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 →

The Continuing Saga of South Carolina Serial Killer Todd Kohlhepp

WOODRUFF, SOUTH CAROLINA — Todd Kohlhepp is the kind of monster you can only envision from fiction. A registered sex offender, Kohlhepp’s story first came to light when a young woman, 30-year-old Kala Brown, was rescued from a metal container last Thursday. She and her boyfriend Charles Carver, 32, had been missing since August 31 and were presumed by many to be… Read more →

Missing Bodies: The Astonishing Story of the Sodder Children

  Talk about a labyrinthine story: the deaths — or the “deaths” — of the five Sodder Children in a fire at their home in 1945 seems, at first glance, like an open-and-shut case. On Christmas Eve, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, a fire decimates the home of the Sodder family, which included the husband, his wife, and their ten children.… Read more →

The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam Will Freak You Out

Of all the stories I’ve covered on the Principled Uncertainty Podcast, I don’t think any have personally bothered me to the extent that the mysterious death of Elisa Lam has. It is a sad, bizarre, and — forgive me for saying — spooky true crime tale straight out of Los Angeles. Not only that, there are connections to serial killers and decades-old… Read more →

[UPDATE] Nashville Tourist Murder Suspects Apprehended in North Carolina

Update 10/24: As it turns out, the story of the missing suspect in the Teddy Grasset murder case might have gone out too early. Joseph Santillan, wanted in connection with the death of tourist from LA and denim designer Teddy Grasset, turned himself in Sunday night. According to the Tennessean, Santillan turned himself in quietly to MNPD and is currently… Read more →