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What have we learned from the minds of thrill killers? Not much.

CNN rang the other day. Asked me to New York to sit for an interview about THE YOSEMITE MURDERS, my 2000 study of the strange, grisly thrill killing of three women tourists and a National Park naturalist in 1999.  Headline News, CNN’s little sister, agreed to foot the bill so…

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Who ya gonna call? Nancy Drew, that’s who

By Dennis McDougal For those who despair that retirement means golf, quilting, babysitting grandkids and an occasional ocean cruise until the Grim Reaper shows up, let me introduce you to Cheryl Sanchez-Simmons and her Nancy Drew Squad. Sanchez-Simmons, Lynwood (Ca) High School class of 1974, contacted me a few weeks…

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Psychosis: Ronald Reagan and the mentally ill

By Dennis McDougal My daughter called a couple weeks ago and I didn’t answer. She rang twice. Again, I let her go to voicemail: “I’m just trying one more time to get through to you,” she said. “I really would like to speak with you and find out what I…

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William Leonard Pickard: the acid king & the war on drugs

By Dennis McDougal Nineteen years ago on Election Day, 2000, the DEA arrested William Leonard Pickard at an abandoned Atlas missile silo in Wamego, Kansas. Federal agents nicknamed Pickard “the Acid King” for his role in allegedly making and distributing more LSD than any other chemist in America. A Topeka…

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