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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

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Nintendo literally change the game, and it is only the beginning, that veteran gamers love it or not. As they attract new customers, the elderly, youth, girls who don 't video games and game people already watching down on them, we can take a brief look at the company itself. Founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889, Nintendo has begun in the game of cards Thursday Today the company is led by Satoru Iwata, the fourth and current president. Nintendo is one of the largest companies in Japan and was instrumental (if not the sole catalyst) by recreating the video game market. Nintendo 's near monopoly on the market of home video game was left with a degree of influence over the industry exceeding even that of Atari during the Atari' s heyday of the early 80 years and now it seems that Ninendo sells less but earns more money.

It has been profitable almost every year since he entered the video game industry over two decades ago and has long been a dominant position in the game held in the hand, developed a strategy to focus on playability. The company has recently gone on record to admit that a request is simply much higher than supply for their current Wii and Wii adapted while the DS is up 142% over last year. The company 's own employees were even placed on a strict limit purchasing system Wii. The company said it wants to be the company's play that puts smiles on the faces of people of all ages and genres, and after sales of Wii and Wii adapted, there is likely to be grimaces all around HQ. Nintendo ', the official website of his saw the greatest increase in traffic recently, while the website of Sony PlayStation saw a moderate decrease. The company 's products are actually cheaper than the competition and are one of the directors of the oldest and most successful gaming console. If you want a console plays games or you employs for the year won 't go far wrong with Nintendo.

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Porn Stars' Favorite Video Games


IGN hit the Adult Entertainment Expo to ask what games do adult entertainers play and love? From Zork to Mario Kart, the answers may surprise you. IGN's YouTube is just a taste of our content. Get more: www.ign.com Want this week's top videos? Sign up go.ign.com
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Never Again Good-Bye

Article by Nola Redd

When Wes catches a strange woman taking pictures of his seven-year old daughter at the park, he calls the police on the probable kidnapper. But Laney has no malice towards either of them; she simply longs to see the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. At first she only wants to look. But once she finds out that Amy's adopted mother passed away, she decides that she wants to take part in the child's life. The ensuing battle results in a surprising conclusion.

In Never Again Good-bye, Terri Blackstock travels the emotional road of an adoptive parent who fears he will lose his daughter - and of a mother who made a mistake that changed her life forever. This story deviates from previous Blackstock novels I have read, which have all been true-crime stories. In this novel, the first of the Second Chances series, Blackstock focuses completely on the emotional and spiritual development of two people who are both allowed a second chance. I suspect this was one of Blackstock's transitional novels, resulting from her change from Harlequin romances to spiritual stories. Although I enjoyed the story, I did miss the life-and-death struggles that are definitely Blackstock's forte.

The story itself was strong, although I was surprised at Wes' acceptance of such an odd solution. It certainly isn't a story I could see unfolding in general adoptive circumstances. However, Blackstock creates realistic and credible characters. Both Laney and Amy respond appropriately to the situation. Most of the time, I thought Wes did, as well. However, I did feel Wes' reactions to be a little out of place. The story itself didn't seem fully believable, and so I felt Wes was forced into the role, instead of moving there naturally.

The emotions for all characters shine through in distinct realistic form. Laney's loss, Wes' fear, and Amy's childish confusion - all seem like viable feelings, echoing out from the page. I enjoyed this novel, though not as much as the crime novels, but I think part of the reason was the unexpectedness, the change in style. Having recently worked my way through the Newpointe 911 series and the Cape Refuge series, I was not expecting a straight emotional journey. On reflection, the novel was as well written as its predecessors, once my expectations had shifted.

Blackstock has managed again to capture intriguing characters and situations and kept the reader close to the story. I was intrigued by the notion of a relationship between adopted and birth parents, and, though I thought it could have used a bit more development, still found it intriguing.

About the Author

Nola Redd is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Poetry Contests. You can enjoy more of her book reviews in her Biblio-file.

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'The Roommate' TV Spot - Discover Yourself


A TV Spot for The Roommate which hits theaters on February 4, 2011. In college, it's about discovering who you are...and who you want to become Studio: Screen Gems Release: February 4, 2011 Director: Christian E. Christiansen Writer: Sonny Mallhi Cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka, Danneel Harris, Frances Fisher, Billy Zane Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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Plotting a Crime Fiction Novel Using Freemind


A basic giude of how to write a simple crime fiction plot using freemind


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TELEVISION SHOWS OF THE FUTURE

Article by TV Oldies

These are my predictions of Television shows that may air in the not too distant future. Always looking to break new ground, I think these shows may be exactly what TV execs will promote.

1) LONG DISTANCE

Every week our moderator talks "live" to real dead people to solve past mysteries, crimes, and incidents involving these people. On this weeks program we will try to reach "Jack the Ripper" to find his true identity. Be sure to tune in, along with the British Royal Family, as we try to finally end the controversy over his identity. We are sponsored this week by Benihana.

2) AXE MY EX

Each week a different man, woman, or anything in between targets their former marriage partner for assassination. They get to choose their preferred method of execution. This week Elsa, Gwen, and Annie decide their bigamist ex-husband should be buried alive under a dump truck load of bull manure. They state that this is for all the "BS" they had to endure during their marriages to this man. This weeks program is sponsored by the city of Pamplona, Spain.

3) GOVERNMENT CHEATERS

We receive letters and emails from across the country nominating a local, state, or U.S. officeholder for surveillance, confrontation, and impeachment. We pick one out and dispatch a film crew to catch this person in the act. This week we air an episode where we go after a Western U.S. Senator and impeach him for an earmark to a jobs bill which allowed his hometown to build a sexual fantasyland called "Rawhide" in this Senator's hometown. The sponsor for this weeks show is Dream Leather.

4) The 100 GAZILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT

This weekly gameshow involves Fortune 500 companies competing for the grand prize of a 100 gazillion dollar bailout. Folks at home can also enter the Rocketing Inflation Homegame. As these bailouts are paid out, gigantic inflation increases are registered on the Inflationmeter. A home contestant sends in a number and if it matches the final Inflationmeter reading after the last bailout, the home contestant wins million dollars (worth about fifty cents before taxes in today's money). Our sponsors this week are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

5. MEET THE ALIENS

Every week 2 people are chosen to visit an alien planet to be studied by the inhabitants. Emma Peabody and Stu Mitchell were selected by the ambassador from Alpha Centauri 6, and, after arriving at Area 51, they were transported to that planet. After an enjoyable week with the Centaurions, Emma's only complaint was the moving of something big in her abdomen. Stu, on the other hand, was fine except for a sharp pain when he sat down. He did mention something about a probe that was misplaced by an Alpha Centaurion college student. This show is sponsored by Orbitz.

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About the Author

Larry Roberts - a Baby Boomer who grew up when the new media of Television was also coming of age. Television has gone from vicarious entertainment, to "reality" shows, and is heading towards "unreal" programing. The History Attic


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Gone Tomorrow


Animated video for Lee Child's 2009 book GONE TOMORROW which accompanies BookandBeyond's UK eBook edition of his previous book, NOTHING TO LOSE.

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Video Games and Choice


www.gamasutra.com Episode Five in my series of video "lectures," made in association with Gamasutra. Co-written with James Portnow, cofounder of Divide By Zero Games. This episode marks our first entry of Game Design Corner, where we look specifically at elements of game design. Loosely modeled after Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Zero Punctuation reviews. I can be reached at floydo_animation at yahoo dot com. James can be reached at jportnow at gmail dot com. Like the intro/outro music? Download the full tracks here! Penguin Cap www.carbohydrom.net Illusional Hop Download the full album at the artists' website! www.baddudesmusic.com
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Vigilante Justice -- When the Law Fails

Article by Harry N. MacLean

People take the law for granted, until it fails. We assume that the man who steals our car or breaks into our house will be prosecuted and punished. What happens when that assumption is no longer valid? When the law fails to protect the citizens and punish the lawbreakers?The small town of Skidmore, Missouri found out on July 10, 1981, when Ken Rex McElroy was shot to death as he sat in his pickup on the main street of town. McElroy had waged a twenty-year reign of terror over all of northwest Missouri, getting away with almost every crime in the book: rape, arson, kidnapping, burglary, theft, assault, you name it. The law seemed powerless to stop him; witnesses changed their stories; judges recused themselves from his cases; prosecutors dismissed indictments; the town marshal resigned. I told the story of McElroy's reign of terror, his shooting, and the ensuing silence by the numerous witnesses to the murder in the book In Broad Daylight, which was published by HarperCollins in 1989, and which won an Edgar Award for Best True Crime and was made into a movie starring Brian Denehey. I revisited the story in a twenty-five year anniversary edition of the book published by St. Martins Press in December 2006. This edition contains startling new information on the killing and the identity of the killers. It is not surprising that after all this time the witnesses to the killing still have not talked about what they saw that hot July morning. You might hear them say something like "McElroy needed killing," and what they mean is that the town believed it had no choice but to take the law into its own hands. In their view, the town had returned to the lawlessness of the frontier days, when individuals undertook their own protection at the end of a barrel. Indeed, McElroy was stalking, with a weapon, several witnesses who were scheduled to testify against him in a bond revocation hearing the next week. You can argue whether what happened that day was morally right or wrong. On Larry King Live, King opined that taking a life outside the law was never the right thing to do. Others argue that it should have happened long before it did. Behind the discussion is a very basic principle of civilized society, a contract between the government and its citizens: you give up the right to enforce the law and punish lawbreakers in exchange for the government's promise to do it for you. Put your weapons away and the government--in the form of the criminal justice system--will protect you. In general, when one party fails to a contract fails to live up to his obligations the other party is released from his promise. If the government cannot protect me, I am entitled to protect myself. If the law t cannot protect the town, the town is entitled to protect itself, to "take the law into its own hands," as the saying goes. It's a scary notion in many ways, and it certainly sets a dangerous precedent, in effect allowing individual citizens to decide when they are entitled to engage in "self help." One of the most intriguing aspects of the story was the very fragile nature of what we call law and order. We might think that the criminal justice system is rooted in reality through law and courts and cops; the fact is, the criminal justice system is rooted in perception. Once the people no longer believe that it works, it no longer works. If witnesses no longer believe the law can protect them, that it can catch and punish the lawbreakers, they won't come forward to testify. Cops won't put their lives on the line. Citizens won't go to their neighbors' aid. In the last few weeks of his life, McElroy had reduced the town of Skidmore to a community where it was every man for himself. When McElroy fired his shotgun over a house in the middle of the night, the neighbors turned away. McElroy, of course, finally pushed the town to far. When the people, with good reason, lost their faith in the system, when they felt exposed and vulnerable to the raging of a violent sociopath, they undertook to solve the problem themselves, they exercised the fundamental right of self-protection. If there is a lesson to be learned in this cautionary tale, it's that the criminal justice system in the end is about protecting the citizens and when the citizens fail to perceive that the system is doing its job the descent into lawlessness is rapid and certain.

About the Author

Author of In Broad Daylight, the story of the killing of the town bully in Skidmore Missouri in 1981, still unsolved in spite of 45 witnesses. Also the author of Once Upon A Time, the true story of a man convicted of murder based on his daughter's repressed memory. A former law professor and practicing attorney in Denver.


In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri
Once Upon a Time: A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law



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One Missed Call


In this remake of the Japanese horror film "Chakushin Ari" (2003), several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves -- messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths. Director of this movie is Eric Vallete. Writers are Andrew Klavan (screenplay) and Yasushi Akimoto (Novel). . Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller. Tagline is: What will it sound like when you die. Release data below. Country Date USA 4 january 2008 Singapore 10 january 2008 Bulgaria 25 January 2008 Estonia 1 February 2008 Venezuela 1 February 2008 Belgium 6 February 2008 Argentina 7 February 2008 UK 8 February 2008 Iceland 15 February 2008 Turkey 15 February 2008 Slovakia 28 February 2008 Italy 7 March 2008 Germany 20 March 2008 Japan 17 May 2008
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Talk Radio Interview with Pauline Rowson

Sunday, February 13, 2011


UK Crime writer talks about her marine mystery crime novels with Hannah Murray. An extract from the interview on Talk Radio Europe's book show where Pauline Rowson discusses her ideas and plots, her Inspector Horton detective novels, with cover images and scenes of where her novels are set in the Solent area on the south coast of England..

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The Mystery of the Spanish Chest {3/4}


This whodunit series based on Agatha Christie's crime novels and short stories, is named after its star sleuth, Hercule Poirot, a famous former Belgian policeman, who settled for good in London after the war, soon so famous as an infallible private detective that he becomes a society figure in his own right. In each episode Poirot gets to solve a crime mystery -mostly murder(s)- for a paying client or otherwise catching his attention, generally along with his faithful English sidekick Captain Hastings and/or his Scotland yard 'friendly rival' Detective Chief Inspector Japp. Starring: David Suchet ; Hugh Fraser; Pauline Moran & Philip Jackson Disclaimer: I do not own this content, I am sharing this series as a fan. Copyright belongs to BBC.
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Cognitive Critters Might Boost Literary Fiction Novel Sales

Article by Bill Stephens

Ok, I'll admit it. I lack what it takes to write serious literary fiction. Stephen King settled that issue for me in his book, On Writing, when he said, "You will never be a great writer unless you are born with it." Great writers must be passionate about something, right? I'm only passionate about things I shouldn't eat or drink.

So the arrogance of someone so lacking as myself, offering up a thesis that literary fiction doesn't sell and inferring that cognitive critters might solve that problem, is not lost on me. But even the most calloused devotees of esoteric fiction among publishing gurus, are hard pressed to make the case that a Nobel Prize winner will outsell a good murder mystery, thriller, or diet book.

Obviously there is a market for literary fiction. I buy lots of it myself. James Lee Burke, recently nominated for a National Book Award, wrote the only crime genre fiction I've ever read. Among that dedicated cadre of serious readers that have not already jumped ship for nonfiction, there remains a market for quality fiction. Not a huge market, but a market nonetheless.

What's the problem? The characters in literary fiction spend so much time thinking; they never get around to doing anything. They constantly are confronted with deep issues of: Who am I? Why am I here? What should I do? Where am I going? Why can I not love/be loved? What if I'm wrong? What if I'm right? Why is life more difficult than it has to be? Who out there makes my life more difficult than it has to be, and a myriad of other "Oh, woe is me" considerations. There just is no time left to do much. This leaves heaps of the reading public wondering, "Is something ever going to happen in this book."

Yet, during this stultifying process of self-examination, these characters and we readers constantly rub up against all of God's creatures both large and small. Some of these creatures we make into pets. Some we watch with unfeigned interest in the wild or in cages. Some we feed. Some we nuke with pesticides. Some we eat. Some we squash unknowingly underfoot. Some we train to do tricks. Some we shoot for sport. Some we just enjoy. But none of these do we assign any cognitive powers except for "fight or flight" responses, and occasionally mistaking the attention our pets pay to us as affection - when in reality they probably are thinking, "Oh, boy! It's the food guy."

I have a friend, Leopoldo Solis, who is the guru to the tequila producers in Mexico. He has developed processes that tamed tequila from a muy macho kick your ass drink, into a delightful sipping beverage. One of those processes is playing Mozart to the yeast as they contentedly munch away on cactus juice during fermentation. He has presented academic papers illustrating the increase in ethyl alcohol production and the decrease in impurities created by these music loving yeast.

If the lowly yeast can enjoy classical music, then maybe we do Nature's woodland creatures a disservice by denying them any cognitive powers. Here might be the salvation of literary fiction. What if we let the characters do lots of fun, interesting, creative, exciting, mysterious, fulfilling, and/or amazing things - while letting the creatures that the characters encounter do the heavy thinking about what is happening to them. The reader gets the best of all genres - plus completely new perspectives on life and the world around us.

I had this idea while in the shower. I shouted the traditional, "Eureka," ran naked though the house to my computer, and launched this entirely new genre of fiction. The first manuscript is complete under the working title, VAMONOS! In Quixote-esq fashion, two guys ride their Harley's through Mexico seeking redemption for sins of the flesh.

The result of my effort is not great literary fiction for the reason stated above by Stephen King. In fact, most would call VAMONOS! a hilarious, action-packed romp. But nestled amongst all this whirl of activity, adding depth and meaning, are the musings of the creatures encountered by the characters. Ruminations like, "Who out there keeps jerkin' me around? Why? and, How about cuttin' this crap out?"

I'm enough convinced that this new genre of fiction has a future, that I am well into the second novel. I urge all of you literary authors, more gifted at birth than myself, to let a few cognitive critters do some thinking to free up your character's time. They then can get off their butts and do something; possibly winning back some of the literary fiction market.

Anyway, that's what I think, but I could be wrong. What do you think?



About the Author

Bill Stephens has written for newspapers and periodicals for over 20 years. You can read his novel, Horizons Past, for free on http://www.horizonspast.com. His essays appear on his Blog, Read It and Weep http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/billstephens

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Consummate Writers of Crime Fiction

Article by Peter Damien Ryan

Up there with Michael Connelly, John Lescroart and James Lee Burke are always on my list to check for their latest when I trawl through a bookstore.

They are writers who always give pleasure and reward you for waiting for their latest. That reward is doubled when, while waiting, you begin to re-read their novels again - from the very beginning of their series.

While I love British crime thrillers and mysteries just as much as I do American ones, there is no doubting that these two authors are American - so well do they evoke a 'feel' for the particularity of American society and cultural idiom - and uniquely American contexts and locales.

As a fan of top fiction crime books, I have regularly read John Lescroart's novels over the years and am pleased to report that from the first to the last he has maintained a very high standard of writing - maintaining characters who are believable and fallible, yet people we can relate to as fellow human beings - if not identify with their particular jobs and challenges.

I find his creation of Dismas Hardy a protagonist worth pursuing as the author constantly (from book to book) keeps him real and growing - just like we do - through the ups and downs of daily life.

John Lescroart's creation of Dismas Hardy lines up equally with Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder and Burke's Dave Robicheaux.

I haven't read his Hunt Club with new protagonist "Wyatt Hunt" yet - but I cannot imagine it not having the same adherence to consistently good plotting and fascinating characterisations.

James Lee Burke is a writer of quietly exquisite prose - an almost an elegiac writing style - that breathes atmosphere from the very page and is so evocative of the place (the Louisiana bayous) you can feel it even if you haven't been there.

Up there with Harry Bosch and Matt Scudder, Burke's Dave Robicheaux is a protagonist worth reading every book for. And, almost on an equal par, is his other 'hero' Billy Bob Holland (Cimarron Rose; In the Moon of the Red Ponies).

As befits the South, his books are at once pensive, finely balanced and paced as he relates tales that acknowledge the flaws in people and the way in which they still can come through - even in the face of human violence - to person, place or ideals.

As with Lescroart and in many other great mystery novels, Burke manages to hook you into the lives of his characters so that you are as keen to follow their lives as well as the unfolding stories themselves.

His books are the very best fiction books for the discerning book worm who loves this genre.

Although not the subject of this little article, I might mention Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder. With the Scudder novels Block is at his mordant best and the books are also thoughtful, richly textured and peopled by unforgettable characters who are among Block's most enduring creations: such as Scudder's wife Elaine, streetwise sidekick TJ; old buddy, Mick Ballou, the murderous and hard-drinking Irish mobster with a deeply philosophical streak.

As with Lescroart and Burke, Block joins the likes of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais in giving us consistently good reads from book to book.

No pulp fiction hacks; so contrived plotting, formulaic writing and predictable denouements are not a part of the repertoire for these authors. Enjoy them!

Peter Damien Ryanhttp://www.readingbooks-4fun.com



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I have built a website all about discovering and reading top fiction books. It is a personal site, but I invite your comments and contributions. Cheers



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DNA freed them from prison — but law loophole traps them in poverty

By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
5:56 p.m. EST, February 12, 2011

Larry Bostic, who spent 19 years in Florida prisons for a rape and robbery he did not commit, is now on food stamps. So is Orlando Boquete, who served 13 years for a rape committed by someone else. Anthony Caravella, an innocent man convicted of murder, slept in a homeless shelter for months after his release from prison.

"I was putting him up in hotels when I could," admits his lawyer, Diane Cuddihy, executive chief assistant with the Broward County public defender.

Three years ago, Florida lawmakers passed a bill designed to pay people such as Bostic, Boquete and Caravella who should have never been sent to prison: If you were wrongfully convicted, you would get $50,000 for each year you were locked up.

But so far, none of the 12 Florida men cleared by DNA has been able to collect a penny under that statute. That's because it includes a "clean hands" provision — language that bars the state from paying anyone who has a felony conviction. Only one of the 12 meets that standard.
As a consequence, several of those men, most having spent more than 20 years in prison, live in poverty.

"It's just crazy," said John Blue, a former judge on the Second District Court of Appeal in Tampa who tried but failed to convince legislators in 2008 to take out that restriction.

"It's a nice bill. It looks good on paper, but it eliminates at least 90 percent of the people," said Barbara Heyer, a Fort Lauderdale civil-rights lawyer who represents Caravella. She says he can't collect because he has some form of juvenile record "that no one seems to be able to produce."

Because of the one-felony-no-money provision, Heyer and other lawyers are looking elsewhere, hoping to collect damages for their clients. She sues the cops who made the bad arrests.

Sometimes, lawyers go to the state Legislature, asking lawmakers to pass a "claims bill" that would pay a specific sum to a former inmate. That has worked for two of the 12 men cleared in Florida by DNA:

•Wilton Dedge, 49, who spent 22 years in prison for a Brevard County rape he did not commit. He won a $2 million payout in 2005.

•Alan Crotzer, 50, imprisoned 24 years for a Tampa-area home invasion and pair of rapes that he had no part of. He was paid $1.25 million in 2008.

This session, two men exonerated by DNA have claims bills pending. Neither is expected to pass.

One would pay $1.7 million to Bostic, who spent 19 years in prison for a Broward County rape he did not commit. He now works for $8.25 an hour as a dishwasher and cook at a Fort Lauderdale chili parlor. He was freed in 2007.

"They gave me $100 when I was released from prison and nowhere to go," said Bostic, 54. He lived in a homeless shelter for six months. "It's not right."

The other bill pending is on behalf of William Dillon.

Dillon would have collected $1.35 million from the state of Florida — $50,000 for each of the 27 years he was locked up — if not for a prior felony.

That crime? Possession of one Quaalude tablet found during a drunken-driving stop in Seminole County in 1979.

A bill was introduced last year that would have paid Dillon the $1.35 million. It went nowhere. A new bill this year would pay $810,000 to Dillon, who went to prison for a Brevard County murder until DNA tests on a bloody T-shirt proved that someone else had worn it.

"I feel if someone's been wrongfully incarcerated, they need to be compensated appropriately," said Florida Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, a sponsor of the Dillon bill.

Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger opposes any payment to Dillon. Wolfinger would not discuss the matter with the Orlando Sentinel, but in a 2009 letter to a special master, who was appointed to review evidence, Wolfinger wrote that he thinks Dillon is guilty — that the shirt was contaminated with someone else's DNA, but that doesn't exonerate Dillon.

Wolfinger wanted to retry him, the prosecutor wrote, but the crime was in 1981, and nine witnesses have died.

Dillon now lives in North Carolina.

Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte is one of Dillon's lawyers. Dillon and other exonerated inmates deserve $50,000 a year — perhaps more — based solely on the labor they performed while in prison, he said.

"We now have citizens of Florida who are working for Florida for free," D'Alemberte said. "I think we used to call that slavery."

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CRIME FICTION

Saturday, February 5, 2011


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Pauline Rowson talks to Rob Richardson about developing the characters for her marine mystery crime novels and thrillers during an interview on Express FM




Pauline Rowson talks to Rob Richardson of Express FM about her marine mystery crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged Inspector Andy Horton, her thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill, and she discusses point of view.

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