AMERICA’S FIRST CELEBRITY SPY

Spy Sites of New York; A Guide to the Region’s Secret History by H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace with Henry Schlesinger chronicles espionage history in America’s leading city. During the Revolutionary War battles between the British and the Patriots for control of New York created stories about spy master George Washington, spy hunter John […]

THE SPY NEXT DOOR — WHO KNEW?

In their newly released book, Spy Sites of New York; A Guide to the Region’s Secret History, intelligence historians H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace  with Hnry Schlesinger document the tradecraft used by Anna Chapman and other Russian spies to create identities and covers that enable them blend seamlessly into the U.S. urban environment. These […]

Top Five Creepiest Serial Killers

The Anatomy of a Serial Killer

The Anatomy of a Serial Killer (Author Katherine Ramsland took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about the anatomy, the behaviors and the pathology of serial killers) TSM: When did you first get interested in this subject? KR: My initial interest came from a serial killer operating in my hometown […]

Writing Serial Killer Thrillers

Writing Serial Killer Thrillers   In this blog, thriller writer Rick Reed discusses writing serial killer novels. In the next blog he will discuss the various categories of serial killers, motivation, mobility, profiling value, importance of body count. In future blogs he will discuss the international aspects to serial killers. Rick was a homicide detective […]

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO POISONING

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO POISONING   Growing up, I always knew that one day I’d kill someone with poison.   That was partly because I was fascinated by Agatha Christie novels, in which poison often plays a prominent role. Alfred Hitchcock used it to wonderful effect in his films — think of how Ingrid Bergman […]

Just The Facts: The Attempted Murder of Theodore Roosevelt

Just The Facts: The Attempted Murder of Theodore Roosevelt I’m basically a nonfiction guy, a journalist by trade. I believe in facts. I feel comforted by facts. Also inspired and served by them, as I shall explain. At the same time, I love fiction—to read and to write—because it takes me inside the facts, to […]

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Is True Crime Good for You?

Is True Crime Good for You?   I never gave much thought to true crime until I began working on my new true crime anthology series. Suddenly it occurred to me that I’d been a consumer of true crime since my teens, though at the time I wasn’t conscious of the fact that all those […]

The Mystery of Elizabeth Canning

The Mystery of Elizabeth Canning Elizabeth Canning was an eighteen-year-old maidservant who disappeared on January 1, 1753, returning to her mother’s house, emaciated and in a deplorable state, one month later.  She told authorities of being kidnapped.  Several arrests were made and Henry Fielding took her side.  The accused were convicted, but the trial judge […]

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A Bible of Bad Men and Other Mob Tales

After growing up hearing mob tales and names from the Five Families, William Boyle reflects on what drew him to the mob genre and inspired some of his projects, such as his newest novel A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself. I grew up on the border of Bensonhurst and Gravesend in Brooklyn, and the […]