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  1. I’m writing a non-fiction book about the murder of Sherry Brannon, a young mother and her daughters, ages 4 and 7. DNA processing–along with superb detective work–was responsible for solving the crime. In researching this case, I became friends with a forensics expert, Dianna Taylor of Ignis Forensics in Colorado. She says that genetic testing and matching has transformed the field of crime forensics. Also, 37 years ago I researched the murder of Kathleen Krauseneck in Brighton, a suburb of Rochester NY. In November, 2019, her husband Jim was arrested for the murder following a grant jury indictment. Technological advances have made it possible to solve the case even after all that time. If you’re interested in the Brannon murders, check my website I discuss the case and the process of writing the book collaboratively with Charlie Wells, the retired sheriff of Manatee County Florida where the murder occurred.

  2. I enjoy/appreciate the process of these professional/amateur sleuths who are searching for solutions and I love how dedicated some individual people have been, to researching and resolving (whether or not a prosecution results) specific cases. it’s so moving to hear/read about the gratitude of friends and families too. And Isn’t anxiety actually as much of a reason to confront this kind of thing and try to learn as it is to avoid it? Of the two you’ve described, I think I would prefer the longer, drier bits to the shorter, teasing bits – the first book is likely more my style. Having said that, I’m more likely to listen to “Someone Knows Something” than to read either of these! :)

  3. My blog is not just about a murder case, it is about why and how someone like me wants to write about this grisly topic. I think, fundamentally, I want to understand the inexplicable. Why someone would kill a woman he barely knew and how he could kill her two small daughters is not yet understandable to me. He was high on crystal meth, but many others are as well, and they don’t kill people. Last night I heard someone on t.v. (in a program about genetics) that it takes understanding “the outliers” to understand what’s normal. Maybe that has something to do with it.

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