For a book I am planning on Salem, I am collecting local stories from people who have lived here. Although the common thread is crime, I interpret “crime” loosely and broadly. My interest is what happens to people when faced with a life-threatening crisis. Certain events bring into focus who we are, where we came from, and often inalterably change where we’re going.
If you have a Salem crime story you’d be willing to share, please e-mail mea (very) brief synopsis and include a way I can reach you. Either that, or reply to the form below.
Although I generally restrict my writing to Salem, I was actually born in Los Angeles. In August of 1990 a murder was committed in LA that compelled me to make an exception and take on a hometown story. As of today the book lacks an ending. This particular murder case was never solved.
On August 16, 1990 reknowned parapsychologist and author D. Scott Rogo was found slain in his Northridge home in the San Fernando Valley. He was last seen alive a day or two before at a local bar called the “In Touch.” He left with this man:
Within the next 24 hours he was dead. His killer left this bloody print on the wall nearby: