by Blackwater Law

Getting accused of something you know you didn’t do can be annoying at the best of times, but imagine actually being sent to prison as a result. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system still has its flaws and mistakes are often made. These mistakes aren’t just a case of “oh, whoops…sorry about that.”… They ruin people’s lives.

It seems incredible that despite the technology and forensic intelligence we have nowadays that innocent people can still be wrongly convicted for crimes they simply didn’t commit, but it does happen! It’s pretty interesting in all honesty, which is why we’ve put together a list of the UK’s top 7 famous miscarriages of justice cases. Some of these are honestly shocking!

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by John W. Taylor

Jeremy Banks and Michelle O’Connell started dating in 2009, after Michelle’s brother, Scott, introduced them. Jeremy worked with Scott as a deputy with the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office in Florida, just south of Jacksonville. Michelle held various odd jobs and had a young daughter from a previous relationship. They were both in their early twenties. Initially, they appeared content with their relationship, but many of Michelle’s friends and family immediately disliked Jeremy. They thought he was controlling and verbally abusive toward Michelle. Though their relationship experienced problems early on, they moved in together about six months later.

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by John W. Taylor

On November 3, 2006, in an upscale neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, Meredith Fisher discovered her 28 year-old sister, Michelle Young, beaten to death. Michelle had married Jason Young a few years prior, and at the time of her death their relationship was already in a perilous state. The Young’s openly fought in public and in front of family and friends. Jason engaged in several extra-marital affairs, and at least one of them was ongoing at the time of his wife’s murder. To complicate matters, the couple had a two year-old daughter, Cassidy, and Michelle was also five months pregnant with their second child.

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This post was originally published on acclaimed indie novelist Suzanne Jenkins’ author website ( http://suzannejenkins.net/ ) on March 16, 2016. Suzanne has very kindly permitted us to re-post it here on All Things Crime Blog.

  Cicero’s Dead

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Note from Suzanne: My reading time is limited because of my own writing schedule, but I know I must continue to read! It’s paramount as a writer to keep words dangling in front of my eyes at all times. If a book doesn’t catch me right away, I hate to admit, I’m one of those who won’t continue reading. But I continue buying. My TBR pile is about a year behind.

I waited for Cicero’s Dead to be published last year and grabbed it as soon as it came out, putting it in line to read. Finally, last weekend I earmarked hours to sit with it, savoring every word. I couldn’t put it down. I did my own work quickly, looking forward to digging in with Nick and his cartel of interesting characters. You can read my review here. The main thing that appealed to me about this work is it’s ability to transport me. I was there with Nick.

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by Frankie Rendón

Public consciousness is collectively enthralled by the media circus, elusive events, bizarre behavior and often gruesome details that surround highly publicized crimes. Most mesmerizing, however, are the perpetrators responsible for committing these dastardly deeds.

With our eyes glued to TV screens watching the criminal proceedings unfold, we wonder: “What might prompt someone to act so irrationally? What circumstances drove them toward that brink?” Then, there’s the classic “nature versus nurture” debate. Were they psychologically predisposed to violence, or are environmental factors to blame?

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by John W. Taylor

jim10Lester and Ruth Rupard lived in the small, rural town of Banner Elk, located in the western mountains of North Carolina. Their adult son, Dennis, died in a car accident in 1961. When Dennis’ son, James Rupard, was born two months later, Lester and Ruth adopted and raised him.

There were no outward indications of trouble in the Rupard home. However, on September 25, 1978, at 10:00 a.m., several nearby construction workers spotted two men running out of the Rupard home. The first one wore a robe and the second carried a rifle. As the first individual stopped and turned toward his pursuer, the second individual fired two shots into him.

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It’s once again time for Cicero’s Dead, Patrick H. Moore’s award-winning crime novel to be given away free (for 3 days — March 21 to March 23) to the deserving American (and international) readership. Enjoy!

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Many thanks to my courageous publisher and editor, Max Myers, and my spiritual advisor, Chaplain Michael D. Sellers (try getting a cliche past this guy :-).

And a special thanks to everyone else who has helped with All Things Crime Blog and Cicero’s Dead including (but not limited to) Darcia Helle, Peter Prasad, John Nardizzi, Max Myers and my latest discovery, Suzanne Jenkins (great fiction writers I’ve been privileged to read); Lise LaSalle, BJW Nashe, Darcia Helle and the late Starks Shrink (fantastic past contributors to ATCB), and John W. Taylor, Bob Couttie and Jared Keever (esteemed past and current contributors).

I also want to thank everyone who has posted a review of Cicero’s Dead on either Amazon or Goodreads. The modicum of success we’ve enjoyed would not have been possible without your reviews.

 

Noted crime fiction writer and blogger, Suzanne Jenkins (author of the Pam of Babylon series and the Greektown Trilogy), asked me to write a post concerning the Making and Selling of Cicero’s Dead. It was posted today, along with a tremendous introduction by Suzanne, on her Blog.  http://suzannejenkins.net/patrick-h-moore-making-selling-ciceros-dead/

 

by Thomas Davidson

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“Many years later, as he faced a firing squad of military biplanes, King Kong was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover the unpolluted beaches of Skull Island.”

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, New York Times, 1933 (Op/Ed letter from Marquez, a five-year-old Columbian boy)

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by Bob Couttie

Murders at sea may be the stuff of seafarers tales but they do happen. When three mysterious deaths occur in just a few weeks aboard a ship under the command of a self-confessed gun-runner and allegedly physically abusive master intent on preventing complaints by his crew from reaching the authorities, it is inevitable that the possibility of murder will be taken seriously.

Like any other random event, accidents can and do happen in clusters that suggest a pattern, even when there is no common link between them. Such may be so in the case of the fatalities aboard Sage Sagittarius, a Panama-flagged bulker of 73,430 gross tonnes built in 2001. It will be up to a New South Wales Coroners Court to determine whether the deaths need further investigation by police authorities.

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