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Author Michael Benson talks about his new book The Wicked King Wicker: The Son of Sam Siege...

William Ramsey Investigates

Author Michael Benson talks about his new book The Wicked King Wicker: The Son of Sam Siege Upon New York City.https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-King-Wicker-Siege-Upon-ebook/dp/B08VDCJ6W4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+wicked+king+wicker&qid=1619219935&sr=8-1

42mins

23 Apr 2021

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Author Michael Benson talks about his new book The Wicked King Wicker: The Son of Sam Siege...

William Ramsey Investigates

Author Michael Benson talks about his new book The Wicked King Wicker: The Son of Sam Siege Upon New York City.https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-King-Wicker-Siege-Upon-ebook/dp/B08VDCJ6W4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+wicked+king+wicker&qid=1619219935&sr=8-1

42mins

23 Apr 2021

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Black History Month Beyond Series Ep.6: President, Dr. Michael Benson

Voice Is Power Podcast

February is coming to an end, but Black History, Celebration, and Empowerment is not! The Black History Month Beyond Series continues with its final episode of Black History Month. We finish out the month in stellar fashion as a welcome a very special guest on to the podcast... the President of Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Michael Benson! Voice is Power Podcast has surpassed 300 listens total! Thank you to everyone that has supported the podcast and given us a listen! It is greatly appreciated! As always feel free to connect with us and give us feedback. Subscribe and leave a review as well.  Happy Friday everyone! Have a good weekend! And Happy Black History Month!

1hr

26 Feb 2021

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THE WICKED KING WICKER-Michael Benson

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers

There was a time when New York City was dying a fast death. The slums were warzones, the government bankrupt and sputtering. Mobsters disassembled one another nightly and dropped hefty bags of mixed parts off the Canarsie pier. Gangs rumbled in the city’s playgrounds and ghost towns, each battle busted up by the sound of gunfire or a police siren. Co-eds were raped and sent home shattered. Wide swaths of real estate, former ghettos, were abandoned and left to the squatters. Times Square, once seemingly the center of the universe, had sunk into an odiferous septic tank, a choice of porn loops in a booth or somnambulant live sex shows continuous.New York had crumbled into a city of ancient ruins where city-tough blades of sharp grass poked through each crack in the pavement, a city undergoing a so-called fiscal crisis but more a crisis of the soul, a city of routine muggings, vacant lots turned dumpsite, pocked and abandoned roads to nowhere, a city that President Gerald Ford told to drop dead, a city in which four murders a night was the norm, a city of scary shadows, vacant lots, sewer gas from a cracked manhole, a stinging rain of rust from tenement fire escapes, where pedestrians routinely dodged bell-bottomed angel-dust timebombs, where young savage baby boomers washed down black beauties with Rheingold out of a can, where each glance into the shadows was an assault upon civilized sensibilities, a derelict Big Apple, rotten at the core, with no signs of hope. In the South Bronx, ten square blocks per year, 5,000 housing units, were lost to arson—owners abandoned properties rather than pay the tax, often torching them at night to collect insurance—leaving block after block of charred hulks. “Fort Apache” they called it after the old western movie—where it looked like the bomb had gone off, nothing left but steamy brick streets and smoldering rubble. It was a ghosttown inhabited only by clownishly uniformed soldiers of vague cause who moved like insects, who fought for worthless turf and pride and dignity through the smoke of despair.And for a year, scariest of all, it was the city of Son of Sam, a terrifying specter of sadism and ritualistic blood sacrifice. THE WICKED KING WICKER: The Son of Sam Siege Upon New York-Michael Benson

1hr 28mins

19 Feb 2021

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THE AGE OF ZODIAC-Michael Benson

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers

You probably know part of the Zodiac story. The guy killed five, wounded two, wrote letters in code, and drew tremendous press. There was a great movie about the case. But true crime veteran Michael Benson is taking a brand new look at that most-interesting of cold cases, coming from the mindset that the Zodiac’s combination of diverse killing styles, codemaking, and letter writing means more than one guy was involved. The Zodiac has team-work written all over it. And so, perhaps, a Zodiac Club. Many Zodiac experts assume that, in later Zodiac letters when “he” wrote the San Francisco Examiner letters claiming a prolific kill count, that the guy responsible for the murders of Betty Lou Jensen, David Faraday, Darlene Ferrin, Cecilia Shephard, and Paul Stine (and maybe Cheri Jo Bates) was just bragging about the other forty or so. Benson looks at it another way. All of them could have been the Zodiac, if the Zodiac was a psycho squad not a lone nut. Each and every victim gets Benson’s full attention and, as the body count grows, there is ongoing analysis involving hard and circumstantial evidence, commonalities between the murders, geographic profiling, and pertinent connections to known Zodiac suspects. Many murders are examined. It was the era of serial murder, an epidemic, especially bad in northern California where privacy, seclusion, dusty wilderness, and hitchhiking were prevalent. Some of these cases were found to be not the Zodiac at all, but perhaps a glimpse at the early work of a Ted Bundy, Ed Kemper, “Golden State Killer” Joseph DeAngelo, and other known killers, the next wave of psycho serial carnage. THE AGE OF ZODIAC-Michael Benson

1hr 29mins

17 Oct 2020

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The CFI Podcast: Michael Benson on wildfire research, response and prevention

Annex Business Media: Podcasts

The latest episode of The CFI Podcast focuses on a very timely subject: wildfire research, response and prevention. Canada’s wildfire season is well underway now, with conditions right to result in severe wildfires across the country. And as we head into the hot summer months, it is bound to become worse.So, we spoke with Michael Benson, manager of wildfire operations for FPInnovations, to learn more about Canada’s wildfire preparedness and response levels in recent years, the forest industry’s research and response efforts, the impact of good forest management practices, and more.“By and large Canada really is in a fortunate position in terms of capacity, experience and expertise in the wildfire response field. However, even high reliability organizations have room for improvement,” Benson said.He called for increased co-operation and communication among the provinces’ different wildfire agencies and between the agencies and forest products companies. Being prepared to answer the call, completing requisite training and communicating with wildfire management agencies before a wildfire event occurs are just some of the things forest companies can do to help minimize the impacts of wildfire.Listen to the full episode to learn more about the impact of different wildfire research projects, mitigation efforts, the impact of COVID-19 and climate change, and more.Tune in now and look for future episodes at www.woodbusiness.ca/podcasts.Music: www.purple-planet.com

46mins

30 Jun 2020

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MOSQUITO POINT ROAD-Michael Benson

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers

A compilation of six fascinating historical true crime stories, all geographically attached or close to the author’s childhood home. There’s Killer of the Cloth, The Baby in the Convent, Mosquito Point Road, Death of a First Baseman, The Blue Gardenia, and Pure/Evil. Three of the killers are female. MOSQUITO POINT ROAD: Monroe County Murder & Mayhem-Michael Benson

1hr 21mins

4 Jun 2020

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MICHAEL BENSON TRUE CRIME RETROSPECTIVE-Michael Benson

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers

Michael Benson is one of today's most popular true-crime writers. His books--including Betrayal In Blood, Murder In Connecticut, Killer Twins, The Burn Farm, Mommy Deadliest, A Killer's Touch, Evil Season, Watch Mommy Die, A Knife in the Heart, Escape From Dannemora, Nightmare In Rochester, Haunting Homicides and The Devil at Genesee Junction--tell vividly of today's most heinous criminals, and the clever and stalwart lawmen who bring them to justice. He is currently a regular commentator for two true-crime series, Evil Twins and Evil Kin, on the Investigation Discovery (I.D.) channel, and had also made guest appearances on that channel's Evil Stepmoms, Deadly Sins, Southern Fried Homicide, and On the Case with Paula Zahn.The Devil at Genesee Junction, tells the story of his return to the scene of a childhood trauma. Two of his friends were murdered and mutilated near his rural home south of Rochester, N.Y. when he was nine. Those murders were never solved. As an adult and veteran true-crime writer, Benson teamed up with the mother of one of the victims and a local private investigator to heat up that cold case and propel it in a startling new direction. During his three decades as a professional writer, Benson has worked closely with a retired Army Intelligence agent during the tense days after 9/11 for a book about the CIA, and with a retired FBI agent for a book about National Security; co-written two books with a former New York Police Department "Cop of the Year"; explored the Grassy Knoll in Dallas with a former KGB agent while researching his much-acclaimed Who's Who in the JFK Assassination; collaborated efficiently with an astronaut; and covered the Stephen Hayes triple-murder trial in New Haven, Ct., for the New York Post. MICHAEL BENSON TRUE CRIME RETROSPECTIVE-Michael Benson

1hr 22mins

24 Feb 2020

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Episode 115 - Michael Benson, Former EKU President

Think Humanities Podcasts

Former Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins host Bill Goodman for this episode of Think Humanities. Dr. Benson discusses how he got into higher education and what is up next for him.

46mins

15 Jan 2020

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HAUNTING HOMICIDES-Michael Benson

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers

An anthology of haunting murders written by acclaimed true-crime writer Michael Benson and his “boots on the ground,” Private Investigator Donald A. Tubman. Featured stories include the murders of Joanne Lynn, Pamela Moss, Shari Smoyer and Jack King, Tammy Jo Alexander, Damita Gibson, Victoria Jobson, Kelley Gaffield, Cathleen Krauseneck (The Brighton Ax Murder), Brittanee Drexel, Regina Mae Armstrong, Loretta Jo Gates and Terri Lynn Bills, plus many more—including updates on Rochester N.Y.’s Double-Initial Murders and the “Genesee Junction” murders of George-Ann Formicola and Kathy Bernhard. HAUNTING HOMICIDES-Michael Benson

1hr 5mins

7 Oct 2019

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