Unsolved Murders of Black Family Re-Examined
American Wisper (now streaming on Amazon Prime) is the true story of the unsolved murders of an upper-class African American family. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large New Jersey home close to NYC.
They were discovered by father and husband Josiah Wisper – a brash businessman who owned bars, restaurants, stores and real estate in Harlem, New York. Wisper immediately became the prime suspect in the case, or what is more commonly known as “A Person of Interest”. He was eventually ruled out as a suspect by police and law enforcement officials, but never in the eyes of those in the Harlem community – his relatives, friends, and people he had known for nearly half his life.
Wisper quickly embarks on a search to find out who murdered his family – his personal (and original) video recordings, journals and diaries take us to family, friends, police precincts, newspapers drug dens, gun stores and street-gang hangouts – all in the hope of piecing together the clues needed to solve this shocking and tragic crime. His “on-camera” journey takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions, leading us to a horrifying conclusion – and Josiah’s final discovery of what it takes to be a man. Based on true events, and based on withheld police reports issued at the time of the murders. Directed by Russ Emanuel and produced by Howard Nash. Screenplay by Howard Nash and Rodney Cavin.
The producers of American Wisper want it known that they are seeking to have the original case re-opened, and feel that a movie about the injustice suffered by the real Josiah is the only way to make that happen. But, a clarion “Call to Action” isn’t as easy as it sounds: According to writer/producer Howard Nash, “I’ve noticed a fair amount of racism when it comes to smaller, independent films with African American leads. The smaller movie sites and platforms are not even selecting them. So it becomes even more important to get the word out, so that people can see things for themselves.”
“Wisper… a very tight thriller without clear heroes or victims—thanks to a tight directorial effort, a tense script and strong performances by all involved… it’s a genre movie that shouldn’t be missed.” — Mike Haberfelner SMT News & Reviews
The film is the winner of two international film festival awards.
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A BIZARRE OBSESSION TURNS DEADLY ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF FATAL ATTRACTION
An all-new episode of TV One’s True Crime Mondays is back on Monday, September 19. This episode of FATAL ATTRACTION unpacks a deadly obsession. Watch the story unfold on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/8C.
When a young woman arrives at the hospital with gunshot wounds, police attempt to locate the shooter. When the victim succumbs to her injuries, solving the case becomes difficult. Police make a thrilling discovery when a witness reveals information that turns the case on its head. Be sure to catch this compelling story on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/8C.
Driven by powerful, real-life stories, FATAL ATTRACTION offers intimate, first-person accounts, exclusive interrogation footage, and rare archival material. Along the way, viewers get a glimpse into the dark heart of dangerous romances. Tune in as the key players, families of the survivors and those that investigated the horrific crimes reveal the secrets to each sordid tale. Love doesn’t just hurt, it can kill!
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Did the Pandemic Increase Young Adult Crimes?
Ever since the pandemic began, media outlets have been overloaded with news reports and aggressive political commentary highlighting major violent crimes committed by young people. The topic has received a lot of media exposure across the nation, fueling efforts to restore youth justice policies that have already been implemented in several states.
The decade culminating in 2020 saw a considerable decline in crime statistics, but the following years have seen an upsurge in violent crime in numerous US cities. Most recent statistics revealed that there had been a 39% increase in firearm-related attacks and a 23% increase in firearm-related robberies.
Reasons Behind the Rise in Young Adult Crimes
There are several interconnected causes of juvenile crimes like bullying, poverty, lack of accountability, hostile home environments, and social disadvantage, which all increase the likelihood of crimes.
Problems in School
Problems in school are a contributing factor to adolescent delinquency. Numerous factors connected to education can cause a young adult to engage in criminal activities. One of the biggest causes is absenteeism. A child who frequently skips school will neither profit from their education nor develop the discipline of going to school daily.
When a student struggles academically or has a parent who is generally uninterested if they attend school this could lead to circumstances that encourage criminal behavior.
A child’s growth is significantly influenced by the family, particularly the parents. One of the risks can be problems within the family. These problems may be societal, financial, etc.
The number of immigrants in the United States is also rising, and they include kids without parents. An unsuitable environment may encourage a teenager to engage in a crime. Domestic abuse, parental negligence, and unhealthy habits, among other things, can lead to criminal behavior.
Children living in homes where family members practice drug abuse increase the probability of criminal offenses by these minors. Even among younger adults, it’s estimated that 2 out of 5 instances of rape and sexual assault against college students were committed by a person believed to be under the influence of drugs.
Criminal behavior might also result from a lack of access to food, clothes, or shelter. There is an increased likelihood that many different criminal activities will occur if a minor’s basic requirements are not satisfied.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic fallout caused tens of millions of people to lose their jobs. Unemployment remained high throughout 2020 and about 20 million households reported having too little to eat in the past seven days. Another 10 million households reported being behind on rent.
10-year-old black girl dies from online TikTok challenge, family warns others.
Nyla Anderson, a 10-year old girl from Chester, Pennsylvania, has sadly died after reportedly trying the “blackout challenge” that tells participants to hold their breath until they faint. Her grieving family wants to alert others about its dangers.
Nyla was found unconscious in her bedroom of their home on December 7. She was rushed to the hospital where she was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit for days before she died on December 12.
“She happened to be in her own bedroom of her house, with her family at home,” Elizabeth Wood, a licensed clinical social worker at the local hospital, told ABC 7. “But no one was in the bedroom with her when this happened, so there was no one there to save her.”
Her family describes her as a happy and bright child who spoke 3 languages. They are still in a state of shock after Nylah’s tragic death.
“I’m so hurt,” said her mother Tawainna Anderson. “This is a pain that won’t go away. It’s at the top of my throat. I am so hurt.”
Moreover, Nylah’s family wanted her story to be known, warning other parents to keep a close eye on their children to prevent it from happening.
“Make sure you check your kids’ phones,” Tawainna said. “You never know what you might find on their phones. You wouldn’t think 10-year-olds would try this. They’re trying because they’re kids and they don’t know better.”
The trend, which reportedly traces back to the 1990s, had been recently resurfacing on social media where it spreads faster. A TikTok spokesperson said it is taking measures to stop users from sharing any content that promotes dangerous behavior.
“This disturbing ‘challenge,’ which people seem to learn about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and has never been a TikTok trend,” the spokesperson said, according to Today. “We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their tragic loss.”
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