tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8725984640388812072010-01-24T17:42:52.039-06:00Mystery Crime BlogWhat evil lurks in the hearts of men and women?Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.comBlogger7125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-55411992124000505822010-01-23T11:16:00.003-06:002010-01-23T11:33:07.443-06:00Criminal Defendants on Trial - Police Request a Voluntary Statement<span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It's 4:00 a.m. and you are fast asleep. Loud pounding on your front door startles you to quickly try to awaken. You go to see who is there. Two very serious looking men dressed in shirts and ties show their badges to the peep hole in the door. They are the police. Adrenalin rushes through your circulatory system but you unlock the door and ask them what is wrong. They say they are investigating a crime in the neighborhood and ask you to drive down to the police station to tell them what you might know about the crime.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">You think, "Aren't they supposed to read me my rights? I have seen that dozens of times on T.V." You don't know what to do. You don't want to be impolite. They are the authorities. You guess that you must comply with their request. So you ask if you can get dressed first. Then, hoping to make it easy on yourself, you give up your rights and do what they tell you to do.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The first thing you need to understand is that the police are not always required by law to give you your rights when they want you to talk to them. In Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed.2d 694 (1966), the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark case concerning when and under what circumstances the U.S. Constitution requires police to advise a suspect of the right to silence and right to consult with an attorney prior to answering police questions.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Police are not always required to read you your rights under the Miranda decision. When police come to the scene of a crime and make an arrest but they do not want to talk to the person they will not read him his rights. If the police stop you on the street and begin questioning you and you volunteer to answer them, this is called a consensual encounter . They don't need to read your Miranda rights. If they ask you to voluntarily go to the station and talk to them, even if it is tape recorded, they don't need to give you your rights first under Miranda.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Does this sound strange to you? Well, here is the two minute wrap up on Miranda. Basically, the Miranda decision requires that whenever there is custodial interrogation the police must first advise the person of his 5th amendment rights to silence and counsel. If they fail to read and get a valid waiver of those rights, the statement will be suppressed by the trial court. That statement or confession will not be admitted into evidence at trial.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Is the Person In Custody?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">First, the court will determine whether you were in custody. That depends on a number of factors. Were you told by police that you are under arrest? Were you handcuffed and placed into the police vehicle? Were you free to walk off or leave? If you were taken to the station did you drive yourself there freely and voluntarily? If you were talking voluntarily, were you free to get up and walk out at any time? Did police questions focus on you as their only suspect? The answers to these and other similar questions can be used to determine if you were in custody for purposes of Miranda. However, a suspect could be clearly in custody but the police do not try to interrogate him when he pipes up and begins to confess to the crime. This is the next inquiry under Miranda.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Is the Person being Interrogated?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Second, the court must determine whether the police were interrogating you. The word "interrogate" simply means "to question." Are the police asking the suspect questions while he is in custody? Of course, questions of personal background [i.e. name, address, date of birth, etc.] may be asked and answered without the necessity of Miranda warnings. But any questions that go to the facts or details of the crime and its surrounding circumstances may not be asked and answered until the police warn you of your constitutional rights.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now, with this basic primer in mind, let's look again at the central issue of this article: "Come on down to the Station House and talk to us." As you can tell no Miranda warnings are required. The police are asking you to come voluntarily. You could say, "No. I won't go and get off my property." You could go inside and hop back in bed. However, if you decide to voluntarily go with them anything you say will be used as a basis for charging you with a crime and arresting you right then and there.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Look at it this way, you are not in custody. You have not been charged with a crime. The police do not have probable cause to arrest you. They are looking for something to hang their hat on in order to arrest you. They hope you will come down to their Station where they are in control and they will get you to talk. If the government has the entire burden to prove a case against you beyond a reasonable doubt, then they must do so on proof [real evidence and testimony] other than your own words alone. If, you choose to talk, you do so at your own peril. You have constitutional rights. You must assert them or lose them.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Remember this: Never, Never Talk to the Police Without a Lawyer!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So, when they come to call on you and try to shake you down, just say, "No thanks!" Don't go with them. Don't agree to leave your home and go with the police unless and until they arrest you. Always demand an attorney. Be loud and clear. Keep demanding to talk to an attorney until you get one. Never give a voluntary statement to the police without demanding to have your attorney present first.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">For more helpful information on success strategies for a person charged with a crime, contact: </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Ira Still, Esquire</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Web: <a href="http://www.istilldefendliberty.com/">http://www.istilldefendliberty.com/</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Info Blog: <a href="http://istilldefendliberty.blogspot.com/">http://istilldefendliberty.blogspot.com/</a></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Ira Still has been a criminal defense trial lawyer in Florida for over 30 years. He successfully represents his clients on all crimes and in all courts. Ira has had many, many jury trials and is well known in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale as a very successful trial and appellate lawyer. He has argued death penalty collateral appeals in the Florida Supreme Court and in various District Courts of Appeal. Ira has tried high profile cases such as police shooting a person and persons charged with shooting police; capital murder and capital sexual battery; violent crimes; drug trafficking; and virtually every other criminal charge. Ira Still is also an author, speaker, teacher, mentor and coach.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">© 2009 Law Offices of Ira Still</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Article Source: <a href="http://ezinearticles.com/?Criminal-Defendants-on-Trial---Police-Request-a-Voluntary-Statement&amp;id=1997016">http://EzineArticles.com/?Criminal-Defendants-on-Trial---Police-Request-a-Voluntary-Statement&amp;id=1997016</a>&nbsp;- Criminal Defendants on Trial - Police Request a Voluntary Statement</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-5541199212400050582?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-73802185262504103692010-01-02T17:56:00.000-06:002010-01-02T17:56:34.666-06:00False Confessions<span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It is generally believed that if a suspect confesses to a crime, he or she is guilty - no questions asked. This is not necessarily true in many cases of false confessions which have sent innocent people to prison especially death row. Some of these innocent people who were coerced into giving false confessions have had their sentence overturned with the introduction of DNA which proved they were innocent. Some have not been so lucky.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">You ask, “If someone is innocent why in the world would they sign a confession of guilt?” Consider the following: </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">A minimal Miranda warning states:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><em>You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">A person will often be asked why he confessed or why he made any statement to the police, particularly after listening to the detective recite the above Miranda warning. Most of them state that the detective was friendly or seemed to be trying to help him out of the jam. And, suspects who know they are innocent, reason that it is okay to speak to the detective without a lawyer being present, because they know they didn’t do anything wrong and have nothing to hide. BIG MISTAKE!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Once a homicide detective has identified a possible suspect, his number one goal is to obtain a confession. There is no more powerful evidence of guilt than the confession. Any physical evidence such as blood samples, fingerprints, weapons, etc. are secondary. Detectives will use almost any method to secure a suspect’s confession. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Experienced detectives are trained to break down a suspect’s resistance to confessing by utilizing a number of psychologically coercive methods. These methods include isolating the suspect, hostilely confronting him, befriending him, lying to him, baiting him, holding out the possibility that by confessing the suspect can free himself from the charges, denying him sleep, denying him food and water, denying him the use of a telephone, denying him a lawyer, denying him contact with family, verbally abusing him, and on occasion physically abusing him. After endless hours of non-stop malicious interrogation, if the detective asked the innocent suspect if he were the notorious terrorist-murder, Osama Bin Laden, the suspect would answer, “Yes.” In other words, by this time the suspect wouldn’t even know his own name and would agree to anything to just&nbsp;stop the torture.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Once a suspect states that he wants a lawyer, all questioning by the police must cease until the suspect speaks with a lawyer. Even a court-appointed lawyer or a lawyer “as seen on TV” is better than none. Detectives know that a lawyer will advise a suspect to invoke his 5th Amendment right to silence. Many, if not most, detectives ignore the law and take steps to prevent a suspect from speaking with a family member or a lawyer while they interrogate him.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Like a pack of wolves surrounding a defenseless prey, detectives will cut off any means of escape and a lawyer is that means. The detectives arresting a suspect at night have until morning to make the kill at which time they are required to turn the suspect over to the court for arraignment and appointment of a lawyer. Until morning, to these detectives safeguarding their prey supersedes the constitution and the law. Later, during a hearing on a motion to suppress the confession because it was illegally obtained, these detectives will commit perjury, if necessary, to assure the court that they fully complied with the law and the constitution. These detectives are confident that the judge will find their testimony creditable and deny the motion to suppress. In reality, judges rarely disbelieve obvious police perjury and very rarely suppress confessions particularly in first-degree murder cases.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It is also generally believed that if you are taken in for questioning and you say you want a lawyer present before answering any questions, you are guilty or trying to hide something. If you are guilty of something but especially if you have done nothing wrong DEMAND that a lawyer be present or that they arrest you, if not, leave. If you are arrested say NOTHING and ask to contact a lawyer NOW! Do not be bashful about the request. Plug your ears with your fingers and shout out as loud as you can, I WANT A LAWYER!! Keep repeating this request until you have a lawyer present. This may sound childish but you DO NOT want to listen to ANYTHING the detective has to say to you until you have a lawyer present.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Further, DO NOT write down "your version" of what happened. That is also a statement. AND BEWARE of physical tests. They are NOT considered "statements" and are NOT protected by the Constitution. If you take any "tests" offered by the police, they CAN and WILL be used against you to prove you have broken the law. The police do NOT ask you to take tests to let you go. They do it to gather EVIDENCE against you. DO NOT BE FOOLED. Talk to a lawyer immediately.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Refusing to answer the detective’s questions and insisting that a lawyer be present may be hard to do, but it is a piece of cake compared to the possibility of endless hours of ruthless interrogation and a FALSE CONFESSION.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-7380218526250410369?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-55838742441752811402009-12-26T16:03:00.000-06:002009-12-26T16:03:33.305-06:00The Black and White of Death Row<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In 1972, the US Supreme Court ruled that state executions were unconstitutional but legislators lifted the moratorium on capital punishment in 1976. Since that time the number of death row inmates has increase from 420 to 3,279 as of July 2009.&nbsp;The top three states are California with 690 death row inmates (36% black, 37% white); Florida with 403 (35% black, 55% white); and Texas with 342 (39% black, 31% white). Since 1976 California has executed 13 inmates (2 black, 8 white), Florida 68 (21 black, 42 white), and Texas 447 (166 black, 204 white) thereby earning its nickname, “The Texas Death Machine.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">According to the last US census in 2000, the population of the US was approximately 70% white and 12% black. So why are these percentages so lopsided when it comes to the death sentence?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In 1994, a US Supreme Court Justice wrote: "Even under the most sophisticated death penalty statutes, race continues to play a major role in determining who shall live and who shall die." Four years later, the United Nations Special Rapporteur expressed his concern that "the imposition of death sentences in the United States seems to continue to be marked by arbitrariness. Race, ethnic origin and economic status appear to be key determinants of who will, and who will not, receive a sentence of death."</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, more than eighty death-row inmates have had their convictions overturned by evidence of innocence (usually DNA)&nbsp;and freed from prison.&nbsp;Although there is no way of knowing how many innocent people remain on death row for crimes they didn't commit, the number of innocent people discovered and freed from prison is only a small fraction of those still incarcerated.&nbsp; Wonder how many innocent people have actually been put to death? Voltaire said, “It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”&nbsp; It's a crime that this is not the current philosophy in this country. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">How do these miscarriages of justice occur? The reasons range from police and prosecutorial error to the most outrageous misconduct, such as the framing of innocent people, tampering with or withholding evidence, perjured testimony, erroneous eyewitness testimony, false confessions coerced by police who lie to innocent defendants, racial bias, incompetent defense counsel (court appointed or otherwise), and overzealous police officers and prosecutors who may or may not genuinely believe they have the perpetrator of a heinous crime because they just want to WIN no matter the cost. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What happened to Supeman, the guy who fights for "truth, justice and the American way?" Oh, I forgot. He is just a comic book character. Too bad.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial;">If you are ever arrested don't say anything until you have a lawyer present <em><strong>especially if you know you are innocent</strong></em>. If you don't you just might be coerced into confessing to a crime you did not commit as Preston Hughes, III, did. Preston is&nbsp;a young black man awaiting his execution on the Texas Death Row and will be featured in my next post.&nbsp;It appears that he has been a victim of many of the above miscarriages of justice but&nbsp;I will let you be the judge.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-5583874244175281140?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-21515508224431533952009-12-20T14:08:00.000-06:002009-12-20T14:08:56.767-06:00Innocent in Prison - Darlie Routier<div>&nbsp;</div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In Rowlett, Texas, during the early morning hours of June 6, 1996, Darlie and Darin Routier's two oldest sons, Devon, 6, and Damon, 5, were fatally stabbed in the downstairs living room of their home. Darlie, 26, was wounded in the neck and upper torso. She told police that a man wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap committed the crime. Darin told police that he and the couple's 8-month-old son, Drake, were asleep in an upstairs bedroom and he was awaken by Darlie's hysterical screams.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">After a sobbing and grieving memorial service, the Routiers and other family members held a graveside birthday celebration for Devon, who would have turned 7. They sprayed Silly String on the grave and sang "Happy Birthday." A local TV channel videoed the birthday celebration.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The police arrested Darlie and charged her with capital murder in Devon and Damon's deaths. Investigators said her account of the attack did not match evidence from the scene. Her bond was set at $1 million.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">A Dallas County grand jury indicted Darlie on two counts of capital murder and the prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty against her. Because of the pretrial publicity, the trial was moved from Dallas to Kerrville.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The news media depicted the crime as another heartless mother whose children were getting in the way of her lifestyle, so she killed them. The prosecutors depicted her as a materialistic, self-centered woman, whose life was unraveling in the wake of the birth of her third son and supposed financial difficulties that were facing the family and that the crime scene had been staged.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Darlie was tried and convicted of murdering one of her two sons, and is currently on death row at the Mountain View Prison in Gatesville, Texas, awaiting execution by lethal injection. Prosecutors did not try her for the death of the second son, holding his murder in reserve in case of she was acquittal on the first murder trial.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The prosecutors' case against Darlie was circumstantial and based on experts who <em>theorized</em> about evidence collected. The most damaging evidence was the Silly String video. (See American Justice Part 3 at </span><a href="http://mysterycrimescene.com/darlie-routier.html"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">http://mysterycrimescene.com/darlie-routier.html</span></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Many issues and facts have come to light after her trial that, if true, would appear to provide enough evidence that a new trial would be appropriate. Some of those issues include:</span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The court reporter at her trial made tens of thousands of errors (other than typos) in the transcript. She admitted filling a falsified record for the purpose of hiding her mistakes. This alone should have been enough for a new trial.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The lawyer who represented Darlie at trial had an apparent conflict of interest.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The jurors were never shown the photos of Darlie’s cuts and bruises which were taken when she was hospitalized the night of the murders. One juror told reporters he would never have voted to convict if he had seen the photographs.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Several bloody fingerprints not belonging to anyone at the crime scene were never identified. A pubic hair found in the living room and a limb hair on a bloody tube sock found in the alley behind the Routiers’ home were never identified.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">And there is more at </span><a href="http://mysterycrimescene.com/darlie-routier.html"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">http://mysterycrimescene.com/darlie-routier.html</span></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">.</span></li></ul><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In June 2008, because there is more sophisticated genetic testing now than at<span><iframe align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=myscrisce-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=bpl&amp;asins=0312964854&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;m=amazon&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;"></iframe></span> the time of the trial, the court granted additional DNA testing of the pubic and facial hairs found at the crime scene and the blood on some clothing. In November 2008, the court granted more DNA testing of the bloody tube sock, a butcher knife (the suspected murder weapon), fibers on another knife and run four fingerprints through the national database.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I have spent hours trying to find out if there has been any results from the DNA testing but could find nothing other than it takes anywhere from five to seven days up to over a year to get the results.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I believe this woman is innocent. This is just another unfortunate case of <strong>judicial malpractice</strong>. What do you think?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Barbara</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-2151550822443153395?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-11885176702506486122009-11-29T09:49:00.003-06:002009-11-29T09:56:06.032-06:00Update - Everything She Ever Wanted<span style="font-family:verdana;">As promised, I did my due diligence and found out where a copy of the <span id="SPELLING_ERROR_0" class="blsp-spelling-error">LifeTime</span> DVD could be purchased. If you really, really want a copy and are willing to spend $99.99 then go to </span><a href="http://mysterycrimescene.com/everything-she-ever-wanted.html"><span style="font-family:verdana;">http://mysterycrimescene.com/everything-she-ever-wanted.html</span></a><span style="font-family:verdana;"> and click on the Buy It Now link.</span><br /><span style="font-family:verdana;"></span><br /><span style="font-family:verdana;">Barbara</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-1188517670250648612?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-6585395559361142362009-11-23T19:38:00.004-06:002009-12-20T14:11:53.403-06:00Everything She Every Wanted by Ann Rule<span style="font-family: verdana;">Wow!! Quite a bit of excitement was created the weekend of November 14-15.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana;">Lifetime had a two-part mini-series on Ann Rule's book, <em>Everything She Ever Wanted</em>, a true crime story about petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson who married about a year after they met. Less than two months later their dreams exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father. Pat's only brother died in a puzzling suicide, her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic. No one was safe when Patricia Taylor Allanson didn't get her way.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana;">From what I have gathered from some forums, a few folk missed it or missed the second part and have been trying to find a copy of the DVD to purchase. I have spent hours trying to find a place, including the LifeTime web site, to purchse the DVD, but&nbsp;the only place I could find was at Ebay. One company had one authentic copy and as of this writing there was one day and two hours left to bid. The last bid was $85.00. If any of you are interested, the Item No. is 380179021789. In the meantime, I will keep looking because I missed it too and would very much like to see it but not willing to pay more than $14.95. I understanding the mini-series was quite thrilling but did not exactly follow Ann Rule's book.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana;">If you are interested in the case background on Patricia Taylor Allanson go to </span><a href="http://mysterycrimescene.com/everything-she-ever-wanted.html"><span style="font-family: verdana;">http://mysterycrimescene.com/everything-she-ever-wanted.html</span></a><span style="font-family: verdana;">. Last year old Pat at the age of 70 got herself into trouble again!</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-658539555936114236?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-872598464038881207.post-2934111079389266002009-08-02T17:11:00.003-05:002009-08-02T17:23:31.933-05:00Mystery Crime Comic Books<span style="font-family:verdana;">When I said I got head-over-hills involved in mystery crime, I <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">wasn</span>’t lying. Two years ago I started a web site </span><a href="http://mysterycrimescene.com/"><span style="font-family:verdana;">http://mysterycrimescene.com</span></a><span style="font-family:verdana;">. It has over seventy-five pages devoted to mystery crime. One of the pages is Mystery Crime Art with a link to Comic Book Art </span><a href="http://mysterycrimescene.com/comic-book-art.html"><span style="font-family:verdana;">http://mysterycrimescene.com/comic-book-art.html</span></a><span style="font-family:verdana;">. I have always been amazed at the talent of comic book artists. Their knowledge of human anatomy is unbelievable! The page features some of the famous superheroes and super villains such as Superman and <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_1">Lex</span> <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_2">Luthor</span>, Batman and The Joker, <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_3">Spider-Man</span> and the Green Goblin, and Wonder Woman and Cheetah just to name a few.<br /><br />Well, one day out of the clear blue I received an email from a fellow at DC Comics. He wanted to know if I would be interested in being added to their email and mailing lists. Of course I was!<br /><br />About a month later I received a wonderful paperback graphic (comic book) novel, <em>100 Bullets:Wilt</em>. It is approximately 300 pages of shoot ‘em up bang bang, four letter words and nudity. It is definitely rated M for mature. The art work is superb. This is the thirteenth and final volume of the <em>100 Bullets</em> series. <em>The Chicago Sun-Times</em> said, “One of the greatest works of crime fiction in any medium.”<br /><br />Two days ago, I received two more graphic novels, <em>Dark Entries</em> and <em>Filthy Rich</em> (<span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_4">intriguing</span> title). Both of them are hardbacks. I haven’t had a chance to read them but just flipping through the pages, they are also rated M for mature.<br /><br />And I thought comic books were for kids! I guess I need to crawl out from under my rock ever so often.<br /><br />Any of you comic book enthusiast care to comment? Who is your favorite comic book superhero? Super villain? What do your think about graphic novels?<br /><br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/872598464038881207-293411107938926600?l=www.mystery-crime-blog.com' alt='' /></div>Barbara Lunsfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06350834954011545280noreply@blogger.com2