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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/.

Wire Tapping: Privacy vs. Security

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Article Courtesy of Who Called My Phone

From the Bill of Rights to Edward Snowden, there has always been a battle between the right to privacy and the prying eyes of the government. Should privacy be compromised for security, or security for privacy? Following are some key events that took us from the Fourth Amendment to Prism. Continued . . . .

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The Definition of Stupid

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law. It was sold as a crackdown: There would be tighter security at the Mexican border, and employers would face strict penalties for hiring undocumented workers. The law granted amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants.

Fast forward 27 years - - another amnesty bill has been proposed to grant citizenship to over 20 million illegals in this country. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed that this bill would solve illegal immigration and secure the border. What happened to the promise of “tighter security at the Mexican border” from 1986?

This latter scenario reminds me of the Definition of Stupid: “Making the same mistake more than once and wondering why the results are the same.”

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Article Courtesy of Kenney Myers,

The problem with trying to find crime fighters named Ken is that they, by their very nature, tend to be extremely protective of their true identity.

However, as is the case with every great crime fighter, the super villain always unmasks them in the end. Of course, the adoring public are always quick to forget that the hero’s identity has been revealed, so here is a permanent record of crime fighters named Ken who shall remain unmasked.

  • Ken Masters – Introduced to the world in 1987, Ken Masters is one half of crime fighting duo Ryu and Ken from the popular Street Fighter game series. Ken’s special moves include Hadoken, Shoryuken, Tatsumaki and Senpukyaku. The character was originally created by Capcom as Ryu’s counterpart in order to appeal to the American audience when the game was released globally.
  • Kenneth Dowler – He’s not so famous among everyday citizens, but Kenneth Dowler holds a very prominent place in international crime fighting circles. Dowler is the author of a number of important publications concerned with criminal processes and justice. With over 15 publications under his belt, Kenneth has made significant contributions towards understanding the media’s impact on criminal investigation and reporting.
  • Kenny McCormick – Mysterion, AKA Kenny McCormick from South Park, bears a striking resemblance to Batman, and even has the gruff voice down. The Mysterion character was first introduced to the show in the Season 13 episode “The Coon.” The crime fighter’s super power, not surprisingly, is the ability to come back to life after suffering fatal injuries, although his friends and family have no recollection of the event.
  • Kenneth Aubrey – As one of the main characters in Craig Thomas’s series of spy novels, Sir Kenneth Aubrey is a top handler with MI6. Thomas is most famous for the novel titled “Firefox,” which was adapted for film in 1982 with Freddie Jones playing Aubrey’s character. Although Tom Clancy had much more success in the British spy genre, Craig Thomas is regarded by many fans as the founding father of the genre.
  • Ken Follett – A crime fighter perhaps only in his own mind, Ken Follett has written more than six unique book series comprised of over 30 novels in total. Common threads found in Follett’s novels deal with crime, war and politics throughout the ages. The Welsh writer is also an avid supporter of the British Labour party, and even became involved in politics himself in the late 1970s.
  • Kenneth Hutchinson – You may not recognize his name, but you will recognize his nickname – Hutch of Starsky and Hutch fame. Although the show became incredibly famous all over the world, the original series only ran for four years on ABC. The show was also famous for introducing the much loved character “Huggy Bear” to the world. Huggy was later revamped by rapper Snoop Dogg in a movie remake of the show.
  • Kenneth Drury – Detective Chief Superintendent Kenneth Drury of Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad fell afoul of the law himself in a famous bribery and corruption scandal in 1977. The Flying Squad has always had close links to criminal elements as part of their mission, however, investigations were launched into the squad’s conduct due to public scrutiny of nefarious tactics and practices.
  • Kenneth Toby – Kenneth Toby appeared in a number of TV and movie roles throughout his career, which included many roles as crime fighting characters. Most of the roles that Kenneth played were as military men, however, he also played sheriff in “Big Top Pee-Wee” and a Twilight episode titled “A Day in Beaumont.” Kenneth Toby died on December 22, 2002; he was 85 years of age.
  • Ken Carson – Another name that you may not recognize, which is probably because he has kept it under deep cover. Ken Carson is better known as the Ken Doll – or Barbie’s other half. Of course, everyone knows that Ken can’t hold down a job for long, so it’s no surprise that he lists police officer as one of his many failed career choices.
  • Ken Wallis – This thrill seeking dare-devil has the honor of having doubled for James Bond in You Only Live Twice. Wing Commander Kenneth Horatio Wallis loves all kinds of vehicles, especially when he is inventing or racing them. Wallis created what is considered by many to be the original Scaletrix race tracks and cars. Unfortunately, he did not patent his invention, and thus lost out on the fortune that similar designs later brought for Scaletrix.

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Top 4 Most Infamous Serial Killers In History

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Article Courtesy of Ashley Welter

The representation of serial killers in pop culture is largely attributed to horror movies and slasher films. Many people don’t realize that these criminals really do exist, and several of the most iconic movie characters are based on real people.

Just the thought of serial killer will send chills down anyone’s spine, but the study of their behavior has become prominent because people are fascinated by one simple question. . .

Why Do They Do It?

No one knows why people kill. It’s a mystery of the human condition, and people love mystery. Of course, one wants to be involved in the mystery, but they love reading about it and studying it. Some killers are so terrifying that people have nightmares after reading about them, but that doesn’t stop them from reading every word. These four men are icons of fear, and they’ll go down in history as some of the most horrifying, bone-chilling murders to ever walk this earth.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy is one of the most infamous serial killers in history. He’s known for kidnapping and raping women, and was also a necrophile meaning he’d continue to have sex with the rotting corpses of his victims after they were dead.

For over a decade, he denied killing anyone, but he finally confessed that he’d murdered 30 women in seven different states between the years 1974 and 1978.

As an attractive guy, he used his looks to his advantage, presenting himself in a charming manner in order to gain the trust of his female victims. After approaching them and forming a connection, he’d take them to a more secluded place and assault, rape, and murder them.

Bundy was a sociopath and felt no empathy or remorse for his crimes. He once referred to himself as the “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.” Bundy received the death penalty and died in an electric chair on January 24, 1989.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men between 1987 and 1991, and he’s infamous for the gruesome and heinous things he did to his victims, both before and after they were dead. His crimes involved rape, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism.

When Dahmer was finally caught, police raided his home and found that he was hiding some very dark secrets. There were several corpses stored in acid-filled containers, as well as severed heads in his refrigerator from those who he’d decapitated. Police also found a very mysterious, shrine-like setting in his bedroom containing human skulls and bones surrounded by candles.

Dahmer was found guilty on 15 counts of murder, and he was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in prison. On November 28,1994, he was beaten to death by another inmate and died from severe head trauma.

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy Jr. was a rapist and serial killer who often dressed up as an evil clown and attended charity events and fundraisers where young children were present. During the time between 1972 and 1978, Gacy raped and murdered 33 young men. This number reflects his confirmed victims, although many people people believe the actual victim count is much higher.

Gacy would find ways to lure his victims into his home, and that is where all of his known murders took place. The creepiest part is that after his conviction, they found the corpses of 26 young men and teenage boys buried in the crawlspace of Gacy’s house. You can see official photos of detectives digging up Gacy’s home here — photos are extremely graphic, view at your own risk.

On March 13, 1980, Gacy received the death penalty after being convicted of all 33 murders. After 14 years on death row, he was executed by lethal injection.

Dennis Rader

Dennis Rader, otherwise known as The BTK killer, is one of the most widely known serial killers in recent history. BTK stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill,” which refers to the strange and methodical way he killed his victims. His attacks were calculated and once he chose a victim, he’d stalk them for months before he chose to strike.

Rader’s killing spree lasted from 1974 to 1991, during which he killed 10 people. His victims ranged from age 9 to age 62, but they were all murdered in the same way, which is why BTK became in infamous signature.

During that time, the police department was receiving mysterious letters detailing various murders. The return address was signed, “Bill Thomas Killman,” which was his alias. These letters finally led police to Rader in 2005, and he is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences in prison.

Are You Freaked Out Yet?

The four men listed above are among the scariest killers that have ever lived. The majority of them showed no remorse for their heinous crimes, which makes them even more terrifying.

They have influenced multiple documentaries, biographies, and even fictional movie characters. These are the kind of criminals we’re all paranoid about, because they fly under the radar for so long before they’re exposed. We end up running background checks on people who might be dangerous, which is a good idea because you never know who is hiding a gruesome secret. It’s hard to fathom what these crazed killers did, but thankfully each of them is either dead or in jail for life.

Author Bio:

Ashley Welter is a blogger from San Diego. She specializes in writing about serial killers and the psychology of criminal behavior. You can read more of her work here.

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Mystery Crime Comic Books - Superheros

Monday, June 10, 2013

I don't know of anyone who would not agree that comic book characters are works of art especially the superhero and super villain action figures. The knowledge of the human anatomy in motion is incredible and the artistry is spectacular! Then add to that a thrilling story.

Aristotle said, "There are men, so godlike, so exceptional, that they naturally, by right of their extraordinary gifts, transcend all moral judgment or constitutional control. There is no law which embraces men of that caliber. They are themselves law."

Marvel Comics and its major, longtime competitor DC Comics share over 80% of the American comic-book market. DC Comics has been around since 1934 and Marvel Comics since 1939. Both companies have created some fantastic superhero crime fighters. See more at Mystery Crime Comic Books.

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