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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/.

Social Media Election

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Courtesy of Open-Site.org

Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account has probably noticed an increase in the number of political postings over the past few years. This is due, in part, to the explosive rise in social media outlets and users. But voters are not the only people who use social media; among politicians, 9 out of 10 Senators and Representatives have Twitter accounts. However, many are starting to wonder if social media is becoming less a reporter of political races and more of a predictor of the results. In Senate races, the candidate with more Facebook friends than his or her opponent has won 81% of the time. And one email sent to 60 million Facebook users prompted an additional 340,000 people to vote in the 2010 election. This infographic illustrates just how politics and social media are affecting each other….. Continued

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See The Cogs Turn With Behavior Analysis

Why is there a need to conduct behavior analysis? Perhaps it is due to human curiosity in finding out what makes a person tick. Other times, understanding how certain actions come about can help in improving the educational structure or lowering crime rates. Studies into this field are nothing new as many books have been written on the subject. Ranging from fictional characters in deerstalker hats to plump Belgian detectives, real life cases have also made headlines courtesy of this topic.

Although this subject has been well and truly spoken in the field of criminology, there is always room for another point of view as experts are constantly finding out new ways on how the human mind works. As man is a creature of habit, he tends to revert to his old ways sooner or later. Even though crime action dramas may solve their cases within the time allotted per episode, true crime may take more time. By utilizing the art and science of behavior analysis, law enforcement personnel have managed to track down offenders due to clues inadvertently left behind. By following the trail of crumbs, some cases are solved due to minuscule factors which can be overlooked if not for experts in this field.

A springboard from lowering crime rates, this practice is also carried out in various corporations. By observing the staff's conduct to various matters, management can better ascertain how best to tread in the areas of human resources. Often times, this area can be a mine field as employees have petty or valid grouses which need to be addressed. As such, departments specializing in behavior analysis are becoming the norm as they collate and present the information to management. This can then be considered by the executive level as they steer the course of the organization's business towards greater heights. It does not take much analysis to derive the fact that a happy staff is a productive one.

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The Perennial Popularity of Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot, a fictional detective created by Agatha Christie in 1920 is one of the most successful characters in the genre of detective fiction and his popularity has not waned till date. Sherlock Holmes may be more celebrated in literary circles but Hercule Poirot is indeed more close to the heart. There is no very evident reason for this sense of familiarity that readers have developed with Poirot. He is Belgian, with an exaggerated moustache and a dandified appearance in addition to a deliberately foreign mannerism in speech and gesture. It is actually the genius of the author that has managed to make her creation one of the most accepted and well-loved characters of popular fiction, transcending all barriers of time, place or age among readers.

Here are a few points that make Hercule Poirot and his exploits unique among a host of contenders in his profession - those that have preceded him and many more who have come after.

1.Poirot is indeed conceited. He is proud of his 'little grey cells' and of his superior abilities in general. But the author has always allowed the reader to make fun of his conceit. Through comments and reactions from other characters as well through typical authorial asides. Hercule Poirot is not over and above; he is human and very much a part of the group.

2.Poirot relies on conversation as the most important tool in his process of investigation. He believes it is the best method of bringing to the surface what a person is actually thinking. Consciously or unwittingly, characters give themselves away to him. Agatha Christie points out adroitly that it is probably due to the fact that most people consider Poirot just 'a foreigner' that they are 'off-guard' when they speak to him.

3.Poirot stories lay a lot of emphasis on the gratification of senses. Whether it is the description of culinary pleasures or the physical appearance of characters and of setting, the narrative is detailed and creates a sense of spontaneous reality for the readers.

4.Poirot stories are high on emotional drama without ever slipping into vulgar sentimental muddles. The emotion is refined even when it is obvious and every relationship that is discussed in a particular story has its own special significance.

5.Poirot shares an investigation trait with Miss Marple, another Agatha Christie creation. He too depends on character resemblance and believes in the existence of character types in which some common features are shared.

6.Poirot is essentially a good man. He has no very stringent regard for truth when it comes to carrying on his investigations and can resort to either blatant lies or half-truths simply for getting to the bottom of the mystery. But Poirot respects truth above everything else and is extremely fair where justice has to be delivered.

These observations are not all comprehensive and just serves as a pointer to what kind of reasons have made Hercule Poirot so popular over the years. There is something very modern about the man or rather, his mind. Though difficult to nail down, it is perhaps Poirot's ability to understand the diversity of human nature that has made his appeal perennial.

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Blinded by the Light – A Tess Camillo Mystery by Morgan Hunt – Book Review

Amateur sleuth and breast cancer survivor Tess Camillo is off on her third adventure when she investigates a murder that happens while she is visiting the Lightning Field with a friend in New Mexico. The victim is made to appear like she was hit by lightning; however, it is quite obvious to the authorities that she was not. Tess’s pregnant friend is one of the prime suspects. Concern for her friend’s welfare puts Tess into overdrive on the case. While all the investigating is going on, Tess is also following matters of the heart. She has met a woman online she immediately feels drawn to. This makes Tess vulnerable.

I really enjoyed reading “Blinded by the Light.” The author, Morgan Hunt, does such an excellent job of developing her characters and describing her scenes in such vivid detail, my imagination did not have to do much work. Instead I was able to sit back and enjoy the story. There is a ton of humor in her writing; however, she does not go overboard with it because the main character Tess also has depth, especially in regards to matters of the heart. At her core, Tess wants to be in a loving, complete relationship. The crazy stuff that happens around her, especially with some of the eccentric suspects, makes for a really interesting story.

I am in awe of Morgan Hunt’s creativity in writing. The method of murder and the motives behind it were totally unique. She also has the character encounter interesting people with unique jobs. I like that she incorporated an unusual place that really exists into the story. I enjoyed Googling Lightning Field on the Internet to learn more about it. Hunt’s journey takes her to several unique, interesting places within the southwest area. “Blinded by the Light” ranks high on my recommendation list, especially for my friends who enjoy bizarre, humorous murder mysteries.

Alyson Books (2008) ISBN 9781593500856


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Courtesy of Staff Writers at OnLinecolleges.net

September 3, 2012

Over the course of the past century, many colleges have accrued huge endowments, bolstered by generous alumni and savvy investments, with some sitting on portfolios worth billions of dollars. These endowments have given many schools financial security and allowed them to dole out scholarships, build new facilities, and even lure top teaching talent. Yet like many aspects of higher education, endowments have encountered their share of scandal and negative publicity, either through mismanagement, fraud, huge losses, lack of transparency, or even their relationships with particularly unsavory investments. Here we explore some of the biggest controversies surrounding college endowments over the past few decades, some of which even draw in the most prestigious colleges in the U.S…… Continued

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The Justice System's Imprisonment of Innocent Citizens

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Posted: 10/03/2012 3:05 pm By Anthony Gregory of the Huffington Post

It is frequently said that a civilized people would rather let ten guilty men go free than put one innocent person in prison. I would revise the ratio, myself, yet we are starting to get a glimpse into just how often innocent people are convicted in this country.

Damon Thibodeaux is the 300th convict exonerated through DNA evidence. He is an innocent man who was threatened and intimidated into giving a false confession that never withstood a cursory comparison to the facts. Not only was he innocent, but one of the crimes to which he confessed -- sexual abuse -- appears never to have happened to the murder victim.

These releases have blown a hole in the myth that the justice system almost never damns the innocent. Some would suggest that the return of these individuals' freedom shows the system is working -- yet for years they have been deprived of their birthright of liberty, and rarely ever receive retribution. Moreover, many more remain imprisoned and are likely never to be released.

Thibodeaux's ordeal reminds us that even when the facts appear to clearly prove the prosecution's case, behind-the-scenes criminal justice shenanigans often obscure the picture seen by jurors. The Washington Post reports that among exonerations in the last five years, "as many as a quarter of the cases involved a false confession." This might shock Americans who have never learned about the way police interrogators can psychologically manipulate suspects, breaking them down hour by hour, until the suspects no longer have any conception of reality or identity.

Research out of the University of Michigan indicates a 2.5 percent to 4 percent error rate in capital cases. And in June, "researchers examining biological evidence from hundreds of Virginia rape convictions between 1973 and 1987 determined that new DNA testing appeared to exonerate convicted defendants in 8 percent to 15 percent of cases."

This means that for the 140,000 on death row or serving life imprisonment alone, "many thousands of innocent individuals could be in prison for crimes they didn't commit." In some categories of offenses, it would seem the U.S. is getting awfully close to an error rate that would mean letting everyone out of prison would satisfy the moral standard that imprisoning an innocent person is worse than letting ten guilty people go. This sounds crazy, but that is the degree of injustice our system has wrought.

Unfortunately, most innocent people will probably never be released, since the vast majority of cases resulting in DNA-based exoneration involve rape where there is DNA evidence to test. There are many more cases in which confessions and eyewitness testimony -- two notoriously unreliable forms of proof -- are the main ways prosecutors secure convictions. Compounded by the highly problematic reliance on plea bargains, and we see how things can get so awful.

It is almost a certainty that thousands of innocent Americans are behind bars, potentially subject to brutal conditions, violence, and very often rape. This of course does not even touch on those who are punished for peaceful acts that should not be crimes in a free society -- like drug or gun ownership or illegal immigration -- nor does it take account of the many property criminals who would be more humanely and justly handled through restitution to their victims rather than imprisonment; nor does it consider the hundreds of thousands imprisoned on petty parole and probation violations where no one was actually hurt. Maybe if the criminal justice system were only focused on violent crime, it could better ensure that fewer innocents were locked up, but even this would require eternal vigilance on the part of the people.

Despite the criminal justice system comprising one outrageous injustice mounted atop another, this gets very little attention in mainstream discourse. Why?

Perhaps it is because this reality poses a major inconvenience for the dominant forms of modern political ideology. The progressives believe government is more humane and efficient than the market, and if a system of checks and balances, due process protections, and unanimous jury verdicts has failed so utterly in protecting the rights of the innocent, it only demonstrates why we might not trust it with running education, protecting the environment, or guaranteeing health care to all. Modern conservatives, on the other hand, believe that, while government deserves suspicion in the areas of welfare and regulation, the criminal justice system is a proper role of government and that liberal criticisms have served to coddle criminals and weaken the state's ability to protect the people from crime. Thus, they trust government with the unparalleled powers of execution and imprisonment where they would distrust it to run the economy or care for the needy. Yet on all fronts, government deserves much less trust, not more.

It is no wonder that almost any other issue is more likely to be discussed in the national debates than the horrible state of our criminal justice system. Countless innocent people are being abused and have had their lives stolen from them by overzealous prosecutors and police, biased judges, and jurors willing to give the state the benefit of the doubt. This one of the greatest injustices in modern American life and exposes the immoralities in pro-government ideologies that have come to dominate modern politics.

So long as this is the system we have, jurors concerned with actual justice need to become far more vigilant. The presumption of evidence means that prosecutors and police should not be given the benefit of the doubt, as they typically are. Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs's rule of thumb is: "whenever any government functionary, especially one connected with the so-called criminal justice system, makes a statement, presume that it is a lie. It may not be, of course, but unless overwhelming independent evidence is adduced in support of it, the odds are that it is a lie." This might seem cynical, but that is the proper attitude with which to approach the legal system. Only a principled skepticism can possibly keep the system functioning anywhere close to the ideal, where people are treated as innocent until proven guilty.

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56 Days And a Wake Up. The Preston Hughes III case

Saturday, October 6, 2012

by The Other Side of Justice

On September 26, 1988 the cover of People Magazine featured a cover photo of Mike Tyson and his then wife Robyn Givens. The cover was titled "A Cry For Help". On that same day in Houston, TX, Preston Hughes began his cry for help. Tragiclly two young people were brutally murdered in the woods on that evening. The victims were LaShandra Charles, 15 and her 3 year old cousin Marcell Taylor. All though Marcell was dead when police arrived and LaShandra's carotid artery had been severed, one detective claims he "calmy" interviewed LaShandra. This is despite other accounts from responding officer list LaShandra as "unconscious" when they arrived. Supposedly LsShandra gave the name "Preston", which lead police to Preston Hughes III. A search of Preston's apartment yielded a knife which clearly had no blood on it. Preston clothes did not show any signs of human blood besides a "presumptive" test. Police got Preston to confess with the understanding that he would be able to go home and make work the next morning. However, his confessions did not match the elements of the crime and part of the story was spoon fed to Preston, because it was obvious he knew noting about the murders. 24 years later, Preston sits on Texas Death Row with 56 days and a wake up before his scheduled execution date.

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