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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

True Crime and True Law Enforcement History

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. Police-Writers.com added three police officer authors who have added to our understanding of law enforcement history through their work on true crime and histories of their agencies.

Riverside Police Department detective Christine Keers is the Co-author of The Riverside Killer. According to a book synopsis, “Between 1986 and 1992, Riverside County, California became the scene of a series of savage sex murders that shocked the nation. Nineteen prostitutes were raped and sexually mutilated by a killer who left his grisly trademark on each victim. For almost 6 years he terrorized the city, leaving a trail of false leads, few clues and even fewer suspects.”

According to David Lockeretz, “For someone who lives in southern California (particularly the Riverside area, where the crimes took place) this is an interesting and frightening book to read, and even people who have never heard of Suff before will likely feel revolt at the heinousness of his crimes. No matter how one judges the prostitutes he murdered, it is hard not to recoil at the mention of a light bulb stuffed deep inside one of the naked bodies post mortem and of other sadistic details.”

Matthew J. Lyons, a corporal on the Oceanside Police Department (California) and former Marine is the author of Oceanside Police Department. According to the book description, “The Oceanside Police Department has provided a century of service to a community that has grown from a small seaside resort—doubling as a bedroom community for the U.S. Marine Corps’s nearby Camp Pendleton—into a city of more than 170,000 people. City marshals patrolled Oceanside from 1888 to 1906, and it is indicative of the city’s formative years that the first lawman, former Texas Ranger Charlie Wilson, was also the first to be killed in the line of duty.

The photographs in this remarkable collection inventory the department’s past, covering the administrations of city marshal J. Keno Wilson (Charlie Wilson’s brother), Chiefs Charles Goss, Ward Ratcliff, and others. Showcased are images from the archives of the
Oceanside Police Department and the collection of Delores Davis Sloan, the daughter of former captain Harold B. Davis, Oceanside’s top cop of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.”

Matthew J. Lyons has donated the royalties from his book to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund.

Author and historian
M. David DeSoucy is a retired veteran of 25 years of service in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He is the author of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, a history of that department. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the county of San Bernardino. San Bernardino County (California) is geographically the largest in the nation, encompassing 20,186 square miles. In 1853, the County’s first sheriff, Robert Cliff, established Central Station which current serves unincorporated areas of the City of San Bernardino as well as nearby contract cities.

According to the book description, “The largest county in the continental United States has seen its share of colorful pursuits of suspects and fugitives, including the search for the last Native American in the United States to be tracked to his tragic end by a lawman's posse: "Willie Boy" at Ruby Mountain. San Bernardino County also was the setting for the shoot-outs at Baldy Mesa and Lytle Creek. Yet gunplay lore is only one aspect of the epic of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Today the department deploys nearly 5,000 salaried and volunteer employees to protect and serve its 20,186 square miles of deserts, mountains, forests, and increasingly urban areas. This original cow-county sheriff's office went through many developments that are detailed in these vintage photographs sheriffs' administrations, equipment, investigations, and other exploits all culled from the department's archives, private collections, the California Room of the San Bernardino Public Library, and the San Bernardino Pioneer Historical Society.”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 528
police officers (representing 218 police departments) and their 1122 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

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