Natalee Holloway, Part Six

May 31, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime

May 30 marked the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. It was, I'm sure, an occasion of great sadness for her family and friends. And a source of frustration for those who would like to see some resolution.

The case is at a standstill. Last March, a husband and wife from Pennsylvania went (more…)

The Connecticut River Valley Murders, Part Two

May 28, 2010

Tags: Crime

Were these murders serial killings? I don't know. There seem to be factors arguing otherwise.

1. The women, though all under forty, were pretty widely separated in age otherwise. Serial killers tend to stick to the same age group when hunting victims. Bernice Courtemanche, at seventeen, could have been the daughter of the oldest victim, (more…)

The Connecticut River Valley Murders, Part One

May 20, 2010

Tags: Crime

This is one of New England's biggest unsolved mysteries. Between 1981 and 1986, six young women were murdered in the vicinity of Route 91, the area straddling the Vermont-New Hampshire border. The first victim was Mary Elizabeth Critchley. The second was Bernice Courtemanche. The third was Ellen Fried. The fourth was Eva Morse. The fifth was Lynda (more…)

The Case of the Missing Mummy, Part Two

May 16, 2010

Tags: Crime

Still no news, as far as I know, on what has become of the mummified infant corpse stolen from Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire. One reasonable guess might be that the disinterment was a college student prank, and that Baby Mummy is now a prominent feature of the decor of some fraternity (more…)

The Lady in the Dunes, Part Two

May 11, 2010

Tags: Crime

According to some news reports, the body--which wasn't discovered for anywhere from several days to a few weeks after the murder--was lying on a blanket in a position that suggested the woman had been sharing it with someone. As far as I know, there were no signs the victim had attempted to fend off (more…)

The Lady in the Dunes, Part One

May 7, 2010

Tags: Crime

On July 26, 1974, the nude and decomposing corpse of a woman was found on a beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The victim had been nearly decapitated; the left side of her skull was crushed, and her hands had been removed. The woman lay on a beach blanket, and what remained of her head rested on a (more…)

The Case of the Missing Mummy

May 6, 2010

Tags: Crime

This story sounds like something out of William Faulkner. Or Chas. Addams.

Until 2006, a New Hampshire family, the Peaveys, had in their possession the mummified body of a baby boy. Charles Peavey said the family thought of the corpse, which they believed to be the remains of a stillborn son of a great-great uncle, (more…)

Kidnapped by Space Aliens

May 5, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

Richard Galpin of the Moscow bureau of the BBC News reports today that Kirsum Ilyumzhinov, president of Kalymkia and president of the World Chess Federation, has claimed he was kidnapped by visiting space aliens, who took him aboard their craft as part of a mission to procure "samples". Precisely what kind of samples is (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