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November 2019 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


November 14 Meeting




Russell Pilcher, Sierra Detection Systems

Over the past five decades, Russ has been actively engaged in all aspects of the detention industry, beginning modestly as laborer in 1966 during high school summers.  Finding the work interesting, after his schooling, he joined the manufacturer jail equipment in San Antonio, Texas, where he ran the operations and engineering and manufacturing departments.  In 1977, he founded his own firm, invented and patented his own sliding door locking systems, which he marketed, manufactured and installed to several state penitentiaries.  He also invented and manufactured high security fire rated swinging door assemblies for jails and prisons.  Thirteen years later, he sold his firm to join Southern Steel Company.  There, he led the research and development department to invent an entire line of updated sliding jail doors.

In 1995, he founded Sierra Detention Systems.  During his tenure at Sierra, Russ has installed his inventions in many high-profile detention facilities, such as Super Max, Folsom Prison, FBOP Death Row in Terre Haute, Angola Death Row in Louisiana and many others.  During this same time, he has had contact with several high profile “clients” of these facilities, such as Charles Manson, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Ted Kasinsky, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and others. On several occasions, he has served as a consultant and expert witness in areas of detention equipment assessment, facility programming and development.  In 2018, he founded Sinclair Cybernetics, LLC, a firm that operates in parallel fashion to Sierra and specializes in technical support to of electronic locking systems and elements of cyber protection.

The 6-Word Mystery Contest is now closed. Winners will be announced in December.


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Upcoming Programs

Thursday November 14th
Program: Russell Pilcher, Sierra Detection
Systems
RMMWA Contact: ZJ Czupor

Thursday December 12th: NO MEETING
(due to tentative holiday party event)

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The Spirit in Question

American History

Burning Ridge

The Melancholy Howl

The Golden Havana Night

Pushback

Falcon's Prey

Fractured Families

Santa Fe Mourning

Blood and Gasoline

Visions of Ted Bundy

Murder Under the Oaks

Identity Crisis

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Crossing the Chicken

The Blue Pearl

Tracking Game

Burning Candles

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October 2019 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Money can be a motivating factor In 1920, he was born to poor Italian immigrants in the Hell’s Kitchen area 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...

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September 2019 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor The 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 line is the seventh stanza from a longer American nursery rhyme, “Ten Little Indians,” (1869). The entire rhyme is...

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2019 Six Word Mystery Contest

WHO CAN SUBMIT: Anyone 18 years or older. WHAT TO SUBMIT: All submissions must be in English. Use only the keys on a standard, computer keyboard (upper/lower-case letters, numbers, punctuation, basic symbols). Emojis, special symbols and other images are not allowed....

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June 2019 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Fingerprinting in Fiction Picture Dawson’s Landing, a fictional Missouri frontier town, on the banks of the Mississippi River in the first half of the 19th century. It’s the setting for Mark Twain’s 1894 satiric crime novel, Pudd’nhead Wilson, which...

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May 2019 Mystery Minute

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY: The Pioneering Author and The Omnipresent Title Helen Worrell Clarkson McCloy (1904-1994) was a prolific writer of mystery novels and a major influence on the genre. She wrote under the pseudonyms Helen McCloy and Helen Clarkson. She was born...

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April 2019 Mystery Minute

The Butler Did It By ZJ Czupor Tonight, we’ll examine the origins of the phrase, “the butler did it.” But first, let’s consider Arthur Conan Doyle’s (1859 – 1930) “The Musgrave Ritual” an 1893 detective story from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Though the butler was...

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March 2019 Mystery Minute

Writing the Hardy Boys series was “hack work” By ZJ Czupor After he graduated from high school in Haileybury, Ontario, Leslie McFarlane (1902 – 1977), spent the next fifty years as a writer. He produced hundreds of short stories for pulp magazines, novellas and...

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February 2019 Mystery Minute

Sweetheart Sleuths: A Valentine’s Mystery Minute By ZJ Czupor Feb. 14, 2019 The “mistress of mystery” Janet Rudolph blogging in “Mystery Fanfare” (Feb. 11, 2019), claims there are roughly eighty authors who’ve written about “sweetheart sleuths,” couples who either...

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