With Strings Attached

<table width="170" align="right"><tbody><tr><td><img src="http://img.coxnewsweb.com/B/05/22/27/image_2027225.jpg"><br /><small><b>Shane Bishop, NBC Producer</b></small></td></tr></tbody></table> A producer for "Dateline NBC" is apparently collaborating with a convicted killer in order to get a sensational story about another one. The <a href="http://www.statesman.com/hp/content/metro/stories/12/9MURDER.html">Austi... Statesman reports</a>:
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"Dateline NBC" producer Shane Bishop has a deal for Gov. Rick Perry: Promise to waive the death penalty for an imprisoned Arkansas murderer, and I'll help you solve two murders in the Fort Worth area in 1982 and 1983.

The unusual offer came in a Nov. 29 letter from the California-based Bishop to Perry and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, offering to help solve three cold murder cases in the two states if the chief executives would "guarantee not to pursue the death penalty" against an Arkansas convict serving life without parole for murder.

A copy of the letter was made public under the Texas Public Information Act. [...]

"Why am I writing you to beg you take up this effort? Because it's the right thing to do," Bishop wrote. "But I am certain Dateline NBC would give substantial coverage to the solving of these three cold case murders tied to a serial killer, and the essential roles played by the Governors of Texas and Florida."
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