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Francis Craig: Another Jack The Ripper Candidate?

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Perhaps the most famous serial killer of all time is Jack the Ripper. Part of his popularity resides in the fact that he has never been positively identified. Many folks, including best-selling author Patricia Cornwell, have made claims that they have uncovered Jack’s identify, but each theory remains controversial. Cornell, among others, named Walter Sickert as the likely Ripper. Other candidates have been John Pizer, George Chapman, and Aaron Kosminski, to name a few.

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Now a new candidate has entered the picture—Francis Craig.

Dr. Wynne Weston-Davies, in his book THE REAL MARY KELLY, postulates that Francis Craig, the estranged husband of Mary Kelly, is the mysterious Jack. Mary was apparently Jack’s fifth and final victim. Weston-Davies suggests that Craig killed all the women when in fact Mary was his intended victim—-the others were to provide cover for the killing of his wife. Well, that has indeed happened before.

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For those who study Jack, Mary Kelly’s murder has always been problematic. She was the only victim killed indoors, in her home, and she was mutilated much more so than were others. It has been suggested that Jack was able to “do more” since he was indoors and less likely to be interrupted in his work. Maybe. It might also mean that the killing of Marry was indeed very personal. More so than his other victims. Such as a spouse might do. So, yes, all the killings could have been done to cover the real target—-Mary Kelly.

Or, perhaps, Craig knew of the other murders—-how could he not if he lived in London at that time?—and seized an opportunity. He could kill his estranged wife and make it look like Jack did it. It’s not like that’s never happened before either.

The overkill of Mary could fit either of these scenarios since her killing seems more personal than the other four. Plans are to exhume her corpse for examination. I doubt much useful will come from this but I hope I’m wrong. Regardless, it will interesting to watch.

 

Preacher Killed By Poisonous Snake—-Again.

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Mark 16:17-18 (King James Version)

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 10:19 (King James Version)

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Biblical passages such as these serve as the justification for some church congregations to take up the serpent. This is not a relic of the past; the practice is alive and well in the US. Maybe not well, but alive none the less. Though most such churches are along the Appalachian chain, they can be found literally from coast to coast.

From time to time, stories of snake-handling deaths pop up in various media sources. Witness John David Brock of Bell County, KY. He took a hit to the arm, and as is often the case, refused medical help. He didn’t make it. I do wonder if he treated his bite with sips of strychnine as this is the treatment in many such communities.

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My third Samantha Cody thriller ORIGINAL SIN deals with such a church and its followers. During my research I stumbled on an National Book Award nominee and many useful sites. Such as:

National Book Award Finalist SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN by Dennis Covington:

http://www.amazon.com/Salvation-Sand-Mountain-Redemption-Appalachia/dp/0201622920/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1438119485&sr=1-1

Holiness Serpent Handling Website: http://www.freewebs.com/holiness-snake-handlers/

Rev. John Wayne “Punkin” Brown Jr’s Death: http://www.hiddenmysteries.org/religion/pentecostal/snakeskill-fool.shtml

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J79ThhMuxWg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thk20h1lmVg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TXsxEyFGsE&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL78176138E5FECFDA

 

Fingerprint Toxicology: Your Drug History in Your Prints

When someone takes cocaine, they experience all its effects fairly quickly. Also, the body immediately goes to work destroying the drug. That’s what the body does. With all drugs. That’s why you have to take your blood pressure med everyday. If the body didn’t break it down, a single pill would last a lifetime—theoretically. But Mother Nature is too clever for that.

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Drugs begin this metabolic break down almost as soon as the hit the bloodstream. In the case of cocaine, the breakdown products (called metabolites) include benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine. These products are then excreted by the kidneys and can be found in the user’s urine. But they are also excreted by the sweat glands—which are in many ways just a bunch of little kidneys—-so that these chemicals can often be found by toxicological examination of a deposited fingerprint.

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This could prove useful in determining if a offender was under the influence, or had at least recently used, cocaine.

But it’s not just for cocaine or other illicit drugs. Such testing might be able to determine what medication you take and even what you had to eat.

 

Are the Brains of Psychopaths Different?

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There has been a long running debate on whether those labeled as psychopaths, or sociopaths, have an anatomical, or perhaps a chemical, basis for their aberrant behavior. It’s actually a debate that has raged for many years. Back to the days of phrenology, and before. Phrenology was the study of the shape of the skull and its use in predicting behavior and personality. It didn’t, it couldn’t, but it was a belief that had its loyal followers.

Dr. Kent Kiehl has spent years studying the possible connection between brain anatomy and physiology and behavior. As part of his research he performed MRI brain exams on thousands of prisoners. His findings have shown that the amygdala—an area of the brain involved with emotions and decision making—-tends to be smaller in psychopaths.

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Also he uncovered evidence to suggest that assessing the activity of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), an area of the brain involved in error processing, might be useful in predicting which inmates might be prone to re-offend after prison release. Those with reduced ACC activity were twice as likely to re-offend when compared with those with high ACC activity.

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This, of course, will require further study but it’s an interesting concept and could be useful. It could also lead to the creation of a real “Minority Report.” Remember that movie? A futuristic sci-fi story that dealt with the ability to predict future crime—called predictive policing. The future just might have arrived.

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THE ASSASSINS: A Great New Thriller From Gayle Lynds

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Buy his book now!!

My friend Gayle Lynds has a terrific new international thriller out – THE ASSASSINS.  Nelson DeMille says he was hooked on page one.  “Six master assassins – each a legend in the dark corners of global espionage – band together to steal a fortune from the middle of a war zone.” Add one retired U.S. army spy, and the Associated Press heralds the result as “treachery, double crosses, and a treasure straight from history that add up to a thrilling novel.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1U4D3rj

B&N: http://bit.ly/1Jpbq6w

iBooks: http://apple.co/1HvC3J

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Writing

 

RUN TO GROUND Promotion/Sale at iBooks

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My third Dub Walker thriller RUN TO GROUND is on sale for a limited time as part of an iBooks promotion. Along with some other excellent books.

Check it out: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMultiRoom?fcId=1013640691&mt=11&ls=1

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Writing

 

CraftFest Classes and ThrillerFest Panels on CD and MP3

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If you missed this year’s ThrillerFest and CraftFest, or maybe you were there but missed some of the classes and panels you wanted to experience, all is not lost. CDs and MP3s of each class and panel are available.

Check it out: http://vwtapes.com/internationalthrillerwriters.aspx

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Writing

 
 
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