Real Life Crime

Joseph D. Ball aka “Alligator Man”

Also known as the Alligator Man, Joe Ball was an American serial killer who killed more than twenty women in the 1930’s. Background Ball served his country in Europe during the First World War between 1914 and 1918. Once he returned home, he became a bootlegger and began selling alcohol illegally to anyone who could… Continue reading Joseph D. Ball aka “Alligator Man”

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

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

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

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

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