Tuesday, December 31, 2013

COLLEGE CRIME by R. Barri Flowers Now in eBook for the First Time!





COLLEGE CRIIME: A Statistical Study of Offenses on American Campuses is an enlightening book on criminality at institutions of higher education by R. Barri Flowers, an award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of such titles as THE DYNAMICS OF MURDER, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, and PROSTITUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE, and KIDS WHO COMMIT ADULT CRIMES.

 

Recent years have greater focus on-campus crime with repeated school shootings, mass murders, sexual assaults, increased and deadly drug use, intolerance offenses, dating and acquaintance related offenses, and other types of criminal behavior and the resultant effects on the campus community.

 


This book examines the breadth of serious criminality and victimization occurring on college and university campuses across the United States, placing particular emphasis on the relationship between drug and alcohol abuse and criminal activities such as sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, hate crime, and murder. The book also provides several victim resources and a guide to laws relevant to the prevention and deterrence of on-campus crime.

 
For both current and future students at institutions of higher learning, administrators, educators, campus law enforcement, criminologists, social scientists, and others with a vested interest, COLLEGE CRIME is a must in offering a concise and important perspective of the college environment and the perils that lurks within beyond the charm of well-kept grounds, attractive buildings with history, coeds, classes, activities, growth, and generally positive experiences of campus life.

 


"Recommended"--Choice;

 

"Valuable...an excellent resource." --ARBA.

 

"Addresses an increased public and law enforcement attention toward the contemporary enigma of violent crimes that blemish campus life." -- Thomas E. Baker, Professor of Criminal Justice

 

"Informative book focusing on alcohol and drug use, murder, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and hate crime on college campuses. Recommended. All levels/Libraries.” – D. Harper, University of Rochester

 

“Crime committed on college and university campuses has tended to be underreported and under attended to by the general populace.... This book examines these trends, and takes a careful look how seemingly innocent crime, like underage drinking, is directly connected to more serious offenses” – Book reviewer and educator
 
 
 
 
COLLEGE CRIME is available in eBook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also in print. Buy today!


 

 

KIDS WHO COMMIT ADULT CRIMES: by R. Barri Flowers, Now in eBook For First Time!







KIDS WHO COMMIT ADULT CRIMES: Serious Criminality by Juvenile Offenders, from award winning and bestselling criminologist R. Barri Flowers, now in eBook for the first time!


 


An examination of today’s serious, chronic, and violent youthful offender, this vital book explores the disturbing relationship between youth and serious, violent antisocial behavior in America, examining its antecedents, its onset, and its situational and motivating factors.

 

"A broad overview of adolescent deviance... An excellent multidisciplinary theoretical base for explaining this most pervasive phenomenon. The text also provides an excellent historical chronology of adolescent offending and the means used to rehabilitate this population.... Very useful for anyone studying juvenile delinquency." -- Cassandra Bowers, PhD, Lecturer and BSW Program Coordinator, Wayne State University School of Social Work


"An essential handbook for criminology students.... Easy to digest. The structure of the book follows the format of most criminology courses with a strong section on intrafamilial causes of delinquency. The section on dating violence will be especially useful in the college classroom." -- Randy Blazak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Portland State University


 

Buy KIDS WHO COMMIT ADULT CRIMES in eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Google Play today! Also available in hardcover and paperback.


 
 
 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Murder of a Star Quarterback Now in Audio!





From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS 1 and 2, comes a gripping new audio true crime short, MURDER OF A STAR QUARTERBACK: The Tragic Tale of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi.

 

In this mesmerizing tale of a sports legend, infidelity, jealousy, money, and desperation, former NFL star quarterback Steve McNair and his attractive young lover Sahel Kazemi embark on a dangerous affair in Nashville that leaves both dead on the 4th of July in 2009.

                    


Included is a complete bonus true crime short, MURDER IN MISSION HILL: The Disturbing Tale of Carol Stuart and Charles Stuart. The Boston couple’s once happy marriage ends up in murder and suicide, with the race card being played in a calculated attempt to get away with cold blooded murder.

 

An added bonus is excerpts from R. Barri Flowers international bestselling true crime short, MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY and true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS.

 

See trailer:

 

http://youtu.be/IFuD21YFgTA

 

http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/Murder-of-a-Star-Quarterback-Audiobook/B00GIQ958I/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1383930040&sr=1-1

 


 

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Star-Quarterback-Flowers-Chronicles/dp/B00GJ6FR3Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383934533&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+of+a+star+quarterback+audio

 


MURDER OF A STAR QUARTERBACK is also available in eBook.

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-of-a-star-quarterback-rbarri-flowers/1116910351?ean=2940148703846

 

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Star-Quarterback-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00F7CH2XO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379518328&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+of+a+star+quarterback

 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/357668

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Killer Nashville Blog: The Fictional Serial Killer by R. Barri Flowers







Friends and fans, check out my blog in the Killer Nashville Guest Blog Series, as I talk about the fictional and real life serial killers; as well as my latest bestselling thriller, BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN.

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS 2: The Chilling Story of Serial Killers Fred & Rosemary West (A True Crime SShort)


 


From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a riveting new true crime short, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS 2: The Chilling Story of Serial Killers Fred and Rosemary West.

 

The gripping tale chronicles the lives of Britain’s most infamous serial killer couple. Over the course of two decades, Fred and Rosemary West murdered more than a dozen young females. Most of the murders were sexually motivated and took place at the couple’s house of horrors on. 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, in South West England.  Only when the killers were brought to justice did their murderous reign of rape, torture, bondage, and terror come to an end.

 


As a bonus, included is a complete true crime story on American serial killer couple Alton Coleman and Debra Brown, who during one hot summer, claimed the lives of eight people during a shocking and murderous crime spree across multiple states in the midwest.

 


Also included are excerpts from THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, which recounts the frightening tale of married serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego, and the sex slave fantasies that fueled their kidnapping and murder of young women.

 


 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Sex-Slave-Murders-ebook/dp/B00DXPR41W/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373901526&sr=1-2&keywords=the+sex+slave+murders

 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/336583

 

 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Murder at the Pencil Factory: The Killing of Mary Phagan (A True CrimeShort)


From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of THE PICKAXE KILLERS and THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a powerful new historical true crime short, MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY: The Killing of Mary Phagan 100 Years Later.

 

On the afternoon of April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan arrived at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked, to pick up her paycheck.

 

The next day, Mary’s bloody, battered, and bruised dead body was found in the basement of the pencil factory, the victim of foul play.

 

The Jewish-American factory superintendent Leo Frank was arrested, tried, and convicted for the murder in a controversial trial. Frank himself became the victim of a lynch mob, which broke him out of prison and hung.

 

But was Leo Frank truly guilty of Mary Phagan’s violent death? Or did the real killer get away with cold blooded murder? Read this compelling tale of child murder, anti-Semitism, racism, and legal twists and turns that rival any true crime case today and decide for yourself.

 

Included is a complete and riveting bonus story from the bestselling true crime book, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, by R. Barri Flowers, in which ruthless killers Alvin and Judith Neelley abducted thirteen-year-old  Lisa Millican in September 1982 from a mall in Rome, Georgia, sexually violated, tortured, and murdered.

 

An added bonus is an excerpt from the author’s bestselling true crime short, THE PICKAXE KILLERS: Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett, who brutally murdered two people in a death penalty crime that shocked the nation.

 


MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY is available in eBook and audio. Buy today!



 
http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00DMAKGW2&qid=1372276740&sr=1-1



http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Pencil-Factory-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CW5ONZE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369068109&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+at+the+pencil+factory

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-at-the-pencil-factory-r-barri-flowers/1115374960?ean=2940016442112

 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/317776

 

http://youtu.be/d6yo9VKlopw

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY: The Killing of Mary Phagan 100 Years Later







From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of THE PICKAXE KILLERS and THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a powerful new historical true crime short, MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY: The Killing of Mary Phagan 100 Years Later.

 

On the afternoon of April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan arrived at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked, to pick up her paycheck.

 

The next day, Mary’s bloody, battered, and bruised dead body was found in the basement of the pencil factory, the victim of foul play.

 

The Jewish-American factory superintendent Leo Frank was arrested, tried, and convicted for the murder in a controversial trial. Frank himself became the victim of a lynch mob, which broke him out of prison and hung.

 

But was Leo Frank truly guilty of Mary Phagan’s violent death? Or did the real killer get away with cold blooded murder? Read this compelling tale of child murder, anti-Semitism, racism, and legal twists and turns that rival any true crime case today and decide for yourself.

 

Included is a complete and riveting bonus story from the bestselling true crime book, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, by R. Barri Flowers, in which ruthless killers Alvin and Judith Neelley abducted thirteen-year-old  Lisa Millican in September 1982 from a mall in Rome, Georgia, sexually violated, tortured, and murdered.

 

An added bonus is an excerpt from the author’s bestselling true crime short, THE PICKAXE KILLERS: Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett, who brutally murdered two people in a death penalty crime that shocked the nation.

 

MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY is available in eBook and soon audio. Buy today!

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-at-the-pencil-factory-r-barri-flowers/1115374960?ean=2940016442112

 

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Pencil-Factory-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CW5ONZE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369068109&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+at+the+pencil+factory

 

See book trailer:

 


 

Criminologist R. Barri Flowers Talks about his Latest Novel, Before He Kills Again: A Veronica Vasquez Thriller | Mayra Calvani | Blog Post | Red Room

Criminologist R. Barri Flowers Talks about his Latest Novel, Before He Kills Again: A Veronica Vasquez Thriller | Mayra Calvani | Blog Post | Red Room

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Dynamics of Murder: Kill or Be Killed





The Dynamics of Murder: Kill or Be Killed, is a new criminology text and true crime book by internationally bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.

 

According to Harold Schechter, Professor of American Literature and Culture and bestselling author, The Dynamics of Murder is "an indispensable sourcebook for anyone interested in American homicide, from law-enforcement professionals to armchair criminologists."

 

In fact, the book is a multifaceted examination of murder, offenders, victims, and characteristics of homicide in American society. It is generally intended for an audience of students in criminology and other disciplines, as well as professionals in law enforcement, psychology, and sociology.



 

But the book will appeal to thriller writers as a great resource on the crime of homicide. For instance, there are chapters on serial killers, mass murder, domestic homicide, and terrorism--common themes in many of today's thriller novels.

 

Fans of true crime will also find this a gripping read. Included are several case studies of real life murders. For example, the tragic tale of Sahel Kazemi, the young woman who murdered her lover, ex NFL football star quarterback star Steve McNair, before killing herself in what amounted to a love triangle is examined.

 

 

See The Dynamics of Murder book trailer:

 

 

 

In hardcover and eBook.

 

 

 

 
 

 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bombings and Terrorism in the U.S.

The Boston Marathon Bombing was another sad day in American History.

Alas, using explosive devices to cause death and destruction is not new to the United States.

The most known examples are, of course, 9/11 (where planes became bombs), and bombings of the World Trade Center in New York and the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma.

But other cases have also left their mark on our society..

For example, in July 1985, there was pipe bombs were used to murder wealthy widow Margaret Benson and her twenty-one-year-old adopted son, Scott Benson, in the family's Naples, Florida home. Another son turned out to be the culprit.

Even more shocking is the story of Jack Gilbert Graham, who way back in 1955, gift wrapped 25 sticks of dynamite (disguised as a present for his mother) and snuck onto a plane out ofDenver en route to Portland. It exploded while airborne, killing all 44 passengers and crew on board. I wrote about this tragedy in my true crime short, MASS MURDER IN THE SKY.

It seems that determined killers have always been with us, often hidden in plain view, wanting to take away the freedoms and lifestyle we take for granted. Allowing them to win would be the worst thing we can do.

The best thing would be to continue going after those who cause such murder and mayhem--making sure they face justice under the law and living our lives, while cherishing each and every day we get to spend with our loves ones as we try to make a difference in the world we live in.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O.J. Simpson, Medical Center, and Nicole Brown Simpson

Having purchased the DVD of the 1960s TV series, Medical Center, last month as a present to my wife (who happened to love the show's star, Chad Everett), we finally got around to watching the first episode last night.

The guest stars of the first episode, "The Last Ten Yards," which aired on Sept. 24, 1969, were O.J. Simpson and Cecily Tyson. Simpson played a college football player, not too surprisingly, and Tyson was his nurse wife.

What struck me eerily was that at one point Simpson threatened to kill his wife and at another, was abusive toward her.

I couldn't help but think of the irony of this, considering that twenty-five years later Simpson would be charged with murdering is real ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Had life imitated art with no one making the connection?

Of course, Simpson was acquitted of both murders in what many called the "trial of the century." However, he would later be found liable for wrongful death in a civil trial.

We may never know whether Simpson, or someone on his behalf, killed his ex-wife or not. Still, that episode of Medical Center and the parallels caught my attention nonetheless.

One can only hope that Nicole and Goldman are at peace in the afterlife...


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Who Shot J.R. -- Second Time? -- A Review of Dallas Season Finale

Having been a fan of the original Dallas series, I have also been enjoying the new version, though not quite as much.

With the setup for a 21st century, "Who Shot J.R.?" theme, I was piqued at how they might put together the final two episodes of the season.

Though on the whole, it was suspenseful enough (including keeping us on edge that Victoria Principal might somehow make a cameo as Pam Ewing, which didn't happen) with an ending that left the door open for more drama, backstabbing, romance, and new alliances in a possible third season-- I still had a couple of beefs with the way they went about bringing down bad buys, Cliff Barnes and Harris Ryland.

Specifically, I had trouble buying that not one but the two naughty daughters of the villains, Barnes and Ryland, betrayed their Dads so easily for the Ewings, after being in their fathers' camp their entire lives. Can loyalty and blood really fall by the wayside that quickly???

It smacked in the face of credulity that this was the way the Ewings were able to achieve victory. In the case of Cliff Barnes, it was especially hard to believe he could be so set up by his daughter (played well by Julie Gonzalo), without even a clue till too late.

Showed how much he loved and trusted her to put himself in such a bind in letting guard way down. Now Cliff, who was definitely no angel in finale, has been forced to at end surprisingly throw his support in a new twist of past meets present and future to Elena Ramos (who was on the outs with boyfriend and Bobby's son, Christopher).

Overall, Dallas continues to be a guilty pleasure, though not quite that of its predecessor -- when J.R., Bobby, Sue Ellen, etc., were still in their prime.

The season ending two episodes got an expected bump in the ratings -- but was still less that half of what the series premiere episode received in season 1.

I would certainly watch a season 3 if it happens -- but if not, this was a suitable sendoff for J.R., though, the essentially death by suicide (or his handpicked executioner) when dying of cancer (as was the case in real life) in order to set up Cliff Barnes for his murder somehow seemed even beneath J.R. (not to mention Bobby, who helped set plan in motion, along with Cliff's daughter, Pamela).

I wouldn't count on seeing other seventies and eighties soap operas, Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, and Dynasty come back to life, though you never know these days...

Visit TNT for clips and more on Dallas and its finale!

http://www.dallastnt.com/

Boston Marathon Bombing

When I first heard about the "explosions" going off around the finish line at the Boston Marathon, my first thought was that it was a few fireworks as a celebration for those who managed to finish what they had started.

Of course, like everyone else, I soon learned that there was nothing celebratory about turned out to be two bombs going off -- causing mass casualties and chaos. Just as we had let our guard down a little after years since 9/11, terror had struck the country once again.

The authorities have yet to establish whether it was domestic or foreign terrorism -- but the bottom line is the same: we are all vulnerable in a free society to this type of attack. Hopefully, the perpetrator(s) can be tracked down quickly by the FBI or other law enforcement and held accountable for this despicable act.

My heart certainly goes out to the victims, as well as the city of Boston, in coming face to face with terrorism and its aftermath.

The fact that explosive devices were used in this attack illustrates how attackers can wreak havoc on our society by means other than traditional firearms, causing further concern for public safety as Congress works on gun control.

Fortunately, Americans are resilient during times of crisis and tend to band together against a common enemy -- in this case, the specter of terrorism and its intent to strike fear into the hearts of men, women, and children.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Murder in All Shapes and Sizes




The Dynamics of Murder: Kill or Be Killed, is my latest bestselling criminology text and true crime book.
 

According to Harold Schechter, Professor of American Literature and Culture and bestselling historical true crime author, The Dynamics of Murder is "an indispensable sourcebook for anyone interested in American homicide, from law-enforcement professionals to armchair criminologists."

 


In fact, the book is a multifaceted examination of murder, offenders, victims, and characteristics of homicide in American society. It is generally intended for an audience of students in criminology and other disciplines, as well as professionals in law enforcement, psychology, and sociology.

 

But the book will appeal to thriller writers as a great resource on the crime of homicide. For instance, there are chapters on serial killers, mass murder, domestic homicide, and terrorism--common themes in many of today's thriller novels.

 


Fans of true crime will also find this a gripping read. Included are several case studies of real life murders. For example, the tragic tale of Sahel Kazemi, the young woman who murdered her lover, ex NFL football star quarterback star Steve McNair, before killing herself in what amounted to a love triangle is examined.

 
See The Dynamics of Murder book trailer:

 


 
 
 
In hardcover and eBook.
 

http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439879733

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dynamics-of-murder-r-barri-flowers/1111813346?ean=9781439879733

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dynamics-Murder-Kill-Be-Killed/dp/1439879737/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353522017&sr=1-1&keywords=the+dynamics+of+murder

 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trailer of Interview on Biography Channel's Crime Stories




See trailer of my interview on the Biography Channel's Crime Stories, episode, "The Love Slave Murders."

 
Crime documentary is based on my bestselling true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS. It chronicles the crimes of husband-wife serial killers, Gerald and Charlene Gallego, who murdered ten people in the late seventies and early eighties.

 

THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS is available in eBook, print, and audio.
 

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2548742/crime_stories_the_love_slave_murders/

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Pickaxe Killers (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers




From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a riveting new true crime short, THE PICKAXE KILLERS.

 

Having written about hundreds of notable murders in his bestselling true crime book, MURDERS IN THE UNITED STATES: Crimes, Killer and Victims of the Twentieth Century, one case that stood out to Flowers for its sheer brutality as well as shocking aftermath was that of Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett, who used a pickaxe to hack to death two people.

 

In this 8000 word tale of revenge, murder, substance abuse, betrayal, and redemption, the author gets to the root of the violent crime that effectively ended four lives and gripped the entire country as its sordid details and shocking twists and turns played out over fifteen years.

 

Bonus material includes a complete true crime short story on equally infamous Canadian serial killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo from his true crime bestseller, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, and excerpts from his internationally bestselling true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, about scary husband and wife serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego and the sex slave fantasies that fueled their murder spree.

 

Now in Kindle, Nook, and iTunes—and soon to be in audio!

 See book trailer: