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Behind the Scenes with Serial Killers – Q & A with Emily Stone

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Emily Stone is a woman with three independent novel adventures and a growing list of captured serial killers to prove it.   Every case, every missing child, and every serial killer stalking victims on the west coast…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on November 16, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Serial Killer “In Training” Put to Death

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None of us started where we want to be in our chosen profession.  We have to take courses, practice a skill, develop a good reputation with clients, or a variety of other activities that…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on November 16, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments

6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene Straight From a Cold Case Detective

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Crime scenes aren’t as cut and dry as one might think.  There are many variables and each one should be carefully identified, searched, documented, and processed correctly.  The process doesn’t flow like the…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on November 7, 2012 at 5:06am — No Comments

Violent Death of Infant Results in Only a Ninety-Day Sentence

How much prison time should be considered appropriate for the murder of an infant?  Yes, there must be consideration for intent, maliciousness, premeditation of this act . . . but what is the ballpark?  Five years?  Ten years?  Twenty?  Maybe life?

Well, how about ninety days in prison for the death of a six-month-old girl?  That is the sentence handed down to a teen dad in Colorado after…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on October 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why Do We Cringe at Terrible Sounds?

Fingernails slowly dragged down a chalkboard, a shrieking woman, or that high-pitch sound of a drill makes us cringe on the spot and cower in disgust.  Even pressing your hands against your ears does not seem to help.  Okay, I admit it, I like to find weird and unusual science stuff in addition to my crime…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on October 25, 2012 at 6:59am — No Comments

The Criminal Mind is Different

You probably have seen an episode of Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Minds during which the police psychologist explains a brain scan of an accused criminal to a packed courtroom.  It makes for great television, but does this premise reflect real…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on September 29, 2012 at 6:49am — No Comments

No Bones about Writing Bad Guys

When I outline bad guys for my novels, it often reads like a police rap sheet and a psychological profile.  I can’t overstate the effectiveness for research and outlining in fiction writing.  There’s always those little pieces of nuggets that you can weave into the story that gives it the added realism and authenticity.  These nuggets are like pieces of gold for me and I love hunting for…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on August 22, 2012 at 3:31am — No Comments

Psychological Terror and the Movie Villain

As we approach the end of the summer movie season, I’ve had some thoughts about what makes a classic on-screen villain.  I’ve often heard interviews with actors who say that the bad guy is the most fun to play, and I understand why.  They are fascinating!

There are the villains…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on August 10, 2012 at 3:17am — 1 Comment

Plunge Right into the Action!

You caught me.  I admit it.  I’m a huge Die Hard movie fan (see photo above of Bruce Willis as John McClane from Die Hard).

I love to write action and fight scenes in my novels.  I’m not quite sure what that actually stems from, but I thrive on ways to figure out interesting and sometimes very physical ways to get my main character…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on August 10, 2012 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

NEWS UPDATE — Dark Mind Received Critical Nods

July started out with some real fireworks!  I found on July 1st, that Dark Mind, my latest Emily Stone Thriller, has received two award…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 14, 2012 at 3:01am — No Comments

Love for a Serial Killer

Many of us had mothers who warned us against the “bad boy”?  Perhaps you even had a father who stood on the front porch waiting for your date of questionable repute to arrive while conveniently cleaning his pistol at the same time.  Despite the wise advice to walk away from trouble and our own conscious knowledge that we are making a bad choice, a good number…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 14, 2012 at 2:59am — 1 Comment

Women Have Contributed to Law Enforcement for More than a Century

In my crime fiction Emily Stone Thriller Series, the main character is an ex-police officer where she had to go toe to toe with a male dominated profession.  Certain situations (don’t want to give away any spoilers) dictated that she had to quit her post, but she more than made…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on June 30, 2012 at 3:52am — 3 Comments

Heating up with Arson Investigations

I’ve been immersed with various aspects of forensic research and writing my next Emily Stone ThrillerDead Burn.  Some writers find research tedious, boring, and…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on June 30, 2012 at 3:50am — 2 Comments

Washington Man Targets Sex Offenders for Murder



I am sure that we all want to see justice done to sex offenders.  I have focused several storylines in my novels about those who commit such…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on June 7, 2012 at 2:41am — No Comments

Crime Fiction Research Imitating Art

We’ve all heard the saying ‘life imitating art’ and it definitely fits some instances.  I’d like to think that we’ve only scratched the surface of original fiction stories, but sometimes reality beats us to the punch.

I’m going to take you back a few years, before I wrote my first crime fiction novel…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on June 7, 2012 at 2:39am — No Comments

Get Into the Mind with a Psychological Autopsy

One of the most interesting aspects of studying criminal behavior and criminology is finding out why and how criminals commit a specific crime.  It is the complicated task of finding out what makes an individual tick by learning more about their criminal pattern of behavior in the process.…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on June 2, 2012 at 7:23am — No Comments

First Watch – A Short Story

I’ve been a big fan of all types of horror stories throughout my life.  I love to write thrillers and will always stay true to them, but I’d also like to branch out into another genre – horror suspense.

I’ve just released a short story on Amazon:…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 16, 2012 at 5:01am — 2 Comments

Forensics – The Past Meets the Present

It is often thought that police forensics has been a relatively new contribution to interpreting, reconstructing, and solving crimes in our society.  Quite the contrary, police forensics, or more accurately described as forensic science, has been a part of history for more than a hundred…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on April 17, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

Do you Know Your Crime History?

Calling all CSI lovers out there, I’ve got a challenge for you.

I love finding interesting tidbits and fun facts when I’m researching for my books.  I came across a ten-question quiz related to crime.  I or should I say, Emily Stone missed one – number #9.

These are actually tough.  Try your luck and see how well you know crime history.  I’ve posted the answers at the…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on April 7, 2012 at 5:21am — No Comments

Criminal Profiling – An Overview of a Threshold Assessment

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It’s no secret that my primary interest is in the mind of a criminal – more specifically, the mind of a serial killer as well as the behavioral aspects of a crime scene.

My latest crime thriller Dark Mind delves deeper into the psyche of a serial killer known only as Keo to readers until his identity is…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on April 5, 2012 at 11:19am — No Comments

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