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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/.

Video Games and the Female Audience

Monday, January 31, 2011

Episode Six in my series of video "lectures," with special guest star: Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander! Enjoy the new title and credits! I can be reached at floydo_animation at yahoo dot com. Leigh can be reached at leighalexander1 at gmail dot com. Read more by Leigh at: sexyvideogameland.blogspot.com Like the intro/outro music? Download the full tracks here! Penguin Cap www.carbohydrom.net Test Dummy ocremix.org

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265 Innocent People Have Been Released by DNA Testing


According to the Innocence Project (www.innocenceproject.org/Content/351PRINT.php), 265 innocent people have been released from prison in the United States because of DNA testing. Seventeen of these prisoners were on death row. The best argument against capital punishment is the probability that innocent people will be executed. Capital punishment supporters say no evidence exists that an innocent person has been executed. The probable reason is that after execution, cases are considered closed and investigations are ended.

If these 17 death row inmates had not been exonerated and released, some of them probably would have been wrongfully executed by now.

The Innocence Project is a national organization that uses DNA testing to gain freedom for convicts who have been wrongfully convicted. Simply put, if the convict's DNA does not match DNA evidence collected at the crime scene, they are innocent.

Presumably, our system of justice does not convict a person unless they are guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Sadly, this is not always true. The 265 innocent people that have been released are evidence of that.

According to the Innocence Project, false identification by eyewitnesses is a factor in 75 percent of convictions proven wrong by DNA. Quoting the article, "Studies have shown that people are less able to recognize faces of a different race than their own." Also, the long wait between the crime and the trial will unavoidably dim memories.

Other types of evidence leading to wrongful convictions are faulty forensic science, false confessions and unreliable information from snitches, who have a strong incentive to lie.

According to a November 2010 Gallup Poll (www.gallup.com/poll/111931/americans-hold-firm-support-death-penalty.aspx), 64 percent of our citizens support capital punishment. That compares with a high of 80 percent in 1994, which was the highest percentage since 1936. The low was 42 percent in 1966.

I understand why people want the death penalty. If someone I love was murdered, I would definitely feel that the killer should be executed, but more importantly, I do not want even one innocent person executed. I have heard people say that does not happen very often. How callously insensitive! Even one execution of an innocent person is unspeakably horrendous.

Murderers should be given a life sentence without possibility of parole. They then can be released if found innocent.

To the person who has no qualms about taking a life, even at the risk of taking an innocent life, I use the economic argument. The public believes execution saves money, but according to the Death Penalty Information Center (www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/illinois-legislature-votes-repeal-death-penalty), states are banning the death penalty, at least partly because of the cost. Because of legal fees of trials and appeals, it is much cheaper to care for a convict for life. New Jersey banned capital punishment in 2007. Fifteen states already have banned capital punishment. This move receives an added impetus from the current budget crisis in most states.

For the rest of you, I say, try to imagine anything worse than to be executed for a crime that you did not commit.

Darrell L. Shahan is a retired, politically active and concerned senior citizen. He worked in the electrical power industry for 38 years, was an apartment owner and manager for 30 years and a dairy farmer for five years.
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True Crime: New York City Review (Part 1 of 4)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Guess what? It's finally here folks! Er... Well part 1 anyway. The rest are on their way, but its not like anybody is anticipating my review. I hate the sound of my voice over the microphone (and yes, I am 18) so please don't flag me on that. I'm not doing this review to get massive notoriety, but rather to keep people from making the same mistake I made when I got this game. Please believe me when I say that i am NOT attempting to copy the AVGN or Fat Mann Judgeth (well maybe a little) in that I am not reviewing a retro game. I am reviewing a game that one could still buy in stores today for or so. I review modern games so people will not have to buy and play them. Also, modern games should have errors of the past fixed, but this game seemed to be an exception. Maybe it was because they rushed it out. Maybe they had a smaller budget, or maybe Exakt Entertainment screwed them over. In any case, if you love this game and think I'm an absolute dick, please feel free to say so. I'm open to all critisism. As long as i can keep one person from buying this game, I'll be happy. This video touches base on the game history, storyline and graphics. Thanks for watching (I'm not an angry person anyway).
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Killer Santa: 1961 TRUE CRIME CASE

1961 true crime case of Martin Dunn, a department store Santa who abducted a little girl and murdered her family. A candy cane used as a weapon! Hedge clippers wielded by a rat-chewing grandma! Body parts in gift wrapped parcels! Subtitles tell the tale of horror.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Ten FTW: Top 10 Banned Video Games (S02E30)

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The Fairy Princess Murder

Vintage 8mm home movie footage highlights the murder case of 6-year-old Laura Meadows, who was choked to death with her Fairy Princess wand after playing a fairy in her school play.
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True Crime: New York City review (Part 3 of 4)

Boy, don't you love the sound of my annoying whines in the evening? Well this here video covers a bunch of random bullcrap this game throws at you. The fact that I just threw a together clips of things that pissed me off was very unprofessional and renders the chronological sequence of my first two parts useless. But whatever! If I wanna make my review pointless and thrown together, I should be able to. But I digress... I would also like to thank Lex90210 for his comment on the beta testing for this game. I also feel like a plagerized the Fat Mann several times in this, so sorry UrinatingTree! Please watch and comment, cause part 4 will be here before the end of June... Maybe...
Video Rating: 0 / 5

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Three Levels Of The Criminal Justice Degree Online

Article by Andy West

You're one of the lucky ones. You know what field you want to study. You've been passionate about criminal justice for almost as long as you can remember, reading true crime books as a teenager and watching television crime dramas every night. You even know that you want to get your criminal justice degree online because you want the flexibility of being able to work on your degree from remote locations. You feel like you're ahead of the game. Many people don't know what they want to study or what kind of college is right for them. But now you're stuck and you're not quite sure what to do about it. There are too many different types of criminal justice degrees to choose from and you aren't quite sure which will lead you to the career you'll love.

The good news is that you've done the hard part already. You've found your passion. Now you just need to take a look at your work habits, your career aspirations and your school preferences. These thinks will tell you what kind of criminal justice degree online program is right for you. By narrowing down your focus on specific careers and the length of time that you'd ideally like to spend in school, you can determine what type of degree is best for you. You may find that all you need is an Associate's and you'll be ready for your dream job. Or you might find that six years of school is just skimming the surface of meeting your educational goals. Answering some tough questions about yourself now will help you figure out where you are on the spectrum of criminal justice study.

The first thing to ask yourself is what kind of job in criminal justice you might enjoy. It may be that you be happy working as an assistant to a lawyer. If so, a program that allows you to get a paralegal degree could be where you want to start with getting your criminal justice degree online. Perhaps you know that you'll be satisfied with nothing less than being able to do consulting on criminal justice research projects. In that case, you may need to get an advanced degree through a criminal justice degree online program. If you happen to have an idea what kind of job you want to do, you'll be able to find the right program fairly easily.

If you don't know what you want to do, that's okay. You probably do know some basic information about yourself. Think about your education preferences and your work habits. If you start an extensive program, will you finish it or will you get bored? If you know that nothing holds your attention for more than a year or two, you'll want to look at short-term certificates or a criminal justice online Associate's degree. In contrast, if you really love school but aren't quite ready for the working world, you may want to spend a number of years in school getting advanced degrees so that you can postpone getting out there in the real world and doing your job.

It can be extremely frustrating to get stalled in the process of moving forward in obtaining your dream job. However, when you look at the big picture, you'll see that it's not as big of a dilemma as it may feel like it is. If you already know that you want to get a criminal justice degree online, you really have figured out the most difficult part of the program. Selecting the specifics just requires making a few choices and being honest with yourself. You'll have that job in no time.

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Andy West is a writer for Virginia College. VC Online offers an accredited Criminal Justice Degree Online program. Please visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/.

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The Jacked-Up Truth About Steroids

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Article by Matthew Randazzo V

Attention, all grandstanding politicians, disgruntled sports fans, and anti-drug crusaders: don't waste your time trying to fight steroid use. You have a better chance eliminating caffeine from white-collar workplaces than you will compelling professional athletes to abstain from drugs that can legitimately make them stronger, faster, and more resilient. Likewise, it is beyond naive to expect bodybuilders, actors, models, and other professional (and amateur) narcissists to refrain from using drugs that can exponentially improve their physiques by promoting muscle growth and burning fat. The War on Drugs has been a failure in suppressing even those purely recreational drugs with the most ghastly side effects. The government cannot possibly manage to effectively outlaw any narcotic with the universal utilitarian appeal of anabolic steroids -- who doesn't want to be stronger, faster, tougher, and more physically appealing?

Anabolic steroids are drugs derived from the hormone testosterone that can be taken in a variety of formulas and methods of distribution, including orally, topically, and through injection. By increasing the level of testosterone in the human body, steroids promote protein synthesis and cellular growth in muscles, leading to an increase in muscle mass and strength and a decrease in the body's fat content. When combined with a vigorous exercise and diet routine, steroid consumption can lead to exponential increase in a user's strength, speed, size, ability to recover from injuries, and the definition of his physique. Anabolic steroid use nowadays is often combined with the consumption of Human Growth Hormone, another naturally occurring hormone that promotes cellular growth in muscles.

As shown by the doping revelations of world-class athletes as disparate as Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Evander Holyfield, and Marion Jones, steroid use is a ubiquitous feature in modern professional sports. It is not hard to understand why: steroids to a top athlete can mean immortality-granting world records, tens of millions dollars in salary and endorsement deals, superstardom, and an extra five years playing the sport they love. On the less glitzy end of the spectrum, steroid use is often necessary for even a great athlete to keep his job when competing with other athletes who are already doping. Anyone who expects professional athletes to resist the urge to use "performance enhancing drugs" when unimaginable fame, fortune, glory, and even their basic employment rests on their performance is to hold them to a superhuman moral standard accepted as realistic nowhere else in American society.

The dozens of major athletes who have been caught are therefore a tiny fraction of the total number of users. Sports leagues' drug-testing infrastructure and procedures are woefully outgunned by modern doping technology. Between all of the world's professional sports, there is a trillion dollar global market for technology that untraceably makes athletes bigger, stronger, faster, tougher, more resilient, and more marketable. In opposition to this enormous market pressure, sports leagues put in place under-funded drug-testing programs that are neutered from the start by the collective bargaining power of players' unions and by the self-interest of league management, which is reluctant to sternly enforce rules that would expose their top stars as drug users. Even if management and players unions sincerely sought to eliminate drug use, their technological and financial resources would be insufficient to compete with the space age doping industry. For example, even if anabolic steroids were eliminated, no accurate testing for Human Growth Hormone has yet been discovered. Sports fans would be best served by making peace with performance-enhancing drugs or abandoning sports fandom all together.

Though the effective suppression of steroid use is highly unlikely in professional sports or society at large, that does not mean that steroids are not still highly dangerous narcotics. Steroids, especially in high dosages, have many serious and some potentially fatal side effects. If used in moderate dosages under medical supervision, the side affects to steroids include elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, testicular shrinkage, severe acne, the growth of breast tissue, a decrease in sperm count, increased body hair growth, mood swings, manic rushes of energy comparable to mild amphetamine use, a shortened temper (the over-hyped "roid rage"), and masculinization in women. High, unsupervised dosages of steroids over a period of years can result in fatal damage to the human heart; longtime heavy steroid users can expect a marked increase in the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death.

The potentially catastrophic effects of steroid abuse have been demonstrated by the rash of deaths in the pro wrestling industry over the past fifteen years. Ever since bodybuilding fetishist Vince McMahon began to establish a monopoly over US pro wrestling in the 1980's, heavy steroid abuse has often been at a near universal level within the pro wrestling industry. Thanks to the business practices of promoters like McMahon, steroid abuse is a necessity for most pro wrestlers. Wrestlers are expected to maintain a cosmetically impeccable bodybuilder's physique over a never-ending, injury-laden schedule that includes no off-season or vacation time -- which is frankly impossible for most people without serious chemical help. As I reveal in my new book, Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and The Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry, this has contributed to deaths of countless well-known wrestlers in their thirties and forties, such as Eddy Guerrero and Brian Pillman, through cardiac ailments and related organ damage. Ask any hardcore wrestling fan: the news of yet another former TV star dying of "massive heart attack" in the prime of his life is never a surprise, just a grim anticlimax to be greeted with resignation and cynicism.

While pro wrestlers who wish to continue their careers often have little choice, there is little reason for steroid abuse to exist in society at large. Thanks to the criminalization of steroids by the government and the demonization of steroids by the media, steroid users are forced to obtain their doping fix through illegal, unregulated, and unmonitored channels as opposed to responsible and knowledgeable physicians. The only way to effectively minimize steroid abuse and its serious health repercussions would be if the media and government disseminated the information regarding steroids' truly scary side effects and encouraged those devoted users to seek a doctor's supervision. An aggressive "War on Drugs" style strategy against steroids will not affect the rate of steroid use but will result in countless unnecessary deaths, millions of dollars in profit for criminal smuggling cartels, and billions in wasted federal tax dollars.

©2008 Matthew Randazzo V

Author BioBorn to one of New Orleans' oldest and most colorful Sicilian families, Matthew Randazzo V is a novelist and true-crime writer with expertise in American organized crime and political corruption. He works professionally as the Senior Legal Consultant for a New Orleans commercial law firm, where he manages Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation projects.

For more information, please visit http://www.matthewrandazzo.com.

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Phoenix Books is a major force among independent publishers of books and audio books. Phoenix's recent and upcoming titles include works from Larry King, Bill Maher, Stephen Hawking, Gene Simmons, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Mike Gravel and Larry Flynt. Please visit http://www.phoenixbooksandaudio.com/books/bks_prodcuts/ringofhell.htm.

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The Killer Nuns: 1968 True Crime Case

Vintage 8mm home movie video highlights the true crime story of three nuns who were convicted of murdering a wealthy married couple, stealing their money, and opening up a house of prostitution servicing men with a "nun fetish".
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Prom Girl Murder: 1961 TRUE CRIME CASE

True crime case of Susan Hatcher, a 17-year-old who was murdered on prom night. Subititles tell the gruesome tale of her abduction and murder by a surprising abductor.

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Pauline Rowson Talking About Her Crime Novels - Nov 2010

Crime author Pauline Rowson in conversation with Tony Smith, talking about her marine mystery crime novels and thrillers, their location in the Solent area on the south coast of England and what inspires her.
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Some of the Great Crime Fiction and Film Noir Locations

Article by Vacation Rental People

Some places just make the perfect crime fiction locations; it may be the cold atmosphere in which you can almost see the spirit of death within the air. This has always been true of London, and more recently New York in films like David Fincher's Se7en and the Law and Order series. Then there are hot settings in which crime mixes seamlessly with the debauchery under a full summer's sun, here murder and drugs are often on the cards. So here are some of the great crime fictions, the characters who inhabit them, and the places they are set.

Los Angeles

You couldn't ignore Phillip Marlowe in any list of crime characters; he is Raymond Chandler's persevering protagonist and indispensable in the Noir canon. Chandler went a great way to make LA the home of sleaze and dodgy dealings and bodies turning up. It has carried on in this tradition ever since Chandler first started writing with Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard and even very recently with the Lethal Weapon films and the Robert Downey Jar vehicle Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Her Los Angeles is still awash with seedy goings on and no one is who they appear to be, fitting enough for a town full of actors.

While in fiction James Ellroy has been painting the town as one of perverts freaks and juiceheads. But to get to the best you maybe have to go to the original, and this is it. Phillip Marlowe is never shocked by what he sees, he knows his city too well, knows to expect the unexpected. The Big Sleep is a labyrinthine tale which twists and twists to a point beyond comprehension. Famously the director of the film adaptation, Howard Hawks, was at a loss to explain this most complicated of plots.


Miami finds itself as a more comical setting in crime fictions. This is consistently written about by Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, the latter portraying it as a pantomime of New Money and stupidity. Here is the home of Miami Beach condos, owned by small time crooks and hack plastic surgeons. In fiction and films it has become an emblem of distaste, where your unsophisticated crook may choose to hide out before finding some grizzly demise. Miami is a jet set town, full of partying and recreation, indeed it is mostly a tourist retreat, with many of the houses here being second or even third homes. Now it has got decidedly grizzlier, though retains that dark humour with television's Dexter in which we follow a conflicted serial killer working for the police.


London has always been a dark and treacherous setting at night, with many films taking their cues from the grim Ripper days. With its alleyways and dark streets it is perfect for those noises in the distances and dark figures scurrying off. Arthur Conan Doyle shaped the London aesthetic with Sherlock Holmes, as the town plays host to sinister goings on and elaborate plots, all waiting to be solved in the indefatigable gentleman detective.

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Heavy Rain Demo - Crime Scene Gameplay (HD 720p)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Heavy Rain Demo - Crime Scene Gameplay (HD 720p)

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Sherlock Holmes New Extended Movie Trailer [HD]

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sherlock Holmes New Extended Movie Trailer [HD] Director: Guy Ritchie Release: 12/25/2010 Genre: Action/Adventure Studio: Warner Brothers Website: sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyles most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. TAGS: Sherlock Holmes New Extended Movie Trailer [HD] machinima guy ritchie action adventure mystery crime warner brothers robert downy jr iron man jude law rachel mcadams mean guys csi epic win yt:quality=high FOR MORE MACHINIMA GOTO: www.youtube.com

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Classic Game Room HD reviews CATE WEST: THE VANISHING FILES for Nintendo Wii published by Destineer. Solve crimes using your Wiimote and picture analyzing skills in this clever mystery-puzzle solving game. With an E 10+ Rating Cate West is a game that can appeal to adults and kids alike as Cate uses some pseudo-telepathic skills to work with the police to solve a series of crimes. 15 chapters of crime solviing each with 5 parts makes for one massive game where Cate has to locate objects at crime scenes buried within pictures and then match them up with other pictures, spot the difference between pictures and eventually convict a criminal! Fans of these kinds of games and puzzles will find a well made game. CGRHD reviews games that are not the mainstream release because not every game needs to be the same game. This CGRHD review of Cate West The Vanishing Files has Wii gameplay footage from Cate West using the Wii controller as a magnifying glass to scan picture puzzles for clues! Classic Game Room HD reviews Wii games as a Wii reviewer reviewing Wii games like Cate West! cate west vanishing files review nintendo wii reviewed mystery crime fighting picture puzzle video game footage gameplay

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Book Review: Threshold by Bonnie Kozek

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Article by Simon Barrett

Threshold is a gritty little novel, definitely an in your face piece of writing, and a work that I greatly enjoyed. A mystery amidst the misery of skid row. What I was particularly impressed with was the amazingly accurate portrayal of life on the streets, the mental health issues that go untreated, the grime, and the ever present drugs. Although the setting in Threshold is Los Angeles this type of situation exists in every large city.

Having spent six years of my life working with an inner city homeless population, I have seen the real backdrop for Threshold with my own eyes. Even the way Bonnie Kozek describes the drug dealing is accurate, buyers, sellers, runners, lookouts. And drug users, so desperate for a hit they will steal, prostitute themselves, basically do anything for that 10 minute high.

On with the plot!

Our anti-heroine is Honey McGuinness, age unknown, but likely in her late twenties, a lady with more skeletons in the closet than clothes. Though not actually homeless herself, she finds solace in the anonymity that Skid Row affords. To pay the rent for the nameless space she lives in, part of a defunct factory, she helps out at the local Salvation Army soup kitchen. She is addicted to the concept of addictions, and this life suits her well. Her addictions are however short lived, a 1/5th of cheap liquor a day for a couple of months, three packs a day of cigarettes for a few weeks, drugs a plenty. But nothing sticks. Honey is a lady trying to escape her past.

The street does provide a kind of safety net for Honey. Working in the Salvation Army kitchen she gets to meet many of the regulars, one in particular catches her eye, Billy, maybe under different circumstances they could even have become lovers. Billy is not your run of the mill guy, often talking in riddles, or even just endlessly repeating seemingly disconnected words and phrases, he is none the less a person that Honey can relate to.

Hearing what can only be gunshots Honey discovers Billy crumpled on the ground, with horror she discovers blood, lots of it. Talking what is thought to be gibberish he dies in Honey's arms. She makes an interesting discovery, Billy has a tape recorder strapped to his waist, clearly one that was meant for concealment. One that law enforcement might use, but why would Billy be wired? Billy was hardly stuff that could make for an undercover agent. Who could possibly have wanted to kill this harmless street person and where did the recording device come from, what was its intended purpose?

Should Honey share this information with the police, or should she keep the recorder? Do the police even care that a homeless man has been killed?

To share more of the plot would spoil the story, you will have to read this one for yourself, but I will say this, if you don't read this book, you are missing out on a wild adventure. As rocker Lou Reed says, 'Walk on the wild side'.

Threshold makes for a riveting read, I suspect that author Bonnie Kozek has a great and fruitful career ahead of her as a mystery/crime writer. She has done a masterful job on character development with Honey McGuinness, and as I understand it Honey will be returning in the next book.

The most surprising aspect about Bonnie Kozek is her previous endeavors in the literary world, she does have two other books in print, but they are not fiction. Falling In and Out of Love . . . with Words, and Mania, a poetry book published in 2003. It seems a strange background, but I really think Bonnie Kozek has found her niche in Threshold. Threshold is an anything goes, a freewheeling adventure into a very murky world. This is an author to watch out for, she is here to stay!

You can get your copy from Amazon, and she also has a web site that is worth a visit.

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Simon Barrett is the senior editor for Blogger News Net and maintains a personal blog at Simon B. Now semi retired in the depths of Mississippi he has plenty of time to read books by up and coming authors.

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True Crime New York City (Playthrough) Part 2/65

Intro Act: Precinct Test (part 1). True Crime New York City Speedrun; Playthrough; Walkthrough.

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A Crime Scene Clean-up Center for People in Need Opens Nationwide

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Article by Fidel Dudley

The world of crime scene cleanup is evolving quicker then just about any industry. New companies are cropping up over night and many do not have the experience to accomplish jobs within a reasonable time. The 24hr crime scene cleaners specialists are dedicated crime scene cleanup engineers that can easily provide teams of cleaners according to the needs of the individual job. You will see that by having the proper number of people come to your property for your remediation of the crime scene or trauma scene you'll have your property returned to its rightful condition and you may have a very more affordable bill. It is because several one man operations will require days in order to complete a remediation job while the 24 hour crews can complete it in hours due to experience and man power.

As well as a pledge dedicated to excellence you may have the whole billing support that may work with you or your insurance company to offer the best rate for the crime scene cleanup. Most suicide cleanup, and many homicide clean up and death clean up calls are handled through available insurance providing the buyer with nothing to pay or near to nothing. This permits a family or business to start with the recovery process with no financial unexpected whole.

Since time is of the essence the sooner you call the to schedule the trauma cleanup job the fast we are able to complete the clean up tasks. Furthermore, each day of decaying and seepage you take more chances harm to your personal property and increase odor removal needs which can be time consuming when dealing with the odor of decomposing body tissue and sitting fluids.

We work with you and the insurance company to support in help with payment for the crime scene cleanup needs. We will always make use of the latest in techniques and have the most current qualifications for crime scene cleanup all to be used at your disposal and to help you. All laws and legal requirements are met through the cleanup service reps and you may always have got a supervisor give a final viewing to make sure all requirements were met after which a final disposal of anything that was removed.

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The Venus de Milo Murders

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Article by Jules Brenner

The Venus De Milo Murders - A novel by Dennis Manuel - Book review by Jules Brenner NewFiction.com.

A ritualistic serial killer sets this noirish story up in a prologue that details his gruesome methods in a slice by slice rendering of a female corpse into a human facsimile of the armless statue of Venus de Milo. His thoughts are of following the procedure required by his idol Brian, the original Venus de Milo killer, now in a hospital, dying. It's with some relief that author Dennis Manuel then switches the focus to his hero in an afternoon tryst with a detective named Nicole.

It's not out of prudishness that I'm less than impressed by a guy who enjoys a woman while being handcuffed to a bed at her insistence -- no matter how beautiful and hard-to-get the lady is who needs it done that way. But that's how the profile on ex-cop Tommy Fallon begins, further identified as the Porsche, Hummer, Jaguar-driving, Laphroig Scotch-drinking CEO and chief specialist of a high security business. Which position gives him the time and the freedom for such mid-day motel bed positions.

To make this kinky proclivity toward immobilization more aggravating, Nicole is on call, and when her phone goes off she's on her feet, dressed and about to run off without unbinding her lover. She has the thoughtfulness, however, to punch in an auto-dial number on his cell phone and lay it on his naked chest before leaving and locking the door. What a gal.

He feels the phone ring. Tifa, his trusted and seductive assistant, comes on the line with her British-island accent turned up to high excitement. She's about all hell breaking loose and the need for Tommy to get to the office immediately... until she acquires a complete understanding of her boss's current situation.

Twenty minutes later, the copper-skinned assistant is freeing and arousing the CEO while scolding and bringing him up to date about a dead body on the fully alarm-protected estate grounds of Jack Danner, his primary client and one of the richest and most formidable collectors in the art world.

A woman's corpse with no arms was found by Danner himself in the sculpture garden where the one-of-a-kind Mosler alarm system that Tommy installed had been breached. But how can a system that improves on the White House Rose Garden's and matches nothing less than that which protects the Louvre in Paris not prevent Jack Danner's grounds and art collection from intrusion? And what's the message in dumping a Venus de Milo body there?

Tommy can only conclude that either Danner or his manservant Hector had turned the alarm off, though they deny it. Danner--no stranger to secrecy--is, however, scared, and for reasons that go beyond posssible monetary loss or the chilling possibility that he's come to the attention of a serial killer. Is this violation a warning statement from old enemies, or new ones? His art world is not without the threat of dangerously greedy people as evidenced by the ubiquitous underground network of art forgery.

To ex-cop Fallon, it's the possible resurgence of a case he couldn't solve seven years ago. A case of six bodies of beautiful, respectable women with arms surgically removed. A case which, with the help of his dishonest, politically ambitious partner, Officer Frank Lubrani, caused the end of his career as a policeman.

But, though Tommy clearly would rather have nothing further to do with it, and let the proper agency deal with it, Danner wants to give him another chance to redeem himself while keeping whatever may be discovered under his own private wraps. The ex-detective resists... until Danner makes a two-part offer his service contractor can't refuse. First, a two million dollar fee. Second, not to announce that Tommy's vaunted security installations aren't dependable--something that would close the alarm expert down. Fallon's over a barrel by a secretive man whom he knows is hiding things but, if he's to hold on to his comfortable life, and if he's ever going to vindicate himself, Tommy's got to do the investigation... beginning in Paris.

"Why Paris?" "I spent time there." "Who or what am I looking for?" "You'll have to tell me." "Who are your enemies?" "I have so many... If I assume a particular enemy did this, I could be sending you off in the wrong direction."

Before Tommy goes he insists on only one thing: that Danner decide on a new alarm code that only he and Danner know. It's an astute precaution, and one that will bring his underground enemies to him--but not without being battered, stabbed and immersed into a swamp of art forgers, ruthless criminals and demented killers. Worse, the new, closely held code will bring both Nicole and Tifa under imminant lethal risk.

Manuel has crafted a delectable mystery thriller that moves with propulsive energy and admirable clarity. Moreover, he has carved out an original piece of the crime-setting pie on which to stage his game of cat and mouse--in which his main player is both. Though the law enforcement background of a Joseph Wambaugh novel isn't Manuel's strong suit, his mystery construction tells us that the author knows what he's doing. One of his most original concepts lies in Tifa demonstrating the audacious way in which a captive woman should treat her captor. Kudos for Tifa. Also well observed is the manner in which the rich communicate with those who are in their peripheral interest but below their station.

Which shows also that the author knows a thing or two about character and motivation, allowing him to keep the plot spicy and suspensefully boiling. With his hero's taste for liquor, wine, art, the music of Leadbelly, cars and a few other interests that provide personal texture, his special area of expertise is his women, who are fleshed out with distinctive personality. Will we get to know why Nicole needs to handcuff a lover in a sequel?

As one reads and approaches the climactic events, it's realized that Tommy is a man of more substance than the superficial playboy of chapter one. It's not until we tune into how far he's willing to go in the defense of a loved one that we connect to him emotionally, making his dogged pursuit more compelling. My suggestion to the author would be to somehow foreshadow much earlier the staunch decency of his nature.

This novel isn't published through the usual channels. Tom Lopilato presents it in the format of an audio book on his NewFiction.com site in a rather brilliantly realized production with a cast of exceptional readers, music, sound effects and changing graphics. With the possible exception of the actor who reads for Tommy Fallon, the voices are perfectly matched to the characters by actors who bring them alive.

The problem I had with the Fallon actor is that he immediately comes off as a New York wise guy with attitude, when a less aggressively pushy timbre might achieve a more immediate connection to the hero and to the piece itself. Maybe Christian Slater? Leonardo DiCaprio? But the bottom line is that the production makes an impressive vehicle for Manuel's lively and compelling story.

Besides running the audio book online, the written text may be downloaded to email, cell phones and other digital media. Experience it.

About the Author

Jules Brenner reviews books at variagate.com. Dennis Manuel's book is available at newfiction.com

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