Monthly Archives: August 2012

Onion Field Killer Dies in Prison

When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, his fellow officers never forget.  Even decades later, and among men and women who never served with the slain individual, a member of the police force is discussed with … Continue reading

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Mass Shootings and the Complexity of Crime — Profiler, Forensic Scientist Brent Turvey

“Crime is complex; evidence is complex; and people are complex.” “…the less one knows about something, the simpler and more certain things seem. While illusions are convenient, allowing us to pretend that we have achieved some level of understanding so … Continue reading

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Psychological Terror and the Movie Villain

As we approach the end of the summer movie season, I’ve had some thoughts about what makes a classic on-screen villain.  I’ve often heard interviews with actors who say that the bad guy is the most fun to play, and … Continue reading

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Plunge Right into the Action!

You caught me.  I admit it.  I’m a huge Die Hard movie fan (see photo above of Bruce Willis as John McClane from Die Hard). I love to write action and fight scenes in my novels.  I’m not quite sure … Continue reading

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California Professor Planned to Burn Down School

Every now and again we hear of the discovery of an adolescent who was found to have been planning acts of mass violence at his school, and even more tragic are the occasional incidents in which such horrific mayhem actually … Continue reading

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