Saturday, March 19, 2011
The alleged victim told police he had been taking photos of 'anything that was remotely interesting or unusual' in Austin, Texas."
Friday, March 18, 2011
The guitarist, who played on number one hits including Apache, died at his partner's home in Winchester, his agent Peter Stockton said.
Sir Cliff Richard paid tribute to his former bandmate, saying: 'Jet was exactly what The Shadows and I needed - a backbone holding our sound together.'"
'It was the smog. It was depressing driving to Jersey,' said Thomas Horodecki, 36. 'The traffic was horrendous on Route 4, and they are pretty bad drivers. The stores are kind of cheesy for the most part."
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill into law this week, designating the Browning model M1911 automatic pistol as the official state firearm.
The gun, which turns 100 years-old this year, is manufactured in Ogden, Utah."
Neighbors in a Dallas suburb have certainly felt that way since seeing their well-manicured lawns uprooted and sprinkler systems destroyed by packs of hefty feral hogs — beasts that once caused problems mainly for Texas farmers and ranchers.
“I think people expect this to be a rural problem,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Thursday in Irving, where the city has captured nearly 250 feral hogs since October when they first were discovered roaming around. “This shows that in rural and urban Texas … the lines that divide us are fewer and fewer.”"
The six-foot-tall statue was stolen from Oban's Rowantree Hotel in 2004 and despite its owners putting up a £1000 reward for its return, the mascot was never seen again.
Staff at the hotel were stunned on Wednesday when the statue appeared at the back door, with a spoof diary round his neck.
The spoof claims he only 'popped out for a loaf', and reveals his adventures, including pictures of him with the Queen, Nelson Mandela, the Spanish World Cup winning team, Barack Obama and even Colonel Gaddafi."
Zed is the prize find in a fossil treasure trove unexpectedly unearthed at a Los Angeles building site in 2006, when workmen digging for a new parking lot stumbled on the prehistoric beast's skull."
Unfortunately for the disciplined boys, now facing expulsion, there isn't much of a difference between Italian herbs and Mary Jane, at least in the state's eyes. According to school board member Christie Craig, Virginia has a zero-tolerance policy against 'imitation controlled substances.'"
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died at his home, said Country Music Hall of Fame spokeswoman Tina Wright. He had a history of heart problems and related ailments.
With his resonant voice and good looks, Husky was one of the most versatile entertainers to emerge from country music. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, and even a comedian whose impersonations ranged from Bing Crosby to Johnny Cash."
Anxious to save the life of his girlfriend, Blanscet left his home in a 1997 Jaguar XK8 and went to 'rescue' her.
That's the story Blanscet told investigators after he crashed the Jaguar several times while fleeing from deputies at speeds greater than 100 miles an hour."
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Clawdeen Wolf comes complete with a thigh-skimming skirt, sky high boots and heavy makeup, and spends her days “waxing, plucking and shaving.”"
That famous Houstonian is none other than Marvin Zindler, and while the real story might not be as sordid as it sounds, it certainly sheds some light on a seldom-known past of the beloved journalist. 'Bayou City Noir,' the upcoming installation at Houston's Museum of Printing History, features a collection of Zindler's crime photography from the early 1950s, when he worked as a freelancer for the Houston Press."
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
It sounds bizarre, but crayon artist Doug Jack says for the past few months, mysterious faces have been showing up in his paintings and staring at him."
[. . . .]
More than 100 Top 40 hits were recorded at Gold Star, including such Spector-produced records as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers and “Be My Baby' by the Ronettes.
Other hits recorded at the modest building at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street included Ritchie Valens' “La Bamba,” Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues” and Iron Butterfly’s “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The Beach Boys also recorded most of their records there."
More than four out of ten American millionaires say they do not feel rich. Indeed many would need to have at least $7.5 million in order to feel they were truly rich, according to a Fidelity Investments survey."
Monday, March 14, 2011
In a grisly story seemingly pulled from the classic film 'Psycho,' Tombstone Marshal Billy Cloud said investigators found the skeleton of 68-year-old Jill Fattig at her home after her son, Timothy Fattig, began acting suspiciously during a routine welfare check last week."
'Tomorrow I get to skin snakes and chop their heads off, and I am super-excited about it,' said Laney Wallace, Miss Snake Charmer 2011."
Heritage minister John Penrose said the austere Georgian edifice was 'an eloquent reminder of one of the grimmer aspects of London's 18th-century social history.'"
The discoveries, in Shropshire, suggest that ancient Britons were building finely engineered, well-cambered and skilfully metalled roads before the Emperor Claudius's conquering legions ever set foot in Britain in the middle of the 1st century BC."
There was no boy and girl business about it. Both of them knew what they were doing. It was a thoroughly adult and sordid affair involving proven lewd and licentious conduct, resulting, so the State alleged, in murder.
-- from Dead Dolls Don’t Talk
It was hot. It was dark. The cell block smelled of men sleeping with dreams. Men without women for years. Of fear and despair and frustration. Night after night, alone. Three walls, a high window, iron bars. A hard, narrow cot—and you. With disinfectant replacing affection. A small squirrel in a big cage. Staring hot-eyed into the dark. Wanting a drink. Wanting a woman. Trying not to blow your top. Hysteria building up inside you.
--from Hunt the Killer
Although his actual physical death didn’t take place until two days later, Mike Scaffidi began to die the moment he picked up a fare in front of Grand Central Station at exactly 9:25 on the morning of November 3, 1958.
--from Too Hot to Hold
We’re a good start into March and the Robert Silverberg/Don Elliott books will be going to the printer in a couple of weeks. This is the first time these hard to come by titles are appearing in a modern edition, let alone side by side between the same covers. And as we mentioned in the last newsletter, the updated Silverberg introduction is a wonderful and entertaining picture of the paperback writing world during that particular era. These are incredibly entertaining books that show you not only another side of a legendary writer, but another side of the paperback original era.
Next up is a trio of Day Keene books: Dead Dolls Don‘t Talk, Hunt the Killer, and Too Hot to Hold. Dead Dolls and Too Hot are two of the more than half dozen books Keene published in 1959 (one with Fawcett Crest, and the other a Gold Medal), while Hunt the Killer was a Phantom book originally published in 1952. Keene, whose real name was Gunnar Hjerstedt (1904-1969), was the author of more than fifty books and numerous short stories. He also wrote for radio and television, and his mainstream novel Chautauqua, written with Dwight Babcock, became the Elvis Presley movie The Trouble with Girls.
What he’s known for most of all, of course, is his crime fiction. At one time he lived in the St. Petersburg, Florida area among a select group of writers that included Harry Whittington and Gil Brewer. Imagine what it would have been like to hang out with that group talking crime and noir. Along with Charles Williams, in his book Hardboiled America, Geoffrey O'Brien says, "The work of these four [...] exemplifies the way in which hardboiled fiction serves as the folklore of the technological age."
About Keene himself, O'Brien says he is worthy of redescovery "for the sheer verve with which he lends credibility to even the most preposterous narrative conceits." His are characters riding the rollercoasters of hardboiled fiction. As an interesting aside, in Hunt the Killer, the protagonist from Keene’s Home is the Sailor plays a small role, memorable as he is spending his last days behind bars. It adds a kind of poignancy, this relationship between novels and characters, of a kind of after-effect of noir, a sort of what happens after the book is over snapshot.
One last note: We’re going back to press with our first (of two) A. S. “Sid” Fleischman thriller volumes, Look Behind You, Lady and The Venetian Blonde. If you haven’t read Fleischman yet, he was an award-winning children’s book author and successful Hollywood screenwriter. Known to crime fiction fans as the author of action-filled thrillers, with lush and evocatively described locales. Fleischman’s books are classic Gold Medal fare, and marvelous examples of the genre.
If you’re a Stark House Crime Book Club member and don’t have the Fleischman in your collection, drop us an e-mail and we’ll send it out to you on the normal club terms. And if you’re not a member, or would like to subscribe to this newsletter, drop us a line for that, too, and we’ll take care of you.
Stark House Press
Researchers are using lasers to scan the nearly three dozen stones, or megaliths, that make up the famous circular complex on the Salisbury Plain of southern England."
Sunday, March 13, 2011
But sympathy might have been in short supply after he admitted he had tried to ‘wrestle’ the 1.2m (4ft) croc after boozing with friends."