Locations

The French Revolution

The French Revolution started in 1789 and lasted until November 1799. It marked a critical turning point for the French. This revolution had a highly disturbing effect on France. During this time, alterations were made to the political structure, monarchy and feudal system. These were abolished and redesigned by the citizens of France. They were… Continue reading The French Revolution

Locations, Real Life Crime

Organized Crime in France

Organized crime in France is mainly based in some of its major and urban cities such as Grenoble, Lyon, Paris and Marseille. Organized criminals, singularly referred to as ‘les beaux voyous’ (the goodfellas) and collectively referred to as the French Mob, function and carry out their activities within Le Milieu (which translates to - the… Continue reading Organized Crime in France

Life

More International Incidents

This is the second part of my recent decision to share a few of my international shenanigans that won’t ever make it into one of my books. Some might say otherwise, but I still attest it’s an important part of on-the-ground research. My old travel journals are also an interesting look back into the things… Continue reading More International Incidents

Real Life Crime

Rodney Alcala (Serial Killer)

Rodney Alcala, another name on the list of American psycho-serial killers, a Texan who was found guilty of torture, rape, serial killing and also for providing cannabis to a minor in the 70’s. Alcala was also referred to as the ‘Dating Game Killer’ as he appeared on one of America’s most popular dating shows while… Continue reading Rodney Alcala (Serial Killer)

Real Life Crime

Theft of the Mona Lisa (Paris 1911)

More than 100 years ago, in August 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the walls of the Louvre in Paris. The famous Leonardo da Vinci painting wasn't recovered until two years later, in December 1913. It is one of the most popular paintings in the history of art. Artists from all over the world… Continue reading Theft of the Mona Lisa (Paris 1911)

Police Life

FBI Training Quantico

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was officially founded in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation, or BI and then became the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. The training facility at Quantico was first opened in 1972 and occupied 385 acres at the time of opening, it has since expanded to 547 acres. The FBI… Continue reading FBI Training Quantico

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

More Drunk Comedians

As I mentioned last week, I recently interviewed Kent The Cop, a friend and colleague, on my Writers On The Beat podcast. Here are some more highlights about our funniest DUI moments. #4: “Eastbound and Down” Another stereotype DUI. Really bad driving, really late at night. I stopped the car, talked to the driver, and… Continue reading More Drunk Comedians

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Drunk Comedians

I recently interviewed Kent The Cop, a friend and colleague, on my Writers On The Beat podcast about drug impairment and behaviors. He’s a REALLY funny guy, but he somehow managed to keep everything above-board for most of the interview. As a massive DUI Hound, he has a lot of experience with those investigations and… Continue reading Drunk Comedians

Real Life Crime

The Candy Man – serial killer Dean Corll

The Candy Man sounds like a sweet and adorable mascot’s name for a confectionery company. However, Dean Corll, now known as the Candy man, was a serial killer who sexually abused and tortured young boys before he shot them. Not at all what someone might perceive when reading his name. Here is how the serial… Continue reading The Candy Man – serial killer Dean Corll

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