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Pure Bunkum: Reporting on the life and crimes of Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford Paperback – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Brave Ulysses Books (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615260306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615260303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cecil Bothwell was elected to Asheville's City Council in 2009. He is an investigative reporter and biographer based in Asheville, North Carolina. He has received national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting, criticism and humorous commentary. He is former news editor of Asheville City Paper, former managing editor of Asheville's Mountain Xpress and founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal Heartstone, he served for several years as a member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and currently serves on the boards of two international educational nonprofit organizations working in Latin America. His weekly radio and print journal, Duck Soup: Essays on the Submerging Culture, remained in syndication for ten years.

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When Cecil Bothwell was elected to Asheville's City Council in 2009 a Confederate, Christian activist attempted to block his induction to office, based on an archaic provision of the North Carolina Constitution which bars from office anyone who "shall deny the being of Almighty God." The trigger was Bothwell's statement concerning personal belief in his critical biography, The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Chrisitian Empire (Brave Ulysses Books, 2007).

The story went viral, reported and repeated around the globe in eight languages, on television, radio and in print. The debate concerning church/state separation erupted in blogs and letters-to-the-editor pages, and hundreds of supporters flooded the author with snail-mail, e-mails and donations to his campaign fund.

Bothwell is an investigative reporter and biographer based in Asheville, and has received national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting, criticism and humorous commentary. Former news editor of Asheville City Paper, former managing editor of Asheville's Mountain Xpress and founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal Heartstone, he served for several years as a member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and currently serves on the boards of two inter-national educational nonprofit organizations working in Latin America. His weekly radio and print journal, Duck Soup: Essays on the Submerging Culture, remained in syndication for 10 years.


He blogs at: bothwellsblog.wordpress .com

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pure Bunkum offers a fascinating look at both the corruption of a powerful public official and the work of an investigative reporter who helped to topple the fiefdom.

Cecil Bothwell tells the tale from his perspective as an editor and reporter who received an anonymous tip about a girl whisked to a state mental hospital after she was allegedly beaten by the sheriff's son. The cover-up that ensued became a thread that eventually unravelled a much bigger story of extortion, money laundering, mail fraud, illegal gambling and the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of dollars, weapons and drugs from the county evidence locker.

The author pursued the story through the sheriff's eventual arrest and trial in Federal court and offers a streamlined and highly readable narrative of the court proceedings which he attended gavel-to-gavel. The book makes it clear why we need a strong and independent press as a watchdog on public officials and makes the current sad state of the news industry seem sadder still.

Highly recommended, a great read!
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From the very first chapter, about a young woman brutally beaten by Bobby's son, I was drawn into the story! The attempts made by Buncombe County (Asheville, NC) sheriff, Bobby Lee Medford, to cover up the beating of his son's girlfriend, the murder of an inmate in the county jail, & other tales of extortion & crime is insane! I have the version for Kindle, but it is available in paperback as well! If you like well-written, thoroughly researched crime stories, you'll enjoy this!
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It is a good insight into the police corruption in Buncombe County, North Carolina. I knew of this and had been arrested six times on false charges by these deputies. Now I realize I wasn't their only victim.
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