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OMG: Raccoon Climbs an Office Building Like A Boss

Raccoons are adventurous animals. They love places to play for fun and adventure. But who knew a raccoon would climb up to 22 floors high on an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The raccoon, who is on an adventure, was first seen on the 2nd floor of town square building on Monday. The next day workers tried to help him come down but the little raccoon’s adventure wasn’t over yet. He headed towards the nearby UBS Plaza tower and went all the way up to 22nd floor. This is when his excitement levels demoted and he thought to take some rest at this height.

This event didn’t go unnoticed by nearly walking passengers. They took pictures, made videos and shared the experience on social media. People are excited and they have expressed their excitement. Have a look.

After a long journey all the way up to 22nd floor, the raccoon is finally getting some rest.

People are concerned with the safety of the raccoon. And they certainly hope that their new little friend will eventually be rescued.

The latest news says that the raccoon has been rescued by the building’s crew members. Currently, the little friend is resting in the cage after a long adventure. He must have had a lot of fun on this dangerous quest.

The Happy End

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Raccoons are adventurous animals. They love places to play for fun and adventure. But who knew a raccoon would climb up to 22 floors high on an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Beyonce and Jay Z Drop a Surprise Album

There may be an argument about who is the one true queen of Pop. But one debate is already settled, as Beyonce retained her title as the queen of surprise album drops.  As you all probably remember, she released her eponymous fifth studio album by surprise back in December 2013.  Now she has done it again,

This time she’s not alone, as she and her husband Jay-Z have released a joint album, “Everything Is Love,” Saturday on his Tidal streaming service and announced it during a concert in Europe.
The first indication of the new album came Saturday when Beyonce gave a sneak peek to her new video for the song”Ape S**t,” which will act as the first single off the album. The full video was released this week accompanying the album.  according to a rep for the project, the video was shot in May at The Louvre museum in Paris.

The video was directed by Ricky Saiz, who previously directed the “Yoncé video,” and was produced by Iconoclast; Beyoncé’s personal stylist, Zerina Akers, and Jay’s personal stylist, June Ambrose, handled all the looks; Belgian dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreographed it, along with Bey’s usual team of JaQuel Knight and Chris Grant.

The Album contains 9 songs with every song written and produced by a different team. An interesting fact is that the music is marketed under the name “The Carters” which is, of course, the last name of both artists. This is an interesting choice, marketing-wise, but it does come to show that this is truly a joint album.

The Everything Is Love cover art is taken directly from a still from the music video. It features two of Beyoncé’s regular dancers, Jasmine Harper who was a contestant in So You Think You Can Dance, and famed Brooklyn bone breaker Nicholas “Slick” Stewart, who also competed on SYTYCD and America’s Best Dance Crew. In the striking image, Harper is seen picking out Stewart’s hair in front of the famous Mona Lisa.

The two artists are currently touring through Europe together as part of the On The Run II tour.  The tour will be coming to North America starting July 25th. Some of the new songs are bound to find their way into the setlist, so if you want to check them out live you can see a full list of dates here.

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MIT Scientists Unveil First Psychopath AI Called ‘Norman’

Science has gone way beyond our imagination. Scientists are struggling day and night to create new inventions that will leave the world amazed and astonished. This time, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have unveiled a new and weird artificial intelligence algorithm. They have trained it to be a psychopath.

The psychopath AI is named “Norman” by the team of MIT scientists. They took this name from the film Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock’s which has a killer named Norman Bates in it. Three scientists namely, Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian and Iyad Rahwan trained Norman. After going through a “Deep learning method”, Norman is now able to interpret images and written text in a different way.  The “Deep learning method” included exposing Norman to troubling and violent images posted on subreddit that were dedicated to death.

They gave Norman a Rorschach Inkblot test to see what is up with the AI. To those of you who don’t know what Rorschach inkblot test it, it is a psychological test in which subjects’ insights of inkblots are noted and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both.

The AI Norman interpreted some of the images in words such as “man gets pulled into dough machine,” or “a man is electrocuted and catches to death.”, or “a pregnant woman falls at construction story” and “man is shot dead in front of his screaming wife.” The same test was given to a standard AI who interpreted the images in the following words, “a close up of a vase with flowers,” “a couple of people standing next to each other” and “a person is holding an umbrella in the air.”

This little experiment proves that AI’s still see the world through the eyes of their programmer. The team that created Norman was quick to talk about the bias in earlier AI’s. “So when people say that AI algorithms can be biased and unfair, the culprit is often not the algorithm itself, but the biased data that was fed to it, The same method can see very different things in an image, even ‘sick’ things, if trained on the wrong (or, the right!) Data set.”

The MIT team has also set up their own website where people can interpret Rorschach inkblots images and compare them with what Norman has to say about them.

The scientific world is running very fast in this chaotic world and impressing the world every now and then with new researchers and inventions.

Stay tuned to find out more about where the world is heading to.

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Twitter Bans Users Under 13. Or Older!

Twitter is a social media networking website and app in which users can post tweets in a limited number of characters. So the message is relatively short and to the point. There has been a chaos on twitter recently about a policy they are taking too seriously nowadays.

 

Twitter is enforcing its age restriction policy on its users even though it’s the least cared about restriction on social media. Those users who signed up twitter when they were younger than 13 years are finding themselves in trouble, as Twitter is banning them one by one. Motherboard reported that the bans are going to occur whether the date of birth was added when making the account or it was added afterward to the profile. One of the most famous bans was of Tom Yun who is a Canadian journalist.

When banning the users, Twitter has sent them a message that says, “in order to create a Twitter account, you must be at least 13 years old,” and, “you don’t meet these age requirements.” This was the exact same message that was sent to Tom Yun, who is obviously older than thirteen years of age. The age restriction has always been a part of Twitter.

The protection of internet world and users is needed for safe use, so GDPR has added further new rules. The new rules require twitter not to keep any content that was posted when the user was of 13 years of age or younger. Twitter couldn’t distinguish between the content that was posted before the age of 13 or after the age of 13 so it thought of a strategy to ban everyone who signed up Twitter before the age of 13. Anyone who is above the age of 13 can use Twitter freely and their accounts are safe.

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NASA Snaps Tremendous Shot of the Universe

For years, NASA has been sending us some pretty tremendous images from across the galaxy. One of the most recent shots, though, was a rather amazing shot of the universe. Using the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which was first launched on April 18th, 2018, they’ve already flown beyond the Moon and tested out a range of its new cameras. Taking over 200,000 stars in one single shot, they managed to show us a pretty amazing example of just how many stars we can see in the night sky.

Located around 600 light years from Earth, the image shows the amazing Coalsack Nebula toward the upper right-hand side of the image. You can also see the Beta Centauri around 390 light-years from our own planet.

“As part of camera commissioning, the science team snapped a two-second test exposure using one of the four TESS cameras,” NASA stated.

“The image, centered on the southern constellation Centaurus, reveals more than 200,000 stars.”

This spectacular snap was grabbed close to the Moon in a bid to get a gravitational boost, making sure that it could get the best shot of the sky possible. It’s expected to study an area around 400x the size of the image above; pretty amazing, right?

It’s going to start taking test images of the night sky sometime in June, with the hope that it can locate as many 20,000 non-solar system planets not yet discovered. The aim is to look 30-300 light years from Earth, and see what it can pick up along the way.

By looking to find dips in star lighting, usually an indication of a planet passing in front of it. This will allow for NASA to pinpoint some amazing new finds; from looking at planets that could be as large as twice the size of Earth. It’s setting up to be a stunning summer for space lovers and those who wish to see more progress from all the work that NASA does behind the scenes and out of sight.

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OMG: Oldest Ever Human Virus Found

Science is full of crazy, and scary, facts and finds. One of the most terrifying finds that we have heard of and come across, though, is this recent one. You see, scientists are always up to crazy things that we usually don’t hear about until they find a proven result.

Well, scientists just found the oldest known human virus – Hepatitis B – in a 4,500-year-old skeleton!

The skeleton hails from the Bronze Ages and helps to provide some key evidence for what is presently the oldest known virus for humanity. While now a dead strain of the virus, it was once upon a time a major threat to the world – and likely was a fatal part of the Bronze Age’ health demographic. So far, the oldest human virus that had been proven and detected was around 450 years old; the average, for reference, is around 50 years.

This sample, though, came from large parts of Eurasia and the massive collection of bone samples contained Hepatitis B in there. Indeed, it was found in around 25 of the 300 bodies which were checked. Some bodies were Bronze Age, while others were from the medieval times. Around 12 of those skeletons came with enough viral genetic code for it to be further studied and analyzed.

It was under that closer inspection that more was found out about the condition of the bodies. Indeed, the oldest, hailing from Osterhofen in Germany, was around 4,488 years old. This incredible body was studied by Cambridge University Professor Dr Terry Jones. Jones said that: “Scientists mostly study modern virus strains and we have mainly been in the dark regarding ancient sequences – until now. It was like trying to study evolution without fossils.

“If we only studied the animals living today it would give us a very inaccurate picture of their evolution. It is the same with viruses.”

Today, Hepatitis B affects many people, and is associated with many other conditions. Indeed, a whopping 257 million people were estimated to be suffering from chronic HBV in the world today. If you wish to find out more about it, you should look into the latest copy of Nature, a popular journal.

Alongside Jones is Barbara Muhlemann, who is a PhD student at Cambridge and the co-lead on the study. She said that: “People have tried to unravel the history of HBV for decades. This study transforms our understanding of the virus and proves it affected people as far back as the Bronze Age.

“We have also shown that it is possible to recover viral sequences from samples of this age which will have much wider scientific implications.”

Among many other interesting parts of this discovery is the fact that we can now definitively say that viruses can die out and go extinct. With proof hard to maintain in the past, this is the perfect case study to follow about the potential extinction of strains of viruses.

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Female News Anchors – In Real Life

When television broadcast news first came onto the scene, it was typical for the anchors to be men. Some of the first and most notable anchors include Douglas Edwards and Walter Cronkite. Cronkite reported on news events from the late 1930s until 1981 and he was often referred to as “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite covered some of the most notable events in his time such as the Nuremberg Trials, The Vietnam War and Watergate.

Cronkite hosted the CBS Evening News for 19 years as CBS had a retirement policy for its employees to retire at 65. While most of the anchors in the field were men in the early days of television, many prominent female anchors did appear on the scene soon after. As the medium of television grew in popularity, women became interested in pursuing careers in the field. Nowadays, a large number of women have made their way onto news programs and we are here to give you a glimpse into their real lives.

Although there are a lot of female journalists on television today, it was not always that way. Barbara Walters was one female anchor who blazed the trail for future female news broadcasters to gain respect and recognition. Walters became well-known in the 1960s when she began hosting The Today Show with Hugh Downs. She was the first woman to hold the title as host on an American news show and her career continued to grow from there. She famously went on to create and co-host The View in addition to hosting a number of special reports and conducting heavily watched interviews. At a time when there were few females in the newsroom, Walters worked her way up through the ranks and paved the way for future female anchors.

Since the success of Walters’ career, many other female news anchors have emerged on the scene. Women such as Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric have made their impact in television broadcast journalism. News organizations nowadays are hiring women to prominent positions on television. Sports caster Erin Andrews is another example, appearing on Fox NFL and from there becomong the co-host of Dancing with the Stars.

There are now so many news outlets and programs that we cannot keep track of all of the anchors on television. More and more women are becoming interested in the field of broadcast journalism, which means there are more female anchors on TV. But have no fear! We have compiled a list of some of the most outstanding and professional female anchors on television. While you may not recognize their names, you will most likely recognize their faces from seeing them on television.

When television broadcast news first came onto the scene, it was typical for the anchors to be men. Some of the first and most notable anchors include Douglas Edwards and Walter Cronkite. Cronkite reported on news events from the late 1930s until 1981 and he...

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Life Changing: Airport Cleaner Finds Gold In Trash Can

While nobody really enjoys the art of rifling through the bin, we’ve all been there. Looking for that lost receipt, that missing $100 or that sweater you loved but your partner hated, we’ve all done it.

One aspect of being a cleaner that most of us don’t fully appreciate, though, is that cleaners often need to rake through bins that could be filled with who knows what. It’s a dangerous task, and can put a lot of cleaning staff at risk.

Sometimes, though, they find something pretty extraordinary stashed in the trash. Take this incredible story from Incheon International Airport, South Korea.

The cleaner was in the process of emptying out the bins in the trash, where he found a ridiculous $325,000 worth of gold in the bin! He informed authorities at the airport, that 7kg of gold are just sitting there. It’s likely that the gold was ditched to avoid customs control, and that it belonged to men from Hong Kong. With no tax imposed on gold purchase in HK, it would make sense. Gold is often smuggled into Japan via South Korea and has become a common crime in the nation for some time.

If the gold will be found to have no part to play in a criminal case, then it could become the property of the cleaner who found it. If the owner of the gold does not come forward, which would seem brazen if it is illegally connected, then the cleaner gets to keep it all!

It’s part of the “finder’s law” in South Korea, meaning that he gets to keep it if nobody comes forward. Better than just sitting dormant somewhere, right?

Even if it is claimed, though, he could still get a whopping $65,000 from the discovery, since you are entitled to 5-20% of the market value of the gold bars due to finding it. It’s all rather crazy, but I wouldn’t mind a six-figure finding like this!

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Find out: What Really happened in the self-driving car crash?

If you have been following the news even mildly recently, you’ll likely have heard of the story of Elaine Herzberg. Elaine was the poor victim of the first-ever self-driving Uber car to kill someone. She was the pedestrian who was hit by the car, and is likely to be the first casualty that has been recorded as being the result of a self-driving car.

Like many stories where the details are still unfolding, information can be thin on the ground. If you want to know the background of the story, though, this should break it down for you

A Tragic Incident

 

 

The death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, is a major loss to her community. A proud, loving mother and a graduate of Apache Junction High School, she was well-respected within the community and the general area. Her passing is a tragic incident; a fantastic, enigmatic life taken far too soon from this world.

Her injuries proved to be fatal after being taken to the hospital, after she was hit at around 10 PM on Sunday, March 18th. While detail is naturally thin on the ground as people provide her family with privacy, she was known as an active community member who had maintained strong social ties in the area.

Hard to Decipher

 

At the moment, the vehicle is in the care of the police – and Uber cannot yet work out what caused the incident. Given that self-drive cars are designed to be able to gauge and read incoming traffic – including people – it’s a surprise that the sensors failed. At present, the data is being mined and combed over in a bid to find out if the car was at fault, or otherwise.

As ever, though, there’s a minimal level of detail that is making it hard to truly work out what has taken place. All we know is that Elaine was walking her bike along the street going from west to east, when the incident took place.

Questions to Answer

 

 

Another incident here is that the Uber self-driving car did have a drier. There was a driver behind the wheel and, according to reports, could have taken control of the vehicle. Sadly, the operator appears to look down just before the incident takes place.

Nobody knows if a backup driver is required to maintain full road eye-contact at all times or not. That information will likely become public knowledge in a short space of time.

At present, though, Uber has stopped operation of all testing for self-driving vehicles in Toronto, Phoenix and San Francisco alongside Pittsburgh. In their statement, they said that: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”

Vehicles have been tested in the area of the incident, Tempe, since 2016. The only major incident until now was a self-driving car running a red light by accident. More to come on this story as further details come out about this tragic incident.

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The Chilling Story of the Rafay Family Murder

Over the years, we’ve all grown used to seeing terrifying, even gruesome, stories. Sometimes, though, a story comes along that chills us to the bone. One of the most horrifying stories we have come across recently, though, came from the story of the Rafay family and their brutal murder.

Crime dramas are one of the most popular forms of TV today, and we see stories within them that we simply believe could never be real. Well, this decades-long epic is some story to find out about – and perfectly portrays that even the wildest of stories can ring true.

Indeed, the drama that surrounded the death of the Rafay family is one that left a rather chilling mark on the local area. When Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay confessed to the triple homicide of the entire family of Rafay, it seemed like an open-shut case – a horrible, brutal one, but one that was finished all the same. Not so, it would appear.

How It All Began

Friends from high school in Vancouver, Canada, Atif and Sebastian bonded and qickly became good friends. Having been raised by a nutritionist and an engineer, Atif came from a good family that, for all intents and purposes, treated him very well.

When his family move to Bellevue, Washington, Atif would visit sometimes when he was on break from university. Eventually, the duo decided to head on down via bus to Washington to go and meet the Rafay family – a trip that would go down in infamy.

On July 12th, 1994, the duo wound up at the Rafay family home after having set off to take care of some bits and bobs during the day. They returned to the Atif household in the early hours of the morning, and found that Atif’ mother and father were dead, and his sister was critically injured. Their new home was covered in the blood of its residents.

Panicking, the boys made a sensible call and phones 911 at around 2AM. Informing the police that “some kind of break-in” had taken place, they waited outside until the cops came. They found that his father had been beaten to death in his sleep – his face was so beaten that he wasn’t recognizable.

His mother was found in the basement, beaten to death with blow to the head. His sister, Basma, died hours after the assault had taken place – unable to be saved from such trauma. However, the two boys were immediately under suspicion for what had gone on. They found that the killer had used the shower before leaving, and given the boys were totally clean alarm bells were ringing – despite no blood being found on them whatsoever.

The Suspicion is Raised

Despite a strong and clear alibi of where they were and what they done in town, the police were not entirely convinced by their story. Despite their complete co-operation and clear signs of trauma at the scene of the crime, the boys were seen as major suspects in the event. Apparently, Atif’ nonchalance at dealing with the situation made him questionable, and the fact he noticed what items were missing – a VCR and a Walkman – was another odd factor.

Three days of interrogation took place before the two boys were released, where they stayed with Sebastian’ family. However, news “leaked” that the two boys were on the run to Canada, despite the fact the boys were free to leave and were not being held any longer as suspects in the case. Portrayed as sure-fire killers in the oncoming media storm, more problems began to appear when their rock solid alibi suddenly started to fall apart. They were remembered by restaurant staff and by nightclub bouncers, yet the police believed that they showed their Canadian IDs and got rejected from the club on purpose to try and build a solid alibi.

Basically, the police decided that the alibi was no longer up to scratch – and so they created reasonable doubt. Despite no physical evidence and no forensic DNA linking them to the scene, reasonable doubt was used and the police went with their “gut feeling” instead.

They kept Atif from the funeral of his family, live-airing the funeral without him knowing they had even been released. As a strongly Muslim family, this was a massive insult to his religion and to his culture.

Despite very little evidence or personality traits that pointed to the boy being the killers, the police persisted. The boys main issue? They have both been involved in a play that revolved around creating the perfect murder. They were sold as cold-blooded murderers, and it ruined their chances of living normal lives or finding work.

Using the infamous “Mr. Big” technique, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – after nine months – forced the two boys into a confession. By pretending to be a crime boss, the police would lure suspects into admitting previous crimes and then arrest them based on a testimony they made unknowingly. Their apartment and car was bugged and everything was recorded. Eventually, the move was made.

Unable to force a confession, ‘new DNA evidence’ miraculously appeared, and the two boys were charged with murder – triple homicide. Pressured into either accepting the likelihood of the death penalty, the boys finally relented and gave a confession to a crime they never committed. Despite the massive inconsistencies in their ‘testimonies’ they then decided to lure in another roommate, Jimmy Miyoshi, as they believed he also had a part to play – or wanted to.

All three men were implicated eventually, despite the fact the contradictions and completely unreliable nature of the evidence made it a completely untenable case. Jimmy eventually broke and told the police whatever they wanted to hear, and then fled back to Japan. The other two, though, did not break.

Incarceration and Prison

Six years after incarceration, the boys were extradited to Washington State – this happened in 2001, and they were not properly tried until 2004. Nine years spent waiting trails, much of it in solitary confinement, all based on information that could not be proven. Even when Theresa Olsen, the lawyer for Sebastian, convinced Miyoshi to retract his previous statements, she was caught up in scandal when she was found to be sleeping with Sebastian in the jail. This only further hampered his chances of getting the freedom he needed.

Even though unknown hair and blood samples were found in the garage of the bedroom of Atif’ father that matched neither of the boys, and his mother was killed facing eastwards with a headscarf placed over her – likely showing a religious connotation – the law enforcement would not listen or look at other evidence.

However, since Mr. Big was used – illegal in the US – and they were extradited to the US, hopes were raised that answers would finally be forthcoming. Sadly, the two boys were told that they were “free to break off their contact with the undercover officers at any time” – a crushing blow to their defense. Over 4,000 hours of video and audio was recorded, and their ‘confessions’ were played to the jury, all but condemning both.

Information about an ignored FBI informant who believe that a religious angle played a part, and that someone had taken out a hit on the family, was ignored. When Miyoshi was given immunity to testify against the boys despite contradicting all evidence and each statement made beforehand, their fate seemed to be sealed.

Guilty on three counts of murder, they were given three consecutive life sentences without the opportunity for parole. Despite the confessions being illegally forced out of the duo, based on lies and threats about death penalties, they were sent down.

Were are they now?

Despite new information and constant changes to legal protocol – including a clampdown on using Mr. Big factors in the future – the two boys failed two different appeals to try and get them a fair re-trial. At the time of writing, the trial is still pending – while Atif teaches other people in prison, Sebastian suffers from years of solitary confinement-induced mental issues.

If you would like to know more about the process, please watch the Netflix documentary known as The Confession Tapes; it shows, in chilling detail, how people were treated in the past and how both Atif and Sebastian have been held in prison for most of their lives despite the flimsy nature of the evidence.

It’s a very worthwhile project, and also check out http://rafayburnsappeal.com/whathappened for further information on what of the most chilling legal cases in modern history.

 

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Smart Neighbors Combat Vandals with a Trap

When you are undergoing a period of domestic uncertainty, with someone causing you problems, you expect the police to step in. Domestic disputes with neighbors and those around you are commonplace, and tend to get in the way quite a lot of just enjoying life. Sadly, sometimes these situations can spiral out of control and, when the cops won’t assist, you need to take matters into your own hands. Then, it comes down to the community.

In the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, CA, a group of neighbors found that they were all victims of semi-regular vandalism attempts. Grouping together to buy some CCTV cameras to help monitor the area, the group wanted to be vigilant and to get proof for the police to help them see the attacks.

Cars were regularly having tires slashed, sprayed with abusive messages and just generally making the people feel extremely nervous. Before long, their CCTV footage picked up a suspicious looking guy who was hanging around the building yet wasn’t a resident. Showing the cops the footage, they still didn’t do much – so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

One resident powered downstairs to try and catch him in the act, and he tried to run off. They made chase and the resident got into a scuffle with the man, when other residents came to join them. They even found a knife on the person who was causing all the trouble, and they made a citizen’ arrest and waited until the cops came round.

Using duct tape to restrain him, they made sure he wasn’t able to move until the cops turned up to huckle him away. At the time of writing, the man is still in custody with the cops. Asked if they wanted to do something about it and if they would do the same in the future, they were all clear – yes, they most certainly would!

It became local news and, while the ordeal was over, it still left the residents unsure of what to think. They needed help from the law and never go it, and were even put in danger by a man with a weapon just because law enforcement would not act.

However, in a world where we increasingly see communities no longer look out for one another, it’s nice to see some people still band together to try and avoid being taken for granted.

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The Hidden Secret of One Man’s Dream Wife

When we meet that person of our dreams, it can be hard to believe that our search for love is over. We love everything about them, and we cannot find a single thing about them that we might change. However, for Blake Ruff, his meeting with Lori Erica Kennedy in 2003 was the beginning of a dream marriage that turned very sour.

A year into their amazing relationship that was moving at rapid pace, the pair seemed perfect for one another – besotted and deeply in love. A year in, they tied the knot together and everything looked perfect. They met at a Texas Bible Study class and Kennedy, newly arrived from Arizona, was looking to meet people.

They hit it off despite her rather guarded nature about her personal and private life, one which included no parents and a rough upbringing. Despite his own families guarded suspicion about her they pressed on and were married in 2004 before departing for Leonard, TX, to start a family.

Over a period of several years, though, Lori had several miscarriages and they were unable to start the family they so desperately wanted. Eventually, using IVF, she was pregnant with a baby girl to be born in 2008. However, when the baby was born everything changed. She pushed people away, and even wouldn’t let Blake’s mother touch the child – her guarded nature turned to complete over-protection.

Banned from seeing the family and with Lori taking more and more time to look into Blake’ family, the tension was unbearable and eventually Lori fell into a deep depression. By 2010, they were in counselling together but Lori was unable to overcome her issues, and thus they had to split – after seven years and a child together, they split up.

She wound up regularly seeing her church pastor, talking about her problems and her excessive weight loss, never at peace. In 2010, Christmas Eve, she appears at Blake’ family home in a black Tahoe SUV, and proceeded to come towards the house armed with a shotgun. Sadly, she turned the gun on herself and killed herself – found the next morning, alongside two suicide letters. One was for her daughter and the other for Blake, but neither could be made out.

Searching through her closet after death to try and pack up her stuff, Blake came across a large, black chest. With police help, he got the box opened and inside they found all manner of ID cards, birth certificates and a 1988 writ for a name change – when she was just 17. She’d changed her name from Becky Sue Turner – who apparently died in a house fire, aged 2 – to Lori Erica Kenney.

Apparently, she’d found an ID and a security card to get herself a GED and a Business degree from the University of Texas. Despite a complete lack of fingerprints or anything properly traceable, though, the officers were stumped – just who was “Lori”?

An old friend told them that Lori was a stripper in the early 90s, but after 1988 nothing official about her existed. In 2013, a breakthrough was made when Colleen Fitzpatrick, a genealogist, used DNA from Blake and Lori’ daughter to try and find a connection.

They found a very distant connection in Pennsylvania, where they met with a man called Michael Cassidy. It turns out that ‘Lori’ was, aged 17, a disappearing individual who had left her home at age 17 as her mother married someone she deeply hated. Sadly, this was all that could be found: all other information, facts or otherwise, went to the grave with Lori. RIP Lori, the victim of what must have been some deeply tragic circumstances.

When we meet that person of our dreams, it can be hard to believe that our search for love is over. We love everything about them, and we cannot find a single thing about them that we might change. However, for Blake Ruff, his meeting with Lori Erica Kennedy...