Forensics and Faces from the Past

Forensics and Faces from the Past   A lot has changed in the field of forensic art since I first started back when the dinosaurs roamed. I entered the field in 1981, working for the North Idaho Regional Crime Lab. The lab handled physical evidence from the ten northern counties of Idaho, the FBI, ATF, […]

THE LONDON MONSTER

THE LONDON MONSTER   In 1790, nearly a century before Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London, another predator held sway. The London Monster, as this mysterious miscreant was soon dubbed, used to walk up to a beautiful, well-dressed lady, insult her with coarse and earthy language, and then stab her in the thigh […]

HUNTING WHITEY

HUNTING WHITEY    There is an art to writing true-crime. The key is to immerse yourself in the worlds of both the criminal and the victim.  To develop and understand their psychological profiles, a writer must get a sense of their personal space – where they lived and where they died. While researching our book […]

Ten of the Darkest True Crimes in Cleveland

Ten of the Darkest True Crimes in Cleveland Cleveland, the heart of the Rust Belt, a city that back in the day, always got a bad rap.  Sure, the river once caught on fire thanks to industries that polluted it with waste.  And yeah, until the Cavs won it all back in ‘16, the city […]

Exclusive Excerpt:The Kidnap Years: The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America

The Kidnap Years: The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America (Hardcover; on-sale April 7) by David Stout, an Edgar award-winning author and veteran journalist, has received its second STARRED review. “At turns fascinating and heartbreaking, this expertly crafted history is a must-read for true crime aficionados.” – Library Journal, […]

Why I Love New York!

Why I Love New York!     As I write this, New York City and most our country are shut down under social isolation orders, a safety measure for the entire population. But I believe that we’ll bounce back again, stronger than ever, newly aware of one another and the importance of kindness and thinking […]

A Guide to Elizabethan Con Games

  A Guide to Elizabethan Con Games   Cosmopolitan Elizabethans were a circumspect bunch, given the number of cons at work in their midst. Feeding that pool of criminals was an unwieldy number of beggars and vagabonds forced out of home and livelihood by a range of factors in the 16th century, including inflation, public […]

Musings from Cassandra: Could the West Have Anticipated this Crisis?

Musings from Cassandra: Could the West Have Anticipated this Crisis? Joseph Stalin is quoted as saying, “The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic.”  Today he might say, “The death of one Iranian General sucks up the headlines, leaving millions to suffer the consequences in anonymity.” Continuing aggressive […]