Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Nightmare Fuel 2019, Day the Sixth - Batteries


Still two days behind, but that's better than three days behind. 

Perchance I'll catch up soon.

Other things I love? Witches and bad decisions. Image from the BotanyShitPosts Tumblr
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Batteries


He had that look in his eyes. The look that says he has an idea, a brilliant idea. The look that says he can’t believe that he didn’t think of it before, but he knows exactly why none of the rest of us did.

We are, after all, not nearly as smart as he is.

It wasn’t the look that hooked you; you’ve seen that look lots of times. It was the closet door. The one in the back of his apartment, the one with the steel hasp and the shiny steel padlock. The one you’ve never seen open, the one he’d only smile about if you asked one of those nights you slept over with him.

That door.

Was open.

Not only that, it seemed to be … glowing. That’s impossible. Who puts a light in a closet? Unless he’s growing weed in there, but there’d be no need to keep THAT a secret from you.

“This’ll be great.” You took a seat on the bed as he paced the short length of the bedroom, your eyes constantly drawn to that open door. He was all jangly limbs and frenetic energy and piercing blue eyes, dressed in a threadbare band-logo T-shirt and a pair of hundred-dollar jeans. Yeah, Mike was Mike and this was shaping up to be a classic Mike type of evening.

“Look, most of this happened before I met you and I didn’t know if it was real or it would work, but couple years ago I got a real apprenticeship with a real witch.”

The hinges on your jaw loosen as you try to formulate a response. “A… witch?” That was a response. You feel dumb, the way he always makes you feel dumb. One of these days you’ll be quick enough to keep up with him. Today was not the day.

“Yeah, they’re still around. They mostly only take other women, but, well, you have to know how to talk to them. About balance and harmony and all that. And find the right one who’se old enough and alone enough and fears the things she knows will die with her if she can’t pass them on. It takes some looking, but you know me. I’ve always been good at looking. And good looking.”

You smile weakly. The joke may be wearing thin, but part of you will always remember the awkward confidence with which he made it the first time. There’s an eager little boy in there somewhere, one both proud of himself and eager to please and quick as lightning. You fell in love with that little boy, even if the same old jokes are starting to run thin.

And now, the moment .He steps in to the closet, comes out with several two-liter bottles, with some kind of plant growing in each. Deep emerald-green leaves, rich brown roots. Strange sigils are etched onto each bottlecap in what appears to be black sharpie. “Watch this!” he says, then mutters a few words under his breath. The air in the apartment suddenly feels clearer, healthier. Even a bit brighter. Certainly cooler and less humid. “See? Environmental control. Temperature, humidity, spirit. We’ve been cooling our air with clunky nineteenth century technology for too long, compressing gasses and letting them decompress. IT’s time to move to the future!”

You are genuinely amazed, your head feels clearer. Clear enough that something here seems wrong. “What did your witch say about this plan?”

He waves a hand dismissively. “You know witches. Always playing it safe. Too meddlesome. To big a risk. Too harmful.”

As he talks the bottleplant fades before your eyes, from a lush green to a muted tan. He sees your looking. “They always do that, but it’s fine. We can always recharge them, take a little from the world outside. Even from the ocean. Nobody’ll miss it.”

“Nobody?” You stand up and look him in the eye. “You sure about that?”

He smiles, nods equally. “Nobody. Just take a little energy, release a bit of psychic waste. Maybe into the ocean. What’s a nightmare or two to a fish? And we’ll all get to be happy and comfortable.” He pauses. “I’m gonna need investors.  Capital. We’re going to be rich!”.

You take a deep breath of the cool, dry, spiritually cleansed air. To be rich with him would be good, right? And worth putting up with the same old jokes for a few more years.

Maybe this time he got it right.

In the closet, the remaining plants fade to grey.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Nightmare Fuel Day the Fifth - WIsh

I love wishes. I love deals with genies and the devil and any supernatural being with the ability to give us the very worst thing it possibly could - exactly what we want.

At the very least, we get lovely little puzzle stories of humans trying to outsmart a virtual god. Here's a quick tale of someone who thought he won the wishing game.
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The Third Wish

 “Your wish is my command, and very well-phrased, if I do say.”

I’ll admit that I was pleased with myself. Yes, I know I wasn’t the first to wish for immortality, but I’ve read enough stories to know that wishing was a fool’s game, unless you’re clever and careful. I studied first. I read up on contract law. On fairy tales. On myths.

I was going to get this right, and carefully so. Avoid disease or senescence or an eternity of pain. And this was just one wish, carefully worded. I’d keep the other two in reserve, as an emergency measure.
Image by Andrea Trask

“It’s just… well, nevermind. I’m sure you’ve thought of all of it.”

It doesn’t matter how I found the genie or bound him to do my bidding, but that I did. And this one was clearly impressed, and respectful. I’m not so arrogant as to not listen; after all, I DID still have two wishes left, and haven’t even created myself a fortune.

Yet.

“It’s just that the wish was perfectly worded for all natural or supernatural illnesses, all age related failings physical and mental, all germs, diseases, curses, afflictions.”

I nodded, impatient. “Yes, Genie. I know I what I wished for. It’s very careful and very much ironclad.”

“Only… did you not think of accidents? A fire? A car crash? Lightning?”

“I thought those fell under aflictions?”

“No… you’re not protected from misadventure or disasters.”

“OK.. so for my next wish, I wish to be protected…” I continued very carefuly and quickly, modifying the language from my anti-illness wish to include all natural and man-made disasters, accidents, misadventures, and acts of god. It’s good to be smart, and to have earned the respect of the genie.

Ten years later I’d still not used that last wish. I had a house, a wife, a baby, a car. The secret is to find a way to live comfortably, with the security that you’re taken car of and it’ll all work out. It isn’t hard to win the wishing-game if you aren’t greedy.

The fire alarm didn’t wake me at first, but that’s OK. After all, I was protected, and protected well. The smoke smelled like a campfire, the flames a gentle warmth. I smiled until I heard the screaming from my daughter’s room, then jumped out of bed in a panic, running through the smoke-filled rooms. It didn’t even sting my eyes, but obscured my vision.

You don’t need to hear the rest. I found them, my wife and the baby, in the nursery. Ran them outside, but it was too late, much too late. Cradling my baby’s lifeless body, I looked up at the house. The protection had held, with even the siding around my bedroom window clean and unmarked.

“Oh… I wish it had been me.”

Those are the last words I ever spoke. As the world faded away I heard the baby’s laughter and realized something.

I’d won the wishing game after all.

Nightmare Fuel 2019 Day the Fourth - Grave


I've fallen behind, but might do some two-a-days to catch up.  Image is in the public domain, source unknown.

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Grave

“You gotta see this!”

Calvin would admit, it wasn’t that first thing he’d have expected. They’d only turned off the wooded trail behind the school a few minutes ago, but this space was hidden by thick underbrush and a low rise in the soft earth. Somehow, here in the trackless woods, someone had brought a casket, its finish long faded to a mottled rorshach of mold, but the lid and tapered sides still appearing solid and whole.
 
“It’s… a coffin”. Moments like this never find Cal at his brightest. Neither does time with Bruce, truth be told. He always seems to be thinking a step ahead of everyone. In class. On the track team. Out here noplace. “uh… why?” IT seemed a good question. They might not be quite old enough to drink or even vote, but they were past the age at which the mere sight of a coffin should mean that much.

Not that either had yet seen death.

“I’m gonna take her out here.”

“Take who out here? And… why? Won’t the coffin gross her out? Whoever it is?”

Bruce laughed. “Does it matter who? And it’s perfect.” He tapped the top of the casket with the back of his hand. “Solid. And the way it’s propped up here, it’s the perfect height to bend her over it. And get this..” he paused. “It’s a grave for her virginity.” He gave that cocky grin of his that always made Cal either want to punch him or to be him. Sometimes both.

Bruce coaxed Diana to the spot on the very next day. It felt right to him, her dark hair and affected black-painted nails and dark lipstick the color of old blood. That’s the kind of girl you fuck on the creepy coffin in the middle of the woods. Certainly not platinum-blond Lana from the cheerleading and the debate team. No, this was a place for the pale-skinned wisp with her darklined eyes and bad poetry. She didn’t gasp in shock when she saw it, didn’t even have a catch in her breath. Bruce glanced sideways at her, saw her biting her lip thoughtfully. Maybe this wasn’t right? Maybe Lana or Diana or someone else would be appropriately spooked and give in more eagerly. Maybe he’d gotten too much into the looks of the thing.

No matter. He sat boldly on the macabre bit of woodland furniture, patted the faded hardwood top next to him. “Join me?”

She laughed. Not an unpleasant or cruel laugh, but a laugh nonetheless. “Do you know,” she said, “that Mary Shelley was said to have lost her virginity on a grave?” She paused. “On her mothers’s grave.”

“That’s.. very interesting.” She’d still not sat down; Bruce wasn’t sure he was doing this right. Wasn’t sure why she was the one standing and him sitting. But.. .she was talking about losing virginity. That’s a good sign, right?

“And you know…” she leaned in close to him, traced his jawline with one of those red-painted nails. Up close he could see that the polish was chipped at one end. That little imperfection drew his eye, “You know… nobody remembers the name of the guy she lost it with. Just hers.”

Her eyes flick down almost imperceptibly to his lap, then back to the head of the casket. “So you need to ask… whose story is this? And whose grave are we about to defile?”

Two weeks later the search was winding down; they’d keep looking, of course, but it was winding down to the rote performance of those who know they’d never find who they were looking for. Cal returned to the clearing for what felt like the hundredth time; off the path into the trackless woods, over the low earthen hill and… to nothing. No coffin, no half-dug grave. Just a gentle depression in the soft earth.

Nothing more.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Nightmare Fuel - Day the Third. Nothing




I'm running behind here; might catch up this week.

This fit the prompt better before some changes; I like this version of the story better, so take the image as metaphorical.

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Between the pounding in your head and the late-night darkness you fumble to get the key into the latch. Why didn’t she leave the light on for you? You fumble once more, and the door pushes open. It hadn’t even been locked.

Wonderful.

You step into the darkness, push the door shut behind you. Making sure it locks. The lock feels strange under your fingers, but the deadbolt slides into place with a reassuring click.

You take two steps into the room, stumble. The chair isn’t where you remembered it, but that’s just your mind playing tricks. She wouldn’t rearrange the furniture. Would she?

You know you’re late again, know that happy hour drinks went a bit too long.

You can imagine the conversation. The same one.  She’s never had a job like yours, never gotten office politics. Doesn’t realize that you need to be seen at happy hour with the crew, like it or not.

You’ll sleep on the couch tonight, wake her in the morning.

Dawn comes, and with it the expected pounding headache. Light streams through the curtains onto the yellow couch.

Yellow?

You shake your head violently. Your couch is blue. You blink twice, disoriented, but the wrong furniture remains. And the wrong wall color.

And the fumbling with your key.

You quietly curse yourself, grab your shoes. You’ll slip out, get to the right house. And then figure out an explanation. Shit, she’ll probably think you were having an affair.
You quietly get to your feet, slip your shoes back on. Undo the deadbolt and push open the door.

The daylight stabs into your eyes like daggers. You close them tightly, then open them cautiously again, turn to look at the mailbox to see where you’ve ended up. It is.. #4.

It’s your house.

Heart pounding you run back inside, but nothing matches.

The wrong furniture.

No wife, no kids.

Just you. In your house.

That wasn’t yours.




Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Nightmare Fuel 2019 - Day the Second. A Guide to the NYC Subway



Less narrative for day two, I'm not sure what this is. A pose poem? A meditation? Random words on a page?

Regardless, it's atmospheric (I think)







Anubis in Hakone, by Joanna Karowicz
The Adventurer’s Guide to the New York City Subway

Go to City Hall station. When the attendant in the booth is distracted, duck under the yellow caution tape, into the old part of the station. The part that’s not been refurbished. To the old place, with character and memory.

Count the third steel door, the battered beige paint flaking off. You’ll need to push hard to force it open; no matter how many come through it always sticks. That’s just the way.

Hope that nobody heard the scrape of rusty old steel on stone.

Find the old turnstyle, one of the last to still take tokens.

Consider paying with the old-style token you found at the museum shop. The shape of a thing becomes the thing.

Consider paying with the genuine antique token you found at the estate sale last week. A dead man’s coin to enter a dead realm.

Consider jumping the turnstyle. After all, you broke a rule to be here. What’s one more?

Make your choice.

Take a moment to study the mosaics on the wall while you await the train. See that the tiles are arranged shapes of gloves, posed as if worn by invisible people. White opera gloves, dirty grey work gloves, childs’ mittens, their once cheerful colors muted by layers of grime.

Ponder your hands, and wonder what gloves you’d wear.

Now the train is here. An old one, with the genuine leather straps overhead. The car empty save for Anubis, who never remembers his stop, always rides until the end of the line, sometimes back again.

Stand clear of the closing doors.

Don’t sit to close to him; gods of death need their space, as, honestly, do you. You’re past the end of the line anyway, the last stop two streets or two decades or a thousand years behind.

Ride past the glorious old City Hall station, the one you came here to see, the one with the vaulted ceiling and gilt columns and a glorious smell of decay.

Ride until the tracks end and even Anubis has gotten off.

Ride until a stranger boards, having bought or stolen his way onto the train, meets your eye across the old car wondering just what god you are.


Leave something behind when you disembark, checking the station map for a clue as to where you are as the train rattles onward, farther past the end of the line.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Nightmare Fuel 2019, Day the First - At the Loom


Wow, it's been a long time since I've written here.

Greetings, again, I'll try to not neglect this space.

It's October, and for the better part of the past decade that's meant Andrea Trask's annual "Nightmare Fuel" project, in which anyone moved to do so writes little horror stories based on a daily image prompt. I like this as a bit of a daily writing exercise, but sometimes fade out if my pieces start feeling too much alike.

So it begins, for this year. Enjoy, and thanks for listening.

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The day after her death you tore your clothes, as was the custom. The cry of rent fabric echoed your own in a way that dulled the pain, dimmed it if even for a moment. You fell onto the bed where she took her last breath, your hands falling to the heavy woven blanket. Your tore and pulled and unraveled until your hands ached, until the threads cut into soft fingers unused to this violence, as her absence cut into the soft parts of your heart.

You tore and tore and tore.

A month after her death you gathered up the tangled threads, straightened them, unknotted them. Wound them onto spools. Untangling them tangled something deep in your gut as the touch worried against the raw callouses on your fingers.

You wound, wound, and stored.

A month after her death you purchased a loom, you learned to weave. You bought yarns of different colors, different thickness, different feel. Natural, artificial. You watched instructional videos, you learned of warp and weft and counts and other arcane secrets.

You practiced.

A year after her death your hands were calloused, strong, no longer smooth and soft like your heart. You wove blankets and tapestries and throw-rugs. You wove geometric patterns, you wove landscapes, you wove tromp l’oeil effects designed to look like windows. You’d hang them on a bare wall, imagine them real windows. Imagine her standing outside, just out of your view. If the loom were wider you’d be able to see her. You took some pieces to local craft fairs, you opened a little online store. Mostly you wove.

You wove and you dreamed.

Ten years after her death you’d mastered the tromp l’oeil, the window to nowhere. Windows into cloudscapes and pastoral landscapes and heavens and dark underworlds, but no matter how wide you wove she’d always be just out of sight, just unreachable. Your home became full of them, walls hung with dizzying patchworks of faux windows and archways.

You wove, and you searched.

Twenty years after her death, you took those long-forgotten threads from the closet. The ones that had been her blanket. You unspooled the long-faded yarn, slowly, reverently. Died it in blacks and browns, the color of the earth to which she’d returned.

And you wove.

Your final piece, a simple throw-rug. Too narrow, because there was only but so much thread from that old blanket. In the warp and weave a shape formed – a simple wooden staircase, downward.

You wove your way to the underworld, an Orpheus of the loom, descending on the stairs of your art to again meet her.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thoughts on Trans Day of Remembrance, 2018

As we prepare to kick off the joyous part of the holiday season, today is a somber and serious day for reflection and mourning. Since 1999, November 20th has been observed as the Transgender Day of Remembrance in which we take the time to remember those lost to anti-trans violence. We need to take the time to remember because this is a population who, as a society, we have failed. We continue to fail them.

The first time I posted this, in 2014, I told the story of one of my juggler friends commenting that we're lucky to have one of our trans friends in our lives, because too many are lost to suicide or to murder. While the official TDOR count doesn't include those who've taken their own lives, I feel that their blood is on our hands for all the harms we as a society inflict.

Too many of us refuse to use the correct pronouns.
We fight to keep them out of public restrooms.
The United States justice department has argued to the Supreme Court that employment discrimination against trans people should be legal.

Yes, there are bright spots. Legal protections were confirmed in a Massachusetts referendum this past election day - the first time trans rights were defended at the ballot box. More people are learning, more are trying to learn.

It isn't enough. Not yet.


What can we do, my cisgender brothers and sisters? At the very least we need to not be part of the problem. Learn to use the correct pronouns. Learn which language is and isn't harmful. When you hear someone say something transphobic, correct them. 

Remember those we've lost. Mourn the dead, fight for the living.

Following is the list of names. All killed this year for who they were, throughout the world.

We need to do better. 



Argentina

Carolina/Camila Angulo Paredes
Buenos Aires, Argentina
29-Dec-17
shot

Lourdes Reinoso
Tucuman, Argentina
14-Jan-18
stabbed

Ynina
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
30-Jan-18
Unknown

Adriana Estefanía Bonetto
San Jose del Rincon, Argentina
8-Feb-18
stabbed

Cinthia Moreira
Villa Alen, Argentina
22-Feb-18
decapitated/dismembered

Sol Gómez
Santa Fe, Argentina
7-Mar-18
Unknown

Julia Ponce
Buenos Aires, Argentina
23-Jul-18
Unknown

Yanelis Rodríguez
Argentina, Argentina
31-Aug-18
Unknown

Bangladesh

Sonia Akter
Morrelganj, Bangladesh
31-Dec-17
Unknown

Brazil

L. de Souza Pereira
Manaus, Brazil
23-Nov-17
beaten

Unknown Name
Uberlândia, Brazil
28-Nov-17
shot

Milena
Arapiraca, Brazil
1-Dec-17
stoned

Andressa Xoda
Pauladas E Tiros – Salvador, Brazil
3-Dec-17
shot

Eduarda Figueiredo
Porto Seguro, Brazil
3-Dec-17
shot

Júlia Volp
Florianópolis, Brazil
4-Dec-17
tortured

Jéssica Dimy
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7-Dec-17
Unknown

Sabrina
Uberaba, Brazil
7-Dec-17
Unknown

Luany Aquamarine
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9-Dec-17
beaten

Luna Shine
Viana, Brazil
11-Dec-17
stabbed

Marquete F. C. de Lima
Altinho, Brazil
13-Dec-17
shot

Kebeca G. de Souza
Gurupi, Brazil
16-Dec-17
shot

Larissa Paiva
Sao Paulo, Brazil
17-Dec-17
beaten

Rose
João Pessoa, Brazil
17-Dec-17
beaten

Lorrany “Lhoane” Oliveira
Santaluz, Brazil
26-Dec-17
tortured

V. O. Silva
Uberaba, Brazil
30-Dec-17
tortured

Silvia Gomes Marques
Belem, Brazil
1-Jan-18
Unknown

Fany Diniz
Belem, Brazil
3-Jan-18
shot

C. Sobral
Feira de Santana, Brazil
5-Jan-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Brasília, Brazil
5-Jan-18
stabbed

W. Peixoto
Piripiri, Brazil
9-Jan-18
beaten

C. Figueiredo
Recife, Brazil
17-Jan-18
stabbed

Carol Alves
Tangará da Serra, Brazil
17-Jan-18
shot

Kelly
Belém, Brazil
20-Jan-18
shot

Unknown Name
Concórdia do Pará, Brazil
20-Jan-18
Unknown

Júlia de Arruda
Várzea Grande, Brazil
21-Jan-18
other

Lohane
Governador Newton Bello, Brazil
23-Jan-18
stabbed

Rios Dayane Macklarenn
São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
26-Jan-18
Unknown

Raquel Cosinele
Recife, Brazil
27-Jan-18
stoned

Samira de Alcantara
Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Brazil
29-Jan-18
stabbed

Natália Ketlyn
Campos Altos, Brazil
1-Feb-18
shot

Hemilly Dbx
Garanhuns, Brazil
6-Feb-18
stabbed

Anninha Ferreira Rochee
Colatina, Brazil
7-Feb-18
decapitated/dismembered

A. da S. Silvério
Vitíoria de São Antão, Brazil
8-Feb-18
shot

Lohan
Vitoria, Brazil
8-Feb-18
beaten

Milonga F. L. Martins
Pacajus, Brazil
9-Feb-18
shot

Dominique
Uberlândia, Brazil
10-Feb-18
beaten

Nayra Winston
Rio Largo, Brazil
10-Feb-18
shot

Unknown Name
Fortaleza, Brazil
11-Feb-18
shot

Bruna
Belém, Brazil
12-Feb-18
shot

Keila
Salvador, Brazil
12-Feb-18
shot

Unknown Name
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
12-Feb-18
shot

K. Silva
Manaus, Brazil
13-Feb-18
tortured

Pérola
Sao Paulo, Brazil
14-Feb-18
shot

Bruna Ferrari
Concórdia do Pará, Brazil
15-Feb-18
Unknown

Laysla Oliveira
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
18-Feb-18
beaten

Amanda Rios
João Pessoa, Brazil
19-Feb-18
shot

Eduarda Brasil
Araras, Brazil
19-Feb-18
other

Rayana Ribeiro
João Pessoa, Brazil
20-Feb-18
Unknown

Bia Rocha
Recife, Brazil
23-Feb-18
Unknown

Claudia Oliveira
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23-Feb-18
shot

Fernanda Caetano
Lapa, Brazil
23-Feb-18
Unknown

Kimberlys Ochoa
Lara, Venezuela
25-Feb-18
beaten

Fernanda “Pit” Dias
São Mateus, Brazil
27-Feb-18
shot

Alessandra da Silva Alves
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1-Mar-18
shot

Shayene
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1-Mar-18
shot

Palola
João Pessoa, Brazil
4-Mar-18
shot

Samielly Castro
São Paulo, Brazil
4-Mar-18
shot

Pâmela Tabete
Craiba, Brazil
8-Mar-18
beaten

Thalita da Silva
Barra do Garças, Brazil
13-Mar-18
throat cut

J. Oliveira da Silva
Vila Velha, Brazil
16-Mar-18
shot

Unknown Name
Ilha do Governador, Brazil
17-Mar-18
decapitated/dismembered

Bruna Gabriel
Ananindeua, Brazil
19-Mar-18
shot

N. Naza
Ananindeua, Brazil
19-Mar-18
shot

Paola Oliveira
Luziânia, Brazil
20-Mar-18
shot

Alanis Burgo
Pelotas, Brazil
22-Mar-18
suffocated

Giorginye Dias de Siqueira
Aparecida de Goiânia, Brazil
22-Mar-18
shot

Unknown Name
São Leopoldo, Brazil
22-Mar-18
shot

Daniela Santos
Ibicaraí, Brazil
23-Mar-18
tortured

Cleide Aládio Zaramarine Neto
Itaberaí, Brazil
25-Mar-18
beaten

Hilda de Melo Matias
Barbalha, Brazil
25-Mar-18
shot

Eduarda Amaro
Pelotas, Brazil
29-Mar-18
shot

Elvira Costa Ferreira
Maranguape, Brazil
2-Apr-18
shot

Andressa Muda
Macaé, Brazil
3-Apr-18
Unknown

Benjamin de Jesus Sousa
Teresina, Brazil
6-Apr-18
stabbed

Angra Alessandra Cupertino
Feira de Santana, Brazil
7-Apr-18
stabbed

Millany Spencer
Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Brazil
14-Apr-18
Beaten and strangled

Nati da Silva
Lajeado, Brazil
20-Apr-18
shot

Nycoly Souza Nardoni Bhals
Governador Valadares, Brazil
22-Apr-18
shot

Gabriely Fancciny
Porto Velho, Brazil
28-Apr-18
stabbed

Matheusx Passarelli
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
29-Apr-18
burned

Raunna Silva
Niterói, Brazil
30-Apr-18
shot

Unknown Name
Campo Grande, Brazil
30-Apr-18
shot

Bianca Santos Albuquerque
Araras, Brazil
30-Apr-18
shot

Paulinha
Fortaleza, Brazil
1-May-18
shot

C. Alves
Vitória da Conquista, Brazil
8-May-18
shot

Myrella Mhell
Pirapora, Brazil
21-May-18
shot

Pandora
Santa Rita, Brazil
21-May-18
shot

Beatriz Ribeiro
Bacabal, Brazil
25-May-18
stabbed

D.R.C.
Jundiaí, Brazil
25-May-18
beaten

I. Silva
Itaberaí, Brazil
29-May-18
Unknown

Patrícia Pereira
Maracanaú, Brazil
31-May-18
shot

Nayra Matos
Maracanaú, Brazil
31-May-18
shot

Britney Vaz
Colniza, Brazil
3-Jun-18
shot

Vitória
Salvador, Brazil
3-Jun-18
shot

Unknown Name
Manaus, Brazil
6-Jun-18
shot

Kamila Roberta
Florianópolis, Brazil
7-Jun-18
beaten

Fernanda Reichert
São Leopoldo, Brazil
9-Jun-18
stabbed

Tiffanny Montel
Boa Vista, Brazil
10-Jun-18
stabbed

Agatha Gomes (Bebê)
Belford Roxo, Brazil
19-Jun-18
shot

Thalia Costa Barboza
São Borja, Brazil
21-Jun-18
stoned

Nikolly Silva
Cabo Frio, Brazil
22-Jun-18
stoned

Gaby Scheifer
Ponta Grossa, Brazil
23-Jun-18
run-over by car

Índia da Silva Pellegrine
Salvador, Brazil
25-Jun-18
shot

Bruna da Conceição
Lagarto, Brazil
25-Jun-18
shot

Carla Croft
Pacajus, Brazil
29-Jun-18
shot

Deepa
Jalandhar, India
3-Jul-18
stabbed

Mirela
Balneário Camboriú, Brazil
4-Jul-18
strangled/hanged

Shirley dos Santos
Recife, Brazil
4-Jul-18
shot

Michele Silveira
Itaperuna, Brazil
7-Jul-18
shot

Fernanda da Biz
Campo Grande, Brazil
8-Jul-18
stabbed

Aisha Albuquerque
Curitiba, Brazil
13-Jul-18
beaten

Daniela Cicarelli
Gurupi, Brazil
17-Jul-18
shot

Lay Neves de Santana
Camaçari, Brazil
17-Jul-18
shot

Unknown Name
Itaperuna, Brazil
20-Jul-18
shot

Paola Villefort
Nova Serrana, Brazil
23-Jul-18
stabbed

Daiane Souza
Porto Alegre, Brazil
26-Jul-18
shot

Gaby Arantes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
28-Jul-18
beaten

Dudu dos Santos Duarte
Paraisópolis, Brazil
3-Aug-18
shot

Lalesca
Salvador, Brazil
5-Aug-18
throat cut

Paloma Ferreira
Fortaleza, Brazil
6-Aug-18
shot

Paolla “LelÍ” Blayton
Campos, Brazil
7-Aug-18
shot

Karlla da Silva Balbino
Caratinga, Brazil
9-Aug-18
strangled/hanged

T‚nia Lopes
Florianópolis, Brazil
10-Aug-18
shot

Renata
Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil
12-Aug-18
shot

Krispim Souza de Araujo
Mossóro, Brazil
14-Aug-18
shot

D. M. Teixeira
Mossóro, Brazil
20-Aug-18
shot

A. L. da Silva Bezerra
Mossóro, Brazil
20-Aug-18
shot

Evelin Ferrari
Caruaru, Brazil
21-Aug-18
shot

J. F. de Souza
Curitiba, Brazil
23-Aug-18
stoned

Sheila dos Santos
Buriticupu, Brazil
23-Aug-18
stoned

Paola dos Reis
Cuiaba, Brazil
30-Aug-18
stabbed

Rayka
Praia Grande, Brazil
30-Aug-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Manaus, Brazil
31-Aug-18
stabbed

Deia Alves Maciel
Goiania, Brazil
1-Sep-18
stabbed

Maria Luíza
Sao Paulo, Brazil
1-Sep-18
beaten

Rafaela Sena
Xique-xique, Brazil
2-Sep-18
shot

Unknown Name
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6-Sep-18
Unknown

Monique Manardi Lee
Sao Paulo, Brazil
11-Sep-18
beaten

Abya Passos Mantovanny
Cuiaba, Brazil
15-Sep-18
stabbed

Kemily
Belem, Brazil
16-Sep-18
shot

J. Oliveira de Araújo
Martins, Brazil
24-Sep-18
Unknown

Nicolly
Lagarto, Brazil
26-Sep-18
beaten

Bolivia

Veronica Carbajal Pinto
La Paz, Bolivia
27-Nov-17
suffocated

Adri Adely Jurado
La Paz, Bolivia
13-Jul-18
stabbed

Chile

Paloma
Santiago, Chile
14-Feb-18
beaten

Colombia

Marilyn Cipriany Guzmán
Medellín, Colombia
30-Dec-17
shot

Chelsy/Cristal Grisales Molina
La Virginia, Colombia
24-Jan-18
shot

Silvana Pineda
La Dorada, Colombia
27-Jan-18
shot

J. A. Marín Marín
Soacha, Colombia
1-Feb-18
stabbed

Tatiana/Tetris/Muelas
Bogota, Colombia
10-Feb-18
stabbed

Alexa Amero Sierra
Bogota, Colombia
9-Mar-18
stabbed

Lorena Molina López
Montenegro, Colombia
25-Mar-18
shot

Alejandra Torres Torres
Manizales, Colombia
22-Apr-18
stabbed

Abril Natasha Quiñónez
Cali, Colombia
12-Aug-18
shot

Lili Chirinos Carrillo
Valledupar, Colombia
18-Aug-18
shot in the head

Unknown Name
Cordova, Colombia
31-Aug-18
Unknown

Carol Perez Guerrero
Ciudad Bolivar, Colombia
22-Sep-18
shot

Unknown Name
Cochabamba, Colombia
23-Sep-18
beaten

Valeria Sandoval
Cali, Colombia
28-Sep-18
asphyxiated

Dominican Republic

Blanca
La Vega, Dominican Republic
27-Jan-18
stabbed

Ecuador

Isabel Borja Suárez
Quevedo, Ecuador
13-May-18
stabbed

El Salvador

Unknown Name
Departamente de la Paz, El Salvador
30-Nov-17
Unknown

Unknown Name
Chalchuapa, El Salvador
18-Jan-18
stabbed

Unknown Name
Cuscatlan, El Salvador
8-Mar-18
stabbed

D. A. Portillo Jiménez
El Salvador, El Salvador
21-Mar-18
stabbed

Geovanny Romero Ortiz
Santa Ana, El Salvador
3-Jun-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Soyopango, El Salvador
31-Aug-18
Unknown

France

Flávia Luiza
Paris, France
27-Dec-17
Unknown

Vanessa Campos
Paris, France
17-Aug-18
shot

Fiji

Lucky Salavuki
Suva, Fiji
17-May-18
stoned

Guatamala

E. G. Sarat
Xela, Guatamala
27-Nov-17
shot

A. Sis
Salama, Guatamala
16-Jul-18
shot

Yessika Ruedas Gómez
Jalapa, Guatamala
28-Aug-18
stabbed

Débora Ramos Cordón
Chiquimula, Guatamala
22-Sep-18
beaten

Honduras

Tyty
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
23-Jan-18
Unknown

India

Mohit
New Delhi, India
17-Dec-17
beaten

Devudamma Surya Narayana
Anakapalle, India
24-Dec-17
burned

V. Alphonze
Madurai, India
10-Apr-18
stabbed

Chanchal
Aashiana, India
22-Apr-18
shot

Manju
Khajrana, India
7-May-18
stabbed

Chandraiah
Hyderabad, India
26-May-18
beaten

Italy

Ximena Garcia
Nemi, Italy
10-Mar-18
Unknown

Rafaella Rotocalco
Rome, Italy
11-Sep-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
San Giorgio, Italy
23-Sep-18
stabbed

Mexico

Kendrika Itzel D Espino
Chihuahua, Mexico
24-Nov-17
Unknown

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Sandra
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
30-Nov-17
beaten

Unknown Name
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
7-Dec-17
stabbed

Geraldine Contreras
Colima, Mexico
9-Dec-17
Unknown

C.N.
Guerrero, Mexico
17-Dec-17
shot

Canoa
Fortaleza, Mexico
17-Dec-17
shot

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
31-Dec-17
tortured

G. Carrera
Tamaulipas, Mexico
5-Jan-18
stabbed

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
11-Jan-18
throat cut

Jessica González
Veracruz, Mexico
11-Jan-18
Unknown

Paola Carranco
Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
26-Jan-18
shot

Brigith
Quintara Roo, Mexico
27-Jan-18
shot

C. Antuan
Guanajuato, Mexico
12-Feb-18
shot

Unknown Name
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
17-Feb-18
shot, one of three cases on this date

Unknown Name
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
17-Feb-18
shot, one of three cases on this date

Unknown Name
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
17-Feb-18
shot, one of three cases on this date

Samantha
Guerrero, Mexico
6-Mar-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Sinaloa, Mexico
7-Mar-18
Unknown

Sheila
Nayarit, Mexico
15-Mar-18
shot

Charly
Puebla, Mexico
22-Mar-18
decapitated/dismembered

Yoselyn
Veracruz, Mexico
4-Apr-18
Unknown

Grechen Alina Lara García
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
9-Apr-18
tortured and suffocated

Unknown Name
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
17-Apr-18
Tortured and strangled

Brisa
Veracruz, Mexico
22-Apr-18
shot

Unknown Name
Puebla, Mexico
23-Apr-18
stabbed

A.
Jalisco, Mexico
25-Apr-18
stoned

Unknown Name
Guerrero, Mexico
27-Apr-18
shot

Unknown Name
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
21-May-18
suffocated

Yamileth Quintero
Sinaloa, Mexico
24-May-18
shot

Maritza Harrera
Guerrero, Mexico
25-May-18
stabbed

S. Antolli
Chiapas, Mexico
29-May-18
stabbed

J. Martínez Cepeda
Coahuila, Mexico
10-Jun-18
asphyxiatied and hit by a rock

Unknown Name
Michoacan, Mexico
14-Jun-18
shot

Unknown Name
Colima, Mexico
16-Jun-18
Unknown

Nataly Briyith Sánchez
Chiapas, Mexico
19-Jun-18
Unknown

Alexa GutiÈrrez
Aguascalientes, Mexico
24-Jun-18
Unknown

Katy
Morelos, Mexico
24-Jun-18
shot

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
10-Jul-18
Unknown

Chanel
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
15-Jul-18
shot

L. M. Cocom Guzmán
Yucatan, Mexico
15-Jul-18
strangled

Alexa Altamirano Martínez
Guanajuato, Mexico
23-Jul-18
beaten

Alaska Contreras Ponce
Veracruz, Mexico
26-Jul-18
tortured

Linda
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
26-Jul-18
suffocated

Unknown Name
Guanajuato, Mexico
5-Aug-18
shot

M.R.M.
Quintana Roo, Mexico
6-Aug-18
shot

J. C. M.
Oaxaca, Mexico
12-Aug-18
shot

Unknown Name
Guerrero, Mexico
30-Aug-18
shot

Jhoana Hernández
Veracruz, Mexico
1-Sep-18
stabbed

Ana Corina Burgos
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
11-Sep-18
shot

Azuani Díaz García
Chilapa, Mexico
22-Sep-18
shot

Dayana Letran
Acayucan, Mexico
26-Sep-18
shot

Paulina Domínguez Hernández
Cotzacoalco, Mexico
27-Sep-18
shot

New Zealand

Zena Campbell
Wellington, New Zealand
11-Feb-18
strangled/hanged

Pakistan

Spogmai
Peshawar, Pakistan
26-Nov-17
shot

Chutki
Peshawar, Pakistan
27-Mar-18
shot

Sheena
Swabi, Pakistan
22-Apr-18
shot

Muni
Kotkay, Pakistan
4-May-18
shot

Sania
Hafizabad, Pakistan
20-Jul-18
shot

Nasir Naso
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
18-Aug-18
Aug-18

Unknown Name
Sahiwal, Pakistan
6-Sep-18
burned

Paraguay

Ada Mía Naomi Gomez Rivas
Piribebuy, Paraguay
27-Aug-18
stabbed

Nicol Ortellado Ferreira
Puerto Oblidago, Paraguay
27-Sep-18
stabbed

Peru

J. E. Ruidíaz Fernández
Lima, Peru
11-Feb-18
shot

Yamilet
Iquitos, Peru
14-Mar-18
stabbed

Philippines

Unknown Name
Pasay City, Philippines
23-Jan-18
Unknown

South Africa

Ousi Kagiso
Rustenburg, South Africa
6-Jan-18
strangled/hanged

Gugu Modise
Ventersdorp, South Africa
1-Sep-18
stabbed

Spain

Eli
Valladolid, Spain
22-Sep-18
beaten

Trinidad and Tobago

Keon Alister Patterson
St. Clair, Trinidad and Tobago
5-Dec-17
Shot

Turkey

I. Y.
Zonguldak, Turkey
5-Dec-17
shot

Kader Ataman
Ayvalik Sarimsakli, Turkey
13-Dec-17
shot

Kristina
Beyoglu, Turkey
8-Mar-18
shot

Nefes
Ankara, Turkey
10-Mar-18
strangled/hanged

Simge Avci
Samsun, Turkey
13-Jul-18
shot

Begüm
Bursa, Turkey
19-Aug-18
burned

Esra Ates
Beyoglu, Turkey
25-Aug-18
stabbed

United Kingdom

Naomi Hersi
London, United Kingdom
18-Mar-18
stabbed

United States of America

Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
27-Nov-17
Shot to death

Brandi Seals
Houston, Texas, United States of America
13-Dec-17
Shot

Zakaria “Z” Fry
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
Jan-18
Blunt force trauma

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien
North Adams, Massachusetts, United States of America
6-Jan-18
Stabbed and bludgeoned

Viccky Gutierrez
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
10-Jan-18
Undetermined

Celine Walker
Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
4-Feb-18
Shot

Tonya Harvey
Buffalo, New York, United States of America
6-Feb-18
Shot

Phylicia Mitchell
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
23-Feb-18
Shot

Amia Tyrae Berryman
Baton Rogue, Louisiana, United States of America
26-Mar-18
Shot to death

Sasha Wall
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
1-Apr-18
Shot to death

Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, United States of America
Dallas, Texas
9-May-18
Strangled to death

Nino Fortson
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
13-May-18
Shot multiple times

Gigi Pierce
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
21-May-18
Shot

Antash’a Devine Sherrington English
Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
1-Jun-18
Shot

Diamond Stephens
Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
18-Jun-18
Shot

Cathalina Christina James
Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
24-Jun-18
Shot to death

Keisha “Pokey” Wells
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
24-Jun-18
Shot and killed

Sasha Garden
Orlando, Florida, United States of America
19-Jul-18
Undetermined

Dejanay Stanton
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
30-Aug-18
Shot to death

Vontashia Bell
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
30-Aug-18
Shot

Shantee Tucker
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
5-Sep-18
Shot

Londonn Moore
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States of America
8-Sep-18
Shot

Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
3-Oct-18
Shot to death

Venezuela

Vicky Julieth Alvarado
Moran, Venezuela
27-Jan-18
stabbed

Malvina Paiva
Caracas, Venezuela
3-Mar-18
shot

China Colón
Naguanagua, Venezuela
24-Apr-18
shot

Rosada Durán Romero
Lara, Venezuela
17-May-18
shot

Carol Pérez Guerrero
Bolivar, Venezuela
23-Sep-18
shot