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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/.












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Sunday, March 20, 2011


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A Review of The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Article by C. M. Clifton

The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights, by Faye Kellerman, is a collection of mostly crime fiction short stories, each having a brief introduction by the author. Published by Warner Books, ISBN: 978-0-446-53039-2, the book is likely to appeal to readers who enjoy mystery and suspense fiction.

Known for her crime fiction novels featuring L. A. homicide detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Decker's Orthodox Jewish wife, Kellerman includes two previously unpublished Decker/Lazarus short stories within her collection. The sleuthing pair is as interesting and complex in "The Garden of Eden" and "Open House" as they are in the novels. Kudos to Faye Kellerman for maintaining Decker and Lazarus's characterizations in the short stories. The story "Bull's-Eye" is another short story that features the Decker clan, only this time readers are also introduced to Cindy Decker as she and her father work to solve a case. Again, Kellerman succeeds in keeping Peter Decker true to his fictional self and to readers by maintaining his character of being a concerned, supportive father in "Bull's-Eye."

My other favorites among the stories that comprise the collection are "The Stalker," "Mummy and Jack," "Bonding," "Mr. Barton's Head Case," and "Holy Water." While I actually enjoyed all of the crime fiction, these stories stood out for several reasons. The twist at the end of "The Stalker" is one of the best that I have recently read. I enjoyed "Mummy and Jack," a collaboration between Faye Kellerman and her son, Jesse, for its tone, voice, style, and dark humor. "Bonding" is one of my favorites because of its ending and its hard-boiled edge. "Mr. Barton's Head Case" entertained me with its cross genre appeal and its well done blend of crime fiction and speculative fiction. "Holy Water" is a favorite because I found it unique and imaginative.

My least favorites of the collection are "Free Parking," "The Luck of the Draw," "Small Miracles," and "The Summer of My Womanhood." The reason I liked them less was because they were not crime fiction stories. They were all well-written, but they appeared out of place to me in this particular collection. However, the book's blurb did mention that the collection contained other writing that offered "readers glimpses into Kellerman's private life." Still, I would have enjoyed the collection even more if the book had only contained crime fiction short stories.

Overall, I do not regret having bought the book. I like supporting good fiction, especially good short fiction as the short story can sometimes seem like it is becoming a vanishing literary art form. Despite my slight disappointment that the book did not contain a few more crime fiction stories, I think the collection was worth reading, and recommend that readers, particularly those who enjoy short crime fiction, read The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights.

About the Author

C. M. Clifton is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Creative Writing.

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How to Remove Mold and Clean Up Crime Scene

Article by July

Bill Tyrrell of Triage BioClean Services became a mold removal specialist after discovering what a health hazard mold truly is. He later branched out and now is also an expert in crime scene cleanup. In these articles, he shares some wisdom he has learned from years on the job.

How Mold Impacts Your Health: Mold releases tiny neurotoxins that can impact your health in a number of ways. Read more about the dangers of mold here.

How to Deal With Mold in Your Home: Here, Tyrrell outlines a few basics in dealing with a mold problem in your home.

Tips on How to Prevent Mold: Mold is one of the worst health problems that can exist in your home. Here are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your home or workplace remains mold free.

Dangers of Meth Use: We all have heard about the scourge of methamphetamine. This article outlines the true dangers of this horrific drug.

When to Get Professional Meth Lab Testing: If a realtor has disclosed to you that a property was once a meth lab, regardless of whether or not it's been cleaned, Tyrrell recommends calling a professional to conduct further testing.

How to Spot a Meth Lab In Your Neighborhood: Most meth is home grown in little residential towns just like yours. Here, Tyrrell outlines some tips on how to spot a meth lab in your neighborhood. If you've got a meth cleanup problem on your hands, Tyrrell can take care of your mess.

How to Become a Crime Scene Cleaner: Here are a few examples of the skill sets and knowledge required of anyone who wants to do crime scene cleanup.

What Crime Scene Cleanup Is: We have all seen crime scenes on TV shows, but in reality, these messy events need skilled hands to clean up the mess after the cops are gone.

Why to Hire a Professional Crime Scene Cleanup Company: Crime scene cleanup professionals are the second call you should always make after a crime has taken place. In addition to doing mold testing and remediation, Triage BioClean offers a complete methamphetamine lab testing and cleanup as well as crime scene cleanup.

Bill Tyrell is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find a mold removal specialists at http://local.yodle.com/articles or more mold removal articles at Yodle Local.

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Crime Writing - Ten Cliches to Avoid

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Article by William Meikle

Crime fiction is big business at the moment, but there are certain situations that have been overplayed so much that they have become genre cliches and everybody knows what to expect next. Here are ten cliches you should try to avoid and thoughts on how to subvert the cliches if you do decide to use them.

Cops and Doctors

You can find this perennial favourite in both crime and historical fiction. You'll see it in ER, NYPD Blue and in cross -genre shows like the X Files. The doctor says "OK but only for a minute" or "It's touch and go. The next few hours will be crucial" or "It could be minutes, it could be days... you never know with coma cases" The policemen usually say nothing. They just stand around and chew the scenery in frustration.

Mulder and Scully actually spend a lot of their time hanging around in hospitals but you don't notice so much because the patients aren't your run of the mill criminals or witnesses.

And that's the way to get around this one. Get a new twist and add some tension. Maybe the patient is related to either the cop or the doctor. Or maybe the doctor is an amateur detective and knows better than the cop? But beware of the "Dick Van Dyke" syndrome... that leads you into a whole new area of cliche

The New Partner

In this scenario a veteran cop has to get a new partner after the death of his old one. The rookie is either keen as mustard and eager to please, or burned out from personal problems. It's probably best known in modern times from the Lethal Weapon movies. Screenwriters tried to add some tension early in the series by having Mel Gibson as a borderline suicide case, and that gave the first film an edge; but it was lost in later instalments. By the time the fourth movie came came along they had fallen so deeply into a buddy movie relationship that all drama was lost in favour of light comedy.

You need to do some serious subverting if you want to use this situation. People have tried having a dog as the buddy in K9, having their Mom as the buddy in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, and having foreigners as the buddy in big Arnie's Red Heat.

Outside the strictly police procedural we've also had the robot buddy in Robocop, the ghost buddy in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), the alien buddy in Alien Nation, the magician buddy in Jonathan Creek, the ex-serviceman buddy in both Sherlock Holmes and Poirot. The list just goes on and on.

However you do it, filling in the blanks is easy in this scenario. What you need is something new. How about having the cop being given a politician doing a meet-the-people stint. Or, on a completely tasteless but might be funny level, how about the schizophrenic cop who is his own buddy?

The Rookie in the Morgue

Once only the province of young students in Quincy, this one now turns up on TV in the CSI franchise or Crossing Jordan and in print in the Kay Scarpetta books. There are usually two ways this one can proceed. Either the young cop rushes out, hand at mouth, or he stands still, icily cold and detached, as the autopsy proceeds.

Inspector Morse tried to subvert this situation by having the old timer as the squeamish one, but how about having the rookie as the pathologist?

Whatever you do, try not to give the pathologist a chance to be smug and patronizing while explaining large chunks of the plot. In the UK, this is overdone in Silent Witness and Waking the Dead, and is just a lazy way to advance the story.

The Cantankerous Lieutenant Chews Out The Cop

In films and television shows this happens to every protagonist, and Clint Eastwood for one must be tired of it. In the Dirty Harry series he was rarely out of his boss's office.

It usually ends up with the lieutenant and the cop snarling at each other, so how about having one of them being completely calm and laid back? Or how about having one of them being deaf?

And if you must write this scene, please don't use lines like "I'll have your badge for that", or "I'm not covering for you this time"

The Slimy Defence Lawyer

This one was a hot favourite on NYPD Blue and was guaranteed to get right up Sipowitz's nose. Once you've introduced the sharp suit, the slick hairstyle and the briefcase, this guy will inevitably say, "My client has no further comment," or "You had no right to talk to him without me there." Everybody knows the rest.

Again, serious though is needed to bring a new twist to this situation. Your lawyer could be an ex-cop who knows all the moves, or a relative or lover of one of the cops? How about a lawyer defending himself? Or a counter-culture lawyer covered with tattoos and piercings?

Whatever you do try to come up with some creative invective. Slimeball, sleazeball, reptile and shyster have all been overused.

The Car Chase

Bullit and The French Connection set the standard, and Gone in 60 Seconds brought it into the 21st Century, but this situation has mostly become tired. There are only so many little old ladies to avoid, so many road signs to hit, and so many police cars to trash before your audience becomes jaded.

Over the years the Bond movies have used up just about all the possible permutations, so you'll struggle to come up with something new. It would be better to add tension in another way.

In a bid to appear fresh, the chase element has sometimes been dropped altogether in favour of the race against time as in Speed or Die Hard With a Vengeance. To succeed you'll need a good reason for the journey to take place, a disastrous outcome if it's not successful, and some good near misses on the way.

But beware. Too much carnage and your readers will start thinking of The Blues Brothers. And please, don't have your protagonist drive the wrong way down a one-way street.. it's been done far too often.

The Shoot Out

Raymond Chandler's advice to crime writers still holds. "If your plot is flagging, have a man come in with a gun." You've got to be careful though. Too many people still transfer scenes from old cowboy movies almost verbatim into modern cop scenes.

Probably the best recent shoot out was in Michael Mann's Heat. You cared who lived or died, and there was excitement and tension. Therein lies the trick. Make your readers have an opinion, not just about your hero, but about the other characters as well. At the end of LA Confidential, we knew all of the people involved in the climax, and it made it more satisfying to watch who lived or died. Lining one-dimensional people up just as cannon fodder might work in a Saturday night popcorn movie, but we should be aiming higher than that.

Shoot outs work well on film, but they can be a drag in print. Some writers tend to slow things down, especially to have a close look at the wounds. Unless you're careful it can read like a medical textbook.

And, please, don't have heads "exploding like ripe watermelons."

The Cop in The Cafe

This was used in Chips in every episode, giving them an excuse to show a motorbike speeding from a car park with loose gravel flying.

It's also a favourite in most of the aforementioned buddy movies, and especially in Starsky and Hutch. They'll be in a cafe, musing over the chewing out they've had from their boss, when a call comes through. The radio buzzes, giving them a chance to attach a flashing light to the roof of their car and head off to a car chase, closely followed by a shoot out. See how it's possible to run one cliche into another? Pretty soon you'd have a whole plot, but would anybody buy it?

One way of changing this scene might be to have an alternative means of the cops getting the message. You could have them hearing something on the Television? Or how about on a cell-phone or laptop... there are multiple opportunities for foul ups, misunderstandings or criminal actions there, and they haven't been overdone... yet.

Good Cop / Bad Cop

The good cop / bad cop interview became a cliche almost as soon as crime fiction began. A fine example, nearly seventy years old, can be seen in The Maltese Falcon. By now everybody knows the moves, and your readers will be bored long before the interview is over. Unless you're being self-referential and ironic, as in LA Confidential you'll never pull it off.

Cracker tried to subvert the interview situation altogether by having it performed by a psychiatrist who played both cops in one. In The Rock, Sean Connery as the prisoner told Nicholas Cage which questions he should be asking. You'll need to find something similarly innovative if you're going to make it work.

How about having two good cops? Or two bad cops? Or maybe there is a new computer system designed by psychologists to ask the right questions in the right order? How would your cops and your prisoner handle that?

The Estranged Wife

Why do all fictional cops have relationship problems? This scene always goes the same way. The wife says, "You never see the children anymore." The cop doesn't say anything, because his mobile phone interrupts. You know the rest.

Cracker is again a good case in point as he went through this scene in almost every episode. Pacino played a variation of it with his girlfriend in Heat.

Not only does Cracker have a failed marriage, but he's also a gambler and a drinker. In recent years people have been giving cops more and more problems to overcome, culminating in Denzel Washington's paraplegic investigator in The Bone Collector. I wouldn't even try to top that.

Why not be original. Make your cop a healthy, stable, happily married man. Now there's a challenge.

Conclusion

The next time you read or watch a police drama, notice how many of the above are still in use. All of them can occur in any one story, and frequently do... just shuffle the paragraphs, add a murder or two and you have an instant plot.

But unless you can subvert some of the cliches, don't expect anybody to buy it.

About the Author

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, with seven novels published in the States and three more coming in 2007/8, all in the independent fantasy and horror press. His short work and articles have appeared in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Greece, Romania, Saudi Arabia and India. He is available for any freelance writing work.

Contact him and read some free fiction at his web site williammeikle.com

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Your Summer Fiction Reading List - Perfect Books for the Beach, and More

Article by Richard Freeland

Have you decided on your summer fiction reading list? Those books that you've really been yearning to read, but, because of the demands of work or family life, you just haven't gotten around to yet?

I know - you've been waiting for vacation to catch up on reading. Well, summer's here, came in on the heals of a heat wave, and the beach beckons. It's time to put pen to paper and draw up that summer fiction reading list.

Where to start? Maybe pick up master suspense writer John Sanford's latest novel in his highly popular "Prey" series starring Lucas Davenport, Storm Prey.

A pharmacy robbery goes horribly wrong and ends in murder, with Davenport's wife Weather a witness. As the pressure mounts and thebodies pile up, Lucas must solve the crime and locate the kingpin before he finds Weather. Another Sanford thriller masterpiece.

Not into crime fiction? Try the new political thriller by Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio and Fox News television show host. His first foray into fiction, The Overton Window could be a mirror of today's headlines.

Handsome and rich, insulated from the world my wealth and privilege, Noah Gardner (the protagonist) stumbles on a plot to completely re-make America. To save the woman he loves and preserve individual freedoms he once took for granted, Noah must expose the plot and bring the conspirators to light.

For the perfect beach book, (and a quick, easy read) try Robert Parker's 4th Western starring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, Blue-Eyed Devil.

Back in the town where it all started, Appaloosa, Cole and Hitch battle both outlaws, Apaches and a corrupt police chief. After all the shooting, who'll be left standing? A great read that, tragically, is the author's last book - he died just this year.

You might want to check out the first 3 books of the series, too - "Appaloosa" (made into a movie), "Resolution", and "Brimstone". Parker also wrote about that most famous of Western lawmen Wyatt Earp in "Gunman's Rhapsody", as well as many other fine novels.

There are many more outstanding novels you could add to your summer fiction reading list. Make a visit to Amazon's Summer Reading Store and browse their offerings for more ideas on the perfect beach books. At the Summer Reading Store, you can pick up the above books, and others that catchyour eye.

Then head to the beach, grab a chair, sip on an iced tea, and lose yourself in the world of fiction.

About the Author

Richard Freeland is a registered landscape architect and a freelance writer. He has a wide spectrum of interests, including gardening, garden design and garden writing; fiction writing; song writing; boating; history; and travel.

Check out his non-fiction articles at http://www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/richardsfreeland, and his travel website about Jekyll Island, Georgia.

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A musical compilation of some of the classic 8 bit game tunes. Performed by the Video Games Live orchestra. Also check out the Metal Gear Solid music: www.youtube.com
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Best Selling Crime Novel The Millenium Trilogy Coming To The Big Screen

Article by Sandra Sue

This Millenium Trilogy that has captured the hearts of the many is written by the late Stieg Larsson. Stieg Larsson's trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries. Stieg Larsson is known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. He is all for equal rights, democracy and freedom of speech. There are rumors that the said author and his life companion lived under the threat from right-wing violence during the last fifteen years of his life.

The main characters of the story are Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Listbeth Salander is portrayed in the story as an intelligent lady in her twenties which has similarities to Pippi Longstocking, a dysfunctional girl who is having a hard time finding her place in a normal and regular society. Inspired by the challenges of this type of girl, Stieg Larsson created Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is depicted in the story as a girl who has suffered abuses in her young life.

Mikael Blomkvist on the other hand is a middle-aged investigative journalist who focuses on the issues of social and economic problems. He is the main male character of the Millenium Trilogy. He is somehow a semi-celebrity in their place.

Millenium Trilogy is a crime fiction and is a story about contemporary culture and abuse and corruption which involves serial murder, corporate trickery.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The thrill begins as Mikael Blomkvist lost a libel case against a popular industrialist, Hans-Erik Wennerstom. Blomkvist chooses another path by stepping down as board of directors from the magazine. He is then offered by a wealthy, retired industrialist, Henrik Vanger to conduct an investigation regarding the lost of his great niece Harriet. Blomkvist on the other hand is unaware that he too is also being investigated by a private investigator Lisbeth Salander with regards to his personal and professional history.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Mikael Blomkvist continues to expose the corruption in Swedish establishments. He is all for exposing the crooked things that are happening around him. He became interested then in the report of a young journalist with regards to sex trafficking in Sweden and the abuses of made by the high officials with underage girls. Lisbeth Salander on the other hand is able to clone Blomkvist's computer drive and is drawn to taking revenge on the perpetrators of the abused girls.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

Lisbeth Salander is treated at Sahlgrenska Hospital after being shot by her father, Alexander Zalachenko. Salander's three murder cases are dropped but still charged with the death of two biker gang members at Bjuman's summer cabin. Blomkvist classified copies of reports are tracked down by the Section operatives. Before the start of Salander's trial, the Section finds out that Blomkvist is playing with them they try to sabotage the special issue of the Millenium being printed and try to ruin his credibility.

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THE HISTORY OF THE MARTIAL ARTS

Article by Master Fouad Atoun

When you search the history of Marital Arts, you shall find the task to be difficult and challenging. You find conflicting information throughout the literature making it impossible in some cases to separate fact from legend and fiction. Although this makes it difficult when trying to do an academic treatment of the historical facts related to martial arts, it should not alter the fact that these legends are an integral and inseparable part of martial art history and are important in the formation of the overall martial art philosophy.

It is important also to note there are many political, social, economic, cultural and geographic influences that shaped the different forms of unarmed combat and the martial arts. Anyone of the forms practiced throughout history has a descent made from a cross-section of these influences and each influence had a different impact on its formation.

The martial arts as we have come to know them in today's world are actually a modem phenomenon having been widely introduced to the world in the early part of the twentieth century. However, the history of unarmed combat goes back as far as civilization itself with the earliest records showing unarmed combat going back to about 4000 B.C. There were hieroglyphics found in the Egyptian pyramids showing the military men of that time using fighting techniques resembling what we know as boxing.

During the thirteenth century B.C. a warrior class developed in India known as Kshatriya. This class was important in that they practiced the indigenous pugilistic art of Vajarmushti. Translated, Vajarmusht would seem to denote a warrior (Kshatriya) who used his fists for weapons. Vajaramushti can be read in Chinese as Hsian ch' ahsiang P'u. What makes this early martial art important to the history of Oriental martial arts is the influence it could have had on the Shaolin school of boxing. Bodhidharama (Daruma in Japanese) by tradition played a major role in the development of the martial arts practiced at the Shaolin monastery. Bodhidharama was born into Kshatriya, he would have been trained in Vajaramushti. This then would have been the art that was introduced to the monks of Shaolin monastery. According to tradition, Bodhidharama found the monks to be in poor physical condition. As a way to increase their physical condition he is reputed to have taught them a method of conditioning called Shin Pa Lo Han Shoo He is also credited with having a major influence on Chinese fighting arts.

Learn more about Martial Arts and how it can improve your life.

Sources

Alexander, George and Penland, Ken, Bubishi Martial Art Spirit. Yamazato Publications, USA (1993)

Clark, Rick, Martial Arts for the University. Kendall/ Hunt Publishing, USA (1992)

Corcoran, John and Farkas, Emil with Sobel, Stuart. The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia . Pro action publishing (1993)

United States TKD Institute. Nicolas MacDonald 1996- 1998

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USTA is a martial arts school located in Richardson Texas lead by two 5th-degree black belt master instructors who teach adults and children Tae Kwon Do, self defense Jujitsu, Kenjutsu and Arnis

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