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VOTE: A Vic Bengston Investigation
By Richard J Schneider

Available in paperback and eBook on Amazon

Imagine a Universal Vote System where any eligible voter can register and vote on any device from anywhere on Earth (or in space)? David Riley did, and it got him murdered. Vic Bengston, a baby boomer who returns to his first love of journalism, investigates. Locations: Colorado and Key West. Five Stars on Amazon.


What Readers Say About VOTE:

“Wow! Dick Schneider has done it again – only bigger and better. Again he starts out with a mysterious murder – then proceeds to solve it, all while educating us on democratic voting and code breaking. A lot of work and thought went into this book. Excellent job.” —Amazon Reader

“Really enjoyed the second book in the series, as I did the first. Vic Bengston is a fully developed character revealed in parts to fit in with the story development. The subject matter of the crime are very timely as the election nears. The dialogue is sharp and witty like a good private eye novel, which this resembles except Vic has his own independent point of view of everything that is happening. The background in how a newspaper actually works in today’s world is interesting and informative.” —Amazon Reader

“VOTE has my vote! Intricate, well-developed plots with the engaging Vic Bengston – favorite rebel Pulitzer-Prize journalist turned detective turned soul-searcher turned tech-savvy encryption seeker – as the author explores timely issues of privacy, power and politics – who has the right to information? Well-drawn characters through Vic’s eyes – he’s a guy to be comfortable with, be quiet with and to trust; he’s oh-so-human! Twists and turns – evil and good – apathy and obsession – death and near-death and … risk; all the elements for a can’t-put-it-down mystery.” —Jude/Amazon

“Schneider has produced another fun read with a captivating story. An expert on Denver, the newspaper business, and ham radio … descriptions of scenes and events are clear and accurate.” —Ronald Kienzl/Amazon

“Loved the second book in the Vic Bengston series! Kept me reading – hard to put it down. Since I live in Colorado, the references of local places was very cool!!” —Huntress/Amazon

Journalists and impartiality


In light of ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos’ stupidity in giving $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, Let me tell you a story.

My late father-in-law, Judge William Gleason, was a prominent lawyer in the northern Illinois GOP stronghold of McHenry County. He was prominent in service organizations, the church, and other community endeavors, including Republican politics. When he was appointed a Magistrate, the entry level for judges (often called County Judges elsewhere), he terminated all memberships in the Elks and other organizations, stopped appearing in public places with a drink in his hand (e.g., the local country club), and ceased all community activities that, in any way, could be construed as partisan.

A college student at the time, I asked him why he did this and he said it was necessary to convey both the impression of impartiality as well as actually implementing impartiality as a judge in his community. When he passed away, he was a District Court Judge, which, in Illinois, is a partisan elected position; he hated the politics of it and the campaigning, but to remain a judge he had to go through it. His decisions remained impartial.

Journalists should adopt a similar standard. That would mean the following:

  • No voter registration with any political party.
  • Consider not voting at all.
  • No donations of any kind to anybody or anything.
  • No advising any political candidate, party or organization for any reason.
  • Be completely honest about your resume.
  • Pay for your own coffee and booze.

Former journalist Richard J. Schneider writes the Vic Bengston mystery novel series from Colorado.