A Pit Bull with a Badge

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ROBIN LYONS BLOG POSTBLOG POST #273: A Pit Bull with a Badge

This week I honor another recipient of the *Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award—Kansas City Police Detective Maggie McGuire. Det. McGuire also worked on the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force.

One case she helped bring to justice involved a Roman Catholic priest and the Bishop who knew about the priest’s pornographic fetish but did nothing to stop it. Read More

Rising Star

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BLOG POST #272: Rising Star

At the time Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Missouri presented *The Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award to Alison D. Dunning she held the position of Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor. Now, you’ll find her at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri, working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Read More

Victim Advocate

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Victim Advocate

BLOG POST #271: This week, I’m taking a moment to share a little about a law enforcement officer recognized for his outstanding service to crime victims, he’s a true advocate for the victims.

At the time the Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award was presented to him, James (JD) Kanatzar worked as a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) a division under the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Read More

Missing and Gone

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BLOG POST #270: Missing and Gone

Taking advantage of vulnerable people are heartless acts. The two young women below are perfect examples—one missing and the other gone.

Crystal Kipper has been missing since February 24, 1997. After 2:30 am, her car ran out of gas, the 18-year-old parked the car on the shoulder of the Interstate in Kansas City, Missouri. The authorities found her car there with a low battery and the hazard lights flashing.

On June 18, 2002, on a summer break from college, 20-year-old Ali Kemp’s brother went to relieve his sister as the swimming pool attendant at a nearby pool. He couldn’t find his sister. Later, his father found her murdered in the pool’s pump room. Read More

Predators Are Everywhere

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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If you’ve ever been in an abusive relationship, you can understand how the abuser can manipulate their significant other into doing horrific acts like in the true-crime case summary you’re about to read. Nothing justifies any type of abuse.

BLOG POST #264: Predators Are Everywhere

When you take your children to the mall, to church, to visit a friend in the hospital, your child being sexually abused in the restroom never enters your mind. Read More