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Best Man in a Bow Tie

The detective who worked with John on the Bradford case – a hard-working, diligent, bachelor –finally found the girl of his dreams, decided to get married and needed a best man. Who else but John St. John? John didn’t do tuxes or shined shoes, bow ties, or cuff links....

Grandma Sam: “Victory! A Hole in One and A Perfect Apple Pie!”

June 1969. Few first meetings have terrified me more than the one I was about to have with my future mother-in-law, Adria Berniece Howatt - wife of Colonel William J. Howatt, recently retired from an illustrious career in the US Marine Corps and my husband’s father....

Grandma Kay: “I Never Meant to be Ordinary.”

Lakeside Center, Ventura, California. 2022. I sat across from my one-hundred-and-three-year-old mother, who sat nestled in her favorite chair next to a table where she kept a half-filled glass of water in case she had a coughing spell. “This place,” she grumped. “If I...

Three Women Who Shaped Me: A Teacher, An Officer’s Wife and A Plucky, German Grandma

August 14, 2022.  My non-fiction book titled “Jigsaw and Jane: Thirteen Years of Murder and Mayhem with Badge Number One,” which chronicles my thirteen-year crime-solving journey with Detective John “Jigsaw” St. John, targets many audiences - middle-class men, readers...

Jigsaw Takes Jane to the Bradford Crime Scene

I’d been editing and re-editing, filling up wastebasket after wastebasket trying to write just the right words to describe the Mojave Desert crime scene where Bill Bradford murdered Tracey Campbell and Shari Miller.

Jigsaw Takes Jane to the Miranda Crime Scene

Camarillo, California. 1982. Detective St. John and I sat across the kitchen table from each other– a glass of iced tea for him and coffee for me – and the LAPD Homicide Manual off to the side. The plan was, for him to give me a tutorial on crime scene investigation techniques before taking me to the Miranda crime scene in downtown Los Angeles he supervised during the Freeway Killer investigation in 1982.

Grandma Kay and Momdog Tour the Hermitage Museum 

Today was the day we’d come to Russia for – to visit the Hermitage Museum and the seventy-four paintings (a major trove of French Impressionist paintings from a German collection) stolen from the Red Army and been hidden for fifty years in the Hermitage. This exhibit was opened to the public for the first time on March 30, 1995 and titled “Hidden Treasures Revealed”.

Grandma Kay Creates an Adventure. Peter the Great and Night at the Ballet

March 1999. The early morning conversation at Veronica and Igor’s kitchen table was just beginning to break personal barriers. Common themes had just started to emerge–what pursuits were our children taking? What activities and careers did we cherish? What were our...

Grandma Kay and Momdog Meet Sound of Music: Russian Style

March 1999. As Grandma Kay continued her conversation at Veronica’s and Igor’s kitchen table, I decided to take a few photos in case I ever decided to write a story about my Russian adventure with mom. I excused myself and got up from the table at about the same time...

Momdog and Grandma Kay meet Veronica and Igor

The gloomy, grey sky seemed to follow my laborious trek to the stalled baggage claim carousal. Grandma Kay – always the efficient traveler who once hailed a New York cab driver with the flourish and theatrics of an opera diva – told me to wait by the carousal while she flagged a taxi. I tried not to think about the sunny skies of California, my husband who I was already missing, our three dogs and the cozy office I’d left behind.

 Momdog Frets while Grandma Kay Sleeps: From San Diego to Russia.  

March 1999. When I learned Grandma Kay had booked our flight on the Russian airline, Aeroflot, my stomach twisted into a knot. For good reason. Back in the day when I was an airline stewardess, I’d flown through turbulence so rough I’d watch seasoned flyer’s faces...
Best Man in a Bow Tie

Best Man in a Bow Tie

The detective who worked with John on the Bradford case – a hard-working, diligent, bachelor –finally found the girl of his dreams, decided to get married and needed a best man. Who else but John St. John? John didn’t do tuxes or shined shoes, bow ties, or cuff links....

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Grandma Kay: “I Never Meant to be Ordinary.”

Grandma Kay: “I Never Meant to be Ordinary.”

Lakeside Center, Ventura, California. 2022. I sat across from my one-hundred-and-three-year-old mother, who sat nestled in her favorite chair next to a table where she kept a half-filled glass of water in case she had a coughing spell. “This place,” she grumped. “If I...

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Jigsaw Takes Jane to the Miranda Crime Scene

Jigsaw Takes Jane to the Miranda Crime Scene

Camarillo, California. 1982. Detective St. John and I sat across the kitchen table from each other– a glass of iced tea for him and coffee for me – and the LAPD Homicide Manual off to the side. The plan was, for him to give me a tutorial on crime scene investigation techniques before taking me to the Miranda crime scene in downtown Los Angeles he supervised during the Freeway Killer investigation in 1982.

read more
Grandma Kay and Momdog Tour the Hermitage Museum 

Grandma Kay and Momdog Tour the Hermitage Museum 

Today was the day we’d come to Russia for – to visit the Hermitage Museum and the seventy-four paintings (a major trove of French Impressionist paintings from a German collection) stolen from the Red Army and been hidden for fifty years in the Hermitage. This exhibit was opened to the public for the first time on March 30, 1995 and titled “Hidden Treasures Revealed”.

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