Wahl appeared on a popular DC podcast to discuss his work on the Maura Murray case.

At 5:30 a.m., the morning of September 6, 2012, nineteen federal agents arrived at the home of Scott Wahl, in Virginia, to seize computers and hard drives they believed were used to download and view child pornography. At the time, Wahl was well known to the family of Maura Murray but had yet to take on a more public role (that came later). Wahl had helped Helena Murray (a distant relative of Maura’s family, and spokesperson for the case) set up a computer to become more active online. …

The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries.

By James Renner

“person holding gray skull illustration” by Leonardo Yip on Unsplash

Case Study: Joseph Newton Chandler

They called the dead man Joseph Newton Chandler but that wasn’t his name. He lived alone in an efficiency in a nondescript apartment complex in Eastlake, Ohio, a workaday suburb of Cleveland. He rarely ventured far from home and the closest thing he had to a friend was a former coworker at a chemical factory he once listed as an emergency contact on his employment forms.

One day in July, 2002, Chandler purchased a handgun — a .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver. The old man returned home. He locked his door and…

Author’s note: The following story serves as a short bridge between my 2015 novel, The Great Forgetting, and an upcoming tale of Gothic horror.


The TouchTunes machine was playing Zeppelin when Skoot walked into the Driftwood looking for Gordie. The bar hadn’t changed but Skoot had. The bar was still two rooms of dusty chestnut and pine, pool table in back, a couple pleather booths beside a window lousy with neon beer totems. The girl with the scar behind the counter. Yes, the bar was the same. But Skoot was different.

His face was thinner. His eyes, still that dreamy…

Author’s Note: The following short story, about two young men exploring a haunted house in 1992, takes place in the world of THE GREAT FORGETTING. It appeared as a chapter in an early draft of the novel. I am sharing it, now, to celebrate the Picador paperback release of the book, on January 10, 2017.

The old mansion slumbered in the dark.

It was a four-story Victorian, lousy with shutters and eaves and lightning rods, windows like eyes, doors like mouths. It sat on a slope of Tallmadge Road, obscured by a row of pine trees. Once, the siding had…

James Renner

James Renner is the author of THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE and TRUE CRIME ADDICT, the definitive book on the Maura Murray case. Website: https://jamesrenner.com/

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