I suspect that every grandparent has nicknames for their grand kids. I know I do. They don’t necessarily all love the nicknames that I have for them, but I love to tease them with their nicknames. And they have nicknames for me, too!
One other thing to set the stage for today’s photo: kids love to blow bubbles. In fact, so do grown-ups, right?! I mean, it’s just plain fun!
We recently hosted our youngest son’s family for a BBQ and we had purchased bubble making stuff for each of those present. It didn’t take long for the smiles to break out all over the place! Bubbles were flying everywhere and laughter rang through the trees. What a great time we had!
Now, for the connection between nicknames and soap bubbles. This particular grandchild that is featured in today’s photo has the nickname “Soap Bubble Coconut Head Monkey”. The last three words were because she used to call me a “Coconut Head Monkey”, but the first two, I told her, were because she was so bright and shiny and fun like a soap bubble! So, world, meet Soap Bubble Coconut Head Monkey girl! She’s so full of joy and life and I love her so much!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1963, sixteen-year-old Pauline Reade is abducted while on her way to a dance near her home in Gorton, England, by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the so-called “Moors Murderers,” launching a crime spree that would last for over two years. Reade’s body was not discovered until 1987, after Brady confessed to the murder during an interview with reporters while in a mental hospital.
Brady and Hindley met in Manchester in 1961. The shy girl quickly became infatuated with Brady, a self-styled Nazi, who had a substantial library of Nazi literature and an obsession with sadistic sex. After photographing Hindley, Brady sold his amateur pornography to the public.
In order to satisfy their sadistic impulses, Brady and Hindley began abducting and killing young men and women. After Pauline Reade, they kidnapped 12-year-old John Kilbride in November and Keith Bennett, also 12, in June the next year. The day after Christmas in 1964, Leslie Ann Downey, a 10-year-old from Manchester, was abducted.
In 1965, the couple killed a 17-year-old boy with a hatchet in front of Hindley’s brother-in-law, David Smith, perhaps in an attempt to recruit him for future murders. This apparently crossed the line for Smith, who then went to the police.
Inside Brady’s apartment, police found luggage tickets that led them to two suitcases in Manchester Central Station. They contained photos of Leslie Ann Downey being tortured along with audiotapes of her pleading for her life. Other photos depicted Hindley and Brady in a desolate area of England known as Saddleworth Moor. There, police found the body of John Kilbride.
The Moors Murderers were convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1966. Their notoriety continued after it was revealed that a guard at Holloway women’s prison had fallen for Hindley and had an affair with her. For his part, Brady continued to confess to other murders, but police have been unable to confirm the validity of his confessions.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: To die honorably, the defeated Roman gladiator would grasp the thigh of his victor who would then hold his opponent’s head or helmet and plunge a sword in his neck. To make sure the gladiator was not faking his death, an attendant dressed as Mercury would touch him with a hot iron rod and another attendant dressed as Charon would hit him with a mallet.