No Matter The Profession, Murders Should Not Be Minimized.

No Matter The Profession, Murders Should Not Be Minimized.

They were people too.

I know this is a very morbid topic to be writing about after the holidays but I recently read an article that triggered my obsession with this case again. I have lived on Long island all of my life and when I was in my twenties I used to hang out in the Robert Moses, Oak Beach area quite often. It is a beautiful, peaceful, popular area that was so much fun in the summertime. I will never go there again.

A recent article in New A recent article in Newsday brought the Gilgo Beach murders back to light. It was about an escort that had an encounter with Ex-Chief of the Suffolk County Police department James Burke. (I have my theories... but that is not what I want to write about. I want to write about the victims) The victims were mothers, daughters, sisters and friends that could have lived next door to you or I. They loved, they laughed, they cried. They were people that may have slipped through the cracks of society, but they should still always be remembered.

We've all heard the names, Melissa Barthelemy, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amber Costello, Shannen Gilbert, Jessica Taylor and Megan Waterman (including four more that are unidentified and speculation that there are seven more bodies possibly connected to the same killer). They were all escorts, but they were people with dreams and aspirations. Most of them had difficult childhoods that they were lucky to survive.

Amber Costello was raped when she was five years old. Shannen Gilbert had bi-polar disorder and a sister with schizophrenia, who killed her mother in July 2016. They were both distraught over the death of Shannen. Some were drug addicts, but they all had families that loved them. There is no cure for any of these things. People need to stop judging what these girls did for a living and focus on why these murders have not been solved.

Why did it take so long to respond to Shannen Gilbert's 23 minute 911 call? Why didn't the S.C.P.D even care about looking for these girls when they were reported missing? How would anyone feel if they walked into a police station to report their loved one missing to be told, "She's 24, she's where she wants to be, she's not missing."? Can anyone imagine being a family member and have reporters writing that family didn't care or didn't keep in touch like in Amber Costello's case or Shannen Gilbert's? Shannen;s mother Mari fought constantly to be heard.

Assumptions should never be made and judgment should never be cast just because someone is an escort. They all had their reasons for doing what they did for a living. No one seems to care that Suffolk County police officers are frequent clients of these girls and are paying for sex which is illegal. It's okay to judge the girls that were murdered but not okay to judge the police? It is the old "double standard" that it is acceptable to be a "John" but not acceptable to be the hooker! This and the "blue wall of silence" is what has kept this investigation from being investigated properly! If they would have cared from the beginning, maybe lives could have been saved. It is a tragedy that could have been prevented.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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