TRUE CRIME USA INTERVIEWS

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GLENN STOUT

AUTHOR

Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of nearly 100 books, including the upcoming TIGER GIRL AND THE CANDY KID: AMERICA'S ORIGINAL GANGSTER COUPLE, NY Times bestseller The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots, The Selling of the Babe, the groundbreaking Boston Globe bestsellers Fenway 1912 and Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, and the critically acclaimed Nine Months at Ground Zero, and Young Woman and The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World, now in development as a major motion picture. He has served as Series Editor for The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. He has been awarded both the Seymour Medal and Ritter Award by the Society for American Baseball Research and "Yes, She Can!" was named on the 2012 Amelia Bloomer list for feminist content.
Glenn also teaches and consults on all aspects of writing, including proposals, manuscripts and longform narrative journalism

June 9, 2021

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MAUREEN BOYLE

TRUE CRIME AUTHOR 

HOW COULD SUCH A DARK SECRET
HAVE BEEN KEPT FOR SO MANY YEARS?
Police Chief Greg Adams was out on patrol. Christmas was coming to Saxonburg, Pennsylvania—a quaint borough of just 1,300—in three short weeks. The winter air was crisp. Colored lights sparkled on houses. He was only a block and a half from the Police Department, and this was just an average traffic stop.
Until it wasn’t.
The devoted husband and father of two little boys was about to meet any law enforcement officer’s nightmare. Moments later, he would lay dying in a pool of his own blood on that white winter snow, while his killer vanished like an apparition into thin air.
Despite his many aliases, the true identity of the murderer was quickly found. The killer himself, was not. As State Police and FBI investigators peeled back the twisted layers of low-level mobster Donald Webb’s life, the path to the killer would wind through decades … toward a shocking conclusion. After all, secrets can only be kept for so long.

May 31, 2021

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JOSHUA ZEMAN

Executive Producer/Director/Podcaster

The Son of Sam case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult. Author Maury Terry becomes convinced that serial killer David Berkowitz did not act alone and tries to prove that the web of darkness behind the Son of Sam murders goes deeper than anyone imagined -- and his investigation costs him everything.

The hunt for the "Son of Sam" captivated the world in the late 1970s, but the story behind one of America's most notorious serial murderers is all but forgotten -- until now. While the arrest and conviction of David Berkowitz brought the nightmare to an end for many New Yorkers, for journalist and Ultimate Evil author Maury Terry, the real mystery was just beginning. Terry, convinced Berkowitz had not acted alone, would go on to spend decades attempting to prove that the web of darkness behind the murders went deeper than anyone imagined -- and his pursuit of that elusive truth would eventually cost him everything. Filmmaker Joshua Zeman (CROPSEY, MURDER MOUNTAIN) draws on archival news footage, conversations with the people closest to the investigation, and Terry's own words and case files to tell a cautionary tale of a man who went down a rabbit hole and never came out. But was Maury Terry just chasing ghosts -- or are the true Sons of Sam still out there..

May 24, 2021

About the Interview

Joshua Zemen  discusses his new 4 part documentary series on Netflix Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

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CAITLIN ROTHER

AUTHOR

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored 14 books.
Rother's latest book, to be released on April 27, 2021, is "DEATH ON OCEAN BOULEVARD: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case," about the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado, which was deemed a suicide by authorities, but as a murder by a civil jury and the Zahau family.

The call came on the morning of July 13, 2011, from the historic Spreckels Mansion, a lavish beachfront property in Coronado, California, owned by pharmaceutical tycoon and multimillionaire Jonah Shacknai. When authorities arrived, they found the naked body of Jonah’s girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, gagged, her ankles tied and her wrists bound behind her. Jonah’s brother, Adam, claimed to have found Rebecca hanging by a rope from the second-floor balcony. On a bedroom door in black paint were the cryptic words:
SHE SAVED HIM CAN YOU SAVE HER.
Was this scrawled message a suicide note or a killer’s taunt? Rebecca’s death came two days after Jonah’s six-year-old son, Max, took a devastating fall while in Rebecca’s care. Authorities deemed Rebecca’s death a suicide resulting from her guilt. But who would stage either a suicide ora murder in such a bizarre, elaborate way?

May 18, 2021

About the Interview
Caitlin Rother  discusses her book Death on Ocean Boulevard

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AMY OVER

COLUMBINE SURVIVOR PODCAST

Amy Over is the host of Confronting: Columbine and was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999. On April 20, 1999, Amy was eating lunch in the cafeteria with friends when her school was violently attacked by two fellow students. She hid under a table fearing the worst when her basketball coach indicated that the kids in the cafeteria needed to run. As Amy ran toward the exit, the killers shot into the crowd of students Amy was in. Amy narrowly escaped with her life. She remembers fleeing past slain bodies of her classmates. Amy ran a half mile to a stranger’s home and took shelter there to catch her breath and call her mother. She has been dealing with the trauma of that day ever since.

Part of her healing has been helping other survivors of mass trauma as the Director of Fundraising and Project Journey Coordinator for The Rebels Project since 2015.

Amy has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has completed level one trauma assistance training through Colorado Victims Assistance academy. Amy is a regular at kickboxing. She currently lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband of 18 years, her two beautiful children and her adored niece and nephew.

May 11, 2021

About the Interview

Amy Over discusses her new podcast Confronting Columbine

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Ron Chepesiuk & Jesus Ruiz-Henao

AUTHOR/ MR BIG

This is the story of an ambitious Colombian refugee who migrated to the United Kingdom and set up a sophisticated drug trafficking organization that the British Security Service MI-5 said made more than a billion pounds over a ten-year period, making him Britain's first billion-dollar cocaine dealer. Ruiz Henao’s impact on the British economy was such that the price of cocaine increased 50 percent for several months after his arrest, earning Ruiz Henao the infamous title, as British law enforcement described him, of being “ the Pablo Escobar of British drug trafficking.”

Born in 1960, Jesus Ruiz Henao grew up poor, but wanted to be rich like the drug dealers he saw growing up in the cocaine-producing region of Colombia’s Valle of the Cauca. To realize his ambition, Ruiz Henao moved to London, United Kingdom, in 1985. He and his wife settled in the quiet suburb of Hendon, where he held down mundane but respectable cleaning and bus driving jobs

April 14, 2021

About the Interview

Ron Chepesiuk & Jesus Ruiz-Henao discusses his book 

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JEFF MCARTHUR

AUTHOR

Jeff McArthur grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where he wrote stories, worked in the theater, and made small films. He went to film school at New York University, then moved to LA to work in the movie industry. Fifteen years later, he returned to his roots to write a book about his grandfather, a lawyer who represented Caril Fugate in one of the most infamous cases in American history. The book is called Pro Bono. McArthur has also worked on a number of other books, such as The Table of Truth, and the Relic Worlds series. Born in Italy and raised in Brooklyn, Vincenzo Capone left home when he was a teenager. He traveled with a wild-west show and fought in Europe during the Great War where he earned a medal for sharp-shooting. Upon his return, he settled in Nebraska where he went by the name Richard Hart. He married, had children, and worked closely with the local Indian communities. He dressed like the type of cowboy he had seen in silent movies, rode a horse, and
wielded two six-shooters at his side, which earned him the name “Two Gun” Hart.

When the Volstead Act made alcohol production illegal, Richard joined the ranks of law enforcement and became one of the most successful Prohibition officers in the country. He chased down criminals, busted alcohol stills, and protected the Indian reservations he served, all under an assumed name.

But his past caught up with him when his younger brother, Al Capone, became one of the most infamous criminals in the country. They were two siblings on opposite sides of the law, both ambitious and skillful, and both of the same family.

April 5, 2021

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CARL DENARO

AUTHOR/ TRUE CRIME VICTIM

In 1976, a killer who called himself ‘The Son of Sam’ shot and killed a half dozen people and wounded as many more in New York City. During his crime spree, the madman left bizarre letters mocking the police and promising more deaths.

After months of terrorizing the city while garnering front-page headlines and international attention, a man named David Berkowitz was arrested. He confessed to the shootings, claiming to be obeying a demon that resided in a dog that belonged to his neighbor “Sam.”

Among the alleged victims was Carl Denaro. On the night he was shot, Denaro was hanging out with some friends at a bar when he met up with a woman named Rosemary Keenan. The couple left the bar and went to Keenan’s car to make out. However, a few minutes later, the windows of the car exploded as Denaro was shot in the head by an unseen assailant. Miraculously, Denaro survived the attack.

In 'THE SON OF SAM’ AND ME: The Truth About Why I Wasn’t Shot By David Berkowitz, author Carl Denaro with co-author Brian Whitney (THE “SUPREME GENTLEMAN” KILLER, WildBlue Press) reveals his search for the truth and his shocking conclusion regarding the identity of the real shooter. In the book, Denaro also writes about his friendship and investigative partnership with Maury Terry, the author of THE ULTIMATE EVIL, which is considered the definitive case study on the theory that Berkowitz did not act alone

MARCH 22, 2021

About the Interview

Carl Denaro discusses his book Son of Sam and Me!

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GEORGE JARED

AUTHOR/ JOURNALIST

George Jared, is an author and investigative journalist that has written two, true-crime books, "Witches in West Memphis ... and another false confession," and "The Creek Side Bones ... reality is more horrifying than fiction."
Witches chronicles the West Memphis Three case and another murder case involving a false confession in Gosnell. I've written more news stories about WM3 than any journalist in the world. I was cited in the Academy Award nominated documentary about the case, "Paradise Lost Three: Purgatory" and I was also cited in Damien Echols' New York Times best-selling autobiography, "Life After Death." I interviewed him while he was still on Arkansas' Death Row, and I broke the story when he and his cohorts were released from prison in 2011.

MARCH 11, 2021

About the Interview

GEORGE JARED discusses his book WITCHES IN WEST MEMPHIS

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PETER VRONSKY 

AUTHOR/ HISTORIAN

Peter Vronsky is an author, filmmaker and investigative historian. He is the author of three definitive bestselling books on the history and psychopathology of serial homicide and its investigation: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004), Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007) and Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present (2018).

MARCH 5, 2021

About the Interview

PETER VRONSKY discusses his latest book AMERICAN SERIAL KILLERS: THE EPIDEMIC  YEARS 1950-2000

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BRUCE LEMASTER

Author / Podcaster

Hello my name is Bruce. I was born in August 1989. I'm engaged with 3 wonderful kids.
Podcast Co-Host: Killer's Crawlspace
Killerscrawlspace.wordpress.com

This book is about serial killer Phillip Jablonski. The book includes his story along with letters, artwork and other things from the killer.

JANUARY 29, 2021

About the Interview

BRUCE LEMASTER discusses his book Phillip Jablonski: The Death Row Teddy Bear

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GARY SOSNIECKI 

Author

Albin Ludwig was furious. He had caught his wife, Cecilia, with other men before; now, after secretly following Cecilia one evening in 1906, Albin was overcome with suspicion. Albin and Cecilia quarreled that night and again the next day. Prosecutors later claimed that the final quarrel ended when Albin knocked Cecilia unconscious with a wooden potato masher, doused her with a flammable liquid, lit her on fire, and left her to burn to death. Albin claimed self-defense, but he was convicted of second-degree murder.For several generations, the families of both Cecilia and Albin would be silent about the crime—until Cecilia’s great-grandson, award-winning journalist Gary Sosniecki, uncovered the family’s dark secret. As he discovered, wife beating was commonplace in the early 20th century (before the gender-neutral term of “domestic violence” was adopted), and “wife murder” was so common that newspapers described virtually every case by that term. At long last, The Potato Masher Murder: Death at the Hands of a Jealous Husband unearths the full story of two immigrant families united by love and torn apart by domestic violence.

JANUARY 28, 2021

About the Interview

GARY SOSNIECKI discusses his book THE POTATO MASHER KILLER

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MARY KAY MCBRAYER 

Author

Author of America's First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster (May 19, 2020)

I am a contributing editor for Book Riot, where I co-host the literary fiction podcast, Novel Gazing, and I write their weekly horror newsletter, The Fright Stuff. If you want to hear my country mouse voice, you can also listen to the podcast I co-founded, in which we analyze horror movies, Everything Trying to Kill You.

December 21, 2020

About the Interview

Mary Kay McBrayer discusses her book America's First Female Serial Killer

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KELVIN PIERCE

Author

Kelvin Pierce was raised to be a hardcore racist. His father, Dr. William Luther Pierce III, was the founder and leader of the National Alliance, one of the most well-known White Supremacist organizations in the world. In 1978, William Pierce wrote The Turner Diaries, which has been labeled “the bible of the racist right” to this day. All the while, Pierce indoctrinated his son with tenets of White Supremacy, interspersed with physical and psychological abuse. By the time the author left home, he was a seething morass of hate and suffering. Read about his eventual recovery and transformation. 

November 25, 2020

About the Interview

Kelvin Pierce discusses his book Sins of the Father

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BRIAN D'AMBROSIO

True Crime Author

Deeply researched and vividly written, Montana Murders describes 30 of the state’s most shocking killings from the Vigilantes to today.

Award-winning Montana author Brian D’Ambrosio examines the most notorious murders in the state’s history. Some are historical accounts from Montana’s early Wild West history, but most are contemporary cases that shocked communities, investigators, and families. Many remain bafflingly unsolved. Some cases have been featured in national media, such as the famous and inexplicable murders of the parents of television’s Patrick Duffy (Dallas) and the serial murders by the hermitic Unabomber. But D’Ambrosio also unearths gruesome, little known cold cases that haunt surviving families and friends to this day. Drawing on official investigative reports and numerous personal interviews with law enforcement officials, witnesses, and survivors, D’Ambrosio describes each murder like a good detective story. Readers will find riveting details about the murderers, their motives and methods, and their unfortunate victims. Includes 20 black and white photos.

Brian D’Ambrosio is a prolific writer of nonfiction books and articles. He specializes in histories, biographies, and profiles of actors and musicians. One of his previous books for Riverbend, Warrior in the Ring, a biography of Native American world champion boxer Marvin Camel, was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. He also wrote Shot in Montana: A History of Cinema in Montana for Riverbend. He has written for The History Press and contributes to several newspapers and magazines. He lives in Helena, Montana.

November 17, 2020

About the Interview

Brian D'Ambrosio discusses his book Montana's Murders

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LAURA NIRIDER

Lawyer/Podcaster of Wrongful Convictions

Imagine spending years behind bars — or even facing the death penalty — for a crime you didn’t commit. Now go one step further and imagine that the evidence that put you there is your own words.

False confessions are more common than most might imagine. Whether through psychological persuasion, prolonged isolation, or even outright lying, threats or promises, coercive interrogation techniques have played a decisive role in sending innocent people — including minors and intellectually-impaired persons — to prison. 

On October 5, 2020, Season Two of the podcast Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions launches, examining this true crime phenomenon through the eyes of two of the globe’s leading experts on interrogations. Hosts Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin — renowned attorneys, co-directors of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, and recognized figures from the hit Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer — have dedicated their lives to understanding and solving the problem of false confessions.

October 19, 2020

About the Interview

Laura Nirider discusses the podcast Wrongful Convictions

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JEFFREY RINEK

True Crime Author/ FBI AGENT retired 

In the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it's like to fight a never-ending battle against an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children.

 

During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see—and once seen can never forget. There is no more important—or more brutal—job in law enforcement and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases.

 

Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek's recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation.

September  23, 2020

About the Interview

Jeffrey Rinek discusses his book In the Name of the Children

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PHYLLIS CHESLER

True Crime Author

Chesler's involvement with a serial killer has haunted her ever since. She speaks in Aileen Wuornos' voice, as well as in her own, and delivers an incisive, original, and dramatic portrait of a cognitively impaired, traumatized, and alcoholic woman who had endured so much pain in her short life. When she'd had enough, the results were deadly.

This is a poignant, sometimes humorous, never-before-told behind-the-scenes tale. Wuornos' story is handled with great sensitivity, but also with a realistic detachment by Chesler as she probes the telling moment, the telling phrase. Was Wuornos suffering from post-traumatic stress after a life lived on a "killing field?" Was she also "born evil?" So many prostitutes have been torture-murdered by serial killers—how did Wuornos, once prey, become a predator?

September  21, 2020

About the Interview

Phyllis Chesler discusses her book Requiem for a Female Serial Killer

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ANNE PENN

True Crime Author

End Game of The Most Dangerous Game takes you through the journey of trying to find a serial cat burglar, a serial rapist, and a serial killer. After a lifetime of tracing and tracking, waiting and watching one of the most dangerous serial killer's the State Of California has ever seen, Anne Penn takes us through the chapters including the guilty pleas of Joseph James DeAngelo June 29, 2020. End Game at last, the criminal will spend his final days in prison. This is the place he has belonged for decades. As always Penn includes all new information from her investigations and research

September  9, 2020

About the Interview

Anne Penn discusses her book End Game

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KENNY RODGERS

True Crime Author/D.A. Investigator

Special Crimes is the capstone of a lifetime career in law enforcement for Houston native Kenny Rodgers, and details not only the inner workings of the Harris County District Attorney Special Crimes Bureau but the complete behind-the-scenes investigations and ultimate take-down of some of the most notorious criminals in the Lone Star State during the 1970s and 80s. From "The Black Widow" to "Yankee" (former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Yarbrough) and Karla Faye Tucker, from murder-for-hire to lust, revenge, and greed, Special Crimes is a smorgasbord of citizens at their worst and good cops at their best, including those rare, insufferable, and hilarious moments when the gun misfires, the heel falls off the shoe, or the chase begins in earnest 

September  2, 2020

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MATTHEW BIRKBECK

True Crime Author/Journalist

When medical student Kathie Durst vanished in 1982, she was married to Robert Durst, son of a New York real estate magnate. Kathie’s friends had reason to implicate her husband. They told police that Kathie lived in terror of Robert, and that she had uncovered incriminating financial evidence about him. But Durst’s secrets went even deeper. For decades, Kathie’s disappearance remained a mystery.

Then in 2001, Durst, an heir to an empire valued at two billion dollars, was arrested for shoplifting in Pennsylvania. When the police brought him in, they discovered that he was a suspect in the murder of Texas drifter Morris Black, whose dismembered remains were found floating in Galveston Bay, and that Durst was also wanted for questioning in the killing of his friend, Susan Burman, in Los Angeles.
 
Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country’s most prominent families—and one of its most elusive suspected killers.

August 26, 2020

About the Interview:

Matt Birkbeck discusses his book A Deadly Secret

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DENNIS GRIFFIN

True Crime Author

The survivors of victims of murder and suspicious death are often victimized twice—first by the loss of their loved one and subsequently by the system they rely on for justice. In pursuit of police transparency, retired investigator Dennis Griffin takes us inside the world of real crime cases to expose the shocking truth behind the alarming number of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths classified as accidental, self-inflicted, or natural—with little to no investigation.

August 5, 2020

About the Interview:

Denny Griffin discusses his new True Crime Book called Survivors

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JEFF DEAN DOTY & DENNIS TOMLINSON

True Crime Authors

In 1957 little seven-year-old Maria Ridulph was kidnapped from the small town of Sycamore, Illinois, while playing with her eight-year-old friend, Kathy Sigman. The brazen audacity of this heinous crime shocked the country and made national headlines for months. So sensational was the crime that daily updates were required by President Eisenhower and J. Edgar Hoover. Almost five months later, Maria Ridulph's remains were found in a patch of woods nearly 100 miles away.

For three years, a flurry of suspects were paraded past Kathy Sigman, the only eyewitness, with no credible identifications. As the tips and supects faded away, the case went cold in the 1960s

July 24 2020

About the Interview:

Jeff Doty & Dennis Tomlinson discuss their new True Crime Book called A Convenient Man

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DREW HURST BEESON

True Crime Author

November 24th, 2021 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the only unsolved skyjacking case in American history. The case, nicknamed “Norjack” by the FBI as it involved the hijacking of a Northwest Orient 727 Airliner, would create a folk hero, if not a legend, of a mysterious man who would be immortalized by the name D.B. Cooper.

July 23, 2020

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LESLIE RULE

True Crime/ Paranormal Author

Leslie Rule's true crime debut, A Tangled Web, covers a frightening Omaha love triangle murder. "I chose this case because I want to warn readers that the female sadistic sociopath may be the most dangerous killer of all." A veteran author for over three decades, Rule's other works include two suspense novels and five nonfiction books on the paranormal, including Coast to Coast Ghosts--True Stories of Hauntings Across America. Rule was only seventeen when she started attending murder trials with her mother, author Ann Rule. "It was my job to shoot the killers--not with a gun, but with my camera," says Leslie. Many of her courtroom photographs have appeared in her mother's books. In addition to her bestselling books, Leslie has published dozens of articles in national magazines, including First for Women, Woman's World, and Reader's Digest.

June 19 2020

About the Interview:

Leslie Rule discusses her first True Crime Book A Tangled Web

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ROBERT KERBECK

Non-Fiction Author

Blending investigative journalism and personal memoir, Malibu Burning brings you on the dramatic, life-threatening journey of real people fighting 2,000-degree flames to save entire neighborhoods. You'll also read:

  • How the massive blaze affected Julia Roberts, Bob Dylan, Nick Nolte, and other celebrities.

  • Hundreds of interviews with perspectives of locals ranging from the Deputy Fire Chief and Malibu City Council members to residents who fought to defend their homes.

  • How people survived this tragedy through courage, kindness, and unified cooperation.

This book takes you into the hearts and minds of those who fought for their lives while the world watched Malibu burning.

June 16 2020

About the Interview:

Robert Kerbeck discusses his non-fiction book Malibu Burning

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J.T. HUNTER

True Crime Author

What is the price of passion? What is the power of love?
Meet Martha Beck, a young nurse dedicated to healing others, until her own hurting heart lured her down a darker path. Loneliness led her to Raymond Fernandez, but love led her all the way to the electric chair.
This is the tragic story of the Lonely Heart Killers.

June 5, 2020

About the Interview:

J.T. Hunter discusses his latest true crime book Tortured with Love

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MITCHEL ROTH

True Crime Author / Professor of Criminal Justice

On April 21, 1930—Easter Monday—some rags caught fire under the Ohio Penitentiary’s dry and aging wooden roof, shortly after inmates had returned to their locked cells after supper. In less than an hour, 320 men who came from all corners of Prohibition-era America and from as far away as Russia had succumbed to fire and smoke in what remains the deadliest prison disaster in United States history.

May 28, 2020

About the Interview:

Mitchel Roth discusses his True Crime Book titled Fire in the Big House

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GARY TAYLOR

True Crime Author

In this true crime memoir, former Houston Post reporter Gary Taylor recounts his true-life fatal attraction involvement in the trail of violence that has dogged Texas attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton for nearly three decades, prompting coverage by newspapers, TV, movies and even Oprah Winfrey. Now Taylor invites readers to grab a seat on the wild ride of an obsessive relationship: erotic beginning to violent end and the trials required to clean up the mess. The result is an adventure odyssey of self-discovery through an encounter that nearly cost him his life.

May 12, 2020

About the Interview:

Gary Taylor discusses his own personal True Crime experience in his book Luggage by Kroger

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KATE WINKLER DAWSON

True Crime Author

Berkeley, California,1933. In a lab filled with curiosities--beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books--sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the "American Sherlock Holmes," Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest--and first--forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural.

May 8, 2020

About the Interview:

Kate Winkler Dawson discusses her True Crime Book called American Sherlock

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NORM PARDO

True Crime Documentary film-maker

This unflinching documentary presents shocking new evidence and stunning testimony as we follow a brand new investigation, 20 years in the making, into one of modern America's most heinous crimes and attempts to finally secure justice for Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Norman Pardo, OJ's former manager, unpacks a sordid tale of deceit, revenge, and evidence that not only once and for all answers questions that have lingered for more than 25 years with this case - but finally answers the question, Who Killed Nicole? This film will make you question everything you thought you knew about this notorious case.

May 7, 2020

About the Interview:

Norm Pardo discusses his True Crime Documentary film called 'Who Killed Nicole?'

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ROBERT GILES

True Crime Author

The editor, Robert Giles, takes you inside the turmoil and drama of the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom on that fateful day, and on campus at Kent State University, a Midwestern college under siege. The heart-pounding story captures the flash of National Guard rifles, the bloody aftermath of four students killed and nine wounded, and the stress of reporters hurrying to sort fact from fiction for a horrified world wanting to know “what” and “why.”

May 1, 2020

About the Interview:

Robert Giles discusses his True Crime Book called The Kent State Shooting 50 Years Later

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SCOTT FIELDS

True Crime Author

On the night of July 21, 1948, Robert Daniels and John West entered John and Nolena Niebel’s house with loaded guns.They forced the family including the Niebel’s 21-year-old daughter, Phyllis, into their car and drove them to a cornfield just off Fleming Falls Road in Mansfield.The two men instructed the Niebels to remove all of their clothing, and then Robert Daniels shot each of them in the head.The brutal murders caught national attention in the media, but the killing spree didn’t stop there.

April 22,2020

About the Interview:

Scott Fields discusses his True Crime Book called Mansfield Killings

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DAVID M. BEERS

True Crime Author

On September 12, 2001, Michele Harris went missing from a small town in upstate New York. She has never been found, and the mystery surrounding her disappearance remains. Four years after she went missing, her wealthy husband, Cal Harris, was arrested and charged with her murder. With neither a body nor a murder weapon, Cal was shockingly tried and convicted of her murder. Then new evidence surfaced. His conviction was overturned, and a new trial granted. But once again, he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. That conviction, too, was overturned on appeal. The saga continued as Cal went on trial for the third time. This one ended in a mistrial.

March 27, 2020

About the Interview:

David M. Beers discusses his True Crime Book called The Cal Harris Story

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PHIL & SANDY HAMMAN

True Crime Authors

When Piper Streyle failed to show up for work, a coworker called her home. Piper’s three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Shaina, answered and said, “A mean man carried Mommy away.” Then the line went dead. In the tranquil region of southeast South Dakota, word of the young mother who was brazenly abducted from her home in broad daylight shocked residents. Piper was the second woman to vanish, following the startling incident of a young woman who narrowly escaped abduction by fighting for her life on a dark and secluded highway.

March 25 , 2020

About the Interview:

Phil & Sandy Hamman  discuss their True Crime Book called Duct Tape Killer

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MELISSA CRONIN

True Crime Author

He was the billionaire financier and close confidant of presidents, prime ministers, movie stars and British royalty, the mysterious self-made man who rose from blue-collar Brooklyn to the heights of luxury. But while he was flying around the world on his private jet and hosting lavish parties at his private island in the Caribbean, he also was secretly masterminding an international child sex ring—one that may have involved the richest and most influential men in the world.

March 23, 2020

About the Interview:

Melissa Cronin discusses her True Crime Book called Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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DIANE FANNING

True Crime Author

In late 2004, two women met in a dog-breeding internet chat room. When Elizabeth Montgomery came face to face with eight-months-pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett, prosecutors claim she already had a plan. Investigators knew that Bobbie Jo had fought desperately for her life—and that her fetus, alive or dead, was gone. Investigators scrambled after a killer. An "Amber Alert" went out for an hours-old infant. And this horrifying case was about to shock neighbors and a nation: of a woman accused of murdering for a baby

March 23, 2020

About the Interview:

Diane Fanning discusses her True Crime Book called Baby Be Mine

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DAVID KULCZYK

True Crime Author

1926 was the year that Americans all over the country said screw it. And screw it they did... mixing too much bootleg booze, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, with fast cars, sex, and jazz music can only lead to trouble. The number of allegedly normal people senselessly committing ghastly murders in 1926 is astounding. It is like a switch got turned on and some people went mad unlike any other time in American history.

Feb 25, 2020

About the Interview:

David Kulczyk discusses his True Crime Book called 1926 Homicide in America

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DAVID A. HARRIS

True Crime Author

A City Divided tells the story of the case involving 18-year-old Jordan Miles and three Pittsburgh police officers. David Harris, a resident of Pittsburgh and the Sally Ann Semenko Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, describes what happened, explaining how a case that began with a young black man walking around the block in his own neighborhood turned Pittsburgh inside out, resulted in two investigations of the police officers and two federal trials. Harris, who has written, published and conducted research at the intersection of race, criminal justice and the law for almost thirty years, explains not just what happened but why, what the stakes are and, most importantly, what we must do differently to avoid these public safety catastrophes

Feb 7, 2020

About the Interview:

David A. Harris discusses his True Crime Book A City Divided

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RON FRANSCELL

Bestselling True Crime Author

After Alice, a desperate young mother in a gritty Wyoming boom town, kills her husband in 1974 and dumps his body where it will never be found, she slips away and starts a new life with a new love. But when her new love's ex-wife and two kids start demanding more of him, Alice delivers an ultimatum: Fix the problem or lose her forever.

 

With Alice's help, he "fixes" the problem in an extraordinarily ghastly way ... and they live happily ever after. That is, until 2013, almost forty years later, when somebody finds a dead man's skeleton in a place where Alice thought he'd never be found.

Apr. 26, 2019

About the Interview:

Would you kill for love? True-crime master Ron Franscell tells the grisly story of Alice and Gerald Uden, a loving couple who murdered at least four people and live happily ever after--while cops try for decades to piece together a petrifying tale of murder and secrets. The appalling details are made even more vivid by the author's familiarity with the Wyoming times and places that formed the backdrop of his national bestseller The Darkest Night.

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CHARLES A. GARDNER

True Crime Author

In June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, launching the most extensive manhunt in state history.

 

Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murderer Richard Matt and cop-killer David Sweat slipped out of their cells, followed a network of tunnels and pipes under the thirty-foot prison wall, and climbed out of a manhole to freedom. For three weeks, the residents of local communities were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border. The manhunt made front-page headlines—as did the prison sex scandal involving both inmates and Joyce Mitchell—and culminated in a dramatic and bloody standoff.

Apr. 22, 2019

About the Interview:

Author Charles Gardner on his latest book Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State

JOSEPH SCOTT MORGAN

JOSEPH SCOTT MORGAN

Medical Examiner | Investigative Forensics Expert

JOSEPH SCOTT MORGAN was the Senior Investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta, Georgia for fourteen years, managing a staff of 11 medicolegal death investigators while maintaining a personal caseload of 200-300 deaths per year.
Since beginning his current tenure as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensics at North Georgia College and State University, Morgan has been instrumental in establishing the first concentration in Investigative Forensics for the University System of Georgia. Morgan has focused heavily on ongoing research pertaining to the American Coroner System and is today regarded as one of the leading experts on Coroner training in America.

June 11, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Death Detective Joseph Scott Morgan about his memoir Blood Beneath My Feet

Jerry Clarke

JERRY CLARK

FBI Special Agent

For the first time, two of the people who followed the story from the beginning—Jerry Clark, the lead FBI Special Agent who cracked what became known as the Pizza Bomber case, and investigative reporter Ed Palattella—tell the complete story of what happened on August 28, 2003.

 

Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist is a 2018 true crime documentary series about the murder of Brian Wells, a high-profile 2003 incident often referred to as the "collar bomb" or "pizza bomber" case. It was released on Netflix as a four-part series on May 11, 2018.

June 26, 2018

John A Cameron

JOHN A CAMERON

Retired Police Detective

John A. Cameron is a 55-year-old retired police detective from Great Falls, Montana. His career in law enforcement began in 1979. He retired in 2005 as a sergeant of detectives, working cold cases. He has worked on FBI serial killer task forces, catching ritualistic child cannibal killer, Nathan Bar-Jonah. His cases have been featured on America’s Most Wanted, Dateline NBC, and he helped produce a series known as Most Evil-True TV.

June 22, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with John A Cameron discussing the true-crime docuseries about serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards. 

Norm Stampler

NORM STAMPER

Former Seattle Chief of Police

Policing is in crisis. The last decade has witnessed a vast increase in police aggression, misconduct, and militarization, along with a corresponding reduction in transparency and accountability. It is not just noticeable in African American and other minority communities—where there have been a series of high-profile tragedies—but in towns and cities across the country. Racism—from raw, individualized versions to insidious systemic examples—appears to be on the rise in our police departments. Overall, our police officers have grown more and more alienated from the people they've been hired to serve. 

June 22, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Norm Stamper to discuss his book, To Protect and To Serve. The book delivers a revolutionary new model for American law enforcement: the community-based police department. It calls for citizen participation in all aspects of police operations: policymaking, program development, crime-fighting and service delivery, entry-level and ongoing education and training, oversight of police conduct, and, especially relevant to today's challenges, joint community-police crisis management. Nothing will ever change until the system itself is radically restructured, and here Norm Stamper shows us how.

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MARK PENDERGRAST

Bestselling Author

Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? Mark Pendergrast’s, The Most Hated Man in America, reads like a true-crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.

June 18, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with author Mark Pendergrast about his latest book The Most Hated Man in America.

Alan G. Gauthreaux

ALAN G. GAUTHREAUX

Bestselling Author

Mr. Gauthreaux was born and raised in the New Orleans area and served as a deputy with the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office. Mr. Gauthreaux is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with bachelor's and master's degrees in History (with honors). Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Gauthreaux worked as a legal investigator for some of the most prestigious law firms in New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana. He has taught in middle school, high school, and college, and even worked as the National Outreach Coordinator for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, drawing praise for his inventive educational programming and lively speaking engagements. 

June 29, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with author Alan G. Gauthreaux about his latest book Bloodstained Louisiana, that chronicles 12 homicide cases from the late 1800s and early 1900s Louisiana--where "unwritten law" justified jilted women who killed their paramours, and police took measures to protect defendants from lynch mobs

Randy Sutton

RANDY SUTTON

True Crime Author

It is Randy's Mission to share these powerful stories and inspire others to become "Personal Heroes" themselves and to reach out with kindness, compassion, and charity. "During his police career, Randy penned three popular books about his, and other officer's experiences. TRUE BLUE: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them was his first. Moved by the tragedy of 9/11, Randy wanted to bring to life stories from officers on the New York Police Department as well as officers from around the nation. He donated the royalties for a fund set up for the families of the officers killed in the attack. Two other books followed including the critically acclaimed A COPS LIFE and a second edition of TRUE BLUE, To Protect and Serve.

Sept. 17, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with author Randy Sutton about his latest book TRUE BLUE: To Protect and Serve.

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BILL JAMES

True Crime Author

Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villisca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station.

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Dec 3, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with true crime author Bill James discussing his book The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery

MAUREEN BOYLE

MAUREEN BOYLE

Investigative Journalist & Crime Reporter

Maureen Boyle, an award-winning journalist, has been a crime reporter in New England for decades and was the first reporter to cover the serial killings in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. She is now director of the Journalism Program at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer, published by ForeEdge/University Press of New England, is her first book.

Nov. 6, 2018

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NEW BEDFORD HIGHWAY SERIAL KILLER - Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an old fishing port known as the Whaling City, where Moby Dick, Frederick Douglass, textile mills, and heroin-dealing represent just a few of the many threads in the community’s diverse fabric. Investigative reporter, Maureen Boyle, tells the story of a case that has haunted New England for thirty years in her book Shallow Graves.

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SHERIFF DAVID REICHART

True Crime Author

DAVID REICHART brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As Sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.

Aug 13, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with true crime author David Reichart discussing his book Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer

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DR. HELEN MORRISON 

Author

Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. She has a physician husband, two children, and a thriving psychiatric clinic. But her life is much more than that. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as four hundred hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has.

Dec 3, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Dr. Morrison discussing her book about serial killers from her book My Life Among the Serial Killers