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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/.

How to Write a Mystery Novel - 5 Awesome Tips For Writing Your Mystery Or Thriller

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Are you an aspiring author who would like to know how to write a mystery novel? Read on for 5 really great tips to get you started on your way.

1. Read all the time in your genre, but also read on a wide variety of subjects as well. Read magazines and newspapers. You'll be really surprised at the great ideas you will get just from reading articles in the paper, especially for mystery novels. There are tons of things going on all the time that could be turned into a novel. Keep your eyes and mind open.

2. Observe people. Notice how they speak. Watch adults and watch children. Watch their reactions to things, especially unexpected things, and see what they do. You might consider carrying a small notebook or voice recorder around with you to write down or record these observations. You'll be able to use a lot of it later in your novel.

3. When plotting your mystery, decide what the "twist" is going to be before you begin writing. What is the twist? That's the really interesting and surprising ending where your reader realizes that what he or she was lulled into believing throughout the novel wasn't actually what was going on after all. Some of the most popular mystery books have twists. But be careful not to throw out too many red herrings, as this will probably anger the reader.

4. Figure out your plot first, then add the characters. Your characters should arise from the plot itself.

5. If you are stuck for an idea for your novel, think about routine and mundane things that happen every day in your life, just those normal daily activities, and put an interesting twist on them. Like, for example, let's say that every night before you go to bed you check all the doors and windows but every morning your kitchen window is unlocked. Nothing is ever missing and no sign of forced entry, yet the window is mysteriously unlocked each and every day. Just that simple little thing is enough to grab your reader's interest.

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