Sue Coletta

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is a multi-published author in numerous anthologies, and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s a radio show host—check out "Partners In Crime" in the menu bar—the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

Serial Killers by State – FBI Stats – How Many Live Near You?

An interesting post by James L’Etoile got me thinking about the serial killers in my area. So, like I often do, I researched the subject. It’s not surprising that the U.S. has more serial killers than any other country. In 2016, active serial killers traveled in the United States, Thailand,…

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9 Ways to Recall Our Dreams and Why We Dream

Dreams

Most people can remember one or two of their dreams, but what if there were ways to increase that number exponentially? We’ve all heard the stories of hugely popular novels which stemmed from the author’s dreams. For example, Stephanie Meyer and Twilight. Dreams serve health benefits, too. Researchers believe dreams…

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Music in Fiction Writing + the Songs Behind CLEAVED

Music in Fiction Writing + Songs Behind CLEAVED

Writing can be a lot like method acting. It’s not always easy to jump into a character’s skin unless they’re similar to us. So what are some ways to become that character in order to write from their perspective? Music tops the list. Everyone has been moved by music at…

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Drives People to Kill?

nature vs. nurture

The debate of a nature vs. nurture is a controversial, longstanding debate with supporters on both sides. Some experts believe if you grow up in a loving home, you’re destined to become a good person. But that isn’t always the case. Ted Bundy springs to mind. He had a loving…

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Pets: Ways to Include Animals to Enhance Your Fictional World

Using fictional pets in writing

I love writing pets into my stories. Not only is a great way to show a killer’s soft side, but they become important family members for the main characters. In my stories, I’ve used a Rottweiler, mastiff, and St. Bernard (MARRED and CLEAVED), a calico, tabby, and all-black cat (Wings…

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I’m at ThrillWriting, Chatting About My Time Inside an Oil Drum

My time spent inside an oil drum

I’m over at ThrillWriting.blogspot.com today, talking about my time spent inside an oil drum. During my edits of CLEAVED, I noticed I had no real life experience to draw from in order to instill the correct emotional response in my reader, so I climbed inside an oil drum to experience…

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DNA and Other Forensic Evidence: Reliable or Fallible?

Is forensic evidence, like DNA, always reliable? The answer may surprise you. My guest today is a fellow research junkie. I’ll let her explain why. Please welcome New York Times E-book Bestselling Author Debbi Mack to Murder Blog. It’s an honor to be here today as Sue’s guest blogger. There are…

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Mortis: What Happens to the Body After Death?

Mortis: What happens to the body after death?

Once the heart stops beating, whether due to homicide or natural causes, the body enters the first stage of death. Blood drains from the capillaries to the larger veins in the parts of the body, closest to the ground. This process is called livor mortis (embalmers call it “postmortem stain”).…

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Serial Killer Corner: Welcome to My New Video Series!

Serial Killer Corner

Did something a little different today. This video is very laid back. No script. Winging it on the fly. If you enjoy Serial Killer Corner, I’ll create more laser-focused videos for future episodes.   You can find the episode of Partners In Crime that I referenced HERE. All the episodes…

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