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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/.

What’s in a Name?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The secret is out. J. K. Rowling aka Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has published a detective thriller novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

The best friend of the wife of a senior member of her law firm leaked the true identify of Robert Galbraith on Twitter which angered Rowling. The law firm apologized and stated, “We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither JK Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.” Rowling stated, "I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."

Was Rowling, in fact, pulling a Stephen King test. From 1977 to 1984 King wrote five novels under the pen name of Richard Bachman. King admits that Richard Bachman was an attempt to make sense out of his career and try to answer the question of whether his success was due to talent or luck. He says he deliberately released the Bachman novels with as little marketing presence as possible and did his best to "load the dice against" Bachman. King concludes that he has yet to find an answer to the "talent versus luck" question.

It is my opinion that it takes a great deal of talent and perhaps a tiny bit of luck to become a best selling author which does not happen overnight. Rowling started writing her first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stonein 1990 and finished it in 1995. Her manuscript was sent to twelve publishers, all of which rejected it. A year later a small publisher accepted it. Since then she has been on one hell of a coaster ride and I can understand why she may have gotten tired of living under a microscope.

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