Steve McNair's Death

Titan Fall: The Horrific Story of NFL Star Steve McNair’s Death

Saturday, July 4, 2009. A relatively quiet Independence Day for the US. The Statue of Liberty crown reopened after being closed for 8 years due to the attacks on the World Trade Center. North Korea tested ballistic missiles of their own to rattle the saber of their military at the United States, but nothing extraordinary. Seemed like it would be… Read more →

the killing season

Co-Creators of The Killing Season Talk True Crime, Serial Killers, and Meaningful Art

‘The Killing Season‘ on A&E is one of the most engrossing true crime documentary series I have ever watched, and I was lucky enough to interview the series creators, Rachel Mills and Josh Zeman. We discussed their experiences investigating the Long Island Serial Killer, the Daytona Beach Serial Killer, and the Chillicothe, Ohio murders. In making ‘The Killing Season,’ Josh… Read more →

Cliff Burton

To Live is to Die: The Tragic, Accidental Death of Cliff Burton (1986)

Anyone who knows me should be aware that I LOVE Metallica. (I’ve even name-dropped them in the Rolson McKane novels.) What’s weird is that the death of Cliff Burton was something I had to mourn retroactively, well after the event. See, I came to Metallica, really, when the Black Album was released. My stepbrother owned Master of Puppets, and I would jump… Read more →

The 10 Most Evil Serial Killers Apprehended Since 2000

True Crime is seriously hip right now. With the Emmy-nominated miniseries The People Vs. OJ Simpson, the Amanda Knox documentary, and the competing JonBenet Ramsey shows flooding our TV screens, tales of brutal homicides are very chic. You can’t throw a stone without hitting an unsolved murder case, and we fans of true crime are reaping all the benefits. Though… Read more →

Unsolved Murder Betsy Aardsma

A Death in the Stacks: The Unsolved Murder of Betsy Aardsma

  This podcast episode deals with one of the most bizarre unsolved murder s of the last fifty years. Betsy Aardsma was a young, talented, socially-conscious woman in 1969, when her life was cut tragically short in the Pattee Library at Penn  State University. It was the Thanksgiving holidays, and most students had gone home to be with family. Aardsma… Read more →

Book Research

An Insanely Simple Guide to Research for your Novel [Podcast]

I have to be completely honest here. Book research is not something I do terribly effectively well, and it’s one of the reasons I spoke with mystery author Jeffrey Eaton. His Dalton Lee mystery series has a phenomenal hook. His protagonist is an architect, and so each book revolves not just around the murder but the art and architecture of the… Read more →