Talking True Crime with Brian Forschner, author of “Cold Serial”


An Author-to-Author Discussion

I recently had lunch with Brian Forschner, author of “Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders,” to talk about about our fascination with historical crimes and the process of bringing the stories to life.

“This book contains riveting, fast-paced portraits of the personal and family tragedies of these five girls as well as the brutality and victim blaming of that time. Yet the deaths of these girls were not in vain, as they made significant contributions to the Dayton, Ohio area and ultimately, the nation. Sadly though, according to the police authorities of the time, these crimes were never solved.

“Using criminological thinking of today, the author attempts to solve these murders/rapes.

“Did he discover others?

cover“Can the suspect be placed at the scene of all of the crimes?

“Does a serial murderer/rapist emerge in a time even before the coining of the term?

“The escape of one girl creates a twist that opens the door to solving these crimes.

“There are no memorials to any of these girls, nor were any tributes made. As their cases grew cold, their voices were silenced. COLD SERIAL provides the long-overdue justice and the voice they so richly deserve.” –

Talking True Crime with Bob Halloran, author of ‘White Devil’

Talking True Crime

Because today’s news is tomorrow’s history

Bob Halloran_photo by Gretje FergusonRichard O Jones interviews Bob Halloran, author of “White Devil,” a new book from BenBella Books about John Willis, known as the only white man to serve as the head of the Chinese Mafia.

Bob Halloran is a news and sports anchor at WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. He was awarded a New England Emmy Award for sportscasting, as well as two honors from the Associated Press. This is his sixth book, his second on true crime.

WhiteDevil_FrontCoverTold to Halloran from Willis’s prison cell, White Devil is a shocking portrait of a man who was allowed access into a secret world, and who is now paying the price for his hardened life.

If you listen to this podcast past the closing credits, I will tell you how you can enter to win a free copy of my latest book, “The First Celebrity Serial Killer: Confessions of the Strangler Alfred Knapp.”

More info:

Feds bust alleged Asian mob in Boston, Quincy, The Patriot Ledger, July 13, 2011

Chinatown’s ‘White Devil John’ Sentenced to 20 Years, NPR, August 16, 2012

The White Devil Kingpin, Rolling Stone, February 18, 2015