The arrest earlier this week of James Hughes -- a Miami-based ministry director since 1995 whose group provides counseling to battered women and drug addicts in Honduras -- for a 1981 triple murder in California "in an apparent plot to silence them before they blew the whistle on corruption at the Cabazon Indian casino" was due in part to the dogged determination of Rachel Begley who is the daughter of one of the victims as reported by David Kelly for the Los Angeles Times:
Hughes stands accused of murdering Begley's father, Ralph Boger; former Cabazon Vice Chairman Alfred Alvarez; and their friend Patricia Castro. * * * Begley followed Hughes' movements for two years and finally confronted him in 2008 at a religious conference in Fresno. She and Michael Alvarez, the son of Alfred Alvarez, checked in under assumed names and carried hidden cameras. The event was sponsored by the Full Gospel Businessman Fellowship International. The group's website has an autobiography describing Hughes as a former "professional hit man for the Mafia." "I know what it's like to cut the throat of a man, see a man die, or throw a man in the trunk of a car and take him to his death," he wrote. Hughes recalled a hit when he "walked into the man's house one day, pulled out my pistol, and put a bullet in everybody's head. . . . I had been paid to kill one man but had killed half a dozen people. The rest were in the wrong place at the wrong time." When it came time for his speech, Begley secretly filmed it. Afterward, she approached Hughes and introduced herself as Ralph Boger's daughter. With the camera still running, Hughes turned on her and Alvarez. "Your parents got killed in a Mafia hit. That's life. That's what happened," he said. "Your parents were involved in some very dangerous things -- your dads. That's the only thing I can tell you. . . . I want to forget about the past. . . . I don't live there anymore." He told Alvarez that he knew his father and had ridden motorcycles with him. "Your dad and I were friends. He talked to somebody, they gave an order and that's what happened to him," he said. "It's a lot bigger than the murder of this guy or that guy. You're talking political people. I have told you more than I should."