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Welcome to my True-Crime Research Blog!

Posts about crime, and/or traumatic events can be upsetting. I may also post about the writing process or a publication update.

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Disclaimer:  All data and information provided on this site is for information and research purposes only and not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Criminal cases may have been appealed or verdicts overturned since I researched the case.  All information is provided on an as-is basis. The opinions expressed by individuals providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect my opinions. -Robin Lyons

 

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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

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

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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

Despicable Hackers

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

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BLOG POST #269: Despicable Hackers

Do you own a smart TV? Does yours have a microphone feature? If so, it probably has a speaker and a camera. With new technology come more bells and whistles. If your TV has a microphone, you can tell your TV to change the channel, turn up or down the volume, start a move, etc. The speaker and camera might give you the pleasure of video chatting on the big screen. Read More

Three-Alarm Blaze

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

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BLOG POST #268: Three-Alarm Blaze

While in the final phase of construction, two buildings with seven, three-story townhomes in each building went up in flames. The fire required over 100 firefighters, 30 pieces of equipment, and 8 hours to put out the blaze. At the exact moment the project went up in flames, the developer was on a flight to check on the progress. The fire destroyed both buildings. Read More

The Jilted Husband

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

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As February, the “love month” comes to an end; I have one more broken heart true-crime case to share with you.

BLOG POST #267: The Jilted Husband

This jilted husband went to extreme lengths to harass his estranged wife, a schoolteacher at a public school district, in hopes she would take him back. The persistent harassment began with texts and emails. His harassment escalated to breaking into her home to place recorders throughout the home, and a motion activated camera in her bedroom. Read More