Who is Steve?

Also an old gym rat forever fighting the middle-age spread

If you’re thinking, “who the hell is this guy, and why is he doing this?” Well, before there were any true crime podcasts, there were true crime blogs, and mine was one of the first. I launched it in 2004 or so. Six months later, in early 2005, the editor of the biggest true crime site online at the time, The Crime Library, hired me to write for her based on the buzz I’d gotten for several unexpected scoops. That began my education in professional journalism, which I’ve stuck with and made my full-time job for the last 18-plus years or so.

I went on to launch a blog titled True Crime Report for Village Voice Media, which I maintained by myself until 2009 when I burned out on the subject and damn near everything else (that blog has been offline for a few years now).

I made a career shift, but not a big one. I kept writing and reporting but broadened the subjects I covered, something I continue to do today.

For a total of six years, I was the Weekend Digital Editor then the Deputy Digital Editor and Social Media Manager for Maxim magazine. I was also a true crime columnist for Real Clear Life, a site that has since been folded into Inside Hook. Additionally, I’ve edited and contributed to tech sites like dot.LA, Android Police, The Metaverse Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and I’m currently a contributing editor to newser.com.

Why subscribe?

It gives me the incentive to keep doing this. Also, with this newsletter, I intend to provide a flexible resource for anyone tracking crime stories of all kinds, with at least one newsletter each morning (Edit: working on that!) providing a list of links to new and breaking stories as well as cold and unsolved cases and then the occasional full-length exploration of stories that obsess me — and maybe you, too.

Stay up-to-date

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got that five minutes before my alarm goes off thing happening many mornings. If I’m in no hurry to go anywhere, I grab my phone off the charger and check my email. I have a ton of Google alerts left over from all the way back when I was a regular crime blogger some eighteen years ago, and I might as well cull them and send you the most interesting, intriguing, and, yes, disturbing shit I find there.

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Come on, let’s get the old gang back together.

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