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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/.

Death Penalty & Punishments

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Since the beginning of record time the death penalty has been around. One of the most famous executions according to the Old Testament, as well as the Quran, was by God himself when, because of human wickedness, he supposedly wiped out every living thing on earth except the saintly Noah, his family and two of every sort of animal...male and female. After this massive massacre, God vowed to never destroy the earth again but according to the Old Testament and the Quran, God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the heinous sin of the inhabitants, and during Moses’ time, he took the lives of the Egyptians' first-born sons and destroyed the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. God used capital punishment to deal with Israel's sins and the sins of the nations surrounding Israel. Wonder how full the courts would have been back then if these wicked people had been entitled to a trial by jury?

Early forms of capital punishment were designed to be slow, painful and torturous such as being boiled to death in a large cauldron filled with water, oil, tar, tallow, or even molten lead, buried alive, burned at the stake, crucified, skinned alive, starved to death, stoned to death, hung upside down and sawed apart starting between the legs, just to name a few.

What kind of crimes did these people commit to receive such inhuman punishment? Well, just to name a few, taking God’s name in vein, idol worship, sorcery/witchcraft, being a stubborn and rebellious son, cursing one's own parent, violating the Sabbath, adultery, intercourse between two men, rape, manslaughter, robbery and last but not least premeditated murder. Gee, if these laws were in affect now, we wouldn’t have to be concerned with overpopulated prisons.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, hangings and beheadings using the guillotine or sword were decided to be a faster and less painful approach to the death penalty. Even though these were violent and bloody practices, the end result was usually quick and therefore considered more compassionate.

Since the founding of the original colonies, the death penalty has existed in the United States. This form of punishment was used for crimes such as burglary, murder, treason, counterfeiting and arson. Around the time of the American Revolution lawmakers in the U.S. began to review and revise the policies behind the death penalty. In 1791, The Constitution was amended eight times to prohibit any form of punishment that was considered to be "cruel and unusual". By the 1800's, the electric chair had been introduced and later lethal injections.

There are eight modern day forms of execution: lethal injection used by most of the U.S. states that have capital punishment; the gas chamber which only four states still allow as an option; electric chair which has become a relic of the past but an option in a few states for prisoners who fear lethal injection; firing squad, typically associated with the military, remains an option for death row prisoners in Idaho, Oklahoma, and Utah; hanging, one of the most ancient forms of execution, has been abolished by most states but remains an option in New Hampshire and Washington; stoning, probably the world's oldest form of execution, has never been a legal form of execution in the United States, however, this extremely painful form of execute is practiced elsewhere in the world, primarily in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa; beheading by sword or guillotine has never been a legal form of execution in the United States, but remains the preferred method of execution in Saudi Arabia; and crucifixion, common in ancient Rome and currently used in Sudan.

The death penalty has become more controversial throughout the world. Opponents do not believe in the “eye for an eye” theory and that the death penalty is inhumane and unjust. With the introduction of DNA testing in 1989 there have been 250 death row inmates exonerated, so the argument that no one should be executed to avoid killing an innocent person is growing. Several states in the U.S. no longer support the death penalty, and many countries have abolished the practice completely.

It would seem to me that the states and countries that still have the death penalty would use the firing squad method. It’s cheap and quick.
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Oops! Save Betty Wilson FaceBook Group

Friday, July 2, 2010

I received a warning from FaceBook.com that my Save Betty Wilson Group was removed because it violated their “Terms of Use.” Was this because I named the names of some of the scoundrels in Betty’s case and this was considered an attack on individuals even though it was the truth? Further I quoted someone who used the N-word. Was this considered an obscenity?

I suspect one of the mentioned scoundrels reported me to FaceBook.

As far as FaceBook is concerned, I am reminded of the end of Gone with the Wind, when Scarlett O’Hara (FaceBook) asked Rhett Butler, "Where shall I go? What shall I do?" Rhett (me) responded, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

I may “clean-up” my Free Betty Wilson FaceBook Group and resubmit it but in the meantime I have replace the Free Betty Wilson on FaceBook link with one to her webpage with a link to sign a petition to the Governor of Alabama.

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend celebrating your independence!
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