Plea bargains, Prisons, Parole — an after-your-arrest Tutorial with Boston Strangler tie in.

Am close to finishing my latest book, Privileged Killers, where I take plea bargains and parole board decisions to task. These are two phenomena that've dictated court and corrections culture  for years. Hopefully this tutorial will help  writers, criminology students,  true-crime fans, and others understand these topics. Plea bargains are a win-win often. Suspects get to plead guilty to doing something less serious than what they've done in all likelihood. The joke is it's  like copping to  … [Read more...]

Crime – Serial Killer Myths – Scientific American mag’s truth – Tutorial II

Hope you were able to check out the first in a number of tutorials I'm writing about serial killer myths. Check back for others from time to time. If you're a writer of a true-crime books as I am, you may need to brush up, as I do, on your serial killer IQ. The same may be true for criminology students or anyone interested in what science can tell us about these most-heinous of criminals. Unfortunately, a lot of our  general knowledge concerning serial murder is a product of … [Read more...]

Beauty Queen Killers – Known and Unknown – Crime Tutorial

Maybe you're an author writing about JonBenet Ramsey, a little "beauty queen" whose murder is still unsolved.  Or you're writing about grown-up queens who've been murdered, like the ones featured in podcasts and 24/7 crime shows. Well, here's a tutorial that might help you flesh out some details in an article or book you're writing. It's about a few of the deets about both a known killer and an unknown one. Known and Unknown Beauty Queen Killers There are a few books about the known "Beauty … [Read more...]

Crime – Serial Killer – Tutorial – Intro, Definitions, Myths.

Writers, esp those writing true-crime books, are often drawn to serial killer stories. And so are everyday people since these stories both horrify and fascinate us frequently. As a service to my fellow writers, I'm providing another tutorial. This one deals with the facts and the myths of serial killers. Hopefully, writers will find them useful for their writing. And other readers may just find them interesting. Some facts. Serial killings account for very few of all murders committed in … [Read more...]

True Crime — do these reasons explain why you love it?

Some have called my book-in-progress a true crime memoir. Its working title is Privileged Killers​...and a criminologis​t​ mugg​e​d by reality.  It's tagline — ​​            When friends kill and loved ones betray him, a progressive criminologist must ditch his idealism or lose his wife and even his life.   True Crime rules...these days. Whether seen as a pure true crime story, or a hybrid true crime memoir, my book's alerted me to the huge appetite we have these days for true … [Read more...]

“Injustice with Nancy Grace.” “Inside Evil” with Cuomo.

  I don't usually promote new TV shows, esp the many forensic-related ones. However, Injustice with Nancy Grace premieres with a case I lived through in a neighboring town. She covers the initial injustice in a "murder during a murder trial" in Lafayette, Ca. Each episode of “Injustice with Nancy Grace” exposes a riveting case involving wrongful accusations, botched investigations, suppressed evidence, unclear motives, unjust sentences, and a path forward in seeking justice. At … [Read more...]

CRIME MASS MURDER Tutorial—The 5 W’s of Multicide—Definitions, Stats, Events

Homicide is the criminal killing of a human being, and this tutorial deals with the  multiple killing situation known as multicide, or sometimes mass murder. By the end of this tutorial, you should have a handle on four of the five Ws—the who, what, where, when. The whys are for another blog. Also, since it's a different kind of multicide, serial killing is treated as a special category. MASS MURDER There are a wide variety of ways that homicides with more than several victims might … [Read more...]