With No Unified Database, Many Murder Victims Remain Nameless – WNYC

With No Unified Database, Many Murder Victims Remain Nameless – WNYC. The need for a national database of missing persons.


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Human Trafficking in North Carolina

Old news to some, new News for me…

The case of Lucinda Lyons Shackelford of Charlotte. Shackelford was convicted of Human Enslavement for charges of forced labor and document servitude, which is the withholding of an individual’s legal documents, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to Grio (http://thegrio.com/2011/01/25/woman-charged-with-human-enslavement/)

The US Justice Department alleged that Shackleford forced the teen to clean her home, work on her boyfriend’s car and sell beer to trailer park residents. The indictment also alleges that she demanded his pay, struck him, and threatened to call law enforcement and immigration officials if he did not return to her home. (Sounds like how I grew up)



Shackleford was convicted and sentenced.

JUDGMENT as to Lucinda Lyons Shackleford (1), Count(s) 1, 2 yrs. prob.; $100.00 sp. asst; $724.00 rest.; Count(s) 2, 2 yrs. prob. to run concurrent; $25.00 sp. asst. Restitution Ordered. Signed by District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr on 11/13/2012. (chh)

The Press Release, click here


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“Building Time at Brushy”

I am actually recommending a book, not just because I know the author and that he is a remarkable man. The author Stonney Lane is my husband’s cousin and the family is as proud of him as can be. So now he writes a book that will invite you into his living room with a glass of sweet tea and stories about life as the Warden of Brushy Mountain State Prison. I have actually had the pleasure of visiting with him shortly after James Earl Ray‘s escape from Brushy Mountain State Prison. Stonney said they weren’t worried, survival in the wild was not something Ray would be able to do.

So now Stonney has written, Building Time at Brushy. Buy it, Read it, you will enjoy it. http://books.google.com/books/about/Building_Time_at_Brushy.html?id=HXMi14gqfDcC  Building Time at Brushy

Here is an article about Brushy Mountain from the Nashville Scene and more information  http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/tales-from-brushy-mountain/Content?oid=1189060

Brushy Mountain State Prison was built in 1896. Its wood buildings were arranged in the shape of a cross, an odd nod to Christianity for an institution housing killers, rapists and thieves. During a tour of the facility, one prison official explains that the shape of the prison was meant to satisfy religious-minded people who believed that the only way inmates could be rehabilitated was for them to embrace Jesus. In the 1930s and ’40s, nearly all of the prison was rebuilt; the shape still formed a cross, although up close Brushy Mountain looks more like the medieval fortress of a feudal overlord than any kind of sanctuary.

Brushy first operated as a convict-lease prison. According to Building Time at Brushy, a fascinating history written by former warden Stonney Lane, the state rented out its tough, grizzled convicts to private coal mining operations in Morgan and Anderson counties, just northeast of Knoxville along the Kentucky border. The citizen miners soon revolted, and the state stopped using inmates to staff this kind of temp agency.

Instead, Tennessee decided to get into the mining business full-time. The state enlisted Brushy’s inmates to operate several mines around state property in the mountains surrounding the prison. Inmates had quotas of coal they had to mine and, if they failed to meet their quota, they were stripped naked and lashed with a stiff, leather whip. Some inmates died from black lung. Others were raped or murdered. Near the prison lies a cemetery full of inmates who died at the mines.

In 1967, two miners were killed in a rock fall. Shortly after, Lake Russell, a reform-minded warden and former college football coach at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., decided to cease the coal mining at Brushy Mountain, a practice that endured for more than 70 years. “That accident really bothered him, and he could never get over it,” says Lane, the former warden and author, whom Russell hired as a teacher. “He told me he was going to close the mines, and they would never run as long as he was around.”

Lane himself began his stint at Brushy believing that inmates could and should be rehabilitated, even those who faced life sentences. As an instructor, he felt inspired when he taught inmates how to read, noting gleefully in his book the pride the prisoners felt when they were finally able to sign their names. But when he became warden in 1976, he turned from “a liberal in correctional reform to a very conservative administrator of a maximum-security institution,” he writes—maybe because in the four years that he ran the place, there were seven homicides and three suicides. In one grisly case, two inmates stabbed another man to death in the kitchen. One took a knife and nearly sliced off the victim’s arm, which dangled from his body ready to fall off at any moment. The accomplice neatly severed the victim’s spine with a meat clever.

“When you’re in maximum security, you’re not worried about rehabilitation,” Lane says of his ideological about-face when he became warden. “The inmates have been through everything the system can give them. Telling anybody we were in rehabilitative services is the biggest lie. Our main concern was perimeter security.”

English: Mug shot of James Earl Ray.

Petros, Tennessee, looking south from the summ...

Petros, Tennessee, looking south from the summit of Frozen Head at Frozen Head State Park, in the southeastern United States. Big Brushy Mountain rises above the community on the left. The Great Smoky Mountains span the horizon in the far distance. Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is on the bottom right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Human Trafficking


The definition of human trafficking  (according to Wikipedia)

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slaveryforced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues, including surrogacy and ova removal. Trafficking is a lucrative industry, representing an estimated $32 billion per year in international trade, compared to the estimated annual $650 billion for all illegal international trade circa 2010.

According to the Office of Justice Programs,

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, repressing thousands of people within the United States and millions throughout the world every year. According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, human trafficking includes the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or other services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. It includes sex trafficking, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the victim is under 18 years of age.”

Women are the most likely victims of human trafficking and for the reason of “sex slave” (Click for the UN Study)

According to the United Nations, the map below shows the countries where the Trafficking originates and the countries that are the destination for trafficking. Naturally, the US is the place where most slaves end up (hmm… not Thailand?)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_to_Monitor_and_Combat_Trafficking_in_Persons 

Trafficking In Persons Report Map 2010

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Draft Dodgers and Private Investigators

The need for the a strong military defense in Israel can not be denied. It is believed that all citizens have a duty to help protect the state. In accomplishing that goal the Israeli Defense Force “has recently resumed private investigations into women who declare themselves to be religious in order to avoid military service”…”Such a probe would look into whether she observes Shabbat, dresses modestly and avoids intimate contact with men.”

“Private investigators are employed any time there is good reason to suspect applicants for either draft exemptions or financial assistance of submitting fraudulent information”

Possible steady employment. Pretty interesting. To  read more, http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/idf-spends-nis-2-8m-on-private-investigations-into-draft-dodgers-fraudulent-assistance-seekers.premium-1.519831 


MGEN Amos Malka, Commanding General Israeli De...

MGEN Amos Malka, Commanding General Israeli Defense Force, and other members of the Israeli Defense Force. A UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) is in flight in the background. Location: FORT HOOD, TEXAS (TX) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Attorney and Private Investigator-The Relationship

Here is a great website and local attorney, Rosen Law Firm. They provide great information on the use of private investigators and divorce. The website also provides advice when using gadgets

The article for using PI for your divorce http://www.rosen.com/childcustody/carticles/private-investigators-in-north-carolina-divorce-cases-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

The article regarding spousal spying http://www.rosen.com/childcustody/carticles/think-twice-snoop-cell-phone-spyware/


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Training via the internet

Although I don’t know if this is spam or not, I have been exploring the links.  So for those interested in training, especially training to be a “Crime Scene Investigator”, Here are some links thanks to courtreporter.net

50 Open Courses to become a Real Life CSIhttp://www.courtreporter.net/blog/2010/50-open-courses-to-become-a-real-life-csi/

I checked out some of the classes listed and am impressed especially with the offerings from Open University.

Below is a sampling from the webpage.


You’ll study the nature of crime in these courses.

  1. The Meaning of Crime: Find out exactly what crime is with the help of this course. [Open U]
  2. Aims and Limits of the Criminal Law: Take this course to learn more about criminal law. [Berkeley]
  3. Trials in History: Study famous trials in history through this course. [MIT]
  4. Crime, Heredity and Insanity in American History: This course will teach you about crime and insanity throughout history. [ND]


As a crime scene investigator, your job will require you to confront death. These courses can help you better understand it.

  1. Death: Professor Shelly Kagan discusses the philosophy of death in this course. [Yale]
  2. Living with Death and Dying: Check out this course to see how you can live with death and dying. [Open U]
  • Click here for the list.
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