Articles

Out of this World – Times Publications, March 2012

One day Jeff Willes hopes to be abducted by aliens. Who knows? He may have already been aboard an extraterrestrial spacecraft and just doesn’t remember the encounter. “What I know about UFO abduction phenomenon is they erase your memory of the abduction and you’re left waking up in the morning knowing something happened the night […]

Diagnosis, Unknown – Times Publications, January 2012

The pain was so severe Ginger Harvey wanted to die. Hundreds of fatty tumors — known as lipomas — riddled her entire body, pressing on her nerves, causing searing, excruciating pain. Harvey’s doctors were baffled — the cause of the painful growths was a mystery. The only prescribed treatment was twice-monthly surgeries to remove the […]

Psychic Sleuths – Times Publications, August 2011

The missing woman came to Sunny Dawn Johnston in a dream. Her name was Loretta, a 69-year-old Phoenix business owner who mysteriously vanished just days before Christmas. Johnston had never met the woman but somehow knew her tragic fate. Loretta had been murdered, and soon her killer would be dead too. “For two weeks every […]

Elephants in the Living Room – Times Publications, July 2011

By Shanna Hogan A white picket fence hedges the front yard of a quaint, pale-yellow house on El Dorado Road in Mesa. On the front lawn, a rusty swing set gives the house an unassuming look, but as passersby quickly learn, there’s more than just lawn ornaments in this yard. On this warm summer morning […]

Cold Case Files – Times Publications, June 2011

By Shanna Hogan Dusty evidence boxes filled with old reports and faded photos clutter the storage shelves inside evidence lockers at just about every police agency across Arizona. They are the cold case files—confounding crimes and complex murder mysteries that have gone unsolved for years, and in many cases, for decades. Each file tells the […]

Mothers of Invention – Times Publications, May 2011

It all started with a messy toddler’s bathtub. Ahwatukee mom Rebecca Finell, a mother of three and, at the time, a 29-year-old Arizona State University industrial design student, was working on a school project when she had an idea that would one day land her at the helm of an international company. Inspired after tiring […]

Gold Rush – Times Publications, March 2011

The sweltering summer sun loomed high above the desert floor as Jacob Snively and his fellow prospectors trekked across the Gila Valley, about 20 miles east of Yuma. The rocky terrain was bordered by an ominous mountain range, dotted with jagged boulders and thick brush. Cutting through the Valley coursed the westward bend of the […]

World Affairs – Times Publications, February 2011

Exotic gardens and tropical palm trees punctuate the landscape of the South American seaport of Cartagena, Colombia, a popular tourist destination off the Caribbean coast. Within the city walls crumbling Spanish arches loom in the Old-World-style plazas above the restored colonial mansions. On the outskirts of the city, guitar players and street vendors stroll through […]

Back From Reality – Times Publications, January 2011

Wearing a flowing, strapless blue dress and stiletto heels, 27-year-old Scottsdale resident Jenni Croft steps out of a stretch limousine and struts toward a posh Malibu mansion. As she approaches the estate’s lush backyard garden, the beautiful brunette turns her glance to her boyfriend of six weeks and smiles. Brad Womack, a successful 34-year-old Texas […]

Dead on the Water – Times Publications, December 2010

It was August 27, 2004 when 40-year-old Merrian Carver stepped aboard the Celebrity Cruises’ Mercury for what was to be a seven-day Alaskan adventure. It should have been a dream vacation—sailing through Alaska’s white-capped mountains and massive glacial fields. Instead, it would be the last trip of Merrian’s life. On the first night of the […]