Hello and welcome to the 65th edition of the Carnival of the True Crime Blogs. There are some who may not know what a carnival is in the blog world. In the real world we think of festivals, rides and games. But on the internet, a new language has developed. Sometimes it is new words- like blog, sometimes it uses old words and gives them new definitions. Carnival as it relates to the internet world is defined by Wikipedia as:
A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.
A True Crime Carnival highlights crime stories from the true crime bloggers.
This week it is my privilege to be the carnival host. So without further ado, I would like to present the 65 th edition.
First up we have the True Crime Blog UK. He is bringing us the story of Cop Killer David Bieber. The story of a man who fled the U.S. under suspicion of a murder and later was convicted of killing an unarmed West Yorkshire police officer. One more connection between our two countries, but this time a bad one.
Next up we have Trench. Trench is disturbed this week. Most of us have heard about the miraculous recovery of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Owenby. And of the arrest of Michael Devlin who is accused of kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Owenby. But Trench has the story of ‘someone’ who may be trying to capitalize on Shawn Hornbeck’s story. Click on over to read False Shawn Hornbeck MySpace.
In Public Enemy: Player 1 Trench also studies video games and their relationship to today’s crime. This week he has Utah mall gunman did play video games. But check out what police found (or didn’t find) in his home.
From Lost in Lima Ohio (Fondly referred to as LiLO) we have Ashford….What A Creep. Now most of us know that sexual predators are out there. But what many do not realize is how open they can be (under the supposed protection of anonymous nicknames, that is.) They say they are not doing anything illegal and only using their constitutional right to free speech as they put up their websites, promote their organizations, lobby against age of consent laws, and attempt to influence votes to politicians they believe will be most sympathetic to their ’cause’ (or my preferred term- perversion) and talk about what they want to do to our children- and why they should have a right to do so. Yet when LiLO exercised her right to free speech, it seems that one or more was disturbed by that. I promise it is easy reading and something that every parent and grandparent should read.
J.D. Chandler takes us back to 1958 and the narrow escape of a woman from an attack, the woman who was not so lucky and how the two are related. His Hands Were As Cold As Ice is well worth the read.
Harding is blogging from the beautiful country of Canada. But the story he has to tell is not one of the beauty. He is taking us on the Toronto Underground. And I mean you feel you are really there! Along the trip he tells of a sexual predator who is targeting commuters and passing along the description and advice on what to do if you run into the man.
Submissions from off the blogroll are as follows:
Campus Grotto is discussing the arrests of Gonzaga University basketball players in Gonzaga Drug Problems. I think we need a whole blog for the sports/crime stories.
And Chris Dolley has been telling her story of identity theft in Pergonini MD: Part Two (Pergonini MD). A riveting story of what can happen when the wrong people gain control of your identity.
It’s an excellent Carnival this week with a wide variety of reading.
This last is about Crime News. I have mentioned the site here a few times and I use it frequently. Because of problems with the software they were using, they have changed. They now have a new look and a much faster moving site. They have also a included a ‘feed’ from many of the TCB blogs so that you can read excerpts of several blogs at one site. If you signed up previously you will have to sign up again, but it is worth the effort.
For HSH just a heads up. When I update an old post with new info, I have started noting that in a comment. So when you see a comment from me showing up and not in response to another comment- I’m really not talking to myself- I only do that offline.
Graphic is by Harding at T.O. Crime
As always let’s try to make this world a better place: Remember to Commit a Random Act of Kindness