And the Winner Is…

Patricia Bradley Uncategorized 41 Comments

Okay, I know it’s not Tuesday, but tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and I want to post something else tomorrow. 🙂

This month I’m giving away a book from my library, the winner’s choice of one of the books pictured. To be entered in the monthly drawings for a print book, you must leave a comment, have a Continental US address and be 18 years of age.

If Random.org picks someone who lives outside the US, they will be given the choice of the loan of one of the books on my Kindle–I don’t want to leave anyone out!

Oh, and how do you feel about Rafflecopters? I’ve thought about using one each week but wasn’t sure if anyone liked them. 🙂 Let me know in the comments.

This month’s winner of Susan May Warren’s Wild Montana Skies is…Dana Michaels! I’ll contact you by email.

And now for the answer to last week’s Mystery Question:

How do you think police connected the Jane Doe to the missing woman and eventually solved the case?

  1. The husband, on his deathbed, confessed that he killed his wife and threw her off a bridge near the coast.
  2. A man who helped the murderer dispose of the body was drinking with his buddies. He broke down and confessed, saying he couldn’t live another day with what he’d done thirty years ago.
  3. The missing woman’s son identified an afghan Jane Doe’s body was wrapped in as one his grandmother made.
  4. Evidence that would identify Jane Doe was mishandled and locked in an evidence room for thirty years.

And the answer is…#3. The missing woman was Amy Hurst, and after the son testified he’d seen his father hit his mother in the head with a hammer, William Hurst was convicted and given a life sentence for her murder.

Now for this week’s Mystery Question:

On the night of March 26, 1965, the auditorium was jammed with more than 1,200 people attending the semifinal competitions of a beauty pageant. Since 1947, this had been one of the city’s biggest social events. The winner went on to the state finals and from there to the Miss America Pageant, and that Friday evening the panel of celebrity judges included Linda Mead Shea, the 1960 Miss America.

One of those among the crowd was a 29-year-old mother who had brought her three young children along to see the show. She had a special reason for getting the kids involved. Her husband, Joe, had volunteered to serve as chairman of the annual pageant.

Despite all the excitement, the kids grew restless, so the mother left the auditorium during the 9:30 p.m. intermission. Her home was just five minutes away. She drove there, tucked the children into bed, and told the babysitter that she was returning to the school for the second half of the pageant. She would be back around midnight, she said.

No one except her killer ever saw her alive again.

The husband told police later that he wasn’t too concerned when his wife didn’t show up at the school after intermission. He knew she was tired and figured she had decided to stay home with the children.  He also told police when the pageant ended shortly after 11 p.m., he had coffee with friends, then drove home in a Buick convertible loaned to him by the pageant.

She was found the next morning in the parking lot where the pageant had been held, shot three times in the back. The medical examiner estimated the time of death between 10 and 11 p.m. meaning the killing occurred while the pageant was taking place just a few hundred yards away.

What do you believe happened?

1. The husband killed her for insurance money.

2. She’d been having an affair and she and her paramour had a fight and he killed her.

3. She was mugged and fought back and the mugger accidentally killed her.

4. She was killed by the same person who had murdered a woman only a month earlier, possibly a serial killer.

5. The police believe they’ve solved the crime, but they don’t have enough evidence to convict.

Okay, Super Sleuths, leave your answer in the comments and I’ll enter you in this month’s drawing for one of the books in the photo. And don’t forget to let me know how you feel about Rafflecopters.

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  1. Sandra Orchard

    Oh, that’s a scary one! And so sad. I suspect #5 is the answer. 🙁

    I have mixed feelings about rafflecopter. For the blogger and his or her guests, they seem to be a great way to get more followers of their various social media accounts and if a blog comment isn’t required to enter, that allows readers who are uncomfortable doing that to enter. But I do enjoy the interaction in comments on a blog, feels more personal.

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  2. Linda Ortiz

    I suspect #1, the husband. How could he not know his wife was not there. They only lived 5 minutes away. Plus, he borrowed a car. Did he not see his own car I. The parking lot! I am going with the husband!

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  3. Stella Potts

    That is tough. It couldn’t be #3 because you don’t accidentally shoot someone in the back 3 times so I will say #5. I don’t like raffle opted at all. I did those for a long time then I quit doing entries if it is rafflecopter.

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  4. Sally Shupe

    #1 the husband did it. He was totally unconcerned lol. I prefer not to use rafflecopters. Follow this person; follow that person. Tweet this. Post that. Most times I won’t enter using a rafflecopter. I much prefer comments!

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  5. Melissa Romine

    I’ll choose #5, although It’s a little scary to think that something that happened when I was a toddler could still be going unpunished.
    I guess I’m neutral on Rafflecopter. It’s a lot of effort to enter a contest.

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      Patricia Bradley

      Melissa, I’m really in your corner about Rafflecopter. I will do it…sometimes. That’s why I asked. If everyone feels the way I do, I definitely won’t use it. It just makes it a little easier for them to pick the winner. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Lisa

    # 5 He’s too unconcerned & probably having an affair with someone or more than one in the pageant circle. I think that’s why the wife thought it was important to show up with her three young children – to inflict guilt on on the paramour/paramours. The person who wanted to take her out must have been clever thus they couldn’t prove the husband or the paramour/paramours hired the hit man.

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  7. Paula

    I’ll say #5. I like Rafflecopter but a note to the person putting it on the page: put it in the page above the comments not on an extra page. If it’s on an extra page you have to go back and sometimes that doesn’t work so you have to sign in all over again. What also doesn’t work for me is to copy and paste to Facebook from the tiny, tiny box. I can’t get the highlights to get around the text that is supposed to be copied. Then when you copy it — there is no link for readers to click on. I’d much rather share a whole prepared item from the authors or blogger’s page and then copy that shared post to the little box in the Rafflecopter entry! I do this a lot! Some are way easier than others. Thanks Pat!

  8. Edward Arrington

    Hey Pat, I read your blog last week but was in New York City and just did not have time for the things I normally do at home. I meant to get back to it later but when we weren’t on the move, it seemed my time was spent planning for the next day. Now that I’m back home, I hope to find my routine again. In the situation described, I believe the answer is #5. Regarding Rafflecopter, I find them to be tiresome and frustrating. One entry is sufficient for everyone. About three years ago, I was entering every Rafflecopter I came across by Christian authors. Early last year, I decided I was spending too much time jumping through all those hoops to get more entries. I chose to start reading more and skip most of the Rafflecopters now.

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      Patricia Bradley

      Hi Edward! Feel your pain about being out of a normal routine. And to think once upon a time I hated routine. lol. And I agree about the jumping through hoops! That’s one reason I haven’t used a rafflecopter in a long time. Thanks for chiming in!

  9. Jackie Wisherd

    I am not too fond of Rafflecopter contests as most have a Tweet option and I do not tweet. The simple one or two option ones are ok.

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  10. Ethel LYtton

    #1 is the culprit and I have no idea what Rafflecopter is but it sounds a waste of every one’s time.

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  11. Susanne

    I pick #5 …. I think giveaways are lots of fun, so rafflecopter or not, I would enter for the chance to win. 🙂

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  12. Caryl Kane

    I’m guessing #4. I think a blog comment should be enough to enter a giveaway. Simple and easy should work for everyone. 🙂

  13. Trixi

    I’m going with #5 for this one, an unsolved murder. And I guessed correctly last week with my #3 answer…yay!

    I don’t mind Rafflecopter as long as it doesn’t have too many things to do to gain extra entries. If it’s long and tedious, I’d rather skip it! I think the way you are doing it right now Patricia is perfect…I say, don’t fix what ain’t broke, lol!

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  14. Karen Fackler

    I’m pretty sure it’s number 1. A random attacker wouldn’t shoot 3 times, this was personal. So I’m going with the hubby!

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