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In an uncertain world there is one stark certainty.  Crime.  It is the reality we cannot escape, the salt of life that both fascinates and terrifies.  Here in America we have had criminals at the highest levels of our government and our corporations, not to mention the predatory criminals that ravage our mean urban streets.  Our police departments are inundated with crime and corruption and our more than 2 million prisoners, state, local and Federal, wile away their weary hours by augmenting and refining their criminal techniques.  This is the setting for  All Things Crime, spearheaded by Los Angeles Private Investigator and crime writer Patrick H. Moore (PHM).

In this blog, we will discuss True Crime, both as it exists in reality and as depicted in works such as Capote’s In Cold Blood  and Ed Sanders’ exhaustive Manson family saga, The Family, as well as the literature of Crime as it appears in illustrious works of fiction.  The literature of crime begins with European giants such as Francois Villon, Dostoevsky, Dickens, and Conrad, and crosses the Atlantic to manifest in the strange mind of Edgar Allen Poe.  Crime then seeps into the best work of some true American heavyweights – Faulkner, Algren and Flannery O’Connor come to mind.  Crime writing emerges as a full-fledged obsession (and marketable genre) with the great noir writers: Hammett, Chandler, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, James M. Cain and Chester Himes.  The genre then expands to include such diverse talents as Norman Mailer, Robert Stone, Walter Mosely, Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men), Truman Capote, Ed Sanders, the brilliant and problematical James Ellroy, and that eminent practitioner of gritty crime writing (and PHM’s personal inspiration), Dennis Lehane.  We now also have a whole slew of transgressive work from folks such as Jerry Stahl and Tony O’Neill.  The list is long and getting longer.

It’s illuminating to see how international writers have taken the best elements of American crime writing and adapted them to suit their own needs.  We enjoy stellar books from the likes of Jean-Patrick Manchette, Roberto Bolano, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo, to name just a handful.

The field is a rich landscape of endless possibility and in All Things Crime we will wrestle with this field.  Fellow crime aficianados, we invite your thoughts and ideas and with your permission, we look forward to posting your contributions in the form of short articles and reflections on this important and fascinating topic.

 

14 Responses to About

  1. Clarence WAlker says:

    Hi Mr. Moore, How are you? I am a veteran true crime writer and I stumbled across your site. I like it very much. Curious to know if you be interested in posting any of my true crime material from many years ago, which includes cold case murders, historic type crimes and even something more recent. What you think?

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      Hi Mr. Walker, I would be very interested in posting some of your true crime material and thanks for asking. I will email you later today so that we can get started. Best regards,

      Patrick

  2. Leo Bertelli says:

    Hi Patrick,

    Over at Wizeo we host some pretty awesome events and I think one of which you’d be particularly interested in. Damien Echols is hosting a live video Q&A as part of his latest book tour. If you’re interested, the link is https://www.wizeo.me/#!profile/52

    Feel free to email me if you have any questions,

    Leo

  3. Lisa Wilson says:

    Hi,
    I’m a true crime writer and well known trial blogger based in southern California. I’ve written a book called AUDACITY with a fresh take on the scandals surrounding Jodi Arias, the infamous murderess.

    AUDACITY was published at the end of January to coincide with Jodi’s ongoing court case (will she be sentenced to death?) Right now AUDACITY is ranked #2 bestseller by Amazon. Although it’s early, I’ve already received three 5-star reviews.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/156949011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_7_last

    (#1 is a New York Times bestseller ranked by TIME as one if the top 10 non-fiction books of the year).

    More about me: Last year I partnered with a South African photojournalist to write a series of bestselling books on the Oscar Pistorius trial.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-collection=Oscar%20Pistorius%20Murder%20Trial%20eBook%20Series&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

    I’m sure your readers will be fascinated by the research, especially the reconstruction of the incident. Would you like to post our book on your site? If you have any questions call me 714-330-1583 or email me at [email protected]

    Best,
    Lisa

  4. Hello,

    My name is Blake Higgins, a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and an independent journalist, and I’ve been working on the story of Ken Botham Jr. for the past 18 months. Ken has been in prison for 39 years for the murder of his wife Patricia, his neighbor Linda Miracle and Linda’s two young boys, Troy and Chad. Ken’s son, Dr. Thad Botham, has been investigating the case in his free time for years and has gathered an incredible amount of documents, interviews and police reports. He’s come to the startling conclusion that not only was the investigation and trial of his father mishandled, there may actually be viable DNA evidence that can be tested in this case to show once and for all if Ken actually committed these murders. Ken maintains his innocence to this day and welcomes any testing.

    I first heard this story over seven years ago when I was a student in one of Thad’s philosophy courses. It stuck in my mind for years until I finally reached out and asked if I could help tell his story. I’ve spent thousands of hours working on the case and have decided to tell the story in a serialized podcast called Junction. You can listen to the first episode on your podcast app, https://soundcloud.com/junctionpodcast/welcome-to-junction or at junctionpodcast.com. I am currently raising funds via Indiegogo so that I can head to Grand Junction, Colorado, where this all happened and report further on the case. The fundraiser can be found at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/junction–3/x/10725320#/story

    I saw that your website features stories about crime and thought you may be interested in featuring a story like this. Let me know if you’d be interested and thanks in advance.

    Blake Higgins

  5. Chuck Curtis says:

    Crime is less of a Problem for Dallas Area Residents Than Most Americans; Police are More Respected
    A June survey of 156 Dallas area adults shows that they worry less about crime than most of Americans. When compared to national surveys, people in Dallas are less likely than other Americans to feel that:
    • Crime has increased
    o 27% of the Dallas survey respondents said crime had increased in their Dallas neighborhood versus 41% who told Gallup that neighborhood crime had increased in 2013.
    • Police unfairly target minorities
    o 24% of the Dallas survey respondents said police unfairly target minorities versus 37% who said so in a 2015 Reuters survey.
    • Police lie
    o 19% of the Dallas survey respondents said police routinely lie versus 31% who said so in a 2015 Reuters survey.
    Dallas area residents are more likely to say:
    • Police are trustworthy
    o 67% of Dallas survey respondents said they trust police officers to be fair while 54% said so in a 2015 Reuters survey.
    • Police deserve their respect
    o 69% of Dallas survey respondents said they respect police versus 61% who said so in a 2014 Gallup survey
    On the other hand, Dallas area residents have greater concerns than most American when it comes to cyber crime, neighborhood safety and the ability of police to protect them from violent crime.
    • Cyber crime
    o 33% of Dallas survey respondents were “a lot more concerned” while only 22% of national respondents said so in an Intelligent Defense survey in 2014
    • Neighborhood safety
    o 54% of Dallas survey respondents said they were afraid to walk alone at night in their neighborhood versus 37% who said so in a 2014 Gallup survey.
    • Violent crime
    o 51% of Dallas survey respondents have confidence police can protect them from violent crime versus 57% in a 2014 Gallup survey.
    The survey was conducted by DFW Most Wanted, the most comprehensive website for wanted felons in the DFW area.
    For more information:
    Survey details at http://www.dfwmostwanted.com/what-dallas-thinks-about-crime-and-police.html
    Or email [email protected]

    About DFW Most Wanted: DFW Most Wanted (www.dfwmostwanted.com) is a website the aggregates the web-published mug shots of wanted felons from crime stoppers, sheriffs, and police departments in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin Counties.

  6. Mr. Moore,

    I am reaching out because I would like to submit one or more true crime articles for publication on your website. Do you have a process for submitting articles?

    Thank you,
    John

  7. Christopher Mahon says:

    Hi Patrick,

    My name is Chris Mahon, from Diversion Books. We’re publishing NY Times-bestselling author Jerry Bledsoe’s collection of true crime novels (including BEFORE HE WAKES, BLOOD GAMES, and DEATH SENTENCE) in print for the first time in years, and I wanted to know if you’d be interested in reviewing or featuring them on your blog. Shoot me an email and let me know—you can also look up their descriptions on our website, diversionbooks.com.

    Best,
    – Chris

  8. Good Morning,

    My name is Charlie and I am one of the marketing executives at Pen and Sword Books and I deal with the online reviews.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in receiving one of out titles for review purposes for your blog?

    http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/19th-Century-Barnsley-Murders-Paperback/p/10887

    If this is something that is of interest to you, please feel free to contact me.

    I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Best Wishes,
    Charlie

  9. Fitzgerald says:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A Never Before Heard Story About the Top Echelon Informant Steve “Rifleman” Flemmi From Inside the Witness Protection Unit

    The Untold Story of A Top Echelon Informant: What the Government is Hiding and Protecting By Mr. Fitzgerald

    New York, New York – 9/25/15 – This is a story of murder, extortion, double agents, and treason committed not by the Mafia but by the US government. A story that came to life as Steve “Rifleman” Flemmi told his story to me in a witness protection unit almost decade ago. We were government informants and he had no reason not to trust me with his story. He should have learned on the streets the only way to keep a secret between three people was for two of them to be dead. This story adds to all the hysteria over the movie Black Mass. It shows how the movie did not really depict the characters as they truly were. It gives an inside angle never shown. It also debunks one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the Unites States.

    “The only thoughts going through my head were how much I wanted to go to my cell and get a sock, put my combination lock in it and come and beat Flemmi to near death.”

    The story can be bought for $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/Untold-Story-Top-Echelon-Informant-ebook/dp/B015RS491A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1443210552&sr=1-1&keywords=top+echelon

    For more information about The Untold Story of A Top Echelon Informant please visit http://www.underworldsecrets.com or contact Mr. Fitzgerald at [email protected]. Phone calls can be arranged but for the authors safety the number will not be disclosed.

    END

  10. Leslie says:

    Hello Patrick,

    I’m reaching out to you to see if you might be interested in a free copy of a new book that would be relevant to your blog. Please contact me if you would like more information.

    Thank you,
    Leslie

  11. Hi there.
    Are you interested in reviewing my new book ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story’ all about my undercover cop days infiltrating one of the world’s largest drug gangs.
    This is a link to the book:
    http://amzn.to/29UtsRr
    Please get back to me if it is of interest to you.
    Regards
    Stephen

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  13. Ross Ayling says:

    Hi there.

    I hope you are well. I have read several articles and posts you have published on your blog and really enjoy the content you share to your audience.

    I am a Digital Marketing Executive at Reflect Digital. I am writing to you today on behalf of our client, Blackwater Law, who are a law firm that specialise in personal injuries. Their website is: http://blackwaterlaw.co.uk/

    I would like to suggest writing a post for your website. The topic of the piece could be for example: “10 Famous Miscarriages of Justice.”

    This would include a list of famous cases of injustice in which people have been put away for crimes they didn’t commit. There’s a lot of very shocking cases!

    I feel this article would certainly be a nice fit for your page, and can of course be tailored to fit the unique style and tone of your blog/website. Alternatively, if there are any editorial gaps that you think our client could help you with then please let us know.

    This article would be informative and interesting, and we also value the importance of differentiating from your boring, generic posts and seek to provide the best possible content for our clients to share.

    We do ask if you would kindly mind adding a link to the client within a 2-3 line short bio at the end of the article. This is great for if your viewers who may want to seek professional legal advise or make a compensation claim.

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Best Regards,
    Ross

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