A fun adventure quickly turns into a grisly discovery on a Seattle beach.

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The Scene

It was a warm, sunny Friday in June near Alki Beach in West Seattle, when a group of teenagers thought it would be exciting to document their discovery after “Randonauting” in the area.

What They Found…

Upon approaching the shoreline, one of the teenagers spots a small black suitcase balanced on the rocks. The tide is moving in, pulling the small item back with it into the ocean. At first the teens are seen joking, having no idea what they are about to uncover. The video then shows the young woman descend the rocks with a stick in hand. She proceeds to unzip, and peel open the case as her friends film her, only to be met with an overwhelming odor that quickly reveals something more sinister than they were expecting. …

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Toxic corporate culture has been in the spotlight over the years with the more recent examples including Harvey Weinstein and the late, Jeffrey Epstein. The term, ‘Psychopath’ gets thrown around in the media with various books and academic articles exploring the subject. From popular TV shows like Dexter and Mindhunter, to documentaries like HBOs, The Jinx, society has become more familiar with the vernacular coined by health professionals to describe a person with an antisocial personality disorder. As a result, sociopaths and psychopaths often are identified as scary individuals who either look frightening or have other off-putting characteristics. In reality, they could be anyone-a neighbor, coworker, or even a family relation. …

Ahead of the Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, which chronicles the events that led Chris Watts to kill his 34 year old pregnant wife and two children in 2018, I wanted to write a post about the crime that shook the nation. Who were they? What went wrong? What do we know now? And why?

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Portrait of a killer.

The upcoming documentary, directed by Jenny Popplewell, uses archival footage with no narration, no re-enactments, but includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos to illustrate a fragmented marriage which resulted in adultery and ultimately murder — giving a voice to the victims and highlighting the increasing issue of domestic violence. …

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If you’re unfamiliar with the ongoing LISK (Long Island Serial Killer) also known as the Gilgo Beach case, this post is created to catch you up. And the quickest way to do so, is with a timeline. Note that this is a work in progress, pieced together using various online sources and includes information gathered over the years by tireless individuals which helped to identify some of the nameless victims. Only cases that were officially linked to LISK have been included here (except Shannan Gilbert whom I’ve included for reasons related to my own theories).

Please let me know if there is anything missing or incorrect. …

I’ve been a member of Medium now for almost four years and this is the first post I’ve ever written. Awful, I know. I should be ashamed to call myself a writer. But I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf starting January 1st 2018, and have given myself the challenge to write every day. Sounds simple, I know. So why haven’t I been able to stick to a schedule?

Previous to 2017 I signed up for more inspirational email campaigns, writing prompts, and educational material than I can list here. Some better than others (Medium, Reedsy, The Write Practice). All in an attempt to force myself to do something that I crave to do everyday with little, to no motivation: Write fiction. Living and working full time in NYC is extremely demanding on ones personal time, general life balance, and mental energy. After sitting at an office desk staring at a computer screen for ten hours straight with no break, to then come home and essentially do the same thing all over again just feels, well, tedious to say the least. So what options do I really have? …


Sarah F. Prescott

Crime writer. Compulsive reader. Coffee connoisseur. Check out my website: sarahfprescott.com

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