This past Monday, I was a guest on the IT’S RADIO WITH TV’s TIM STACK podcast. I’ve known Tim for several years. He is a talented actor, producer, screenwriter, and now podcaster. During the podcast, we discussed my career as a writer, archivist, tour guide, and my upcoming book of true crimes stories set in Los Angeles during the Prohibition era. Tim asked some thought-provoking questions, and I appreciated his enthusiasm and interest in my work. We talked about how much fun I had working with James Ellroy and Glynn Martin on the book, LAPD’53. We also discussed my current work with Mike Fratantoni for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Museum. Our conversation was lively and engaging, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
After nearly three years, I am pleased, no, I am giddy, to announce that I will be reuniting with my Esotouric crime buddies, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on Saturday, January 14, 2023, for their tour, HUMAN SACRIFICE: THE BLACK DAHLIA, ELISA LAM, HEIDI PLANCK & SKID ROW SLASHER CASES.
We won’t be on the bus as we were pre-pandemic. We will be stalking the mean streets of downtown Los Angeles (I’ll forego my vintage peep-toe pumps for something more suitable) to shine a light on unsolved mysteries, and heinous crimes.
One of the cases I’ll talk about is the 1943 murder of William Lederer, the owner of the Roseland Roof, a dime-a-dance hall on Spring Street. It is unhinged.
Please join us. Sign up HERE. I am so excited!
I recently had a conversation with author and editor Mitzi Szereto about her latest anthology, THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: PARTNERS IN CRIME. I am delighted to have my story, THE WAGES OF SIN: THE BALLAD OF MARGIE AND DALE included in the book.
Mitiz and I covered a lot of ground in our chat. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks!
I am grateful to Dwight Haverkorn for sharing his extensive knowledge of Dale and Margie’s lives and misdeeds with me. He knows more about the case than anyone I’ve ever met.
Join Mitzi Szereto, Cathy Pickens, and me for a free online event on April 15th at noon. We will chat about writing and researching true crime. I can’t wait! Register HERE
April 15th – Women Writing True Crime
By Brianna Cool
Friday, April 15th, 2022
Women Writing True Crime with Mitzi Szereto, Joan Renner, and Cathy Pickens
12 pm / PT
FREE Virtual Event
A panel discussion featuring Mitzi Szereto, editor of The Best New True Crime Stories series, and her contributors Joan Renner and Cathy Pickens from her new book release, The Best New True Crime Stories: Partners in Crime.
Topics to be discussed include:
- True crime and how writing it is different from other genres.
- True crime and its appeal to women writers and readers.
- Individual approaches to true crime.
- Writing responsibly and ethically.
- How to catch the editor’s eye.
- Researching and getting the facts right.
Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor whose books encompass multiple genres, including those in her popular true crime franchise The Best New True Crime Stories, to date the volumes Partners in Crime; Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge; Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals; Small Towns; and Serial Killers. She has the added distinction of being the editor of the first anthology of erotic fiction to include a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She’s appeared internationally on radio and television and at literature festivals, and has taught creative writing around the world. In addition to having produced and presented the London-based web TV channel Mitzi TV, she portrays herself in the pseudo-documentary British film, Lint: The Movie. The sixth volume in her true crime series, The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes & Mysteries, will be published in September 2022. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MitziSzereto.
Joan Renner, writer, social historian, and true crime expert, is the author of The First with the latest: Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City. She contributed to the Los Angeles Times bestseller LAPD ’53, written by James Ellroy and Glynn Martin. She has appeared in a previous volume of The Best New True Crime Stories. Joan lectures on historic Los Angeles crime and appears on true crime TV shows and podcasts. She is currently writing a book for University Press of Kentucky about Los Angeles during the Prohibition era.
Cathy Pickens (cathypickens.com) has written crime fiction, starting with the award-winning Southern Fried (St. Martin’s), and a regional historic true crime series, starting with Charlotte True Crime Stories (History Press). The latest is Upstate South Carolina True Crime Stories. She’s served as national president of Sisters in Crime, on Mystery Writers of America’s national board, and as true crime columnist for Mystery Readers Journal. A lawyer and former college professor, she also wrote CREATE! Developing Your Creative Process (create-update.com), works with prison inmates, and coaches writers and others in creativity workshops. Her work has appeared in a previous volume of The Best New True Crime Stories.
Please join me at Mitzi Szereto’s Facebook page on Saturday, February 12 at 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern, 10pm UK, 11pm CEST, and Sunday 9am AEDT, for a special livestream event for “The Best New True Crime Stories: Partners in Crime.” I’ll be chatting with editor Mitzi Szereto about my story, THE WAGES OF SIN: THE BALLAD OF MARGIE AND DALE.
Find out more about the book at: https://mitziszereto.com/the-best-new-true-crime-stories…/
I was thrilled to participate on a panel with James Ellroy, John Anderson, Grant Nebel and Zoe Dean.
John Anderson and Grant Nebel are Ellroy scholars and enthusiasts who created the Ellroycast, and have written extensively about pop culture, film, and television. Zoe Dean is an award winning short story writer of crime fiction.
I’ve known James for years, and was one of several people who worked with him on the book, LAPD ’53.
If you missed Ellroypalooza, or would like to see it again, here it is for your viewing pleasure.
I recently created the Deranged True Crime Book Club on Facebook . Currently there are over two hundred members and we’ve selected our first book, Ann Rule’s THE STRANGER BESIDE ME.
We will meet (virtually) once per month. The tentative date of our first meeting is Saturday, May 24, 2020 at 11:00 am Pacific Time. Further details to follow.
If you are interested, stop by the Facebook page and join.
Join me tonight, Tuesday, March 10 at 9 pm PDT on Midnight in the Desert for 3 hours of conversation on my favorite topic, historic Los Angeles crime, with host Tim Weisberg.
Listen for free!