I’m not a serial killer

Hello, my name is Lauren and I enjoy documentaries about serial killers and other crimes of the sort. Here on this blog I will be writing about theories about cold cases, the psychology behind the killers and maybe a documentary I recently watched.


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Oakland County Child Killer

On Sunday Feb. 15th, 1976 12-year-old Mark Stebbins was at the American Legion Hall with his family. During that afternoon he asked his mother if he could walk the three blocks home to watch TV. His mother asked that he call when he reached home; she never got that call.

Stebbins body was found four days later on Feb. 19th. His body was neatly displayed in a snow bank in the parking lot in Southfield. He was dressed in the same clothes he was last seen in; they had been washed and neatly pressed.

Stebbins had been abducted, tied up, sexually assaulted with an object, and strangled.

Over the next 13 months three more children were abducted, killed, and displayed outside in the eye of the public waiting to be found.

Virtual Reality, a new journalistic tool?

Helping NASA explore Outer space, teaching surgeons practice surgical procedures, furthering education, training soldiers for deployment; virtual reality has advanced past entertainment uses https://www.livescience.com/53392-virtual-reality-tech-uses-beyond-gaming.html. Has it become a new tool for journalists?

The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Economist, and CNN have all created virtual reality content. But these news sources certainly are not the first.

In 2012, Nonny de la Pena used virtual reality to put viewers at a LA food bank, where a starving diabetic man collapsed in line. After that piece, Nonn has gone from using her own money to fund projects to working with organizations to produce pieces on domestic violence, the Trayvon Martin Case, Syria, the treatment of illegal migrants, and morehttps://www.techrepublic.com/article/immersive-journalism-what-virtual-reality-means-for-the-future-of-storytelling-and-empathy-casting/.

Her work has influenced others to use virtual reality, Dan Pacheco, a Syracuse University journalism professor. In the summer of 2014 Pachoce was a consultant for the Gannett, he helped create a virtual reality experience called Harvest of change. His piece has gone on to win an Edward A. Marrow award and a National Press Foundation award.

The introduction of virtual reality as as tool for journalists enhances the ability to tell a news story. Being able to put the reader in the story and have them become a viewer to an event gives the reader a connection to the event. It allows the viewer to have more empathy and understanding for what happened.

Virtual reality isn’t going to replace video, audio, or photography but become a new tool. Its quickly becoming the future of the news world, enhancing our understanding of the story.


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