A One-Time Can’t Miss Opportunity For Crime Fans/Writers

I told you 2015 was the year for change, and I meant it. Exciting things are happening on the blog already. Murder Blog has gotten a total makeover. We’ve had guest posts and writing tips. And it’s only January.

Nothing beats what’s coming next.

Are you ready?

Remember my recent guest post entitled “Mr. Big– A Unique Undercover Technique in Homicide Investigation“? If you haven’t read it yet, click on the title or go here. You are never going to believe who granted my request for an interview.

The real Mr. Big!

Mr. Big

Since I want this piece to be as special for you as it for me I’m asking for your input. Is there anything you’d like to ask Mr. Big?

Since many officers are still in the field we need to remain respectful of the sting and not ask any specifics that might endanger lives. But, if you’d like to ask something that relates to homicide investigations so you can get your facts straight– ask away. If you’d like to ask about how an undercover officer deals with living among criminals– ask away. If you’d like to know about the mind of a killer– ask away.

I’ll be working on the piece today and tomorrow so please get your questions in soon.

Mr. Big asks that we limit our questions to something other than the complexity of the sting. This sting still exists today. They need to protect it, not advertise it. So, please refrain from questions of this nature. Undercover officers’ lives and future arrests must remain our main priority. We certainly don’t want to cause any harm with our inquisitive minds. And you know as well as I do that writers can be very inquisitive, right? After all, it’s how we create realistic plots.

Everything else is fair game. This is a one-time opportunity, folks! Don’t squander this chance. Take advantage it. This Q & A could make a huge difference in your crime fiction. By getting your facts right you’re gaining credibility and, therefore, the reader will believe everything else you say, even the bizarre. They’ll be willing to take the ride with you all the way to ‘The End’.

I’m only allowed a certain number of questions so I’ll be choosing the ones that directly relate to the examples earlier in the post. If suddenly you all get very quiet on me I’ll just have to think of them myself. Which is fine, too. I thought I’d at least offer you this opportunity.


I’m also working on a special gift for you. All you need to do is leave your name and email on the sign-up sheet when it becomes available. No email addresses will ever be shared. What do you receive? A .pdf entitled “50 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters”, a handy reference guide to help spark creativity in your crime scenes. Once it’s finished I’ll give you all the details.

50 Ways to Murder...


Mr. Big is coming to Murder Blog, folks, so get your thinking caps on. I’ll wait…

*whistles, hands stuffed in pockets, rolls back on heels*

*checks watch.*

Okay, got your questions ready? Leave them in the comment section below.

I Swear To Tell The Whole Truth… Fun Fact for Fiction Writing

I just read an interesting article by Leslie Budewitz, an award-winning author and a member of Sisters In Crime, an organization I am proud to belong to. The information was so fascinating I just had to share it with you.

A court reporter or a bailiff asks a witness to raise his/her right hand, then asks, “Do you swear or affirm that the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”


How much did this trial disgust you?

The custom of raising our hands has a very grisly origin. Scholars traced this back to the seventeenth century before written record keeping was widespread. The judge imposed harsh sentences back then. If you were found guilty of theft, they would brand a “T” on your right hand. theft

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Real Life Serial Killers– What makes them tick?

The serial killer has become wildly popular in crime fiction.  Maybe they are so fascinating to us, as readers, because they are complicated creatures.  They are deliciously bad.  We, as writers, are told never to make our antagonist (bad guy) all bad, or our protagonist all good.

Dr. Hannibal Lector is a perfect example of this.  Especially the one depicted in the television series, Hannibal.


Dr. Hannibal Lector– played by Mads Mikkelsen– is a brilliant forensic psychologist and culinarian (although some of the ingredients in his dishes are questionable).  In one scene we see his soft side with Dr. Alana Bloom, and in the next, he is slaughtering people and arranging them in dramatic convoluted poses.  Far beyond what is necessary to end their life.  He’s an artist when it comes to designing a shocking display for the FBI.  Yet, part of me loves him!  Why?  Because nothing is black and white with him.  He’s justified in his actions, which makes him a perfect character.  However, in the real world the serial killer is a frightening creature.  And one I never want to come in contact with in a dark alley.

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