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Dane Batty Author of Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber

Hi Kelly! Thank you for posting my guest blog on your site. Your topic of “Prison Reform” is a new subject to me, so I’m interested in learning more. I’m not ready to jump on a bandwagon anytime soon, but I can see evidence that the system drastically needs to be changed. I’m also ignorant on what arguments are currently happening and what progress is being done, so I’ll stay tuned to your website and learn as I go.
This is a real exciting time for me because I just finished my second manuscript just this week! We have tentatively titled the book “D.B. Tuber” Armored Car Heist: A True Story of Football, Addiction and Robbery. The story is of Anthony Curcio who was a pure athlete that became an addict (from injury) and a high-profile criminal to support his habit, but he overcame his demons to win back his family and wants to give back to his community. It's a roller coaster that exposes the prescription pill problem that affects us all. The book is due May 2013. Anthony gets out …

My Life of Crime Blog - Bonnie Kernene

My name is Bonnie Kernene and I am a true crime blogger.  My blog is at http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/.  I have been doing this since 2005 and I really like what I do.  When I started out, I was just posting stories of almost any kind, and was not very focused at all.  However, that really changed within a few months, and my focus about crime took a sharp turn.  
In July 2006, 5-year-old Destiny Norton was reported missing.  She was part of my community, so it affected me.  I wanted to help search but was unable to.  However, I paid close attention to all news reports and posted on her frequently.  Then I started to notice some patterns in comments on news forums and comment boards, and I was angry.  People were commenting on her appearance and her family’s income level.  I was outraged.  Her family’s income should not matter.  A child was missing!  She turned up dead, at the hands of a neighbor, who pled guilty and was sentenced to life without parole (Yes, I wanted the death p…

True Crime Master Gary C. King

My name is Gary C. King, and I’m an author of true crime stories and books—something I’ve been doing as a freelancer for the past 32 years or so, often between day jobs until a few years ago when I was finally able to leave the regular work force behind and work as a writer full-time.

It was around 1980 when I took over Ann Rule’s job as Pacific Northwest stringer for True Detective magazine and its affiliated “dick” books or magazines, about the time that she wrote The Stranger Beside Me, her “Ted” book about serial killer Ted Bundy. But I digress, and need to get back on target before I go on a tangent. Detectives in the early days were, of course, often referred to as dicks, both in fiction and real life. We, writers and editors alike, loved the moniker and used it frequently.
Dick books aside, I should now point out that I make no pompous or grandiose claims of literary merit regarding the stories or books that I’ve written, though readers do seem to like them, and the niche or g…

True Crime Masters at Work R. Barri Flowers Talks About His Work and The Women Condemned

True Crime Masters at Work
Good day! I'm R. Barri Flowers and I am delighted to be part of this True Crime Blog Tour with Kelly Sons,  Bonnie Kearne, and Dane Batty. As this week launches my latest true crime work, the timing couldn't be better!
I am the editor of MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME: Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre (Prometheus, 2102). It is a gripping anthology of seventeen stories written by an all star line-up of award winning, bestselling, and experienced true crime writers--including Harold Schechter, Katherine Ramsland, Burl Barer, Carol Ann Davis, Cathy Scott, Robert Scott, Patricia Springer, Linda Rosencrance, Robert J. Watkins, Amanda Lamb, Michele McPhee, Camille Kimball, Lee Lofland., Phyllis Gobbell, Doug Jones, and Laura James
According to criminology professor Kathleen M. Heide, MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME is "a riveting collection of short stories told by veteran crime writers. Once you begin to read this book, you will have trouble putting it down."…

Why would you write an inmate pen pal, and where would you start the correspondence with one?

Why Should I Even Consider Writing an Inmate? Many people are not aware of how dire the situation is in a relatively large part of the penitentiary institutions in the USA due in part to under funding and under staffed facilities. True, those incarcerated are there to do their time, pay their debt to society and that means each cell should be far from a hotel room with room service. 

It is prison and there are laws to say it must be humane but the cries that reach those who are listening, are horrid ones. People with severe psychological problems (Self-mutilation, schizophrenia) can be found among the regular inmate population, instead of receiving the proper mental and medical care. Besides this, sometimes the sewers overflow, leaving a big health hazard on whole ranges. Rodents can and do come up via the toilets and on more than one occasion, people have perished while in "The Hole", which is prison slang for solitary confinement. 
There are alarm buttons, should there be an e…

Gary C King- True Crime BlogTour

Gary C King will be joining us on the blog tour next week.
You may recognize him from his many television appearances detailing the details of his books.You will most definetly recognize him from his titles, including my favorite, Driven to Kill, the story of serial child killer Westley Allan Dodd.
His other titles include Web of deceit, Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance, An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Agels of Death, and Stolen in the Night among others.
Mr.King will guesting posting here next week as well as on several other author blogs during the True Crime book tour beginning July 23rd here at The Woman Condemned.  Stay tuned.

The Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer

True Crime Book - The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps - Female Serial Killer Amy Archer
True Crime Book - The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps - Female Serial Killer Amy Archer
By Timothy Zaun

Windsor, Connecticut owns the legacy of America's deadliest female serial killer, Amy Archer. Between 1908 and 1916, Archer, murdered at least 22 people. True Crime author, M. William Phelps chronicles Archer's life and crimes in The Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer.


Amy and James Archer opened the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids in 1907. Pioneers in the Connecticut home healthcare field, they offered "Life care for $1,000," or weekly rates between $7 and $25 for food, shelter and medical care. Then, patients in asylums, institutions and similar facilities were often referred to as "inmates."

Archer walked the town as a Bible-carrying Christian reinforcing the com…