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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/.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ann Rule is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America, and the author responsible for the genre as it exists today. She came to her career with a solid background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. She has been a full-time true crime writer since 1969.

Almost all of her books are now available for instant download to your PC or choice of reading devices.

Single Series

There is case background available for each of her Single Series books at Ann Rule

Practice to Deceive (Oct 8, 2013) - A convoluted tale of murder on Whidbey Island, 2003, with a strange cast of characters: a former Navy mechanic who was also a beauty queen, a guitar teacher living in Florida whose conscience would become too heavy, and the owner of a Vegas beauty salon.

In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (2010) Case Background

Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal (Bart Corbin) (2007) Case Background

Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer-America's Deadliest Serial Murderer (Gary Ridgway) (2004) Case Background

Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death (Liysa Northon) (2003) Case Background

Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder (Allen Blackthorne) (2001) Case Background

And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano The Deadly Seducer (1999) Case Background

Bitter Harvest: A Womans Fury A Mothers Sacrifice (Debora Green) (1998) Case Background

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? (Brad Cunningham) (1995) Case Background

Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder, and Betrayal (Pat Allanson) (1992) Case Background

If You Really Loved Me: A True Story of Desire and Murder (Cinnamon and David Brown) (1992) Paper Back Only - Case Background

Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder (Diane Downs) (1988) Paper Back Only - Case Background

The I-5 Killer (Randall Woodfield) Written as Andy Stack (1984) Paper Back Only - Case Background

The Want Ad Killer (Harvey Louis Carignan) (1983) Case Background

Lust Killer (Jerry Brudos) Written as Andy Stack (1983) – Paper Back Only - Case Background

The Stranger Beside Me - Ted Bundy: The Classic Story of Seduction & Murder (1980) Case Background

Crime File Series

In 1993, Ann Rule wrote the first volume of her Crime Files Series, A Rose for Her Grave And Other True Cases. Her sixteenth volume, Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors, was published in 2012. Each volume contains one long true crime case (a book in itself) and several shorter related true crime cases.

There is a brief description of each of these crime file cases at Ann Rule’s Crime Files

A Rose For Her Grave & Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 1) (1993)

You Belong to Me and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol. 2) (1994)

A Fever In The Heart And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 3) (1996)

In the Name of Love (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 4) (1998) Paper Back Only

The End Of The Dream The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up (Ann Rules Crime Files Vol. 5) (1998) – Paper Back Only

A Rage To Kill And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 6) (1999)

Empty Promises (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 7) (2001)

Last Dance, Last Chance (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 8) (2002)

Kiss Me, Kill Me (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 9) (2004)

Worth More Dead: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 10) (2005)

No Regrets (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 11) (2006)

Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 12) (2007)

Mortal Danger (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 13) (2008)

But I Trusted You (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 14) ”” (2009)

Don’t Look Behind You (Ann Rule’s Crime Files Vol. 15) (2011)

Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors (Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 16) (2012)

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Lindsay Boxer, a homicide detective, Cindy Thomas, a crime desk reporter, and Claire Washburn, Chief Medical Examiner, are the founding members of the Women's Murder Club. Later Yuki Castellano, District Attorney, joins the Club. Together, they solve crimes in their home city of San Francisco, and often meet up to talk about clues and life over Mexican food and drinks at Susie's.

Women’s Murder Club Cases (including his latest, Unlucky 13, available for pre-order. Ready for INSTANT download to your PC or favorite reading device.)

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club) (2001) - A serial killer is stalking and murdering newlyweds on their honeymoon. San Francisco Homicide detective, Lindsay Boxer takes the case and along the way meets three other women – a lawyer, a reporter, and the city medical examiner. Joining forces to solve this gruesome crime, the Women's Murder Club is born.

2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club) (2002) When family members of San Francisco cops are found dead, Detective Lindsay Boxer, Medical examiner Claire Washburn, reporter Cindy Thomas and Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt are faced with a tough case. As the killer looks for his next victim, the women must quickly track him down before he kills again.

3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club) (2004) Lindsay Boxer and friends must track down a deadly terror group who begins their killing spree by blowing up an expensive townhouse–with the family still inside. In the meantime, a member of the club may be in some trouble of her own and Lindsay could be too late to save her.

4th of July (Women's Murder Club) (2005) After an arrest goes awry, Lindsay finds herself facing police brutality charges. But taking time off to cool down proves harder then she thought. As she heads out of town, Lindsay finds herself in the middle of a killing spree, and must locate the killers before they find her. Back in San Francisco, the Women's Murder Club helps to get Lindsay through the trial...but will she be found innocent?

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club) (2006) Patients at San Francisco medical Center are mysteriously dying hours before they are to be released with a clean bill of health. Lindsay and the rest of the Women's Murder Club begin their own investigation into the hospital, but the list of suspects proves to be as long as the list of patients.

The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club) (2007) Someone opens fire on unsuspecting pedestrians and one of the Women's Murder Club is caught in the middle. As she struggles for her life, the others must work fast to track down the madman. In another part of the city, somebody is targeting children and their nannies. As the kidnappers await their ransom, Lindsay and company are faced with finding the mastermind before more children are harmed.

7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club) (2008) The beloved son of California's former governor disappears into the ether. The angel-faced prostitute Junie Moon admits to the crime and Yuki Castellano is faced with the media circus surrounding her prosecution. But is Junie Moon really to blame? At the same time, a serial arsonist is torching some of San Franciso's most beautiful homes and leaving it's occupants to suffer terrible deaths in the flames. It doesn't add up, but Lindsay Boxer is charged with finding the truth.

The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club) (2009) It's the only Murder Club episode this year, and Lindsay, Cindy, Yuki, and Claire are overwhelmed. A killer picks off San Francisco's super-rich one by one–without a leaving so much as shred of evidence behind. And a street preacher and patron saint to the homeless is brutally beaten and left to die. What secrets lurk behind his mantle of holiness? Meanwhile, danger strikes close to home when an unexpected romance threatens to tear the girls apart. In the 8th Women's Murder Club, the stakes are high, but the truth is shrouded. Who will confess?

The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club) (2010) A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-red lipstick.

10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club) (2011) Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding anniversary celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals—but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well

11th Hour (Women's Murder Club) (2012) Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer—even her closest friends.

12th of Never (Women's Murder Club) (2013) Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club) (May 5, 2014) The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women's Murder Club has ever encountered.

The Women's Murder Club Novels, Volumes 1-3 (The Women's Murder Collection) (2011) First three novels in one collection.

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I couldn't have said it better.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Georgia Gun Owners, Inc.

Do you know what 5 things to say to the police if you're ever involved in a self-defense shooting?
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It's the American Taliban

Monday, September 9, 2013

Article Courtesy of Karl Lenker Photo Courtesy of Ernie Abdalah


Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in plastic drink bottles and capping it up - leaving it on lawns, in mail boxes, in gardens, on driveways etc. just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the rubbish, but you'll never make it!!!

If the bottle is picked up, and the bottle is shaken even just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it builds up enough gas which then explodes with enough force to remove some your extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well.

Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc.

Pay attention to this. A plastic bottle with a cap. A little Drano. A little water. A small piece of foil. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!

No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.

Please ensure that everyone that may not have email access are also informed of this.

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Crime and Science Radio: D. P. Lyle & Jan Burke

Courtesy of MysteryReadersInc.Blogspot.com Friday, September 6, 2013

I'm so excited about Crime and Science Radio, and you should be, too! Doug (D.P.) Lyle and Jan Burke are launching it tomorrow. Saw a post on D.P. Lyle's The Writer's Forensics Blog last week, and I asked if I could mention it here. So here you go...in Doug's own words with additions at the end of upcoming shows. Be sure and tune in. Missing the show? It will be archived, so you can listen.

D.P. Lyle:

Jan Burke and I are launching a new internet radio venture: CRIME & SCIENCE RADIO. It will be aired bimonthly on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Pacific on John and Shannon Raab’s Suspense Radio program on Blog Talk Radio. Of course the shows will be archived for later listening if the timing doesn’t work out for you. Join us for the program launch on September 7th.

On the first show we will cover crime scene, crime lab, and coroner/ME basics as well as some of the common mistakes writers and screenwriters make when writing crime fiction. The goal is, of course, to help writers eliminate these common errors. In future shows we will have guests from the science and the crime fiction worlds, talk about crime and science issues of interest to crime writers, cover the latest crime tech news, and most importantly have fun.

We hope to “see” many of you there.

9-7-13: Hollywood Storytelling: Science Fact or Make Believe?

What’s the good, the bad, and the ugly when Hollywood tackles crime and science? Do they sacrifice science for story? What do they mostly get wrong? And right? Jan Burke and DP Lyle discuss crime scene, crime lab, and coroner/ME basics.

LISTEN: Crime and Science Radio Episode 1

9-21-13: The Science of Sherlock Holmes: Jan Burke and Leslie Klinger

Leslie Klinger is a Holmes expert of the first order. His THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES is one of the most highly regarded studies of Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What influenced Holmes's scientific and investigative methods? And what influence has Holmes had on forensic science and criminal investigation?

10-5-13: Drugs, Poisons, Toxins, and Death with DP Lyle, MD

DP Lyle, MD discusses several famous cases that involve the use of drugs and poisons and reveals the toxicological principles behind each case. Kristen Rossum and the American Beauty Murder, Stella Nickell’s product tampering, and the complex issues surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death are some of the topics to be discussed.

10-19-13: Judging Science: Evidence and Courts

Join Jan Burke and former prosecutor Marcia Clark, author of KILLER AMBITION for a discussion on rules of evidence and how new scientific technologies become accepted by courts, what can go wrong to keep evidence out of a trial, and some of the ways forensic science is used in the plots of her legal thrillers.

D. P. Lyle, MD is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of many non-fiction books as well as numerous works of fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY and DUB WALKER thriller series and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER.

He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.

And, for the past 35 years, he has practiced Cardiology in Orange County, California.

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Jan Burke’s fourteenth book, Disturbance, is a sequel to Bones, which won the Edgar® for Best Novel. Her novels of crime fiction often feature reporter Irene Kelly and include Flight, Nine, and Bloodlines. Burke's short stories have received the Agatha, the Macavity, and other awards. Many of her short stories are collected in Eighteen. She is also the author of a supernatural thriller set in L.A., The Messenger.

Burke founded the nonprofit Crime Lab Project, dedicated to the improvement of public forensic science. She is a member of the honorary board of the California Forensic Science Institute.

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