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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Research: In Search of the Answers to Questions Unknown*

Today, Mystery Novelist Margot Kinberg visits Murder Blog to discuss how she does her research. Regular readers of the blog might remember Margot from her post Untrue Crime.  I always find other writers’ process fascinating, especially when it comes to research. Welcome, Margot! Thanks very much for hosting me, Sue. Folks, you don’t…

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Through The Eyes of a Crime Writer

Through the eyes of a crime writer

Crime writers tend to have sinister imaginations. We have to. It goes with the gig. And sometimes, we teeter on the edge of paranoia, at the intersection of Malevolent Row and Completely Mad Drive. Evil lurks in the shadows, contempt lie in wait in the weeds. When our inner crime writer takes over, the…

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