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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Breaking Down Assault Crimes: From Investigation to Timeline

Houston, TX Attorney Greg Tsioros contacted me a few weeks ago. When I read his breakdown of assault crimes, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. If you’re writing about cops, criminals, or lawyers, this post offers fantastic information. For non-writers, I think you’ll also find it fascinating. Enjoy!…

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What Happens Inside a Police Helicopter?

What Happens Inside a Police Helicopter?

You may have noticed I haven’t been as active as I usually am, both here on the blog and on social media. That’s because I’ve been tucked inside my writer’s cave, finally nearing the end of a massive workload. Several projects are completed; only one remains unfinished for a few more…

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crime Writer Style

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crime Writer Style

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a corpse was breathing, not even their spouse; Nylon stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that the police would not find them there; The live victims were nestled all snug in their restraints; While visions…

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