Heather Isch is CEO and President at LKF Marketing, a B2B-focused full-service marketing communications company that specializes in working with manufacturers with complex, often highly technical products and complicated sales channels; governmental agencies working on regional economic development; and local community-focused arts organizations and nonprofits (the agency's give-back “passion” projects). Heather describes the process of getting to know LKF clients as a “deep dive” – into understanding all of the different industries they work in, the “customer levels” within each of those industries, who clients are trying to reach (which may vary by product application), what clients are trying to sell, and how they are trying to solve their customers' problems – and compiling that information into “customer maps.” In addition to questioning clients, the agency gets industry information through accessing existing research, consulting with trade partners, following industry trade journals, through trade shows (when possible), or by, when something is completely new and needs to be “explored,” commissioning paid research. “We spend a lot of time with engineers,” Heather says. Another piece of the “deep dive” is market research: finding and figuring out how to effectively reach target audiences – where these people are, how they make decisions, their internal “cultures” and inter-relationships, and the right media mix to support client messages. LKF started in 1989 with two partners, graphic designer Charlie King and strategist Brad Lawton – and soon added media buyer Carol Fricke. After a number of years, Carol bought out her partners and invited Heather on board. In 2015, after Heather had served in the role of vice president for about 8 years, Carol retired and Heather took over as owner. Heather says that this transition was “always part of the plan” and that “when you plan for . . . transitions, they go a lot smoother.” Even now, Heather is working with her team so that when it is time for her to go, her current team of leaders will have everything they need to make the transition seamless. In this interview, Heather talks about how her team of 17, each of whom has a specific “area of expertise,” has maintained relevance through the years. She explains that the agency's culture supports “keeping ahead of trends” and not fearing trying new things or failure. The agency actively promotes continued training, attending seminars, and trying out and leveraging new client-appropriate tools and technology . . . all with a focus on delivering results for LKF's clients. A recent example: LKF developed a trademarked Content Management System, McConimore, to facilitate rapid/ agile Web development and overcome some of what Heather describes as WordPress's “intrinsic flaws.” Heather takes a very holistic view of her organization. She explains that LKF's passion statement, “Assisting the people in our family to thrive,” applies to the agency's clients as well as the agency's internal work family, employees' families, and the community the agency serves. Heather can be reached on her agency's website at: lkfmarketing.com and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Transcript Follows: ROB: Welcome to the Marketing Agency Leadership Podcast. I'm your host, Rob Kischuk, and I'm excited to be joined today by Heather Isch. She is the CEO and President at LKF Marketing based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Welcome to the podcast, Heather. HEATHER: Thanks. I'm glad to be here. ROB: Super great to have you here. Why don't you kick us off by telling us what LKF Marketing excels in? What's your specialty? HEATHER: We are a full-service marketing communications company. We primarily serve B2B. We like really technical, confusing kinds of clients, so we have a lot of clients in the manufacturing space. We also have a lot of digital skills, so a lot of web development, that kind of thing. So helping clients with complicated sales channels, complicated products, that kind of thing. ROB: Got it. When you say “technical and confusing,” let's pull on that thread for a minute. What would something technical and confusing sound like? Even though once you describe it, it may not sound so technical and confusing. HEATHER: A lot of our clients serve highly technical clients. They might be working with highly engineered products that might be sold into packaging or beverage or wastewater treatment. Sometimes in the medical industry, like for MRI equipment. So a lot of our clients have technical products that you really have to dig in and understand, spend a lot of time with engineers so that you understand what you're talking about, first of all. But then those clients typically have very complicated sales channels, and it's understanding how to get to and share their messaging in a variety of different industries to a variety of different levels, whether they're influencers or the buyers. In other markets that we serve, we work in economic development, so we have a lot of development clients working with, in our case, the state of Michigan working to understand brownfields and redevelopment credits and all kinds of crazy stuff. And then we have some of our more fun clients that might be a little bit more – those are our passion projects, more in the community that we live in. We like to give back, so we'll be working with people in our arts community or some of our nonprofits. But we're not typically the consumer products group, if that makes any sense. ROB: It certainly does to an extent, although I'm now also contemplating who a wastewater influencer is. [HEATHER laughs] When we get into the particulars of it, take us down a layer on that. The complexity affects who you're targeting, it affects your marketing channels. How do you take a problem like wastewater treatment – I imagine the client is very helpful in informing you of what they know, but they also might not know, and the knowledge may not transfer over the same way as if you're in a core B2B context. HEATHER: Right. With a client like that, it could be a wastewater treatment plant, it could be – here's one for you. We've started working with some of the people that are trying to do extraction in the cannabis market. That's really been more of an exploration. Who is making these decisions? Same thing in wastewater treatment plant. It may be the facilities manager that we need to get to; it could be an operations person in a specific area, but then you may also need to be speaking with the director of public services, depending on the different cities and states. A lot of times it's doing a deep dive with our clients to really understand all of the different industries that they're working in, who they're trying to connect with, what we're trying to sell them, or how we're trying to solve their problems, and then really going to work and putting together all of those customer maps. Sometimes there's research that exists; a lot of times we rely heavily on some of our trade partners. We've spent a lot of time with engineers. And in some cases, there might be actual research that we commission because we're really in exploratory mode. If the client's trying to launch something new, then we have to go down that paid research path. ROB: It seems like some of these prospects for these products – they're almost going to be pleasantly surprised if you can reach them with a convincing message directly. But how do you think about reaching such a specific customer? This certainly doesn't sound like billboard and TV ad territory. HEATHER: Not typically billboards, no. Usually there's heavy emphasis in the different – there's trade journals for everything under the sun. We work with a client that makes products for linemen to keep them safe when they're up on utility poles. You would be amazed at how many trade journals there are for that industry and for very specific titles. So for that particular group, we might be doing a combination of traditional print mixed with some social media, heavy web presence. Honestly, it's trying to do the deep dive by industry, figuring out where these folks are, and doing the right media mix. Sometimes it's tradeshows thrown in there, although COVID has not done us any favors in that department, so we've had to get a little more creative with how to reach our customers. ROB: That's wild, because I'm also thinking that linemen are probably not on LinkedIn very much. Maybe less than other industries, if you will. HEATHER: Right. ROB: I can't imagine all the trade journals you get at your office. That must be a heck of a picture on its own. HEATHER: Yeah, we have a lot of trade journals that come here. Also, I think one of the things that has been fascinating is the connection that linemen have with each other. There's a very tight, almost like a brotherhood. There are a lot of ways to reach this group, but they're also very connected and become very attached to their brands, and we are lucky enough that our client is very, very well-known, and linemen ask for it by name. That's been an interesting little twist in their industry. And we find that across the board. Every industry is very different, so you really have to figure out what's going to get the best result based on the market. You learn to talk. You learn to figure out where these people are and how they make decisions. ROB: It's interesting, especially with the linemen. When someone's going to get up near high-energy power, downed lines, all that stuff, when they ask for safety equipment, I feel like you listen to them. [laughs] But I don't know. Also, you're talking about getting deep into an industry. It seems to me there could be some big opportunities – if somebody's been marketing with a firm that doesn't take the time to get in deep, there could be huge uncovered opportunities that are maybe even pretty low-hanging in the content and search world. Have you found examples of keywords that are lying out in the wide open for the taking, but weren't claimed by the industry? HEATHER: Absolutely. ROB: What's that look like? HEATHER: I think that's probably one of our key strengths. We are hell-bent on getting results for our clients, and the way you do that is really digging in deep and understanding their business and what they're making, what they're creating, what that end game is. We have search engine optimization talent on staff as well as usability experts, and a lot of this is really just years of learning to understand, I guess as best as anyone can, Google. They change everything every day. That's a full-time job. But I feel like we're pretty gifted in that department. ROB: Heather, let's rewind the clock a little bit on this. What is the origin story of LKF? Where did this business come from? HEATHER: This business was actually created in 1989, and there were two partners, Charlie King and Brad Lawton, the ‘L' and the ‘K' in LKF. Charlie was a graphic designer and Brad was a strategy guy. Then they met up with Carol Fricke, and she was a media buyer. She came to Kalamazoo after a long stint in Atlanta, Georgia, and she teamed up with this group. They formed the trio, Lawton, King, Fricke, and operated for quite a few years together. During that time, I was actually a kid fresh out of college and I met Carol while I was selling ad space for one of the papers. I continued to have that relationship with her for many years. I left publishing and became a marketing manager for a manufacturing company, which is where I probably learned to really love all of those nerdy technical things. She and I stayed in touch, and actually LKF did a lot of design work for the manufacturing company that I worked with. During one of our lunches one day, she told me she wondered what was happening with me. I said I was negotiating hopefully what I thought would be “the job” with a local agency, and she said, “I don't think so. I don't want you to go work for another agency. I just bought my partners out, so I think you should come and work for me.” So I did. I worked with her for many, many years, and in 2015 she was ready to retire, and I took over as owner. ROB: Congratulations. It's a good long story, and some of the best stories are those long stories. I find that every change of control of an agency is a little bit the same and a little bit different. What do the mechanics of assuming ownership, as it were, of an agency – I mean, you don't have to get into particulars and percentages, but how does that even work? These are often somebody's baby, but they also don't want to care for it anymore. So what does that look like? HEATHER: I think one of the things that was really beautiful about our transition is Carol and I had talked about that early on. That was always kind of the game plan. Neither one of us really had an end date, but we worked towards that, and I worked as the vice president for about eight years before taking over as owner. I think your point about the same yet different – there are so many things that make LKF who we are today, and we have always been uber-focused on delivering results for the client. That's just embedded in who we are. I think the culture piece also. We've always had this – it's overused, but “work hard, play hard” focus. We always enjoyed each other's company. Carol made it possible for me to be a vice president, help run the company, but also raise two small children. I had a very flexible schedule throughout that time. I think when I took over, I wanted to put a bigger light on that, taking that to the next level, really looking at giving our team the ability to take care of their own families but be wildly successful here at the agency. I think we've been doing flex schedules – it was fashionable before COVID made it fashionable. [laughs] So we're very blessed in that department. Our passion statement is “Assisting the people in our family to thrive,” and in the LKF bunch, we describe our family as our clients as well as our internal work family, their families, and the community that we serve. I feel like that has just gotten bigger, I think, in that transition. But it was planned for, and I think when you plan for those transitions, they go a lot smoother. ROB: How does that inform where you sit now? I'm sure someday you are planning to not run the agency anymore. How are you thinking about even the next generation? And really, you're talking about handling a 50-year-old agency before too long, 40 even sooner. HEATHER: That's my goal. I would say my vision is that my current team of leaders are getting everything that they need so that the day that it's time for me to go, it's really seamless. I think good leadership is not about the who or the personality cult of what's at the top; it's what has made us who we are. Is everybody trained and schooled in all things LKF Marketing, the LKF way? How do we push that down in the organization so that there's a seamless transition when the time comes? ROB: Nobody's surprised, right? HEATHER: Nobody's surprised. ROB: It makes logical sense to everybody involved. HEATHER: Yep. ROB: That is quite a journey, and congratulations on everything so far. In the time that you have been there, when you track back to 1989, in terms of skills of the team members, some things are still very valid and helpful. There are still media buying elements there. But how media is bought and the other marketing channels that are involved have shifted entirely. How has the team over time been able to continue to stay relevant? You mentioned even getting up into social, and then there's stuff beyond that. There are so many places where an agency can get stuck in media, in SEO, in PPC, and others keep going past that. How do you think about these practice areas, which ones are ready to adopt for the agency, and how to either upskill or add skills to the team to get there? HEATHER: I think that's always the question. How do you keep yourself relevant? One of the things that we've always been very good at is not being afraid to fail and not being afraid to try things. Having experts – our team is very small. There's 17 of us. But every person on the team has an area of expertise, and they're really charged with keeping ahead of trends. We put significant emphasis on training and making sure that we're attending seminars, that we're trying out tools, that we're figuring out which tools make sense for our client base and how to apply them so that they're getting the best results and we're leveraging the right technology, and we're not becoming irrelevant. I think that's also something that has happened during the past 18-20 months, this explosion of digital tools, technology. And that's what we're excited about: how are we going to harness some of this new technology and really apply it to our client base? One of the things we had started working on pre-COVID was a new web development platform. We in the past have had a proprietary development platform, and over the years we've realized that's just not a thing anymore. But we've also seen the need for some tools to allow rapid or agile development. WordPress is always the thing that people are all about, but we've always felt like it had some intrinsic flaws. [laughs] So we went to work and have come up with our own product in that category. It's been trademarked. We're really excited about using that, alongside many other tools. But I think that's a testament to how we're staying relevant. We're constantly saying, “This is good. We tried this; it didn't work. That's okay.” And honestly, every client, because of the industries that they're in, they're pushing us to try things that might work for them but don't work for one of our other clients. So I think that also helps us to stay relevant and on top of what's out there. ROB: Very, very interesting. Very tricky, of course. You're saying you've built a new CMS up from scratch? Is that my understanding, or did I miss a detail there? HEATHER: Say that again? ROB: You have a new CMS that you've put together? HEATHER: Yes. ROB: Wow. What's it called? HEATHER: It is called McConimore and we don't widely – it's really only available to our customers. ROB: Pretty interesting. There's always room for new ideas there. That's a category where everybody's always trying to dominate it and nobody ever does. It's sort of the tale as old as time. WordPress is always there, but you've got your GoDaddys, your Webflows – all of the things. But nothing ever dominates. It's pretty interesting. Heather, as you look at your tenure, as you look at your time in LKF and overall, what are some key lessons that you've learned as you've been leading that you might want to go back and tell yourself if you could rewind a little bit? HEATHER: I think for me personally, I am a thinker, a big picture person. I love data. But once I have enough data, I'm definitely ready to move, and I think my younger self could get talked out of moving as quick as she would like to go. [laughs] There has to be calculated risk. There has to be data, all of those things. But I think that is part of, in our industry, staying ahead of everybody else. Failure or trying things on, that's all part of the learning journey, and I hope that's one thing that we instill in our teams: to never be afraid to try something and see if it works. I think that's probably it. ROB: Very good. As you're looking forward at the future of LKF, the future of marketing in general, what are some things you are looking forward to? What's next? HEATHER: I think really taking our team to the next level. We are training up newer teams, and I'm looking forward to being able to serve more clients. We're ready. I also think harnessing all of these different technologies and leveraging them for our clients. There's been a really big shift over the last 20 months, and I think as people get back online, helping them to really innovate and think about how to solve some of their challenges – that's been a topic of discussion for us because I think we've been so focused over the past 18 months on tomorrow and next month. We've got to get people asking different questions, thinking about how we're going to do it differently, how we're going to tackle this problem in a different way. Some of the previous solutions just don't work. So I'm excited about what's next for our clients and how we might go to market and start looking at things from a different perspective. ROB: Absolutely. I always enjoy thinking through the individual contexts of where people are. It sounds like you are very aligned to your local community, to the art community. If someone has not been to visit you in the place that you call home in Kalamazoo, what should somebody go see? What are some of the highlight reels of your home? HEATHER: We have a beautiful downtown that is very vibrant with lots of fun little boutiques and breweries. Wonderful little shops. We also, on the outside edges of Kalamazoo, have a wonderful Air Zoo, which is a great museum to take your families to. We also are home to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College. We are a town that is very focused on education and keeping our talent here in Kalamazoo. We are also home to The Promise, if you've ever heard of that. The Kalamazoo Promise has been talked about all over the United States. We have a very philanthropic community. So lots of good reasons to come and visit. ROB: It sounds wonderful. I always like to dig in and honor – my team is around the country, and I just like to have us all think about what makes each other's homes special. So thank you for sharing that. I know we always see Western Michigan jumping up and biting some other team in college football that wasn't expecting to get beaten that week. They're one of those upstarts that likes to surprise people, but it sounds like the people there are not surprised. HEATHER: Kalamazoo is a great place to live. ROB: Heather, when people want to get in touch with you and with LKF, where should they go to find you? HEATHER: You can find us at lkfmarketing.com. You can also find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. ROB: Fantastic. Heather, thank you so much for your time, for sharing your journey, for sharing that unique depth of understanding that you get into with clients to sell things that I think are hard to sell by a formula. That is very much to your credit, so congratulations. HEATHER: Thank you. ROB: Be well, and we'll look for more great things from LKF. HEATHER: Thanks, Rob. It was great talking to you. ROB: Thanks, Heather. Take care. Bye. HEATHER: Bye. ROB: Thank you for listening. 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Si bien es sabido que la crítica no suele reconocer en este un buen trabajo, tiene algunos temas destacables, como el clásico "One Way or Another" (que cantase John Wetton), o la balada "Weep in Silence". En medio de la gira de presentación del disco, David Byron fue despedido, a partir de este momento Byron se dedicó a su carrera como solista, hasta su fallecimiento, acaecido en 1985. La banda a mediados de los años 1970, con John Wetton Tras la salida de Byron, Uriah Heep, experimentó diferentes cambios en sus formaciones y en su estilo musical. Más allá, de su Rock progresivo, bien conocido y de su aporte a lo que se llamaría el Hard rock y heavy metal, poco después de la salida de Byron, el grupo modifica su estética y su música, dejando entrever un cambio de rumbo hacia un sonido más comercial, al estilo del AOR con toques de Música disco. Es así como, a finales de 1976, los reemplazos de John Wetton y David Byron, se conforman con la entrada de un bajista procedente de la banda de David Bowie, y el cantante de Lucifer's Friend; ellos eran Trevor Bolder (el bajista que más tiempo estuvo activo en la banda) y John Lawton. Los fanes tardaron en aceptar dicha formación y estilo, de cariz algo comercial, aunque la calidad de sus composiciones los hace ser bien recordados por todos. Los discos Firefly, Innocent Victim y Fallen Angel constituyen la cadena de tres grabaciones de estudio con Lawton y Bolder, más el disco en vivo Live in Europe 1979. Sin embargo, los egos personales de Lawton y Hensley chocaban demasiado, y se opta por despedir a Lawton, dejando otra vez, para 1980, a la banda sin cantante. Es allí cuando los Heep se vieron en la necesidad de conseguir reemplazante, tanto de vocalista como de batería, ya que por diferencias con la producción, el baterista Lee Kerslake había dejado el grupo, marchando a tocar para Ozzy Osbourne. Para 1980 llegan los reemplazos, con John Sloman ex-Lone Star a los vocales y Chris Slade, ex-Manfred Mann's Earth Band a la batería. Esta formación solo grabaría un disco, Conquest (1980), que no sería muy bien recibido por la crítica especializada, pero que sirvió al menos para actualizar el sonido de la banda, y mantenerla viva. Varios de los temas de este disco, fueron probados y grabados con el anterior cantante, John Lawton, entre los cuales se puede destacar "Feelings", "Fools" o "Been Hurt", que también formarían parte de un disco que no fue editado en su momento, luego lanzado como un disco pirata, titulado Ten Miles High. Las diferencias musicales entre la banda y Ken Hensley se acentúan, y este último deja el grupo a mitad de la gira, por lo que los Heep, sin su compositor principal, deben continuar y reclutan para esto -temporalmente- a un viejo conocido de Sloman, Gregg Dechert. Con él graban el sencillo "Think It Over / My Joanna Needs Tunning". A finales de año, Sloman, Slade, Dechert y Bolder (que se iría a tocar en Wishbone Ash) dejan a Mick Box solo, dando así por terminada la primera etapa de Uriah Heep. Durante 1981, Box ofreció algunos conciertos como solista, pero las cartas de diferentes fanes alrededor del mundo, expresando cuan importante era para sus vidas Uriah Heep, le dan a Box la energía necesaria para recomenzar con aquella banda mítica. Es así como recluta al prestigioso bajista (ex-Rainbow) Bob Daisley, y juntos deciden ir a visitar al primer cantante de la banda, David Byron, para ofrecerle nuevamente ese puesto, el cual este rechaza. Aun así, contratan al cantante del grupo Trapeze, Peter Goalby y junto con ellos, vuelve Lee Kerslake e ingresa el tecladista John Sinclair El primer trabajo con esta formación sería Abominog (1982), un disco redondo donde prácticamente todos los temas son clásicos (más una reversión del tema "Think It Over"), y sirven para colocar a Heep con un nuevo sonido, más duro, y cercano a la NWOBHM, no obstante el marcado regusto comercial de ciertos temas. Con este disco y formación, Uriah Heep vuelve a recobrar algo de fama: el siguiente álbum, Head First, seguiría por esa senda con temas muy bien logrados como "Red Lights", "Stay on Top" o "Lonely Nights" que es un cover de Bryan Adams. Para 1985, Bob Daisley decide abandonar la banda amistosamente, y vuelve el bajista Trevor Bolder, para grabar el último disco de la "era Goalby", Equator, que sería sin dudas, para todos los fanes, uno de los discos más flojos de la historia de Uriah Heep (incluso más flojo que High & Mighty y Conquest), se podría rescatar la canción que abre el disco, llamada "Rockarama", como único corte destacado. A fin de año, el agotamiento en la voz de Peter Goalby hace que los Heep pierdan al cantante, y al tecladista al mismo tiempo, una vez más. Luego de convocar al teclista Phil Lanzon, en 1986 deciden probar con el cantante Steff Fontaine, pero a pesar de su buena voz, su actitud hace que sea despedido. De este modo, llega el que hasta el día de hoy es el cantante que más ha durado en la banda: Bernie Shaw, quien procedía del grupo NWOBHM Praying Mantis. Con el primer disco de estudio con Shaw, Raging Silence (1989) tendrían cierto éxito, sobre todo con el viejo clásico de la banda Argent "Hold Your Head Up", y con un tema escrito por Peter Goalby, "Blood Red Roses". Cabe destacar que, hacia fines de los 80, Uriah Heep se convertiría en la primera banda de rock occidental en aprovechar la política conocida como glásnost, en la aún vigente Unión Soviética: gracias a un conocido productor húngaro, lograron dar el primer recital tras la Cortina de Hierro; en Moscú llenaron el Estadio Olímpico Luzhnikí varias noches, el total de gente que presenció los shows ascendió a 180.000 personas. Luego de estos logros, ya en la era del CD, en los 90 y en los 2000, las ediciones de nuevos álbumes de estudio se fueron tornando cada vez más espaciadas (Different World (1991), Sea of Light (1995), Sonic Origami (1998), Wake the Sleeper (2008), Into the Wild (2011), etc, pero la banda se mantiene constantemente en giras por Europa, y tienen mucho éxito, quizás no el de su época dorada, pero sí mucho más del que tenían en los años 80. En el año 2002 es editado un CD en vivo: The Magician's Birthday Party, grabado con Ken Hensley y John Lawton, quienes se reunieron momentáneamente con Heep para la ocasión, mientras que en el 2006, por problemas de salud, abandona la banda el veterano baterista Lee Kerslake, dando paso a otro ex-Ozzy para ocupar la batería, en este caso Rusell Gilbrook. En el mismo año, el grupo rumano de rock "Iris" edita un disco para rememorar sus 25 años de existencia e incluyen una colaboración con Mick Box y Bernie Shaw, con la canción "Lady in Black" cantando de forma bilingüe (rumano y inglés). Del mismo modo en 2011 se publican Into the Wild, y el directo Live in Armenia, este último en formato doble CD/DVD. Por su parte, en el año 2013 se conoce la triste noticia del fallecimiento del bajista Trevor Bolder, y en 2014 es lanzado el 23º álbum de estudio del grupo, titulado Outsider. Bolder sería reemplazado por Davey Rimmer en mayo de 2013, con quien editarían un nuevo álbum de estudio en 2018, Living the Dream. Uriah Heep mantiene una cantidad significativa de seguidores en Alemania, los Países Bajos, Escandinavia, los Balcanes, Japón, Rusia y en Europa del Este en general, donde aún tocan en estadios. No obstante, y aunque en la actualidad siguen gozando de buena reputación, sus grandes obras aparecen en la década de los setenta, más específicamente en la primera mitad de la década, durante aquellos años su nombre figuró casi a la par junto a los de Black Sabbath, Deep Purple o Led Zeppelin, formando el cuarteto de máximos referentes del Rock duro británico.Escucha este episodio completo y accede a todo el contenido exclusivo de Biblioteca Del Metal - (Recopilation). Descubre antes que nadie los nuevos episodios, y participa en la comunidad exclusiva de oyentes en https://go.ivoox.com/sq/308558
Jusef is BACK! (And writing this description) and he has picked another action movie. This time around a good(?) Steven Seagal movie, 1992's Under Siege. Directed by Andrew Davis and written by J. F. Lawton, starring Steven Seagal as an ex-Navy SEAL who must stop a group of mercenaries, led by Tommy Lee Jones. Die Hard on a boat. We also talked about movies we think nobody has watched, our favorite action movies of the 80s/90s, favorite action sequences of all-time, and Joe has a game! Topics and Timestamps: @2:40 min mark: Eternals Final Trailer @5:47 min mark: We recommend movies “nobody” has seen @21 min mark: Favorite Action movies of the 80s/90s @34 min mark: Favorite Action Sequences of All-time @49 min: Joe's Game @55 min: Under Siege Alt Show titles: Bones, Rugs, and Wannabe Putin on the Shitz Goatee-m Russia !Busty Busey MATURE CONTENT... "Flyover State Of Film Theme"-Composed by Barry J. Neely @BarryJNeely-Twitter Barry J Neely, composer-Youtube. Where to find us. Joe- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGI-... Twitter-@Chendango1 Jusef- Twitter- @yILoveMovies Brian-DVDBunker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUaPY... Twitter- @Hurstcules Tj- You're here...enjoy! Twitter- @TjDex Keywords: Marvel,DC,Comicbook,Eternals,Suicide Squad,James Gunn,Steven Seagal,Action Movies,Desperado,John Wick,Terminator 2,Mad Max Fury Road,Jacki Chan,Tony Ja,Podcast,Movies,Movie,Movie Review,Trailer,Comedy
In this Week's VERY NSFW episode the boys are joined by Fiona from Film Floggers to flog another Garry Marshall joint in 1990's Pretty Woman.We're learning about the Hollywood Walk of fame (and shame!), How Lucille Ball almost met her match at the hands of a disgruntled Italian Actor and how Richard Gere's favourite pet and Sex toy are the same thing.Note: only after the show did Mark realise that a Hamster and Gerbil are not the same creature. Add one to the final tally of things we learned.---Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, from a screenplay by J. F. Lawton. The film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Héctor Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy (in his final performance), Laura San Giacomo, and Jason Alexander in supporting roles. The film's story centres on down-on-her-luck Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him. The film's title Pretty Woman is based on "Oh, Pretty Woman", written and sung by Roy Orbison. It is the first film on-screen collaboration between Gere and Roberts; their second film, Runaway Bride, was released in 1999.Originally intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles, the film was re-conceived as a romantic comedy with a large budget. It was widely successful at the box office and was the third-highest-grossing film of 1990. The film saw the highest number of ticket sales in the US ever for a romantic comedy, with Box Office Mojo listing it as the number-one romantic comedy by the highest estimated domestic tickets sold at 42,176,400, slightly ahead of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) at 41,419,500 tickets. The film received mixed reviews, though Roberts received a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. In addition, screenwriter J. F. Lawton was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a BAFTA Award.---Fiona is just one of the hosts of the brilliant Film Floggers. Talking movies every week as well as playing games on their Twitch stream. A recent addition to the glut of content Ben, Fiona and Tom are putting out if '15 minutes of Flog'. A short, sharp review of films you might have missed.Check out all their episodes on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/filmfloggers-1439626Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/100things)
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1102 Lead Organizer Hope Gilmore discussed the concern for worker safety within call centers. After a coworker fell ill with COVID-19, the union went on a campaign to ensure workers could work from the safety of their homes. CWA Local 1102 President Steve Lawton also joined today's episode. Lawton focused on organizing and union activity that led to positive results for workers. He discussed a strike at Verizon that led to a quality contract and an improved relationship with management. Finally, NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss talked about the organizing movement within the news industry. Due to layoffs and stagnant wages, reporters and other news industry workers are organizing at a quick pace. Lastly, he discussed the New York Times data workers and their efforts to organize.
In this episode, we sit down with Maria Lawton, Author of “Azorean Cooking: My Family Table to Yours,” and host of the PBS/Create show “Maria's Portuguese Table.” Maria and her husband Bob tell us all about her journey seeking out her favorite family recipes. She went back to visit her family in the Azores to learn and document her favorite dishes, for what was initially intended to be a cookbook to share with family. After many friends saw what she had created, she began receiving inquires from book stores and distributors, and soon after, a PBS television show documenting her travels. You can find Maria's TV show “Maria's Portuguese Table” on PBS and the Create Channel. For more information, Maria's website: www.azoreangreenbean. https://revivalmotoring.com/
In this inspirational interview the crew speaks with 19 year old Noa Lawton who is an option trader, dropshipper, and serial entrepreneur. After trying to learn how to make money on YouTube and discovering droppshipping Noa ends up creating 20 stores before finally cracking the code to generating thousands in sales per day. Noa walks us through building his winning store, the process of finding winning products and how to sell winning stores. Noa also explains how he was able to use the money from selling his stores to start his option trading journey and ultimately purchase his first investment property he currently owns nearby his college. Noa's journey is inspirational and definitely a gem packed episode you do not want to miss. Leave Us A 5 Star Rating & Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Complete this short survey to help grow the BWR Podcast: 1-Min Survey Get Access To Products, Services, & Free Resources Click Here
Official Website: https://www.lawabidingbiker.com I had the pleasure of talking with Peter Hemmerich, owner of Butt Buffer, which is a company that produces high-quality medical-grade motorcycle seat cushions for riders. See my Butt Buffer Overview Video Here Peter first reached out to Law Abiding Biker™ Media in the spring of 2020 and we learned of these unique motorcycle seat cushions. I had Peter send over several models and sizes, so we could check them out. This was great timing as we were headed out to Sturgis 2020, the 80th Anniversary, in a few months. SUPPORT US AND SHOP IN THE OFFICIAL LAW ABIDING BIKER STORE We put the Butt Buffer motorcycle seat cushions to the ultimate test, riding 9 days and 3300 miles to Sturgis and back home. They were tested by riders in our group on both touring and non-touring motorcycles. The riders that tested the seat cushions loved them and stated they really made a difference in comfort when laying down the miles during those long days in the saddle. I took it a step further and put a Butt Buffer motorcycle seat cushion on my Kawasaki KLR 650 during off-road adventure riding on multiple occasions and it worked great. The cushions strap down to the seat and have a non-slip surface underneath, which really helped it stay in place when riding more aggressively and when shifting around off-road. After our real-world testing, we knew we had to bring them right to the Official Law Abiding Biker Store and we've been selling the heck out of them ever since. CHECK OUT OUR HUNDREDS OF FREE HELPFUL VIDEOS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND SUBSCRIBE! You may think that you have the best seat on your motorcycle but I can tell you from experience that your butt will still get sore and achy if you're riding long distances and for multiple days. Additionally, many of us suffer from varying degrees of lower back pain, which can get worse during these long motorcycle road trips. Our findings were that the Butt Buffer definitely helps with both these issues. The Butt Buffer motorcycle seat cushion is unlike those other air and gel seat pads. It won't leak if punctured and won't freeze as gel pads will. It fits all motorcycle seats, installs in seconds, and you can easily clean the cover after removing the pad through a velcro closure. Further, the Butt Buffer is water and oil resistant and the materials used are hypo-allergenic. There are a couple of Butt Buffer motorcycle seat cushions to choose from: (**links to the Law Abiding Biker Store below. Support us if you appreciate all the free content we put out to help the biker community!) Classic Butt Buffer Seat Cushion Pebble Polymer Butt Buffer Offers all of the benefits of the Classic, however, it also comes with a premium air-flow cover to offer enhanced air circulation to your seat cushion. The Butt Buffer motorcycle seat cushion comes in three sizes. Small, medium, and large. Simply measure your seat and then head over to the Law Abiding Biker Store where we have the measurements, making it easy for you to choose the correct size. If you need a passenger cushion, most riders choose the small version but measure your passenger seat area for proper fitment. Installation of the Butt Buffer is a breeze and there are several options. Please see the video on this page for installation details. New Free Video Mentioned: How to Replace Harley Spark Plugs & Properly Set Gap Sponsor-Ciro 3D CLICK HERE! Innovative products for Harley-Davidson & Goldwing Affordable chrome, lighting, and comfort products Ciro 3D has a passion for design and innovation Sponsor-RickRak CLICK HERE The Ultimate Motorcycle Luggage Rack Solution Forget those messy straps and bungee cords Go strapless with a RickRak quick attach luggage system & quality bag Sponsor-Butt Buffer CLICK HERE Want to ride longer? Tired of a sore and achy ass? Then fix it with a high-quality Butt Buffer seat cushion? New Patrons: Mike Harper Daniel Maiers of Spokane, WA Benjamin Lerdahl of Salt Lake City, Utah Nathaniel O'Connell of Erie, Pennsylvania Susan Rogers of Lawton, Oklahoma Zackery Sawyer of LaGrange, Georgia Mark Tennant of Attleboro, MASSACHUSETTS Josh Wright of Milton, FL Nelson Nunez of Texarkana, TX Darren Neuschwander of Daphne, AL Ryan Johnson of Hillsboro, OR David Gantenbein of Carson City, Nevada If you appreciate the content we put out and want to make sure it keeps on coming your way then become a Patron too! There are benefits and there is no risk. Thanks to the following bikers for supporting us via a flat donation: ________________________________________________________ FURTHER INFORMATION: Official Website: http://www.LawAbidingBiker.com Email & Voicemail: http://www.LawAbidingBiker.com/Contact Podcast Hotline Phone: 509-731-3548 HELP SUPPORT US! JOIN THE BIKER REVOLUTION! #BikerRevolution #LawAbidingBiker
Many of my guests are those of faith, and I myself have had a lot of questions about religion over the years after growing up Lutheran and being around the world a few times. I sat down with Man of God Kyle Thompson to really get into doubts I have and questions I think many of us seem to ask. "Devils Advocate" seemed to be a recurring theme. See episodes One Week Early, go Behind-the-Scenes, and Support the Show at www.patreon.com/mikedrop. Sponsored by @jockofuel and @teamdog.pet. ---------- Table of Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 4:00 - Inside the Bite Suit 8:30 - Breaking the Ice 13:00 - Working Out 17:30 - Growing Up in Lawton 23:00 - Cauliflower Ear 33:00 - University of Central Oklahoma 38:30 - $75 in your Pocket 47:30 - Odd Jobs & Solicitation 51:00 - A Mission from God 57:30 - Defining Darkness, Defying Gravity 1:05:00 - Mike's Beliefs 1:09:00 - God's “Plan” 1:21:00 - Skeptics & Cynics 1:30:30 - Toxic Masculinity 1:43:00 - Victimhood 1:52:00 - Beating Cancel Culture 2:02:00 - Kyle Speaks 2:07:30 - The Pro-Life Argument 2:24:00 - Trump on Abortion 2:31:00 - Emotion as a Trump Card 2:36:00 - What Kyle Believes 2:49:00 - Wrapping UP ---------- To find out more about Kyle or to subscribe to his podcast, ‘Undaunted.Life - A Man's Podcast', follow him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/kyleokc or visit his website at www.undaunted.life. ---------- Support Mike Drop on Patreon: www.patreon.com/mikedrop --- Support our sponsors: Origin Labs | www.originmaine.com/origin-labs | @ORIGIN USA Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet --- Apparel, accessories, protection dogs, and online training at www.trikos.com Online dog training | https://teamdog.pet Team Dog Facebook | @TeamDog Training Books, Blog, Media and more from Mike Ritland at www.mikeritlandco.com
Jacobi Ryan is a rapper, graphic designer, podcaster and entrepreneur from Lawton, OK. Known as one of the most respected artists in Oklahoma, Jacobi is a frequent collaborator of multiple #FireInLittleAfrica artists and a member of @drview1's #TheSpaceProgram. He appears on the #FireInLittleAfrica song ‘Regardless'. In this episode, Doc and Ali talk to Jacobi about his experience with the Fire In Little Africa album as well as his upcoming project. They also discuss the fight for reparations, education around the Tulsa Race Massacre and much more. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
Your weekly digest of the biggest money stories from the last seven days, this week looking at Changes to furlough and Stamp Duty holidays Brits back to borrowing New debt help rules Amazon & Google fake reviews Plain numbers on bills & more My guest this week is Martha Lawton - money coach and host of the Squanderlust podcast. Together we'll help you get up to speed with what's been going on. Read more about all these stories at https://becleverwithyourcash.com/cashchats207 Follow Martha on Twitter. ABOUT CASH CHATS Cash Chats is presented by money blogger and broadcaster Andy Webb. In 2020 the podcast was featured as one of the top finance podcasts by publications including Apple, Good Housekeeping, The Sun and the Independent. In 2019 it was awarded Best Money Podcast at the SHOMOS - the UK Money Bloggers community annual awards, and runner-up in 2020. On each Cash Chats episode you can hear Andy share ways to get the most from your money. He's often joined for friendly and accessible conversations by a friend from the UK Money Blogger community to cover topics as diverse as freebies and investments. Andy also runs the award-winning website Be Clever With Your Cash, presented Channel 5's Shop Smart Save Money and founded the community ukmoneybloggers.com. To contact Andy email Andy@Becleverwithyourcash.com ANDY ON SOCIAL Andy's handle is @AndyCleverCash and you can follow him over at: twitter.com/AndyCleverCash instagram.com/andyclevercash GET ANDY'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER You'll also get a free Quidco bonus for signing up https://becleverwithyourcash.com/newsletter/ MUSIC The music is Easter Island by Lonely Punk and provided on a creative commons licence
This episode is brought to you by National Office Systems Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis joins the Tuesday episode of The Commute podcast to discuss how Chatham County is doing with the COVID vaccine and some tips for the July 4th weekend before talking about the Delta variant in Georgia and what the COVID vaccine means for the future of other vaccinations and medicine. Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Palesa obtained her LLB from Wits University whereafter she completed her articles at ENS - Africa's largest law firm. During her short tenure as an associate at ENS, her previous boss and team offered her position as a director at a new sports law firm they had incorporated. Excited for the new challenge, Palesa packed her bags and never looked back. After years of practice, Palesa is now a director at Lawton's Africa. She specializes in commercial litigation, entertainment and sports law. She regularly provides specialist advice to clients across diverse sectors in commercial litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. If you have had your eye on sports and entertainment law then this is the episode for you. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @sister_in_law_ @palesa_maseko17 If you're listening on Apple Podcast don't forget to rate and review the show so that more people are made aware of the podcast. —- Sister In Law merchandise is available on the website shop: www.sisterinlaw.co.za (part of the proceeds go towards the Sister In Law Foundation which assists black female law students from less advantaged backgrounds). --- Send in a voice message and tell us what you thought of this episode or suggest a black woman in the legal profession whose story you would like to hear: https://anchor.fm/tebello-motshwane/message —- To book a consultation email firstname.lastname@example.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tebello-motshwane/message --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tebello-motshwane/message --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tebello-motshwane/message
How do you like your steak? On today's episode of the Only in OK Show, we discuss the Lake Jed Johnson Tower Trail at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Lake Jed Johnson, named for Jed Johnson, a designer and film director, is the third largest of thirteen small reservoirs in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, located in southwestern Oklahoma. The Lake Jed Johnson Tower Trail is a short hike that most skill levels can enjoy and has some gorgeous vistas all along the trail. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, located near Lawton, has protected unique wildlife habitats since 1901 and is the oldest managed wildlife facility in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service system. Check out our sponsor for this episode - Holliday Tax Group #TravelOK #onlyinokshow #Oklahoma #MadeinOklahoma #oklaproud #itunes #podcast #okherewego #hiking #lake #park #wildlife #nature
My special father's day guest is John C. Jensen. John was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, rose through the ranks of the Post Office, served in the US Army doing a one year tour of Vietnam and fathered 5 handsome, witty, charming hyperactive boys, one of which is me. You can find John on Twitter: @PapaJohnCJensenThanks to our sponsor Burly Beverages. https://www.burlybeverages.com/They make artisanal, gourmet soda syrups and old time Shrubs. (For now, know that you can get 15% off your order, or at the Burly Take Out on Del Paso Blvd in Sacramento, CA by using the discount code KLJRULEZ) Please Subscribe and Review
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S.B. Pearce and her sister Carla go on a field trip to a place that invoked fear and intrigue their entire childhoods. Although many may be familiar with the basic history of the "mushroom mines" in Lawton, Kentucky, S.B. managed to dig up a pretty major lost detail about the place that is highly unusual. Join them as they explore the mines on foot and talk about the history and the urban legends or myths that surround this often feared location.
On this episode I chatted with Patti & Sarah about their recent project "This Land is Her Land" and more about Oklahoma History and the women who have impacted it along the way. Patti Loughlin is Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her publications include Hidden Treasures of the American West: Muriel H. Wright, Angie Debo and Alice Marriott (University of New Mexico Press, 2005), Building Traditions, Educating Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma (Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2007) with Bob Burke, and Main Street Oklahoma: An American Story (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) coedited by Linda Reese. Her book Angie Debo, Daughter of the Prairie(Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 2017), received the 2018 Oklahoma Book Award for children/young adult. Patti serves on the Oklahoma Historical Society board of directors, and remains active in the Coalition for Western Women's History and the Western History Association. Sarah Eppler Janda is Professor of History at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She is the author of Beloved Women: The Political Lives of LaDonna Harris and Wilma Mankiller (Northern Illinois University Press, 2007), Pride of the Wichitas: A History of Cameron University (Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2010), and Prairie Power: Student Activism, Counterculture, and Backlash in Oklahoma, 1962–1972 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). She is an active member of the Coalition for Western Women's History, the Western History Association, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Janda and Loughlin coedited This Land is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma from the 1870s to the 2010s (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021). Currently they are writing an Oklahoma history textbook for statewide adoption in high schools for the University of Oklahoma Press. Huge shout out to my sponsors for their continued support. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information go to www.oklahomahof.com and www.instagram.com/oklahomahof RCB Bank. Get rates as low as 1.79% APR on new, used and refinanced cars, boats, campers and ATVs. Visit www.RCBbank.com or come into any of our 40 locations across Oklahoma to learn more. Until August 31st. Rate and financing with approved credit. Restrictions Apply. #thisisoklahoma
We continue our second week of our church planting month by hearing from guest preacher Brady Sharp who is the Lead Pastor at Credence Church in Lawton. Brady talks about how the proclamation about Jesus and the invitation to Jesus is the foundation of church planting. Bible Text: John 1 | Preacher: Brady Sharp
Episode Notes Jason Cochran discussed many of the common problems vacationers are encountering on the road, then Lawton discussed her book "Black Girl Take the World: The Travel Bible for Black Women with Boundless Wanderlust".
Canadian pop folk artist Rosemary Lawton joins the DTP to go behind the music of her new album ‘Canvas'! ‘Canvas' is Rosemary's first album of tracks that are entirely written by herself, and saw her shift to that pop folk sound from the traditional folk music she was playing before! Rosemary also chats why having the right producer helped her to capture this new step in sound, what the writing process helped her learn about herself, creating the cover art, building confidence, and much more!! ----- Listen to ‘Canvas' on Spotify @ Follow Rosemary on IG @ Visit ----- Pick up Desert Tiger Merch @ Follow Colton Gee & Desert Tiger -----
Joining Patrina on this week's episode is Althea Lawton-Thompson, President of ‘Aerobics, Yoga and More' (AYM). Once an executive for GE Capital, Althea decided to pursue her passion in life and, through the creation of her organization, has gone on to become a best selling author, a holistic mind and body expert, and, as you will hear, an all around amazing human. Under her leadership, AYM currently enlists a roster of doctors, nurses, and certified mind-body instructors to provide health education and fitness classes to a powerhouse corporate client list including PNC, Cigna, United Way, Oglethorpe Power, and Publicis. Althea has also certified almost 100 instructors as Meditation Instructors; Reiki Levels I, II, and III practitioners; and Yoga and Pilates instructors through AYM teacher training. She is truly a gifted and giving individual who has so very much to share with listeners today. The conversation begins with a brief discussion regarding Naomi Osaka's recent withdrawal from the French Open, and proceeds to focus upon mental health, the impact of the quarantine, and Althea's advice for everyone as the world begins to open up again. She then explains the nature of energy, the practice of Reiki, and the moving story of her inspiration for her retreats as well as the impact they have upon participants. Althea also provides a thorough analysis of entanglement, physical connection and the importance of being intentional in this area, and finishes by sharing what brings her joy these days. As you listen in, you will understand precisely why Patrina holds Althea in such high regard – a kindred spirit whose knowledge, wisdom and innate ability to spread peace and joy shine brilliantly in this very special episode. Episode Highlights: Naomi Osaka's recent withdrawal from the French Open The impact of the quarantine Althea's advice for people as the world opens up again Defining energy Reiki, its levels, and how to find a practitioner The inspiration for Althea's ‘Living Life Limitlessly' retreats and their takeaways Entanglement and physical connection and the importance of being intentional about it What's bringing Althea joy these days The Diamond Sutra and the Clubhouse Room dedicated to its reading Quotes: “It can be very difficult for us, particularly I think, as women of color, to establish boundaries for ourselves and lovingly and gently, I think, reinforce those boundaries.” “What was lovely about the quarantine, in 2020, was having a mandated boundary between external interference and some of our internal lives.” “She won't receive the criticism, it can be out there, but we don't have to receive it. We always have a choice.” “There's always time for me.” “Something about that quiet downtime with just me allows me to decompress or to prepare, one or the other.” “As a Chopra certified meditation instructor, you know, we certainly follow that twice a day meditation practice. You start out in the morning, and you begin with this inward journey, and you do the same thing in the evening.” “We have to continue to make time for ourselves, take time for ourselves, and in doing so, create opportunities to have great clarity.” “When we're talking about Reiki, we're talking about a universal energy force moving through the body.” “That's what Reiki is, it's basically moving the hand over the body, finding areas where there is discomfort or disease and helping an individual move their own energy so that it can flow for peace, joy and health.” “We are always enough.” “I thought about what she said and she really wanted to live her life limitlessly without any boundaries.” “I decided right then I'm just going to be joyful all the time. And I'm going to live my life limitlessly.” “That's what the retreats are - it's magic. It's seeing things outside of what's normal for us. It's stepping outside of all of our obligations, all the critiques, self critiques and things from other people. It's outside of all of our responsibilities and these titles that we give ourselves…and it's just exploring places beyond the norm.” “We heal, and we come back recognizing really the divinity of who we each are, and we all are.” “Our longings are supposed to feel good to us.” “We can't unlearn the old tricks, but we absolutely can learn new tricks...we have to find that personal motivation, inspiration to be a forever learner, and be willing to reprogram ourselves so that we can live life limitlessly and have joy more abundantly.” “We need to be very careful about whose energy we allow to come into our being, into our energy space around us, and then into our physical being.” “I protect my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body from any energy that does not serve my highest good. And I protect the individual that I'm working with, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for any energy that is not theirs, and does not protect or lift up their highest good.” “That's what grounding and earthing is, like releasing and receiving the reciprocity of it, and then maybe also giving some good energy to the earth. I dig my fingers down into the dirt, and I'm connecting with the grid of all that's living.” “What you can choose to intentionally do is not perpetuate an energetic vibration that's not serving both of your highest good.” “I'm going to put out what I'd like to get back and trust that, in the giving, the receiving takes care of itself.” “Living limitlessly is also living ‘labellessly'.” “And we can unintentionally oppress our fellow brothers and sisters in ways that we would never want to if we were really operating in this heart space.” “Living life limitlessly, finding your joy all the time, and knowing that God lives within, and we are all one in the same, and equal and able to manifest.” Links: Joyfully You Life homepage Joyfully You Life Instagram Joyfully You Life Facebook Joyfully You Life Twitter Joyfully You Life linktree Althea's Homepage Althea's Store Althea's Facebook Althea's Instagram Althea's Biolinky
Lawton carried out a string of jewelry store robberies along the east coast of the United States until his arrest in 1996. He spent 11 years in prison and after his release, he began a career as a motivational speaker, life coach, and author. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gxppodcast/support
Tevis Hillis is an Oklahoma native. She grew up in Lawton with her family, where she loved her small town. Graduating from college, Tevis never expected to start at her dream station, but dreams come true when you least expect them. For more, visit our show notes at https://loveworksleadership.blog/2021/05/31/episode-61-discovering-your-passions-with-tevis-hillis/.
Co-presented with MOAD. From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black. Raised in sleepy English suburbia, Georgina Lawton was no stranger to homogeneity. Her parents were white; her friends were white; there was no reason for her to think she was any different. But over time her brown skin and dark, kinky hair frequently made her a target of prejudice. In Georgina’s insistently color-blind household, with no acknowledgement of her difference or access to black culture, she lacked the coordinates to make sense of who she was.
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But has that feeling completely ruined the moment, maybe not yet but it's about to get worse. On a whim you decide to take a picture of the bone and send it to your sister who is a nurse. Your good time is officially ruined when your sister confirms your suspicions, the bone is, in fact, not animal, it's human. A human femur to be exact. This is the exact scenario that led to the discovery of one of the, if not the, largest crime scenes in American history and a series of crimes that would as of yet, go unsolved. Christine Ross was the unfortunate soul that came across the body in the scenario described at the outset of the episode. She was walking her dog Ruka in an area that had recently been cleared out for a new neighborhood to be built. After the bone was found she called the police and that's when things get crazy! So let's get further into this story! The West Mesa is an elevated landmass lying west of the Rio Grande stretching from south of Albuquerque northward to Bernalillo in the state of New Mexico. A large portion of West Mesa is part of Petroglyph National Monument and is bisected by Interstate 40 and Historic Route 66. There are numerous subdivisions with new homes being built on the lower portion of the West Mesa as the City of Albuquerque continues to expand further to the west. Further west on the mesa are the mobile home communities of Pajarito, located to the south of I-40, and Lost Horizon, located about 1/2 mile north of I-40. The bodies of 11 women and one unborn child would be uncovered in West Mesa. It would take a year to identify all of the victims. Police would follow many leads but to no avail. We're going to look at the victims then discuss the most likely suspects and evidence did them being there killer and even discuss how this may be connected to a small sex trafficking ring that could be part of a larger global ring! The story may start earlier than you think. In the early 2000s, in an area called The War Zone, a tumor began to spread about a killer in albuquerque. There were stories of a killer roaming the streets and murdering sex workers. The war zone is an area now known as the international district. It is one of the most diverse areas of the city. It is also one of the poorest areas in the city and has a high crime rate. A 1991 article from the Albuquerque Journal described East Central as "a loose-jointed carnival of sex, drugs and booze" with drug dealers and prostitutes operating openly. In 1997, the city put up barricades in the neighborhood to make it harder for criminals to get in and out. Eventually, thanks in part to efforts by neighborhood residents, the crime rate decreased and the barricades were removed. In 2009, residents who resented the War Zone name persuaded city leaders to officially re-brand the area as the International District, highlighting its diverse community rather than crime. The first International Festival was held later that year. Despite these changes, crime has continued to be an issue in the neighborhood. It was here in 2004 that Cinnamon Elks, a sex worker that often worked in the war zone, came to hear a crazy story. She had told her friends there was a dirty cop murdering and decapitating sex workers and burying their bodies on the West Mesa. Soon after she related this story she disappeared. Years before the bodies are found, police detective Ida Lopez found that a number of sex workers were going missing. She began to compile a list, which included Cinnamon Elks, and began to try to bring notice of the issue to light. Lopez had a list of 16 women that had gone missing. When the body's were found Lopez feared the bodies were the same women on her list. She was partially correct, 10 of the 11 women identified we in fact on her list. For homicide investigators, the case posed challenges from the start, said Dirk Gibson, a communications and journalism professor at the University of New Mexico who has authored numerous books on serial killings. Years had passed from the time the women and girls disappeared, probably limiting available evidence. “You can’t have a colder cold case,” Gibson said. “In this case, there was almost nothing but bones.” Let's take a look at the victims. All but one of the women were sex workers from New Mexico. Many were known to live hard lives. Several were mothers. None of them deserved what happened to them. Jamie Barela, 15, was last seen with her 23-year-old cousin Evelyn Salazar heading to a park at San Mateo and Gibson SE in April 2004. Neither woman was ever seen again until their bones turned up in the mass grave site on the West Mesa in 2009. Jamie was the final skeleton to be identified, almost a year after the first bone was found. But Jamie’s mom believed investigators would find her daughter’s body long before she was named. Unlike the other West Mesa victims, Barela had no known prostitution or drug arrests. Evelyn Salazar was reported missing on April 3, 2004, by her family. She was 23 when she disappeared. She was the 10th victim to be identified, and her 15-year-old cousin Jamie Barela was the final one to be identified. The two were last seen together at a family gathering and then went to a park at San Mateo and Gibson. Salazar liked camping and outdoor activities, was a good cook and taught her daughter how to roller skate, according to her obituary. Michelle Valdez: The last time Dan Valdez saw his daughter Michelle, he asked her to not stay away too long. Michelle Valdez had a daughter who she cared for deeply, and had a big heart, Dan Valdez said. “Michelle was quite a gal, she would give you the shirt off of your back if you needed it,” he said. “She was good-hearted, kind, and didn’t deserve what she got.” He said he couldn’t remember exactly when she got involved with drugs. But she started disappearing for days, sometimes a week at a time. Later it turned to months. When she did show up, he would give her small sums of money — even though he knew she would use it on drugs — in the hopes that she would come back again. Eventually, she stopped altogether. Dan Valdez reported her missing in February 2005, when she was 22. Her bones were the second set to be identified in late-February 2009 after investigators started digging for bodies. They also discovered the remains of Michelle Valdez’s 4-month-old unborn baby. Michelle had dreamed of one day being a singer, her mother said, or maybe a lawyer like her aunt. “Drug addiction certainly wasn’t the lifestyle she wanted,” Jackson said. “She wanted help, but she didn’t have money or insurance, so it was very hard for her to get it.” Veronica Romero was 27 when she was reported missing by her family on Valentine’s Day 2004. Her family laid her to rest in July 2009 after her body was one of the 11 unearthed. “We’re putting her to rest finally, but considering what’s been done, and now we’re finding out more of what’s happened to her, and it’s sad,” family member Desiree Gonzales told KOB-TV at the time. “She was hurt real bad.” Julie Nieto grew up in Albuquerque’s South Valley and Los Lunas, and loved chile peppers and jump rope. She later went to Job Corps, which teaches under-priveleged young people different professions. Her mom, Eleanor Griego, said Nieto started doing drugs when she was around 19. She tried to get her treatment to no avail. Griego says she last saw Nieto, then 23, in August 2004 at Griego’s dad’s house. She left behind a young son, who Griego said she had doted over. Two years after Nieto went missing, her sister Valerie Nieto was found dead in a motel on Central Avenue after overdosing. “She couldn’t handle it. She was depressed all the time, crying all the time,” Griego said. “That was the only sister she ever had.” Doreen Marquez loved jewelry and fashionable clothes and had a huge personality, according to her friends and family. She went to West Mesa High School where she was a cheerleader, and later had two daughters who she was devoted to, throwing them extravagant birthday parties. But as the girls got older, Marquez’s boyfriend was jailed and she turned to drugs. She spent less and less time with her daughters, leaving them with her sister or other family members. “I had kicked her out of my house. That was the last time I saw her,” Julie “Bubbles” Gonzales, Marquez’s sister, said in an interview last year. “I just told her, ‘You know, it’s better if you just go. Whenever you feel like you’re not going to use, or you just want somewheres to come and eat, shower, or whatever, my door is open.’ And she never came back.” Garcia said the last time she saw Marquez, she told her she could help her deal with her addiction. But Marquez refused. Unlike many of the other women whose bones were found on the West Mesa, Marquez didn’t have any prostitution arrests. But police believe she engaged in it nonetheless. When Diana Wilhelm didn’t hear from her daughter on her birthday in August 2004, she knew something was wrong. But it would take nearly five years for police to confirm what Wilhelm already believed — her daughter Cinnamon Elks was dead. Elks, who was 32 when she went missing, was the third of the West Mesa victims to be identified after the first bone was found in early 2009. She, like many of the others, had a string of prostitution and solicitation arrests — 19 total, with 14 convictions. She was friends with at least three of the other victims — Gina Michelle Valdez, Victoria Chavez and Julie Nieto. Syllannia Edwards stands apart from the other West Mesa victims. She had no known friends or family, and was a runaway from foster care in Lawton, Okla. Edwards, who was 15, was the only African American victim. She never knew her father, and last saw her mother when she was 5. Police believe she may have been a “circuit girl,” meaning she was traveling along the I-40 corridor as a prostitute. Early in the investigation, a tipster told investigators Edwards was seen in Denver in the spring and summer of 2004. The tipster said she had been at a motel on East Colfax Street in Denver. “They were high-prostitution areas,” then-APD spokeswoman Nadine Hamby said in 2009. Police believe she may have been travelling in a group. “We’ve received information that Syllannia was associated with three other females and that she may have gone by the aliases Chocolate or Mimi,” Hamby said. Early on, investigators hoped Edwards’ background, because it’s different from the other victims, would provide the details needed to crack the case. Virginia Cloven grew up in a small trailer heated by a wood-burning stove in Los Chavez. She was funny, loved doing her makeup and was a favorite at school. Tragedy struck the family when she was in high school. Her brother was shot and killed in a homicide that would later be ruled self-defense. Virginia Cloven ran away from home a week later, when she was 17. Another brother ran away too. “They said they couldn’t stand it anymore,” Robert Cloven said. At first Virginia Cloven lived with her grandfather in Albuquerque, then moved in with a boyfriend. He got hit by a car and went into a coma, and soon Virginia Cloven had lost her home and was living on the streets of Albuquerque’s International District. One year, she called her dad asking what he wanted for his birthday. He asked her to clear up her citations and then they were supposed to meet in Albuquerque. They last heard from her in June 2004. She called to say she had a new boyfriend who had just gotten out of prison and that she was probably going to marry him. “We said we’d like to meet him, but we never heard from her again,” Robert Cloven said in 2009. “After that, everything just went dead.” Robert Cloven reported his daughter missing four months later, in October 2004. She was 23 at the time. Victoria Chavez, 26, was the first woman whose bones were identified after they were found on the mesa — before the public learned the women were likely murdered by a serial killer. “To have them come and knock on my door, I was devastated,” stepfather Ambrose Saiz said at a memorial event in 2009. “I never thought it would end like this. I just had that hope.” Chavez’s mother reported her missing in March 2005 after she hadn’t seen her in more than a year. The mother also said in the missing persons report that Chavez was on probation and was a “known drug user and prostitute.” She had five prostitution convictions, according to court records. Sheriff’s deputies investigating the disappearance of Monica Candelaria in 2003 heard from her friends that she had been killed and buried on the mesa. It turns out, those friends were right. When the 21-year-old never showed up, detectives turned it over to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office cold case unit. The case stayed cold until she was identified as one of the women found on the mesa in 2009. She was last seen near Atrisco and Central in Southwest Albuquerque. Deputies said she lived a “high-risk lifestyle” and may have had gang ties. She had been convicted of prostitution once, according to court records. But her obituary highlights a happier side. “Monica enjoyed laughing, joking, taking care of babies, and spending time with her family,” the obituary reads. “She will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend who will be truly missed.” 11 women who all list their lives too soon. Most likely in a terrible manor. The police have not revealed the causes of death of the women. It was difficult to figure out how the women died and they are keeping that nugget to themselves to use as a gage of the beauty of claims and tips. After several years of nothing some suspects started popping up. Some actually fit the profile very well. Even still no official suspects have been named. Here's a look at some of the suspects that police have checked out. Lou Fred Reynolds, who police said was a pimp, died of natural causes on Jan. 2, 2009. Police found pictures of several West Mesa victims at his home but no physical evidence linking him to the murder. Reynolds, of Albuquerque, was arrested in 2001 and in 1998 on suspicion of promoting prostitution. Reynold was supposedly very focused on some of the West Mesa victims back when they were still missing. Lori Gallegos and Amy Reid both have connections to the mystery. Reid's sister and many friends started to disappear around the same time. Gallegos's close friend Doreen Marquez vanished in 2003. Gallegos said her search led her to Reynolds who supposedly ran an escort service. "When I met Fred Reynolds I wasn't looking for a suspect of a murder case at that point I was looking for my friend that was missing," said Gallegos. In October 2008, he showed her pictures of Doreen. He also had photos of missing women he claimed he was looking for. "He told me he was a former heroin addict himself and this was the reason he wanted to help the women that worked for him, he wanted them to have a good life," said Gallegos. Reynolds passed away a couple months later from health complications. What came as a surprise to Gallegos was Fred Reynolds was one of the names initially mentioned as a person of interest in the case. Reid who also knew Reynolds and considered him a friend. She said there is no way he was involved. "He wasn't violent and he wasn't abusive and he wasn't in anyway a killer," said Reid. Reid said Reynolds was someone who truly cared about the missing women and wanted to help find them. Another really suspect was Ron Erwin. Erwin has a connection to I've of our previous episodes. He is a photographer from Joplin Missouri. Erwin fell under a cloud of suspicion in the serial murders case investigators from New Mexico showed up at his properties in Joplin armed with search warrants. In the first interview he has granted about the matter, Erwin told the Joplin Globe he does not know how he became a suspect in the case, only that the experience has resembled a nightmare. “There’s an old ‘Twilight Zone’ episode,” Erwin said, “where a man wakes up to the world he’s always known and suddenly nobody recognizes him and he’s running around trying to say, ‘Don’t you remember me? I’ve known you for 40 years,’ and all this. “Well, that’s what my life’s been in that time,” he said during the interview at the office of Joplin attorney Phil Glades. “I don’t know how it all got to that stage before it suddenly exploded that morning,” he said. “I don’t know.” Erwin spent the better part of a year trying to prove his innocence behind the scenes. He hired lawyers in Joplin and New Mexico to advise him, even though he has never been charged with the murders, and he declined all interview requests.Erwin went to Alexandria, Va., in December to have the polygraph exam administered by former FBI polygrapher Barry Colvert. Glades said Colvert determined that Erwin was not being deceptive in his answers regarding the West Mesa murders. The results of that exam were provided to Albuquerque investigators a few months later when they asked, as a last request, if he’d be willing to take a polygraph. While no real reason was given to the public about why Erwin was a suspect, it is said that he was seen often at the fair in Albuquerque where the women were known to frequent and men were known to pick up prostitutes. Erwin and his attorneys provided the Globe with a copy of the final page of an Albuquerque police report dated June 26 of this year that concludes: “Ron Erwin is not a viable suspect in the killing of the 11 victims located at the 188th Street S.W. site.” The paragraph specifies dates in 2004 when victims Veronica Romero, Evelyn Salazar and Jamie Barela are known to have disappeared. The report states that detectives were able to verify that Erwin was in Joplin on both the day that Romero vanished and the day Salazar and Barela turned up missing. “I believe there weren’t too many specific dates in this case, but those were two of them,” Erwin said. “And I was able to account for all my days in 2004.” “Why he was a suspect — that’s all in sealed warrants, that’s still part of our pending investigation,” said Sgt. Tricia Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Albuquerque Police Department, in a phone interview. “But, at this point, we’ve been able to eliminate him as a viable suspect.” So at least they know who didn't do it. Scott Lee Kimball is a convicted serial killer from Boulder County, Colorado. He is serving a 70-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2009 to the murders of 5 people. All four victims died between January 2003 and August 2004, while Kimball was on "supervised release" after a prior check fraud conviction, serving as an FBI informant. In December 2010, Kimball told a cousin that he had been proposed as a suspect in the West Mesa murders in New Mexico, which were committed during the same 2003-2005 time period. He denied involvement. Even though he's denied involvement, he has boasted about committing other murders although authorities have yet to uncover direct evidence to back up his claims. Another suspect, and one of the most viable ones was Lorenzo Montoya, we say was as he was killed while in the act of committing another murder. When Lorenzo Montoya was killed in 2006, the bodies of the West Mesa victims had not yet been found. Police Chief Ray Schultz said at the time that police had been looking into him in connection to prostitutes who had vanished from the city. He has since been named as a possible suspect in the West Mesa deaths. That’s likely because, like another possible suspect Joseph Blea, who we'll get to in a bit, Montoya cruised the East Central corridor and was known to be violent. His first prostitution-related arrest was in 1998 when he picked up an undercover detective posing as a prostitute. He offered her $40. She took him to a motel room near Washington and Central, where officers arrested him. That apparently didn’t deter him. In 1999, vice detectives watched him pick up a prostitute near Central and San Mateo and followed him to a dark dead-end road near the airport. Police believe they caught him in the act as he was trying to rape and strangle her. Montoya had apparently never planned to pay her — he only had $2 in his wallet. He was arrested, but the case was later dismissed. About four years later, he was still at it. Detectives watched him pick up a prostitute on Central Ave. and arrested him. The woman told officers he paid her $15. By that time, Montoya already had a history of violence. According to a domestic violence form his girlfriend filled out after an alleged assault, Montoya repeatedly beat her. The woman said he had also done “gross things to me,” but didn’t detail what they were in the document. She wrote that Montoya threatened “to kill me and bury me in lime.” That threat may shed light on Montoya’s last crime. In December 2006, he invited an escort to his trailer and killed her, according to a search warrant affidavit. “She was bound by the ankles, knees and wrists, with duct tape and cord,” a detective wrote in the warrant. When the woman’s boyfriend came to check on her, he shot and killed Montoya. The woman’s body was found outside Montoya’s trailer partially wrapped in a blanket. Her legs and wrists were wrapped in duct tape, and a thick layer circled her neck. An unrolled condom, pillowcase, and the woman’s belongings were in a trash bag in the trunk of the car Montoya had rented. Inside Montoya’s trailer, investigators found duct tape next to his bed. They also found hardcore pornography and some homemade sex tapes. One of those recordings shows Montoya having sex with a woman and the tape goes black. In a following scene on the same tape, the camera is focused on Montoya’s bedroom wall. The camera doesn’t capture what’s happening, but the audio captures what sounds like tape being pulled from a roll. At least one trash bag is opened and there’s minutes of rustling noises. Police have sent that audio to the FBI and other crime labs for enhancement, but haven’t been able to determine what Montoya was doing. Two years after Montoya’s death, the decomposed remains of the West Mesa victims were found. Montoya was immediately a potential suspect. But police have never detailed conclusive evidence tying him to the crime. Police spokesman Tanner Tixier said detectives tested Montoya’s living room carpet for DNA of all the victims found on the mesa and it came back negative. They also found nothing suspicious in his financial records around the time that the women went missing. Although Montoya’s family has declined to speak with the press, some of their comments were captured in interviews recorded by police the day he was killed. His mother expressed disbelief that Montoya could have done what police accused him of. And his girlfriend told them through sobs that she was supposed to be at Montoya’s trailer the night Hill was killed, but she had canceled because she wasn’t feeling well. “He was very aggressive when he was younger, but he changed a lot,” she said. “He was good to me.” Police announced in October 2016 they were looking for two escorts shown in one of the sex tapes. “We need those two women identified,” Tixier said. “We’re trying to figure out if they are still alive.” Next up is the aforementioned Joseph Blea. Joseph Blea caught the attention of investigators almost immediately after the first remains of the West Mesa victims were unearthed. April Gillen, Blea’s first wife, contacted police seven days after the discovery of a bone on the mesa and said she thought police should look into him. They already knew a lot about him. Blea is currently serving a 90-year prison sentence after he was convicted of four sexual assaults unrelated to the West Mesa case. He’s faced other sex-related charges as well, including accusations that he raped a 14-year-old girl he knew with a screwdriver. That case was later dropped, according to online court records. And his DNA was found on a prostitute left dead on a curb in 1985. He’s never been charged in connection with that crime. Police knew him even before many of those allegations surfaced — they had run across him more than 130 times between 1990 and 2009, and many of those encounters were along the East Central corridor known for prostitution and drugs, according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed late last year. It’s an area many of the victims reportedly frequented. In one report six years before the West Mesa victims went missing, a woman who had been walking on Central Avenue said Blea called her over to his car and exposed himself. Police found rope and electrical tape on his passenger seat. In the weeks after the victims’ remains were found, detectives with APD’s Repeat Offender Project tailed Blea for four days as he appeared to stalk prostitutes on the stroll. “On two separate occasions Mr. Blea drove Central Ave from the west part of Albuquerque to the east part of Albuquerque,” the detective wrote in the warrant. “He slowed and circled the block in areas where prostitutes were working. He did not approach any prostitutes but appeared to be closely watching them.” When detectives interviewed a prostitute who knew him, she said he took her to his house and tried to tie her up. She said she didn’t let him. About eight months after the West Mesa murder investigation began, detectives searched Blea’s home and collected women’s jewelry and women’s underwear. His wife, Cheryl Blea, told police he enjoyed wearing women’s underwear when having sex. She said she had on occasion found jewelry that didn’t belong to her or her daughter in their home. And she said her daughter had found women’s underwear hidden in their shed. In a 2015 interview with the albuquerque Journal, Robert Cloven, the father of victim Virginia Cloven, said some families had noticed the women’s jewelry was missing. Detective Mark Manary, who is the only investigator on the West Mesa case full-time, won’t say if the jewelry or underwear found at Blea’s house matched any of the victims’ DNA. “Due to this being an ongoing criminal investigation this question cannot be answered at this time,” he said in an email in January 2016. Blea also reportedly discussed the West Mesa case with others. When detectives interviewed a former cellmate, he said Blea told him he knew the victims. He said he had paid them for sex acts. “Mr. Blea spoke poorly about other identified victims, calling them trashy,” officers said cellmate Monroe Elderts told them. Blea told Elderts he hit one of the victims when she tried to take his money. Most of the evidence detectives present in the search warrant is circumstantial, but there’s one piece of physical evidence they believe may tie him to the crime. Officers digging up the bones found a plant tag for a Spearmint Juniper next to Virginia Cloven’s remains. Detectives traced that tree tag to a nursery in California that sends plants to Albuquerque, and Blea’s business records indicate he bought plants from nurseries that sold the California plants. It’s unclear if detectives were ever able to directly tie that tree tag to Blea. Blea began his lengthy prison sentence for the sexual assault cases in 2015. He is appealing his conviction in those. His former attorney, John McCall, said Blea says he had nothing to do with the West Mesa murders. “We dealt with issues relating to all of this,” McCall said in January 2016. “But it doesn’t seem like they really had any conclusive evidence regarding Joseph Blea. He’s denying involvement in West Mesa consistently.” Authorities believe that the women may have been involved in a large interstate sex trafficking operation. According to the El Paso Times, the presence of Syllannia Edwards among the victims has led authorities to believe that sex trafficking gangs could have been involved. Edwards was from Oklahoma, but was known to have been in Texas and Colorado before ending up in Albuquerque. It is unknown, however, if she traveled on her own or was trafficked there. Several arrests and convictions in El Paso, Texas, indicated that Albuquerque is part of a broader sex trafficking route that includes the states of Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as the Mexican city of Juarez. According to New Mexico State University, the FBI has investigated long-haul truck drivers as suspects in murders of sex workers along major highways, and authorities have reason to believe that Edwards was one such victim. The El Paso Crime Stoppers office received an anonymous tip in 2010 that a suspect whose last name was Cota had killed a girl nicknamed "Mimi" and "Chocolate," both of which were names Edwards was known to go by. Despite the tip, however, the West Mesa Murder case remains unsolved. So what about this Cota feels anyways. The following is taken from a new Mexico state university article. A truck driver who used to belong to El Salvador’s military special forces allegedly could be linked to serial crimes of girls and women in El Paso, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to a Crime Stoppers tip included in court documents related to the appeal of Texas death row inmate David Leonard Wood. The tip, which is part of the Crime Stoppers report, refers to Wood’s case and to the West Mesa murders of Albuquerque. The report states that the victim or victims of the alleged suspect, whose last name in the Crime Stoppers report is Cota, were nicknamed “Mimi” and “Chocolate.” New Mexico authorities had identified one of the 11 victims that were found in shallow graves in Albuquerque’s West Mesa in 2009 as Syllannia Edwards, whom police stated may have used the nicknames “Mimi” and “Chocolate.” The West Mesa case remains unsolved. Edwards, who was 15 years old, was reported missing in 2003 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Police there said they considered her an endangered runaway. Police said she was also seen in Aurora, Colorado in May of 2004, and may have been associated with prostitutes in that city. It is not known when and how Edwards traveled to Albuquerque. “Edwards was killed sometime between 2004 and 2005 and then buried in a mesa located adjacent to 118th Street SW in Albuquerque,” police authorities stated. “(The Cota) suspect would lure the females with narcotics,” the tipster told Crime Stoppers. An anonymous caller provided the tip on Feb. 22, 2010 to Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. According to court records, El Paso Detective Arturo “Tury” Ruiz, who was assigned to follow up on the tip, went as far as to prepare a grand jury document so that he could request more details about the tipster’s information. An official with the Albuquerque Police Department confirmed today (Sept. 13, 2016) that the El Paso Police Department had shared the 2010 Crime Stoppers report with authorities investigating the West Mesa murders. No further comment was available due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. According to the Crime Stoppers report, “The caller (tipster) advised they have information regarding the crimes for which a man named David Leonard Wood will be executed soon. The caller advised (that) the suspect [Cota]… is responsible for these crimes.” “The caller advised two of the victims’ nicknames were Mimi and Chocolate,” the Crime Stoppers report stated. “The caller advised the suspect never admitted to killing the women, but did admit to having picked up the women and paid them in exchange for sex.” “The caller has reason to believe the suspect … is responsible for the West Mesa, NM murders as well … (and) may also be responsible for several murders in Milwaukee, WI,” the Crime Stoppers report stated. The tipster claimed that the suspect had been a member of El Salvador’s military special forces. The tipster further alleged that the suspect is “very violent” and “exhibits a very strong hate towards women.” The tipster told Crime Stoppers that Cota allegedly once boasted that “You will see me all over the news one day.” The suspect, the tipster alleged, used to be involved in drug-trafficking, and had a relative that was arrested on drug charges in California. The tipster alleged that the suspect ‘s nickname was “El Tigere,” was between 55 and 56 years old (in 2010), had a thin build, reddish hair, and drove a light burgundy-colored van. The suspect reportedly worked as an interstate 18-wheel truck driver, and had lived in Albuquerque and West Oakland, California. Wood was convicted in the deaths of six girls and young women who disappeared in 1987 in El Paso. Their bodies were found in shallow graves near what is now the Painted Dunes Golf Course in Northeast El Paso. The victims were Ivy Susanna Williams, Desiree Wheatley, Karen Baker, Angelica Frausto, Rosa Maria Casio and Dawn Marie Smith. Three others who went missing in 1987, two from Northeast El Paso, and one who lived in nearby Chaparral, New Mexico, were Melissa Alaniz, Cheryl Vasquez and Marjorie Knox; they were never seen alive again. El Paso police said they had suspected Wood in their disappearances. Wood has steadfastly denied killing the six victims and denied any connection with the disappearances of Knox, Alaniz and Vasquez. After his conviction by a jury trial, Wood was sentenced to death, and was scheduled to be executed in 2009. The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals granted him a stay the day before he was to be executed so he could prepare his appeal. There is thought that the same person responsible for the west mesa killings was also responsible for the cringes that Wood was convicted of. So there you have it… the unresolved story of the West Mesa killings. Who did it? Why did they do it, where are the rest of the missing girls? We may never know. Sources for today were an amazing special article series from the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico state university article on the Cota suspect, the El Paso times and their article on the subject. Those were the main sources although we did find some smaller bits scattered around various random websites. Horror movies filmed in new mexico: https://wheninyourstate.com/new-mexico/14-awesome-horror-movies-you-didnt-know-were-filmed-in-new-mexico/
The Regular Legislative Session is over, but lawmakers will be back in The Capitol in a couple of weeks for a Special Session on gambling. And the Seminole Tribe of Florida launched a new PR campaign to try to build support for the new gaming Compact between the Tribe and Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — There are going to be some substantial changes in the Session’s aftermath. It's going to be harder to vote by mail because the Governor will sign SB 90 … which critics call the “voter suppression” bill. — Ron DeSantis got what he wanted this year: the voting bill, the crackdown on protesters, and a bill to punish social media for de-platforming Donald Trump. To Democrats like Rep. Bobby DuBose, this is the session where Florida issues took a back seat while Republicans focused on national politics. — One of the more despicable things the Legislature did this year was to abolish the Lawton Chiles Endowment fund. We can only wonder what the late Governor would have to say about that slap in the face. — Today on Sunrise, an audio tribute to the man we called Walkin' Lawton … in his own words. — And finally, a Florida Man is facing a $30,000 fine — for an overgrown lawn.
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