Posts Tagged ‘murder’

CRIME WRITERS SARA PERETSKY and JOHN HOOK

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CRIME WRITERS

Two crime writers join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky and author and Fox News anchor John Hook join Halli at her table to discuss their new books, Peretsky’s FALLOUT and Hook’s WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In her first novel for William Morrow, FALLOUT, everyone’s favorite crime novelist, Sara Paretsky is back with our favorite investigator V. I. Warshawski but in a completely new kind of mystery that will take Vic out of Chicago and into Kansas, searching for answers that time and prejudice may have long erased. The beloved mystery writer is the author of 19 previous novels and is one of only four living writers to receive both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writer’s Association. FALLOUT, just released is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.

CRIME WRITERSBob Crane, Hogan’s Heroes. Crane’s epithet might have read: Award-winning star of celebrated sitcom. But when the series ended, Crane’s career declined. The once beloved star took to the road, starring in plays nationwide. It was while he was on tour for the play Beginner’s Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that today remains officially unsolved, Crane’s tawdry personal life, that of a sex addicted deviant who had learned the wonders of home video, and descended into a life of strip clubs, BDSM, and a closet homosexual exposed for his fans to see. A suspect, a trial, an acquittal, the mystery went on to spawn hundreds of articles, books, and movies over the past four decades. And there the story remained, yet another Hollywood cold case. Until, that is, John Hook a veteran news reporter and television anchor for over 30 years in Arizona, who has won more than a dozen Emmys for his reporting had his interest in the case rekindled, following an interview with Crane’s son Robert, Jr. It was that interview that sparked the idea to retest the blood evidence using modern DNA science. His journey to the heart of this mystery is chronicled in John Hook’s new book, WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, with a foreword by Robert Crane, Jr.

Crime, murder, mystery, fiction, Hogan’s Heroes with crime writers NY Times bestselling author of FALLOUT, Sara Paretsky and Fox News anchor and author of WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, John Hook all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WAS ERNEST HEMINGWAY A SPY FOR RUSSIA?

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Trump, Russia, spies, crime, writer Ernest Hemingway? We bring them all together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 29 when joining Halli at her table is Nicholas Reynolds author of the controversial new book that says Ernest Hemingway was a Russian spy, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S SECRET ADVENTURES 1935-1961 and the editor of the riveting BOOK OF CRIME: MORE THAN 166 YEARS COVERING THE BEAT, Kevin Flynn.

Ernest Hemingway is surely one of our greatest American writers, whose life has been mapped to the fullest. But despite the gazillion words written about Hemingway now comes new insight into one of the most famous lives in literature. In his new book WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Nicholas Reynold’s reveals a secret that  during World War II, Hemingway became a spy for Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too. While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, Reynolds, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Hemingway’s involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. He brings the secret to life for the first time, Hemingway’s recruitment by Soviet spies in the NKVD (the forerunner to the KGB) followed by relationships with the US Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the American OSS (the precursor to the CIA) —to say nothing of his long-running conflict with the FBI.

ernest hemingway crime russia spyFor 166 years, THE NEW YORK TIMES has been a rich source of information about CRIME, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life.  Now in a fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF CRIME, captures the full sweep of the newspaper’s coverage of the subject of crime from the assassinations of icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X to the deadly trails left behind by serial killers like the Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer. Who can forget the Manson murders, bank heists by Dillinger, art heists and white-collar crimes from Ponzi to Madoff? Flynn brings us them all, including crimes of passion, heists, kidnapping, murders, the mob and more. This is a book that appeals to the voyeur in us all.

Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Russia, CIA, FBI, KGB, the New York Times, crime, murder, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE CURSE OF BEAUTY and FOUR BROADS TALKING™

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A fascinating story about a fascinating woman, America’s First Supermodel Audrey Munson as told by James Bone in his book THE CURSE OF BEAUTY, and a fascinating conversation with four equally interesting women in our Four Broads Talking™ segment featuring journalists Sheila Weller, Lisa Schiffren, Thelma Adams, and host Halli Casser-Jayne are the focus of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 13, 3 pm ET.

james bone The Curse of Beauty

For over three-quarters of a century, key documents detailing the life of the most glorified, enigmatic, and exploited model in the history of America have been kept hidden from the public, leaving her legacy dormant – until now.

In the first-ever comprehensive investigation into the life of Audrey Munson, whose body was the pinnacle of sex appeal in the early twentieth century, acclaimed journalist James Bone dives into newly discovered details of Munson’s wild, devastating life with startling insight. He recreates Munson’s life from her birth in 1891, to her height of stardom in the glorious riot that was Greenwich Village in the Gilded Age, to her death in a mental institution in 1996.

FOUR BROADS TALKING

See what happens when you have FOUR BROADS TALKING™ politics, celebrity and whatever fuels their fancy when moderate liberal “gal-ographer,” the author of GIRLS LIKE US and THE NEWS SORORITY, Sheila Weller; Republican Lisa Schiffren, the former speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle who crafted Quayle’s enduringly famous takedown of Murphy Brown for being a single mom and sparked meaningful debate about welfare reform;

Thelma Adams, the fun and delightful author of the Kindle bestseller THE LAST WOMAN STANDING who has interviewed Mark Ruffalo and Diane Keaton among others for the New York Observer, twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle, sit down for a chat with our frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne.

The scandalous and tragic life of America’s first supermodel Audrey Munson with the author of THE CURSE OF BEAUTY, James Bone and Four Broads Talking™, Wednesday, July 13, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

KIM GOLDMAN TALKS O.J. SIMPSON & THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

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With the launch of the much ballyhooed and highly-controversial series on the FX network, THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, for which the Goldman family was not consulted,  Wednesday, February 3, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show talks to Kim Goldman in a conversation you won’t soon forget when Ms. Goldman joins Halli at her table to talk about her book CAN’T FORGIVE  and more.

ojsimpsongloveDon’t tell Kim Goldman she needs to find closure. Don’t ask her to forgive and forget. When Kim Goldman was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman was brutally murdered by unconvicted football legend and film star O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict in what was to be called The Trial of the Century. Now twenty years later, Kim Goldman shares what she calls her “twenty year battle” with O.J. Simpson in her book CAN’T FORGIVE.

OJSimpsonAmericanCrimeStoryCounseled by friends, strangers and even Oprah to “find that closure,” Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight and that fight would be subject of tabloid fodder now nearing a quarter of a century. Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson by every legal means possible. Foiled over and again, they ultimately achieved a small measure of justice.

Closure? Who says? Let’s talk! Kim Goldman’s fight with O.J. Simpson on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 3, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

KIM GOLDMAN: WHY I CAN’T FORGIVE O.J. SIMPSON

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OJSimpsonbookcoverWednesday, April 1, 3 pm ET, tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for a conversation you won’t soon forget. Joining Halli at her table is Kim Goldman author of CAN’T FORGIVE!

ojsimpsongloveDon’t tell Kim Goldman she needs to find closure. Don’t ask her to forgive and forget. When Kim Goldman was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman was brutally murdered by unconvicted football legend and film star O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict in what was to be called The Trial of the Century. Now twenty years later, Kim Goldman shares what she calls her “twenty year battle” with O.J. Simpson in her book CAN’T FORGIVE.

OJSimpsonNicoleandRonCounseled by friends, strangers and even Oprah to “find that closure,” Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight and that fight would be subject of tabloid fodder now nearing a quarter of a century. Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson by every legal means possible. Foiled over and again, they ultimately achieved a small measure of justice.

ojsimpsonkimcryingClosure? Who says? Let’s talk! Kim Goldman’s fight with O.J. Simpson on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 1st, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FILE UNDER: YOU LEARN SOMETHING EVERY DAY!

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Yesterday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show explored California’s Proposition 34, an Initiative to end The Death Penalty in favor of  life in prison without the possibility of parole, was as much a learning curve for me, as I suspect it was for you and will be for those who haven’t yet listened to the broadcast. One of my guests, Gil Garcetti, is one of my favorite people. The former Los Angeles District Attorney who prosecuted the likes of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez Brothers is out there fighting to get Prop 34 passed. Gil has an amazing mind, and heart. He is not afraid to speak out for what he believes in. I think you’ll find his argument against the death penalty interesting. My guest, Jeanne Woodford floored me. Jeanne has had a storied career in the California Penal System where she was warden at San Quentin and then director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Jeanne oversaw four executions when she was Warden of San Quentin. After all she’s seen and all she’s done in service to the people of her state, Jeanne still has heart.  She has some extraordinary things to say on the subject of the death penalty. My next guest was Judy Kerr who lost her brother to a brutal murder. The perpetrator has never been found (I wonder how many others he/she killed). Judy has a lot to say on the death penalty, but her main gift to the audience is her example of someone who turned a negative into a positive. Former detective Marty Foley is one of the good cops. His book, A Murder in Wellesley is a true crime drama. It is a riveting read not just for its details in the apprehension of a murder subject but because Marty was the lead investigator on the case, his is an inside view. You’ll be interested to hear his views on the death penalty.

I went into this show with my own point of view on the death penalty, but I came out of it continuing to believe as I do, but  for an entirely different set of reasons. Each of my guests in their own ways made their case for their beliefs, but beyond their argument for or against the death penalty, they each made the case that as citizens we need to serve the living and the victims of brutal crimes beyond revenge by giving back to the community and the victims so that we stop the evil doers and we turn those who might become a menace to society into something better.

This show was really about the power of positive creation. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you listen.

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