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True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates. Posts about crime, and/or traumatic events can be upsetting.

Because of criminal behavior, reader discretion is advised. **Explicit Content Ahead**

The following research can be disturbing, especially the true-crime cases involving schools. Schools try to provide a safe learning environment, but they’re underfunded, understaffed, and need more training. 

Should you become aware of a person who you believe may be a danger to someone at a school, NEVER attempt to handle the situation yourself. See or hear something – say something by REPORTING your suspicions to school administration or law enforcement.

If you’ve experienced school violence, have suicidal thoughts or know someone who needs help please call:

US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)


Posts about true-crimes can be upsetting.

**Explicit Content Ahead**

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Give Me All the Money

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


BLOG POST #266: Give Me All the Money

Did you ever live with a roommate after leaving your parent’s home? I did, briefly. How would you respond if your roommate asked you to help them rob a bank? Read More

A Broken Heart

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


BLOG POST #265: A Broken Heart

When you realize the man you’re seeing—a.k.a. your boss—is not a good match for you and you move on, you’d probably never think your new girlfriend or boyfriend would be in danger. I’m sure the woman in this case didn’t either. Read More

Predators Are Everywhere

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


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

Disloyal and Disgraced

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


I rarely read or write political or spy themed mystery/thrillers, but this true-crime was so much more it intrigued me. Let’s see what you think.

BLOG POST #263: Disloyal and Disgraced

She had a high-level security job within the U.S. Intelligence Community. She had a young daughter, but was the non-custodial parent. Her actions to gain custody of her daughter by any means possible violated her allegiance to her country and the court’s decision to grant custody to the father.  Read More

At Gunpoint

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


BLOG POST #262: At Gunpoint

It’s early in the morning, when most people are still asleep. You’re at an intersection waiting for the traffic light to turn green when suddenly the car approaching from behind runs into your vehicle. What do you do? Almost everyone would get out of their vehicle and exchange insurance information—big mistake. Read More