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Jim Fisher maintains a blog: http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com. All current and future content will now be available through Jim's blog. This web site will remain available in its current state as an archive.

Now Available!!

Forensics Under Fire:
Are Bad Science and Dueling Experts Corrupting Criminal Justice?

Exposing forensic science as it really is, not as it's portrayed on television. Dozens of cases revealing problems in the fields of fingerprint identification, DNA analysis, forensic pathology, and the forensic identification of bite mark wounds, footwear impressions, latent ear prints, and questioned handwriting. Two chapters on the JonBenet Ramsey case featuring previously unpublished information.

For more information please refer to the bibliography page.


The Writer's Quotebook:
500 Authors on Creativity, Craft, and the Writing Life

Compiled, Arranged and Edited by Jim Fisher

Rutgers University Press

This is a book for aspiring writers, creative writing teachers and students, and anyone interested in the literary world. It is the most comprehensive and entertaining book of its kind providing the reader with an inside look at the reality of creativity, craft, and the writing life. It also serves as a writing handbook written by 500 authors. All quotes are sourced and the book has an extensive bibliography and index of authors.


The Ghosts of Hopewell:
Setting the Record Straight in the Lindbergh Case

Southern Illinois University Press

Executive producers mark Porterfield and Michele Gonda of Beverly Hills, California have optioned the film rights to Fall Guys: False Confessions and the Politics of Murder. The book is being adapted for the screen by Los Angeles screenwriters Chris and Kathleen Reilly. Brant Rose of the Brant Rose Agency, a film agent specializing in feature films, will be pitching the package to movie studios during the next few months. We will keep you posted.

Jim Fisher speaks regularly at high schools, colleges, service club meetings, and at criminal justice, forensic science, and writers conferences. He does not charge fees for high school and service club appearances, otherwise fees and expenses are negotiable.

High school topics include: Careers in Criminal Investigation; How to Solve Homicide Cases; Criminal Profiling; Cold Case Investigations; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal Law for Investigators; College Criminal Justice Programs; and Writing True Crime Books.

Writer conference topics include: Writing Narrative Nonfiction Books; How to Spot Bogus Literary Agents, Bookdoctors, and Publishers; Law for Writers; Forensic Science for Writers and How to Find an Agent.

Other topics include: The Investigation of Bomb and Arson Cases; The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case; The Identification and prosecution of Pedophiles; Mental Illness and Violent Crime; Crime Prevention; The History of Forensic Science; Investigative Journalism; Why the Police Bungle so Many Homicide Cases; and False Confessions.

Appearances in 2006

  • April 30, 7:30 pm, Hopewell, NJ. Jim will be speaking at a fundraiser for the Mercer County Library System at a location to be announced. Check back for information on location and ticket purchasing.

Appearances in 2004

  • January 31, 9am - 12pm: Forensic Science Conference, Mellon Science Hall, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (click here to view a transcript of Jim's speech)February 18: Maplewood High School, Guy Mills, PA
  • March 17, 12:15 - 1:30pm: Edinboro University Center, "Women Who Kill: Victims, Motives, & Methods" (Women's History Week)
  • April 8: Mason's Lodge, New Wilmington, PA
  • May 14: Pennwriters Writer's Conference, Hershey, PA
  • April 28, 6:30pm: Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Warren, Ohio, "Crime of the 1920's" (for more information contact Jan Vaughn, vaughnj@wtcpl.lib.oh.us or 330-399-8807 ext. 128)
    • August 28, 2004 - 2-4pm, Erie Book Store, talk and signing (Lovell Place, 137 E 13th Street, Erie, PA, phone 480-5671, e-mail eriebook@velocity.net)
    • September 15, 2004 - 6:30pm: Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Warren, Ohio, Jim will speak about Ten Percent of Nothing (for more information contact Jan Vaughn, vaughnj@wtcpl.lib.oh.us or 330-399-8807 ext. 128)
    • October 16, 2004 - 2-4pm, Barnes & Noble, talk and signing (5909 Peach Street, Erie, PA, phone 864-6300)
    • October 20, 2004 - 7pm, Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library, Admiral Room, talk (160 East Front St., Erie, PA)
    • November 4, 2004 - 7pm, Borders, talk and signing (9565 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH, phone 440-350-8168)
    • November 6, 2004 - 2pm, Borders, talk and signing (2088A Interchange Rd, Erie, PA, phone 814-864-8937)
    • November 13, 2004 - 9am-4:30pm, Kentucky Book Fair, Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center, Frankfort, KY
    • November 14, 2004 - 1pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, talk and signing (161 Lexington Green Circle, Suite B1, Lexington, KY, phone 859-273 2911)
    • November 17, 2004 - 7pm, Barnes and Noble, talk and signing (1700H Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA, phone 717-290-8171)
    • November 23, 2004 - 7:30pm, Barnes and Noble, talk and signing (720 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA, phone 610-520-0355)
    • November 29, 2004 - 7pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, talk and signing (Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, OH, phone 216-691-7000)
    • December 3, 2004 - 7pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, talk and signing (The SouthSide Works, Pittsburgh, PA, opening in November 2004)
    High School Appearances in 2002, 2003:
    • Union, Rimersburgh, PA
    • Corry, PA
    • Vincentian Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Quigley Catholic, Baden, PA
    • South Allegheny, McKeesport, PA
    • Grand River Academy, Austinburg, OH
    • Cornell, Corapolis, PA
    • Cathedral Prep, Erie, PA
    • Canon McMillan, Canonsburg, PA
    • Union City, PA
    • Saegertown, PA
    • Western Area Tech, Canonsburg, PA
    • George Junior Republic, Grove City, PA
    • South Park, Bethel Park, PA
    • Canon McMillan, Cannonsburg, PA
    • Corry, PA
    • Saegertown, PA
    • Quigley, Baden, PA
    • Corry, PA

    Writers Conference, Library, and Arts Festival Appearances, 2002, 2003

    • Christian Writers Conference, Mercer, PA
    • Outdoor Writers Association Conference, Hermitage, PA
    • Friend's of the Library, Edinboro University of PA
    • Library Book Club, Howland, OH
    • Book Club, New Wilmington, PA
    • Christian Writers Conference, Mercer, PA
    • Arts Festival, New Wilmington, PA
    • Christian Writers Conference, Williamsport, PA

    Service Clubs, 2002, 2003

    • Fraternal Order of Police, Greenville, PA
    • Lions, Greenville, PA
    • Rotary, Bradford, PA
    • Kiwanis, New Wilmington, PA
    • New Wilmington Township Civic Group, New Wilmington, PA
    • Lions, Greenville, PA

    Other Appearances

    • Edinboro University of PA Women's History Conference
    • Edinboro University of PA Open House
    • Edinboro University of PA Founder's Day
    • University of Pittsburgh, Titusville
    • 4-H Camp E. Springfield, PA
    • Edinboro University of PA Open House
    • American Society of Questioned Documents Examiners Conference, Baltimore, MD
      (click here to view a transcript of Jim's speech)

    This page was last updated on: Friday, June 3, 2011
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    A. James Fisher
    Dept. of Political Science & Criminal Justice, 146 Hendricks Hall
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444
    e-mail: jfisher@edinboro.edu blog: http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com