Drones: A Valuable Resource for Law Enforcement

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When many of us think of drones, our minds immediately think of how the military utilizes the technology for intelligence gathering and precision bombing. And, although, we are technically correct, drones have become increasingly more common in other aspects of society, including law enforcement.

As the technology becomes more commonplace, costs have dropped, which has resulted in everyday people owning and using drones. In fact, if you were recently at an event with a decent sized crowd, there was most likely a drone flying above taking aerial footage for use by the police, event coordinators or a news outlet.

While drones have done a wonderful job of enhancing our exploration of the world from above, there are of course people who use drones for sinister purposes. Just like most emerging technologies, the advancement of drones is moving quicker than the laws that regulate its usage; especially when it comes to privacy.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Drones (aka unmanned aerial vehicles) have existed for over 150 years. In fact, during the Civil War, the military on both sides of the conflict used archaic forms of drone technology. Commanders would launch balloons filled with explosives across enemy lines. The intent was to wreak havoc within the enemy’s camp without detection.

In World War II, unmanned bombers were used to deliver devastation to selected enemy targets. The plan was rather straightforward – a crew would abandon a stripped-down bomber in midair, and then surrender control to a radio being operated in a trailing aircraft.

By the 1970s, American forces were using drones to conduct reconnaissance missions, detect missiles and drop propaganda leaflets in North Vietnam. By 2002, American forces were using Predator drones in Afghanistan to kill selected targets.

And, in 2007, the use of drones trickled down from military utilization to local law enforcement. Here, police in the State of Washington used a drone to locate, and eventually capture, a man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

By 2013, sales in the United States for non-military drones was anticipated to be almost $10 billion over the next decade.

HOW DRONES ARE BEING USED

As drone technology continues to evolve, there will unquestionably be more of those little robots floating through our skies. Currently, the most popular usage of drones (outside of the military) is 3D mapping, farming, weather detection, wildlife monitoring, search and rescue, and law enforcement.

And, of course, criminals are using drones for all types of nefarious activities, such as stealing personal information from above, smuggling drugs, illicit photographs and assaults.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DRONES

Since 2016, the amount of drones being used by law enforcement has doubled.  Wisconsin, California and Texas are the states that have the most public safety agencies utilizing drones.

Police are using the technology to take aerial photographs of car accident scenes, to search for missing persons and murder suspects. One area where drones are particularly helpful is during a mass shooting. Utilizing the drone’s birds-eye view, police can track the movement of every single person involved in the tragedy. This way, cops will know where to deploy appropriate personnel and resources during and after the incident.

One drawback of drones is the issue of privacy. On one hand, it is extremely helpful to have a sharp aerial view of the world. But, on the other hand, critics are quick to point out that these drones should only be used for specific reasons, as opposed to a general spying on people.

And, in that regard, most police departments wholeheartedly agree that the drones shall only be used for emergency purposes.

5 SITUATIONS WHERE DRONES ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT

Active Shooter

An aerial view will enable police to pinpoint the locations of the shooter, victims and escape routes. From that vantage point, law enforcement will be able to assess the scope of the situation and deploy officers accordingly.

Crime and Traffic Accident Scene Analysis

Photographing crime and accident scenes from an overhead angle greatly reduces the amount of time needed to capture the entire scene from the ground, using multiple angles. Additionally, the aerial view can capture both the scene at large, as well as smaller areas. This will enable the scene to be examined in a more precise manner using a computer as opposed to on the ground in real-time.

Surveillance

Drones will eliminate some of the headaches that go along with stakeouts. The drones can move about and surveil places where a person or fixed camera cannot. Additionally, in large open areas, it is difficult to conduct proper surveillance without being noticed. A drone, however, can conduct this type of operation with ease.

Crowd Monitoring

Large events like concerts and sporting events require a lot of manpower in order to ensure safety. But, with a drone, police can quickly assess a large area and send assistance where needed. Areas that are quiet and not a security concern can be left unmanned with just a drone overhead acting as watchful eye. This way, the areas that truly require personnel will be adequately staffed.

Bomb Inspection

Although bombs are generally diffused by ground-based robots, an aerial view of the situation enables police to assess the whole location prior to sending in people and robots. A full threat assessment can be conducted in the air, thereby eliminating the potential for loss of life and property.

Drones will continue to grow in popularity and usage. And with that, the government will assess how to maintain freedom of use while curtailing any intention of using drones for criminal activities. Laws surrounding drones are essentially in their infancy. It is going to be very interesting to see how much of future will be impacted by drones. What is your biggest concern regarding drones?

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Policing the Future: 7 Key Challenges Facing Law Enforcement

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As the world rapidly approaches the year 2020, one thing is apparent – the future is upon us. Technology is moving at a rapid pace, the earth’s climate is shifting, and the global population continues to skyrocket.

With all of these changes, society and its institutions must adjust to the new realities. Especially when it comes to maintaining law and order in a world rife with shifting norms and rules.

Here are 7 challenges that law enforcement agencies will be forced to address in the coming years.

Civil Unrest

It’s no secret that globalization and societal unrest are at the forefront of current events. Protests and riots are commonplace throughout the world. And when police are confronted with these issues, many departments are ill prepared to handle such large-scale disturbances. Especially because many of the disturbances are orchestrated by well-equipped professional organizers

Unfortunately, many law enforcement agencies do not address training for crowd control until they are thrust into the situation. Experts recommend that officers receive training right before an event and annually. This gives them the opportunity to adjust to new riot tactics, inspect their tactical equipment and become more comfortable dealing with massive crowds.

Data Focused Law Enforcement

Since the US has a decentralized policing system (approximately 18,000 different police departments), it has been a challenge for many departments to shift to a system based upon hard data, as opposed to one built strictly upon politics, local values and tradition.

As trust in our institutions has been declining, it is imperative that police departments transition to a more transparent, evidence focused approach. Such strategy would rely less on traditional methods and instead would be based upon analyzing and assessing data provided by state-of-the-art technology and highly trained crime analysts. And in using such data effectively, our departments would begin to have a more stable, uniform approach to crime deterrence, prevention and enforcement.

Emergency Response Technology

In recent years, the emergency response systems of law enforcement agencies have come under attack. This is mainly due to the lack of available technology being deployed, resulting in fatal human errors. Well, that will become a thing of the past, as police departments roll out technologically advanced 911 systems.

These systems will include Artificial Intelligence capabilities, thereby eliminating some of the issues that arise from improperly trained people. New emergency infrastructure is being built and tested throughout the country, which will allow communication hubs to receive photos, text messages and videos from people reporting emergencies. Not only that, but social media integrated platforms will be installed in police vehicles. This advance will allow police to cast a wide net when deciphering, responding to, and investigating emergencies.

Virtual and Digital Evidence

The age of technology is upon us. And our reliance on tech will continue to expand in the coming years. Law enforcement is already preparing for the explosion of the “Internet of Things (IoT),” which is the interconnection of computing devices embedded in everyday items. IoT devices range from door locks, to watches, to eyeglasses – and, in the near future, to just about anything we use.

As IoT becomes more prevalent, police will be dealing with much more virtual and digital evidence. This, in turn, will force departments to establish new protocols for storing, substantiating the authenticity of, and preserving such evidence. This effort will be a monumental undertaking, both logistically and financially. And this massive task will expand into new territory as the digital age expands into virtually every aspect of our lives.

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DNA Technology

Of course, DNA analysis will continue to be at the forefront of criminal investigations. And, the technology used to perform these analyses is moving in a fascinating direction.

Examples of emerging DNA tech are methylation analysis, which detects non-visible genetic markers that are unique to a specific individual, and phenotype prediction, which can tell investigators about a suspect’s specific visible characteristics, such as dimples, shape of nose, etc.

Experts believe that in the near future, police will be able to use to DNA samples to determine a perp’s habits, addictions and personality traits. These developments will certainly assist in significantly narrowing potential suspects and aide in decreasing the chance of wrongful convictions.

Officer Trauma

Many law enforcement agencies have been slow in making progress in an effort to better assist officers who are recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The stigma associated with PTSD has begun to wane as scientific studies continue to demonstrate that many officers have suffered, and continue to suffer, from PTSD. Officers are constantly risking their lives and involved in traumatizing, high adrenaline situations. So, it’s no wonder, that a good number of law enforcement personnel experience PTSD.

Over the next decade, state and local lawmakers will work with police departments to ensure officers are offered adequate PTSD related disability pension and workers’ compensation benefits (for those unable to recover.) Such measures will ensure that these brave men and women receive the benefits that they so richly deserve.

Opioid Epidemic

One thing is apparent – our society cannot arrest its way out of the opioid epidemic that’s destroying both rural and urban communities. Fortunately, law enforcement attitudes have begun to shift, and must continue to shift, with respect to the root causes of the problem and the solutions.

Many departments are engaging in proactive, community-based programs which aim to prevent overdose deaths, improve the safety of neighborhoods and increase the trust between police and the public.

Police departments will have to implement cutting edge policies in order to deal with this very serious problem. The current system is not working, so the need for innovative approaches is desperately needed. One thing is for sure, and that is – interagency cooperation is necessary in order to prevent the epidemic from continuing to spread like wildfire from city to city, and town to town.

The world is changing at a pace never before seen. Police departments are at the battlefront of these changes, in that they must anticipate and adapt accordingly so that public safety is not compromised. Can you think of any other challenges that law enforcement will certainly face in the near future?

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PUBLICATION DAY! Little Girls Sleeping: A Detective Katie Scott Thriller #NewRelease #Crime

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Good Morning! It’s publication day–finally! I’m so very excited to announce that LITTLE GIRLS SLEEPING is now available in all formats. So grab your coffee, turn on all the lights, lock the doors, and jump into Detective Katie Scott’s investigation in Little Girls Sleeping. Think you can guess the killer? Try, I dare you.

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He looked down at the little girl, sleeping peacefully, her arms wrapped around a teddy bear. He knew he was the only one who could save her. He could let her sleep forever.

An eight-year-old girl, Chelsea Compton, is missing in Pine Valley, California and for Detective Katie Scott it’s a cruel reminder of the friend who disappeared from summer camp twenty years ago. Unable to shake the memories, Katie vows she won’t rest until she discovers what happened to Chelsea.

But as Katie starts to investigate, accompanied by her loyal ex-military dog, Cisco, the case reveals itself to be much bigger and more shocking than she feared. Hidden deep in the forest she unearths a makeshift cemetery: a row of graves, each with a brightly coloured teddy bear.

Katie links the graves to a stack of missing-persons cases involving young girls—finding a pattern no one else has managed to see. Someone in Pine Valley has been taking the town’s daughters for years, and Katie is the only one who can stop them.

And then another little girl goes missing, snatched from the park near her home.

Katie’s still haunted by the friend she failed to protect, and she’ll do anything to stop the killer striking again—but can she find the little girl before it’s too late?

Compulsive and gripping crime fiction for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Katie Scott’s first case will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping with shock.

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What readers are saying about Little Girls Sleeping:

Believe me when I say that you are in for a thrilling read!… I could not put it away. Can highly recommend!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Really wowed by it… I couldn’t put the book down and was trying to read as fast as I could so I could find out who the killer was. The ending took me by surprise… I was literally gasping for air.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow!The hairs on my head stood up with this one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A nail-biting thrillerI was gripped from page one, through each twist and turn… until I reached the climax which was shocking and totally unexpected.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘It was addicting, captivating and had me reading into the night.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A chilling read with plenty of twists the whole way through! Cannot wait for the second book.Goodreads reviewer

Truly an amazing book. The storyline flowed, the characters were engaging, and I could barely tear myself away… Highly recommended!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I read it in one sitting and could not put it down. A real page turner. I really enjoyed her writing and the scenery just came to live. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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DNA Forensic Files: 1970s Murder Cases Solved in 2019 #ColdCases #DNA

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Over the past several years, the use of DNA and genetic genealogy to solve decades-old murder cases has grown dramatically. Combining cutting-edge technology with increased access to innumerable genetic databases, investigators are able to arrest killers who have roamed free for way too long.

Although most would agree that the resolution of these cases is a positive development, there is a negative aspect for some families. And that is – the memories of the brutal murder of a loved one are once again brought to light. Despite the resurrection of horrendous feelings of loss, the victims’ families are generally grateful for justice finally being served.

Here are two cold murder cases in which the investigation never ceased, and the killer was eventually identified.

Central Coast Murders

California’s Central Coast is a quaint, picturesque region located between the bustling areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dotted with peaceful towns set against the backdrop of the state’s exquisite coastal landscape, this area is known for its relaxed vibe. Unfortunately, though, even the most tranquil areas are sometimes rocked by horror.

Although these murders took place over 40 years ago, the cases were only recently solved. The first murder occurred on November 17, 1977 in the sleepy town of Atascadero. The victim was a vibrant 30-old year woman named Jane Antunez. On that day, Jane was headed to her best friend’s house. The problem is, Jane never made it to her friend’s home. And was never seen alive again.

Jane’s dead body was found in the backseat of her car, just down the road from her house. She had been sexually assaulted, and her throat had been slashed.

Sadly, while the community was still grappling with the killing of Jane, the body of 28-year old Patricia Dwyer was found less than two months later. Found in her home with stab wounds to the chest, Patricia was also a victim of sexual assault.

After some careful investigating, the police determined that the murders were linked. And there primary suspect was Arthur Rudy Martinez. The investigation revealed that he was an ex-con who was new to the area. He had done prison time for rape and attempted murder. Police believe that Martinez had discovered the women at a nearby bar, which was a popular local hang out.

Even though the police were confident that Martinez was the killer, there was no direct evidence linking him to the murders. Martinez eventually left the area, and moved to Washington, where he again committed rape and was sentenced to life in prison.

In a shocking turn of events, Martinez escaped prison and lived under an assumed name for over 20 years in Fresno, California. Then, in April 2014, Martinez turned himself in to authorities (for the prison escape). This wasn’t an act of contrition. Rather, Martinez did this because he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was looking for state funded healthcare.

Two months later, Martinez died in prison.

While all of this was happening, local police never gave up hope on solving the murders. Using an outside detective who specialized in cold cases and had significant experience with the nation’s many DNA databases, investigators found a familial match of the DNA secured from the original crime scenes. The match was from a California convicted felon who was related to Martinez.

Eventually, police tracked down an old girlfriend of Martinez, who provided investigators with a razor left behind by Martinez. And that razor resulted in an exact DNA match. Combining evidence gathered from 40 years ago coupled with witness testimony and the DNA match, the investigators found their killer. Although he was already dead, the police and the victims’ families had some closure.

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The El Dorado Killings

Nestled in California’s immaculately beautiful Sierra-Nevada Mountains, the county of El Dorado is generally known for its hiking, skiing and relaxed atmosphere. But the area is also known for the late 1970s unsolved murders of 16-year old Carol Andersen and 27-year old Brynn Rainey.

Anxious to finally solve these murders, as well as other unresolved cases, the local district attorney’s office set up a forensic task force in 2007. The goal was to solve the 60 cold cases that were haunting the community.

Fortunately, the task force was successful in resolving some of the county’s lingering cold cases. Namely, investigators were able to identify local real estate agent Joseph Holt as the killer who took the lives of Carol and Brynn.

By way of background, the events began in July 1977 when Brynn disappeared after leaving work around 2 a.m. at a casino in Nevada – just over the state line. About a month later, her naked body was found partially buried at a local equestrian center. Due to the decomposed nature of her body, police were unable to determine the exact cause of death.

Then, almost two years later, Carol vanished on her way home from a party at a local ski resort. Several hours later, her battered body was found on the side of the road. Investigators opined that she had been bound and strangled. Both victims had been sexually assaulted.

Holt was not a suspect during the initial investigation. There was no known connection between Holt and the victims. Investigators believe these murders were random and sexually motivated.

Utilizing evidence from the original crime scenes, investigators were able to match the two unknown DNA samples from both victims’ bodies. But this breakthrough didn’t happen until 2017. At this point, the police finally were able to connect the two murders. Unfortunately, the DNA did not get a match in any criminal databases, but it did find a match on a public genealogy database.

The familial DNA match led police to three deceased brothers, one of whom was Holt. Thereafter, police were able to locate Holt’s son, who then provided investigators with an old toothbrush. After 41 years, police found their killer.

The DNA from the toothbrush was an exact match of the DNA found on both victims’ bodies. Not only did police solve these two murders, but the investigation resulted in another police department solving a 1975 shooting of a delivery man. That’s right, Holt was responsible for that violent crime as well.

Although both of the victims’ mothers passed away before this case was solved, the remaining family members are grateful that they finally have an answer to the painful question which lingered for over 40 years.

 

The bittersweet resolution of these tragic events demonstrates that the pursuit of justice is relentless. Do you know of any recently solved cold cases?

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LITTLE GIRLS SLEEPING Pre-Order Blitz Tour #CrimeFiction #Blitz

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I’m very exited to share the news that Little Girls Sleeping, which is the first in a new detective crime series, is available for Pre-Order on Amazon. Take a look at some of these wonderful book blogs I will be visiting this month to share the news.

Stay tuned. I will have more information about the feisty main character, ex-Army K9 handler, Detective Katie Scott and the first chapter.

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Monday, May 6

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Tuesday, May 7

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Wednesday, May 8

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Friday, May 17

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Thought Control: A Criminal Mastermind’s Greatest Weapon

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Overview  

Thought control (aka brainwashing, mind control, and re-education) is a complex process – but a relatively straight-forward concept. Basically, the idea behind brainwashing is that our minds can be controlled or altered through a series of psychological tactics.

These mind-altering techniques are employed by either a single person (or a group) who seeks to reduce another person’s ability to think independently. Not only is the goal to restrict a person’s critical thinking process, but to also introduce unwanted ideas and thoughts into the victim’s mind. The ultimate goal is to modify the subject’s essential values, beliefs and attitudes.

Mind control tactics are used by people throughout the world, ranging from despots to democratically elected politicians. And, of course, criminal enterprises – such as street gangs, terrorist organizations and drug cartels, utilize re-education in order to have complete psychological control over their foot soldiers.

History

The idea of manipulating others through the use of coercion has existed for millennia. But, the actual concept of isolating an individual for re-education was initially coined in the 1950s by a journalist named Edward Hunter.

During the post-World War II period, the rise of global communism was in full force. And to make sense of the growing control of the Chinese Communist Party, many were convinced that Chinese officials were brainwashing their subjects into absolute loyalty to the “cause.”

Hunter believed that – in addition to brainwashing their own citizens – the Chinese Communists were using mind control over American POWs during the Korean War. Hunter posited that the Chinese were attempting to convert the American soldiers into communists, with the ultimate goal of conquering the United States.

Once the idea of thought control entered the consciousness of mainstream society, it became apparent that so-called mind control was being utilized throughout the political, religious and criminal worlds.

Essentially, it was discovered by sociologists and criminologists that many leaders gained power and undying loyalty through indoctrination, and the remolding of their followers’ ideologies.

Outlaw enterprises, such as crime rings and gangs, were exploiting vulnerable members of society to carry out the grunt work. They sought people who could be easily swayed through a series of psychological control tactics, such as isolation, absolute obedience, social pressures, punishments and deprivation of life essentials.

Criticism

Although mind control is a generally accepted concept, there are many who believe that brainwashing is not grounded in science. They opine that the idea of thought control fails on several levels.

Namely, the critics believe that thought control is a pseudoscience that ignores research-based explanations of human behavior. And, because it denies people their free will, the idea of mind control essentially dehumanizes individuals.

The inconsistency in the application of the brainwashing label is another critique. For example, the term brainwashing seems only apply to behavior of which we disapprove. For example, we would say members of a cult are brainwashed into subjugation, but we generally do not believe soldiers are brainwashed to kill people – no, that’s basic training.

Regardless of the critique, there is no doubt that certain individuals are manipulated through psychological control tactics. And whether we use the term mind control or “coercive persuasion,” the outcome remains the same.

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Victims of Criminal Mind Control

Norrmalmstorg Bank Robbery Hostages

The term “Stockholm Syndrome” was coined as a result of this bank robbery. The notion refers to the mind control tactics that result in hostages becoming empathetic (and often, sympathetic) to their captors.

Here, a Swedish bank was robbed by an escaped convict. The thief kept four hostages with him in the bank vault during the whole ordeal. Within only two days, the brainwashed victims were on a first name basis with the robber, and when communicating with the police, the hostages had a very hostile attitude towards the people trying to free them from captivity.

As the police raided the bank, the hostages hugged the captor in order to protect him. Months later, they even collected money in order to pay for the criminal’s legal defense fees.

Patty Hearst 

In 1974, one of the most famous cases of criminal mind control occurred. It involved Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper titan William Randolph Hearst. Here, Hearst was kidnapped by a group of political radicals known as the Symbionese Liberation Army and held captive for over a year.

During her time in captivity, Hearst was put in isolation and tortured. And the longer she remained in captivity, Hearst grew sympathetic to the SLA’s “cause.”

Less than two years after being kidnapped, Hearst was a full member of the group, and joined them in a slew of propaganda and illegal activities, such as armed robbery.

When she was caught by the FBI, the Bureau’s psychologists had determined that she had become a “low IQ, low affect zombie,” whose IQ had dropped 18 points from the time of her kidnapping.

Hearst was deemed to be a classic case of mind control.

She was sentenced to 35 years in prison but was famously pardoned four years later by President Carter.

Criminal Defense

Despite the widespread critique of mind control by those in the criminal justice field, criminals do use the defense of thought control went the prospect of heavy jail time looms over their lives.

The defense is simply this – “I was forced to commit this crime through brainwashing.”

The defense is a viable one, but very difficult to prove. In a nutshell, to be convicted of a crime, the prosecution must prove that the perp committed the crime (actus reus) and that he had a guilty state of mind (mens rea).

Basically, you have to do a bad thing with bad intentions. There are some crimes that are considered ‘strict liability’ in which no mens rea is required, i.e. speeding, but for the most part – the criminal needs to have the requisite “intent” in order to be found guilty.

So, if the criminal can prove that their actions were not of their own free will, and they did not possess the required psychological intent, then there is a chance that the they will not be found guilty.

This is tenuous defense, but it is workable if the legal team can gather enough scientific support to convince a jury.

This is truly a fascinating topic. What are your thoughts on mind control – is it a bogus concept or does it truly exist?

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Cover Reveal For My New Crime Thriller LITTLE GIRLS SLEEPING #Bookouture #PreOrder

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He looked down at the little girl, sleeping peacefully, her arms wrapped around a teddy bear. He knew he was the only one who could save her. He could let her sleep forever.

An eight-year-old girl, Chelsea Compton, is missing in Pine Valley, California and for Detective Katie Scott it’s a cruel reminder of the friend who disappeared from summer camp twenty years ago. Unable to shake the memories, Katie vows she won’t rest until she discovers what happened to Chelsea.

But as Katie starts to investigate, the case reveals itself to be much bigger and more shocking than she feared. Hidden deep in the forest she unearths a makeshift cemetery: a row of graves, each with a brightly coloured teddy bear.

Katie links the graves to a stack of missing-persons cases involving young girls—finding a pattern no one else has managed to see. Someone in Pine Valley has been taking the town’s daughters for years, and Katie is the only one who can stop them.

And then another little girl goes missing, snatched from the park near her home.

Katie’s still haunted by the friend she failed to protect, and she’ll do anything to stop the killer striking again—but can she find the little girl before it’s too late?

Compulsive and gripping crime fiction for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Katie Scott’s first case will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping with shock.

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