Jack Unterweger: Crime Writer Turned Serial Killer

Jack Unterweger quote

Jack Unterweger, born Johan Unterweger in 1950 to Theresia Unterweger, a Viennese barmaid, waitress, and prostitute, had a brutal childhood. He never knew his birth father, only that he was an American GI serving with the Allied Forces, which occupied the country for ten years after the Second World War.…

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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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Rewriting… In Cold Blood

I don’t often post two guests back-to-back, but Kim McGath‘s post makes the perfect Segway into my next post about serial killer couples/partners. Plus, she’s a retired homicide detective and cold case expert (and one of my closest friends) and she’s fascinating. Long time readers of the blog might remember she cracked the…

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Serial Killer Families: The Family Who Kills Together…

Family serial killers

One serial killer is dangerous enough. A pair of serial killers ups the stakes even more. But what about an entire family of serial killers? Believe it or not, I was able to find four. Four serial killer families who hunt, stalk, and murder together. We’ll discuss serial killer couples in a future…

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Message Left in Lipstick: Spence Motel Murder

Spence Motel murder

In my Death Investigation class at Writers’ Police Academy we were shown actual crime scene photos of several homicides, including a serial killer case that remains unsolved. I can’t discuss that one, sorry. Now I’ve seen crime scene photos numerous times. Most crime writers have stumbled upon them in their…

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Undercover as a Birdwatcher – Investigating the Phantom of Heilbronn

The Woman Without a Face

Regular readers of the blog might remember my post Elusive Serial killer, The Woman Without a Face. Well, today’s guest was involved with the case — undercover as a birdwatcher to catch the Phantom of Heilbronn. Please welcome, Ann Marie Ackermann. The man next to the red car stood watching me. I knew…

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“THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD” – Q&A with Graham Hetrick

THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD

I have a real treat for you today. There’s a new show on Investigation Discovery (ID channel) that premieres tonight, “THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD.” Renowned Coroner Graham Hetrick took time out of his busy schedule to come to speak with us. How cool is that? Check out…

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The Killing Fields Hold The Darkest Secrets

Louisiana killing fields

Among barren stretches of road, in thick swamplands, and in desolate landscapes that go on for miles, lie the Killing Fields. Where the dead hide in the weeds, the water, or just beneath the soil, corpses decomposing into the landscape. Hope doesn’t exist. Screams coil through the darkness. There’s nowhere…

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