True Crime

Abuse disguised as “tough love.”

Ronald Gonzales was brought into this world by his mother, Salve Gonzales. Thirteen years later, through inexcusable acts of violence, Salve saw fit to end his life.

What caused this tragedy? Anger, alcohol, and negligence.

Mischief

On September 6, 2009, in Quezon City, Philippines, Salve arrived home from work. She tried to turn on the TV, but the power wasn’t running.

Irked, she quickly investigated and discovered that some necessary wiring in their electrical meter was missing. As it turns out, her thirteen-year-old son Ronald sold it off earlier that day.

No one else was home, so Salve decided to spend…


#4 Bill Gates

Photo by niu niu on Unsplash

Everybody has skeletons in their closets.

Sometimes, those closets are very open and contain pretty big skeletons.

This is especially true when you’re as world-famous as Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, or Floyd Mayweather Jr. These individuals have been criticized for inciting violence, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, respectively. Their transgressions against the law are often front of mind when people hear their names.

There are, however, individuals with just as open closets but with significantly smaller skeletons.

Here are five individuals I bet you didn’t know were once arrested.

1. Frank Sinatra


FICTION

Delusions of grandeur and cockfighting

Photo by Gregory Perez, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr.com

Dante was staring at a motionless cock.

A pool of blood started to rally just beneath the bird’s breast. The surrounding audience, most of whom used a rude amount of borrowed money for their bets, went silent in excited anticipation.

The referee picked up the rooster and confirmed what its owner already knew — it was to be served for dinner. Red triumphed over blue, and luckily for Dante, his rooster’s corner was that of the crimson stain on its feathers.

Dante’s homegrown cock, proudly named Manny (after the Filipino boxer-senator), just won the “Royal Rooster Championships.” …


In this bloodsport, the winning cock gets to fight another day, and the losing rooster is served for dinner

Cockfighting ritual in Bali, Indonesia (1971), from the National Museum of World Cultures, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“They [the cockfighters] see themselves as the cock, as the proxy fighter. If your cock becomes tinola [chicken soup], that’s like the downfall of your ego. You don’t just lose money, you lose your face — and in many ways you lose your manhood. You lost your cock? You lose your manhood.” — Philippine Historian Xiao Chua

In my country, cockfighting is a national pastime. Almost every locality in the Philippines will have a dedicated pit where sabongeros (cockfighters) can have their prized fighting cocks engage in a fight to do death.

In sabong (cockfighting), the winning cock gets to…


Preventing pregnancies since 11,000 BC.

Photo by Deon Black on Unsplash

Having safe and protected sex has been a human priority a lot longer than you may think. The history of the humble, ubiquitous, and pregnancy-preventing condom stretches back to 11,000 BC, where a cave painting in France depicted the use of something that looked like the innards of animals.

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then.

Condoms before rubber and latex


Twenty-two incredible photos show just how merry the world was when the Second World War came to an end.

Photo by LT. Stephen E. Korpanty (September 2, 1945), Public Domain as sourced from the Naval History and Heritage Command

The photo above shows Mamoru Shigemitsu, then-foreign affairs minister of Japan, signing their official surrender. While this formally ended World War II, lots of people had already celebrated its end upon the announcement of Japan’s surrender a month prior.

Both announcement and the signing of surrender are collectively called “Victory over Japan Day,” or VJ Day for short. For the Allies, both days were a momentous cause for celebration. Here are twenty-two photos that show just how merry those celebrations were.

1.) Reporters running through the White House excited with the news of Japan’s surrender


Who created Wendy’s? Apparently, it wasn’t Wendy.

The real-life Wendy from Wendy’s (2007), photo by Marada from Flickr.com

While Wendy’s may not be the biggest burger restaurant chain globally, it is certainly among the world’s most popular. The once small operation has grown into a fleet of 6,500 stores in over thirty countries with forty years of service.

All this allows the company to rake in over a billion dollars worth of sales annually. It’s safe to say that the fast-food industry's redheaded and freckled darling is doing pretty well for herself.

But have you ever wondered who Wendy from Wendy’s even is? We know the McDonald brothers invented McDonald’s, but did Wendy invent Wendy’s?

Well, dear fellow…


According to the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Jesus wasn’t always so well-behaved

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

According to the Catholic Church, Jesus is both human and God at the same time. I suppose that statement implies that he was also once a child since, after all, all human beings once were. This means that Jesus was once both a child and a powerful God-being in tandem. I don’t know about you, but I doubt things would turn out well if any child in present times were given the capacity to bend the rules of nature.

With that kind of power, why would they listen to anyone?

Tantrums would turn into ultimatums, and backyard scuffles could have…


The suspicious circumstances around Urooj Khan’s death

Urooj Khan with his winning scratch card (2012), From the Illinois Lottery via the Chicago Tribune, Fair Use

Imtiaz Khan received a dreadful call on the morning of July 20, 2012. The voice behind the line announced that his brother just suffered a heart attack. Imitiaz rushed over.

When he arrived, it was already too late. His precious sibling had just died due to natural causes.

Imtiaz couldn’t accept it. He shouted:

“This wasn’t a heart attack! This was murder!”

His basis? The deceased, Urooj Khan, had just won a million dollars in the Illinois Lottery. Greed, after all, has historically been a motivation for foul play.

A Disturbing Discovery

Authorities initially proclaimed that Urooj Khan, a 46-year old immigrant and…


Surprisingly, World War II has something to do with it

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Colorful, bright, and sweet — all things that describe the world-famous chocolate known as M&M’s. I don’t know about you, but these tasty confectionary pellets were what I turned to after long days in middle school.

With its parent company spending over $880 million in 2019 just for advertising, I don’t think there are a lot of people who are unacquainted with this sweet treat. What people are more unfamiliar with, after a quick survey involving my relatives over lunch, is what the M’s in M&M’s stand for.

This got me thinking. Why is it called an M&M? How were…

Ben Kageyama

Writes about things that are often overlooked or misunderstood || History, True Crime, Culture, occasionally Fiction || benkageyamawrites@gmail.com

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