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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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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!