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A Year of Wistful Thinking


They would have wanted to remember the happier times, but the recent holidays did not allow for that. Christmas, Peddy Davantes says, was spent at his daughter Kae’s gravesite at Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Versace’s tragic Miami mansion set for auction

Dated April 22, 2005 filed photo shows Ray, a homeless man living in the streets of South Miami Beach, Florida pulls a shopping cart full of coconuts past what used to be the house of famous late fashion designer Gianni Versace. The palatial Miami mansion where iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered goes under the hammer on September 17, 2013 with auctioneers hoping to clinch a sale for as much as $40 million. Bidding for the Mediterranean-styled estate on Miami Beach's prestigious Ocean Drive, just steps from the sea, is to start at $25 million, according to a Fisher Auction spokesman. Auction organisers have said the sale has attracted interest from overseas buyers, including potential bidders from Russia and South America. Casa Casuarina boasts 10 bedrooms and 11 baths, mosaic flooring and an array of frescoes and murals custom-made for Versace. AFP

The palatial Miami mansion where iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered goes under the hammer on Tuesday with auctioneers hoping to clinch a sale for as much as $40 million.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Japan police hunt haiku writer after five killings

yamaguchi prefecture map

A poetry-writing suspected killer was being hunted by Japanese police Tuesday after the bodies of five people were found in a tiny mountain village.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Death and the Maiden

Cyrish Magalang PDI Photo/Niño Jesus Orbeta

A bag of puto bumbong (purple rice cakes) helped investigators track down the killers of 20-year-old Cyrish Magalang, who had bought the steamed delicacy as pasalubong on the night she was murdered.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The real woman in the septic tank


The circumstances were so similar that police investigators and headline writers couldn’t resist describing the murder victim as “Ang babae sa septic tank.” After all, a movie of the same title had become a big hit, an improbable black comedy that won for its female lead an international award.

Posted: August 4th, 2012 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Murder, she cried

Trying to move on (Inquirer Photo/Alanah Torralba)

“Inauspicious” is the word that believers in feng shui associate with the number 4. In Chinese, the word for “four” sounds like the Chinese term for death and can therefore carry a curse.

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Buying up crime souvenirs, a growing US market

The calculator used by the Virginia Tech student killer is up for sale on the Internet along with a lock of hair snipped from notorious assassin Charles Manson and letters from several serial killers.

Posted: January 11th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Two readers wish to communicate with murdered parents


Last week, I received two e-mails, one from a male and another from a female reader who had very similar tragic experiences. Both of them had a parent murdered and their lives were forever changed as a result. The male reader, who gave his name as simply “J”, witnessed his mother murdered in front of [...]

Posted: September 19th, 2011 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

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