History, Real Life Crime

Body Snatchers

The only thing a person expects after one’s death is for it to be the end of his/her body, but in earlier times, that was not always the case. Early in the 18th and 19th centuries, it became difficult to protect the bodies of the dead. A concept called ‘Body Snatching’ was in practice where… Continue reading Body Snatchers

History, Locations

Incidents in the Paris Catacombs

The Paris catacombs are famous for their rich history and culture hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of the city. Paris was at one time rotting with bodies due to urbanization and over population within the city. This is why people decided to repurpose the city’s tunnels for the burial of bodies which helped rid… Continue reading Incidents in the Paris Catacombs

Locations

Tourism in Vienna

Although one of the Absolver books is based in Vienna, don't let it put you off visiting the "city of dreams" - there are many reasons why Vienna is well worth a visit. Vienna is an immensely intriguing city found in Austria, Europe. It is often known as the city of music because many world-renowned… Continue reading Tourism in Vienna

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

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

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

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

Real Life Crime

Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behaviour Analysis

The FBI’s use of psychological profiling, referred to as behaviour analysis by agents, has both supporters and non-supporters. Despite opinions to the contrary, the FBI’s attempt at ‘delving into the criminal’s mind’ has proven to be successful in helping to catch several notorious killers, including: Ted Bundy One of the most infamous serial killers in… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behaviour Analysis

Police Life, Real Life Crime

Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

Psychological, or criminal, profiling was informally used as early as the 1880s, when two physicians attempted to determine who Jack the Ripper was using clues from the crime scene. Its first official use was during an investigation in the United States, which helped to capture ‘mad bomber’ George Metesky. The bomber had who had eluded… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal