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Akron, Ohio
About Me:
Have been writing short mysteries since 1979 as well as other stuff. I'm an old guy of 84 but still work at the craft at least six hours a day, seven days a week. When I was 18 way back in time I was an infantry rifleman in the invasion of Normandy. Spent much of my life as a newspaper reporter and columnist but put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective during the 1950s. Am a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America and the Akron Press Club.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Too many to begin to name them.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Law and Order Criminal Intent, Bones, House, The Office, any movie in black & white.

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Would you rather write or rob banks?

This is a story I've told many times before about a mystery writer I knew in his mature years. His name was Al Nussbaum and when he was young he was a bank robber who made the Top 10 on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

When he was hiding out, Al decided the best way to do it was pretend to be a writer because that way he had an excuse for seldom leaving his rented room. He bought a sports coat with elbow patches and a pipe because he thought that made him look like a writer. He also bought a… Continue

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 6:51am — 2 Comments

The heroes of their time

This has nothing to do with crime or mysteries but I'm copying this Stodghill Says So blog here anyhow:

In the spring and summer of 1930 we were living in a brick apartment building only a stone’s throw from Navin Field, home of the Detroit Tigers. I didn’t know what it was about, but sometimes on spring afternoons I could hear people cheering inside the big enclosure that to me looked like just another building.
There were other boys in the neighborhood, most of them a…

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 12:39am — 1 Comment

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At 6:47am on September 4, 2009, Reece Hirsch said…
Dick -- Nice to meet you, too. Thanks for accepting the invitation. With your background, I have no doubt that you have some great stories to tell. Reece
At 9:10am on August 31, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Dick,
Thanks for befriending me here, and no, I don't have any connection to Fort Carson, though the military is very important in Colorado Springs, with that base, the USAF Academy, Peterson AFB, NORAD, etc. here.
At 12:43am on August 31, 2009, O'Neil De Noux said…
I'm looking forward to reading "Deathtown" in AHMM.
At 1:59am on July 20, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Dick, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 7:56am on May 13, 2008, Leigh Lundin said…
Thanks for the information and introduction, my friend. I'm climbing right on it.
At 7:55pm on May 12, 2008, carole gill said…
I mean I'm going to study your web page. It's early for me. sorry.
At 7:28pm on May 12, 2008, carole gill said…
Wow! You were at Normandy! I am an American who resides in the UK (marriage) and I've been to Normandy a few times. The most recent time I saw a pillpox wedged in the hills there and I felt so moved. I was able to close my eyes and see and hear how it must have been. So moving! My Dad was in the War but in the Pacific. I can't tell you how very much I admire you and am so thrilled to find you here at Crimespace. I looked at your page, and am going back to read all your info there. Old guy, and you work six hours a day/seven days a week? YOU'RE NOT OLD AT ALL! thanks so much for replying to my discussion.
At 1:10pm on May 12, 2008, Leigh Lundin said…
Hi Dick,

Do you have a web address for that UK woman's Published Authors? Thank you.
At 5:13am on April 25, 2008, Dick Stodghill said…
Thank you, L.I., but I'm not sure you are right.
At 2:37am on April 25, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Dick
I hope I'm still writing that much when I'm 82. You're an inspiration.

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