True Crime Book Shares Crooked Case of Accused Twins Given Opposite Verdicts

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Barbara Lunsford's new true crime book "Killer for Hire: The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case" exposes the captivating, unjust trial of Betty Wilson.

Barbara Lunsford's new true crime book "Killer for Hire: The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case" exposes the captivating, unjust trial of Betty Wilson.

In 1993, Alabama socialite Betty Wilson was sentenced to life in prison, accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband, a wealthy and well-known Huntsville doctor whose brutal death sent shockwaves through their community. Author Barbara Lunsford is one of many who believe Betty Wilson was wrongly convicted; she tells Betty's story in her new true crime book "Killer for Hire: The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case" (ISBN 9780980119107, Mystery Crime Scene, 2007).

Betty and her twin sister Peggy were accused of together hiring a hit man to kill Dr. Wilson, but after their respective trials, Peggy was acquitted and Betty was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. To this day, she remains in Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, Ala. Lunsford passionately recounts the Wilson case, from the Wilsons' background to the trial's aftermath in "Killer for Hire." The hit man that was convicted of killing Dr. Wilson was offered a deal by the District Attorney: his testimony against Betty and her twin sister in exchange for life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The Wilson case was fraught with ambiguity and the hit man who provided the testimony against the twins has recanted and changed his story numerous times since the trials. Lunsford has not been the only one to believe that the court's decision to convict one twin and acquit the other--both were tried on the exact same testimony and evidence--was completely incredulous and illogical. Other authors and several TV shows, including Inside Edition, have also covered the injustice of the Wilson case.

Lunsford's efforts recently produced a new witness with evidence to clear Betty's name: ex-Marine Dennis Johnson. But his endeavor to help Betty was seriously bungled, a disappointing development that led Lunsford to publish Betty's tragic story in "Killer for Hire." She says, "After spending a decade along with others trying to get some help for Betty, only to have Johnson--her best chance for justice--come crashing down because of the antics of a backwoods southern lawyer, a dimwitted college professor and a two-bit private investigator, I felt this was a story that needed to be told."

About the Author
Barbara Lunsford resides in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was introduced to the Wilson case in 1997 and became intrigued because, even though both twins were tried with the same circumstantial evidence and a convicted man's testimony, one twin was convicted and the other acquitted. Convinced the convicted twin was innocent, Lunsford set up an extensive Web site seeking new evidence to help the incarcerated twin.

"Killer for Hire: The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case" (ISBN 9780980119107, Mystery Crime Scene, 2007) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://hankford.com/wilson. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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