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Nov 23 2017 11:00am

Thanksgiving—America’s Deadliest Holiday

Like a Norman Rockwell painting hanging prominently inside our heads, many of us cherish memories of Thanksgiving gatherings with loved ones complemented by honey-glazed turkey and succulent desserts. A heartwarming tradition believed to have originated in 1621 by the Pilgrims, now celebrated every fourth Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday in 1863.

But life is not a Rockwell painting, and the remembrances we cherish are often more glazed than the turkey that rests as the centerpiece on the holiday table. In fact, a survey compiled last year found that 68% of individuals polled expected “trouble” during their Thanksgiving assemblage. No wonder.

[Have a great Thanksgiving!]

Sep 28 2017 3:30pm

The Business of Kidnapping: It’s More than Just a Ransom Note

Forget a ransom note showing up with words and letters cut from a newspaper, a gruff voice disguised over a late-night telephone call, the victim’s frazzled family rushing about to raise an exorbitant ransom, and the FBI tracking down the kidnappers just in time to save the victim. Forget everything you thought you knew about kidnappings, at least when it comes to the kidnapping of executives of multinational corporations.

The international business of kidnapping in the 21st century is not your grandfather’s kidnapping racket. Today, takings of executives and the wealthy in the United States are extremely rare, particularly considering satellites, drones, public surveillance cameras, mobile trackers, and the FBI. Most kidnappings in the US involve custody disputes and the increasingly popular crimes of express kidnappings—when a victim is forced to withdraw a small sum of money from an ATM—and virtual kidnappings—when a criminal telephones and falsely claims to have a family member, keeping the victim on the line until a quick and moderate ransom is paid.

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Sep 21 2017 9:00am

Philip Jett Excerpt: The Death of an Heir

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The Death of an Heir by Philip JettThe Death of an Heir is Philip Jett's chilling true account of the Coors family’s gilded American dream that turned into a nightmare when a meticulously plotted kidnapping went horribly wrong (available September 26, 2017).

In the 1950s and 60s, the Coors dynasty reigned over Golden, Colorado, seemingly invincible. When rumblings about labor unions threatened to destabilize the family's brewery, Adolph Coors, Jr., the septuagenarian president of the company, drew a hard line, refusing to budge. They had worked hard for what they had, and no one had a right to take it from them. What they'd soon realize was that they had more to lose than they could have imagined.

On the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 1960, Adolph “Ad” Coors III, the 44-year-old CEO of the multimillion dollar Colorado beer empire, stepped into his car and headed for the brewery twelve miles away. At a bridge he stopped to help a man in a yellow Mercury sedan. On the back seat lay handcuffs and leg irons. The glove box held a ransom note ready to be mailed. His coat pocket shielded a loaded pistol.

What happened next set off the largest U.S. manhunt since the Lindbergh kidnapping. State and local authorities, along with the FBI personally spearheaded by its director J. Edgar Hoover, burst into action attempting to locate Ad and his kidnapper. The dragnet spanned a continent. All the while, Ad’s grief-stricken wife and children waited, tormented by the unrelenting silence. The Death of an Heir reveals the true story behind the tragic murder of Colorado’s favorite son.

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Sep 7 2017 3:00pm

Can Violence Be Genetic and Inherited? Consider My Family’s Tales of Grisly Murder

Read Philip Jett's interesting guest post about his family's experiences with murder, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win Jett's true crime novel, The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty!

Scientists around the world have been researching whether there is a link between a person’s genetic makeup and the commission of crime. The so-called “warrior gene,” first identified in 1993, is a variant of the X chromosome that supposedly interferes with the inhibition of impulsive aggressive behavior. The theory has gained so much attention that a murderer’s defense attorneys in Tennessee sent his blood sample to Vanderbilt University for analysis. The presence of the gene saved the convicted man from the death penalty.

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