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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....

What Does a Hard-Boiled Detective Do in Retirement?

June 21, 2024. When author Roslyn Sulcas posed the question of what a hard-boiled detective does in retirement in the article she wrote for the New York Times, I didn’t have to guess an answer. I knew from thirteen years of accompanying celebrity homicide detective...

John List: The Perfect Family Man Who Killed His Perfect Family

June 1, 2024. I read the headline published on March 21, 2019, by The Lineup Staff once and twice, then set my coffee mug on the dining room table and pulled the article close. There was something disturbingly familiar about the John List story. His front-page photo...

The Cowgirl and the Crime Writer: Chapter One

Saturday, April 20, 2024. Clio, California. 4:30 pm. I stood knee-deep in a stack of Bekins boxes piled almost to the garage ceiling, feeling tired, grumpy, and grumbly about unpacking another damn container jam-packed with the contents of our new mountain house. The...

The Greatest Aviation Mystery of all Time: What Happened to MH370?

April 5, 2024. The expectation of an airline passenger is that they will travel safely and in relative comfort, whether the ticket comes with champagne or water. For the 239 passengers and 12 flight attendants on Malaysian Airlines flight 370, a Boeing 777 jet on a...

Lover, Stalker, Killer: A Twisted, Terrifying True Crime Whodunnit

Lover, Stalker, Killer was based on a love triangle/ murder plot that was so convoluted and confusing that I needed to diagram the timeline, plot twists, and characters’ behavior to keep the facts straight.

A Frightening Visage

February 4, 2024. Camarillo, California. I looked at our dogs nibbling at their breakfast like finicky ladies displeased with their salad dressing. No question my time would be better spent researching the criminal history of serial killer, Bill Bradford. I walked to...

The Man Called “Jigsaw”

What grabbed me wasn’t a photo. It was a rumpled green fishing license I’d saved. Next to the license was a scrap of yellow paper that had my writing – almost illegible – hurried, jumbled, messy. I leaned in closer to see what I’d written and what the connection was between a fishing license and a yellow piece of paper that had suddenly caught my attention. Why now?…Then I remembered.

Jigsaw and Jane Fish and Write at the Klamath River  

The chaos and clutter of Christmas filled my house, my brain and my life with unreachable deadlines. My original plan for this blog was not to focus on Detective St. John’s crime-solving expertise but to write about St. John – the person behind the Badge. Where to start?

The Power of a Hunch: Don’t Give up on a Disease or a Dream

I pulled the article closer and wondered how a hunch (which Websters defines as “a feeling or guess based on intuition rather than known facts) led to the series of breakthroughs responsible for the COVID vaccine.

The Wise Person Spoke

While I waited for our lively, energetic, and resourceful professor to arrive in her usual flurry of cheerful observations about anything from the latest movie, thoughts about a book she’d just read or a new and delicious recipe, I reviewed her comments on a paper I’d written titled: How a Conversation on the Back Porch Led to Passages.” She wrote: “This is fascinating. Did you work with your client Bob to see if this would be a viable plan?”

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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A Frightening Visage

A Frightening Visage

February 4, 2024. Camarillo, California. I looked at our dogs nibbling at their breakfast like finicky ladies displeased with their salad dressing. No question my time would be better spent researching the criminal history of serial killer, Bill Bradford. I walked to...

read more
The Man Called “Jigsaw”

The Man Called “Jigsaw”

What grabbed me wasn’t a photo. It was a rumpled green fishing license I’d saved. Next to the license was a scrap of yellow paper that had my writing – almost illegible – hurried, jumbled, messy. I leaned in closer to see what I’d written and what the connection was between a fishing license and a yellow piece of paper that had suddenly caught my attention. Why now?…Then I remembered.

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