Female Serial Killers- Jo Tempest

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As you maybe know, I have recently published published a new book in my ‘Bad Girls’ series  – Female Serial Killers – 13 True Stories of Embittered, Extreme and Evil Women.

I thought it would be fun to give you an excerpt from this book to whet your appetite so that you want to read more. Do not read this book late at night if you want to sleep well!

Belle Gunness was born on the 11th November 1859, near Lake of Selby in Norway, and christened as Brynhild Paulsdatter Storset. Her parents…had eight children, Belle being the youngest. How could they have possibly foreseen their little daughter would be the central character in a true life horror story!

…Sheriff Smutzer took a team of about a dozen men back to the farm and ordered them to start digging in the hog pen area. On the 3rd May 1908, they unearthed the body of Jennie Olsen, Belle’s foster daughter who had supposedly gone off to a girls’ finishing school. The dig was about to become a scene of unimaginable horror…The team worked for days and found body after body.

It was believed, after a thorough investigation, that something like 30 men probably met their fate on the farm, but they were not all found. The remains of 12 people were unearthed but the digging was done in a much cruder way than if it were to be done today…Another two coffins were filled with the remains of seven unknown victims and these were placed in the paupers’ section in the La Porte Pine Lake Cemetery.

After each murder, Belle would carry the man’s body down to the basement (with her great size, she was quite strong enough to do this on her own), where she laid the body out on a table and efficiently cut the body up into pieces. Belle had learned this skill from her dead husband, Peter, who had worked butchering hogs. Then, after she bundled the body parts into sacks, Belle would bury them in the hog pen, or in the grounds surrounding the house.

This is just a small excerpt from one of of 13 true stories of Female Serial Killers.

Click on the book above cover to download to your Kindle, or any device using Amazon Cloud.
Jo Tempest.

A Different Kind of Wedding

We have a lot of weddings in our village but it took me quite a while to realise this was not a ‘normal’ wedding.

I watched lots of photos being taken of the happy couple but then they headed for the sea…eventually I realised it was a photo shoot!

Thought you would like to see the results…interesting!

Jo Tempest.

The Wedding In The Sea

The Wedding

Wedding Dip

Wedding Dip

Wedding In The Sea - Selimiye

Wedding In The Sea

Origins of Scrabble

I bet there is nobody reading this who has not played a game of Scrabble in their lifetime! I love the game along with many of my family and friends.
But when did Scrabble come into being? Of course, I am going to be able to tell you after having done a little research.



It started when an American architect, Alfred Hosher Butts, created the game in 1938 from an earlier game know as ‘Lexiko’.

The two games had the same set of letter tiles and Lexiko was originally know as ‘Criss-Crosswords’ because of its similarity to cross-words puzzles.

Alfred H.Butts manufactured a few sets but he was not successful in getting any of the major game companies interested.

Alfred H. Butts-Criss-Crosswords

Alfred H. Butts – Criss-Crosswords

Then in 1948, James Brunot, a resident of Newtown, USA, and more importantly, a owner of one of the few Criss-Crosswords games in existence, bought the rights to manufacture the game from Alfred Butts, in exchange for granting him royalties on each game sold in the future.

James Brunot did not change much in the game apart from slightly re-arranging the ‘premium’ tiles and simplifying the rules of the game. And of course, he changed the name to what we all know and love…Scrabble…which means, ‘to scratch frantically’.

By 1949, James Brunot was manufacturing Scrabble, with the help of his family, in a converted schoolhouse in Dodgingtown, Newtown. Around 2,400 games were made but the family was losing money.

James Brunot

James Brunot

According to a very nice legend, the big break came for Scrabble in 1952, when the President of Macy’s, Jack Srauss, was on his vacation and played the game. He loved it and was surprised to learn his store did not stock Scrabble.

That quickly changed and he ordered that a large order be placed with James Brunot. Within a year, everyone had to have the game in their home.

Later in the same year, James Brunot found himself unable to cope with the demand for the game and so sold the rights to the Long Island based company, Selchow & Righter.

First Scrabble Edition

First Scrabble Edition

They had originally turned the game down when they had been approached in the past but were quite happy to now take on the game.

In it’s second year of manufacturing, they sold nearly 4 million games. In 1955, they started selling Scrabble to England and Australia, and as they say, the rest is history!

Now, of course, we do not have to have our opponent at the same table, we can play on line with distant friends, which is how I play most of my games at the moment, but when I am back in England for a visit, I love to play Scrabble with my sons…even if they win most games!

Jo Tempest.

Bad Girls Series – Now 6 Books!

There are now six books available in my ‘Bad Girls’ series…amazing women who led such interesting lives and breaking so many boundaries to follow their dreams. Click on any book cover to go to Amazon and see it.

Jo Tempest xxx

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All Good Things Come To An End!

My Home Selimiye - Jo Tempest

My Home Selimiye

As you know, I am living in Turkey at the moment. Fortunately, in a very sleepy coastal village as there was a military coup in this country four days ago.

Things settled down very quickly although there has been an extreme crack down on the perpetrators by the existing government, and it is the third coup here since the 1980’s.

But it has made me think that maybe it is time for me to leave this country and head back to England. I will miss it terribly and all the lovely friends I have made here, but hopefully I can come back to visit them in the future.

Selimiye Sunset Jo Tempest

Selimiye Sunset

The great thing is that now that I am writing my Bad Girls series and hopefully my novel one day, I can actually live anywhere, as long as I have internet.

I have a lot to think about if I am going to leave here, as well as a lot to organise but I am not going to rush.

I will keep all you lovely readers updated.

Jo Tempest. x

Female Serial Killers Now Published!

Female Serial Killers Jo TempestWell I have finished and published another book in my ‘Bad Girls’ series……….
Female Serial Killers, and it really is a fascinating book. Thirteen women who turned to murder, sometimes for monetary gain, and other times for revenge, or in one instance, to protect her son when he went away to war.

You will read about the woman once jilted by her lover taking revenge on young female serfs under her control, torturing and murdering so many before she was stopped.

The woman who cooked up her victims to make soap and cookies to distribute to neighbours and friends (this is the crazy woman trying to protect her son when he went to war).

Another woman married three plumbers and managed to murder two of them before being caught and hung!

I have not included any women who preyed on children and actually, the two who come to mind, Rose West and Myra Hindley, did not work alone. Whereas these thirteen women acted solely on their own for their own misguided reasons.

It is a macabre book but also truly engrossing so down-load it now for a great read.

Do not forget all the other books in my ‘Bad Girls’ series….Female Assassins, Spies, Cross-Dressers, Mistresses and Explorers, which you can find for download on my page at Amazon.

Jo Tempest.

The Bee’s Knees

Bees Knees!

Bees Knees!

I was chatting with my Turkish girlfriend, Aysun, a couple of days ago and used the expression ‘The Bee’s Knees’ and she looked at me bemused until I gave her the explanation.

That got me thinking as to where that phrase came from and then to thinking it would be fun to research a few more we often use without thinking, so here you are!



‘The Bee’s Knees’

These days we tend to use it to signify an ‘outstanding person or item’ but it was first recorded in England in the late 18th century when it meant someone or something was small and insignificant. Then in the 1920’s, American slang became popular and ‘The Bee’s Knees’ changed to being what it is known as today.

Other American slang used around that time included ‘The Canary Tusks’,
The Flea’s Eyebrows’ and ‘The Cat’s Whiskers’, which is still used today.
The switch in meaning for ‘The Bee’s Knees’ probably came about as it was similar in pattern and structure as the other sayings.

‘A Pig’s Ear’

A Pig's Ear

A Pig’s Ear

This phrase originated in America in the 1850’s and became a variant to ‘In A Pig’s Eye’. It is used as an expression of incredulous disbelief, similar to the phrase ‘Tell İt To The Marines’.

To ‘Make A Pig’s Ear’ of it came about in the mid 20th century to mean completely botch something or make a complete mess of something. It first appeared in print in the 1950’s in the well known Readers Digest.

A similar phrase, ‘You Can’t Make A Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear’, dates back as early as the 16th Century. The famous English clergyman, Stephen Gosson, published a romantic story in 1579 known as ‘Ephemerides’.

In his book, the expression referred to people engaged in hopeless tasks. He used the words ”Seekinge too make a silk purse of a sowe’s eare.” The language has been adapted to new English but we still use the phrase today. (Also  English Cockney rhyming slang for ‘A Beer.’)

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’

Let Sleeping Dogs...

Let Sleeping Dogs…

We use this phrase when we want to say ‘Do not instigate trouble’ or ‘leave a situation alone, otherwise it will cause trouble.’ It was first heard as early as the 14th Century when the English writer, Chaucer, used it in his story ‘Troilus and Criseyde ‘.

It was also used in the French language around the same time. ”Ne Reveillez pas le chien qui dort” translates to ‘do not wake the dog that sleeps’. That phrase probably originated from the Latin phrase, ‘Quieta non movere.’ Do not move settled things.
‘Heard It On The Grapevine’

On The Grapevine

On The Grapevine

This is my favourite one as regards to it’s origin.

This phrase is used to say that ‘you have heard unofficially’, rather than through an official announcement. It originated in America in the 19th Century. A very clever man, Samuel B. Morse, invented the telegraph system.

It required thousands of metres of telegraph wire to be installed and fixed to huge telegraph poles, that were place several metres apart along the proposed routes. The wires were fixed very high above the ground.

As communities watched the erection of these poles, they often commented that the poles and attached wires looked like the strings that were used to train grape vines to climb. So the telegraph system soon became known as ‘The Grapevine.’

Then, during the American Civil War, the telegraph system became such an important aid, as information could easily be passed across the States. But it also had another use during the Civil War, as rumours were also deliberately sent through the telegraph system to confuse both armies. When people were asked whether a particular story was true, they would often reply, ‘I heard it through the grapevine.’

So there you go! Hope you have enjoyed this little bit of information, great little conversation pieces for your next dinner party!

Jo Tempest.

Zodiac Signs and Their Angels

In all the years I have been interested in Astrology and Angels, I never knew each sign had its own angel, until I recently read a book on angels. The names of the associated angels do vary from different writings, but these I am going to tell you about come from some of the earliest observations, and I like the idea of that.

I do believe we have angels around us all the time to keep us safe and help us on our journey through life. Sometimes they leave us signs that they are around for us and I am often finding a beautiful feather in the most unlikely of places.

I keep them all and I was amazed as to how many I now have. One day I will do something with them but I am waiting for the right inspiration.

Anyway, back to our Zodiac Angels, here is a list for you to learn who is around for you on a daily basis.
Capricorn Angel


Capricorn ~ Angel Casujoiah helps you to be careful and responsible for all you undertake on a daily basis.


Aquarius Angel


Aquarius ~ Angel Ausiel keeps you idealistic and also brings out the humanitarian side of your character.



Pisces Angel


Pisces ~ Angel Barakiel helps you in your artistic endeavours as well as helping you emotionally.




Ares Angel


Aries ~ Angel Haniel keeps you confident and assertive in your daily life.



Taurus Angel


Taurus ~ Angel Asmodel is there to make sure you are being practical as well as reliable.



Gemini Angel


Gemini ~ Angel Ambriel shows you how to be social as well as adaptable in daily life.



Cancer Angel


Cancer ~ Angel Muriel is helping you to be sympathetic and sensitive to all those people around you.



Leo Angel


Leo ~ Angel Verchiel is responsible for you being an open and generous person.



Virgo Angel


Virgo ~ Angel Hamaliel makes sure your analytical mind keeps working efficiently.



Libra Angel


Libra ~ Angel Zuriel (the Prince of Principalities) keeps you on the right track of always trying to be diplomatic and create harmony around you.


Scorpio Angel


Scorpio ~ Angel Barbiel keeps your powerful and intense personality in check!



Sagittarius Ange


Sagittarius ~ Angel Hamaliel wants you to always be optimistic as well as adventurous.



Twelve different angels with twelve very different roles but always around; how wonderful is that!
Jo Tempest.

My Unwelcome Visitor!

My Unwelcome Visitor - Jo Tempest

My Unwelcome Visitor

After being in England for a couple of weeks, my darling Laurel and Hardy thought they would bring me in some presents to welcome me home.

Actually it was Laurel both times with Hardy watching with respect! The first present was a bird that I rescued and released with just a few missing feathers.

The following evening I was working on my laptop and did not take much notice of the cat-flap being used. That was until I was aware of Laurel by my feet and ‘something’ running over them! Then looked down and saw a small rat run away towards the kitchen.

Laurel just looked bemused as he had no idea what to do with his present, apart from giving me a problem. I pulled the fridge out as I saw it disappear behind but no luck. I wasn’t fast enough.

There was nothing I could do until the next morning, when I headed straight down to the hardware store to buy a trap….no little mice traps in Turkey, but serious rat traps. That evening I baited it with a little sausage and slid it under the kitchen units well away from little cat paws. But really no problem as Laurel and Hardy had already forgotten it was in the apartment.

Later that night, my partner, Baris, saw it emerge from its hiding place and eat the cat food! And of course, the next morning, an empty trap, but it had somehow taken the sausage!

The following evening, re-baited, the trap caught nothing. This was one smart rat but I was determined to catch it. I often have little lizards running around the apartment in the summer and I really do not mind, especially as they will catch small flies. But this rat was definitely unwelcome.

On the third evening, I put a newly baited trap inside one of the cupboards where it had been, and during the evening, I heard the snap of the trap. Gingerly opening the cupboard door, I was relieved to find a very dead rat. Even so, I was hesitant to pick it up but forced myself to do so and quickly took it outside.

Since then, I have had stern words with Laurel, telling him how much I love him but please refrain from bringing me anymore presents!

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