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

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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Finally, Someone is Challenging Media Bullies in Court

Finally, Someone is Challenging Media Bullies in Court

We grew up knowing our parents would punish us if we did something wrong. If it involved lying or picking on a playmate we’d have to apologize for it. So, how about applying the same notion to Big Tech and Big Media?

More and more people who feel unfairly characterized or canceled by these two public opinion influencer groups are turning to the grown-up version of punishment – the lawsuit.

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The Heavy Burden Placed on High Profile Jurors

The Heavy Burden Placed on High Profile Jurors

So much has been said about the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin – and so little has been mentioned about the jurors who decided the case.

Let’s take a walk in their shoes.

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“You Can’t Stop the Revolution!” But One State is Making Plans

“You Can’t Stop the Revolution!” But One State is Making Plans

The season for potentially violent street protests is upon us, sparked by the latest police shooting of a Black man in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Officers in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota pulled over a car because it had an expired registration tag. They discovered the driver, Daunte Wright, 20, also had an outstanding warrant, reportedly, for carrying a gun without a permit and running away from police last June.

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A Cop on Trial for Murder and the World is Watching

A Cop on Trial for Murder and the World is Watching

As a child I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me clergy, teachers, police officers and others helped shape and maintain a just society. To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who, literally, put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe.

But then there is that 9 minute 29 second video of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed George Floyd.

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Readers to Politicians – You’re Not Listening!

Readers to Politicians – You’re Not Listening!

A few weeks ago this column focused on the need for citizens who are unhappy with the state of our political and justice systems to speak up about their concerns.

Your opinion can’t be counted if you stay silent, I wrote, or as one of my readers put it, “We now have the government that we have earned but not the government our children deserve.”

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