than not fatal. Popular films about Mermaids include Disney The Little Mermaid, Splash and Aquamarine among others and whether Mermaids are a myth or not, people still enjoy these films because they dare to tell the tale of the unknown. TOP 7 Mermaid Movies We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny
Depp, brings mermaids back to the big screen. If you get the urge to see mermaids (or other similar sea women) at home, try out some of these titles. It's The Scorecard Review's TOP 7 Mermaid Movies. 7. Night Tide (1961) Recap: Sailor Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper) meets a beautiful woman named Mora (Linda Lawson) while on shore leave in Santa Monica. He pursues her and things seem to be going well, until she reveals that she not only plays a mermaid on the Amusement Pier, but also believes she's really a “sea person.” Then Johnny learns two of her past boyfriends died mysteriously and wonders if he's in
trouble. Reason: Though not technically a mermaid, a “sea person” is pretty much a mermaid without the fish tail. This is the only film that sets up a mermaid to be a possible killer, usually she's a damsel in distress. It's an interesting premise and because of the low-budget, the background characters and scenes give an idea of what the Santa Monica Pier was like back in the day. Unfortunately, the film's not that great, it has classic b-movie moves like dialogue scenes with weird pauses in the middle and a heroine who looks pretty, but isn't much of an actress. 6. Aquamarine (2006) Recap: Two young teens find a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) in a swimming pool after a stormy night. When they discover she's looking for true love, they offer to help her if she'll grant them a wish (one girl's about to move and they don't
want to be separated). Aquamarine sets her sights on Raymond (Jake McDorman) a local lifeguard who all the girls have a crush on. Reason: A tween fantasy film, Aquamarine is about love, friendship, and also girls fighting over boys. It's cute, fluffy fun about a mermaid who's a little bit of a fish out of water (of course she shows up naked, haha she doesn't get modesty!) But she actually fits in much better than you would expect. The subplot of girls lying and being nasty over Raymond (who doesn't seem to get why all the girls are into him either) left a bad taste in my mouth. Still, the end is sweet and was better than I expected. 5. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) Recap: Arthur Peabody (William Powell) is having a midlife crisis, so he does the normal thing and falls in love with a mermaid named Lenore (Ann Blythe). Oh, and he's married so he has to hide Lenore from his wife and anyone else who, you know, might get freaked out by seeing a mermaid. This leads to a series of comic misadventures while he's on vacation. Reason: I love William Powell normally, between My Man Godfrey and the Thin Man series, he's made some of my favorite movies. But this one is a bad male wish fulfillment fantasy. Arthur's wife is annoying so you can see why he'd like Lenore, but the man/mermaid relationship is less
cute than creepy, especially since he's so much older than her. I don't know why that matters since the fact that they're different species should be more of an obstacle. There are good moments, I was just turned off by the overall condescending tone of the film. 4. Lady In the Water (2006) Recap: Apartment building maintenance man Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) finds a water narf (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the complex's swimming pool one night. She's being menaced by wolf-like creatures who want to destroy her. It will take help from all the apartment residents to save her and return her home. Reason: This movie got terrible reviews and made little money, but I enjoyed it. Like the underrated Unbreakable, Lady in the Water takes a fairy tale and casts it in the real world. Though not technically a mermaid, the narf shares many characteristics. She's a beautiful woman in need of a hero and she shows up naked. But what I liked about the movie was how the story unfolds. It's kind of a mystery, who will play what role in this story? I know, Shyamalan lays on the metaphors pretty thick, like naming the narf â€œStory.â€? Also, he shouldn't have cast himself as an actor. But it's a movie where plot does come first, and that's kind of rare now. 3. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) Recap: A little girl named Fiona is sent to live with her Grandparents on the Irish coast. There, she learns her family's history, notably that she's descended from a selkie, women who wear seal skins so they can swim in the water. She believes her long lost younger brother is being kept by the selkies on the Island of Roan Inish and that if she can move her family there, they will give him back. Reason: This is just a really beautiful movie. It takes the legend at face value, everyone just believes that selkies exist and behaves accordingly. They're sad creatures, they can be trapped on land but they're only happy when they're free. Fiona is the narrator and leads the action while weaving together the family
stories and their current reality. 2. The Little Mermaid (1989) Recap: Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) is a mermaid princess who longs to know more about the humans who live on land. While spying on people, she saves the life of a prince named Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) and falls in love with him. She sneaks behind her father's back and makes a deal with Ursula, the sea witch, to be given legs so that she can woo Eric. But she must give up her voice, and if she cannot make Eric kiss her within three days, she'll be Ursula's forever. Reason: This one's a Disney classic. I remember seeing this movie in the theater with my sisters. We loved it, but it was a little terrifying. Those horrible little things that Ursula turns the merpeople into after capturing them? It makes me shudder thinking about it. The film has an excellent mix of music, story and a heroine with a proactive take on life. Ariel was the first animated female who really took control of her life instead of letting princes, mice or dwarves make her choices for her. The film would be the first in an animated renaissance for Disney's animation studios. If you want to know more about that,
watch the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. 1. Splash (1984) Recap: As a child, Allen has an encounter with a mermaid, which he puts behind himself as an adult. Until years later, he's saved by her again. After being separated, she goes to New York City to find him, and proceeds to walk around naked. Allen (Tom Hanks) bails her out of jail, names her Madison (Daryl Hannah) and tries to ignore her more unusual traits. But a scientist is on her tail, determined to prove her a mermaid and keep her as a science experiment. Reason: Splash is the rare romantic comedy that takes the comedy part seriously. Hanks, John Candy and Eugene Levy, all at the height of their comedic powers, make serious funny in a literal fish-out-of-water tale. The script also honors those comedic giants and knows how to have fun with that. But it's also a sweet romance. It's the first movie that showed Hanks for the romantic, sweet everyman he's beloved as. Plus it's one of those great, '80s New York movies where people are always yelling at one another on the street. It's just a solid film.
Children are precious. A parent's love for their children is unparalleled, so when a child goes missing it destroys the lives of those parents who loved and cherished their offspring so dearly, and often captures the undivided attention of a whole country, or even the world. This list takes a look at some of the most tragic cases of missing children.
MISSING CHILDREN TRAGIC CASES
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Steven Gregory Stayner (April 18,
1965 September 16, 1989) was an American kidnap victim. Stayner was abducted from the Central California city and county of Merced, at the age of seven and held until he was 14, when he escaped and rescued another victim, Timothy White, in 1980. Stayner died in 1989 in a motorcycle accident while driving home from work. On the afternoon of December 4, 1972, Steven Stayner was approached on his way home from school by a man named Ervin Edward Murphy, an acquaintance of Kenneth Parnell. Murphy, described by those who knew him as a trusting, naïve and simple-minded man, had been enlisted by convicted child rapist Parnell (who had passed himself off as an aspiring minister to Murphy) into helping him abduct a young boy so that Parnell could “raise him in a religious-type deal,” as Murphy later stated. For years Parnell abused Steven and told him that he had legally adopted him. As Steven entered puberty, Parnell began to look for a younger child to kidnap. On February 14, 1980, Parnell and a teenage friend of Steven's, named
Sean Poolman, kidnapped five-yearold Timmy White in Ukiah, California. Motivated in part by the young boy's distress, Steven decided to escape with him, intending to return the boy to his parents and then escape himself. The two boys were picked up by the police and Steven told them the whole story. Steven's life was the basis of the 1989 miniseries “I know my first name is Steven”. Fusako Sano Fusako Sano is a Japanese woman who was kidnapped at age nine by Nobuyuki Satō, and held in captivity for nine years and two months from November 13, 1990 to January 28, 2000. In Japan, the case is also known as the Niigata girl confinement incident. Fusako Sano, then a fourth grade elementary school girl, disappeared on November 13, 1990, at age nine,
after watching a school baseball game in her home town of Sanjō, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. A huge police search failed to find the missing girl. Police even considered the possibility that she had been kidnapped by North Korean intelligence operatives. She had been kidnapped by Nobuyuki Satō, then a 28-year-old mentally disturbed unemployed Japanese man, who forced her into his car, and subsequently held her in the upstairs floor of his apartment in a residential area of Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, for 9 years and two months. The house is only 200 meters from a kōban (police substation), and 55 kilometers from the location where she was kidnapped. While Sano was initially scared, according to her own statements she eventually just gave up and accepted her fate. Allegedly, the kidnapper kept her tied up for several months, and used a stun gun for punishments if she did not videotape the horse racing on TV. Sano was also threatened with a
knife and beaten. Her kidnapper shared his men's clothes with her and gave her food three times per day, either instant food or meals cooked by his mother, who lived downstairs in the apartment. He also cut Sano's hair. Since there was no bath or toilet upstairs where Sano was confined, she was only able to take a bath infrequently, when permitted by her captor. She spent most of her time in captivity listening to radio, and reportedly was allowed to watch TV only in the last year of her ordeal. While the door was never locked, Sano did not take a step outside for nine years. She later told the police: “I was too scared to escape and eventually lost the energy to escape.” The mother of Nobuyuki Satō, then 73 years old, consulted the Kashiwazaki public health center in January 1996, because her son had been acting strangely and was violent to her. She called again on January 12, 2000, and again on January 19, requesting a visit to her home. Officials finally visited the home on Friday, January 28, 2000. Subsequently, Satō caused a disturbance that resulted in police being called to the scene. On this occasion, Sano, by then 19 years old, approached the officers and identified herself. The Beaumont Children Jane (aged 9), Arnna (aged 7) and Grant Beaumont lived in Adelaide, Australia in the 1960s. Their house on Harding Street was minutes away from the popular beach resort of Glenelg, a tourist hotspot home to
numerous attractions, hotels and restaurants. Like many other Adelaide residents, the children were fond of the beach at Glenelg and, perhaps due to the innocence of the period and the maturity of Jane, their parents had no qualms about them visiting on their own, as long as they took the 5 minute bus ride from their house to the resort. On 26th of January, 1966, the children left the house at 10am and were never seen by their parents again.
Eye witness statements confirmed that the children at least arrived at their destination as they were spotted at the beach with a tall blonde man. The children appeared to be in no distress and were reportedly enjoying themselves in his company. The eldest child, Jane, was also seen buying a meat pie from a beachside shop with a ÂŁ1 note. This seemed odd, however, as not only had the children never bought such an item in any of their previous trips, their parents had not given them this amount of money upon departing the house earlier on in the day. The final confirmed sighting of the children was by a postman at 3pm that day. The postman knew the children well and stopped to talk to them. He reported that although they were heading in the general direction of their house, they did not seem to be in any sort of hurry or concerned that they were already 3 hours late. A creepy footnote in the case is the fact that, prior to their disappearance, Arnna had told her mother that Jane had gotten a 'boyfriend' down at the beach. The mother, understandably, assumed this to be a young playmate, but in hindsight it supported the theory that the children had encountered their abductor at least once before. There are numerous suspects for the murder of the Beaumont children, although none have ever been proven guilty. The strongest of these suspects is Bevan Spencer von Einem, an apparent member of a high society gentlemen's club, who kidnapped and murdered numerous Australian children in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Von Einem is currently serving a life-sentence for the murder of an Adelaide teenager in 1984, and a credible witness (known only as 'B' to conceal his identity in the 1984 trial) told the police that he had also admitted to the murders of the Beaumont children. Police have been unable to prove this but von Einem would have fit the eyewitness descriptions in 1966, and was also known to frequent Glenelg. Eloise Worledge Eloise Worledge was 8 years old when she vanished from her own bedroom on January 12, 1976, in Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia. On that day, at 8.30pm, Eloise's mother Patsy left the house for her regular
ballet class and left the children (Eloise, along with her brother and sister) with their father, Lindsay. Patsy returned home at 10.30pm and went to see each of the children individually before retiring to bed herself, at 11pm. Lindsay had spent the night drinking in the house and watching television (the couple were currently going through a separation). He went to
bed at 11.40pm, not realizing that the front door to the house had been left open. Patsy woke up at 07.30am to find the flywire in the window of her daughter's bedroom had been cut and their daughter was nowhere to be seen. In a panic, Patsy ran across the road to her neighbors' house while Lindsay called the police. The police later revealed that Lindsay's phone call seemed strangely unemotional. A team of 250 police officers searched for the missing child for 3 weeks but found nothing. Under further investigation it seemed that the flywire cut was not big enough for the child or an abductor to fit through, and so the most likely scenario was that Eloise had been removed through the front door. However, had the flywire cut been an intentional red-herring caused by the perpetrator? In total, over 200 suspicious incidents were logged on the night that Eloise went missing. These ranged from noises in the neighboring area late at night, to sounds of a car door slamming and a crying child. The case was reopened more than 20 years after the events but no clues have yet been found to indicate what happened to Eloise Worledge. The father did agree on the day of her disappearance to take a lie-detector test but this was
not done until 25 years later. The results were inconclusive. Megumi Yokota
The story of Megumi Yokota is fascinating for several reasons. It begins with the disappearance of a young girl from Japan in 1977, and develops into a story of international espionage. It was a November day in 1977, when Sachi Yokota said goodbye to her daughter as she left for school and never returned. In the years following, both Sachi and her husband searched tirelessly for clues as to the whereabouts of their daughter, but uncovered absolutely nothing. A couple of years after the disappearance, Sachi and her husband Shigeru learned that Japanese residents had begun disappearing off the coast facing North Korea, and the Koreans were the prime suspects in the abductions. However, it took until 1997 for a North Korean defector to give the Yokota's the information they had been searching for. The defector stated that Megumi had, in fact, been taken by abductors working for the North Korean government, and taken across the seas to aid in the training of North Korean spies intent on being able to blend in with the Japanese culture. However, Megumi had been taken by mistake, her real age not being realized until she was already long gone. The story would seem like the work of someone with a very overactive imagination if it were not for the fact that North Korea admitted, in 2002, to the abduction of 12 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s, Megumi being one of them. They stated that she had committed suicide at the age of 29, and returned what they said were her ashes to Japan, where DNA testing was claimed to prove the remains were not Megumi's The missing girl would now be in her 40s and the Yokotas continue to search for the truth of what happened to their daughter, clinging on to the belief that she is still alive, somewhere.
Etan Patz The case of Etan Patz is famous, not only for the events surrounding his disappearance, but also as he was the first missing child to have his
photograph placed on the front of milk cartons across America in the hope of finding him. On the morning of May 25, 1979, Etan Patz was sent to make his way to school from his parents' loft apartment in the Soho district of Manhattan. Etan was well behaved, and the neighborhood was considered a safe place where everyone looked out for everyone else, so it was assumed that Patz' journey to the school bus pick-up point would be an uneventful one. Two eye-witnesses were the last known people to see Etan as he waited at a near-by intersection to cross the road. The police were informed when Etan did not return home, and over 100 officers scoured the area. Pictures of the boy were posted all over the city and the media jumped on the case and began reporting sightings from all over the country. One of the more credible witnesses was a person who reported seeing Etan talking to a suspicious looking blonde man near where he was last seen heading towards the bus stop. Three years after the disappearance police got their first solid suspect in Jose Antonio Ramos. Ramos was a known pedophile who had been caught trying to lure children in to a tunnel in New York where they found child pornography containing young boys with light colored hair similar to Etan's. Although Ramos admitted having seen Etan traveling to school before, there was not enough evidence to charge him with the crime and he was released. Ramos was, however, rearrested in
1985, when a new prosecutor was assigned to the case. In a new round of interviews, he began to admit more and eventually admitted to attempting to take a boy fitting Etan's description back to his apartment for sex, but eventually giving up before sending him on a subway train to visit his aunt. Ramos said that he was 90% certain that the boy was Etan after seeing his face on the news following the disappearance the following day. Ramos is currently still in Jail on unrelated charges, and each year on Patz' birthday, his father sends Ramos a copy of his son's original 'missing child' poster with a message written on the back: â€œWhat did you do with my little boy?â€? Johnny Gosch
private investigator uncovered apparent evidence that Johnny had been sold in to a pedophile ring, something of which police were unsure, but did not immediately dismiss. In 1997, the case took a strange twist when Noreen was apparently visited at her home by a 27 year old Johnny Gosch, who told her mother about his kidnapping but made her promise that she would not repeat this information as he was still living under danger from his abductors. Johnny's father, however, is doubtful of the visit. Again, in 2006, the case took another twist when photographs of a bound boy who Noreen believes to be Johnny began appearing on her doorstep. She is certain of his identity, but unidentified witnesses have come forward to say that the person in the photos is not Johnny. The case has sparked huge conspiracy theories involving even the White House, and new information is still coming out at the time of writing.
Been Needham On July 24, 1991, Ben Needham was in the care of his grandparents, while his
Johnny Gosch was doing his usual paper-round on Sunday, September 5, 1982, when he and his friend were approached by a man in a Ford Fairlane with Iowa plates, who asked them both for directions. Johnny later commented to his friend that the man made him feel uneasy, before heading home, apparently being followed by a different man. The parents John (or Leonard depending on which source you read) and Noreen were first alerted to something amiss when they began receiving phone-calls from disgruntled customers pertaining to their missing newspapers. After a search of the local area, John Gosch found his son's paperwagon two blocks from their home. Over the next couple of years, Johnny's mother and a
mum Kerry and her boyfriend Simon went shopping. The family were on holiday from Sheffield, England, to the Greek Island of Kos to visit Kerry's parents who had emigrated there. According to his grandmother, Ben was playing by the front door of their recently renovated farmhouse, when she took her eyes off him for just a brief moment. However, in that time, Ben had vanished. Ben's family frantically searched for the child but to no avail. His mother has stated that she believes he was
taken by a pedophile ring, and has criticized the Greek authorities for not working quickly enough to man airports and borders in the hope of stopping someone escaping the island with Ben. In both 2003 and 2007, photographs have been released to the public showing how Ben may look using ageprogressing computer technology. However, the efforts have produced nothing of substance. There have been over 300 reported sightings of Ben over the years, but the family seem no closer to finding him 20 years after he was last seen. Edward and Austin Bryant Most missing children are reported as
soon as they are thought to be missing by anguished parents. However, in 2011, authorities in Colorado were notified of the disappearance of Austin Bryant. Upon further investigation, they found that Austin had actually gone missing some time between 2003 and 2005 when he would have been between 5 and 7 years old. To make things worse, his brother had also gone missing in 2001, at the age of 9 but his disappearance had also gone unreported. Edward and Austin (biological siblings) were fostered, and later adopted, by Edward and Linda Bryant in 1999. The children had adopted 9 children in total, and as Edward and Austin were considered to have 'special needs', $1700 a month was awarded to the Bryants for their care. It was one of the other adoptees of the Bryants who came forward with information on the missing children in 2011, adding that they had been
physically abused throughout their stay. The Bryants are currently awaiting trial for continuing to collect the money for the care of the children, but not in connection with their disappearance. Edward and Austin remain missing. Madeline McCann 3 year old Madeline McCann went missing from the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz, on 3 May, 2007, and stands as one of the most famous cases of missing children ever in Britain. McCann's parents, Kate and Gerry, were enjoying a meal with a group of friends while Madeline and her twin siblings were sleeping in the unlocked apartment approximately 100 meters away. The McCanns reported that the group took turns at checking on the children, and each time nothing untoward was noted, although at the last at 21:30, only the twins were seen
through the door. At 22:00, Kate and Gerry McCann returned to their apartment to find the twins safe in bed but Madeline missing, and the window in her bedroom open. A huge manhunt was launched with the initial suspects being a British/Portuguese national, Robert Murat, and the McCann's themselves, all of which were given arguido (suspect) status by the police. The investigations of the initial suspects however led to nothing. The police initially worked under the assumption that McCann had either been kidnapped by a pedophile ring or an adoption ring, and attracted criticism, particularly from the McCann's, for the way they handled the case. The amount of people allowed in to the apartment from which Madeline went missing, for example, was so uncontrolled as to taint the possibility of finding forensic or DNA evidence leading to the identification of the abductor. Developments in the McCann case, no matter how small, still garner widespread media coverage
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THE BEST AND THE WORST OF OSCAR FASHION The best and worst Oscar gowns. At the 84th annual Academy Awards, Hollywood's leading ladies wore some truly stunning, surprising, and unfortunate gowns on the red carpet. There's no greater opportunity to show off your figure in an over-the-top glamorous ensemble, and while some actresses really dressed to impress, others sadly fell flat. Behold, the best and worst dressed at the 2012 Oscars.
Best: Angelina Jolie
Best: Stacy Kiebler
Worst: Sandra Bullock
Worst: Meryl Streep
Best: Gwyneth Paltrow
Best: Milla Jovovich
Worst: Jennifer Lopez
Best: Natalie Portman
Best: Penelope Cruz
Best: Emma Stone
Best: Cameron Diaz
Worst: Glenn Close
Say what you will, but I've always rooted for Team Jen. My love for Jennifer Aniston started during her days as the annoying but oh-so-loveable Rachel Green, and her recent impression of Chelsea Handler on "After Lately" only solidified my girl crush. She's funny, she's hot, and she's only getting better with age. The star is 43 years old. For-ty-three. So of course, I want to know how the heck she keeps her skin looking more youthful and flawless than my supposedly-at-peak-20something complexion. That's why I was all ears when the intrepid beauty reporter -- aka Conan O'Brien -- found out. On his late-night TV show, Conan asked the star how she keeps her skin so flawless. Her response: "I'm obsessed with laser porn." Come again, Jen? Aniston said she uses laser therapy to zap away the age spots from her Cali-bred complexion. She also revealed that she loves chemical peels. "It's extremely intense … you look like a battered burn victim for a week," she said. "The dead skin on your face just kind of falls off for eight days." Conan joked, "I hope you saved the [fallen] face afterwards -- that is eBay gold!" As much as I love me my Jen, I'm not in the market for her dead skin cells. What I wouldn't mind having is, well, everything else. Her trend-setting hair, her perfect skin, her amazingly-toned abs … I could go on. So I did something a little creepy. I tracked down every last detail of Jennifer Aniston's look and found out how much it would cost me to look like her. Curious? Keep reading. Jennifer Aniston's Skin Care Aniston uses a pretty wide variety of products on her skin. She's said that her long-time favorite cleanser is the Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar, $3.45, and also says she uses Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, $47. But here's the ringer: Before award shows and red carpet
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$141,037 BEAUTY ROUTINE Aniston said she uses laser therapy to zap away the age spots from her Cali-bred complexion. She also revealed that she loves chemical peels.
appearances, she also visits the Tracie Martyn Spa for Martyn's signature Red
Carpet Facial. This treatment costs $450 and clients typically leave with her "Famous Purple Bag" of at-
Aniston mostly uses Chris McMillan products. His starter kit, which includes shampoo, conditioner, and repair mask, is a shockingly affordable $29.95. Jennifer Aniston's Makeup Obviously, Aniston's makeup look changes often, so I decided to just pick one as an example. Since the look is a pretty typical one for Aniston, it's a good guideline if you want to copy her makeup. The total of all the beauty products comes out to $402.â€¨
home products, which costs $391.50.
a day at the salon for Aniston
All of this doesn't include the makeup artist fees. While Levin doesn't disclose her rates, Crystal Wright, a career advisor in the beauty industry, says some celebrity makeup artists' rates start at $4,000 per day, so we'll use that as a rough estimate. Total cost: $4,402. Jennifer Aniston's Eyebrows Aniston has had brow guru Anastasia Soare shaping her brows for years. A session with Soare herself costs $120 for the first visit and $80 after that. The salon says some people come in every week for touch-ups, while others only come every month or two months; it depends on how fast your brows grow and how picky you are about them.
This puts Aniston's estimated skin care total at $891.95 if she gets one facial a month. Then, add in the aforementioned chemical peel, which costs about $295 a pop, her monthly skin care routine comes out to $1,186.95. Jennifer Aniston's Hair Aniston usually gets her hair cut by celebrity stylist Chris McMillan, who owns Chris McMillan The Salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. and co-owns McMillan Canale Salon in Malibu, Calif. with Aniston's colorist Michael Canale. A haircut at the salon will generally cost about $200 to $350, but with McMillan himself it's $600. Pretty steep, but he is the creator of "The Rachel." For highlights, Canale's rates start at $320. So
(who is rumored to go religiously every six weeks) will cost at least $920 -- before tips.â€¨At home,
Whether you're trying to shed some lbs or just stay fit, these tricks to increase your metabolism from nutritionist Heather Bauer, RD,CDN, will help you reach the finish line even faster. 1. Keep Hydrated I'm sure the general population thinks dieticians sound like a broken record when it comes to the whole water thing, but it really is important. Drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day will help your body function at peak performance levels. 2. Keep Calcium Levels Up Current obesity research shows that a dip in calcium levels can trigger the same hormone that causes the body to hold onto fat to be released. Choose low-fat dairy, cheese, yogurt, salmon, tofu, and oatmeal. 3. Ditch the Drinks Happy hours and late night cocktails can do a number on your metabolism the next day. Research shows that the day after a night of drinking, there is a significant dip in your metabolic rate. Combine this with hangover cravings, and you've got a double disaster. 4. Eat Constantly Snacking does not have to be a bad thing. If your stomach is growling, it means that you need more fuel. Not providing your body with food is a surefire way to slow down its basic functions. Choose high-fiber, highprotein snacks like low-fat cheese, fiber crackers, fruits, veggies, or Greek yogurt. Starving your body will sabotage all of your dieting efforts. Related: 75 Most Iconic Hairstyles of All Time 5. Destress Yourself Stress raises the amount of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a hormone that tells the body to hold onto fat in case of a stressful situation (think more natural disaster-level stress,
YOUR METABOLISM Whether you're trying to shed some lbs or just stay fit, these tricks to increase your metabolism from nutritionist Heather Bauer, RD,CDN, will help you reach the finish line even faster.
not a bad day at work-level). Experiment with yoga or meditation as ways to lower stress levels and clear your mind. 6. Decrease Diet Soda Although it's low in calories and seems like an easy swap for high calorie beverages, diet soda may actually have adverse effects on your metabolism. Water and seltzer are better options, but if you must drink diet soda, limit your consumption to two cans (not Big Gulps!) per week. 7. Don't Forget Your ZZZ's Getting a least seven to eight hours of sleep every night is crucial to a healthy metabolism.
Anything less can adversely affect your body's ability to burn calories. Surprisingly, excess sleep may do the same thing. It's best to keep a consistent bedtime and wake up close to the same time every morning 8. Soak Up the Sun Research shows that when a person spends long periods of time in a darkened, dull environment, it stimulates the same physiological functions in the body as gaining weight and sleep. The best daylight hours are between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., so make it a point to get up from your desk and take a brisk walk outside. Aside from
12. Up Your Vitamin C Vitamin C and calcium are partners in crime when it comes to your metabolic rate. Calcium speeds up metabolism, while vitamin C helps the body absorb this mineral, creating an overall winwin situation.
soaking up rays, you'll rev up your heart rate and benefit from the fresh air. Related: 25 Snacks Under 150 Calories 9. Work Out in the Cold Doing any type of cardio exercise in the cold can increase the ability of brown fat in the body to work at maximum capacity. Newly published research indicates that brown fat helps efficiently burn the white fat in your body, which is the considered that "bad fat." 10. Drink Kombucha Tea This tea, which is made from the Kombucha black mushroom, has racked up accolades in almost every health area-claims range from easing arthritis to detoxifying the liver. The detoxifying nature of this beverage may help your body function at an optimal level, which means a healthy metabolism. 11. Increase Weight-Bearing Exercises One pound of muscle burns 35 to 50 calories, while one pound of fat burns a measly 5 to 10 calories. Increasing your muscle mass can increase your body's basal metabolic rate (BMR) by up to 40%. There's no need to hit the weights hard, either, simply using light weights at high repetition has been proven to tone muscle and burn fat.
Related: 25 Personal Health Secrets From Doctors 13. Vitamin B is Key Getting in all over your vitamin B, which you can do by incorporating small amounts of nuts, seeds, lean chicken, beef, and fish into your diet, helps maintain a healthy metabolism. Legumes are also a great source of B vitamins; plus they're chock-full of fiber. 14. Drink Green Tea The polyphenols, specifically EGCG, in green tea have properties that rev up your metabolic rate. However, green tea takes dedication. You have to drink about 4 to 5 cups a day to see results. 15. Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup It's one of the most controversial issues in nutrition: Studies show that HFCS can make the body insulinresistant. Also, when given the
choice, the body stores fructose as fat before it does glucose. 16. Try Interval Training Aside from curing workout boredom, interval training allows you to burn more calories in less time. This is a great way for busy people with less time to get in a maximum workout. Related: 23 Power Foods to Eat More More More Of 17. Drink Oolong Tea Swap your second latte of the day with a fresh cup of oolong tea. Chinese medicine and celebrities alike tout the calorie boosting properties of this electrifying elixir. 18. Spicy Peppers Take your pick: Jalapenos, chili, cayenne, habanero, etc.. These fiery little guys contain capsaicin, which is why you get a burning sensation in your mouth when you eat them. This same effect is created internally, causing a calorie burn for about 30 minutes afterward. 19. Go Ginger The latest craze is to add ginger shots to juice, but if you're not into juicing, it also pairs nicely with veggies in a stir-fry. In addition to aiding digestion, it can speed up the body's digestion process by as much as twenty percent. 20. Eat Oily Fish Fish such as tuna and salmon contain oil that increases leptin, which is a hormone responsible for controlling appetite.
MAG Cuisine Mexican Bean Salad Ingredients 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels 1 red onion, chopped 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1 clove crushed garlic 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 dash hot pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon chili powder Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine beans, bell peppers, frozen corn, and red onion. 2.In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and black pepper. Season to taste with hot sauce and chili powder. 3.Pour olive oil dressing over vegetables; mix well. Chill thoroughly, and serve cold. Guacamole Ingredients 3 avocados - peeled, pitted, and mashed 1 lime, juiced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup diced onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
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(optional) Directions 1.In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion,
cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.