I'm always on the lookout in the news for interesting bits for our next novel. This week lots of strange stuff showed up on my radar – most of it would be unbelievable in a work of fiction. Still maybe we'll find some way to use it.
In Tulsa, OK – woman survives being trapped in a home freezer for 4 days. Details are a little hazy over how she got in there. Police reports say foul play is not suspected. Most surprising to me is that she had that much extra room in her freezer. I know if I buy two gallons of ice cream at the same time, the frozen peas have to be tossed to make space.
In Rockhill, SC – ex-boyfriend found living in woman's attic. And this was twelve years after they broke up. When he got out of prison, he looked her up. Or rather down – he was sneaking looks at her through the heating vents. Apparently he just moved into the crawlspace, making a human nest amongst her winter coats. She heard noises but thought she had “poltergeist stuff going on" in her house. Moral of the story – when things go bump in the night, don't call a psychic - call an exterminator. Works equally well for both cockroaches and ex-boyfriends.
Or check out this story - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-hartley/im-with-stupid-camouflage_b_1847865.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News
I don't know what to say about it – some people just have too much spare time on their hands. Pretending to be Bigfoot could get you some attention – I'll give him that. But pretending to be Bigfoot (although dressed in a camouflaged costume) and standing in the middle of the highway traffic means you're just not playing with enough marbles. Usually that would be enough of a story – but the reporter goes on to hint at a conspiracy. Maybe someone paid this idiot in an attempt to get a pseudo- reality television show to film in their community. See, you really couldn't use this stuff as a plot in a novel – readers would never buy it.
What's the strangest story you've heard lately? Got any that you think would make a good mystery plot?
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