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March 2010 in Black Lamb

Volume 8, Number 3 — March 2010

March 1st, 2010

The All Crime Issue

In our cover article, attorney Bud Gardner looks back on My career in crime. In Even I am a criminal, Greg Roberts observes that practically everything has been criminalized. In Crimes against the person, Rosemary McLeish deplores the fact that almost every woman has been the victim of sexual assault at some time in her life.

Former convict Dean Suess relates a tawdry prison story in There was a crime. In Murder, Toby Tompkins examines the corrosive effect of murder on whoever gets near it. Elizabeth Fournier tells how she tried to find the Green River Killer in Northwest Nancy Drew. In Men aren’t angels, Ed Goldberg concludes that “crime will always be with us.” John M. Daniel’s The Case of the Missing Family Tree (see full entry below) presents an hilarious send-up of Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, Guy Noir and just about every other mystery icon. Dan Peterson remembers Richard Street, a criminal mastermind at the age of seven, in Child prodigy. In Tampering with the mail, Leslie Russell explores the world of rural mailbox vandalism. Elizabeth Hart recounts an horrific crime from which a pregnant woman and her fetus miraculously survived a vicious attack, only to find that the effects of the injuries amount to a Life sentence. In The romance of crime, Rod Ferrandino laments the disappearance of “good crime,” with dashing criminals. Terry Ross looks at the real story behind the film The Boston Strangler.

Our Honorary Black Lambs column features four new inductees: playwright Edward Albee, biographer Richard Ellmann, monumental dramatist Henrik Ibsen, and beloved poet A.E. Housman. In Machiavelli defends, bridge columnist Trixie Barkis presents two devilish coups. Our Black Lamb Recipe is for Sonoran lamb shanks, a Southwest dish. Glow-in-the-dark porcelain eagles are highlighted in Wretched Excess. In Making choices advice columnist Millicent Marshall examines when to tattle and when to keep your mouth shut. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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