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

Where is Everybody?

Where is Everybody?

There is too much financial uncertainty, political conflict and outbursts of random violence these days.
We were already feeling frustrated with the prolonged isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic when waves of outrage began to spark.

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Whose Child Does This?

Whose Child Does This?

It was approaching dusk outside the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynnwood, California. As the sun set, the air filled with the scent of devastating nearby wildfires, ambulances raced to the hospital’s emergency room bearing two grievously wounded LA County sheriff’s deputies.
The ambushed pair had been shot in the head while sitting in their patrol car.

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Prosecutors: Do Your Job!

Prosecutors: Do Your Job!

There is a destructive crime and justice trend afoot that clearly endangers public safety.
No, it is not the actions of violent protestors and riotous thugs. It is the deliberate inaction of District Attorneys who are refusing to prosecute violations of law.

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The Federal Government’s Annual Spending Orgy Wastes Your Money

The Federal Government’s Annual Spending Orgy Wastes Your Money

It happens every September. Inside federal office buildings budget minions go on scandalous spending sprees using tens of billions of your tax dollars.
Their departments have gotten along just fine throughout the fiscal year but as the clock ticks down to September 30th they know that any money left over in their budget will be forfeited next fiscal year, so they scramble to spend every dollar.

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Playing Politics With Public Safety

Playing Politics With Public Safety

Readers of this column know I’m not much for federal intervention in state affairs. Logic tells us the doctrine of State’s Rights is the way to go as local elected officials are the ones most in touch with what their citizens need.

But what happens when the states make a muck of it? What happens when community leaders worry more about their next election and appeasing dissidents and less about public safety?

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Trying to Remember a Murdered Mom

Trying to Remember a Murdered Mom

On or about September 3 Samuel Ayala will walk out of the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Dutchess County, New York. He has been in prison for more than four decades, serving a sentence of 25 years to life. 

Jason Minter and his sister Maggie are horrified.

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