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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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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Badass In Heels: Incapacitate Your Attacker

Badass in Heels: Thumb Gouge

While I’m busy editing/rewriting two sequels and attending book readings/signings I asked Officer X to add to my Badass In Heels series. Officer X is an active federal agent, which is why I protect his identity. Regular followers of the blog might remember his series: Crime Writer Boot Camp where…

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Crime Writing: Scene Structure and MRUs in Action

Crime writing: scene structure and MRUs

I’ve veered away from writing tips on this blog; there are far better teachers out there and a gazillion writing blogs. But lately, several writers have asked me how to write thrillers and mysteries that are nearly impossible to put down. blush I hate hearing that, don’t you? LOL My answer is always: study…

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The Terrifying World of Serial Killers

Serial Killers

Let’s dive deep into the terrifying world of serial killers. Unlike my post, The Serial Killer, that concentrates on what the serial killer experiences emotionally, this post deals with the classifications and types of multiple murderers. Classified by Motive VISIONARIES: This type of killer hears voices that tell them to kill,…

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Forensics: Radiocarbon Dating & Skeletal Differences

Forensics: Radiocarbon dating

Forensics, or forensic science, is always evolving to better aid in the apprehension of criminals. But what if a killer leaves his victim with no fingertips, DNA, or teeth? One way to determine the age of a victim is by examining the eyes. Sounds bizarre, doesn’t it? The soulless eyes of…

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The Serial Killer

serial killer quote by BTK

Serial killers are wildly popular in crime fiction. Why do you think that is? Perhaps it’s because they’re complicated creatures, and deliciously naughty. We, as writers, are told never to make our antagonist (villain) all bad, or our protagonist (hero) all good. That is certainly true of Dr. Hannibal Lector, played by Mads…

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More Cop Slang & Fed Lingo

Police and Fed Terms for Crime Writers

I swear I haven’t abandoned you. I’ve been learning exciting new stuff, which I’ll share soon. In the meantime, here’s some fun cop slang and Fed lingo for your enjoyment and/or to use in your stories. Street Cop Lingo Suicide Strap: Narrow leather strap passing diagonally over the right shoulder connected to…

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Crime Writing: Blood, Bodies, and Bugs

http://www.suecoletta.com/crime-writing-blood-bodies-and-bugs

I always preach that it’s crucial we get our facts right in crime writing, especially during the investigation scenes. For a writer like me, someone who includes forensics and investigative procedures in all my stories, research is not only necessary, but it’s an important factor in how well my stories ring true.…

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How To Load and Accurately Shoot a Pistol

http://www.suecoletta.com/how-to-properly-load-and-shoot-a-firearm

Continuing with my blog tour I’ve been at a few different sites recently that I’d like to share with you. For those unfamiliar with Margot Kinberg’s Crime Fiction News Break, she shares information from the crime writing world. October’s edition is extra special for me. Today, I’m at Ben’s place,…

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