Writing about crime makes me sick to my stomach. Humanityâ€™s inhumanity is criminal and sickening.
I have written about crime for almost 20 years. Iâ€™ve written over 200 case law articles that dissect crimes and their investigations for academic purposes. And Iâ€™ve written 20 editions of 6 textbooks about how to solve crime. I do it to do my part to help society get protected from the plague of violent crimes. But each article makes me sick to my guts. Itâ€™s the same reason why I never have and never will waste one minute of my life watching mind-numbing, sick, twisted morbidity that Hollywood puts on our screens in the name of entertainment. I never have and never will watch one episode of the Law & Order and CSI commercialized glorification of heinous crimes. I spent 15 years of my life being a cop. I saw this mess up close and personal. Then I taught wannabe cops for 20 years. And wrote about it, all in the hope of helping protect society from demonic violent crime.
But thereâ€™s a limit to how much darkness the human mind can take. My June interrogation article explained the admissibility of statements made by one of the accused persons in the Tori Stafford murder. The story is a sad commentary on the potential madness that humans can display. Iâ€™ve investigated hundreds of sudden deaths. Each one turns you heart closer and closer to cement. The business of investigation death is dark and depressing but it has to be done to answer one of the most important questions that society can ask â€“ How did a certain person die? Was a crime committed or not?
I thought of making my last article my very last. I rationalized that I was time for a new challenge, time to move on, time for someone else to decipher the intellectual maze better known as case law. Writing about humanityâ€™s inhumanities is not inspiring, itâ€™s not uplifting. If you get a chance to read it, youâ€™ll get that same sick feeling that I got writing it.
But I changed my mind. Even though the topics sicken my guts, Iâ€™m going to continue. And I decided to step it up a notch. Iâ€™m publishing my interrogation book later in 2012. And Iâ€™m going to do interrogation seminars. Why? Interrogation training is needed to help cops protect society. Itâ€™s one way of making a big impact and adding value to a social process that is needed to protect our families.