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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 – Execution Date

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It is with great sorrow that Preston's execution date has been set for November 15, 2012. This young black man is innocent. Please go to Preston Hughes III Petition and read the petition. If you agree cast your vote for his innocence. Besides the information provided on the petition there is more information at Preston Hughes III – Texas Death Row and Skeptical Juror

If you have any information that might help get this young man exonerated please post here and I will answer you as soon as possible.

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Florida's Innocence Commission finishes its work

Sunday, July 15, 2012

June 29, 2012 By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel

Florida's Innocence Commission on Wednesday released its final report, hundreds of pages laying out ways to stop bad eye-witnesses, jailhouse snitches, over-zealous cops and unprepared defense lawyers from sending or allowing innocent people to be locked up in prison. Continued . . .

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Thousands of Innocent People in Jail

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A national registry has compiled a list of over 2,000 wrong convictions since 1989, since DNA testing became common. And reevaluation of old DNA testing is freeing innocent people from jail every day.

In the May 21st edition of the Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage quotes law professor Samuel Gross as saying, "The more we learn about false convictions, the better we'll be at preventing them." Continued. . .

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The Mystery of Writing A Mystery

Sunday, July 8, 2012

There is no mystery about writing a mystery -not really, but there are some things to observe if you want to write a compelling mystery. First, to qualify as a mystery your story must have certain ingredients: a crime, a secret, a detective, suspense, and an orderly resolution.

Certain requirements are peculiar to the mystery genre such as; clues, red herring, tying up loose ends and a myriad of questions you must be ready to answer. Forensics, ballistics, police procedures in the area you are planning to set your story are important. Be aware that every state is different in how they handle these aspects of solving a crime. Individual cities differ in how their police force works. Researching to authenticate your story place and/or time is paramount to writing a story worth reading. It's all in the details. It isn't necessary to write the tome that Michener would write or describe a scene like Jude Devereaux might, but you need details that make your setting come alive. Sometimes that is only one detail, like the skeleton of the warehouse after the fire stood like a barren cemetery spires of steel pointing skyward. You should also have an idea of how the judicial system works and knowledge of investigative procedure.

There are many, many books on all aspects of police procedure, laws, and even some on the way Mafia or syndicated crime operates. Yes, even they have their own rules that govern what can and cannot be done. For instance in Diamonds, Death and Deceit when the major villain asks his henchmen to snuff out the life of a newspaper reporter he is told that 'The Family' will not allow anyone to mess with newspapers. That is their policy. As angry as this makes the villain, he cannot go against 'The Family' in this case it is the Russian Mafia. This is something you need to know to write a believable story.

In Writing the Modern Mystery, Barbara Norville says "Mysteries follow strict guidelines. They introduce the action quickly." If you begin with the murder, the body being discovered, your reader wants to know whodunit, whydunit, howdunit? Immediate dramatic conflict, which is an essential ingredient of any story is necessary to hold reader interest.

Ms Norville also says you need to play fair with your reader. This is akin to an orderly resolution. There should be no out of the blue coincidences or waking up from a dream. It must be a believable solution created by the cause and effect through lines of your story, unless of course you don't care whether you lose a potential fan. Believe me in this economy, or any economic situation, with the number of books published every day, you do not want to alienate even one potential fan.

Think of a mystery as a way of examining the dark side of human nature, a means to explain the perplexing questions of crime, guilt and innocence, violence and justice. The oft repeated phrase, "By killing, the evil killer rips a jagged hole in the fabric of society." And your tale begins as someone calls for help. Your protagonist/hero/sleuth answers that call.

Mysteries come in many genres or subgenres if you chose that term. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, by Evan Marshall lists over twenty of them. Other books list fewer, but in short-you could say that every genre could be turned into a mystery. The cozy whodunit mystery's star has always been Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle like in style. The hard-boiled private investigator and the classic puzzle are more of that ilk. There are also police procedurals, action/adventure/thriller, and espionage, the psychological and romantic suspense and more. As I said any genre is fodder to be turned into a mystery.

Make your reading time absorbing. Pit your wits against the accidental sleuth, who may be in a job like yours. Subscribe to my free e-zine Mystery Readers and Working Writers, the free e-zine for mystery lovers. Get a free e-booklet " A Nice Quiet Family" a very short/flash mystery. http://www.billiewilliams.com

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Preston Hughes III – Texas Death Row

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I received a disturbing letter from Preston on July 5 stating that he would be going to Houston on July 6 to appear before a judge regarding his execution in November. He asked me to contact a Private Investigator by the name of Joseph Ward in Austin, Texas which I attempted to do but the pager number, phone number and email address were ALL no good. I also searched the Internet to see if I could find this fellow but again no luck. My advise to Preston will be to stay away from unknown two-bit PI's.

Preston also sent John Allen a letter regarding his pending execution. John has a blog at SkepticalJuror.Com and has been doing a very thorough investigation of this case. He has discovered some possible new evidence to get Preston a new trial. Here is a link to the letter he received from Preston and his response which lays out what he has discovered Click Here John Allen may be Preston's only chance. It will be up to Preston to cooperate with him.

I put up a petition in June 2010 directed to Governor Perry and the Board of Pardons and Parole which has had only 369 signatures out of a goal of 20,000. However there are 706,631 people who have "Liked" this petition. I am new at these "liked", Tweeter, Facebook, etc. things but if that many people "liked" the petition why didn't they sign it? Perhaps I misread the "likes". At any rate I am asking, well begging you to please sign this petition at Save Preston Hughes III from Texas Death Row

Also Preston needs all the encouragement he can possibly get and would appreciate a letter of support from you. His address is:

Preston Hughes III

Polunsky Unit #000939

3872 FM 350 South

Livingston, TX 77351

For police reports, crime scene photos, etc. Click Here

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