Posted in Tor Ekeland

Lese majesty and whether offending the President is a crime of treason

By Tor Ekeland President Trump brandishes the word treason like hush money to porn stars. Liberally and carelessly. Treason is one of his favorite words. Whomever he views as a threat he labels as treasonous:  the Ukrainian extortion phone call whistleblower; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; Rep. Adam Schiff;…

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Posted in Burl Barer

Death threats for true crime authors and journalists

By Burl Barer I haven’t had a death threat lately, but there are deranged folks out there who will kill or cripple talk show hosts and/or journalist because they disagree with the author’s viewpoint, lifestyle, sexuality, political affiliation or personal spiritual path.   David Berg in Denver was gunned down by…

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Posted in Paula Uruburu

The real life of a crime: Amityville, New York, Nov. 18th 1974

By Paula Uruburu It was not your typical obituary, written for one person. It was written for six. As reported in the New York Times: “Nearly 1,000 friends, relatives, and village residents gathered here today at the funeral services for the six members of the DeFeo family who were found…

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Posted in Robin Sax

Who fairs better and why: mental health, money, and resiliency

By Robin Sax Poverty, race, and class are considered significant determinants of mental health outcomes.  Most research cites a higher prevalence of disease, greater risk for physical, mental, and emotional health issues among poor people and people of color (Bradley & Corwyn, 2002).  The converse assumption is that wealthy, white,…

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Posted in Dennis McDougal

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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Posted in Andy Kahan

The tragic yet utterly preventable death of Sandeep Dhaliwal-Texas first Sikh sheriff’s deputy

By Andy Kahan Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Sikh Deputy in Texas and a trendsetter nationally. He was one of the first law enforcement officers in the country by way of a policy change to wear a beard and a turban on duty.  He was tragically the…

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Posted in John Borowski

Making the John Wayne Gacy murders

By John Borowski I am currently producing a film titled: The John Wayne Gacy Murders: Life and Death in Chicago. Through this blog, I wanted to relate some of the stories about making this film and filmmaking in general.  Initially, I wanted to produce local midwest crime stories starting with…

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Posted in Dottie Laster

The Hanna Montessori Murder

By Dottie Laster Whenever I see a Montessori school, my memories go back to my first days as leader of the Orange County California Human Trafficking Task Force. I was just three years into combating human trafficking and still learning the scope of its reach when I moved to Santa…

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