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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 - Texas Death Row Execution

Monday, August 20, 2012

There are only 88 days remaining before Preston Hughes III will be executed. It is possible that his only change of a stay of execution is by petitioning Texas Governor Rick Perry. Please help by sign the petition at Preston Hughes III Petition.
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A Critical Review of Jade R Fairall's Thriller Riddle Maker

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Whitehouse, Wisconsin is the setting for a short novel that reads like a short, bloody nightmare. The small town woke up one morning and found their lives changed irrevocably. There is a killer in town and it may be one of their own.

Fairall takes us through the horror of the investigation with an eye for cinematic detail. The local sheriff, Jason Cawthon is thwarted at every turn as he tries frantically to find the killer or killers before they strike again. Everyone is a suspect and any one might be next. We follow the mark of the killer and his or her compulsions.

Jade R. Fairall is a resident of Florida. Born in Fremont, Ohio, Jade R. Fairall moved to Florida in 1976 and currently lives and writes in Eustis, Florida. She is a graduate of Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg and her writing has won her several awards.

Riddle Maker is the scary first novel that drew me to Jade's work. She is an unassuming woman who would not be even considered to the newest crime novel queen.

This one started the ball rolling for Ms. Fairall. She hit the ground running with a rollercoaster ride of a novel. The characters are light, but the story moves so fast that you don't have much time to stop and examine anything too closely. The plot twists and turns and you feel that if you put the book down you might just be in danger yourself.

Pick up this gem is if you haven't done so already. Riddle Maker is available on Amazon.com and LULU.com. Jade R. Fairall knows mayhem.

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"Tick Tock" by Gail Ramsey: Book Review

Gail Ramsey has written a winner with "Tick Tock." The main character, Spiegel Cullen, has taken on a case involving a congressman's daughter being accused of murder. The story takes you from Philadelphia to Bermuda. Breanna, the accused, is an interesting character that has some emotional difficulties. These lead to some fascinating moments. Breanna is also Spiegel's ex-boyfriend's sister. In addition to the murder, Speigel has to deal with being around the ex and his newly pregnant wife. My heart went out to Speigel in trying to deal with her unresolved feelings for him. Her current boyfriend, Craig, shows up on the island with a "friend" that happens to be a curvy female. Spiegel is not thrilled about this either.

"Tick Tock" involves some interesting characters and plot twists. It is really an enjoyable mystery. Spiegel's character has been developed in such a way that she feels like a real person. If she was a real person, she is someone that I would want to be friends with. I could relate to her feelings involving both of the men in her life.

The storyline is really entertaining and it is more appealing because it is taking place in Bermuda. The laws are a little different in Bermuda, this makes Spiegel's work more difficult. Spiegel also has to deal with a health scare involving a blood disease. She is too busy to have to take care of it, but it stays in the back of her mind as she is trying to win her case. Her sister supplies her with a great deal of support.

Further drama is created with the family of the murder victim. Spiegel finds herself being stalked by one and Breanna receives threats. There is a really interesting scene in which she shows up at the victim's funeral. He also has a long term fiancé that was not pleased with his cheating.

I highly recommend this novel to readers that enjoy fun mysteries. This would be great for a readers group to discuss. It would lead to lively discussions. You will not be disappointed with this novel!

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Review - Murder at the Ocean Forest

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Murder at The Ocean Forest, Robert "Digger" Cartwright, 2006, ISBN 1425707696

This is a murder mystery set in World War II-era South Carolina. It is about a husband and wife who would have been better off never getting married to each other.

Terence and Faye Underwood are traveling by train to the Ocean Forest, a very high-class resort right on the shore. Faye thinks that Terence is a serial adulterer, constantly looking for women with which to have illicit affairs, despite his constant protestations to the contrary. They are both members of high society, so divorce, let alone raising their voices in argument where others might hear them, is simply not an option; the scandal would be overwhelming.

A few days later, Terence goes off by himself quail hunting, while Faye goes horseback riding along the beach. Several hours later, the horse returns without her. A diligent search along the beach is made, led by Feltus le Bon, the hotel detective. Faye's red scarf, along with some blood, is found near a patch of quicksand. The next day, Terence is coerced into showing Feltus exactly where he was hunting. It turns out to be just a few yards from the quicksand. It would have been very easy for Terence to shoot Faye with the shotgun he was carrying, and dump her in the quicksand, freeing him to have as many illicit affairs as he can handle. Things get complicated the next morning when, serving an arrest warrant on Terence, Feltus finds him in bed, murdered.

Investigating further, Feltus focuses his attention on Preacher Cooper, a priest involved in illicit activities, Elizabeth Bascomb, an elderly, blind psychic, and Lord and Lady Ashburn, visiting from England, all of whom have very good reasons for wanting Terence Underwood dead. Feltus tries several ways to ratchet up the pressure, hoping that the guilty party will crack. While all this is going on, the area is battered by a major hurricane.

This is a really good mystery, but I thought that it moved too slowly. The first death does not occur until almost halfway into the book. I understand what the author was trying to do, and totally agree that not all murder mysteries have to move at breakneck speed. The author certainly knows what he is doing; I guess I would have liked it more if the first half of the story moved a little faster than it did.

Paul Lappen is a freelance book reviewer whose blog, http://www.deadtreesreview.blogspot.com, emphasizes small press and self-published books.

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The "Columbo" of Forensic Science (1/7)

Listen or download at itsrainmakingtime.com Forensic science has become the focus of many popular TV series, reawakening public fascination with crime fiction. The inaccuracy in these series, which can alter public perception of forensic science, has been dubbed "the CSI Effect".

Enter Cyril Wecht, MD, JD, a leading forensic pathologist, medical-legal consultant, attorney, and the author of From Crime Scene to Courtroom (with Dawna Kaufmann). Dr. Wecht guides us through this extraordinary book, taking us through the real-life forensic evidence for controversial high-profile cases including the Casey Anthony murder trial, Michael Jackson's death, accusations against former SWAT team cop Drew Peterson for the murder of his third and fourth wives, and Rolling Stone Brian Jones's "death by misadventure".

Dr. Cyril Wecht is a certified anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathologist, a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health, and holds positions as an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Sciences. In addition to From Crime Scene to Courtroom, he has over 550 professional publications to his name and serves as an editorial board member of over 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications. Dr. Wecht is also the author of Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases and Crime Scene Investigation ...

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Why Internet Authors Don't Need Critics

I love to help people, and I'm always ready to give advice to people who ask.

For instance, there's a lot of people out there seeking advice because they've written a book. A lot of people. Almost as many as the number of people who give advice to people - who've written books. Most of that advice is meant to be helpful, but is, quite frankly, wrong.

For instance, I saw an article the other day which said that it 'was OK to publish on the internet', (which is patronising enough), but then went on to say that it was important that the book 'had all the usual things in it', so as to 'impress the Critics'. Why? Why do Internet Authors need Critics?

The problem, as I see it, is that these 'Advisors' don't seem to realise that being published on the internet is a new kind of experience. It's not like Traditional Publishing, which has dominated the world of letters for the last 250 years. It isn't a 'cheap imitation', or something that you do while you're waiting for a 'real publisher' to notice your book and make you an offer. It's a whole different world. If you get your book onto an internet publishing site like Lulu.com, you will be able to get a few copies printed, enough for yourself and your friends, and maybe that's all you really want. You will stop there. Of course, you have the other opportunity, which is to carry on, do the 'submitting to publishers' thing, like all authors do, (even though you've seen your book in print - internet print), and wait by the mailbox like other authors do, hoping against hope that you're going to get good news. And wait. And wait. Just like other authors do, playing the game that publishers have been forcing authors to play for the last few hundred years.

If you think that Traditional Publishing is the right way to go, really the only way, the one true way, then yes, Internet Publishing is going to seem like a weak and pale imitation. More important, the books that come out from the Internet Publishers, are going to look all wrong. After all, Internet Published books are mostly laid out and planned by amateurs. Authors, that is, but rank amateurs when it comes to layout, design and book jacket artwork. These authors may find, (as I found), that getting your picture properly sized is a minefield, and matching pic and text is easy to get wrong. Page numbering is another quagmire. The result? Books that purport to be 'paperback novels' but look nothing like the things you pick up and buy in the shop.

That's what this woman was getting at, with her advice. She wanted Internet Authors to make sure they put a nice blurb on the back; a tempting extract on the front page (like 'real' publishers do); and ensure that the ISBN information was all correct and properly laid out on the reverse of the Title Page. Lost? Confused? Don't worry. My advice is more simple. Pick a book off your bookshelf and copy that. When you upload your own manuscript to Lulu and begin the long journey of becoming an Internet Author, copy what you can see in one of your 'normal' books. Make sure you have the same first few pages, and draw up a Dedication Page for instance, and Contents Page, or whatever you can see the proper publishers doing. (Like me, I put in a 'Cast of Characters' page into my romantic novel, but only because I saw that other similar authors had done it first!)

As a result, your Internet book will look and feel 'normal'. This is what the woman was advising. Most particularly, she was worried that if Critics received a copy of your Internet book and it somehow looked different - looked cheap, badly printed, poorly laid out - then they wouldn't take it seriously and wouldn't give it a good review.

Who cares? What are the chances that any reputable Critic is going to get hold of a copy of a book that is published on the Internet? Would any Internet Author dare send their self-produced novel to a national newspaper for review? I mean, what if the Critic liked it and orders flooded in - how are you going to print off the thousands of copies you will need? How will you get them distributed to bookshops?

No, Internet Publishing is a different game. First and foremost it's about satisfying the author, and finding a way to put your well-loved and crafted manuscript into book form, so you can enjoy that frisson of holding your book in your hand. Second, it's about impressing your family, your friends, your neighbours and their dog. It's not about rivaling the Traditional Publishing companies. It's about filling in that gap between 'published' and 'unpublished' for all those aspiring authors who have been passed over, ignored and generally reviled for the past few generations. It's also about giving readers more choice.

It's not, definitely not, about pleasing Critics. Internet Authors don't need Critics.

Mike Scantlebury is an Internet Author. He writes books, which can be found on Lulu.com, but you can also download selected chapters from his crime novels at his own website, http://www.mikescantlebury.biz where you can find links to his other sites, the home of romantic thrillers and Science Fiction. Mike also runs a Discussion Forum on the future of publishing.

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No Good Deed - A Modern Hard-Boiled Thriller

There's always been a certain allure to films with hard-boiled detectives, shady ladies, and colorful bad guys. When you think of such things, names like Marlowe, Spade, Hammett, and Spillaine immediately come to mind. Based on this attraction to stories about characters living on the seedy underbelly of life, I decided to give No Good Deed a try. After all, it's based on a story by the great Dashiell Hammett.

The hero of the film is Jack Friar (Samuel L. Jackson), a diabetic cop with a passion for the cello. While he normally specializes in grand theft auto cases, Jack gets talked into trying to track down his neighbor's missing 15-year-old daughter. While canvassing a seemingly peaceful neighborhood, Jack witnesses an elderly lady fall on her front porch. The woman, known as Mrs. Quarre (Grace Zabriskie), welcomes him inside, and Jack soon finds himself held hostage thanks to a case of mistaken identity.

It's at this point where he meets the movie's little gang of eccentric criminals. First off, there's the aforementioned Mrs. Quarre, which she admits is an alias. Then there's her husband, Mr. Quarre (Josh Ackland), an avid baseball fan and pilot during the Korean War. Erin (Milla Jovovich), a Russian pianist who fell in love with the wrong guy and can't leave. Hoop (Doug Hutchison), the resident psychopath with a hair-trigger temper, and Tyrone (Stellan Skarsgard), the leader of the group and the man that Erin can't seem to get away from.

The criminals are given a cursory amount of character development and then set about pulling off a heist, leaving Jack tied to a chair in the living room. Inevitably, the beautiful Erin is left to guard him, and the plot unfolds with everyone trying his or her best to betray everyone else.

With a cast this good, it's a shame that the acting wasn't better. Jackson is subdued in this movie, which means he scowls more and yells less, but his character is never very compelling. He just sort of drifts along throughout the movie. Hoop seems like a possible high point in the beginning with his unique look and psycho behavior, but he never really progresses beyond a simple thug. And the talents of Skarsgard and Jovovich are on cruise control throughout the film, even though Milla looks stunning in dresses which seem to have been taken from a 40's detective novel.

A lot of this can be blamed on the script, which tries to capture the noir feel of older films but never quite succeeds. They do get in a few lines of snappy dialogue (such as when Tyrone tells Erin, "You are art. Do not fade."), but it feels forced amidst all the generic banter.

The heist itself is poorly explained, and I never quite figured out how it was supposed to work (something about turning off the power in the bank and then making numerous fake deposits). In modern movies, we've been conditioned to expect heist scenes to be explained in exacting detail. No Good Deed deals with the bank robbery in a very matter of fact way, and it fails to generate any real tension at all. In fact, the scenes at the bank fall completely flat.

There was another moment which also seemed particularly weak. To access the file with all the accounts, the robbers need a password. A lot is made out of this. When the password is lost, they are forced to try and guess what it is. Amazingly, they get it on the third try. If it was going to be that easy, why make such a big deal out of it in the first place?

You're supposed to care, I suppose, about what happens to these characters. But you won't, because they never evolve past the most basic level of movie development. Granted, each character is given a scene or two, but it just doesn't seem to add up to much. When the bodies start piling up, you're more likely to be looking at your watch than really caring what's taking place on the screen.

No Good Deed wants to be one part hard-boiled homage and one part dark comedy. Unfortunately, it really doesn't do either one of these very well. In the end, it's just an odd little film which seems to have slipped through the cracks. If you're a fan of any of the movie's stars, I would advise you to check out one of their other works.

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