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Police Life, Real Life Crime

Interpol – the future

Having been around for the better part of a century now, one would think that Interpol had garnered some respect around the world. This may be true in the case of most member police departments that utilize the services of the Interpol system, but Interpol has faced some harsh critiques of late. Some of the… Continue reading Interpol – the future

Books

The Absolver Vienna – OUT NOW

I'm pleased to announce to you that the second book in the Saint Michael Thriller Series is now available! I'm holding the launch price of $0.99 for a limited period of time so download a copy while you can!  DOWNLOAD NOW Men who live above the law are never beyond wrath’s reach. Father Michael Thomas… Continue reading The Absolver Vienna – OUT NOW

Real Life Crime

Charles Manson

Born out of wedlock to a teenage mother in 1934, and at first not even given a name, Charles Manson would eventually grow into a very disturbed adult, in whose name, murders were committed. He gained a ‘following’ of loyal subjects who believed in his wild ‘Helter-Skelter’ ideals, and his claims that a race war… Continue reading Charles Manson

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Personalities

ICYMI, I recently accepted an invitation to join the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network. I’m hosting a podcast called “Writers On The Beat,” which focuses on helping writers of all genres add more authentic cops, crimes, and criminals into their stories. It should be an interesting listen for anyone who wants in a… Continue reading Cop Personalities

Real Life Crime

Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

Prior to 1914, few governments regulated narcotics, and many modern controlled substances were readily available to much of the world’s population. For a time, cocaine was a readily accepted ingredient in both soft drinks and children’s cough suppressants. Sigmund Freud lobbied for its use as though he had a significant financial stake in the global… Continue reading Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

Life, Locations

Vienna: Fact versus Fiction

I first fell in love with Austria and Bavaria in June, 1994, and Vienna in particular in March, 2001. If we ever meet I person, I promise to tell you the story about the late-night bar over a few drinks. I digress. I returned for a writer’s retreat in November, 2017, and the city felt… Continue reading Vienna: Fact versus Fiction

Real Life Crime

The Sicilian Mafia Wars

From their origination in the 19th century doing some low level crimes such as cattle theft, extortion and election slugging, Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia came a long way by really expanding their operations in the 20th century. Let’s explore the Sicilian Mafia at their peak and how the maxi trial took place. Sicilian… Continue reading The Sicilian Mafia Wars

Conspiracies, Real Life Crime

Sicilian Mafia (Organised Crime)

The Sicilian Mafia is an infamous crime syndicate that is known worldwide, with their perceived lifestyle portrayed in different movies such as, ‘The Godfather,’ and ‘Goodfellas.’ The Sicilian Mafia gained a lot in terms of money and power, ruling through death contracts and creating fear in the hearts of the people of Sicily. The prominence… Continue reading Sicilian Mafia (Organised Crime)

Life

Ask For Help. Please…

I’ve shared some stories with you about my experiences in suicide prevention and the investigation of successful suicides. This time of year, depression, desperation, and hopelessness are at year-long highs among a substantial portion of our society. This week tragically reminded me that suicide continues to plague my profession, my neighbors, and our communities. I’ve… Continue reading Ask For Help. Please…

Life

The Holidays (Hell-a-days)

The holidays have always been a tough time for me. Growing up in a divorced family, my siblings and I try diligently to make everyone happy, see all sides of the family for an equal amount of time. It’s never actually worked out that way and we always fail at it. As the oldest child,… Continue reading The Holidays (Hell-a-days)