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 on: May 27, 2023, 02:19:56 AM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Brenda Michaelis
Late to my own welcome... How sad.
Can't compound the impoliteness by refusing to answer questions. I hope you don't mind if I add in a little extra info, though.
I write mystery/thrillers. While I have read a few cozies, the sarcasm and irreverence of the hard-boiled genre are where I live.
I could tell about whether or not I was published, but that would be telling and we are all writers here so we're supposed to be showing. For those who pursue, the answer, I got something to show.
Favorite author...That only changes weekly or every time I read an excellent book. This week's flavor is Ashley Dyer. Hit me up next week and I may give a different answer.
Now for the goodies, the extra info. I want you to tell me what the oddest question for research you have ever asked is? Mine was whether or not you could restart a heart with a taser. The answer was yes, by the way. They did tell me it wasn't advisable, though.
So that's me. Let me know if you have extra questions or want to answer the one I asked. Otherwise. See you in the threads (of my web.)

 on: May 22, 2023, 04:25:45 PM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Bob Mueller
Welcome to MWF, Brenda Michaelis! Take a moment and introduce yourself. What do you write? Are you published? Who is your favorite author?

Enjoy your stay!

 on: March 28, 2023, 04:19:03 AM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Bob Mueller
Welcome to MWF, kathycyr! Take a moment and introduce yourself. What do you write? Are you published? Who is your favorite author?

Enjoy your stay!

 on: January 18, 2023, 07:41:57 PM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Bob Mueller
Welcome to MWF, Gary.Coffin! Take a moment and introduce yourself. What do you write? Are you published? Who is your favorite author?

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 on: January 16, 2023, 04:57:50 PM 
Started by hugo_e - Last post by Dave Freas
Some more thoughts:
The person responsible for the dead man on the estate could be a business rival hoping to stop something that would ruin him.
The victim is a 'go-between' for the estate owner's daughter and the man she loves. The estate owner had him killed because he did not approve of his daughter's beau

 on: January 14, 2023, 03:13:34 PM 
Started by hugo_e - Last post by Dave Freas
He was carrying a secret message from someone (the President?) to the owner of the estate hidden in a boot heel.
He was followed from where he picked up the message to the estate by a thug hired by a faction within the government to prevent delivery of the message and whatever it would lead to. When the message carrier wouldn't give up the message, the thug murdered him, pried off the boot heels, and fled, later throwing both the heels and the message into the nearest Finger Lake.
The murder took place on the estate to throw suspicion on the owner and divert it from the primary person(s) opposing whatever effect the message would lead to. To further distance those who wanted to stop the message from the murder, shortly after (within minutes?) of him stealing the heels and message, the thug was murdered by another thug hired by the opposition and perhaps his body was thrown in the lake along with the heels and message. OR he was killed and dumped in the lake along with the heels and the message was later burned by the opposition.

 on: January 11, 2023, 07:01:06 PM 
Started by hugo_e - Last post by hugo_e
It's 1907. The body of a well-dressed young man is found on the grounds of a very wealthy private estate in New Rochelle. There is a bullet hole behind the left ear, and a revolver is found nearby. His pockets have been turned inside out. There are bootprints around the body, yet the heels of the victim's boots have been torn off and are not found.

The body is never identified. Local police close the case, and file it as a suicide.

The owner of the estate is a very well-respected banker, philanthropist, and sportsman. Several years earlier he was implicated--and then exonerated--in a high-profile international cheating scandal.

All of the above is 100% true, BTW, and was reported in the New York Times. But then things went quiet. Can anyone here come up with a theory as to what happened? The possibility of blackmail or witness tampering is fairly obvious--but it there was foul play, why would it take place on the grounds of the rich man's estate? And what about the boot heel mystery?

 on: January 11, 2023, 06:48:26 PM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Bob Mueller
Welcome to MWF, hugo_e! Take a moment and introduce yourself. What do you write? Are you published? Who is your favorite author?

Enjoy your stay!

 on: December 02, 2022, 12:36:26 PM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Lane Maxfield
Hi! Sorry for the delay in responding. I am not yet published but I have been writing since I was a kid (my first story was a present for my grandfather when I was four years old and I haven't been able to stop). I've decided it is time to get serious about this as a career and mysteries have always been serious emotional comfort food for me. My favorite author of classic mysteries is Rex Stout. His Nero Wolfe series are next level in their characterization and I'd have take Wolfe take my case over Hercule Poirot any day. A close second is G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown series. My favorite author for any genre is Terry Pratchett, who writes parody fantasy that is surprisingly moving and philosophical while still containing plenty of dumb puns and fart jokes.   ;D

 on: December 02, 2022, 12:28:53 PM 
Started by jazzman - Last post by Lane Maxfield
I know this is a bit of an old topic, but I happen to have just finished "Who Fights Monsters" by Robert Ressler and am reading "Mindhunter" by John Douglas. These two men made their career in the FBI interviewing serial killers to refine the process of criminal profiling. I highly recommend both books for anyone who wants to write an original villain. Here are some takeaways from the books that are relevant to your question.

- For men, the pattern behind development of a serial killer is a mixture of a genetic predisposition towards sadistic fantasies and an abusive upbringing that interferes with their ability to form genuinely satisfying relationships. Often they were made to feel defective and unlovable. At some point in their childhood, the ability to connect with others in anything but a superficial way switched off as a self-defense mechanism, and they either can't or don't want to turn it back on. Even for attractive, suave killers like Ted Bundy, there is an underlying belief that they are profoundly unlovable, that relationships are fake and that nobody could see the real them under the mask and connect with that person. They believe all relationships, on some level, are a con. The relationship of hunter/prey is the closest they can come to a real connection.
- When you understand that background, and you understand female socialization, it becomes obvious why female serial killers are rare. First, while girls are often abused, they usually aren't abused in a way that discourages the ability to form relationships. They are pressured to learn emotional and social skills, and to see themselves as the objects of affection to be pursued, rather than the hunter. Women can absolutely end up as villains, but they are rarely wounded in such a way that makes the serial killer pattern fill an emotional void in the way that it can for men.
- So, option one, have a woman who just happened to have a background that mirrors the masculine one. Probably this means being raised, not  only by someone highly abusive, but in an isolated environment. Male serial killers don't always need to have an isolated childhood, because when people see a misbehaving little boy in filthy clothes, they often go "boys will be boys" and don't think that maybe that little boys need to be taught how to come across in a pleasant, presentable way in order to feel good about themselves. This rarely happens with little girls. Some teacher or neighbor or church member will step in and teach her how to feel attractive, before she has decided to turn that "somebody might love me" switch off in her head. But if her abuser has her in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere, that person who tries to teach her to feel desirable might not come along until her late teens, when she has already dismissed the concept of love as a real thing. Any lessons in how to be attractive then become more like Ted Bundy learning to be superficially charming as a con, rather than reflecting a belief in love as a real, achievable thing. Bonus points if the abusive caregiver teaches her to hunt for food or is a crazy survivalist who teaches her to fight. This would instill that "hunter/prey" mentality that might be the closest she has ever come to a sense of emotional connection.
- Option two is to break out of the classic serial killer motif. Give her another motivation to kill multiple people. It looks like a serial killer to the investigator, because the connection between the victims is not obvious, but at the last minute, they can see the connection that exists between them and how all these murders benefit the woman who committed them. Maybe they all stood in the way of a promotion, or had each wronged her in a specific way and she is getting revenge, or maybe she has a motivation to kill one person, but kills two others with the same MO to throw investigators off and make them think it is a serial killer. You might be able to think of another motivation that fits your story better.

Happy writing!

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