Fish Heads in an Open Bag

     Each time I drove the five-hour trip to the Dwight Correctional Center, Rebecca Bivens was on my mind.  Becca, as she was called, was found guilty-but-mentally ill for the murder of her five-year-old step-daughter.  The fact that she had been diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder grabbed my curiosity.  As an investigative journalist, IContinue reading “Fish Heads in an Open Bag”

Foreword for “Dark Days in Chicago”

Foreword There are a special group of forgotten men who live in the Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison located in Crest Hill, Illinois. Each of them spent their early years as gang members on the streets of Chicago. All three were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. Each has servedContinue reading “Foreword for “Dark Days in Chicago””

Midwest Book Review of “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals

I’m pleased to share a recent review from “Midwest Book Review” on my latest work, Supermax Prison:  Controlling the most dangerous criminals.   The Social Issues Shelf Supermax Prison Larry L. Franklin & Rakesh Chandra MD. JD. History Publishing Company, LLC PO Box 700, 15 Heyhoe Woods Road, Palisades, New York 10964-0700 9781933909837, $19.95, PB,Continue reading “Midwest Book Review of “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals”

Dark Days in Chicago: The Rehabilitation of an Urban Terrorist

“Dark Days in Chicago:  The Rehabilitation of an Urban Terrorist” will be released to the retail market in 3 to 4 months.  I’m very excited about this work that evolved into a new experience for myself.  Over the course of time, I found my own writing being influenced by the writing of the three inmates.  IContinue reading “Dark Days in Chicago: The Rehabilitation of an Urban Terrorist”

Review from The Gazette-Democrat

I received a nice review on my book, “Supermax Prison:  Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” from The Gazette-Democrat in southern Illinois.  Appreciate all efforts to get the word out.  If you like the review, please share.  

The writer crawls from his cocoon.

My last blog was written on October 30, 2015 when I had recovered from two back surgeries and swallowed my last oxycodone.  The pain was gone, my swagger was back, and the creative juices were flowing.  It was time to take that glorious trip I had taken on three prior occasions.  It was time toContinue reading “The writer crawls from his cocoon.”

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