December 2008

A Crime and Justice Wish List For 2009

by Diane Dimond on December 26, 2008

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Wishes For Justice

‘Tis the season to wish good things for the year ahead so here’s my list.

I hope the worsening economy does not translate into a higher crime rate. Scholars and police disagree about whether bad economic times and high unemployment necessarily equals more crime. I agree with the boots-on-the-ground police types who tell me crime especially thefts, burglaries and domestic abuse does go up in hard times.

I hope our new President gets a handle on illegal immigration. [click to continue…]

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My Crime Fighting Hero

by Diane Dimond on December 20, 2008

Greg MacAleese, the father of Crime Stoppers

Detective Greg MacAleese

Time Magazine has its ‘Person of the Year’ award. I have my ‘Crime Fighter of the Year’ award and this year it goes to Greg MacAleese a former Detective with the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department.

This lifetime achievement honor is long overdue because Greg MacAleese has changed the world by making it a safer place to live.

One quiet, snowy afternoon in February 1976 Detective MacAleese sat down at his desk and typed the word CRIME onto a sheet of paper … [click to continue…]

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Judgment Day For Anthony Pellicano

by Diane Dimond on December 16, 2008

The Author circa 1993

Circa 1993

I was brand new to Hollywood in 1993 when I started breaking stories about Michael Jackson and little boys. At first I couldn’t figure out why my phone at work on the Paramount lot (I worked for Hard Copy) kept popping and crackling. Then mobs of threatening Jacko fans knew just where to meet me when I left the lot at night to go to my car in a nearby parking lot.  My house was vandalized, my home phone began to act weird. Private detective friends told me to watch out for a guy named Pellicano who called himself, “the sin-eater.”   Hard Copy hired body guards to escort me to and fro.

Pellicano Back In The Day

Pellicano Back In The Day

At 64 his sentence could mean life in prison

Pellicano, today, at 64

Well, today, all these years later it was judgment day for the S.O.B. who made my life miserable … and over the years so many other’s lives.

He was sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy, wiretapping and all sorts of brutish skulduggery he had performed over the years on behalf of some of Hollywood’s most wealthy.

Victims got to have their say in court an L.A. court today. One is my friend, former L.A. Times Investigative Correspondent Anita Busch.  [click to continue…]

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Bye-Bye O.J. Simpson

by Diane Dimond on December 13, 2008

O.J. is Sorry ... too late

O.J. is sorry ... too late

For all the words spoken at the sentencing of convicted felon, O.J. Simpson, I find most interesting what wasn’t said.

The courtroom was rapt as District Court Judge Jackie Glass ran through a long list of the nearly dozen robbery and kidnapping based felonies Simpson was charged with and his punishment for each charge. It totaled up to 33 years in prison for the former football and movie star. Simpson won’t be eligible for parole until he serves at least 9 years.

But no one in court said that it is highly unlikely he’ll get parole his first time out, hardly anyone does. [click to continue…]

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Is Evil Born or Made?

by Diane Dimond on December 6, 2008

Bad Seed or Abused Boy?

Bad Seed or Abused Boy?

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emember the chilling movie, “The Bad Seed” starring the blonde, pigtailed Patty McCormack?  She was a beautiful child but so devoid of feeling she randomly killed people she didn’t like.

Could that be what authorities in Arizona are facing with the 8 year old boy who confessed to killing his father and a family friend?

We’ve watched this story play out for about a month now and I’ve hesitated to write about it because I thought any day now we’d learn the awful truth behind what motivated this child.  How does a young boy pick up a 22 caliber single action rifle and pump four bullets into his own father and then six more bullets into a man who rents a room in the family home? [click to continue…]

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