I am an award-winning journalist who specializes in the reporting of psychological and social issues. My work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. My latest book is called Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives.
My 1998 book A Bright Red Scream, which Time magazine called “richly reported and achingly well-written,” was the first book to investigate the distrubing and little understood phenomenon of self-mutilation and its relationship to childhood abuse and trauma.
I am a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where I was awarded the school’s highest honor, called the Traveling Pulitzer Fellowship.
I have been interviewed extensively on local and national news and talk programs, from NBC’s Dateline and Fox’s On the Record with Greta van Susteren to Milt Rosenberg’s show on WGN in Chicago. I have been featured in documentaries that aired on MSNBC and the BBC.
Dr. Michael H. Stone, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
"Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives is about psychopathic, intensely narcissistic men who not only get rid of their wives through murder (often to free the men up to be with a new lover) but who make them literally disappear . More than well-written, it is a page-turner, and should be required reading for police authorities all around the country. Her ‘poster-child’ is Scott Peterson, but she offers plenty of other poignant examples of this all-too-common phenomenon. Strong's clinical description of these supremely egotistical ‘wife-erasers’ is so accurate, that women around the country must certainly read her book." --Dr. Michael Stone has been studying criminal psychopaths for several decades and is author of several standard texts in psychiatry including Abnormalities Of Personality: Within and Beyond the Realm of Treatment
Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives
This blog is about the phenomenon of "missing women" and women murdered by their spouses or partners...cases in which the killer uses an elaborate form of "staging" to try to get away with murder. He may have made his wife or partner just "disappear" and fall out of contact with the world. She may appear to have drowned in the bathtub, taken a deadly fall accidentally, been secretly poisoned, died by gunshot in a mysterious assault where no assailant is found...or she may even appear to have committed suicide. I have researched over 100 of such cases. Most of them, you have never heard about. Many of the killers have gotten away with their crimes. After six years of research I now know that these men are not only deadly because of the strong psychopathic traits that show in their communication and behavior, but they are also learning from each other. Each one smugly believes he can get rid of the woman he no longer needs or wants, and believes that a secret homicide is the best solution. And he believes he will outsmart everyone. The victims of these killers are all but voiceless and I have written a book trying to give voice to their stories, exposing the truth about the killers. It is up to all of us to learn more, to understand these crimes, and to extend our empathy and compassion to the families, friends, and communities close to those who are killed. I believe we are all part of that wider community.
Missing/Endangered Women and Familes Who Need Our Help Now!