commentary by Patrick H. Moore

The case of the two little upstate New York Amish girls is fascinating for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact one of the kidnappers, Nicole Vaisey, not only claims to have been in a submissive “slave” relationship with her boyfriend (head kidnapper) Stephen Howells, Jr, but by apparently “spilling the beans” after turning herself in, Ms. Vaisey has provided an interesting look into the mindset of Howells and herself.

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by JJ Rogers

Like most people, I am blocked from comprehending true evil, which is probably fortunate.  It’s not that I haven’t tried. I’m one of those who grew up watching Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Werewolf.  It was a wonderful escape, an exercise in retreating from reality into a parallel universe where things were dark, and terrifying, yet not real.  I never feared crossing over and wishing those nightmares would manifest in everyday life. But, I never personally dreamed of actually becoming the beast.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

frew5Feuds are a traditional part of the American landscape. For example, the Hatfield–McCoy conflict is now an icon of American folklore. Between 1880 and 1891, it claimed the lives more than a dozen members of the two families, and made headlines all across the country. The Earp-Clanton feud is another legendary one and produced the Gunfight at O.K. Corral where the three Earp brothers, Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil, along with the enigmatic Doc Holliday, killed Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

All sexual assaults are creepy and of course sex crimes against children go to the head of the class. But there’s another type of sex crime that is not far behind in terms of pure reprehensibility – this is when your neighborhood police officer bullies innocent women into providing him with sexual favors through a combination of intimidation and general cussedness.

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by Robert Emmett Murphy, Jr.

STOP THE PRESSES: “All Things Crime Blog” provides better reporting than most professional journalists on a story of national importance! Blogger without law degree provides better legal analysis than rich and famous celebrity Judge with thirty-plus years legal experience.

This is a follow-up to my summary of the Rick Perry indictment: So Do You Want to Understand What Just Happened to Rick Perry?

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book review by Patrick H. Moore

A handsome new hardback edition of Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal has recently been published by The Folio Society Ltd. In addition to being treated to the text itself, the reader will enjoy a series of tasteful black-and-white illustrations by noted illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi, as well as an insightful introduction by Ken Follett, and a brief preface by the author himself.

acka7Reading Mr. Forsyth’s preface, I was astounded to discover that he wrote this somewhat dense and exquisitely detailed work in a mere two months in 1971. ‘How is that possible?’ I asked myself, and my question is still unanswered. Let me merely state that it was a wonderfully productive two months.

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This incredibly moving post is by an All Things Crime Blog reader. We thank the author, Geo Ack, for his permission for us to post this insightful meditation.

I always wondered why I never became a serial killer. Then I realized that even though I was subjected to all the abuses and isolations and fantasies, my fears were much stronger. I turned my anger inwards and took it out on myself rather than anyone else because my fear of reprisals from my abusers were stronger than my need to unleash my rage on someone/something else.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Eric Millerberg of North Ogden, Utah was/is a white supremacist and a member of the Silent Aryan Warriors. He was on parole for burglary and firearm charges last winter when, with his wife, Dea Millerberg, acting as an accomplice, he engaged in 3-way sex with his wife and their 16-year-old babysitter, Alexis Rasmussen, and injected the babysitter with lethal amounts of heroin and methamphetamine which led to her death. Once the girl had expired, the Millerbergs tried to hide the evidence by dumping Alexis in an isolated area of Morgan County, Utah. The child’s body was found five weeks later.

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by BJW Nashe

A Comeback. J.D. Salinger, who died in January of 2010, is now poised to make a posthumous literary comeback. A probing biography released earlier this year sheds new light on the enigmatic author, whose life has been largely shrouded in mystery. After catapulting to fame in the 1950s, Salinger famously decided to retreat from public life. For nearly five decades, he lived as a New England recluse, closely guarding his privacy, shunning the spotlight of fame, and publishing no new material after 1965. His fans wondered whether he had given up on writing altogether. Now we know that he never gave up; he was writing new material all the time during his long silence. As many as five new books will be published during the next few years. For personal reasons, Salinger stipulated that none of this work be published until after his death.

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Police corruption has long been a major problem in the United States. Some police officers, of course, turn bad to line their own pockets through ripping off drug dealers and, sometimes, even dealing the stolen drugs themselves. Others try to cover up their own acts of brutality, murder and even torture. And then, there is the third and no doubt largest category, officers who knowingly arrest the wrong man (or woman) for offenses, write them up, and never blink an eye when the prosecutors bring a case against them. In fact, sometimes these corrupt officers will even offer false testimony against the innocent parties in a court of law.

No one group has a monopoly on police corruption. It happens in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and every major U.S. city and is conducted by officers of all races, creeds and colors.

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