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FROM: SKYWARD ENTERTAINMENT
CONTACT:  MIKE JANSEN
PHONE: 317-257-6293
EMAIL:  [log in to unmask]
URL:       www.spitfire.net/skyward
 
TO POLITICAL, BOOK, FEATURE EDITORS:
 
        AN ELECTION TALE: THE GREAT 1913 TERRE HAUTE VOTE FRAUD SCANDAL IS
 BROUGHT TO LIFE IN NEW SCREENPLAY AND BOOK.
 
      Indianapolis, Ind. --While ballot box stuffing may be less common in the
 United
 
States today, in 1913 one of the largest vote fraud scandals in American history
 occurred
 
in Terre Haute, Ind.  It has  inspired a new screenplay and a book.
 
      Learning about the scandal in which the mayor rigged the election to
 guarantee his
 
victory,  Mike Jansen, 33, a producer of radio and television  commercials wrote
 a
 
screenplay, "The Incumbent", which has already become a book ( $15.95, Guild
 Press).
 
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     "As I began my research, I found that the political headlines of 1913 were
 not much
 
different than political headlines of 1996," Jansen says. "The mayor even tried
 to run for
 
governor when he got out of prison," Jansen says.  Jansen completed his
 screenplay with
 
the aid of  New York based screenwriter, Shane Perez.
 
     Historical records indicate that there were more votes cast for the mayor
 than men,
 
women, children, dogs and cats in the whole county.   One women claimed
 
to have voted more than thirty times and a man claimed he blistered his finger
 on the
 
voting machine casting multiple votes for the incumbent mayor.
 
     Both the screenplay and the novel are set in the thirties and given the
 dimension of
 
fiction.  Two rookie US Marshals are sent from Chicago to Terre Haute to
 investigate the
 
claims of voter fraud.  They come up against corruption that runs even deeper
 than they
 
expected; kickbacks, scams, threats, even murder, all played out amidst the
 speakeasies,
 
gangsters and paradoxical glamour of Prohibition America.
 
 
 
Clifton Bush, author of  "The Third Prophecy", has adapted the screenplay to
 
a novel.   "This story has so many enthralling elements,  I decided to put the
 sequel  to
 
"The Third Prophecy" on hold to write "The Incumbent"," Bush says.
 
     "My dream is to produce this story as a feature film and I believe the
 novel will be a
 
stepping stone toward the production," Jansen says.
 
 "The Incumbent" $15.95, Guild Press,  Available in bookstores, or call
 800-878-3406
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