Diane Dimond, award winning investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist writes about the ever-evolving and fascinating world of crime and justice.

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Investigation Discovery’s annual ID Con

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Investigation Discovery's annual ID Con could not be held in New York in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic - so it went virtual! The following is a short clip from the "Criminally Addicted" panel during a discussion about the Jeffery Epstein case. Enjoy!

Be Careful Who You Love – Audiobook

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The explosive, definitive account of Michael Jackson’s fall from grace has now been updated with four new fascinating chapters. Award-winning journalist Diane Dimond, who first broke the story of the King of Pop’s battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, takes you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade. The new material, found only in this audio version, gives listeners a dramatic glimpse of one reporter’s vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.

Be Careful Who You Love - Audiobook

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"For several years I have been investigating the nationwide scourge of court-ordered guardianship for elders. It is often devastating for seniors and their families. This piece appeared at Real Clear Politics Investigations."

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2019/02/20/guardians_of_the_elderly_often_not_angels.html

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An Award Winning Series on Guardianship

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My investigative research has uncovered a major flaw in America’s court system. It has to do with how overburdened and underfunded courts deal with family disputes over what to do with an elderly Mom or Dad. A growing number of families, nationwide, have learned that once a family member turns to the courts for help their parent could be placed under an odious elder guardianship situation managed by total stranger. Families caught up in this system say it turned their aging parent’s final years into a nightmare. These are my findings about the system in one state.

Who guards the guardians? - A five part series by Diane Dimond

(My Albuquerque Journal series was awarded the Institute for American Studies prestigious Clark Mollenhoff Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Please read the sidebar stories in the left hand column under: More Info.) The series also won two major awards from the New Mexico Press Association including Best Investigative Public Service award.

My Latest Book Has Landed!

Check out the cool trailer for my latest book. Just click in the box above.

Thinking Outside The Crime and Justice Box is a compilation of some of my favorite and most thought provoking columns – with updates and new text. The book discusses today’s headline crime cases as well as crime and justice issues readers may not realize even existed. Compelling human stories at the core of crime are often the centerpiece of my columns and reading about stranger’s struggles can help readers better understand the dynamics surrounding crime, law enforcement and justice. Look, there is good and evil in the world and I figure it is my job to point it out.

The e-book is available here: – here. The hold-in-your-hand book is coming soon! Thanks to the kind folks at Creators Publishing.

Welcome

Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted. The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.

My writings here are always different. Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit. It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out. - Diane

Latest Syndicated Column

Our Cybersecurity in a Cyberwarfare Age

Our Cybersecurity in a Cyberwarfare Age

The Department of Homeland Security has declared the United States has 16 “critical infrastructure sectors.” Translated, that means these enterprises are crucial to a safe and orderly society. The sectors include: food and agriculture, water, medical and healthcare, energy, transportation, telecommunications, law enforcement and, of course, our defense systems.

With increasing regularity foreign-based cybercriminals are attacking these vital systems and temporarily crippling essential services.

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Re-imagining Our Police Forces: What is it We Need?

Re-imagining Our Police Forces: What is it We Need?

Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked recently about the value of cops Bratton, 73, said, “They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy.” I agree.

But we have come to a place now where we need to decide if police are our guardians or our warriors. The latter is defined as “a person engaged or experienced in warfare, a solider.”

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Fraudsters Go Where the (Covid-19) Money Is

Fraudsters Go Where the (Covid-19) Money Is

Last June eight guys in Brooklyn put their heads together, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and came up with a scheme to steal stranger’s identities and take what didn’t belong to them.

Just a couple months before that – in the earliest days of the Covid-19 scare – Congress passed a $2.2 trillion bill called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Federal Overreach: The Nation’s Most Expensive Mud Puddle

Federal Overreach: The Nation’s Most Expensive Mud Puddle

Just thought you might like to know what the federal government is doing on your behalf, how the feds are spending your tax dollars on a crazy-sounding lawsuit.

The dispute pits a South Dakota farm family, the Fosters, against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The fight is over a mud puddle. Yep, you read that right. Said mud puddle is located smack in the middle of prime farmland.

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Prisoners Released for Covid Safety Sake Brace Against Possible Return

Prisoners Released for Covid Safety Sake Brace Against Possible Return

The idea behind prison is to rehabilitate the redeemable criminals and lock away for life the truly evil ones.
When the pandemic began to ravage the nation’s prisons Congress passed a provision in the CARES Act allowing sickly and non-violent inmates who had served most of their time to be released.

After careful vetting, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) released about 24-thousand federal prisoners and allowed them to serve their time under carefully supervised home confinement. In addition, state prisons and jails released thousands more.

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Know a Victim of Domestic Abuse? Here’s How to Help Them

Know a Victim of Domestic Abuse? Here’s How to Help Them

Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average 7 events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. every minute. Over the course of one year that would amount to 10 million women – and, yes, men too.

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