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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/.

Samuel L. Jackson Read "A Rage in Harlem" by Chester Himes

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Read more user reviews about this audio book and get a copy of the full version here: tiny.cc Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children's book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes' classic first novel. Himes, described by The Sunday Times as "the greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler", was no stranger to the world of crime: in his late teens and early 20s, he served 7 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery, the confession to which was beaten out of him by the police. He delivers the tale of his hopelessly naïve hero suddenly finding himself on the run from a hypocritical and far-from-heroic police force with lurid violence and brutal humor. There is no voice better than Mr. Jackson's to narrate this hardboiled story of love and crime, set in a richly imagined, mid-20th century Harlem. A Rage in Harlem is part of Audible's A-List Collection, featuring the world's most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. For behind-the-scenes video from Mr. Jackson's recording session and more great books performed by Hollywood's finest, visit our A-List Collection page. tiny.cc Editorial Reviews "Himes undertook to do for Harlem what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles." --Newsweek "Himes wrote spectacularly successful ... Video Rating: 5 / 5

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8 Tips to Get Your Mystery Murder Fiction Published

It can’t be denied that I am green in the community of published authors.

Our debut mystery book, LIAR LIAR, is planned to be released in September 2010. My sisters and I signed a two book contract with Poisoned Pen Press and we are completing the second mystery novel in the Cat DeLuca series now. Many people wonder about the ways we beat the bleak publishing odds and now I will tell them. If you have no particular qualifications or very little good sense you can get published too.

Here are my 8 tips to writing fiction and getting your mystery book published:

1) Design a book jacket with the name of your novel, drape it over a hardback book and carry it with you. Picture your published murder mystery on the shelves of bookstores everywhere. Imagine radio and television interviews, rave reviews in the New York Times. This exercise may not work magic on the publisher but it'll help you get through the devastating rejections that are almost sure to come. Most importantly, it will cement within you the certain knowledge of who you are. You may have to do this or that to pay the bills, but what you are is a writer. Tell people you know and those you meet on the street. The gods are listening.

2) Read. Read the mystery novels that are being published today and get a feel for what readers want. Read as many debut author books as you possibly can and try to figure out how they escaped the editor's evil recycle bin. Read with a writer's eye. Decide what works for you and what doesn't. Above all learn to identify the energy that is unique to the mystery genre. If you can't feel it, you haven't read enough. If you still can't feel it, you may want to try another genre.

3) Write a crime fiction book that sells. For the time being, forget about the book you've always dreamed of writing and write one that sells. You can write that other book after you've established a fan base that'll follow you anywhere. One good thing about writing a book that sells is that your ego is less likely to get in the way.

Here's another exercise. Visualize that you're in an airport or park and people are reading your book. They're smiling, or chewing their lip and they gasp when they get to the scary part. Your book is a hit. Appreciate everyone who will ever read one of your books. Now think of your book as a gift to the universe. That thought alone will help you write larger than yourself.

4) Give the readers what they want. Mystery readers are smart and savvy. They want a unique plot and a quirky hero who'll amaze them with uncanny crime-solving abilities. They want clues that work and a clean, fast paced delivery. Throw in the ah-ha moment and a blockbuster finish. When you write, forget about what you think the publisher wants. Make it fun and write for the joy of it.

5) Write authentically. Write from that place within you that loves the mystery. Know your readers want to be entertained. They want to experience suspense, laughter, sadness, anticipation, tension, fear, relief, and (finally) satisfaction when they read your book. It's your job to take them there.

6) Write a sharp, eye catching query. Send out a bunch of them. Keep writing fiction while you wait for responses. Work on your next book. It'll keep you from getting too crazy. Don't isolate yourself. You are part of a community of writers. Attend writer workshops, book clubs and classes. Use every resource you can think of to improve your skills and publishing odds.

7) Go after every rejection slip. Find out why you were turned down and if your manuscript needs fixing, fix it.

8) Manuscript preparation tips. Publishers may discard your manuscript just because the punctuation and poor spelling irritates them. Editors have a bunch of anal-retentive rules. Take them seriously. If you need help, hire a starving college student or copywriter.

Now good luck and get writing!

This article is contributed by Kari Larsen from the 3 Sisters Mysteries team. She works together with Julianne and Kristen Larsen on their Cat DeLuca Mysteries. You can find more about 3 Sisters Mysteries by visiting their website at http://www.kjlarsenauthor.com or http://www.3sistersmysteries.com.

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Man Executed for Killing Texas Cousins, 15 and 3

Saturday, November 17, 2012

By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Texas November 16, 2012 (AP)

Convicted killer Preston Hughes III proclaimed his innocence as he was executed Thursday for the fatal stabbing of a 3-year-old Texas boy and the child's teenage cousin who uttered her attacker's first name to police in her dying breaths. Hughes long had contended he wasn't responsible for the slayings of Shandra Charles, 15, and her cousin Marcell Taylor 24 years ago in Houston, and that police had planted evidence and coerced his confessions.

The condemned prisoner's mother sobbed and wailed as she witnessed the lethal injection. Hughes' sister was at her side.

"You know I'm innocent and I love you both," Hughes, 46, said as his mother cried loudly. "Please continue to fight for my innocence even though I'm gone. "Give everybody my love."

He took several deep breaths and then stopped moving. His mother, seated in a chair near the death chamber window, cried out: "My baby ... I haven't touched my child in 23 years." She became more composed in the minutes after it was apparent he was unconscious.

Hughes was pronounced dead at 7:52 p.m. CST, 15 minutes after the lethal drug began flowing into his arms. No one representing his victims witnessed the punishment.

Hughes became the 15th Texas prisoner executed this year and the second in as many nights. On Wednesday, Ramon Hernandez, 41, was executed for the rape, robbery and murder of a San Antonio woman abducted from a bus stop in 2001.

The September 1988 attack on the young cousins Hughes was convicted of killing happened in a field behind a Houston apartment complex where Hughes lived. A man walking along a trail found Charles and called police. Officers found her 3-year-old cousin already dead from a stab wound that passed completely through his neck. Charles was still alive but severely injured with knife wounds to her neck and chest, police said. When an officer asked who was responsible for the attack, she gave a name, "Preston," and said he tried to rape her. She died moments later. Authorities went to the nearby apartments and found Hughes, the only resident with the first name of Preston. He already was on probation for a conviction of sexual assault on a child and denied any role in the stabbings.

Hughes' execution came after he lost multiple appeals in courts to block it. Two of them — filed by attorney Patrick McCann, who Hughes unsuccessfully sought to fire — failed at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Other court actions were filed on the inmate's behalf by a death penalty opponent in Houston. They were denied in the courts or could not halt the punishment, attorneys said. One of them, seeking a retesting of DNA evidence that tied Hughes to the slayings, delayed his execution for more than an hour before it was rejected by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In one Supreme Court appeal, McCann said instructions to jurors deciding Hughes' punishment were not adequate. In another, the attorney contended new evidence showed Hughes was sexually abused as a child and a jury should be allowed to consider that at a new punishment trial.

Ellis McCullough, one of Hughes' trial lawyers, said this week he was convinced no evidence was planted or mishandled. He said Hughes, brought to a police station for interviews in the early morning hours after the slayings, made phone calls from the police interrogation room to acquaintances, including his probation officer, that "were pretty devastating taken as a whole."

Evidence examined for DNA testing after his conviction and at his request found traces of Charles' blood on Hughes' clothing. At his trial, prosecutors showed Charles' glasses were found on a couch in his apartment. Hughes, who knew Charles through a friend, said police took the evidence from the crime scene, planted it in his apartment, illegally searched the place, coerced his confessions and copied his signature to them from another document.

"The fact is I didn't kill anyone," he told The Associated Press last month, speaking from a small visiting cage outside death row. Hughes also denied the sexual assault conviction that resulted in his probation. "I didn't know she was 13 at the time," he told the AP of the victim in that case. "I was led to believe she was 17."

Hughes moved to Houston in 1983 from his native Buffalo, N.Y., where a rape charge against him was dismissed when the victim failed to appear in court. He testified at his capital murder trial that he pulled a knife on "a guy who came up to me from behind" and "stuck him twice" but denied it was the 3-year-old boy or Charles.

"I didn't stab anybody," he said. "Stabbing and stuck is two different things."

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Computer Crimes Affect on Economy

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lulzsec and Anonymous have now joined forces in an effort to release classified documents from governments around the world. If successful such operations would have a profound impact on the economy and on various currencies traded on the online forex exchange. Governments are not the only targets however, and the groups have also stated that their targets include banks and other financial institutions. This is all in an apparent attempt to prove the inadequacy of security throughout the Internet, but in addition to this there is a very real political slant being added to the cause since Anonymous has hopped on board. Between the two groups some officials are concerned that sensitive documents and other materials may end up compromised in the near future. While the antics of both groups in the past have been relatively harmless, the damage seen done to Sony recently has proven that there is a real risk here.

The English government has already come out to say that the 2011 census in the UK may have been stolen by hackers. This information could, in effect be shared via torrent or other means in the very near future, and such a breach goes a long way in demonstrating the futile nature of current Internet security. Since these concerns are being more and more validated through actions and not just words, consumers are sure to be more concerned now more so than ever before. Security with regard to online transactions and other information gathering activities will certainly be approached cautiously from now on.

This complete lack of both government and private security where private data is concerned could have a serious impact on the way business is conducted all over the world.

If the amount of business conducted continues to dwindle as a result of this complete lack of confidence then it is likely that there is going to be significant backlash in the foreseeable future. With the problems now reaching major media outlets the people of the world are going to be aware no matter what amount of cover up is initiated. The hackers have come to the fore of the world’s attention and they are showing no sign of slowing down, the attacks will continue and it is anyone’s guess as to what the next release of information will be. It would be completely foolish to trust the government or private companies with information at this point, and people are catching on quickly.

The author is a Forex trader and financial analyst residing in Denver, Colorado. To stay up to date on all the latest developments in the financial world and beyond be sure to stay up to date with the latest forex quotes.

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Consumer Protections Laws You Should Know Before Taking an Auto Loan

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Courtesy of AutoLoanCalculator.com

Is it time for an auto loan? Many buyers walk into dealerships with only a vague idea of how auto loans and financing work. This is a dangerous setup. While the mortgage market has learned its lesson, many auto markets remain rife with predatory lending, illegal scams, and unwise deals that can trap the unwary consumer….. Continued

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