Archive for January, 2013

Creepy Coincidence, Ha?

Murder case update: Suspect confessed to shooting, dismembering wife

by Kristine Goodrich on January 28, 2013, 2:01pm

After a woman was found dead in a White Bear Lake garage, her husband confessed to shooting and dismembering her in their St. Paul home because she was leaving him.

Steven Roger Johnson, 34, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder after the dismembered body of his wife, Manya Jewel Johnson, 32, was found in a garage in the 2200 block of Eighth Street Monday afternoon.

According to the Ramsey County criminal complaint: The Eighth Street resident called police Monday reporting his friend, Steven Johnson, had killed Manya Johnson and placed the body in his garage. White Bear Police officers found her body inside several plastic storage bins.

St. Paul police officers soon after arrested Steven Johnson without incident at his home on Sheldon Avenue in St. Paul, which he shared with Manya and their 18-month-old son.

Steven reportedly confessed he shot Manya in the head on Sunday after she told him she was leaving him and taking their son with her. He told St. Paul Police investigators he had been drinking and he used a saw to dismember her body in their shower. He said he put her body into bins and brought them to a friend’s garage without the friend’s knowledge and told the friend later.

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Chronicles of the Validation Junkie: Part 2

Oh, validation, you sweet siren, always sucking me in and making me feel special again…

After my complete failure at the last Author Event, I had extremely lowered expectations about this one. To make it worse, a friend of the Hubby’s popped into town to socialize, so I had to arrive to the shindig all by myself.

I was expecting no one when I called the librarian. She said two people for sure were very excited. By the time I started reading, there were 5 including the librarian (The librarians don’t always come to these things, which is fine. They have lives, but I’m elated when they do stick around). Hubby came late to round it out to an even half dozen. Hey, I’ll take it.

It’s not the number so much that’s important to me. It’s that wonderful question: “So when are we gonna get to read the next book?”

It was barely above zero last night, but these people came to my Author Event specifically to ask that question.  Their only agenda is to find something to read. My only agenda is to give them something to read and maybe make a few bucks doing it.

It’s a simple relationship on the surface. The problem is my delivery system is stunted. I know there are multitudes of other veracious readers out there looking for books exactly like mine. I just need to make sure they can find me. I need to become known to them.

Marketing is my ugly dealer. I only get my fix through her.  It’s a tawdry system.

On the bright side, Milltown Public Library pulled out all the stops on the spread again. Their small village library is on the cusp of a very ambitious (and very necessary) expansion project. If you’ve got some loose change laying around, or maybe a rich old uncle looking to make amends for his wicked life, think about dropping off a few bucks for the cause.

There’s no place like home?

Frozen Hell Poll Question. Say we get the green light to produce the mini-series…Where the heck are we gonna shoot it?

Location,Location, Location: Where would you shoot the Dairyland Murders Miniseries?

  • Wisconsin: Well, duh. (100%, 3 Votes)
  • Minnesota: I'd be close enough to commute! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • California: If Hollywood magic can make NW WI in sunny CA, who am I to argue? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ontario: Oh, Canada...Tinseltown and the Great White North have been canoodling media wise for a long time. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Iowa: This could be a realistic choice, although Hollywood seems to like to shoot horror movies here...Hmmm: (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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