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It is estimated there are at least twenty to thirty active serial killers in the United States at any given time. There’s one on the loose on the west side of Cincinnati. It’s the week of Halloween and Ann Kern struggles with several issues. Her primary concern is her marriage which, like her west side neighborhood, is in jeopardy. Her husband is drinking heavily and his behavior toward her is erratic. One minute, he’s the kind, loving man she married and, the next minute, he’s cold and cruel. Ann dismisses a psychic’s warning that she is in danger. But, when she receives a series of ominous biblical quotes, she grows nervous and suspicious of everyone, including her own husband. As the bizarre and frightening events unfold, Ann discovers a handmade tombstone marked with her name, pushing her close to the edge. Will she be the Westwood Strangler’s next victim?
and make a good life together. She remembered standing in their meeting spot, under the sprawling limbs of the Osage orange tree, waiting for what seemed like hours. When she finally heard footsteps approaching, she ran through the trees to greet him, her arms reaching out to him. But it wasn’t Jeremy. It was Papa. He’d grabbed her roughly by the elbow and pulled her into the house. She could still feel his anger and see the rage in his face. She would never forget his loud, hurtful words. She’d
leave now, do we?” Davey asked. “I’m afraid so. It’s almost dinnertime. Get your stuff together.” “But, Mom, we want to hear more stories,” Danielle pleaded. “I thought maybe you two would like to go to the Haunted House after dinner,” Ann said smiling. “I heard about it on the radio today but, if you’d rather stay here . . . .” “Wow, can we really go?” Davey asked. “To a real haunted house?” “Well, only if we get going.” “I want to go,” Danielle said, “but I want to hear more stories too.”
could you be so irresponsible? Don’t we have enough problems already? What are we going to do now?” I don’t have any money to bail him out, she thought. I don’t even know how to go about doing that. Well, she decided, I have no choice but to tell David’s mother. She’ll just have to take care of this. She does her best to keep David tied to her apron strings anyway. She’ll probably be thrilled that her baby boy needs her help. Well, that’s it then. There’s really nothing else I can do. You have
hide in the basement. That way, I’ll be here if Annie wants me. A smile played at the corner of his lips. If Annie wants me . . . . If my Annie wants me . . . . Chapter 35 “SON OF A BITCH!” Tina screamed as she slammed down the phone. Greg pushed the mute button on the remote control, silencing the television. “What’s wrong?” “Oh, hell,” she replied, “that damn old woman cancelled her appointment for tonight.” He sat up straight. “No séance?” “No séance!” “I thought you said she was
pointed finger against his chest. “You will not see my daughter again! Nie! Nie mehr! Do you understand me?” Bernie stood there with his mouth open, shaking his head slowly back and forth. He couldn’t believe this was happening and he didn’t know what to say. “Soon, Olivia will marry a man who is well able to provide for her, as I always have,” Olivia’s father continued. “He is the son of my friend, a well respected businessman. It has been arranged; I have arranged it. You will not destroy