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

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)

Police Life, Real Life Crime

Interpol

In 1923, in Vienna, Switzerland, the International Criminal Police Commission, the ICPC, was created by police authorities during the International Criminal Police Congress of that year. Prior to its creation, there had been a few attempts at building a cooperative force between nations regarding criminal law enforcement. Interpol’s main headquarters are today housed in Lyon,… Continue reading Interpol

Conspiracies

The Illuminati Secret Societies

The Illuminati has been featured widely in fiction over the years. In movies, video games and books, the secret society has been connected time and again with the idea that something ‘else’ going on behind the scenes, or at least that’s what we’re led to believe - thanks to Hollywood and authors who use its… Continue reading The Illuminati Secret Societies

Real Life Crime

The Wonderland Murders

Murder is a horrible part of our society, and it seems to be commonplace these days. People commit murder for a variety of reasons: some due to mental illness, others over gang turf, even road rage and jealousy have been the cause. But revenge was the supposed motive in one of the most brutal multiple… Continue reading The Wonderland Murders

Books

FREE Book For Everyone!!

I want to give you a FREE book today, as my way of saying "thanks" for following me, supporting me, buying my books, liking my posts, leaving reviews, and every other amazing thing you do! You're great! The Absolver: Confession is a short prequel to The Absolver series and introduces you to Michael Thomas. This story… Continue reading FREE Book For Everyone!!

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