Bronx Paradise: Only the Strong Survive
December 20, 2008
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone
Continuing with the theme of hope and change, on this week's show Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone speaks with former bad guy, drug dealer and bookie Wayne Gurman (now actor, writer and law-abiding citizen) and good guy William Lappe, former NYPD detective (now writer and film director), about how to find paradise. A Bronx Paradise, that is, and believe me it's no walk in the park. In the film, Wayne details his criminal lifestyle from 1984 to 1999 when he was finally (!) arrested and finally turned his life around. Shot guerilla style on the streets where it all took place, Wayne describes the film as very violent and very funny—like his life. You wouldn't have wanted to have known him then…but you sure do now. And, no, William Lappe wasn't the cop who arrested him. Susan's also got tips on staying safe in shopping mall parking lots and some really weird police reports; so it'd be a crime not to listen.
Crime Prevention 101
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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!
Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.
Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.