Kindle August 31, 2017

The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted
by Erle Stanley Gardner (Author)
In 1945, Erle Stanley Gardner, noted attorney and author of the popular Perry Mason mysteries, was contacted by an overwhelmed California public defender who believed his doomed client was innocent. William Marvin Lindley had been convicted of the rape and murder of a young girl along the banks of the Yuba River, and was awaiting execution at San Quentin. After reviewing the case, Gardner agreed to help—it seemed the fate of the “Red-Headed Killer” hinged on the testimony of a colorblind witness.

Gardner’s intervention sparked the Court of Last Resort. The Innocence Project of its day, this ambitious and ultimately successful undertaking was devoted to investigating, reviewing, and reversing wrongful convictions owing to poor legal representation, prosecutorial abuses, biased police activity, bench corruption, unreliable witnesses, and careless forensic-evidence testimony. The crimes: rape, murder, kidnapping, and manslaughter. The prisoners: underprivileged and vulnerable men wrongly convicted and condemned to life sentences or death row with only one hope—the devotion of Erle Stanley Gardner and the Court of Last Resort.

Featuring Gardner’s most damning cases of injustice from across the country, The Court of Last Resort won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Originating as a monthly column in Argosy magazine, it was produced as a dramatized court TV show for NBC.

William Marvin Lindley
Sutter County, California
Date of Crime: August 18, 1943

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A lawyer named Erle Stanley Gardner was referred the case due to publicity Gardner received for his spectacular and unorthodox methods. With Lindley’s execution just days away, Gardner reviewed Lindley’s trial transcripts and made a case timeline. Since the actual clock time of events was little known, the timeline referenced the sequence of events based on distances traveled and witnesses’ contacts with each other. Although Lindley did not appear to have an alibi for the time of the murder, Gardner’s analysis showed that at the time witnesses saw the murderer standing in the willows, Lindley was miles away riding in an automobile with the victim’s father. Thus Gardner showed that Lindley could not have been the murderer.

Governor Earl Warren commuted Lindley’s sentence to life imprisonment. Lindley was eventually exonerated and released after 20 years in prison. The Lindley case led Gardner to begin a program called “The Court of Last Resort” in which individual cases were studied and those deemed to be wrongly convicted were published in Argosy magazine. The program, which lasted about a decade, led to the release of numerous wrongly convicted persons. Gardner was also a mystery writer and the author of Perry Mason books. [5/08]


Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel
by Anne Cushman (Author)
Nearing thirty, Amanda thought she’d be someone else by now. Instead, she’s an ex-nanny yogini-wannabe who cranks out “For Idiots” travel guides. True, she has a sexy photographer boyfriend, but he’s usually off shooting a dogsled race in Alaska or a vision quest in Peru—or just hooking up with other girls. However, she’s sure her new assignment to the ashrams of India will change everything.

What she finds, though, is an ashram run by investment bankers, a model-obsessed guru, tantra parties, and silent retreats. India, it turns out, is not the spiritual refuge she’d pictured. But she finds a friend in Devi Das, a redheaded sadhu who refers to himself as “we.” And when a holy lunatic on the street offers her an enigmatic blessing, Amanda realizes a new life may be in store for her—just not the one she was expecting.

Lost and Found Series Box Set
by J.M. Madden
WARNING- The Lost and Found Series pulls no punches. As always, there are ups and downs. Readers need to be aware that I deal with PTSD issues, suicide, and miscarriage, amputations, and a wide range of other things. But, as always, there is a happy ending for every book!!!
Sunflower Street (Rose Hill Mystery Series Book 8)
by Pamela Grandstaff (Author)
If you like cozy mysteries with a little romance and humor, you will love the Rose Hill Mystery Series.

When one of Rose Hill’s most popular socialites is found dead under mysterious circumstances, nosy amateur detectives and cousins, Maggie, Hannah, and Claire are determined to find the killer and prove her son’s innocence.

In a twist of fate, Police Chief Scott Gordon finds himself in the unique position of assisting the cousins in an investigation that county sheriff’s detective Sarah Albright has little interest in.

Meanwhile the cousins find that shining a light on the fundraising shenanigans of a local hospital and ripping the lid off a notorious love triangle may prove just as dangerous as cornering a clever sociopath.

It’s August in Rose Hill and as the old-timers say, “it’s the dog days of summer and the snakes will strike at anything.” Indeed, several nasty snakes are feeling the heat, and if the cousins aren’t careful, someone may be bitten.

Sunflower Street is the eighth book in the Rose Hill Mystery Series by Pamela Grandstaff. Also available in paperback.

Angel With A Bullet (Dixie Flynn Mystery Series Book 1)
by M.C. Grant (Author)
Wisecracking reporter Dixie Flynn thinks fast and talks even faster―it’s the only way to survive the San Francisco crime beat. When she’s assigned to look into the death of her former lover, artist Diego Chino, Dixie’s instincts tell her there’s more behind the apparent suicide than the police are letting on.

Dixie’s canvassing of the Bay Area art district reveals it to be a perfect picture of corruption, with a handsome art dealer and a reclusive patron in the foreground. After a romantic evening in Chinatown ends in a brush with death, Dixie is more determined than ever to expose the truth. But when a fire in her vicinity turns out to be more than just performance art, it’s clear the perpetrators would rather see Dixie dead than let her destroy their criminal masterpiece.

“Dixie Flynn may be the most kick-ass heroine ever created. Kudos to Grant for giving us the ultimate ‘girl power’ thriller!” — Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author


FYI August 31, 2017

1920 – The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit.
WWJ, 950 AM (a regional broadcast frequency),[3] is an all-news radio station located in Detroit, Michigan. Owned by the CBS Radio subsidiary of CBS Corporation, WWJ’s studios are in the Panasonic Building in Southfield, and its transmitter is located near Newport.

WWJ began daily broadcasts on August 20, 1920, operating under an amateur radio license with the call sign “8MK”. August 20, 2017 marks the beginning of its 98th year of broadcasting. The station has claimed to be “America’s Pioneer Broadcasting Station”,[4] and where “commercial radio broadcasting began”.[5]

WWJ is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast in the HD Radio format.[6] It is also simulcast on a subchannel of sister station WXYT-FM.

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On August 20, 1920 a series of trial broadcasts began, to check if the equipment was ready for regular service. This date marks what WWJ considers to be its official anniversary, although because the station was still unpublicized the audience consisted of only a small number of interested local amateur radio operators. The test programs proved satisfactory, so, on August 31, 1920, the front page of the Detroit News announced that nightly (except Sunday) broadcasts by the “Detroit News Radiophone” would start that evening. The debut program featured regularly updated returns for a primary election held earlier that day, plus singing by Lois Johnson. At the beginning of the program, Elton Plant introduced Malcolm Bingay, managing director of the Detroit News, as the broadcast’s master of ceremonies.[28]

The front page of the next day’s News contained enthusiastic reports attesting to the success of the election night broadcast, which had begun “promptly at 8:10 p. m.”, with the newspaper declaring: “The sending of the election returns by The Detroit News Radiophone Tuesday night was fraught with romance and must go down in the history of man’s conquest of the elements as a gigantic step in his progress”, while noting that the paper received “numberless telephone calls to The News office asking for details of the apparatus”.[29] The station continued with daily broadcasts in September, most commonly between 7 and 8 p.m.[30] Although the initial programs consisted mostly of phonograph records interspersed with news announcements, programming also included fight results from the heavyweight championship bout between Jack Dempsey and Billy Miske on September 6,[31] and, in October, play-by-play accounts as the Cleveland Indians bested the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1920 World Series baseball championship.[32] Weekly vocal concerts were begun on September 23, with Mable Norton Ayers as the first featured artist.[33] By late October, the paper was boasting that “hundreds of Detroiters are now the possessors of wireless receiving sets by which they get the news bulletins, music and other features sent out by The News Radiophone”,[34] as the station prepared to broadcast returns for that year’s presidential election on November 2.[35]

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1767 – Henry Joy McCracken, Irish businessman and activist, founded the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
Henry Joy McCracken (31 August 1767 – 17 July 1798) was an Ulster Scot Protestant and industrialist from Belfast, Ireland. He was a founding member of the Society of the United Irishmen.

Henry Joy McCracken was born in High street, Belfast into two of the city’s most prominent Protestant industrial families. He was the son of Ulster Scot Presbyterian shipowner, Captain John McCracken and Ann Joy, daughter of Francis Joy, of French Huguenot Protestant descent. The Joy family made their money in linen manufacture and founded the Belfast News Letter. Henry was the elder brother of political activist and social reformer Mary Ann McCracken, with whom he shared an interest in Irish traditional culture.

In 1792, he helped organise the Belfast Harp Festival which gathered aged harpists from around Ireland, and helped preserve the Irish airs by having them transcribed by Edward Bunting. Bunting, who lodged in the McCracken’s Rosemary Lane home, was a classically trained musician.

McCracken became interested in republican politics from an early age and along with other Protestants formed the Society of the United Irishmen in 1795 which quickly made him a target of the authorities. He regularly travelled throughout the country using his business as a cover for organising other United Irish societies, but was arrested in October 1796 and lodged in Kilmainham Jail in Dublin. While imprisoned with other leaders of the United Irishmen, McCracken fell seriously ill and was released on bail in December 1797.[1]

Following the outbreak of the United Irishmen-led Rebellion in Leinster in May 1798, the Antrim organisation met on 3 June to decide on their response. The meeting ended inconclusively with a vote to wait for French aid being passed by a narrow margin. A new meeting of delegates was held in Templepatrick on 5 June where McCracken was elected general for Antrim and he quickly began planning military operations.

McCracken formulated a plan for all small towns in Antrim to be seized after which rebels would converge upon Antrim town on 7 June where the county’s magistrates were to hold a crisis meeting. Although the plan met initial success and McCracken led the rebels in the attack on Antrim, the Catholic Defenders group whom McCracken expected assistance from were conspicuous by their absence. The mainly Ulster Scots rebels led by McCracken were defeated by the English forces and his army melted away. Although McCracken initially escaped with James Hope, James Orr, and James Dickey a chance encounter with men who recognized him from his cotton business led to his arrest. Although offered clemency if he testified against other United Irishmen leaders, McCracken refused to turn on his compatriots.

He was court-martialled and hanged at Corn Market, Belfast, on land his grandfather had donated to the city, on 17 July 1798, aged 30.[1]

McCracken’s remains are believed to have been reinterred by Francis Joseph Biggar in 1909 at Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast, alongside his sister Mary Ann. His illegitimate daughter Maria (whose mother is speculated to have been Mary Bodell), was raised by her aunt Mary Ann McCracken.

Society of United Irishmen
The Society of United Irishmen was founded as a liberal political organisation in 18th-century Ireland that initially sought Parliamentary reform.[1] However, it evolved into a revolutionary republican organisation, inspired by the American Revolution and allied with Revolutionary France. It launched the Irish Rebellion of 1798 with the objective of ending British monarchical rule over Ireland and founding a sovereign, independent Irish republic.

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907 Updates August 31, 2017

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Quotes August 31, 2017

We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.
Martha Kilpatrick
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Norman Cousins

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.
David Ridge
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Louis B. Smedes
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Robert Muller
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi
Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake
He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
George Herbert
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
George MacDonald
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt


If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.
Robert Brault