Backstrom TV Series

Great, just when I discover a new cop series to watch on Netflix, I find it's been cancelled at the end of season one. Any way I think Backstrom is worth a watch.....
 
About the show
Backstrom is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who sees the worst in everyone, and he’s usually right.
 
Detective Lieutenant EVERETT BACKSTROM (Emmy Award nominee Rainn Wilson, “The Office”) is a man with no filter. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland’s newly minted Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.).Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior. 
 
Whether outsmarting his foes, including his ex-fiancee (recurring guest star Sarah Chalke, “Scrubs”), or guiding his eccentric team of investigators and civilians, featuring Dennis Haysbert (“24,” “The Unit”), Genevieve Angelson (“House of Lies”), Kristoffer Polaha (“Ringer,” “Life Unexpected”), Page Kennedy (“Blue Mountain State,” “Weeds”), Beatrice Rosen (“The Dark Knight”) and Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Backstrom always manages to crack the case. 
 
But his highly unorthodox process invariably leads to clashes with everyone around him, from his fellow law enforcement colleagues, to the Fire Department, to Portland’s local charities, to the city’s drag queens, to half of Chinatown and an entire Indian Reservation. When Backstrom’s investigating, nobody comes out unscathed.
 
Follow the series on Twitter @BackstromFOX and join the discussion using #backstrom. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @backstromfox.
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I hope it makes a return one day.

Banshee US TV Series

For those of you watching Banshee series four, the final episode is fast approaching. I have really enjoyed every series and it's not too late for you to catch up.
 
Banshee premise
A man is released from prison after serving 15 years for planning to keep $15 million in diamonds that he was stealing on behalf of his employer, a Ukrainian mob boss named Rabbit. His former lover and accomplice, Rabbit’s daughter Anastasia, took off with the diamonds. Rabbit is after him because he thinks the man will lead him to his daughter and the diamonds. The man flees to the small fictional, Pennsylvanian town of Banshee, where Anastasia has been living under the alias of Carrie Hopewell, the wife of the DA with two children. Lucas Hood, the new sheriff, arrives in town and is immediately killed when he intervenes in a dispute between local criminals and a bar owner. The man takes Hood’s identity and has to impersonate the sheriff and deal with ex-Amish crime lord Kai Proctor, sort things out with "Carrie" and get his share of the diamonds while evading Rabbit.
 
Season 1 focuses on Hood's attempts to restore his relationship with Carrie under the looming threat of Rabbit finding them. Hood completely disregards the law while clashing with Proctor and pursuing his often criminal activities, alienating his deputies. Rabbit eventually tracks him down and Hood surrenders to spare Carrie. Carrie leads some criminal accomplices and the deputies in a raid to free Hood and shoots Rabbit.
 
Season 2 deals with tribal chief Alex Longshadow's attempt to build a casino on the reservation which places Sheriff Hood in the middle of a violent struggle between Longshadow and Proctor. Carrie must face up to her past when she is imprisoned for her part in the raid against her father. With Carrie trying to fix her marriage, Hood enters into a relationship with his deputy Siobhan. He must deal with the real Hood's son when he comes to Banshee looking for his father. Hood and Carrie are forced to track down and confront Rabbit and settle things once and for all when they learn he survived being shot.
 
Season 3 of this crime drama continues to chronicle the exploits of an ex-con who assumes the identity of a lawman named Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) in the small, out-of-the-way town of Banshee, in Pennsylvania. The season opens with Lucas hoping to land a risky new job, after the death of Rabbit (Ben Cross). Nola (Odette Annable) returns to Banshee and confronts Burton. The FBI show and threaten to expose Hood's secret. The station is attacked by Chayton (Geno Segers) and the Redbones, leading to an all out war.
 
Season 4 is the fourth and final season.Two Years after Job went missing, in Banshee, a string of similar murders where young girls hearts are ripped out of their chest and then left at the side of the road becomes a top priority concern when Rebecca Bowman (Lili Simmons) is the third victim in the grotesque killings. Lucas Hood comes out of hiding to investigate her death along with the help of FBI Agent Veronica Dawson (Eliza Dushku). Power in Banshee has changed, with Brock Lotus (Matt Servitto) assuming the title of Sheriff and Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thompsen) as the new Mayor of Banshee, who's been making deals with the Aryan Brotherhood, led by Calvin Bunker (Chris Coy).
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Funny Police Arrest Images

I've been speaking to a few police themed museums trying to get them to stock the book, but it's proving difficult. I won't give up as the books need to be out there on the shelves. The ebook version still seems to be selling really well and thanks for everyone's support. I'm still editing the second book in between my day job and hopefully this will be finished for an online release before Christmas. I will keep you updated on progress.

For now here's a couple of funny police arrest images to enjoy.

Crime Museum in Washington DC

Now here's a cool place I found during my research - The Crime Museum in Washington DC. Formally referred to as the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, is located right on 7th Street NW. It’s currently one of the newest museum attractions in Washington. Explore the history of crime and punishment and then interact with the many hands on CSI exhibits. There’s three floors to explore with hundreds of artifacts and activities to examine.

Described by Good Morning America as a "must see for CSI fans," this museum includes a crime lab and the filming studios for America's Most Wanted. A simulated shooting range, high-speed police-chase, and hundreds of interactives and artifacts pertaining to America's favorite subject. See website for details.....

A look at UK Prison museums

I thought it might be nice to cast a spotlight on some of the UK's Prison Museums, for those who might have forgotten that crime doesn't pay.  This week we look at Inverarary  Jail. Location in Argyll and Bute. Inveraray Jail, in Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, is a 19th-century prison and courthouse. In use as a prison from 1820 to 1889, the building is now a living museum. It is a category A listed building.
 
Designed by James Gillespie Graham (1776–1855) in 1813 after original plans by Robert Reid in 1807. The original plans had called for a courthouse and three prisons, one for males, one for females and one for debtors. The ground obtained was sufficient for such an ambitious plan, but the finance was not and the Prison Commissioners had to be content with only one prison.
 
Both the courthouse and prisons opened in 1820. The courtroom, on the first floor, has a semicircle of large windows giving a magnificent view overlooking the prison yard and, beyond, across Loch Fyne. The two-storied prison has three-foot-thick walls of massive rough hewn red stone and originally contained cells on both floors, eight in total. A third of the ground floor was occupied by a day-room which was lit, like the cells, by narrow, unglazed windows. The Prisons (Scotland) Act 1839 brought about many changes, including the separation of prisoners.
 
A second prison was finally built on the spare ground, opening in the closing days of 1848. Designed by Thomas Brown of Edinburgh, the new prison consisted of twelve cells on three floors with an exercising gallery at the top. A pair of outdoor exercise yards were also built, separated from each other by a wall. Prisoners were not allowed to fraternize. The separate system was designed to give them time to reflect upon their sins.
 
Interior of Inverary Jail cell
The Prisons (Scotland) Act 1877 heralded another major change in the administration of prisons. Local authorities would no longer have the responsibility of running and financing prisons; the Government was taking control. Large prisons were built in the center of population. Barlinnie in Glasgow opened in 1882 and small local prisons in the West of Scotland began to close. Inveraray would be the last. On 20 July 1889 readers of the Argyllshire Herald were informed that "the prison of Inveraray will be closed on 31st August".
 
Despite changes to the prison system, the court was still sitting, continuing until 1954, with a little activity since then. On several occasions the premises have come near to being abandoned, especially when it was necessary to spend money on repairs. In the 1980s extensive restoration was undertaken by the Scottish Office, but then all plans fell through and the building lay empty. In May 1989, Inveraray Jail was reopened as a privately owned tourist attraction, re-enacting the trials and the life of the inmates of the 19th century.
 
 
 

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