Month: August 2011

Crime Wire Investigates! August 30

You can hear Crime Wire Investigates beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern. Also, please visit our Crime Wire Website. Together we can make a difference. Segment One: The Victor Bach Case  Victor Bach, 71, was found beaten to death at his Western Plumbing and Heating business on Treat Avenue in San Francisco on Oct. 31, 2003. During their investigation homicide detectives uncovered evidence of fraud committed against Victor’s business. On December 22, 2004, Victor’s widow, Kathleen Bach, was arrested on fraud and embezzlement charges. However, the case didn’t go to trial until nearly four years later, with testimony finally beginning on October 27, 2008. While awaiting court action the Bach family filed a civil wrongful death suit against Kathleen on October 28, 2005, alleging that she was responsible for her husband’s death. On November 14 Kathleen was found guilty on 13 counts in the $2 million fraud. On June 30, 2008, after a series of postponements, the widow Bach was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison. Although it was less than the prosecutor and Victor’s family wanted, it was a victory. In spite of a $127,000 …

Burl Barer Talks With Author Diana Montane on True Crime Uncensored

Diana Montane reveals hidden secrets of a pathetic serial killer LIVE this Saturday, AUGUST 27TH —   Diana Montané  Listen Live 2pm PT/4pm CT/5pm ET/10pm UK I Would Find a Girl Walking by Kathy Kelly and Diana Montané  While working as a reporter at The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Kathy Kelly wrote stories about the Stano case which led to a one-on-one correspondence with a desperate, clingy, pathetic little man sitting on Florida’s death row as a serial killer. “One of the best looks inside the mind and motives of a serial killer that I’ve ever read” —Michael Connelly , best selling athor “Not only are readers given an in-depth accounting of Stano’s crimes, but they are invited into the mind of this depraved man through his letters to Kelly. And I was very impressed that it didn’t read like a newspaper, as happens to often when reporters turn author. Instead I found a true story that flowed as smooth as romantic fiction and the page turning intensity of a suspense novel. “– Kim Cantrell Burl Barer (Fatal Beauty) and Howard …

Jillian Maas Backman Answers to the Naked Golfers of Bethany College

On Friday, August 26, Jillian Maas Backman will be giving the keynote at the Bethany College Convocation Ceremony, as well as launching her new book, BEYOND THE PEWS.  The big news of the day is the suspension of the Golf Team for showing it all and putting it up on Facebook.   Faced with the opinions on both sides, those for the suspension, and those opposing it, we asked Jillian how she feels about sharing the publicity of her book launch with the “naked golf guys!”  The rest of the story is located at the link:  http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-college-golfers-in-hot-water-over-naked-team-pic-20110823,0,2139560.story How do you feel about the naked golf team “exposing” their picture on Facebook? Like everyone else, my first reaction was a great big WOW!  My second thought, as usual, I am right in the middle of the drama!  The story of my life……….and I love it!!! I had just completed the final additions on my well -crafted Convocation speech for Friday and God shakes it up for all involved.  Students, faculty, parents and Bethany College. These students …

Missing Persons Joe Helt and Vernon Jones Featured on The Susan Murphy Milano Show, “Time’s Up”

The Susan Murphy Milano Show, “Time’s Up!” Thursday, August 25, 2pm ET Listen LIVE at: Here Women Talk Missing Joseph Helt On January 16, 1987, 17-year-old Joseph Helt, ofEllenville,New York, was with friends at the old Mount Cathalia Ski Lodge in Cragsmoor, New York, a popular local party spot. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Joe left in a car with three acquaintances, Kelly Diaz, Wade Marks and John “JP” Laforge.   According to these three, their car got stuck in a ditch on Sam’sPoint Road. Joe got frustrated and left to walk back to Ellenville. Kelly and Wade left about 20 minutes later, walking the same way Joe did. John left 10 minutes after that and walked the short distance back to his home in Cragsmoor. Kelly, Wade and John all made it home safely. But Joe was never seen again. Now, over 24 years later, Joe’s family is still trying to piece together what happened to him that January night. Those efforts are meeting resistance, however. Authorities refuse to release police reports and other documents that are …

What is Chiari? How Can You Help? Conquer Chiari Walk Across America

If you think it’s the name of a fine wine, think again.   I needed to ‘google’ Chiari to find out all of the details of a condition that is affecting many people, especially one who became my friend through the internet.   Stephanie was a vibrant EMT worker, as well as a devoted search and rescue person.  She helped coordinate and participated in searches for high profile missing persons, including Stacy Peterson.  Stephanie was always the positive “go-getter” in online forums discussing missing persons cases, and has a heart as big as Texas. Stephanie was diagnosed with Chiari.  What a shock to the online community she became close to.  She had to have surgery which left a zipper like scar from the base of her neck up the back of her head, and she still lives with the pain this condition produces. Stephanie, as well as others, has had to make large adjustments in her every day life as a wife and mother.  But, in true Stephanie style, she rallies and stays positive.  She …