November 2009

Locking Away Evil – Finally

by Diane Dimond on November 30, 2009

Alamo - Guilty - 175 Years in Prison!

Alamo – Guilty – 175 Years in Prison!

On this Thanksgiving weekend I want to tell you about a group of young people who are giving thanks for the first time in their lives. This year they are extremely thankful that their tormentor, the self proclaimed preacher Tony Alamo, has finally been brought to justice.

In U.S. District Court in Texarkana, Arkansas the 75 year old Alamo was recently sentenced to 175 years in prison on charges of engaging in sex with minor members of his so-called “church.” One of the five brides identified was just 8 years old. My sources, escapees of the church, tell me there were many more Alamo brides.

Alamo’s real name is Bernie LaZar Hoffman. He was a phony from the get-go. Back in the early 70’s he and his wife, Susan, dreamed up the “Alamo Christian Ministries” to rescue drugged out homeless people from the streets of Hollywood. They gave the unfortunates a cot to sleep on, food to eat, a rousing sermon and an odd job or two to perform as payback. City fathers donated money to show appreciation for the more tourist friendly streets. [click to continue…]

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Terrorists on Trial – Do We Give Them What They Want?

by Diane Dimond on November 22, 2009

Mohammed Wants All Americans Dead

Mohammed Wants All Americans Dead

So, the so-called 9-11 Gang of Five will go on trial in a federal court as opposed to before a military commission. The bottom line question then has to be: Are you ready for the possibility that Khalid Sheik Mohammed or any of his fellow collaborators might walk free on a sly defense attorney’s manipulation of our system?

Don’t think it couldn’t happen.

Millionaire Robert Durst walked free even after he admitted to murdering a neighbor. In my opinion O.J. Simpson got a free pass too after taking the lives of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman. I could cite other cases in which juries, again in my opinion, did not come to the right conclusion. Take it from me it happens.

As you sit reading this column there are American lawyers preparing and strategizing right now on how they might secure the freedom of … [click to continue…]

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Terrorism That Could Hit Our Bread Basket

by Diane Dimond on November 16, 2009

Contaminated Feed, Contaminated Beef

Contaminated Feed, Contaminated Beef

My husband says I worry too much. Naturally, I don’t agree. But there I was at the grocery store the other day and my mind began to work overtime.

Given the nature of the work I do – writing about crime and justice – I admit my brain doesn’t necessarily think like other people’s brains.

As I went about spending $271.52, which took a while, I noticed an unattended child in the cookie aisle. Fast as a cat he opened a bag, snatched a cookie and shoved it in his mouth. He then expertly sealed up the package again lickedy-split. No one was the wiser except for me.

In retrospect I think I should have stopped the boy, demanded he take me to his mother, been part of the ‘village’ that it takes to raise our children correctly. Honestly, there just wasn’t time, he was that fast.

The kid’s actions left me with the feeling that terrorist attacks on our food supply could also happen that fast. [click to continue…]

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Our Lost Children

by Diane Dimond on November 9, 2009

Our Kids Need Guidance

Our Kids Need Guidance

What the hell is going on with our children?

In one high school in Palo Alto, California four teenagers, acting separately, killed themselves recently by stepping in front of a train.

And who wasn’t stunned by the recent reports, also from California, about a group of 20 high school kids either participating in or standing around watching the brutal 2 hour long gang rape of one of their female classmates? The attack took place outside Richmond High School during the homecoming dance. Not one person bothered to call 911. Police are still struggling to identify those involved.

Who is responsible for that ghastly crime? [click to continue…]

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A Reality Check on Reality TV

by Diane Dimond on November 2, 2009

TV Dad Jon Gosselin

TV Dad Jon Gosselin

I got the opportunity recently to spend time with two of America’s most talked about Dads: Jon Gosselin, of the “Jon and Kate plus Eight” television show and Richard Heene, the man behind the recent so-called Balloon Boy Hoax.

Let me just say: Long gone are the TV Dads like Fred MacMurray in “My Three Sons” or Hugh Beaumont from “Leave it to Beaver.

I went to court with the Gosselins in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – twice – as they tried to hash out … [click to continue…]

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