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[PARADISE] Volume II: Sodom and Gamorrah for the Digital Age

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*In your character's bored browsing of the internet, they find a mysterious link to an independent local news project simply titled: 'PARADISE'.

The website is quite plain; white background and black text accompanying a slew of images that are blurred until clicked. Everything is center-aligned. There's an imageboard comment section below.*


My name's Ash. I'm an independent crime photojournalist. I've run pieces on Flint, Detroit, Baltimore, and Portland.

I'm documenting my finds in Los Santos thus far, currently one week in to the 'City of Saints.'

I've found zero saints, only sinners in different suits. A city ran on drugs, guns, and sex.

This is an uncensored look into what the main networks don't cover.

Your sunny tropical paradise in it's naked glory.




05:35 AM AUG 08 2021

I awaken from my slumber in some god-awful shithole to go about my day. Another four hours of rest. It probably isn't healthy, but I do it anyway. Driving down the road I stumble across two men who'd been bludgeoned to death and ran over, right across the street from some fancy lounge. A lone off-duty police officer who was passing by was the only law enforcement to arrive. She called the emergency number for backup, but none arrived. Fire Department showed to confirm death.






07:42 AM AUG 08 2021

I park up at the Sheriff's Station in South Central to edit some footage. While I'm there, I notice a group off to my left, and a guy reaching into his waistband. I got my camera up and ready and managed to photograph him drawing a TEC-9 from inside his purple coat. I guess he saw my van and thought I was trouble, because he decided to climb onto the roof of the Sheriff's Station to use the balcony as a vantage point, then crouched down like he was going to pounce on me. Not sure what to say.






09:48 AM AUG 08 2021

Traffic stop in Chinatown on a rental car. Guy must've been doing some stupid shit, because they were there for a while. Parked across the street to see if I could get any good shots. It's either hell on Earth or snail's pace this early.






04:28 AM AUG 09 2021

Hot pursuit in the middle of Legion Square. Caught it on film as they were speeding by. Looked like unmarked units. Whoever was being chased had considerably fucked up, or so it would seem.








04:49 AM AUG 09 2021

Beating on Forum Drive. Medics were onscene when I arrived. Don't have a clue what it was over. Didn't ask.







04:44 AM AUG 10 2021

Guy in a suit shot down on Brouge Avenue within eyesight of the fire station. His pockets were inside out, and he'd been there a while. Noone had cared to call it in or pick him up. I did, but nobody showed up.





04:48 AM AUG 10 2021

Another body, this time on the loading dock of a hardware store. He'd been beaten to death with hammers or something. Guess we know where they got them.





02:36 AM AUG 11 2021

A woman's being arrested for pulling her licensed firearm on two men who were fistfighting her boyfriend. SHAFT code violations, whatever those are. I didn't read that far in. Deputies let her talk with her boyfriend before they took her away to county, which was decently kind of them. Stuff always seems to happen at the Blue Lion. Phenomena.







03:55 AM AUG 11 2021

Cameras are rolling on what appears to be a normal traffic stop on Carson Avenue. We were situated on a rooftop three blocks away, using a tripod on top of my partner's van. As we're filming, we notice all four occupants of the vehicle suddenly exit- followed swiftly by a barrage of gunfire, as they shoot down the deputy parked behind them. They scatter like cockroaches, no further gunfire heard. They could've all gotten away. Cops have cameras too. In due time...









04:39 AM AUG 11 2021

Sheriff's Deputies detaining a man on Carson and Forum. Dirtbikes kept swarming them- and myself, like mosquitos. You can hear those goddamned two-strokes from a hundred yards. Why are there so many?







07:42 AM AUG 11 2021

The same off-duty police officer from my first photograph is back, but this time, in her uniform. But still equally alone. She stared at my van for a while, probably thinking I was going to shoot her. It must be terrifying having no backup and noone to call to for help if shit hits the fan. Law Enforcement need to hire for the morning. Badly.





09:08 AM AUG 11 2021

I notice two guys creeping around in a Gauntlet. One of them had a tactical mask on, the other nothing at all. Took a pre-emptive photograph because I knew something was about to go down. I cruise to Brouge Avenue and find the driver of that Gauntlet dead on the ground. Looked like he'd been ventilated. Didn't get too close. People were looting him.






11:42 AM AUG 12 2021

LSPD Air-One making a landing at the helipad on top of Mission Row. One of my more innocuous shots, but it's pretty. The pilot must have been higher than me on the way back from Vegas because he took two minutes to land and kept banging the skids on the ground. Thought he was going to crash the fucking thing.






00:19 PM AUG 12 2021

Accused of trespassing for standing on the roof of a parking garage by none other than John Corporation himself.

Circled the block a few times in a Jester RR and roamed around my car like I couldn't park on a public street.

Claimed that he told us to get down and we "aggressively refused." He asked what's up and I said me.

People care more about their rooftops than the shootouts happening 500 feet from their office doors.





01:52 PM AUG 12 2021

Some jackass almost runs me over trying to bolt from the cops on foot. Gets tased and eats concrete. He was really verbal and tried to get in my face about the cameras. The officers held him back and let me film. Thanks.







02:30 AM AUG 13 2021

I meet two pretty chill people on the corner of Strawberry and Vespucci. One of them's homeless, and carries a bat for his defense in town. With what I've seen so far I frankly can't blame him. While we were talking, some asshole in a red pickup truck runs him over and keeps going. He was fine, only caught a knock off the fender. I helped with medical until Fire Department arrived. The police officer who showed up was a bit of a cunt, but beggars can't be choosers.






03:30 AM AUG 13 2021

Sheriff's Deputies put a suspect from a pursuit into custody. I could hear him fighting from where I was standing. They had a hard time getting him under control, but he eventually relented and they were able to put him in a car.








My week in Los Santos has taught me something vital, but maybe it's just my opinion. Grain of salt.

This island is the modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. A city fueled by sex and violence like no other I've ever seen.

Those who want to survive either adapt or ignore it the best they can and carry on with their lives.

Your children shouldn't have to see dead bodies on their way to school.

And I shouldn't have to resort to shock value to get my point across.

Something has to be done or the next generation will have no future.




PARADISE Vol. I: First Impressions

PARADISE Vol. III: Streets of Fire

PARADISE: Dangers of Society



Donate to help me afford bills, equipment, and repairs:

Every bit helps and is put toward my cost of living.

I make zero revenue from PARADISE publications.


Bitcoin Address (Bech32):


((/banktransfer XXXXX 010003978 Paradise Donation))










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Comment: Welcome to Los Santos, the only city that can make the middle east blush with it's rampant crime. But seeing as most people in this city act, it feels as if they do not deserve any better, either.

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