Daily Archives: September 12, 2011

The Best Courtroom Drama Book I’ve Ever Read…

If you are a regular follower of my Blog…you will know that I’ve been an avid reader all of my life. About five years ago I developed an interest in the genre of courtroom drama and have since read all of books written by the most famous authors including Grisham, Turrow, Martini, Margolin, etc and others not so famous.

Yesterday I just finished the best courtroom drama I’ve ever read. It’s by Vincent Bugliosi, the attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson and wrote a book entitled Helter Skelter about that trial….which I have also read. The book I’m sharing with you today is even better. While most of the above named authors write fiction…this book is a true crime story…it actually happened.

If you  enjoy reading about the intricacies of courtroom strategies…you will enjoy this book.

Here”s a Wikipedia link to give you all the information about this book…



Through the magic of Google Earth….here’s a view of Palmyra Atoll…A tiny little island 1,200 south of Hawaii…where this event happened. Click on the photo to enlarge it…

While researching information for this Blog…I ran across this interesting item. The man accused of the murders…Wesley “Buck” Walker…who spent 22 years in prison…was paroled in 2006 and died of a stroke at the age of 72…while in prison wrote his own book…Palmyra: The True Story Of An Island Tragedy…to tell “what really happened”. Here’s the link to his website…


I just ordered the book and will report back to you after I’ve received it and read it. Later…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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China Builders

While blogging my China trip, not only did I relive the trip and revisit old memories, I heard from several people about fascinating places in China. Xandre Verkes blog answers the question I had about how can  a path be built on a mountain, seemingly without any super structure?  The path we took to Tiger Leaping Gorge was dynamited out of solid rock and spanned  “empty” space in two spots.  Xandre sent me a  message and I looked up his blog.  Click this link to stunning  photos of the daring Chinese workers who build flat up against a 90 degree mountain.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:




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