Our guest speaker for January was John Madinger. He is the author of Death on Diamond Head, a Kimo Rigg mystery. He also authored Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators (not a “how-to” book, but about anti-money laundering).
He is a Special Agent- Retired – with the United States Department of the Treasury. He is an Anti-Money Laundering Consultant at United States Department of Justice OPDAT, and is currently working with the Deauville Partnership and US DOJ on stolen asset recovery issues in the Middle East and North Africa - Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and other countries.
During his excellent talk, John gave a detailed history of “Opium Smuggling in Old Hawaii.” While he wasn’t able to smuggle any samples into the meeting, he did pass around several items from his fantastic collection of opium tools and containers.
John Madinger, Author
Audience Pictures at Sisters in Crime/Hawaii January, 2015 Meeting
In attendance: Vicki White, Pamela Gibson, Daisy Chun Rhodes, Rose Mary Thompson, Doris Chu, Dennis Keating, Jenny Delos Santos, Dawn Casey, Rosemary and Larry Mild, Gloria Andrada, Gay Gale, Jan and Fred Hines, Holly Madinger, Ramona Kazma, Burke Holbrook, Gail Baugniet
|Opium Smoking at Makiki Library|
Secretary Rosemary looks on
|John Madinger speaking on|
"Opium Smuggling in Old Hawaii"
|Daisy says it is never too late to|
try something new.
Dennis, a past CPD police officer,
is giving that some thought.
|Opium pods point to Larry and Jenny|
|Opium pods on display |
in front of Gloria and Gay
|Wooden-handled Opium pipe from John Madinger's collection|
|Ivory-handled opium pipe from John Madinger's collection|
Holly and Burke observe to Jan's immediate left and right
|John displays a tool used in the|
preparation of smoking opium
(opium pods frame him in foreground)
while Larry looks on
|Ramona displaying |
opium pipe made of bamboo
Dawn, Vicki, and Fred look on
Amateur photographing by Gail