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Studying the Darker Side of Humanity

There are literally tons of books written about serial killers.  You can get somewhat of a hideous picture in your mind of these dark, disturbed individuals written about in books (fiction/nonfiction) and in the movies.  We shudder to think about a serial killer that is out there right now stalking, hunting for their next victim.  Make no mistake, they are out there…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 20, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments

Here’s What Readers are Saying… about My Latest Thriller Silent Partner

I’ve been ecstatic about the “thumbs up” I’ve been receiving from dog handlers and K9 officers about Silent Partner.  Thank you!  It means a lot to me because I wanted to do the K9 units justice by portraying them in a one of my stories. 

 Here are some comments by readers…

John Walker

5 out of 5…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 20, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Unabomber’s Personal Items to Be Put Up for Auction


I recently published a blog post about an upcoming auction of some of John Wayne Gacy’s paintings, with the proceeds from the sale being donated to charities intended to benefit the victims of his crimes.  Now, the U.S. Marshals will be auctioning off…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 18, 2011 at 1:14am — 3 Comments

What Exactly is a Death Investigator?


Death investigation is the most important aspect of a medical examiner, coroner, or death investigator’s basic professional duty.  Death investigators play a key role in all types of death scenes; they contribute to the successful death scene investigation along with, but not limited to police officers, emergency personnel, hospital personnel, police detectives, forensic pathologists, funeral directors, and family members. 

The death investigation team is…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 17, 2011 at 1:41am — No Comments

Serial Killer’s Paintings to Be Sold for Charity

Criminals who are waiting out their time on death row engage in a variety of activities to make the days pass.  Some read countless law books in hopes of finding a way to appeal their sentence.  Others take up writing or music in the limited ways that their circumstances will allow.  Serial killer John Wayne…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 15, 2011 at 1:48am — 3 Comments

How Important is Impression Evidence?

There is no branch of detective science that is so important and so much neglected as the art of tracing footsteps”, simply stated by the fictional…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 13, 2011 at 1:57am — 1 Comment

Top Forensic Books on my Bookshelf

Recently, a few people have asked me about non-fiction books that I would recommend for reading more about crime scene investigation and serial killers.  Here are some of the top books that I refer to often in my work and I also find them extremely interesting. 

Case Homicides: Practical Investigative…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 12, 2011 at 2:26am — 2 Comments

Religious Leaders Advocate for Georgia Man on Death Row

As our forensic scientists continue to develop new technology that will aid in accurately identifying the perpetrators of violent acts, we can hope that the guilty will face the day of justice that they deserve and the innocent will remain free.  However, even with…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 11, 2011 at 2:28am — 1 Comment

Criminal Profiling – An Important Investigative Tool

In my first crime fiction novel Compulsion, Emily Stone’s love interest Detective Rick Lopez uses a form of profiling called a “Threshold Assessment”.  He carefully weighs the evidence from the serial homicide crime scenes, criminal…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 10, 2011 at 1:24am — 3 Comments

DNA Links Murders from Thirty Years Ago to Serial Killer

The men and women who work in the field of forensic science are always discovering new ways to use available evidence and piece together clues that will bring criminals to justice.  What we are able to learn using DNA samples was unheard of a generation ago, and is allowing us to revisit some cases that have gone unsolved for decades.  This is certainly true with…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 7, 2011 at 2:15am — No Comments

Police Ride-Alongs Jump Started My Research for Writing Crime Fiction

One of the most exciting and rewarding experiences that I’ve had as a crime fiction writer was the opportunity to participate in a police ride-along.  I have observed patrol, K9, and detective investigative duties for various police agencies throughout the state of California.   

For those of you that aren’t familiar with a police ride-along, it’s a program…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 6, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Amazon Kindle Madness – Thrillers Compulsion & Dead Game Only 99 Cents!

I’ve joined many other authors who have dropped their Kindle prices to 99 cents.  I will be releasing a new book in a couple of months in the Emily Stone Series.  What better way to get caught up on Emily Stone first?

 2009 Evvy Award Nominee


(Emily Stone #1)…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 5, 2011 at 2:01am — No Comments

Forensic Science – Past & 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…


Added by Jennifer Chase on May 4, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

New Emily Stone Novel Will Be Out Next Month - "Dead Game"

Dead Game An Emily Stone Novel

In this Video Game, ‘Game Over’ Means You’re Dead

In her independent efforts to catch child killers, Emily Stone discovers the evidence that the cops can’t—or won’t—uncover. Now, this covert investigator is back…


Added by Jennifer Chase on November 2, 2009 at 5:39am — No Comments

The Toughest Sheriff in the US – A Case Study in Pink

I’ve been following Sheriff Joe Apraio from Maricopa County in Arizona for some time now. As a writer, I love to find interesting and controversial “real” characters that serve as inspiration for stories. Sheriff Apraio definitely fits that category as a loved, hated, innovative, and extremely controversial person.

Who is Sheriff… Continue

Added by Jennifer Chase on November 2, 2009 at 5:37am — 3 Comments

A Current Photo is an Important Tool in Protecting Your Child

As my friends and regular readers of this blog already know, I have another passion in addition to writing thriller novels. I love to practice my hobby of photography and you often will find that I’ve posted some of my favorite shots on here for others to enjoy. Grabbing a camera… Continue

Added by Jennifer Chase on April 29, 2009 at 5:13am — No Comments

So You Want to Be a Crime Scene Investigator?

It is interesting to see how the popular culture that gets developed through our television screens can influence the real decisions that people make in their lives. The rash of talent shows in recent years, such as American Idol and America’s Got Talent, has convinced…

Added by Jennifer Chase on April 24, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What inspired Jennifer to write her debut novel "Compulsion"?

Jennifer's favorite genre has always been suspense, mystery, and thriller books. Her inspiration for Compulsion is really three-fold. First, her love for writing and wanting to complete a thriller novel has been the main driving force.

Second, her academic background actually gave her the confidence to write about… Continue

Added by Jennifer Chase on April 21, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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