Serial Sex Offender Caught Following Car Accident

Arrested_SCThere is a certain psychology enmeshed in those who engage in serial violence, particularly those who terrorize with crimes as sexual predators. While their mindset may be fascinating to study, this is best done from the confines of a prison cell. Fortunately, it appears that one more serial sex offender has been taken off the streets, and the way his capture took place was rather unusual and a testament to attentive police work.

There had been multiple sexual assaults taking place in the Tulsa area over the past month. The intruder would come at night and break into the house, and then attack the woman who lived there. For the most part, these women were somewhere between their mid-50s and mid-70s. It was as the attacker was leaving one of his alleged victims that events unfolded which would end with his arrest.

Photo courtesy: KOCO.com

Photo courtesy: KOCO.com

Desmond Campbell is said to have been speeding away from one of his crimes when he ran into a light pole and ended up unresponsive in a Tulsa emergency room. Meanwhile, local police officers had used evidence at the scenes of his various attacks to associate his name with the crimes, based on his past criminal record and the prison time he served up until April of this year. A Google search of Desmond Campbell brought up an article concerning the car crash, and police moved forward from there.

Formal charges are still being prepared against Mr. Campbell, but they are expected to be lengthy and severe. That being said, Mr. Campbell has yet to regain consciousness following his accident. So, we first need to learn whether or not he will survive before it can be determined if he will face justice for his alleged crimes.

It is sad that a man with a history of violence proceeded to return to criminal activity almost immediately upon his release from jail. But I am thankful that it was his track record that gave authorities the trail that they needed to get him back in custody.

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Serial Sex Offender Charged in Decade-Old Cold Case

blogpost1It is always good news when a serial sex offender is brought to justice and made to face the punishment for his horrific crimes. When the offender is accused of harming children, the call for swift and the harshest possible punishment is particularly loud . . . which is understandable.

Alabama’s Cold Case Unit showed impressive and dedicated work in putting forth evidence this week against Billy Wayne Cooper for alleged crimes committed between 1999 and 2004. He now faces multiple charges including both first- and second-degree rape as well as charges involving sodomy and other sexual abuse stemming from crimes he is said to have committed against three girls under the age of sixteen. If convicted, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Turns out, Cooper wasn’t too hard to track down once the evidence was in place to pin him to the crimes. He already is behind bars at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas for multiple sex crimes committed at U.S. military posts both here and abroad. So, even if he makes the $300,000 bond that Alabama has placed on him, he is not going to spend time as free man.

Congratulations to all of the hard-working investigators with the Cold Case Unit in their determination to get answers when the series of crimes ended a decade ago. This is yet another testament to the amazing work that law enforcement does every day.

These who were the victims of Mr. Cooper’s alleged crimes are all grown women now. I hope that they have managed to work through the wounds, both physical and psychological, that he certainly created and have come out even stronger on the other side. And I hope they find closure in knowing that the man who violated their innocence many years ago is now facing the consequences of his evil acts.

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Are Female Serial Killers More Shocking Than Men Who Commit the Same Acts?

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Serial killer Aileen Wuornos

Let’s say that for some reason you are sitting in a criminal psychology class and the teacher scrawls one statement across the chalkboard that is to serve as the one essay topic for your final exam:

Describe a serial killer.

If you have been paying attention in class all semester, or even just watched some good thriller movies at the local theater, you probably would share a serial killer is usually a male and often white. He tends to be a narcissist. There may be drug abuse involved, but there’s a good chance he is perfectly clean. There is likely some dissociative disorder, an inability to feel for others or to develop normal emotional connections. There may be evidence of abuse in his childhood.

But as you are writing, are “he” and “his” and “him” the words to which you default? After all, the first defining characteristic I included in the paragraph above is that serial killers are men. And, this is true in an overwhelming number of cases. There is an interesting new posting on CNN’s website, however, that takes readers on a tour of some notorious female serial killers who have committed heinous crimes over the past century.

If you take a few minutes to look at the photographs and read the descriptions of the crimes, you will find female criminals who murdered their own husbands and mothers and children. There are other examples of women who killed the elderly and sick who were relying on them for medical care and still others who decided to murder for sport or money. Their faces are chilling.

I have long been fascinated by the minds of serial killers and I have used my novels to delve deeper into the psychology behind their acts. Due to the societal expectations of gentleness and protection of family with which women are associated, I wonder if we find female killers even more shocking than their male counterparts.

What do you think? Are we more jarred when the photo of the accused murderer shown on our local news is that of a woman?

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Turning to Crime for Attention in the Digital Age

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In a story that has been gaining national media attention and public outrage over the past few days, a mother in New York has been arrested on murder charges for allegedly poisoning her five-year-old son with salt. Evidence shows that she may have been doing this periodically over much of the young child’s life, growing to feed off the attention and sympathy she was receiving from social media and those she knew. And who would not want to extend compassion to a single mother whose son was struggling with scary, life-threatening medical issues?

The term for the condition in which an individual fakes an illness or intentionally makes himself sick, or a parent or caregiver leads others to believe the person who has been entrusted to her is ill, is Munchausen Syndrome. This psychiatric issue occurs because a person craves the attention that being sick can bring.

I will not feed into the twisted desire for fame by posting the alleged murderer’s name here, but her arrest had me thinking about the greater connection between criminal behavior and social media. Young people are using Facebook and Twitter to form mobs that ransack convenience stores and shopping malls. People take to their computers or smart phones to brag about crimes they are currently committing. Marginalized individuals can now find refuge on the internet and find a community of like-minded people urging them to exact revenge those who have supposedly wronged them. The line between fantasy and reality is so easily blurred.

In the case I used to start this piece, the fantasy that this disturbed woman was creating of her life meant a very real life of unnecessary pain for her young boy. With charges of second-degree depraved murder and first-degree manslaughter, if found guilty her fatal efforts will land her in a very anonymous prison not in line with the celebrity she craved.

What are your thoughts? Do you think our age of social media, in which everyone can be a star through YouTube and “selfies” but yet people are claiming to be lonelier than ever, helps to perpetuate a person’s tendency toward criminal psychiatric issues?

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What Would You Write in Your Crime Scene Investigator’s Notebook?

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investigationThe job of a crime scene investigator isn’t glamorous or exotic as it is portrayed on popular television shows or even in the movies.  This daunting task is extremely important and necessary for any criminal police investigation in order to find out who committed the crime and to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.

In my latest thriller DEAD BURN, Emily Stone tracks down serial killers and uses techniques of crime scene investigators in order to gather evidence anonymously for the police.  She uses procedures that many investigators use at homicide crime scenes and she is careful not to disturb potential evidence.  She takes identifying photos from various distances and searches potential crime scenes in a grid pattern.  You can discover how vigilante detective Emily Stone approaches a crime scene after the police have already conducted their investigation in Compulsion, Dead Game, and Dark Mind.

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California Woman Reunited with Family a Decade after Alleged Abduction

Photo Courtesy: Santa Ana Police

Photo Courtesy: Santa Ana Police

In recent years, we have seen the 24/7 news cycle consumed with several stories of kidnap victims who are reunited with their families after many months or even years of separation. A decade ago, we all were stunned when Elizabeth Smart was discovered with her captors not far from her home in Utah nine months after she was abducted. Then five years ago we were even more stunned to learn that a California girl named Jaycee Lee Dugard was found eighteen years after her kidnapping. And last year we all recall the story of three women in Cleveland who had been held for a decade in a house of torture before finally deciding the time had come to scream and find freedom.

In all instances, these innocent young girls were raped by their abductors. In the latter two cases, children were born as a result of this horrific crime. Now, another story is unfolding in California of an alleged kidnapping a decade ago that resulted in what neighbors believed to be a happy family.

The kidnapping victim, who was fifteen at the time, was allegedly drugged by her mother’s boyfriend and taken to a garage. She then was told by her kidnapper, Isidro Garcia, that her mother did not care that she was gone and she would be deported if she went to the authorities. Over the next ten years, the two got married and had a daughter together. They both held jobs, took part in neighborhood gatherings, and gave the impression that all was well inside their home. Neighbors were shocked upon learning that the woman got in touch with authorities earlier this month and told them she had been held against her will for years.

Mr. Garcia and his attorney maintain his innocence and insist the two had a consensual relationship. Despite these pleas, Mr. Garcia remains behind bars on one million dollars bond and will stay there even if he provides the money as immigration officials have an interest in him as well.

There appear to be many details of this story still to emerge to create a clearer picture of what happened over the past decade. The psychological components of these situations are so complex, with victims sometimes developing emotional attachments to the predators or instances in which the fear and brainwashing take over for years. I hope that this young woman is receiving the counseling that she needs, both for herself and to create a safer and healthier life for her daughter.

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Take a Look Behind the Scenes with Serial Killers and Emily Stone

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Emily Stone is a woman with four independent novel adventures (a fifth to be released soon) and a growing list of captured serial killers to prove it.   Every case, every missing child, and every serial killer stalking victims on the west coast is scrutinized by this woman.

It’s her life calling and she wears the badge of honor as a phantom detective and angel of justice.  With each new case, she hones her investigative skills and continues to compile a growing list of serial killer profiles.

I have managed to corner my heroine character Emily Stone again, and that’s difficult to do with her schedule, to ask her some questions that have been posed recently by readers.

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JC: Why do you hunt serial killers?

Emily Stone:  Why not?  I conduct my crime scene investigation and criminal profile, anonymously and covertly of course, and email my entire investigation to the detective in charge of the case.  I know how the investigations typically go with local police departments.  There’s generally a lack of training for these complex cases, too much media interference when the case is deemed a “serial killer case”, and the lack of qualified work force to conduct these types of investigations with dogged integrity.  So many times the F.B.I. must intervene, but don’t get me started on that topic.

Jennifer, I think the better question is… What can we do to stop these predators before they become serial killers and shatter lives?

JC: How do you make a living?

Emily Stone: Do I ask you about your bank account and how you spend your money?  Well, I can put the readers at ease and not to worry about how I pay for monthly expenses and a few nice computer gadgets to help with my cases.  In Compulsion, it was first disclosed that my uncle who looked after me when my parents were murdered made some solid investments, along with family money, and his royalties from awesome patents keep me hunting serial killers. My finances are lightly touched upon in Dead Game and Dark Mind.  In addition, the love of my life Rick Lopez retired from a police department to take up my quest and has a pension with a comfortable savings.

JC: Will you ever go back to being a police officer or maybe become a FBI agent?

Emily Stone:  No, never.  That’s all I’m going to say on the subject.

JC: What’s the toughest part of being a serial killer hunter?

Emily Stone:  The physical and mental challenges of conducting the investigations after the police have finished with their process pushes me to my limits.  Some days I even question my own abilities.  It’s grueling and dangerous, and you never know what or who is around the next corner.  You never know if it’s going to be the day you lose your life.  Every serial case and every child abduction takes a piece of my soul with it.  Even with my 90% solve rate, it still does not factor in what it has taken from my life.  Nevertheless, if I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

JC: What scares you?

Emily Stone:  I cannot answer that question in all honesty because I would be giving away some of my secrets, not to mention my creator’s secrets too.  What I can say is that I hate feeling vulnerable and sometimes very alone in my quest.

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