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Began watching a film about The Hessen Conspiracy today on youtube today and wondered why I had never heard of this crime before..
Late on the last day of October 1944 princes Wolfgang and Richard of Germany’s illustrious House of Hesse gingerly lowered a large wooden box into a hole in the basement floor of Kronberg Castle outside Frankfurt. Roughly two feet square and lined with zinc, the box held the bulk of the Hesse fortune—packets of rings, tiaras, necklaces, loose diamonds, and other jewels—which the princes hoped would form the basis of the extended family’s postwar prosperity.
The treasure was worth some $2.5 million (roughly $31 million today). The box included items belonging to several members of the Hesse clan, including the reigning matriarch, 74-year-old Princess Margarete of Prussia, and Margarete’s four sons and their wives. The princes and their mother were the scions of a German principality dating back to the 17th century.
As the war in Europe wound down, a trio of drunken, brazen, and almost comically inept thieves—all of them, regrettably, U.S. Army officers—managed to pull off one of the most lucrative wartime thefts in history.
Frankfurt Bound to Stand Trial for Kronberg Jewel Theft. Washington, D.C.: Col. Jack W. Durant and his wife, WAC captain Kathleen Nash, board an air transport corps plane which will take them back to Frankfurt, Germany to stand trial for the theft
In Germany, during the years of WWII, three American Army Officers committed one of the world's most infamous jewelry heists in all of history. The jewelry stolen by the Americas was not an ordinary collection, but happened to be the Crown Jewels of Germany, which at the time belonged to Princess Margaret of Hesse, daughter of the then German Emperor, Frederick III and Queen Victoria, Princess Royal.
At the time, the jewelry was believed to have a value of over $2.5 million USD, but today this would be equivalent to well over $30 million US dollars. Indeed, with jewelry increasing in value over time, the value of the collection today would be much more.
Dozens of friends, colleagues, and family members sent pleas for clemency in Watson’s case beginning with this letter from Lt. Col. H.T. Peery, a vice president at Bank of America. Ultimately, Watson was sentenced to three years, but paroled early. Nash received five years and Durant fifteen. More of the story can be found in the Hesse Crown Jewels Case description.
Grease: Behind Closed Doors - Reelz Channel
Grease is the word. Without question the hit movie is an American touchstone loved by audiences young and old for the last 40 years. But before its 1978 release no one foresaw that a $6 million movie dismissed as “cinematic cotton candy” would become the highest-grossing movie musical of the 20th century and produce the top-selling movie soundtrack in history.
Through the words of those who brought the movie to life, Grease: Behind Closed Doors explores how the movie was able to beat considerable odds thanks to its high-gloss exuberance, the sheer talent of its actors and an unforgettable score
HBO announces Game of Thrones prequel set during the Age of Heroes YAY!!!
Many fans seem optimistic about an upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, which will be set during the Age of Heroes. The prequel is expected to cover stories from "the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers."
Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin's co-written script has officially been given a pilot order by HBO. The story takes place thousands of years before the events of #GameofThrones and tells the tale of the Age of Heroes & the Long Night, this includes the White Walker's origins.
Since I cannot find a good trailer...here is the best fights from GOT
Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now burned out and washed up, spending more time in a bar than a courtroom. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest client of the massive law firm he helped create, Billy and his ragtag team uncover a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting them all in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath.
This is a solid show...Billy Bob all the way....
The Ten of Wands is a card about feeling burdened and/or overextended.
Oft times we hold onto burdens we shouldn't be holding onto, like when we take on the sole responsibility of trying to make a relationship work. If this is the case here, you need to release that burden and go back to focusing on yourself.
Leave room for the other person to step up. And if they don't, you are already on the path to preserving yourself. Never feel like you have to twist yourself into knots to make love work.
Gustav Klimt paintings and the kiss that changed the world
Gustav Klimt has decisively influenced the modern painting and has made the Jugendstil famous throughout the world. He first scared the Viennese, then charmed them: this is Gustav Klimt. The son of a talented but poor gold engraver revolutionized not only artistic technique, but also debunked the taboos about instincts and eroticism. As a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler, Gustav Klimt lived in the upsurge of the Austrian capital. As a rebellious fascist of freedom of art and sexuality, Gustav Klimt gave Vienna an impressive number of valuable works of art.
His talent came at an early stage, so Gustav Klimt received a scholarship from the Vienna School of Art thanks to which he has studied from the 14th year of Art School. With a strong echo, Gustav Klimt ushers in the new century, the era of modernity: in 1894, when due to his reputation as a respected artist, received the order to paint the ceiling of the University of Vienna, his libertine sketches had managed to source a scandal with big reverberations.
Then the time came for the indomitable genius of Gustav Klimt: already in 1897, he became the first president of the Vienna Secession, a division from the conservatism Artists House Vienna, Wiener Künstlerhaus. Check this out. Even though in 1905 he was forced to abandon the command received from the Ministry of Education for painting the ceiling University, Gustav Klimt remained faithful to his propensity for representation of the sensual female nudes. Many of his paintings represent an honest homage to emancipated, sensual femininity. Attracted by the unique ornamentation of the Jugendstil, Gustav Klimt celebrated through his portraits the female universe of Vienna.
The female universe
The triumphal march of Gustav Klimt in the world of artistic world began in Vienna. His paintings have been exhibited and sold all over Europe, and in New York have hit record prices. Especially his "golden age" paintings, the source of the creation of sumptuous paintings of enormous material value, remained in the artistic memory of the humanity.
Probably Klimt's most famous painting "The Kiss" (1907/08) is considered to be the symbol of modern love: courageous and wasteful at the same time. This painting can be admired at Belvedere Superior, Oberen Belvedere, while in other places you can see numerous replicas. The work dates back to the so-called "golden" period of the artist. This is best illustrated by the golden petals that illuminate the phosphorescent scene of the intimate kiss. Klimt's decorative craftsmanship can be seen on the example of the flower mattress stretched at the feet of the two lovers, whom the figures united in the hugs have embedded in a statuary immobility.
See more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kiss_(Klimt)
In the last years of his life, Gustav Klimt has increasingly dealt with a typical theme of Vienna at that time: the close bond between sexuality and death. The climate of the capital, where Sigmund Freud was bent on study this topic in terms of psychoanalysis, has given life to the painting "Death and Life", which in 1911 was awarded first prize at the International Exhibition of Art in Rome.
Master of ornaments
Gustav Klimt was told that he was the master of ornaments and the attractive female painter, which is real. Women and painting, food and good wine were the cardinal points of the life of Austria's most cherished artist. The Klimt man lived on a strict program: he woke up early in the morning and was doing exercises before taking a hearty breakfast. He painted until the evening without interruption. Then he went to the city at the theater, parties, pubs or cafes. His favorite drink was sparkling wine and he liked on Viennese food.
The painter who revolutionized the Viennese artistic scene at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when this city became the center of Europe's cultural life, made a fairly modest self-portrait in words. "I'm sure I'm not very interesting as a person. If someone wants to know something about me - and only as an artist, it is deserved the trouble - he should look carefully at my paintings to try to decipher who I am and what I want" Gustav Klimt said about himself.
In 1902, Klimt created one of his most famous works for an exhibition of the secessionist movement: Beethoven's frieze. The entire exhibition was conceived as a tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven. Klimt's monumental frieze welcomes visitors from the entrance hall, 34 meters wide and two meters high. Not only the artist's contemporaries were impressed by this work, but the echo of this work reverberates to this day.
The initial intent was to have this cycle be dismantled after the exhibition was closed. Then the frieze was bought by a collector and in 1903 it was dismounted from the wall in seven parts. The Republic of Austria acquired this valuable work in 1973, restored it and, in 1986, exposed it to the public in Secession, in a specially designed room for this exhibit.
How to look confident on stage, even if you don't? Is there any way to build confidence for a beginner as well as an advanced musician? Being a professional musician doesn't always mean you feel confident while playing in front of a big audience.
Being talented and playing in front of your family or a group of 9-10 people differs from playing for 50, 80, 500 listeners. But if you are serious about what you're doing and want to perform music for a bigger number of people, you have to learn to boost confidence. And we know how. No matter whether you're a young student who hires custom essays online service to do his homework on time, playing guitar or piano after classes or you're an experienced musician who already plays in a band, our recommendations will help you a lot in both cases.
So, let's have a look how to create audience engagement and build self-belief while performing on stage.
6 Secrets to Boost Confidence on Stage
Improving your musical performs depends on how good you are on stage. Audience interaction and the ability to manage the anxiety means a lot for a musician. Playing well doesn't mean being a whole with your listeners. But if you're serious about what you're doing, you have to learn to feel the audience in order to build a successful music career. Don't worry. The fear of stage or the anxiety before performing in front of a big audience is something that everyone goes through at the beginning of a music career path. You're not alone.
Before answering the question of how to overcome anxiety, let's talk about what confidence actually means. For everyone, there is a different definition of being confident on stage. But all of us know when we see a person who is fully confident in his/her skills and the ability to entertain the audience on stage. Probably, you have a picture of such person in your mind as well. Picture your favorite artist and keep that image in your mind until you feel confident on stage too.
And now let's skip to those 6 musically likes hack and tricks on how to boost your own confidence and handle stress while performing for bigger audiences.Instant Ways to Build Audience Engagement
Even if you used to be not really good when it comes to confidence or performing well in front of other people, there are a lot of ways to beat your struggle. And here're the best of them.
1. Fake it till you make it. You've probably already heard this advice. But not everyone understands what it really means. To fake a feeling of self-assurance, you have to be really prepared. So, prepare in advance. Be 99.9% sure in the program, which you're going to perform. But don't try to control everything. Relax and understand that stuff happens. Even if you make a mistake, it doesn't influence how talented you're. And the better you deal with it, the more confident you seem to be
2. To build audience interaction, you have to polish your skills. The more you perform, the more professional you become. So, rehearse a lot. Knowing your skillset and material well means not bothering yourself with the ideas that you can make a mistake in the middle of the concert
3. Have fun. The audience can clearly identify when a band or a musician is not having fun with what they are performing. And you know what? The audience ties that with the fact that a musician is not confident enough. If you want the audience to be into your performance, be into it as well. Enjoy what you're doing and have fun on stage
4. It is not about you, it is about entertaining the audience. To build audience interaction, don't focus on yourself. Put your attention on the audience and think about entertaining them instead of playing every note perfectly. Mistakes are not so important if the listeners enjoy the performance in general. So, don't focus too much on looking perfect for the people who've come to the concert. No one is perfect. Focus on the listeners
5. Believe that you belong to the stage. As with any other job, being a musician is your profession, your mission. So, why would you ever feel that you don't belong there if you're happy with it? Give yourself your own permission to play on a big stage and have fun
6. Open up emotionally to your audience. Don't be scared to express sadness or happiness with your music while being on stage. Be honest with your listeners
Remember that confidence is the key to having a successful performance. So, don't hesitate and try our recommendations every time you feel you can't find it before performing in front of other people.
So wish I could visit this exhibit!! The Paley Center for Media is giving Beverly Hills an inside look at the style of the British royal family in a new exhibition.
“The Crown: Imagining a Royal World" opened May 12, featuring artifacts from Netflix’s The Crown season two. On display will be costumes, on-set photos, videos and other ephemera from the award-winning series about Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy).
The free multimedia exhibition, running through July 29, will put the British monarchy in context of modern American politics during the Kennedy era.
Paley Center Preview
Along with Foy's acting, the costumes are the crown jewel of the show — they won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding period/fantasy costumes in 2017 and earned costume designer Jane Petrie a Costume Designers Guild Award.
“Designing the costumes for The Crown has been an incredible privilege, and being able to present some of my favorite designs at The Paley Center for Media is just fantastic,” said Jane Petrie, the show's costume designer.
“Season Two is all about the Windsor’s struggle to modernize at a time of great global change. From Princess Margaret’s exciting new love interest, to the Kennedy’s swooping into Buckingham Palace, outshining the Queen and her consort, the clash between old and the new, America and Britain, takes center stage and very much inspired the costumes. It’s a fascinating moment of our shared history and was an absolute pleasure to design. I just hope visitors will appreciate the exhibit as much as we enjoyed telling this story.”
THE CROWN SEASON 3 what we know so far click here
YES! I am starving for a new true crime mini series!! The last one I became entralled with was The Keepers on Netflix. It has been awhile since I finished that series. I heard about The Staircase from a friend who watched (was addicted to) the original series in 2004. Now Netflix has a new and improved version of the original. Has some new episodes added as well.
The Staircase starts this Friday June 8 on Netflix
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In 2001, author Michael Peterson was arraigned for the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of their home.
Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade's cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. "The staircase" is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller. Read More
On Saturday July 14 2018 at Atomic Cafe Gallery in Hamtramck comes a grand event of tiny proportions called “Small Wonders – An Exhibition of Tiny Art“. This curated exhibition will feature numerous fine works in various mediums from artists local and international, created with only one guideline in mind…all artwork must 5 inches and under.
Now in its 6th year, Small Wonders has grown to include a small festival of short films, a gallery of artists creating tiny art live and, returning once again, the smooth lounge singer extraordinaire Konrad Lee (close friend of Satori Circus) will be singing a selection of tiny themed songs.
Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Small Wonders 6 – An Exhibition of Tiny Art & Films
Saturday July 14 2018 – 7pm until midnight – All Ages
Recently the Golden State Killer was found due to a DNA sample submitted to a Florida geneology website GEDMATCH.COM. This is big news because police agencies may have found a new resource for closing a lot of cold case files. It is also a potential problem due to DNA donors wanting privacy. I think the police should be able to use this info as the good it would do in providing closure to the victim's families and the police investigators is immeasurable.
Back in 2013 a woman emailed me one night to tell me that John Dahlinger had been murdered. John Dahlinger was the illegitimate son of Henry Ford and his mistress Evangeline Cote-Dahlinger. This John Dahlinger had died back in the 1970's. I didn't know he had a son and this son was murdered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The woman who emailed me, who's name I had never revealed, had dated JD Jr and knew him to be involved in all sorts of bad things...We reported on that case together and became friends ever since. Carol S is the name we will be using for this article.
Carol S. sent the following email to the GEDMATCH admins:
Hello. How can I be assured my gedmatch DNA profile is public? It has to be set to public, as I want Law Enforcement to be able to utilize my DNA if they choose too.
My father was an admitted serial killer (dead now) and I want them to be able to solve as many cold case crimes as possible. His victims deserve closure.
I have been working to help victim's families find closure for over 12 years now. I did actually help in one case.
The girl my father murdered in 1963 was named Connie K Crossland in Michigan. She was 14 years old.
Her family never knew who killed her, but my family knew. My father took my mother to the bridge where he dumped her body and threatened my mother should she ever tell.
Law Enforcement also had my mother demonstrate how he tied cords around her neck and how he tied us children up, as the knot was quite complicated.
DB Cooper and My Father Sonny Stanislaw (look at those ears!)
My father eventually killed my grandfather (his father) in 1979. While my grandfather lay dying, my father positioned his body in a chair and took polaroid pictures of him.
My dad’s name was Stephen Stanislaw (Jr.) He passed away in 2013. Gary Miller of Oakland County Sheriff Department contacted her sister, Linda Crossland Stevens to notify her that my dad was her killer.
He flew under the radar, because DNA was not advanced during his very violent crime sprees. He was known around the Detroit area as “Sonny” and they would periodically take him to jail, but most of the time they would send him to the nearest VA hospital.
this zodiac drawing looks just like my dad when he was young
Carol S has shared a ton of information with me about the crimes she is certain her father committed. What she would like to do is share her DNA profile with Michigan Law Enforcement and the Law Enforcement Agencies still researching the Zodiac Killer.
If you would like to know more or interview Carol S. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be handling her PR from here on out. If you want to obtain the dna sample it is on GEDMATCH.COM.
TIMELINE OF SERIAL KILLINGS
1963 - CONNIE CROSSLAND (FIRST OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLING)
1966-1971 - ZODIAC KILLINGS
1972-1975 - ? SANTA ROSA HITCHHIKER KILLINGS/OREGON/WASHINGTON (Dan Cooper Hijacking)
1976-1979 - CONTINUATION OF THE OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLINGS AUTHORITIES HAVE PROVEN FOUR WERE CONNECTED.
1979 - MURDERED- STEPHEN STANISLAW, HIS FATHER.
1981 - SENT TO A STATE MAXIMUM SECURITY HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND NOT-GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY FOR MURDERING HIS FATHER.
WILL MY FRIEND'S DNA FINALLY SOLVE THESE CRIMES?
Fleetwood Mac: The Dance kicks off a great lineup of arts & culture programs all this month on Detroit Public Television. On Wednesday, 6/6 at 9pm ET, celebrate the greatest hits from Fleetwood Mac's best-selling album Rumours in this intimate concert recorded in 1997.
More arts programming:
6/5 at 9:30pm - Buddy Holly: Rave On
6/8 at 8pm - Perry Como Classics: Til the End of Time
6/9 at 8pm - The British Beat
6/9 at 10pm - Doo Wop Generations
This is a day when you can achieve whatever you want, provided you have the determination and self-belief to make it happen.
There is great potential for you here, either at work, with a financial prospect, or concerning a relationship. Harness that inner power and you will find the charm, wit and possibly sheer cheek to achieve the outcome you want.
If you lack self-confidence or are indecisive, you risk letting today's opportunities slip by.
Take care if you have any dealings today with a man who you feel unsure about. If you doubt his trustworthiness and sense a devious nature or hidden agenda, you may well be right! Read More
The longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch in British history, Elizabeth is the constitutional head of 16 sovereign states and head of the Commonwealth of Nations. In her capacity as British monarch she also ceremonially heads the Church of England as its Supreme Governor.
The eldest daughter of George VI, she became the heiress presumptive when her father acceded the throne following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. During World War II, she began to undertake public duties and worked in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. After the death of her father she acceded the throne in 1952.
Her reign has seen immense constitutional changes in Britain. This includes devolution to the regional governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Canadian patriation, African decolonization and the continuing evolution of the Commonwealth, of which she is the head. Personal tribulations have included the collapse of her children's marriages, a fire at Windsor Castle in 1992, the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and the deaths of her mother and sister in 2002.
In 2017 she became the first British monarch to reach her Sapphire Jubilee. Long Live the Queen!