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Quote of the Day - Harmony seldom makes a headline. - Silas Bent
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Spicy Facts, A Mistaken Murder and Two Juries

Admittedly, every once in a while a news story just jumps out at me that I can't resist reading. Even though it varies from the general tone of this blawg, here it is.

You need a playbill to follow the actors, though, so here is our cast of characters and a brief summary:

Lee Ann Riedel. Wife of still-living (this will be important later) Paul Riedel. Lover of Ralph Salierno. Lee Ann bore Ralph's child while still married to Paul.

With me so far?

Paul Ridel. Husband of Lee Ann (that was easy to figure out, huh?) and partner of the now dead (again, important later) Alexander Algeri. Both were partners in the Dolphin Fitness Club, but I just put that last fact in there to throw you off the track. He's now estranged from Lee Ann.

Ralph Salierno. Now ex-boyfriend of Lee Ann, and alleged killer of Alexander Algeri. Friend of our next character, Scott Paget. Father of Lee Ann's child.

Allegedly cocaine-addicted strip club bouncer Scott Paget. According to Court TV, "a muscular weightlifter who collected debts for loan sharks to pay bills and fund his cocaine habit."
Allegedly the driver of the getaway van of Alexander Algeri. According to Scott, he took $3,000 from Ralph for the driving job. According to Ralph, Scott killed Alexander. It just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

Stripper from either Flashdance, Wildside or Diamonds. Alibi source for Ralph. He was allegedly on a date with the stripper when Alexander got killed. Ralph says Scott did the killing.

Got all that? Sidney Sheldon couldn't have a better setup. But this is real.

Want to know what happens? Check out this Court TV article for the trial details, and this one for a little more of the setup.

The long and short of it? Lee Ann was having an affair with Ralph, had a child by Ralph while married to Paul. Paul and Alexander were not only partners, but they also looked alike and drove similar cars. Alexander walked out of a workout gym to pick up some CDs, and got shot. Apparently, whoever did the shooting killed Alexander by mistake, not Paul, as intended.

The motive? Apparently for Lee Ann to be free to marry Ralph with all of Paul's money.

What a mess. Now Jury A will try Ralph and Jury B will try Lee Ann.

How about Scott? He cut a deal.

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