English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2006-2007

   
   
   
   
   
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  Dear Eoin Colfer,

My name is Matthew Connolly, I’m 15 years old and I live in South Boston, Massachusetts, USA .I
read your novel, “The Wish List” and I absolutely loved it. I loved the whole conflict of a teenager
being “to good for hell, but not being good enough for heaven...” I walk through the halls of
Catholic Memorial, my school, and see young teens to young adults who seem to be caught in the
middle in this way, just on a lower level in life.

I have also read some of your other books, such as the “Artemis Fowl” series and the
“Supernaturalist”, and found them to be as enjoyable as “The Wish List.” Through reading these
stories about teenager, I have concluded that you must know a decent amount about a teenagers life.
Which is why I would like to invite you to come to Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury
Massachusetts, to lecture and nourish my British Literature class. I know you are a former teacher
in Ireland, so talking to students in a class room is nothing to you can’t handle. Catholic Memorial
is a School that founded by the Christian Brothers, the same order of brothers who taught at your
childhood school in Wexford.

I would like to thank you for taking some time out of your day to read this letter. I can imagine
you receive letters and complaints from fans and stokers every day. But still if you are free for a
few days please Mr. Colfer come and speak to my class so we can learn first hand about British
Literature. But before you decline this offer let me warn you, I know for a fact that over thirty
other British authors, such as J. K. Rowling have been offered invitations similar to this one, and
I would think that free publicity like this would boost any authors book sales. I thank you again
for taking time to read this letter from an American fan miles away.


Sincerely,
Matthew Connolly
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  In 2001, in a small there Georgia County, Randy Thompson a firefighter was found dead in his home.
After investigators arrive and examined the crime, his girlfriend Lynn Turner was arrested an
unknown time later. Turner had a long list of respectable jobs before this such as, a 911 operator,
district attorney secretary, sheriff’s assistant, and a Judge’s aide. While Turner was in custody it
was discovered that she was wanted for the murder of her first husband, Glenn Turner, back in 1995.
After that trial, where Turner was found guilty of murder by a jury and was sentenced to life in
prison in 2004, the trial of her second victim began. The two cases were similar in two ways, one
Turner killed the victims by inserting Anti-freeze into their food/drinks, two because she wanted
the life-insurance money. Money is a very powerful thing in today’s society, so powerful that Lynn
Turner killed for it.


Prosecutor Jack Mallard told the members of the jury that Turner’s Lustful greed for the
victims’ life-insurance money made her the “common denominator.” Mallard also said in his opening
statements that, “once there were three and now there is on- the defendant on trial, the other two
are dead and buried from ethylene glycol poisoning, six years apart.” Mallard also pointed out how
Turner was the last person to serve, and be with both victims before they died. Shortly after that
the prosecution revealed that the Anti-freeze could have been put into just about anything, from tea
to Jell-O.


However in the defense of both trials Turner’s attorneys pointed out that the prosecution’s case
was based solely on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Vic Reynolds said that the case was
based entirely on “rumors, gossip and innuendo…” The prosecution does not know exactly when the
Anti-freeze was put into what ever was consumed by the victims, which means that if Lynn Turner was
found innocent there would be no alternative witnesses. Lynn Turner is the only suspect with both
murder and opportunity despite the fact that both men had jobs that helped the community and could
have been murdered by criminals or relatives of criminals who held a grudge.


Cases similar to this case are seen in literature at least at one point in time. There have been
dozens of books that are similar to this case. However there are those select few who have
everything to do with poison and little to do with money. In Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” the entire royal
family is killed with poison in none other than a power struggle. In this case if greed for power or
revenge had not blinded everyone they would all be alive, which is similar to this case due to its
poisoning for money. For Lynn Turner it was not about gaining power but stealing it from others.
After all, Money = Power and it has just been confirmed that Mrs. Turner owed money, so take the
money pay off the loaners, steal the power they have over you. This is what truly links these two
events together.


Is Lynn Turner guilty of murdering both her husband and boyfriend, in a court of law administered
by her peers? Yes, in my opinion and the opinion of the courts she is. Mrs. Turner was convicted
for the of murder Randy Thompson on Saturday, March 24, 2007 Mrs. Turner is a murderer who is only
interested in making herself richer or more powerful. Lynn Turner is guilty of a lot of crimes,
murder, being a bad mother and wife, and being unpredictably power hungry human being

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The words in Languages are like grains of sand on a beach, they are both innumerate and every day
the sea adds more of them to the collective. There are thousands of different languages in the
world, each with thousands of ever changing words with in them. Every single word has its own
meaning and purpose to the world. The English language for example has over 800,000 different words
in it that are both helping and hurting the world every day. “Psycho” for example is one of these
many words that are helping the world’s society. “Psycho” has saved thousands of people from using
two extra breaths and saves them from the embarrassment of mispronouncing words like psychology or
psychological.


The word “Psycho” can be defined in many different ways in the English language. Also it can be
used to define other objects and other people. For example the Oxford American Dictionary defines
“psycho” as, the mind, mental, Psychology, or Psychological. Where as the Etymadology Dictionary
describes “Psycho” as short for Psychological or Psychopathic. Then the American Heritage Dictionary
defines “Psycho” as Psychology, mind or mental status.


Over the history of the English language “Psycho” has been defined in many different ways. For
example, since the 17th century, it mostly been defined as mind/ mental or psychological, but has
been used differently over that time period. “Psycho” has been the root for dozens of words over the
last couple hundred years. For example, “Psycho petal” which means tending to the mind, or
“Psycho-sociological” which means pertaining to sociology as connected to psychology.


I asked several different people what they thought the word “psycho” meant to them. John Connolly a
14-year student of Catholic Memorial Middle School thought that “psycho” meant a crazy
person/people. Like the Psycho jumped off the bridge. Mike Connolly a 19-year old Sophomore of Iona
college believed that “Psycho” a deranged person. Like the psycho tortured the people in the horror
movie “Saw.” Mary Ellen Connolly, a nurse at New England Medical Center, said that “Psycho” meant a
sick person. Such as upon entering the mentally ill person was considered a Psycho by the other
patients.


Psycho” has been used throughout literature and the arts as much as speech. Most of the books
written have been medical books about the psyche. For example “The British Journal of Psychology”
has a survey of a Psychotic person’s use of literature throughout his life. Also in 1960 a movie
script was written titled “Psycho”, which later was turned into a horror film and revised in the
1990’s.


Words are drops of water in the waterfall of life, continuously being replaced, followed, and
revised through their journey. Like water the word “Psycho” is helping to save lives every day. The
breath or two a person saves from having to say psychology or psychological and etc. are breaths
that are saved and used later in life at another more important time.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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