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Category Archives: Murder

Defending the Dead Ringer

Deep inside a high security prison the meeting room is small and windowless except for an eye-level square of thick glass in the door. A large guard, accompanied by another, lets me in. I wait for the door to close before stepping to a small table where sits a lady in her fifties. I shake […]

Also posted in Bette Davis, Dogs, Infidelity, Karl Malden, Marriage, Sex

Hitchcock Visits Perkins

I’ve vowed I won’t kill Alfred Hitchcock though I’d certainly be justified as a matter of self-defense. Until he and his grisly mind invaded my Perkins Motel east of Los Angeles, I made a decent and unstressful living. I recognized him, of course, the instant he struggled out the back seat of his chauffeured limousine, […]

Also posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Families, Janet Leigh, Movies, Psycho

A Hollywood Ending

Two famous guys are seated in the living room of a cool Hollywood Hills mansion. I turn on my camera. “How the hell is it I’m living out at hot and dusty Spahn Movie Ranch and you’re here with all this luxury,” Charlie says. “All this comes from my talent writing and directing movies,” says […]

Also posted in Brad Pitt, Bruce Lee, Charles Manson, Los Angeles, Music, Quentin Tarrentino, Sharon Tate, Tex Watson

Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

This story is from the collection Paint it Blue It’s May thirtieth, 1921 and I’m a teenage shoeshiner entering a large downtown Tulsa building, anxious to use the “colored” restroom on the top floor. I hurry into the elevator, trip, and to avoid falling grasp the arm of a teenage white girl whose screams send […]

Also posted in Crime, Painters, Racism, Tulsa

Visiting the Birdman

I guess I’m honored. I’ve read Burt Lancaster’s a fine actor and here he is, preparing to play me in Birdman of Alcatraz. “Why the hell’s Alcatraz in the title,” I tell him. “I suppose that sounds better than Birdman of Leavenworth.” “I hope you’re making a fair movie.” “We’re doing our best, Mr. Stroud.” […]

Also posted in Alcatraz, Birds, Burt Lancaster, Homosexuals, Karl Malden, Prisons, Sex

David Duke at the Movies

Based on an online preview, I’m very concerned how Spike Lee’s portraying other me in his new movie BlacKkKlansman and, as a lifelong activist, I’m going to speak out. At the New York premiere I put on a tux and long, curly wig, so anti-whites won’t recognize me and bar the door, and ease into […]

Also posted in David Duke, Israel, Jews, Ku Klux Klan, Movies, Racism, Spike Lee

Honduran Heat Revisited

Honduran money’s in few hands closed to rusty prison where every cell’s sealed and sole set of keys dropped by guard fleeing fire. Outside, guards blocked firefighters and shot at few prisoners not trapped in cells. Most screamed as fried or suffocated but quit carrying on when charred in stacks totaling three hundred fifty-five stinking […]

Also posted in Honduras, Immigration, Poverty, Prisons

Campaign Mexico

i was running for mexican office in unnamed place but dropped out after cartels killed more than hundred politicians and many journalists

Also posted in Drugs, Mexico

The Estate of Charles Manson

Issues of confidentiality, centering on the amount of the bribe and who received it, prevent me from revealing how I get into the Bakersfield morgue and in front of a long metallic drawer containing Charles Manson whom I pull out and address, “I know you’ve got a right to privacy, but I have some important […]

Also posted in Charles Manson, Drugs, Guns N' Roses, LSD, Movies, Music, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate

Viva Guns

gunman kills dozens at concert is that really a surprise

Also posted in Guns, Las Vegas

The People v. O.J. Simpson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Football, Johnnie Cochran, Los Angeles, Marcia Clark, Marriage, O.J. Simpson

Guns in Classrooms

I arrive late to a packed board meeting of the Arid School District in your community and have to join others pressed against the wall and already listening to speakers address the five popularly-elected trustees of the school board who sit behind a long desk on the dais. “Guns are inherently offensive, not defensive,” says […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Crime, Education, Guns

Marvin Gaye to his Father

Dear Father, Why do you beat me so? I’m your son and love listening to your inspired sermons and beautiful singing and know someday you’ll be more than a lay preacher. Most of all I enjoy being with you and hoping someday you’ll be proud of me. I know you will. You’ll hug me, and […]

Also posted in Berry Gordy, Cocaine, Detroit, Divorce, Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye, Mental Health, Motown, Music

The Loaded Lip

Listen to me. I’m determined to kill a hundred thousand drug dealers and users and to fatten fish in Manila Bay where I’ll dump all destroyers of our children. I won’t actually be doing the killing and the lifting and dumping, of course. I’m president of the Philippines and before that was the feared and […]

Also posted in Drugs, Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte

Chapo Guzman Returns to Prison

“I’m in charge of Altiplano prison, Chapo, and didn’t come here because you asked. Or did you think you ordered me? Remember, the director who preceded me, and helped you escape, is locked in a nearby cell and will doubtless be incarcerated the rest of his life, as will you.” “Of course, comandante. I’m honored […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Drugs, Mexico, Movies, Prisons

Chapo Recaptured

okay the cabrones recaptured me and killed five amigos before taking me back to prison where i’d tunneled out and i asked for my old cell but you know cabrones they said i’d be somewhere else

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Drugs, Mexico, Poetry - GTC

Violent Virgin Islands

Worn by cold weather and eternal gray days I leave Des Moines and move to the Virgin Islands where a friend from college tells me the weather’s always great except for high humidity and occasional hurricanes. I don’t worry much about climate. I just do what locals do. I like the Virgin Islands but better […]

Also posted in Crime, Detroit, El Salvador, Guns, Honduras, New Orleans, Virgin Islands

Jail for Juvenile Felons

There’s a pretty picture on the postcard: San Francisco Bay provides a serene, blue backdrop for a hill with a group of shining buildings on it. The writing on the other side acknowledges the setting’s superficial beauty but offers a warning: San Quentin prison may look good on a postcard but is not a nice […]

Also posted in Crime, Juvenile Crime, Prisons, Rape, Sacramento, San Quentin, Theft

Profiling

essential profile three quarters shooters right wing whites

Also posted in Guns, NRA, Poetry - GTC, Terrorism

Shooters

buy more guns to shoot the shooters

Also posted in Guns, NRA, Poetry - GTC, Terrorism

Where’s the NRA on Roseburg?

Naturally, when there’s another rapid-fire mass murder in an American public school, I look to the National Rifle Association for comfort and insight, and have been searching the NRA website for several days, since the slaughter of ten students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, but have yet to locate an article – or […]

Also posted in Guns, NRA

Chapo Discusses Great Escape

This is Chapo Guzman’s first interview since escaping from the Atiplano high security prison fifty-five miles from Mexico City. His representatives blindfolded and administered narcotics to an anonymous journalist before taking him/her to meet the man. Anonymous Journalist – Congratulations on your thrilling escape. Chapo Guzman – Those cocksuckers were loco to think they could […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Donald Trump, Drugs, Mexico, Prisons

Chapo Guzman Escapes

I am at once humiliated and outraged that hypocritical Mexican officials have fired me as director of Altiplano prison in Mexico and loudly accused me of incompetence if not outright cooperation in the recent escape by celebrity mass murderer and narcotics trafficker Chapo Guzman. That is unfair. I am merely one decent man in a […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Drugs, Mexico, Prisons

Bruce Jenner Opens Up

I was twenty-three in the spring of 1976 and often played basketball in the Sacramento State University gym and then drove to the all-weather track on the south side of campus and jogged before running wind sprints. People often complimented me for being in good shape, and I considered myself a stud but must’ve known […]

Also posted in Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, Drugs, Elvis Presley, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Newspapers, O.J. Simpson, Sex, Television, Track & Field, Transgender

Emotions and Statistics from Ferguson

The usual suspects right and left are respectively railing that police are always justified in using force in ghettoes or they’re never justified in so doing especially if the alleged criminal descended from slaves. There’s no need to refute Al Sharpton, race baiter and riotous agitator extraordinaire, or columnist Leonard Pitts, a self-proclaimed introvert who’s […]

Also posted in Al Sharpton, Darren Wilson, Guns, Michael Brown, Racism, Slavery

Interview with Chapo

I’m a young reporter and delighted to be first to interview Chapo Guzman in his new cell at Altiplano, in the state of Mexico. I’ve met some celebrities but never such a big star. I imagine he must be pretty sad and discouraged living in a prison that has proven impregnable. Walls three feet thick […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Cocaine, Drugs, Mexico

Free Chapo Guzman

No one paid us. No one gave us food or alcohol. No one told us to march in the streets of Culiacan. We marched and carried signs with hundreds maybe thousands of others because we love Chapo Guzman and want him freed from prison immediately. Chapo is our hero. He creates jobs and gives money […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Cocaine, Drugs, Mexico

Chapo Guzman’s Five-Star Prison

You think I’m worried they captured me. Don’t be dumb. I let them take me. I’m tired of hiding in hovels in the Sierra or scurrying like a rat through city tunnels. I want the good life I’ve earned as a billionaire and one of the world’s most dangerous men. I want luxury and safety […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Drugs, Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico

Humane Capital Punishment

The European Union insisted Germany stop supplying American prisons with sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that had frequently been used in three-drug lethal injections. Penal authorities responded by brewing some unproven compounds, and last week relatives and attorneys of Dennis McGuire complained he experienced cruel and unusual punishment during execution since the new intravenous two-drug cocktail […]

Also posted in Capital Punishment, Heinrich Hmmler, Hermann Goering, Lawyers, Rape

End of Suffering

Frankly, I don’t often feel well and really should say I never do. I don’t know what the problem is but try to feel better by smoking bath salts, not the stuff you use in the tub but a combination of chemicals that’re way stronger than amphetamines. This morning the bath salts hit me much […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, Families, Mental Health

Shorty Belton

Bombs, bullets, bayonets, and insanity dominate island Okinawa in spring 1945 as American soldiers kill hundred thousand Japanese soldiers who kill and wound sixty-five thousand Americans, and both slaughter thousands of natives. Someone shoots Shorty Belton in leg. He’s lucky, surviving in relative good health, and returns to Spokane where he marries, raises family, works […]

Also posted in Crime, Prisons, Short Pieces - GTC, World War II

Our Son

He’s good son until bipolar disorder attacks in high school and makes crazy, and Dad and I are relieved he marries bipolar woman and moves away so we rarely see. Years later he calls and says she divorced him, and I overrule Dad and say, we’ve got to make room. In few days he’s scarier […]

Also posted in Families, Mental Health

Lady Driver

This story is now in the collection “The Bold Investor”

Also posted in Crime, Rape, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Young Killers

George and Lillian slept together first fifty years of marriage but medical problems and age prompted to establish separate bedrooms and that’s where they’d gone night ten years later. They didn’t hear forced entry through door but Lillian heard George say, here’s wallet, take what you want, just don’t hurt us. She also heard George […]

Also posted in Aging, Marriage, Short Pieces - GTC

Gun Lover

Firepower’s important and guaranteed by Second Amendment because Founding Fathers wanted us free and would be proud how well we protect personal liberty. So don’t blame gun lovers for slaughter of twenty children at school in Newtown. That wasn’t our fault. We’re law-abiding parents who want kids safe. Trust me, laws restricting guns are already […]

Also posted in Guns, Mental Health, NRA, Short Pieces - GTC

We Still Love Our Guns

Just off work early this gray Friday afternoon I sought escape and relaxation in sports talk radio but the hosts weren’t talking about sports. They were lamenting lost lives of children and the senselessness of random violence. Something pretty bad must’ve happened but I sensed these somber gentlemen weren’t going to reveal what so I […]

Also posted in Guns, Mental Health, NRA, Publications

Architectural Delight

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Marriage, Short Pieces - GTC

Crime Scene

going to drive by house down street want to come what house said wife where those three people were shot last night that’s disgusting

Also posted in Crime, Marriage, Poetry - GTC

President Chapo Guzman

Come on. Admit it. You keep having to Google “new Mexican president” because you can’t remember Enrique Pena Nieto. He’s handsome but like generic model and smooth but so’s oily auto part. You know he represents old guard PRI that ruled dictatorially for decades, spoon feeding wealthy while ignoring poor. Trust me, Enrique Pena Nieto […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Cocaine, Crime, Drugs, Enrique Pena Nieto, Methamphetamine, Mexico

Travel Advice

Avoid crowded and dangerous Mexico City, stay way from torrid beaches, ignore over-hyped pyramids, and forget boring cathedrals. Instead, come to San Juan in infernal yet enchanting Nuevo León. Here you’ll meet friendly and forthright people. Don’t worry about forty-nine headless corpses on highway under welcoming white arch. Everything’s been cleaned up, and narcotics traffickers […]

Also posted in Crime, Drugs, Mexico, Mexico City, Short Pieces - GTC

Both Barrels

everyone now armed in public new law mandates good citizens carry second gun

Also posted in Crime, Guns, Poetry - GTC

Norwegian Fascist Salute

norwegian anti muslim anders breivik sieg heils in court to commemorate blowing up eight and shooting several dozen kids next time anders breivik sieg heils court orders fascist arm amputated and used as club

Also posted in Conservatives, Crime, Mental Health, Nazis, Norway, Poetry - GTC, Religion

Restrepo in Afghanistan

After U.S. soldier Robert Bales murders sixteen civilians, most women and children, you want to understand more and peer into lives of Americans fighting in Afghanistan. You can’t go there and don’t have to. In your suburban living room a large flat screen on the wall video streams any movie you choose, in this case […]

Also posted in Afghanistan, Middle East, Robert Bales, Taliban, Terrorism, War

Baseball Bat Killers Sentenced

Two years ago a murder story in Bakersfield haunted me and, despite uneasiness, I decided to view the crime scene. A forty-year old man, Patrick Matsuda, who lived in a neighborhood of new and expensive homes, had been killed by bat-wielding miscreants. For weeks residents had been complaining to each other and the police that […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Bodybuilding, Drugs, Housing, Mixed Martial Arts, Neighborhoods, Wrestling

Crime Scene

man handcuffed chest down on floor head other side of room

Also posted in Crime, Poetry - GTC

The Collector

This story is part of the collections “Paint it Blue” and “The Bold Investor”

Also posted in Art, Crime, Mental Health, Painters, Short Stories - GTC, The Bold Investor

Son of John Gotti

I hereby celebrate avoiding every commercial during the Super Bowl between the wildcard Green Bay Packers and the hardscrabble Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t have to dodge any pitches during the first third of the game since I overslept as I battled sinusitis. Joining the showdown with the Pack leading fourteen to three, I thereafter held […]

Also posted in 60 Minutes, Advertisements, Commercials, Crime, John Gotti, John Travolta, Kidnapping, Media, Movies, New York City, Organized Crime, Television

Tucson Gun Show

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Arizona, Cho Seung-Hui, Education, Gabrielle Giffords, Guns, Jared Loughner, Religion, Tucson

Sarah Palin Shoots Back

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Arizona, Barack Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Guns, Jared Loughner, Media, Mental Health, Radio, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Television, Tucson

Wild Life of Oscar Bonavena

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Argentina, Boxing, Buenos Aires, Dementia Pugilistica, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, George Thomas Clark, Joe Conforte, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Mustang Ranch, Nevada, New York City, Oscar Bonavena, Prostitution, Reno

General Jerry Brown Promotes Executions

It is my ultimate honor as a warrior and patriot to campaign for governor of California in the manner of General Patton, wearing a three-star helmet, a pearl-handle pistol on each hip, and gleaming combat boots on my fast-moving feet. I am Jerry Brown 2010, and have banished the gubernatorial space cadet of the 1970’s […]

Also posted in California, Capital Punishment, Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman, Rose Bird

Subject of A Clockwork Orange Refutes Stanley Kubrick

Don’t call me Alex DeLarge. I long ago changed my notorious name, and for that I cannot blame Stanley Kubrick since I would’ve hidden my identity even if he hadn’t directed A Clockwork Orange, the film purportedly about my life. What I do forever excoriate Kubrick for is misrepresenting and exaggerating my deeds, which had […]

Also posted in Crime, England, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mental Health, Movies, Music, Prisons, Stanley Kubrick

Psychiatrist Assesses Nidal Hasan

Prominent psychiatrist Dr. Joseph McClellan comments below about Dr. Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist who, during a rampage early Thursday afternoon November fifth, reloaded two automatic pistols to sustain fire on unarmed soldiers in a medical facility at Fort Hood, Texas, killing at least thirteen and wounding more than thirty. As I addressed the media […]

Also posted in Depression, Mental Health, Middle East, Nidal Hasan, Terrorism

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Released from Prison

My father never touched me.  Those who say he did are trying to make my allegiance to Charlie Manson seem like the illness of a victim.  I was no more a victim than are all human prisoners of money and the work that poisons our air and water.  My father, with his cruel words and […]

Also posted in Assassinations, Charles Manson, Cults, Gerald Ford, Lynette Fromme

Eyewitness Account 1975: Lynette Fromme Tries to Assassinate President Ford

I witnessed the following incident on September 5, 1975, and this article  appeared four days later in the student newspaper at California State University, Sacramento.  A few revisions have been made. SACRAMENTO – Blinds were drawn over the windows on the east side of the hotel, keeping out the glare of the mid-morning sun.  Some […]

Also posted in Assassinations, Charles Manson, Crime, Cults, George Thomas Clark, Gerald Ford, Lynette Fromme, Sacramento

Crips and Bloods

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Crime, Crips & Bloods, Drugs, Gangs, Los Angeles

You’re O.J. Simpson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Football, O.J. Simpson, USC

Five Youths Attack Old Man

On Father’s Day at a church in Chicago, Barack Obama preached that “of all the rocks upon which we build our lives…family is the most important.”  And we must “recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation…They are mentors and role models.  They are examples of success…But if we are honest…we’ll admit […]

Also posted in Hate Crimes, Racism

Civil War in Mexico

At press conferences I proudly proclaimed the capture of safe houses and drug cartel hit men in Mexico City, and displayed their powerful weapons, bulletproof vests, and stacks of money.   Here’s what they’re doing, I told the Mexican people.  I want everyone to know that I, Edgar Millan Gomez, am the national police chief and […]

Also posted in Drugs, Mexico, Mexico City, Police

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – Parts 9 – My Daughter

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

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Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – After the Verdict

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

Also posted in Vincent Brothers

Mexican Society Under Attack

I can’t offer you my byline or a dateline for this column, and I wouldn’t describe the scene outside my window even if the drapes were open. They’ve been closed a long time in Mexico, and I don’t think that’ll change soon. I’ve got to stay quiet and out of sight, two things a journalist […]

Also posted in Drugs, Felipe Calderon, Journalists, Mexico

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – On the Witness Stand

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

Also posted in Vincent Brothers

The Nightmare of Cho Seung-Hui

As a boy I couldn’t talk much and didn’t like it when people spoke to me.  I ignored them if I could.  They should’ve kept away; I hated their hugs and kisses.  I wanted to be alone in a desolate world.  When my older sister did not understand that, I’d hit her hard.  My parents […]

Also posted in Cho Seung-Hui

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – Professional Witnesses

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

Also posted in Vincent Brothers

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – In Our Home

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

Also posted in Vincent Brothers

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – Part 4 – Personal Problems

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

Also posted in Vincent Brothers

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – My Energetic Attorney

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

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Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – Encouraged by Trial

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

Also posted in Vincent Brothers

Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial – Declaration of Innocence

This story is part of the collection “Vincent Brothers Mass Murder Trial,” a short work based on facts and fictionalized by making the accused the narrator desperate to exonerate himself. Introduction Vincent Brothers says he’s a respected teacher and vice principal and should not be accused of killing his wife, three young children, and his […]

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Continuing Decline of O.J. Simpson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Football, O.J. Simpson, USC

Accepting Responsibility for Gang Violence

Driving home one recent night I inadvertently punched in a radio station offering the local news, that eternal barrage of murders, fires, and car crashes.  I would’ve turned to something more stimulating but was startled by the strident voice, half way to a yell, of a lady who in this story will be called Ann […]

Also posted in Drugs, Gangs, Hate Crimes, Racism