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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/.

George Pelecanos - Crime Novelist

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Double (Spero Lucas) (Oct 2013) by George P. Pelecanos

Every man has his dark side...Spero Lucas confronts his own in the most explosive thriller yet from one of America's best-loved crime writers.

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career

criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

The Double (Spero Lucas)

Drama City – August 6, 2013 by George P. Pelecanos

Lorenzo Brown loves his work. In his job as an officer for the Humane Society, he cruises the city streets, looking for dogs that are being mistreated - underfed, unclean, trained to kill. He takes pride in making their lives better. And that pride helps Lorenzo resist the pull of easier money doing the kind of work that got him a recent prison bid.

Rachel Lopez loves her work, too. By day she is a parole officer, helping people - Lorenzo Brown among them - along a path to responsibility and advancement. At night she heads for the city's hotel bars, where she can always find a man who will let her act out her damage. She loses herself in sex and drink and more.

But Rachel's nights are taking a toll on her days. Lorenzo knows the signs. The trouble is, he truly needs her right now. There's an eruption coming in the streets he left behind, the kind of territorial war that takes down everyone even near it. Lorenzo needs every shred of support he can get to keep from being sucked back into that battleground. He reaches out to Rachel -

but she may be too far gone to help either of them.

Writing with the grace and force that have earned him praise as "the poet laureate of the crime world," George Pelecanos has created a novel about two scarred and fallible people who must navigate one of life's most brutal passages. It is an unforgettable, moving, even shocking story that will leave no reader unchanged.

Drama City

Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go Reprint edition (July 27, 2011) by George P. Pelecanos

In his third appearance in George Pelecanos's acclaimed series, Nick Stefanos has been spending too much time with bad women and bad booze. Which is why he wakes up one blurry morning on the banks of the Anacostia River, hungover and miserable--and now a witness to a murder. With the help of a partner as straight-arrow as Nick is bent, Nick decides to track down the killer, an investigation that leads them through the roughest part of the nation's capital, and into the blackest parts of the human soul.

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Crime Writer Pauline Rowson Talks About Bringing in the Baddie

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Crime Writer Pauline Rowson talks about bringing in the baddie
Pauline Rowson is the author of the DI Andy Horton series of police procedural mystery crime novels set in Portsmouth and the Solent area of England, and of ... Video Rating: 0 / 5

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A Love Song about Video Games?

Video Games - Lana Del Rey (Lyrics)
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Dare I Call It Murder?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Article Courtesy of Diane Duthweiler

The Untold Story of Sailboat Mystery in French Polynesia 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years after the mysterious deaths of an American couple on their sailboat in French Polynesia, we may finally know what happened to Loren and Joanne Edwards. The FBI labeled it a “Crime on the High Seas: Murder” but closed the case without filing charges.

In his just-released memoir Dare I Call It Murder? the couple’s oldest son, a former investigative journalist, fingers his younger brother and lays out the case never presented in court.

Larry Edwards reveals facts unknown to the public; including confirmation his brother was the FBI’s prime suspect. But what readers may find truly shocking are Edwards’ claims about what happened aboard Spellbound in February of 1978 and why no one was prosecuted.

Edwards’ brother, Gary Edwards, was one of three people who survived the family sail across the Pacific, but all three gave conflicting accounts of what had happened. That was a major hitch in the case. So was the fact that Gary threw his parents’ bodies overboard, eliminating much of the forensic evidence that might have helped determine how they died. Gary said he had to bury his parents at sea because they were far from shore, and their bodies were decomposing in the heat. That part of the story never added up to Larry and others who believe Gary was trying to stall the return to land and the questions that would follow.

In Dare I Call It Murder?, Edwards recounts radio calls from Spellbound and eyewitness observations. Evidence suggests Gary lied about the sailboat’s seaworthiness and location, claiming the 53-foot vessel was about 60 miles from the closest island, when it was perhaps as near as 20. Gary declined a radioed offer of help from a doctor on a nearby boat, despite his injured hand and his sister’s serious and still-untreated head wound. Another pair of boaters report seeing the Spellbound sailing erratically. When they approached and offered help, Gary told them he was having a fuel problem, but had just fixed it and waved them off.

Dare I Call It Murder? carefully and clearly deciphers a maze of contradictory claims for a highly believable conclusion. One the author finally decided to share, after a published accounting of his parents’ final days by a famed true-crime writer. Edwards says her version of events is inaccurate and reignited old conflicts over the case that tore his fractured family apart even further.

Edwards also realized he was suffering emotionally. “I was having trouble living my life because I was consumed with setting the record straight and trying to provide a semblance of justice for my parents. It took me decades to realize I was suffering from post-traumatic stress, and I want my story to give greater focus to violent loss and the trauma that goes with it."

Connie Saindon, a therapist who has helped Edwards and founder of the Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego, CA, writes, “It’s the kind of book you can’t put down. You will live this story.”

About the Author:
Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, past editor of The Log Newspapers and Maritime Quarterly, as well as a former contributor to publications such as Sailing World and Grand Prix Sailor.

He lived in Auckland for 6 months covering the 2000 America’s Cup and contributing to the New Zealand Herald. He grew up in Seattle and currently lives in San Diego where he works as a freelance writer, book editor and publishing consultant.

Website: www.DareICallItMurder.com

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Top Five Greatest Action Heroes

Friday, August 2, 2013

Top Five Greatest Action Heroes

Top Five Greatest Action Heroes
By Zack Mandell

Most action movies have the same concept. Whether it's defending the country or the world or saving someone, it typically boils down to good verses evil. What makes an action movie exciting to watch is the actor playing the hero. A lot of viable candidates make this top-five list of action heroes; however, it's hard to argue that the actors listed below aren't some of the best around.

The first person on the list is Chuck Norris, the man, the legend, and the hero. It's hard to compete against a man who can slam a revolving door. After serving in the US Air Force, Norris began working as a martial artist, which lead to numerous movie roles in films such as "Way of the Dragon," "Delta Force," and "Firewalker." Norris also starred in the popular TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger" from 1993 to 2001. His costar in the martial arts slash comedy film "Way of the Dragon" is the next person on the list, Bruce Lee.

One of the most respected martial artists on the planet, he is also a filmmaker, an actor, a martial arts instructor, and founder of his own form of fighting known as Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee is one of the greatest action heroes ever. He appeared in over two dozen films, including "Game of Death," "Enter the Dragon," "Fists of Fury," and "Game of Death II." He also directed "Way of the Dragon" in addition to starring in it. When he wasn't doing movies, he could be found training people in martial arts. Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame where famous people are immortalized by having their names plastered on gold stars, Lee has a star honoring him in Hong Kong at the Avenue of Stars, which honors famous Hong Kong film actors and actresses.

The next action hero started out as a bodybuilder in Austria, went on to star in numerous classic action films, and then decided he wanted to become the governor of California. The man we are talking about is none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. With a film career starting in 1969, where he played Hercules while holding the title of Mr. Universe, Schwarzenegger continues to make movies even to this day. "Terminator 5" is in preproduction, and "The Legend of Conan" has been announced. He has a classic catalog of films that he's starred in, such as "The Terminator," "Predator," "Commando," "True Lies," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Batman & Robin," and "End of Days." He has also produced and directed a few films.

If you add up all the money grossed from films this man has appeared in, it would be over $2.5 billion dollars. Bruce Willis is an impressive actor who actually started his career in a romantic comedy TV show called "Moonlighting." However, nowadays, he's most known for his work in the "Die Hard" series, "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," and "Sin City." You'll usually catch him throwing around cleverly condescending one liners while beating up and shooting bad guys. Like some of the other actors on the list, he's tried his hand at producing; however, he's also a musician. He has made music for TV shows such as "Friends" and "Saturday Night Live." However, don't let that fool you: he's still the same guy from "Miami Vice" and "Hostage" who can save the day.

Standing at 6 foot 4 inches tall and from Michigan, USA, Steven Seagal is another amazing action hero. Like Chuck Norris, he has a background in martial arts and earned himself the nicknames The Master of Aikido, Lord Steven, and The Great One. Seagal has a different style than most of these other action heroes; you'll usually see him decked out in fashionable, expensive Italian designer clothes rocking a long black pony tail. But don't let his appearance fool you; his performance in films such as "Above the Law," "Under Siege," "Into the Sun," "Exit Wounds," "The Patriot," and "Hard to Kill" will show you just what he's capable of. Unlike most martial arts that focus on punching and kicking, Seagal is trained in aikido - a Japanese martial art that primarily uses chokes, locks, and throws to debilitate an opponent.

While there are other exceptional action heroes out there, these five stand out. Each one has a long list of popular films that they've starred in. However, what makes these people particularly impressive is the other achievements they've earned, whether in martial arts, music, directing, or even politics. These five individuals have definitely earned the status as great action heroes.

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