Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

He's a Complicated Man — No One Understands Him But his Woman — Shaft by Z.J. Czupor Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1971, a New York City private eye debuted on the big screen at the Palms Theatre in Detroit. His name was "John Shaft," a tough and cool Black detective. The film starred Richard...

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Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

By Z.J. Czupor This great literary writer also wrote mysteries William Faulkner (1897-1962) was a titan of American Literature and is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, two Pulitzer Prizes, and a National Book Award. His works have...

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TINKER TAILOR AUTHOR SPY

He was a complicated cat and a skilled obfuscator. He was an author, a movie script writer, a suave pipe-smoking spymaster, a defender of the law—and a breaker of the law. Journalist James Rosen called him a “passionate patriot; committed Cold Warrior; a lover of fine food, wine and women; incurable intriguer, wicked wit and superb storyteller.”

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ZJ CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

A Thumb Print and What Came of It In America, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, (Mark Twain, 1835-1910), was the first to introduce fingerprinting into fiction. In his memoir, Life on the Mississippi, he wrote a chapter entitled, “A Thumb Print and What Came of it.” (James R. Osgood & Co.,1883). Twain...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

<!--By Z. J. Czupor--> Doppelgänger: Myth, Literary Device, or the Real Deal? Unless you are an identical twin, would it unnerve you to bump into your dead ringer … your doppelgänger? Would your lookalike be your exact double, your evil twin, or just a mischievous spirit? When a carbon copy...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by Z.J. Czupor He Did it For the Money In 1920, he was born to poor, illiterate Italian immigrants in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. At the age of 12, he dropped out of school to get a job after his father deserted the family. He worked as a railroad switchboard attendant to...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by Z.J. CzuporJust the Facts Ma'am: The Story of Badge 714Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.That famous opening line belongs to Dragnet, one of the most popular and influential police procedural dramas in...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by ZJ CzuporTHE ART OF THE RED HERRING“Four little Indian boys going out to sea; a red herring swallowed one and then there were three.”The above is the seventh stanza from a longer American nursery rhyme, “Ten Little Indians,” (1869). The entire rhyme is written as the epigraph to...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by ZJ CzuporTHROUGH A GLASS, DARKLYThis famous line, "Through a Glass, Darkly," has a storied past in ancient and modern literature, film, poetry, and music. But it wasn't until author, editor, publisher and agent Helen McCloy borrowed the title for her 1950 novel that it became recognized as a...

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