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

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

Do We Really Need Hate Crime Laws?

Do We Really Need Hate Crime Laws?

Love and hate, the two most prevalent human emotions. Every human on the planet, save those afflicted with serious mental health issues, has experienced these feelings. They cannot be legislated and neither emotion is, in itself, considered to be a crime. It is what some people do with their hate that is the problem.

The eruption of hate into criminal behavior resulted in passage of a federal hate crimes law back in 1968.

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History Matters and So Does Political Reality

History Matters and So Does Political Reality

Here we go again! In the aftermath of the mismanaged U.S. military pullout in Afghanistan calls to impeach the president, or demands for him to resign, are being heard daily.

Our republic cannot stand if lawmakers resort to undoing elections via impeachment every few years. If we, the electorate, are voting for undeserving or incompetent candidates then that is on us, and we need to reexamine how we chose who to vote for.

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The Clock is Ticking on Ways to Fix the U.S. Election System

The Clock is Ticking on Ways to Fix the U.S. Election System

This column is not about relitigating the 2020 election. Joseph Biden is the duly certified U.S. President. Period. Now, let’s talk about the mess in which we find our election system. Let’s talk about voter fraud.

It does exist, claims to the contrary are incorrect. And discussions about voting integrity matter because we have about one year to decide how to avoid the confusion and controversy surrounding the 2020 election.

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The Fentanyl Flood Into the US – Why Can’t We Make It Stop?

The Fentanyl Flood Into the US – Why Can’t We Make It Stop?

About eleven times every hour, about 250 times a day, an American citizen dies of a drug overdose. The most frequent culprit is fentanyl.

The most popular mode of delivery is fentanyl laced heroin, fentanyl mixed with cocaine or illegally produced OxyContin pain pills containing fentanyl. And it’s not just hard-core addicts who are dying.

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To Better Serve and Protect Cops Need Some Relief

To Better Serve and Protect Cops Need Some Relief

Calls for the blanket defunding of police are literally killing us. The proof is in the spike of homicides in cities that brutally cut their police budgets during the last year.

  That said, it doesn’t mean that programs can’t be implemented to shift police priorities and share duties with other specialists, like mental health professionals, to respond to carefully screened 911 calls.

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Once the Nation’s ‘Luv Guv’, Now He’s Radioactive

Once the Nation’s ‘Luv Guv’, Now He’s Radioactive

What is society to do with someone who has been investigated and found to have broken both federal and state laws by sexually harassing at least eleven different women?

Well, in the case of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the subject of a five-month long investigation by the state’s Attorney General, apparently the answer is: nothing.

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