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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/.

Preston Hughes III – Innocent in Prison

Friday, April 6, 2012

For several months I have been corresponding with John at SkepticalJuror.com regarding the judicial malpractice case of Preston Hughes III. John has and is examining this case with a magnifying glass of Olympic proportion and would put Sherlock Holmes to shame. So far, he has made some very interesting observations which are included in the following Table of Contents from his blog:
The Case of Preston Hughes III: Table of Contents
This blog already includes much writing about the case of Preston Hughes III. Much more will follow. I therefore summarize below all the posts related to his case. I will update this post, this Table of Contents, as I add new posts regarding the case.

This Table of Contents is intended to help both me and the readers of this august blog. It will make it easier for readers to familiarize themselves with the case, and to locate any particular post. It will also free me from the need to summarize the case and all previous posts at the beginning of each new post.

09/27/2011: An Offer and a Challenge -- In which I challenge readers to investigate any case of possible wrongful conviction, and in which I offer use my blog to publish their findings.

10/07/2011: The Lingering Case of Preston Hughes III -- In which I ask readers to help investigate the specific case of Preston Hughes III.

01/30/2012: Part 1 of 2 -- In which Guest Blogger Al lays out the details of the crime. (Fifteen-year-old Shandra Charles and her 3-year-old cousin Marcell Taylor were murdered late at night in a vacant lot in Houston, Texas. The police claim Shandra lived long enough to identify her attacker as "Preston". The police located Preston Hughes in a nearby apartment complex. Hughes confessed not just once, but twice. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He has been on death row for more than two decades.)

02/01/2012: Part 2 of 2 -- In which Guest Blogger Al provides his analysis of the crime and identifies an alternate suspect. (Hughes provided two confessions. Each confession contradicted the other, and each confession was contradicted by the evidence at the crime scene. Shandra's dying identification of Preston as her murder is questionable, particularly in light of the officer's inability to correctly hear the name of the apartment complex at which Preston lived. The physical evidence in the case is questionable. Preston's previous conviction for sexual and aggravated assault is also questionable. A possible alternate suspect is Douglas Swanson, now serving a life sentence for multiple sexual and aggravated assaults.)

03/02/2012: Geography -- In which I describe the geography of the crime scene. (When murdered, Shandra and Marcell were walking through an overgrown vacant lot late at night. I question what she was doing there.)

03/05/2012: Shandra's Final Day -- In which I describe the events of Shandra's final day on this earth. (Shandra had been with her friend Evelyn most of the day. In the evening, they walked from Shandra's home, with young Marcell now in tow, to the residence of some unidentified friends in the same complex where Preston Hughes lived. Though Evelyn received a ride home from one of their friends at 9:30 PM, Shandra stayed behind. Shandra and Marcell later walked through the dark and overgrown vacant lot, destination or purpose unknown.)

03/10/2012: Weed -- In which I hypothesize that Shandra may have been in the vacant lot to sell marijuana. (A small bag of marijuana was found in Preston's apartment. Preston claims it was planted there. Preston claims also that the police told him that they had found marijuana both in his apartment and on Shandra's person.)

03/22/2012: Shandra's Final Hour -- In which I describe the pathetic efforts to save Shandra's life. (No one provided even minimal first aid at the scene. There was an unexplained lag between the time the dispatcher was informed of the need for an ambulance and the time the ambulance was notified of that need. Though they took Shandra first to West Houston Medical Center, which was but a mile away, they then sent her to Ben Taub Medical Center, 15 miles away. She was declared DOA at Ben Taub an hour and fourteen minutes after the dispatcher was first notified of her plight.)

03/31/2012: Table of Contents -- In which I first posted this Table of Contents.

03/31/2012: Barbara Lunsford -- In which I credit her for her efforts to bring the case of Preston Hughes III into the public forum. ("Without the initiative, hours, and dimes of Barbara Lunsford, I would have learned nothing substantive about Preston's case. Based mostly on what she presented on her blog, I am reasonably confident that Preston Hughes is wrongfully convicted.")

4/01/2012: Shandra's Final Hour -- In which we walk along the trail on which Shandra and Marcell were killed. The mystery deepens as to why Shandra was out there that night.

4/03/2012: Pools of Blood -- In which I begin discussing how one might survive, or how quickly one might succumb to a severed carotid artery.

To be continued…..
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11 Legendary College Pranks to Applaud on April Fool’s Day

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Article Courtesy of Staff Writers at > BestCollegesOnline.Com

Every year on the first of April you’ll see coffee cups glued to car roofs and Facebook statuses claiming surprise marriages. But don’t we deserve a better class of jokester? Is it too much to ask for a little thought and effort? Consider these legendary pranks by college kids as inspiration, and be like them. It doesn’t matter that you’re not drunk, responsibility-free, and reckless. If you want it badly enough, you can make fools of us all. Continued...
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Legal, Safety and Environmental Considerations of Crime Scene Cleanup

Article by Jerry Turner

The field of crime scene clean up is often practiced by companies that also perform blood, homicide, suicide, meth lab, odor removal and staph infection cleanups. The perils of improper crime scene clean up include legal, environmental and safety problems. Finding a company that will manage all of these perils can be difficult.

Beginning in 1969 Congress began legislating large-scale legislative frameworks such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to address overwhelming problems of pollution and the contamination of lakes and rivers throughout our country. The development of the EPA accelerated the banning and regulation of the discharge of thousands of toxic or hazardous substances. Many states and municipalities followed suit in successive decades to regulate local pollution emissions and demand that private individuals and businesses safely dispose of a bevy of chemicals and discharges.

As the field of medicine has expanded to understand more about the dangers of biohazardous substances, they have fallen into the realm of EPA regulation. These regulations apply to both disposal and transportation of these substances. It is important to find a cleanup company that understands and follows these guidelines because with EPA, problems of compliance roll back up hill to the generator of the substances. Accordingly, public agencies and private landowners have each become knowledgeable of the necessity to utilize the services of professional crime scene clean up companies to ensure they do not suffer such exposure to unnecessary legal and liability troubles.

Additionally, OSHA, has recognized the same issues of safety in work environments apply as that of disposal safety issues and EPA. OSHA has the power to fine employers that fail to properly train and safeguard their employees when dealing with biohazardous substances. Employeers, such as hotels and apartment complexes rarely have employees properly trained and equipped to handle death and accident scenes that involve blood or other bodily fluids. Therefore it is imperative that they hire a crime scene company that does have the proper training and follows OSHA guidlines when cleaning biohazards on their properties.

Last, most companies that would need a cleanup tend to see things as a cost analysis issue. Unfortunately for them and for the public, they forget to factor in the liability cost. If they are caught disposing of biohazardous substances improperly or an employee or client becomes sick as a result of improper cleaning or disposal, the liability can be in the millions. It is cheaper in the long run to just do it correctly and hire a professional company to handle any of the things falling under the heading of crime scene cleaning.

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9 Most Frequently Broken Laws

Article Courtesy of CriminalJusticeDegreesGuide.com

You’ve never left the scene of a crime; you’ve never murdered anyone. You don’t drink and drive. You vote and begrudgingly pay your taxes. You’re just the pinnacle of a law abiding citizen, aren’t you? Answer: you’re not. Believe it or not, we’ve all broken laws, and chances are it’s a few more than you might think. Check out this list of the nine most frequently broken laws in America, and prepare to realize that you’re more of a criminal than you ever thought. Continued..
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The 8 Biggest Craigslist Crime Stories

Article Courtesy of CriminalJusticeDegreesGuide.com

Most people come to Craigslist to find apartments, job openings, and cheap furniture, while others use the popular classified advertising website to do their dirty work. In recent years, Craigslist has become a hotbed for predators and scam artists looking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. What’s worse is no Craigslist section is safe from criminals. Whether you’re browsing the personals, for sale, or jobs section, you never really know who’s on the other end and what kind of danger you might be in. So before you agree to meet at a seller’s house or send money to a complete stranger, read these eight biggest Craigslist crime stories first. Continued..
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