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The stars aligned, angels sang, and the gates of heaven opened wide. That’s how it felt, anyway, when an amazing opportunity to write true crime came my way. In May, someone tweeted to me, asking if I could follow them back so they could DM me. I saw that the…

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Active serial murder investigations present many challenges to law enforcement, according to the FBI. Some of the pressures include public outcry, the media, law enforcement management, and the frustration of investigators at not being able to identify the suspect. In the vast majority of male serial killer cases, there is no…

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In 1992, Dr. Mike Aamodt started collecting and coding data on serial murderers. Today, the Radford Serial Killer Database contains 3,304 serial killers, mass murderers, spree killers, and other types of multiple murderers. With over 9,000 victim profiles and over 500 documents, it’s the largest non-governmental serial murderer database in the world.…

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Anyone who’s spent time on Facebook has probably seen crow videos that claim these incredible birds are smarter than fifth grade children, but is that even a fair comparison? After all, humans and birds have different needs. We require different skills to survive, thrive, and advance in life. Can we…

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In case you haven’t heard, SILENT MAYHEM went up for pre-order on Friday. Yay!!! And like every one of my books, there’s more to the story than what’s on the page. If you think you know Shawnee Daniels, think again. SILENT MAYHEM sinkholes the ground on which she stands. There’s a…

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I read a ton of serial killer thrillers. It’s my preferred genre, as a writer, movie-goer, and reader. When authors do their homework, the books are superb. Can’t put ‘em down. The others, well, the killer’s actions and motivations are so farfetched that I’m pulled right out of the story.…

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I invited my buddy, Harvey Stanbrough — a prolific writer whose penned over 45 novels, novellas, craft books, and 200 short stories — to share an experience from his cop days. Boy, did he deliver! Wait till you read what happened on the graveyard shift one night. WRECK is a true story.…

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I went to a reported haunted house for research. I’m now racing toward the finish line for LURED and edits come back for SILENT MAYHEM tomorrow. Hence why I missed posting this last week. Plus, y’know, I took Sunday off to watch my…

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After deciding to use a specific decomposition process in my WIP, I called my consultant at the Grafton County Medical Examiner’s. I hadn’t spoken to her in a while. Our last conversation wound up being so detailed, so informative, that I didn’t need to bother her for SCATHED or SILENT…

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The post What is Adipocere or Corpse Wax? appeared first on Crime Writer Sue Coletta.

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In late November/early December, something on a Discovery ID show blew my mind. On the dramatization of this real case, the detectives investigated a dead body found in the Oregon forest. Nothing new there, right? Here’s the kicker … The victim was decomposing at three alarmingly different rates. The corpse was…

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