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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/.

Where is Robin Hood?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Article by Barbara Lunsford

Now that tax season is upon us, I would like to clarify a small but significant misconception about Robin Hood, the guy who “stole from the rich to give to the poor”.

Robin Hood did not steal from successful, creative, industrious, and thrifty citizens to give to the less fortunate. He stole from the greedy and powerful Prince John (Congress) and his tax collectors (the IRS) to give money back to the citizens who were being drained financially by the prince’s heavy taxes. And as a result, the prince had to increase taxes (plus penalties and interest) to pay for the ever-increasing need to enforce the tax laws as resistance and rebellion grew (tax evasion, cheating, non-reporting, poor record keeping, non-payment, late filing, etc.).

Prince John’s system didn’t work then and it isn’t working now. It robs us of our incentives to be successful, creative, productive and thrifty. It encourages laziness, cheating, fear and rebellion.

“The Communist Manifesto”, Tenet No. 2, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, calls explicitly for “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax”. Amendment XVI of the Constitution of the United States (1913) gave Congress the power “to lay and collect taxes on incomes, for whatever source derived….”

In 1950 a family of four paid only 2 percent federal income taxes. In 2010 they paid almost 18 percent. (Large corporations paid up to 39 percent.) Would an increase of 2 percent to 18 percent in federal income taxes for a family of four in the last 60 years be considered a progressive and graduated income tax?

Don’t you know the authors of “The Communist Manifesto” would be very pleased to see that we have come to tolerate and embrace one of their major doctrines to expedite the conversion of a free-market nation to communism!

Where is Robin Hood?

Born in Big Spring, Texas, Barbara Lunsford has been a bean counter (accountant) for over forty years. She has one published book, Killer for Hire – The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case, a true crime case of judicial malpractice. She also has several blogs along with a regular website at MysteryCrimeScene.Com.
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The Godfather Mario Puzo

Article by Ajax

Mario Puzo, an Italian-American author of the world's bestseller book Godfather, introduced and acquired fame for his mastery in the crime fiction. He was born into an immigrant family in New York City and following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His first novel 'The Dark Arena' after the World War II was published in 1955. Before his bestseller novel The Godfather came in 1969, he had been rejected by many editors. It was 'The Godfather' that made him a legendry figure, winning him the Academy Award and its huge success gave birth to the two other sequels, The Godfather II and The Godfather III. The book also proved to be a record break success and established him as one of the greatest writers in America. This work of fiction made its way to the silver screen with the film director Francis Ford, who also collaborated with Puzo to adopt the sequels into a film. Mario Puzo received the academy award for both The Godfather and The Godfather II.

Mario Puzo's Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern day classic. It is a story of crime, loyalty, passion and an amazing portrayal of a Don's family. Puzo takes the reader inside the violence-infested society of the Mafia and its gang wars. He shows us and the nature of Mafia friendship and its trials by gunfire and torture. The Corleones' war against the Five Families is a brilliant back and forth of tactical and strategic maneuvering, with every character shining in the part he has to play.The elements of the mafia world explode electrically to life in this powerful and violent chronicle. Written by the hand of a master storyteller with authentic knowledge of this particular milieu, it is a spellbinding story. The Godfather is compelling in the intensity of the emotions and the author's lack of moral verdict leaves the reader free to draw his or her own conclusions about the characters.

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Meth Lab Cleanup, Murder, Suicide and Other Crime Scene Cleanup Services

Article by Gary Smith

One can only hope that their or property is never witness to a crime. However, the sad reality is that many homes become the scene of a crime themselves. With crime rates on the rise, more and more cases of murder, suicide and other criminal activities are being reported inside houses.

This can result in a very traumatic experience for the family living in a property. First of all, they will not be able to digest the sight of a dead person in their living room. Secondly, it will be almost impossible for a family to clean up a crime scene where a loved one might have been murdered or where a loved one might have taken their own life.

Fortunately, there are a few select companies that offer professional crime scene cleanup services. You will have to know that not just any company can offer this service. Professional crime scene cleanup companies will need to be certified and licensed in their respective states before they can carry out this type of work.

They will need a license because they will need to prove to the state that they know how to handle bio hazards that will be found at a crime scene. For example, the human body will release several types of fluid such as cerebrospinal fluids, blood contaminated fluids and pleural fluid once the body begins to decompose. These types of fluids and other bodily matter can cause various types of infections. They will also release a very strong stench that might just be unbearable for most people. Only a professional crime scene cleanup will be able to carry out this work without being affected by the goriness of the scene. Generally, these types of companies will also take a very professional approach when it comes to grief handling. They will be trained to sympathize and communicate professionally with residents when they carry out a cleanup.

These professional crime scene cleanup companies also do a lot of work with meth lab cleanups. More and more meth labs are popping up across the country. A meth lab will contain several harmful chemicals such as benzene, toluene and other dangerous concoctions that can affect people who are exposed to it. A professional clean up company will clean up the walls, carpets, ceilings, furniture and everything else in a meth lab to make sure that contamination level is close to zero. This is very important as even traces of toxic methamphetamines can cause infections to the lungs and skin.

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Top 10 Travel Scams to Watch Out For

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Top 10 Travel Scams to Watch Out For

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 4:14am by Site Administrator

Traveling is generally an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it doesn’t take much to ruin a good trip. Every day, unsuspecting tourists fall victim to sneaky travel scams. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or quaint of a location, there are always scammers waiting to prey on naive, money-toting vacationers. Most scams can be prevented by using your common sense, while others are trickier and harder to spot. Before you travel domestically or internationally, it’s a good idea to do your homework and brush up on these 10 common travel scams.

1. The overly helpful local
Whether you’re traveling in the states or internationally, you should be wary of the overly helpful local who might try to scam you. This scam can be initiated by one or multiple people, but the goal is generally the same. The overly helpful local may approach you and warn you about pickpocketing and the safety of your wallet. They will also offer help with the ATM, so they can either get a good look at your pin number or steal your cash on the spot. These overly helpful locals have also been known to scout out people with flat tires or car problems and ambush them. Many times, the local will assist you and demand a tip for their help. Beware of these overly helpful locals and try to get assistance from a reputable source or establishment.

2. The swoop-in
The swoop-in is a carefully planned scam that preys on unsuspecting travelers. One of the scammers squirts mustard or a white substance that looks like bird poop and another person swoops in to wipe the mess away with napkins. While the unsuspecting tourist is being helped, another person or two come to the scene to steal wallets, purses, passports, and anything else they can get their hands on. Avoid becoming a victim of this scam by refusing help and cleaning the mess yourself.

3. The attractive flirt
This scam mostly applies to single male travelers who are easily smitten by attractive, foreign women, but that doesn’t mean an attractive male couldn’t pull the same stunt on a woman. The scam is fairly simple and quite predictable. An attractive, flirtatious woman approaches a single man and invites him to have a drink with her at a bar or nightclub. One drink can turn into several, resulting in an exorbitant bill at your expense. European travel expert, Rick Steves, says there are some variations to the scam, but warns against accepting invitations from complete strangers, especially when drinking.

4. Monkey business
It’s not every day that you see a monkey roaming the streets in America, which is why so many tourists fall for this unexpected scam. Once you get down on their level, everything is fair game for these furry creatures. The quick and nimble monkeys are trained to swipe your wallet, purse, passport, camera, sunglasses, and other belongings and run off. Then, a seemingly helpful local will offer to retrieve your items, but not without a fee or tip for their assistance. Oftentimes, the person who retrieves the goods is actually responsible for training the monkeys to be petty thieves. The best way to avoid this scam is to stay away from the monkeys or keep your important belongings out of reach.

5. Phony police officers
Scammers often go under disguise to make their ploy much more believable. A popular scam is to pretend to be police officers. They will stop travelers on the street and ask to see their wallet to search for counterfeit bills for their "protection." While the fake police search your wallet, they might take some bills and credit cards in the process. Although it can be difficult to tell the difference between real police and fake police, you might want to study the city’s police uniforms to avoid falling for this scam.

6. Gold ring scam
The lost gold ring scam has been going on for years and is particularly bad in Paris. Scammers will approach tourists with a "lost" gold ring and ask if they dropped it. As tourists examine the ring, they discover the pure gold authentication and the scammer asks them to try it on. Once the person tries on the ring, they are stuck. The scammer will ask the tourist to pay for the ring, often at a much higher price than what he or she paid for it, then proceed to beg for money. Avoid falling victim to this scam by ignoring the scammers or simply tell them "no" in your language of choice.

7. Menu switcheroo
While dining out abroad, watch out for the menu switcheroo. Restaurants that are looking to make some extra money will show tourists one menu before they order and present an overpriced bill after they finish eating. Anticipating a complaint, the manager or restaurant employee shows the customer a different menu with the inflated prices and insists that the bill is correct. This scam doesn’t always work out in the restaurant or establishment’s favor, but it’s a good idea to study the menu, keep one at your side, and brush up on the local language in case you have to argue your point. Also, before you travel, see if the U.S. Embassy has issued a tourist advisory that names certain places that have been known to rip off travelers.

8. The slow count
Another scam to look out for is the slow count, where cashiers purposely count a tourist’s money slowly, hoping that they will get antsy and leave before getting their total amount. The cashiers will take long pauses and move extremely slowly to make the process even more aggravating and drawn out. Avoid this scam by clearly stating the value of the bill and counting your money before you leave.

9. Overpriced taxi ride
Taxis are a necessary form of transportation when traveling abroad, so it’s important to keep your guard up when riding in them. The most common taxi scam is being overcharged by the driver. Avoid becoming a victim by using taxi stands, asking for the fare up front, and only taking taxis with meters in them.

10. The gypsy baby toss
If you’re traveling to Italy or Eastern Europe, you may have been warned about gypsies and their pickpocketing ways. A common way for gypsies to snatch your cash and belongings is to do the baby toss. Gypsy women will target single female travelers and approach them while holding a baby in a blanket, which is often a baby doll. Then, they’ll toss the baby into the travelers’ arms and another person will quickly steal their purse, wallet, jewelry, and anything else that’s accessible. The best way to avoid this shrewd scam is to steer clear of gypsies and beggars because they’re often up to no good.

Article Courtesy of Boot Strapper Blog
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Mystery TV Shows

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

By Zachary Thompson

Thanks to a huge range of new channels and movie and tv services being offered these days – most of which you can browse at Cabletelevision.net, if you are interested. People are able to enjoy more unique genres of TV shows than ever before. For example, fans of mystery and crime now have a full range of shows to enjoy that are not entirely fictional. Of course, there have always been mystery and crime dramas on TV, and these can be very entertaining for people who are fans of the genre. However, for those looking for real life mysteries, or unexplained phenomena, there are now plenty of expository shows that delve into just such subjects available for popular viewing. Here are a few examples to keep in mind as you search for your next favorite show:

Unsolved Mysteries is one of the most popular mystery shows on television these days, and holds particular appeal for those who are looking for real life mysteries. Formerly hosted by Robert Stack, who earned a reputation for his dry, almost creepy way of presenting, mysteries, and hosted since by others, this show essentially takes its audiences through documented but unexplained secrets. The mysteries covered a range from crimes and abductions to paranormal activity, and the show never fails to leave its viewers with a strong sense of curiosity.

Another series that deals less with crime and more with potentially supernatural phenomena is Ancient Aliens, which examines the search for extraterrestrial activity from a standpoint of suggesting that aliens may have visited the Earth long ago. The show examines historical events and achievements that stand out as either mysterious or beyond normal human achievement, and then provides evidence and potential explanations as to why or how beings from other planets may have had something to do with it. This can be ridiculous at times, but the show also brings up some rather curious points, and holds lots of intrigue among certain audiences.

The two shows discussed above are perfect to enjoy if you are already a fan of these sorts of shows, and can also be great for introducing you to the joys of exploring unsolved mysteries on television. There are certain things that have happened in the world that are simply inexplicable, and that we may never find answers for. These sorts of shows examine just such events, and expand upon the likelihood of supernatural or mysterious explanations.

Author Zachary Thompson has been a blogger for 8 years for many online publications and informational sites. More Mystery Crime TV & Movies
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