Margaret Davis/Boston Strangler

July 14, 2012

Tags: The Boston Strangler

Several news agencies have reported that the Roxbury house in which Margaret Davis, the fourth woman whose strangling death was attributed to Albert DeSalvo, was murdered is due to be demolished.

David wasn't murdered at 139 Blue Avenue. She was found dead in bed by a chambermaid in a room at the Hotel Roosevelt in (more…)

Another Great Headline

October 25, 2011

Tags: Great Headlines

"60 Elvis Impersonators Flee Fire Alarm" -- Telegraph (UK), Oct. 25, 2011

I guess the hunka hunka burnin' love got out of control.

By the way, it happened in England, not Vegas.

Great Headline

June 28, 2011

Tags: Great Headlines

"Breast Milk Sprayed at Cops in Alleged Drunken Assault by Ohio Woman, Who Apologizes" ---, June 28, 2011

The story is, I assure you, every bit as revolting as the headline suggests.

Bill James

May 16, 2011

Tags: Bill James, Albert DeSalvo, Boston Stranglers

"Some people think Bill James is God. They overstate, but not by much."

-- Vanity Fair magazine

James may not be God, but he's certainly the premier baseball statistician in the history of the game. And a fine writer. His newest book is "Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence," a departure from (more…)

Royal Wedding

May 3, 2011

This is priceless:

The Brits do television commercials (this one is for T-Mobile) so much better than we do.

Sour Cream, Garlic, Olive Oil, and Dry Vermouth

April 23, 2011

Tags: Food

It hit me today that it is probably not possible to cook without these four ingredients.

This revelation reminded me of an incident that took place three or four years ago on Christmas Eve. I was cooking dinner for family that night, and in the course of the afternoon, realized I was out of (more…)

Eating Habits of College Students

March 22, 2011

Tags: Students, Food

One of the small pleasures of living in a university town is observing the grocery-buying habits of college students on a self-catering plan. As I trundle my cart through the supermarket, I have plenty of chance to notice how they feed themselves. It seems to break down according to gender.

Contents of the shopping (more…)

Donald Hall

March 8, 2011

Tags: Donald Hall

I can't quite find the words to express my outrage that Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post has decided that a suitable way to commemorate the award of the National Medal of Arts to Donald Hall, former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, is by holding (more…)

Still Another Great Headline

February 25, 2011

Tags: Great Headlines

"Elephant has Sex with a Car"
-- The Sun (U.K.), February 26, 2011

It happened in a South African game preserve. The object of desire was a VW Passat.

Another Great Headline

January 20, 2011

Tags: Great Headlines

"Police search for Moron"
-- (Denver, Colorado)

This story is out of Aurora, Colorado, where an intensive manhunt is underway for a career criminal named...Moron. Joseph Moron, to be exact. He is described as a 35-year-old white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He's 5'9" and weighs 205 pounds.

Should you (more…)

Selected Works

“This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism and remarkable writing.”
--Robert B. Parker
"Taut with suspense...crackles like a bestselling novel." -- Barry Reed, author of The Verdict
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald