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Art heists, murder and revenge

Another art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

In 1990 two robbers stole paintings worth $500 million from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Twenty years later, a ruthless man plans to steal several more. He forces Natalie to help him, but there is no honor among thieves, only treachery. After the…


Added by Susan on November 2, 2014 at 9:12am — No Comments

The Butchers of Kansas

In 1870, much of the American "Wild West” remained unsettled. Seeking a better life, pioneers traveled west in horse-drawn wagons, but they faced many hardships.

Some were ambushed and killed by robbers or Indians. Towns were few and far between. The treeless windswept Kansas prairie was particularly harsh: extreme summer heat, frigid winters, disease and grasshopper…


Added by Susan on December 16, 2013 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Free Beach read!

Just in time for the Beach! My award-winning New Orleans crime thriller, ABSOLUTION, will be free for two days on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21. A serial killer preys on young women in New Orleans, where everyone has something to hide ...

Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009 -- The Premier Book Awards

"Relentless tempo ... sharp writing." -- Kirkus Discoveries

"A killer thriller!" -- Jan Herman, Arts Journal

"Creole-flavored suspense!" -- The Sun…


Added by Susan on June 20, 2012 at 12:34am — No Comments

Dimwit Criminals

Okay, folks, my last Renzi Rant was pretty ugly, and I don't want you to think I don't have a sense of humor, so for this one I decided to lighten up. This may come as a big shock, but a lot of criminals do really stupid things. You've heard of stupid pet tricks? Criminals are worse. Hey, if they were smart they'd be making big bucks on Wall Street. For a couple of samples, read on.

 Take my baby, please

 Tanya wanted a gun. Why? Who knows, but I'm guessing it…


Added by Susan on May 21, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

The Perfect Family?

Karen and Richard Sharpe lived in an upscale area of Gloucester, a seaside town in Massachusetts. To the neighbors, they seemed like the perfect couple. They had been married for 27 years and had three children. A dermatologist, Richard taught at Harvard Medical School and his medical practice and other businesses earned him millions of dollars.

But behind the happy facade, bizarre behavior haunted the Sharpe household. For years, Richard had led a secret life. He was a cross-dresser…


Added by Susan on May 13, 2012 at 4:02am — No Comments

Pretty Woman

Fakhra Younus was an attractive young woman. That's her in the picture. Take a good look at her face. I don't want you to forget it.…


Added by Susan on April 18, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

But I Loved him ...

Dawnette Knight was obsessed with Michael Douglas. She claims to have met the actor in 2002 at a party in Florida. She knew he was married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and she didn't like it. Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in  2003 for her role in "Chicago," became her hated enemy.

Between January 2003 and May 2004, Knight sent 19 threatening letters to Zeta-Jones, describing what would happen to her. One said she would be chopped into pieces "like Sharon…


Added by Susan on March 11, 2012 at 4:08am — No Comments

Greatest Mob Hits, a post by NOPD detective Frank Renzi

When I say greatest hits, I'm not talking Frank Sinatra singing My Way. A new museum opened recently in Las Vegas. The Mob Museum. It cost $42 million, and it opened on the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine's Massacre in 1929.

I didn't want to spoil your Valentine's Day chocolate with anything bloody or gruesome so I waited a day to put up the post. The museum features a thrilling lineup of mobsters, past and present, and their bloody exploits. Take a trip down memory…


Added by Susan on February 18, 2012 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

She didn't have an enemy in the world ...

In 1989 Rebecca Schaeffer, co-star of the TV sitcom My Sister Sam, was a twenty-one year old actress on her way up, having recently finished a film directed by Dyan Cannon.

On July 18, 1989, her doorbell rang. Because the apartment complex intercom wasn't working, she went downstairs to see who it was and saw a young man in a yellow shirt outside the door. She didn't know…


Added by Susan on November 23, 2011 at 1:06am — No Comments

A Grand-Slam Obsession

The first time Ruth Ann Steinhagen laid eyes on Eddie Waitkus she fell in love with him. In 1946, Eddie was the Chicago Cubs first-baseman. Sixteen-year-old Ruth Ann began going to Cubs games with friends. After collecting hundreds of newspaper pictures and articles, she built a shrine to him in her bedroom and often set an extra place at the dinner table for him.

When Eddie was traded to the Phillies in 1948, Ruth Ann cried and…


Added by Susan on October 24, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Re: First woman put to death in electric chair ... Ruthless Ruth

Born into poverty in 1895, Ruth Brown had big dreams. As a teenager in New York, she longed for the fancy clothes she saw in department stores, but her job as a telephone operator barely paid the rent. Determined to get ahead, she took shorthand classes and dreamed of marrying Prince Charming.


And soon did. She landed a job at Boating Magazine as…


Added by Susan on September 23, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments

RE: Gustav evacuation

I gotta tell ya folks, DO NOT believe the people on national TV (Michael Chertoff et al) saying the evacuation from New Orleans was smooth and swell. It was not. I know. I was there. I left at 4 am Sunday 8/31 and spent 22 hours in my car. The great governor of Mississippi decided to close the border to keep out fleeing Louisianans. Bam. No I-10 East. Closed. Bye-bye.

Which meant everyone trying to get to Florida or Georgia (like me, had a room booked south of Atlanta, the closest… Continue

Added by Susan on September 9, 2008 at 11:39am — No Comments

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