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Shoot me for going down in 4 spades, not for plagiarism.

I am in the process of writing a book which attempts to give the layman an insight into risk taking from the perspective of a professional poker player and hedge fund trader. 

The recent plagiarism thread has given me much to consider as whilst I have tried to keep the content as original as possible, I have used Google and Wikipedia to check many facts and to to look up examples I have gone on to use. 

A copy editor and publisher should improve my grammar (so BW pedants please chill in the comments of this thread relating to any blunders in this area) and also guide me on referencing.

Nevertheless, in the style of Michael Clark, I thought I would lay out an example of a paragraph I have written which i wish to 'pass off' as my own (don't want to include entire Wiki quote as too long and ruins the flow of the narrative), and also the original Wiki source, which I used for details of the well known story. I will add a * which will reference the "Bridge Murder case" Wiki link in the bibliography. But is this good enough or will I be labelled a plagiarist too and if so how do you suggest I change the writing or referencing to avoid this fate? Many thanks in advance. 

Please note this paragraph comes from a chapter about the psychology of games players in reference to how we treat partners. (A Bob Hamman story will be the counter-example in the following paragraph and I will email him directly to ask permission and check accuracy, which is impossible in this case as all the participants are dead). It is in no way meant to be a judgment on either side of the Horton saga.


My version:

Sometimes bridge hands can even lead to murder: On the night of Sunday, September 29th, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, two couples, the Bennetts and the Hofmans entered into a game  of after dinner bridge. * After midnight, the Hofmans pulled ahead and the Bennetts began to bicker. Then, on one particular hand, John Bennett went down in a four-spade contract, and his wife, Myrtle, called him “a bum bridge player”. John retaliated by slapping her several times in the face and announced he was leaving, but asked Myrtle to retrieve his handgun that he liked to carry on the road for protection. As he was packing, Myrtle found the 0.32 Colt automatic, and shot her husband twice in the back. At the subsequent trial, Myrtle was found not guilty of murder but the press seemed more interested in the bridge aspects of the case. There was much speculation as to if the four spade hand had been played differently, it would have prevented the murder. Unfortunately, we will never know, as the three surviving participants could not have been particularly strong players, as none of them were able to precisely reconstruct the deal afterwards.

Wiki version:


Myrtle and John spent much of Sunday, September 29, 1929, with their upstairs neighbors, Charles and Myrna Hofman.[1] The husbands played a round of golf at the Indian Hills Country Club that morning, and then went back to the links that afternoon with their wives joining them. At dusk, they returned to the Bennett apartment at 902 Ward Parkway in the Country Club District of Kansas City. After sharing dinner, they sat down to a game of bridge in the Bennett living room, the couples playing as partners, the Hofmans versus the Bennetts. After midnight, as the Hofmans began to pull ahead, the Bennetts began to bicker. In the ultimate hand, John failed to make his four spades contract and Myrtle, frustrated by the failure, called him "a bum bridge player." He stood and slapped her in the face several times, and announced he was leaving. He said he would spend the night in a motel in Saint Joseph, Missouri. As he packed his bag, and moved from room to room, he mocked his wife. Myrtle told the Hofmans, "Only a cur would strike a woman in front of guests."

After an ongoing argument, John Bennett went to pack a suitcase as he told Myrtle to retrieve the handgun he typically carried on the road for protection. Myrtle walked down the hall to the bedroom of her mother, Alice Adkins. Still sobbing, Myrtle reached into a drawer with linens and pulled out his .32 Colt automatic, and walked into the den. There, she brushed past Charles Hofman and in a moment, and shot at John's back twice in the bathroom of the apartment. John escaped into the hallway, but fell to the ground in their living room.

.....On March 6, after eight hours of deliberations, the jury's verdict was that Myrtle Bennett was not guilty of murder.[1] Reed wondered only why jurors took so long. Page's assistant, John Hill, said, "It looks like an open season on husbands." [2]

.....The case caught the public imagination, and was subject to press attention by the New York Journal, not for the trial itself, but for the bridge game. The case was a media sensation and a flashpoint in the bridge craze sweeping the nation. The Journal invited much speculation from bridge experts, including Sidney Lenz, on the game, what hands had been played, and whether different play, or alternative hands, would have prevented the murder.[3] This speculation was no more than speculation, however. None of the people present in the apartment at the time later recalled exactly what the hands were.[3] When the case came to trial, Myrtle Bennett was defended by former U.S. Senator James A. Reed.[1]

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