Criminals Who Go Dormant

Criminals Who Go Dormant…for a While

Criminals Who Go Dormant Serial criminals. They capture our imagination—in novels and real life—because they’re sort of like the bogeyman. It’s bad enough that someone in your life could hurt you (most violent crime is perpetrated by someone the victim knows), but to be targeted from a distance by someone you don’t even know is […]

The Hidden History of Grand Central Station

  The Hidden History of Grand Central Station   Like many people who read crime fiction, I enjoy “smart” thrillers—not just car chases and shootouts—books from which I’ve come away with a good measure of suspense and entertainment, but also enriched by something I’ve learned in the hours spent inside the story. In each of […]

Black Horizon: Ripped from Tomorrow’s Headline

Black Horizon: Ripped from Tomorrow’s Headline The marketing folks who promote my novels like to say that “James Grippando’s books are ripped from headlines.” I disagree. Like many writers, I stay on top of current events, but I don’t retell the past. I look for trends and forces that are destined to collide in the […]

Identity Unknown: Forensic Science and Crime

Identity Unknown: Forensic Science and Crime Forensic identification is a branch of forensic science that has played an increasingly significant role in crime solving over the past three decades. A body whose identity cannot be determined by next of kin is often confirmed by fingerprint, DNA, or dental records comparison. Presumptive identifications can result in […]

Of Prose, Professionals, and Politics

Of Prose, Professionals, and Politics You don’t spend twenty-five years as a Los Angeles trial lawyer without rubbing up against a few memorable characters. Some, in my case, were household names—Richard Pryor, for example, whom I represented for over a decade—but most you’ve never heard of and, in many cases, you should be grateful you […]

Jodi Arias and the Dilemma of Beautiful Killers

Jodi Arias and the Dilemma of Beautiful Killers

Jodi Arias and the Dilemma of Beautiful Killers One of the more interesting visuals in any criminal trial is how the defendant presents himself. As a prosecutor, I saw countless defense makeovers: brutish thugs who walked into the courtroom almost unrecognizable in pressed khakis, a neat haircut, and fake glasses plucked from a bin in […]