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Murderer’s Market: A Taboo — Cannabalism

WARNING: Welcome to this month’s Murderer’s Market column.This post deals with the topic of cannibalism. If you are squeamish, don’t read any further.taste like chicken

This is not my usual in-depth post, in that I was very much grossed out by the topic. If anything, it is a cursory introduction to the topic. Recently, I was asked to dive into the topic of cannibalism. We’ve all heard tales from New Guinea, of tribal wars and losing tribe members being cannibalized, and even about those who’ve thought to immortalize their victims through the eating of their opponent’s flesh. There are several different forms of cannibalism, as to the reasoning behind the practice. Today, I’m diving into the topic of the sexual paraphilia of cannibalism, called Erotophonophilia. „Murderer’s Market: A Taboo — Cannabalism“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: Understanding Psychopathy

BrainDuring an interview, Ted Bundy, a notorious serial killer and necrophiliac, once said, “I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.”

I am fascinated by what creates monsters, and today, murderer’s market delves into the darkness, in hopes of understanding it.

During a conversation at a brunch this past weekend, I had the opportunity to discuss psychopathy, and all though all psychopaths or those suffering from psychopathy are not murderers, I find that giving my characters true characteristics and traits, helps to create three-dimensional characters. As such, when I write, I try to create well-rounded characters that speak, and it is then necessary to understand my character’s traits and personality, or it can turn into a gazelle being trapped with a lion type of situation. „Murderer’s Market: Understanding Psychopathy“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: Psychic Driving — Falling Prey to the Puppeteer

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The lengths people have gone through to control the human mind, and the experiments and torture many have experienced under the name of research is heartbreaking. Many have been manipulated from within, where their thoughts are not their own.

In doing research for my latest work-in-progress, and in my desire to not repeat myself, I’ve been looking at experimental psychiatry, and specifically brainwashing. „Murderer’s Market: Psychic Driving — Falling Prey to the Puppeteer“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: Not One More — Why are spree killings exploding around us?

Welcome to this month’s Murderer’s Market, and today, we’re dealing with the topic of spree killings. As a crime fiction writer, I’m peeling back the curtain on some of my research to share with you. Come along for the ride as we delve into this dangerous topic.

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The ever increasing aggressiveness of mankind against each other rocks daily headlines, as individuals fall victim to spree killers, who snuff out their lives often with little to no prodding, as if human life has such little worth. Why are we suffering from an extraordinary amount of spree killings?

This question has plagued me over these last few days, and while my fingers have done many searches and I’ve listened to a multitude of data, there doesn’t seem to be a clear and concise answer. „Murderer’s Market: Not One More — Why are spree killings exploding around us?“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: Stalking (and Talking to the Dead)

Before contemplating creating this post, I sent out requests for stalking victims to share their personal tales with me.The stories provided me with a simple glimpse into the normal everyday things that can serve as springboards of when adoration leads to obsession. I was surprised at how easy  things began between the stalker and victim and also encouraged by how these victims regained their freedom.

“When I met him, I was with a group of girls, and he offered to buy me a drink. His smile lit up his handsome face, and that night, we hit it off. But, although for me, it was something casual, for him, it was so much more.” –M.

What is stalking? „Murderer’s Market: Stalking (and Talking to the Dead)“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: Talking to the Dead

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Many consider Halloween to be the Day of the Dead; a day when the spirit world reaches over into our realities, having another chance to touch the living. Many believe that a spirit board is needed to talk to them. Yet, for me, Halloween is every day. I talk to dead to solve real life mysteries.

When I first began my career, I was stunned by the mountainous loads of paperwork. Part of my job required me to look through the files, to scrutinize every page, letter and outline. But there is one thing you never forget – the Xeroxed image of a deceased on a slab; lifeless, brutalized and often staring into the beyond.

Gruesome images of causes of death combined with detailed images of autopsies, I learned to stomach it all. For with the cause of death before me, I can then begin working backwards to locate the truth regarding the assumed culprit. „Murderer’s Market: Talking to the Dead“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: Don’t be a kidnapping opportunity

e2804-picturesfromcanonpowershot137The statistics of crime are staggering, and often we hear of women being sexually assaulted, taken from one location to another to be defiled. Today’s Murderer’s Market is going to provide you with the tips you need to stay safe, and hopefully aware of the predators among us.

I am addicted to crime television. Maybe it’s because I don’t get enough fodder from my everyday world. Yet, when I am analyzing case law, reviewing the facts surrounding violent crimes or attempting to assess a matter for further investigation, I must not only scrutinize the named perpetrator’s statements, but also the evidence as provided, and keep in mind that of the how the crime occurred.

Recently, while watching Investigation Discovery a case hit too close to home. A young woman was attacked and kidnapped while shopping at a store. In broad daylight, she was taken. Unfortunately, and tragically, she did not survive this attack. „Murderer’s Market: Don’t be a kidnapping opportunity“ weiterlesen

Murderer’s Market: What is justice and does it matter?

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As a writer of crime fiction, I’m addicted to listening to the news, and there are certain stories that seem to resonate with me.  So was the case for a story which aired on March 23, 2015, titled “Prosecutor Apologizes for Putting Innocent Man on Death Row”.

Those who have worked in the criminal justice field know this to be an unspoken truth.  Not everyone serving time is guilty, and not everyone who got acquitted of a charge is innocent. „Murderer’s Market: What is justice and does it matter?“ weiterlesen