Kate del Castillo Still Moving Forward With “El Chapo” Movie 

 

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Via Mexico News Daily– Work on a biographical film about drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is going ahead, according to Harland Braun, attorney for Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.

He said the woman who portrayed a drug cartel boss in the television series La Reyna del Sur, or Queen of the South, will continue to work on a film portraying the life of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

It will tell how Guzmán succeeded in rising from humble beginnings to become the world’s biggest drug trafficker, Braun said, and will tell the good along with the bad.

The film will be “done correctly because Joaquín Guzmán is part of Mexican history just as the Mafia has been part of the history of the United States.”

The lawyer also said there is no sign that the U.S. is investigating the actress, although he suspected there might be one into the links between her and the cartel boss. But they won’t find anything, he predicted.

The film about Guzmán has been discussed since 2014 when his lawyers contacted del Castillo about the project. According to information compiled by Mexico’s Attorney General’s office, del Castillo was to act as an intermediary with well known filmmakers and actors.

An Argentinean writer was to be contracted to write the script.

The plan was reportedly discussed further when the actress secretly visited Guzmán, along with actor Sean Penn, in October last year while he was on the run.

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Book Trailer: “Body Box (The Smoke & Fire Series)” By Michele Wesley

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Mesmerizing beauty . . . mind kissed by death Agent Kris “Yala” Lawrence finds herself in the middle of a sadistic magic show. Standing in the Medical Examiner’s office, the last thing she expects to see is a human torso in a glass encased box that the Medical Examiner claims is still alive. Come Again?! She learns the box is one of three pieces and agrees to follow instructions left by the mad magician if it means receiving and reconnecting the rest of the victim. Usually a shooter and not an investigator, Yala uses her chameleon-like disguise abilities to track the suspect. Smothering good looks . . . melt your senses deadly Agent Kevin “Kay” Nazari request to be partnered with Yala after a chance meet leaves him yearning to see her again. Trying to keep a human alive when they are arriving in parts is as impossible as it sounds. Kevin learns the true meaning of body box as he help track a killer hell bent on sending them victims in parts.

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Crime Writer Ruth Rendell Dies In London At Age 85

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Ruth Rendell, one of Britain’s best-selling contemporary authors, also wrote under the pen-name Barbara Vine died at age 85.

She wrote more than 60 novels in a career spanning 50 years, her best-known creation being Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series.

Rendell, one of Britain’s best-selling contemporary authors, also wrote under the pen-name Barbara Vine.

Born in Essex, she is credited with bringing a social and psychological dimension to crime fiction.

Publisher Penguin Random House said Rendell, who suffered a stroke in January, died in London on Saturday morning.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our best-loved authors,” the publisher said in a statement.

Penguin Random House chair, Baroness Gail Rebuck, said Rendell was admired throughout publishing for her “brilliant body of work”.

“An insightful and elegant observer of society, many of her award-winning thrillers and psychological murder mysteries highlighted the causes she cared so deeply about.”

Rendell’s first Wexford book, From Doon with Death, was published in 1964, beginning a series of more than 20 starring Inspector Reginald Wexford, played in the TV series by George Baker.

Many of her works were translated into more than 20 languages and adapted for cinema and TV, attracting worldwide sales of 60 million.

She was the author of more than 20 standalone novels, whose protagonists were often on the margins of society, and was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for excellence in crime writing.

Her final novel, Dark Corners, is due to be published in October.

Rendell began her writing career as a reporter on an Essex newspaper.

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However, she was forced to resign after filing a story about a local sports club dinner that she hadn’t attended. Her report failed to mention that the after-dinner speaker had died half-way through the speech.

Rendell, whose writing brought her considerable wealth, was made a Labour life peer in 1997 and is reputed to have given generously to charity. She was a vocal campaigner against female genital mutilation.

Sons Of True Crime Author Accused Of Robbing Her For Over $100K

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Ann Rule is a true crime writer best known for “The Stranger Beside Me,” about serial killer Ted Bundy.

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True crime writer Ann Rule’s sons are charged with theft and forgery. Prosecutors say they stole more than $100,000 of their mother’s money.

According to charging documents, Michael Rule is accused of forging $103,628 of his mother’s checks.

His brother, Andrew Rule, is accused of coercing or harassing his mother into giving him $23,327.

“I have never in my life, as God as my witness, stolen anything whatsoever from my mom,” said Andrew Rule.

Investigators were tipped off about the charges of financial exploitation last month when her son-in-law emailed the King County Prosecutor’s office.

Court documents also show that when some checks were overdrawn, one of Ann Rule’s caregivers helped her download an app at a bank where she has an account. Through the app, the documents say, Rule discovered her checks were being forged.

According to prosecutors, “Andy would pester and bully Ann relentlessly for money, sometimes, threatening suicide, sometimes trying to make her feel guilty, sometimes screaming obscenities at her, until she would finally give in and write him a check.

We asked Andrew Rule, “Did you steal money or harass your mom for money?”

He replied, “Absolutely not. Absolutely not.”

When  asked about the allegations, he said, “Basically I used to have a gambling problem but I don&’t anymore and I have absolutely no idea why I was pulled in at the same time my brother was.”

No one came to the door at Michael Rule’s house when KIRO-TV tried to ask him about the forgery allegations.

Ann Rule is a true crime writer best known for “The Stranger Beside Me,” about serial killer Ted Bundy, and her book about child murderer Diane Downs, “Small Sacrifices.”

Why Prison Rape Goes On by Chandra Bozelko

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The following post was written by a former inmate and talks about her experiences witnessing prison rape while incarcerated in a Connecticut women’s prison. 

Prison rape and various other forms of corruption have become a widespread issue within the United States prison system.

Learn more about President Obama’s program to stop prison rape.

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Chandra Bozelko, a former inmate, has an op-ed in the New York Times titled, ‘Why We Let Prison Rape Go On,’ in which she explores why, even 12 year since the Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed, sexual assault in American prisons remains so widespread.

Ultimately, prisons protect rape culture to protect themselves. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about half of prison sexual assault complaints in 2011 were filed against staff. (These reports weren’t all claims of forcible rape; it is considered statutory sexual assault for a guard to have sexual contact with an inmate.)

I was an inmate for six years in Connecticut after being convicted of identity fraud, among other charges. From what I saw, the same small group of guards preyed on inmates again and again, yet never faced discipline. They were protected by prison guard unions, one of the strongest forces in…

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