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!
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.
"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."
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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.
(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.
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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.
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
As a run-up to the Fourth of July Americans typically buy beer, BBQ meats and fireworks. This year, as so many have become overwhelmed by the anxiety and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans are buying guns at a record pace.
Make no mistake, more guns equal more suicides.
The time for serious police reforms has come. There is no ignoring that fact. Cities and states around the nation are already working on what those reforms will look like.
Colorado just implemented a new set of standards that other jurisdictions are sure to study. It includes:
What the hell is going on in this country? When did we, the majority, stop speaking up for ourselves? Crimes against common sense seem to happen every week, yet most of us stay silent.
Or is it that the media only highlights those who scream the loudest, leaving the impression that what they demand must be implemented?
If you don’t agree that black lives matter you should stop reading now.
Conversely, if you believe blacks in America are victims of a deadly conspiracy of systemic police racism you may want to look away. The facts simply do not bear out that claim.
As if the current COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t created enough chaos in our lives yet another outrageous, race-based police brutality case emerged to engulf the nation in its terrifying aftermath.
Righteous street protests were infiltrated by agitators whose sole goal was to create mayhem, destroy property and upset the delicate balance of a society just getting back on its feet.
On the evening of May 14, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci and shot him dead. Candoluci, 64, was a twice convicted pedophile and Fairbanks, 43, had spent years working with troubled kids in the Omaha Public School system.
After the body was discovered the dead man’s daughter, Amanda Henry, was quoted saying, “Murdering my dad was a horrible thing but children are much safer now.”
I was raised in the great American Southwest by parents who stressed personal responsibility, integrity, compassion for others and the ability to tell a good story. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico I absorbed the moral and ethical values I would carry with me throughout life and use daily as a journalist.
After a humble beginning in Albuquerque radio (covering the cops and courts beat) I moved east. First, radio in Washington, DC where politics was the name of the game and then to New York where I got my first taste of television. It was to be a long draw at the TV trough, from New York to Hollywood and back again. And always my most fulfilling work was done in the crime and justice genre. My long running syndicated column allows me to deep dive into the human stories behind the headlines on a weekly basis. Writing books about crime and how society reacts to it still fascinates me.
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