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Books, Life

Holiday Gratitude: There’s Two Os in “Goose”

Did I ever tell you about last Thanksgiving, when I made dinner for my writing group in a 12th-century Austrian castle? Keep scrolling for photos of our spread atop the dining hall’s 17-century furnishings. I’ve also included an incredible recipe I stole from Jamie Oliver’s website fair-and-square. Go ahead and peek, I’ll wait here for… Continue reading Holiday Gratitude: There’s Two Os in “Goose”

Police Life

Protested Overtime

With election season in its final, desperate death throws, I thought it would be worth sharing how special events, public rallies, and protest/counter-protest (AKA “modern political dialogue”) look from our perspective. I’ve had the distinct honor of working more than my share of these events and I can tell you that it almost doesn’t matter… Continue reading Protested Overtime

Books, Conspiracies

How I Planned My Conspiracy

In advance of the upcoming release of “The Absolver: Rome,” I wanted to give you some insight about how the new series came about, along with my research into a number of conspiracy topics. Beware the rabbit holes, folks, I can tell you that they’re all deeper than they first appear. It’s as good a… Continue reading How I Planned My Conspiracy

Police Life, Real Life Crime

My Training to be a Secret Agent…

…is nonexistent.  Or, is it? After all, isn’t that exactly what a secret agent might say? First, I would like to correct the misnomer, at least from the CIA’s perspective, that its field employees are called “officers,” not “agents.” I will agree, though, that “secret officer” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Sounds… Continue reading My Training to be a Secret Agent…

Conspiracies

The Fluoride Conspiracy – Mass Sedation?

One would think that fluoridating public drinking water isn’t something to be concerned about. The US has been adding fluoride supplements to public drinking supplies since 1945 and it is generally accepted by the American people. In fact, there are 25 total countries in the world that add fluoride to their public water systems on… Continue reading The Fluoride Conspiracy – Mass Sedation?

Real Life Crime

Jeffrey Dahmer – The Milwaukee Cannibal

Serial killers have long held a macabre sort of fascination with people. Writing letters to them in prison, collecting ‘killer’ trading cards and otherwise obsessing over the depravity of these individuals has become big business over the years, and there are plenty of serial killers to study. One of the most prolific and nausea inducing… Continue reading Jeffrey Dahmer – The Milwaukee Cannibal

Conspiracies

Weather Control – a conspiracy theory?

The idea of weather control makes most people either cringe in disbelief or wonder at the possibilities that could be if mankind had the power to make it rain whenever and wherever we wanted. Weather control, or modification, is defined as the act of intentionally manipulating or altering weather or weather patterns. After many reports… Continue reading Weather Control – a conspiracy theory?

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Water Jockeys Are People, Too

So, to be fair to the firefighters and EMS folks, they deserve their comedic due here, as well.  At least an Honorable Mention, right, despite my obvious bias. They actually get to span the gap between the patrol cops and detectives and live a bit in both worlds. Their crews are sometimes first on-scene, and… Continue reading Water Jockeys Are People, Too

Conspiracies

Religious Conspiracy Theories: The Awesome Power of Belief

Few religious conspiracy theories would be complete without a reference to the Aum Shinrikyo cult, led by Shoko Asahara, back in 1984. Initially dismissed as a fringe group, it nevertheless attracted several adherents including some of the most well-educated people in Japan (where the cult originated). At its peak, it had adherents numbering in the… Continue reading Religious Conspiracy Theories: The Awesome Power of Belief

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Comedy and Funny Dicks

One of the most common threads between all the cops I know is our dark, gallows sense of humor. There are some distinct differences between the things patrol cops and detectives see and have to laugh about. --Patrol Cops-- Uniformed cops pushing black-and-white bumpers around the town are true first responders.  They show up to… Continue reading Cop Comedy and Funny Dicks