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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/.

Update: Preston Hughes III - Texas Death Row

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ward, one of Preston's supporters prepared a pro se motion for Preston to sign and file to replace Patrick McCann as his current court appointed counsel. The motion was based on exculpatory evidence such as "the rapid unconsciousness (and corresponding inability to give a dying declaration), the inconsistent nature of Preston's knife and the neck wounds, the two searches of Preston's apartment, and the inconsistency of his confessions with the crime scene evidence and the autopsy reports." The motion has been received by the court. We are just waiting for the judge's decision. McCann will have "his hands full trying to explain why he has never mentioned the exculpatory evidence that has been raised in the motion." "If McCann is replaced, the court will assign a new attorney and the new attorney will realize he is there for one purpose: to submit an appeal based on Preston actual innocence." (Note: The quoted information was taken from an email from John at Skepticaljuror.com.)

Preston's petition now has 979 signatures and he has 46 days remaining before his execution. Please sign the petition at Save Preston Hughes III from Texas Death Row. On November 1 I will be sending the petition to Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.

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Preston Hughes III Court Appointed Lawyer - Patrick McCann

In the past week or so some of Preston's supporters have been sending emails to Preston's current court appointed lawyer, Patrick McCann, in an effort to persuade him to start representing Preston based on his innocence. This is my initial email to Patrick McCann. Sorry if I did not follow the "niceness" protocol which has been suggested.

Mr. McCann,

You have been defending Preston Hughes III as if he is GUILTY when in fact he is INNOCENT. If you can't do a better job of defending this innocent young man you need to back off his case immediately. In other words shit or get off the pot.

Barbara Lunsford http://www.mysterycrimescene.com/preston-hughes-III-texas-death-row.html

His response:

Ahh, so kind of you to chime in without letting facts or actual knowledge impede you. Always nice to hear from well-informed citizens such as yourself.

Yours, Pat Patrick F. McCann

My response:

Thanks for your quick response. I just have one question for you. Do you believe Preston is innocent?

His response:

Dear Madam,

I believe that your efforts are better spent speaking or writing to the Governor or the Board of Pardons and Paroles than to me, as I already work for the man. Still, I am sure he will appreciate the support you give him.

Yours, Pat McCann

My response:

I believe you work for the State and not "the man" who has stated to many people he wants you off his case.

His response:

Ahh, it is good for folks to speak up and reveal why they think the things they do. Sadly, you are incorrect. I work for Mr. Hughes, and he does not get a choice of lawyer when we are appointed, any more than I get a choice of client. Best wishes to you.

Yours, Pat Patrick F. McCann

My response:

Educate me. Who pays your fees, the State of Texas or Preston Hughes? I would assume that since you are a court appointed lawyer who does not have the option of choosing your clients, it's the State of Texas therefore you work for the State not Preston. The bottom-line is if you can't represent Preston from the innocence point of view, you need to step down.

His response:

Ahh, so you are going to represent him then? Great! I look forward to collaborating with you. Let me know when you will be substituting in, and we can meet for coffee.

Yours, Pat

My response:

Ahh...It appears that your message was misdirected. I asked, "Who pays your fees, the State of Texas or Preston Hughes?" I am just trying to establish who you work for. You also seem to be avoiding the question, "Do you think Preston is innocent?". As you have pointed out I am a simple person therefore I am seeking simple answers either the State of Texas or Preston Hughes and a Yes or No. I just want you to put it in writing but frankly from your smart-alecky attitude you don't have the guts so if you won't answer the questions, I will assume you work for the State of Texas and not Preston Hughes and you think he is guilty.

AND yes I know what "assume" means so please don't let me make an ASS out of U and ME.

His response:

I have to say I enjoy sparring with someone who uses "smartalecky" in a sentence, but I must reluctantly point out to you that when you insist that someone thinks as you do you remind me of that Baptist preacher when I was child who was convinced that all my Jewish friends were going to hell because they believed differently than he did. It sounded ungracious on him. When you have actually done this work I look forward to speaking with you again sometime. You may wish to check out the Chronicle today to see an article regarding this case. Be well.

Yours, Pat McCann

My response:

A link to the Chronicle article was posted on Preston's FaceBook Group. Sounds like a last ditch effort to postpone Preston's execution. I guess I'm supposed to be impressed with that.

You might have a tendency to think more like Preston's supporters if you bothered to examine the actual facts of his case and not base you representation of him from the trial transcript alone. At least that is what I have been told you do. His trial took place in a kangaroo court. John Allen of SkepticalJuror.com has made a short video of some of the discrepancies in his trial. I suggest you take a few minutes and view it. You might find out that the Jews and the Christians have more in common than you currently think.

His response:


Mr. McCann is very much like the Baptist preacher in his story. He believes that Preston is guilty and should die. He is not willing to look beyond his believe. In Texas we call this "A Mexican Stand-off".

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Call for Action: Preston Hughes III – Execution Scheduled for November 15, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

This is a dual call for action in the case of Preston Hughes innocent on Texas Death Row. First, it appears that Preston's current pro bono lawyer, Patrick McCann, thinks that Preston is guilty and has made no case for his innocence in the appeals he has prepared. As long has this lawyer remains on Preston's case, the harder it will be to find a competent lawyer to represent Preston as an innocent man. Please send Mr. McCann an email to get off Preston's case if he cannot defend him as an innocent young man. In other words shit or get off the pot. His email address is [email protected]ice.com.

Second, 53 days remain until Preston will be executed for a crime he did not commit. His petition to Governor Perry of Texas is woefully short, 845 signatures. Please take a few minutes and sign his petition at Preston Hughes III Petition.

Also John Allen of SkepticalJuror.com has prepared an excellent video regarding Preston's case at The Next Innocent Man

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Preston Hughes III - Texas Death Row

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Preston's supporters are still looking for a competent lawyer to help save him from execution on November 15, 2012. The clock is ticking...67 days and counting. Please sign his petition to Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole at Save Preston Hughes from Texas Death Row
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How to Become a Video Game Tester

What is a video game tester? How to become a video game tester? Let me start by giving a brief history of video game testing. In the early days of Computer game development, the games were much simpler in scope, usually about 2 testers are used for simple games and the programmers were able to do all the testing and bug finding. With the acceleration and rapid increase of computer hardware power, modern video and computer games are a much more complex software and design. Larger and wider variety of video game testers are needed to ensure success of the video game. If there is a glitch in the game after it is released commercially, the company would stand to lose big bucks. Therefore, through testing and quality control before release is of tantamount important.

What does the video game tester actually do and do I need a degree to do it? In a nutshell, the video game tester is usually hired or get involved in the development cycle at half to 75% stage. The role of the video game tester is primarily to analyze video or computer games to find software defects, commonly called bugs. To be a good video game tester, you need to have attention to details, good at communicating your finding to the developers and able to play the same game over and over in a certain period of time, in return, you can expect to get paid. The pay level depends on your experience. You do not have to have a degree to be a good video game tester, a lot of people became a video game tester while holding another job or still at school.

How to become a video game tester? Not many of these kinds of jobs are advertised in job.com or monster.com. Therefore searching in those sites is usually not productive. If you know a game developer, then it is usually a good connection to get involved as a game tester for the game that developer is developing. In addition, the developer could potentially introduce you to other game developers. Another way to find a job as a video game tester is to actually go to the websites of game developing companies and search for job listings in their website, there are many game company out there, you can spend a lot of time just to find them though. Or you can get to a site that has already done that research for you, with a database of jobs as video game tester, become a member of that site, directly go to the website member's area and apply for those jobs.

This article is meant to give you an introduction to a potentially very lucrative job. If you are a gamer, you are already spending time playing games, it is a very good way to make some money while having fun. Visiting here to Get More Information and start making money playing game

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"Necessary Evil" by Aaron Baker Cole - Book Review

Not much is known about Aaron Baker Cole; he is as much a mystery as the book he wrote. Some things I did manage to find out. Aaron Baker Cole cut his teeth on technical writing in the fields of space technology and national security. So I was not surprised that there was not a lot of information available. I'm sure the sensitive nature of his previous assignments warranted a classified cloak. I do know he lives and writes somewhere in southern California and has written another book, "Forms of Madness."

"Necessary Evil" has a most intriguing plot. It deals with a young man's crusade to rid the world of pedophiles. But the strange twist is that it is not about your average, street-version pedophile; it deals with pedophiles within the clergy, those that the Catholic Church has either elected to relocate or turn a blind eye to.

Aaron begins by telling us about William (Billy) Hawkins, a young man who lost his father at an early age and had to contend with a stepfather that would beat up on his mother. So after putting up with this violence for quite some time, Billy decides to do something about it. What he does propels Billy into a maze of intrigue. The story of Billy Hawkins just gets better and better from here on in.

What Billy does to an attacker outside his girlfriend's dorm is just another stepping stone in his quest. For Billy, that quest becomes an almost obsessive compulsion to rid the world of bad priests. Mr. Cole has not held back any good traits in the development of his main character Billy Hawkins. Billy has charisma; he is very likeable, but he is also cunning and very cold. He has no mercy on the pedophiles in the clergy and is ruthless in his judgment of these sick individuals.

With a very sad ending (in my opinion), Billy achieves what he started out to do, with the unexpected help of a most unlikely accomplice. The ending, though sad, was most righteous and very welcomed. Different from what you'd see in a movie or in today's society, it was the "Icing on the cake." I thought "Necessary Evil" was a most-talented exhibition of mystery writing that I have read in a long time. It was very enjoyable and compelled me to read more with every turn of a page.

I highly recommend "Necessary Evil" to all that like a good detective novel. This book had quality printing and great content I gave it my highest rating of an A+.

iUniverse (2005)

ISBN 9780595358991

Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (7/07)

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Programmed for Demise - How Game Addiction is Ruining Boys?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

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How to Become a Paid Video Game Tester - A Simple 3 Step Process (Put That Addiction To Work)

If you're a serious gamer and would like to get paid to test video games and to give feedback on a game's overall quality, you may want to continue reading this article. In it, I will give you a simple three step process on how to become a professional video game tester.

First, you have to understand that video game testing is a business. Although the actual testing itself is immense fun, there are many professional aspects involved with game testing. Having said that, the payoff for this type of "professional" work can be very rewarding. As a matter of fact, you can make more than $ 100 an hour playing video games and giving honest feedback. With that in mind, let's talk about how you can land a job.

Even though game developers need video game testers on a constant basis, they don't advertise it. Truth be told, they really don't have to because the game testers will simply come to them. This saves them a great deal of money on advertising, not to mention time, which would have likely been used to separate the want to-be testers from the actual game testers. With that being said, the first step to becoming one is to contact the companies directly.

Think of video game tester application process like any other job interview. You have to make connections and present your "above average" qualifications to the right people. You have to describe who you are, your expertise in gaming, and why they should consider hiring you over someone else. In other words, you have to clearly show that you are qualified to test video games. Things that may help you land a testing job include: playing many hours each week, owning an assortment of different video game consoles, and, of course, being an expert at games in a variety of different genres. This is how you will make an impression upon the game developing company; by showing them your overwhelming experience when it comes to playing video games.

The second step is to start making contacts with people in the industry. This means other testers, video game programmers and developers, as well as other fields associated with the video game industry. This can enhance your references drastically when you fill out an application to become a video game tester, not to mention the fact that it can open up many more job opportunities for you. After all, what others can say about you is far more convincing than what you may say about yourself; when it comes to landing testing jobs anyways.

Finally, you have to approach video game testing from a business standpoint, not just as a fun, recreational hobby. This means understanding EXACTLY what companies want and need... Video games are tested because developers "need" to find all the bugs and glitches in their game. They are tested because developers "want" to get honest feedback in order to gage the probable level of consumer interest.

So, if you can find video game bugs and supply honest feedback on the video games you play, you might just be what video game companies are looking for. In that case, I'd recommend getting started with a video game tester career immediately!

Sean Saunders Spends Most of His Time Playing Video Games And He Now Has A Very Successful Career as a Professional Video Game Tester. If You Too Would Like To Get Started With Paid Video Game Testing, Visit Gamer-Testing-Ground.com, The Number One Resource For Video Game Testers Everywhere.

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The Hard-boiled Pulp Renaissance

With rampant unemployment and the lingering after-effects of the First World War, Depression era audiences were eager to be entertained. The motion picture industry responded to that demand with dramatic sound pictures that reflected our recent turbulent past with morality plays that struck a chord with audiences in search of escapism. Edward G. Robinson was Little Caesar (1931), and a young actor named Humphrey Bogart was featured in a string of successful gangster films: The Petrified Forest (1936), Dead End (1937), Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) and The Roaring Twenties (1939) all captured the angst, apathy and seamy underbelly of America's mean streets. Robinson, Bogart, James Cagney and George Raft embodied the tough no-nonsense gangster lacking in morals and intent on crime.

The publishing industry responded with a smorgasbord of pulp magazines that became instant collector's items. Black Mask, True Detective Stories, Five Novels Monthly, Ten Detective Aces and Thrilling Adventures flourished with stories by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, L. Ron Hubbard, Walter B. Gibson, Lester Dent, Carroll John Daly, Earle Stanley Gardner, Robert Leslie Bellem and Norvell Page, to name but a few.

The staccato rat-a-tat-tat of a Thompson sub-machine gun was as vital a part of the era as the clackety-clack rhythm of a pulp maestro's typewriter. These stories and the popular films of the era were grim, hard-boiled depictions of a ruthless and often heartbreaking underworld. But they were not stories without hope. In fact, the pulp writers infused their heroes with All-American qualities of intelligence, compassion, and an underlying sense of justice.

While the film industry has long been eager to recycle its classic film libraries with VHS and DVD restorations, the pulp collector has long anguished at the disintegrating state of America's classic pulp stories. But technological advances and the print-on-demand industry have helped make it possible for widespread re-publication of these action- packed gems.

These stories and these authors don't simply represent yesteryear's action stories, but they constitute a slice of American cultural history. These are the stories that entertained a nation on the brink of the Second World War and the ushering in of the Atomic Age. It was an era of great uncertainty, massive global conflict, and political upheaval. Perhaps its similarity to our era is part of the allure, but no matter the reason the preservation of these pulp stories is being hailed with widespread acclaim, extraordinary fan interest, and positive scholarly evaluation.

Hard-boiled writing has never really gone out of style, and each generation reinvents the genres of the past, but those originals, those legion of pulp writers that hacked out stories at a breakneck speed to make a living, possessed a quality of talent that remains unsurpassed in American letters.

With the original pulp magazines crumbling into brown dust, these modern editions ensure that future generations will enjoy the best of the pulps for many years to come.

Thomas McNulty is the author of Trail of the Burned Man, Wind Rider, and Death Rides a Palomino. Visit him online at thomasmcnulty.com. He is also an avid Pulp Fiction fan of audio book on cd collections.

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Interview with J.D. Tynan, author of "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man"

Interview with J. D. Tynan author of Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man A Better Be Write Publisher (2007) ISBN 0977197158 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/07)

Today, Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor of Reader Views talks with J.D. Tynan, author of the humorous mystery novel "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man."

J.D. Tynan was born in Portland Oregon. She attended Oregon State University before moving East and becoming a live-in nanny in Southern Connecticut. She now writes entertaining, somewhat zany, romances and adventures in hopes to make writing a full time job some day. For now, she works as a real estate assistant for The Hasson Company Realtors in Vancouver. She's a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Rose City Chapter, PNWA, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She also holds the position of President of the PTA. She lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband and two young children.

Juanita: Welcome back to Reader Views J.D., we are thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with you once again. You've just released your new novel, "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man." How does it feel to have your second novel published?

J.D.: I'm thrilled as this is my favorite novel that I have ever written and it's the first book in a series, so it's just that much more exciting to know that I can continue on with more adventures staring 'Charlie Ford'.

Juanita: So, "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man" is actually the first in a trilogy. Would you tell us about your series and your leading lady, Charlie Ford?

J.D.: Charlie is a woman who was always in the shadow of her two perfect brothers. One is a doctor like her father and the other, a football player, so her entire life, she's been trying to impress her father...therefore rebelling to get attention. So when she was 17, she told her dad she didn't want to go to college. He then said, "Fine, join the Army." She was so angry and defiant that she actually joined. And then stayed for 8 years because she loved it. Being a tomboy all her life came to good use and she ended up in the Army Rangers (a very special, elite unit of Rangers)

But the reader doesn't see any of that. They meet Charlie after the Army...Charlie, the nanny!

Juanita: What happens in "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man"?

J.D.: A lot of self discovery on Charlie's part. She realizes she wants an exciting life, way beyond law enforcement like she previously envisioned in her future.

It starts with her latest nanny job. Taking care of a Hollywood action star's teenage daughter. They end up in Africa, on a decrepit plane that gets high-jacked. The fun and adventure begins there in the Serengeti! It's so much fun. And very exciting.

Juanita: There's a high level of laugh-out-loud humor in this book, as well as fast-paced adventure. Was it as fun to write as it is to read?

J.D.: I love writing fun adventure. It gets pretty crazy at times and I'm a very emotional writer, so my hope is that the reader senses the ups and downs as well as all the excitement and great moments of hilarious action! If I get bored writing, I can't very well expect to keep the reader engaged, so- yeah- I entertain myself as I'm writing.

Juanita: Where did the nanny idea come from?

J.D.: I was a nanny in southern Connecticut, so many of my novels have a nanny tie in. With Charlie, it was easy. I just picked her name, gave her an occupation that I could relate too and started on page one. I didn't even know where the story was going to take me.

Juanita: I'm interested to hear about your thoughts on Annabelle's pretentiousness, which is probably quite an accurate description in these modern times. How does she contribute to the story, and were you making some pointed statements with her character?

J.D.: Annabelle was much like any teenager around that age, but more-so because of her parent's divorce and their fame. Being the daughter of two Hollywood superstars must come with some emotional strain, but I also wanted to create a character that Charlie could empathize with...a teenager who feels neglected and just wants her father's attention. I wasn't making any sort of statement, I just developed Annabelle's character to really compliment the side of Charlie that I wanted everyone to fall in love with. The nurturing and loving side.

Juanita: J.D., why did you decide to use Africa for this book? Have you ever been there and how does this particular setting factor into the story?

J.D.: No, never been there. Did a little research on what types of food they could come up with to eat and got out the encyclopedia, but I wanted it someplace really remote and believable as they were out of touch from everyone for several days. Plus, I thought it would be fun to use my imagination and just create the Serengeti in my mind.

Juanita: This is a greattime of year to release your book as it has perfect summer vacation content, sounds like a great beach read.

J.D.: Beach reads are great. Perfect for vacationing or laying by the pool. Laughing is always fun on vacation!

Juanita: As with most chic-lit, we have some romance brewing in "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man." What can you tell us about the steamier side of your book?

J.D.: It's not nearly as steamy as my first offering, Jill 9, but there's some great sexual tension between Charlie and Secret Agent Man. Very underlying though. It's most definitely not a romance novel, but there's some fun moments of sexy banter between them. He's not the typical handsome hero found in most novels, but I think he is really a fun man for Charlie to fantasize about.

Juanita: What does the trilogy format allow for you as an author? Will the three books be in chronological order, recurring characters? Will we see a progression of Charlie's character?

J.D.: All three books will be titled Charlie Ford Meets...Charlie is the main character in all the books. Book three has not been conceived, but book two is ready for next year. I can't really tell you more than that. Just that book two is a bit "hotter" sexier maybe and definitely more dangerous for everyone involved. Writing a trilogy is fun. I love Charlie as a character so her adventures might even go past a trilogy. We just never know.

Juanita: J.D., why do you write? Is it the actual process of writing that draws you or are you more interested in the final product, and providing great entertainment for readers?

J.D.: Writing. I love making up characters, developing their personalities and seeing where my imagination will take them. I don't outline or pre-conceive anything. I just start writing and it flows. I feel very lucky to have that gift. Plenty of writers talk about writers block and getting stuck. Hasn't happened to me yet. If it's not working in a scene, I just chop off a couple of lines and take my story in another direction.

Juanita: J.D., this storyline is much different than your first novel, "Jill 9." Did you find the writing process to be different? As well, did you learn anything from writing/publishing "Jill 9" that made your second book easier?

J.D.: The biggest difference is that Charlie Ford is written in the first person. Totally different than writing in the third person, like in Jill 9. And now that I have started writing in the first person, it's going to be difficult to transition back. I'm addicted. It's too much fun to get into one person's head and stay there.

As far as publishing goes. They are both out from A Better Be Write Publisher. Everything is much easier the second time around because I'm more comfortable in my 'author' shoes. I'm having the time of my life.

Juanita: Thanks so much for talking with us today J.D. We've enjoyed talking to you once again. Best to you, with your new Charlie Ford books. How can readers find out more about "Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man"?

J.D.: Everything you want and need to know is at http://www.jdtynan.com or http://www.abetterbewrite.com. Please visit me on there often and tell your friends. Word of mouth works wonders and I guarantee everyone will find something about this book that they love. Thanks, Juanita!

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