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Monday, December 12, 2005

What's in a Name? MURDER!!

In the 1980s, The Police sang about chance on their classic album Synchronicity. In the 1990s, Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in a great film about coincidence, Dead Again. And now we have our newest decade-defining twist of fate, one of the most bizarre stories you will ever see.

Sit down for this one.

Imagine two women arrested for soliciting an undercover officer to kill their boyfriends. Not so unusual—yet. Now … place the ladies in the same suburban county—Fairfax County, Virginia—and book them on murder-for-hire charges within 24 hours of each other.

Add the fact that their boyfriends are each 22 years old. And don’t forget that these women—who do not know each other, according to police—both have the first name April.

Oh yes, they also share the same middle name, Dawn.

It’s all true—but the common threads are all just a fluke, according to this article in the Washington Post from last week.

Detectives checked and double-checked the facts to ensure they did not err and somehow create two stories out of one. In a leading candidate for understatement of the year, a police spokesman told the press that the similarities between these confirmed separate cases involving are a “freaky coincidence.”

Normally, such low-hanging fruit would spur me to wax comic about twists of fate, chance encounters, and the knee-slapping hilarity of murder-for-hire—even though April Dawn Shiflett and April Dawn Davis are not laughing at their possible 40 years in the slammer. But today, I’m more concerned about my good friend Joe. In fact, I’m hitting his speed dial on my Razr phone now, hoping that I catch him before his girlfriend does.

Her name? April Dawn Slaughter.

18 Comments:

At December 12, 2005 1:53 PM, Blogger Ben Heller replied to my musings ...

Joe's gonna have a lot of calls today.

Even I have an urge to call, and I don't know him.

A song off that "Synchronicity" album suddenly has an eerie resonance.

"Every breath you take,
every move you make.......etc"

 
At December 12, 2005 3:09 PM, Blogger debbiecakes replied to my musings ...

That's the first I've heard of this, guess that crosses "April Dawn" off of my list of possible names for a baby girl...

 
At December 12, 2005 5:56 PM, Blogger Metal Mark replied to my musings ...

Somehow this makes me think of the Terminator killing off all the Sarah Connors. Only this is a little more strange because well, it's real life.

 
At December 12, 2005 6:28 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

And I thought April Dawn was such a lovely name. The whole story there is pretty freak-a-leak, that's for sure.

 
At December 12, 2005 8:39 PM, Blogger RT replied to my musings ...

That's almost kinda cool... Why would you want to stop him? If he actually survives, he's going to have one hell of a story to share!

 
At December 12, 2005 8:45 PM, Anonymous melly replied to my musings ...

David, that's hilarious. Imean, freaky hilarious.
Of course, I was sure you were going to say that they also had the same boyfriend...

 
At December 12, 2005 9:04 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

Hey, David. Congrats, you are my 18,000 visitor since I started this blog in August. I have nothing to offer, not even a fruitcake - only my sincere appreciation for visiting.

 
At December 12, 2005 10:16 PM, Blogger Laurie replied to my musings ...

that is freaky!

 
At December 12, 2005 11:10 PM, Blogger Jenn replied to my musings ...

My real name is... Well, yeah, just Jenn.

I know an April. I'm trying to remember her middle name. I don't like her.

 
At December 13, 2005 10:14 PM, Blogger Dear Jane replied to my musings ...

Now, what would be REALLY freaky, is if they all had April birthdays ;-)

 
At December 13, 2005 11:44 PM, Blogger Dave Cavalier replied to my musings ...

Anybody named after a month and a time of day is fucked to begin with. I think we all remember what happened when August Dusk Heslop went on his killing spree in Wisconsin in the 1970s.

Right?

 
At December 14, 2005 6:11 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Debbie: I agree--it's best to avoid this name right now.

Mark: If you see a robot with a gun named April Dawn, run to the hills.

RT: That's the same attitude as the people who jump off of cruise ships and swim to a remote island for a life insurance payoff. Sketchy ... but it makes me think ...

Melly: Would you believe me if I said that I was their boyfriend?

Jane: They were both born on April 1. At dawn.

Thanks for coming by -- more soon.

-- david

 
At December 14, 2005 2:04 PM, Blogger Kid Jacque replied to my musings ...

That is freaky.....

 
At December 15, 2005 10:29 AM, Blogger Dear Jane replied to my musings ...

I was being sarcastic because I have a friend named April who wasn't even born in the month of April. But it actually is pretty freaky that they also have the same birthday...

 
At December 15, 2005 11:51 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

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At December 15, 2005 3:32 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Jane: I, too, was being sarcastic. I thought maybe the "at dawn" play on words would give it away ...

I suppose this whole thing would be even more odd if both women were named "December Sunset" instead of "april Dawn."

-- david

 
At December 16, 2005 11:47 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

Woah, what if their names were Lizzie Borden?

 
At January 20, 2008 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I know one of the April Dawn's,she goes by the name Dawn.I fell through the floor when I heard what shw did.I'm trying to find her mug shot A.D.Shifflet any one know where I can find it?

 

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