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In 1998, if someone had told me I would be spending the next eight years of my life involved in injustice, I would have said "You are stark raving mad!". Well, I am here to eat those words.

In 1997, a friend was telling me about twin sisters, Betty Wilson and Peggy Lowe, from Alabama who were arrested and tried for supposedly hiring an alcoholic, drug addict con-man, James Dennison White, to kill Betty's wealthy husband, Dr. Jack Wilson, who was a very well-liked and well-known eye doctor in Huntsville. Both sisters were tried on the same evidence and lying testimony. Betty was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole because she was a rich bitch and slept with a black man in Alabama. Peggy, the saintly one, was acquitted. The convicted con-man, who never really admitted to killing the doctor, has come up for parole several times but is still incarcerated.

After spending six years studying this case including both trial transcripts, putting up an extensive website (http://hankford.com/bettywilson) and spending the remaining two years putting together a book about this case Killer For Hire - The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case, I, as many others, believe that the real killer of the doctor is walking around free. Neither of the twin sisters had a motive to have the good doctor put away but the doctor's ex-wife and son did.

As time permits, I hope to present other similar cases of injustice along with information on books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc., related to mystery crime. In the meantime please visit http://mysterycrimescene.com/.












Dare I Call It Murder?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Article Courtesy of Diane Duthweiler

The Untold Story of Sailboat Mystery in French Polynesia 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years after the mysterious deaths of an American couple on their sailboat in French Polynesia, we may finally know what happened to Loren and Joanne Edwards. The FBI labeled it a “Crime on the High Seas: Murder” but closed the case without filing charges.

In his just-released memoir Dare I Call It Murder? the couple’s oldest son, a former investigative journalist, fingers his younger brother and lays out the case never presented in court.

Larry Edwards reveals facts unknown to the public; including confirmation his brother was the FBI’s prime suspect. But what readers may find truly shocking are Edwards’ claims about what happened aboard Spellbound in February of 1978 and why no one was prosecuted.

Edwards’ brother, Gary Edwards, was one of three people who survived the family sail across the Pacific, but all three gave conflicting accounts of what had happened. That was a major hitch in the case. So was the fact that Gary threw his parents’ bodies overboard, eliminating much of the forensic evidence that might have helped determine how they died. Gary said he had to bury his parents at sea because they were far from shore, and their bodies were decomposing in the heat. That part of the story never added up to Larry and others who believe Gary was trying to stall the return to land and the questions that would follow.

In Dare I Call It Murder?, Edwards recounts radio calls from Spellbound and eyewitness observations. Evidence suggests Gary lied about the sailboat’s seaworthiness and location, claiming the 53-foot vessel was about 60 miles from the closest island, when it was perhaps as near as 20. Gary declined a radioed offer of help from a doctor on a nearby boat, despite his injured hand and his sister’s serious and still-untreated head wound. Another pair of boaters report seeing the Spellbound sailing erratically. When they approached and offered help, Gary told them he was having a fuel problem, but had just fixed it and waved them off.

Dare I Call It Murder? carefully and clearly deciphers a maze of contradictory claims for a highly believable conclusion. One the author finally decided to share, after a published accounting of his parents’ final days by a famed true-crime writer. Edwards says her version of events is inaccurate and reignited old conflicts over the case that tore his fractured family apart even further.

Edwards also realized he was suffering emotionally. “I was having trouble living my life because I was consumed with setting the record straight and trying to provide a semblance of justice for my parents. It took me decades to realize I was suffering from post-traumatic stress, and I want my story to give greater focus to violent loss and the trauma that goes with it."

Connie Saindon, a therapist who has helped Edwards and founder of the Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego, CA, writes, “It’s the kind of book you can’t put down. You will live this story.”

About the Author:
Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, past editor of The Log Newspapers and Maritime Quarterly, as well as a former contributor to publications such as Sailing World and Grand Prix Sailor.

He lived in Auckland for 6 months covering the 2000 America’s Cup and contributing to the New Zealand Herald. He grew up in Seattle and currently lives in San Diego where he works as a freelance writer, book editor and publishing consultant.

Website: www.DareICallItMurder.com

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