• All 14 True Crime Cases in one post for Valentine’s Day

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    My (Unlucky) Valentine… First, some notable facts: One in 25 people is a sociopath. Only 20 percent of male and female prison inmates are sociopaths, although they are probably responsible for about half of all serious crimes committed. Most sociopaths are not incarcerated. In fact, the silent majority live freely, anonymously, holding down jobs, getting […]

  • Anti-Valentine Contest & Giveaway

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    One in 25 people is a sociopath. Only 20 percent of male and female prison inmates are sociopaths, although they are probably responsible for about half of all serious crimes committed. Most sociopaths are not incarcerated. In fact, the silent majority live freely, anonymously, holding down jobs, getting married, dating, having children. Most have a […]

  • Christmas Contest and Giveaway!

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    Let’s have some Christmas fun!!! Behind one of these trees is a copy of one of my books and a Kindle. Come play along and enter to win. The only thing you need to do to win is signup for my newsletter for the latest news, contests and giveaways, and pick out the book you […]

  • What’s In A Name?

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    Apparently a lot! Although I don’t have plans to change my name any time soon, I recently experienced “name change trauma” with my sons’ band —Happy Accidents! My boys began playing music seriously before they could speak (well that’s at least true for my youngest who was born deaf and Autistic). Both come from a […]

  • Courtroom Humor

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    As I prepare for trial in a couple of weeks (and realize my client will be in absentia) I fleetingly consider whether I should design a cardboard version of her, or drag in a mannequin to place in her chair…. thought I’d share some funny courtroom dialogue with you: Q: Doctor, before you performed the […]

  • Why Pigs Fly

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    I was born to be a writer. I loved words from the time I could speak and form sentences. I loved their beat, power and transformative qualities. On my seventh birthday I asked for a typewriter, wanting to simplify and “clean up” the pages and pages of prose that littered my bedroom. Stories burst from […]

  • Behind The Scenes: Gangland Undercover

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    In July, 2014, I drove out to Gillespie Dam in blazing heat to the set of Gangland Undercover to watch my book, VAGOS, MONGOLS & OUTLAWS: MY INFILTRATIONS INTO AMERICA’S DEADLIEST BIKER GANGS, magically transform into a dramatic six part television series to air on the History Channel. As I pulled into the dusty, deserted parking […]

  • “Fun” Facts About Sociopaths

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    1. The list of professions that attract the most psychopaths police officers, lawyers, and surgeons. Number one: “CEO.” 2. Humans can detect 10 types of smells, such as “fruity,” “chemical,” “popcorn,” and “decayed.” While most people don’t have any trouble making out the “pungent” aroma of blue cheese or the “woody” scent of freshly cut […]

  • Love Letter To My Children

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    Anyone who knows me knows that the true loves of my life are my boys so this may come as no surprise that I’m once again writing about them. All this time I have loved them unconditionally. But I didn’t realize until just now that they have loved me the same way, without judgment, without […]

  • 9 Tips From Ann Rule

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    If you want to be a true crime writer, Ann Rule said the best thing you can be is immensely curious. And, you should go to trials—something anyone can do. In the wake of her passing last week I wanted to share Ann’s 9 Tips For Studying Courtroom Trials. 1. You can usually get a […]

  • My Favorite Memoirs

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    Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Night by Elie Wiesel Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

  • Shelf-Life: My Personal Library of Crime Resources

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    Shelf-Life, My personal library of crime resources: It would be a crime not to read these! The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled In Death, Judith Flanders The Illustrated History of Weaponry: From Flint Axes to Automatic Weapons, by Chuck Wills Understanding Organized Crime, by Stephen Mallory Life Books: The Most Notorious Crimes in […]

  • 14 Japanese Error Messages

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    Actual error messages seen on computer screens in Japan, where some are written in Haiku. 1. The Web site you seek cannot be located, but countless more exist. 2. Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall return. 3. Program aborting: Close all that you have worked on. You ask far too much. 4. […]

  • What Inspires You

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    Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and […]

  • My Writing Essentials

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    On Writing, by Stephen King Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit, by Brenda Ueland On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser […]

  • The Power Of One

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    What makes a person trust enough to risk everything? I never understood the meaning of that word until I applied to law school. I couldn’t afford the application fee or the LSATs (which cost nearly $1000 dollars). But I knew it was my rescue. I was living in a trailer park in South Tucson barely […]

  • Random Acts Of Kindness

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    Today one of my clients, who is currently serving time in Florence prison, sent me an extraordinary gift. He spent sixteen hours crafting an inspiring black and white drawing he titled “Zebra Warrior.” It was meant to be a portrait of me. He wrote from prison: “we live in a black and white world, (hence […]

  • The Deadly Truth

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    At times we all wish the truth was fiction. It might be more palatable. After all, imagination is a kind of frontier without borders or restrictions; with true evil, at least we hope there is definition, limit and some moral barometer. And if there isn’t . . . we search for explanation, excuse, and even […]

  • Lord Of The Flies Revisited

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    William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy […]

  • “Reality Lite…”

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    They called him “the Block Monster”, a killer who, at the age of twelve, still curled in bed with his mother and sucked his thumb unable to process his horror. Why should we save him? Judges asked me and their question reverberated in the packed pews. It was a fair question, made me think about […]

  • Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs

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    In exchange for a reduced sentence on his drug smuggling charges, Charles Falco infiltrated three of America’s most violent biker gangs: the Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws. In separate investigations that spanned years and coasts, Falco risked his life, suffering a fractured neck and a severely torn shoulder, working deep under cover to bring violent sociopaths […]

  • Prodigal Father, Pagan Son

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    Prodigal Father, Pagan Son (working title Age of Fire) Anthony (LT) Menginie, the son of the legendary former president of the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Club who betrayed his own to become the president of the Hells Angels Philadelphia chapter, recounts his life story growing up in a crime syndicate as sinister and chilling as an […]

  • Running With The Devil: The True Story of ATF’s Infiltration of the Arizona Hells Angels

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    The infamous Sonny Barger once declared that the Hells Angels would never be infiltrated. He was wrong, thanks to the ATF agents who risked their lives. This true crime book chronicles the story of the ATF sting and the two undercover agents who risked their lives in this landmark criminal investigation. For two years, they […]

  • A Socialite Scorned

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    A Socialite Scorned is a classic “Who Done It” tale with a twist. In what has been touted as one of the “most complicated, difficult investigations of our time,” Gary Triano’s case has garnered media attention precisely because of its “story behind the story” of greed, power, and intrigue. Dateline NBC, America’s Most Wanted and […]

  • The Language of Butchers

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    A collection of award winning poetry, winner of the Academy of American Poet’s Award, International Poetry Award, New Letters Award, Amelia Encore Award and the Daniel Shockett Award for outstanding verse. LOB Poems

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