November Meeting – Sno. Co. Medical Examiner Deputy Director

27 10 2014

Dr. Dan Christman, deputy director of the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office, will be the featured guest at the Mystery Writers of America-Northwest Chapter’s November dinner meeting.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the meeting room at Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta in Shoreline, located at 18411 Aurora Ave. North. Free for MWA members, $10 for non-members.

About our speaker: At the ME’s office, Christman oversees pathology, investigations and administration. He came to the office in September from the Bothell Police Department, and before that, he spent fifteen years working for several Medical Examiner/Coroner offices as a Medicolegal Death Scene Investigator. In his career, Christman attended more than 4,500 death scene investigations, and has been invited to provide independent expert testimony in several hundred other cases outside his jurisdiction. Christman has written and taught for the law enforcement community since 1988. In 1998, he became an adjunct instructor of Criminal Investigations at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. There, he teaches other law enforcement professionals the art and science behind crime scene investigations and reconstructions.

More about his work with Snohomish County can be found here

We’re looking forward to Dan Christman’s presentation. Please join us! RSVP at the Mystery Writers of America-Northwest Facebook page.





October Meeting – Blood Splatter & Other Cool Stuff

26 09 2014

Date: October 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: NEW LOCATION!!! On Bainbridge Island, Roosters Cafe, 123 Bjune Ave. SE

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This month, we’re doing something a little different: We’re having our monthly meeting — Saturday, Oct. 11 — on Bainbridge Island!

We know, many of you have to ride a ferry to get there, but the restaurant at which we’re meeting is an easy walk off the ferry (ferry schedule here), so you can park in downtown Seattle, and go on foot from there through a charming small-town retail district.

We’ve got great guests lined up for an event we’re calling BLOOD SPATTER AND OTHER COOL STUFF — a must for anybody seeking to authenticate the procedural portions of their crime-fiction storytelling. It takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Roosters Café, 123 Bjune Ave. SE. It’s a short walk (or taxi ride) through downtown Winslow off the ferry. (You can also drive up on Highway 16 to Highway 3 from Tacoma if you’re coming from the south, or take the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and drive 25 minutes to downtown Bainbridge if you’re coming from the north.)

Our guests:

 George Johnston is the Public Information Officer for the Washington State Patrol’s Forensics Crime Lab Services, which includes the crime labs in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville, Spokane and more. He teaches forensics classes at the University of Washington.

His wife, Jean Johnston, is a DNA specialist with WSP and was credited with much of the research that resulted in the arrest of Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. Jean can explain what’s possible—and impossible—with DNA and the state and national CODIS System, the DNA database.

RSVP through our Mystery Writers of America-Northwest Chapter Facebook page or our e-mailed Evite invitation. We hope you can make it, and we promise any extra effort it takes to get there will be worth it.

Please note: Non-MWA members are asked to pay $10 at the door.

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September speaker switcheroo

31 08 2014

Our previously scheduled speaker–computer forensics expert Randall Karstetter–has a scheduling conflict and will be unable to attend our September meeting.

But never fear. The chapter board is delighted to announce that a Seattle Police detective has graciously agreed to step in at this late date and serve as the guest speaker for our September 13 meeting!

Tim Renihan has served as a Seattle Police detective since 1998 and currently works on a taskforce with the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Angelo’s Ristorante, 601 SW 153rd St., in Burien.

Renihan, who has a background in Army criminal intelligence, worked in patrol for SPD before joining the department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, which collects and analyzes information and coordinates with other agencies to monitor and prevent organized criminal activities. His recent work includes murder-for-hire investigations and providing executive protection for visiting dignitaries.

He’ll talk about his work and take questions from attendees.

Please join us! RSVP on our MWA-NW Facebook page.





September Meeting – Randall Karstetter

28 08 2014

RandallKarstetterWant to know how computer forensic experts dig evidence out of the cyber-ether to help convict criminals–and keep the wrongly accused free?

Randall Karstetter, who has specialized in this fascinating field for nearly 25 years, will be the speaker at our Sept. 13 dinner meeting, which takes place at 6 p.m. at Angelo’s Restaurant, 601 SW 153rd St., Burien.

Karstetter has owned Computronics, a computer service company, since 1991. He entered computer forensics doing data recovery for businesses and individuals involved in civil cases. He got into criminal cases with expert testimony in 2002, and has since been in high demand as a computer expert for criminal defense. He has worked as a computer and cell phone expert on 130 criminal cases both state and federal (from employee theft to murder) and 52 civil cases, testifying in court 23 times.

He has made presentations on behalf of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to the King County Office of Public Defense and National Association Legal Professionals (NALS). He has also provided training to law-enforcement first responders on electronic crime scenes and presented seminars on time-stamp analysis to the forensics expert organization CTIN.org.

Please RSVP on our Mystery Writers of America Northwest Chapter Facebook page or on the eVite invitation that will be coming your way if you are on our e-mailing list. We hope to see you there!





21st Century Author – How To Connect With the Publishing Industry & Build an Audience!

6 07 2014

Simon Wood, a mystery and thriller author who has sold 500,000 e-books since 2011, will headline an Aug. 9 event at Bellevue College: “The 21st Century Author: How to Connect With the Publishing Industry and Build an Audience.”

The event will reveal the techniques that have served Wood well in more than a decade of work as an author who’s been both traditionally and independently published. It’s aimed at authors in any genre who are struggling to find readers and attract agents in a time of rapid change in the book-publishing industry.

“Publishing is both a business and a craft, and the authors who’ll thrive will be the ones who embrace the business side as well as the craft,” said Wood, 46, a Bay Area resident whose next thriller title is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, to be published by Thomas & Mercer, Amazon’s crime-fiction imprint.

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at Bellevue College’s Paccar Auditorium. A box lunch is included.

Cost: If you register before July 26, the cost is $50 for MWA members and $60 for non-members. After July 26, the cost for everyone is $75.

Please look here for more details and to register for this event!

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May Chapter Meeting

18 04 2014

As mystery writers (and readers!), we strive to understand and accurately portray criminals, cops, pathologists, liars, murderers, detectives, the heroes and villains of our society. But always in these stories, there must be victims. The victim that the criminal targets, the victim that the police and detective try to protect and avenge.

Our May meeting features Julie Thomas from Victim Support Services of Washington. She will speak to us about the plight of the victim, the emotional impact, the characteristics, and the journey from violence to judicial resolution. Julie will also inform us about the role of the Victim Support Services. This non-profit group provides emotional support, assistance with navigating the justice system, assistance with medical and funeral arrangements, and will act as spokesperson to the media as well as accompany victims to court. Their website is www.victimsupportservices.org.

Julie will also be bringing with her information on how people can become involved or support the association. As usual with our monthly meetings, there is no fee to attend, but we will be “passing the hat” at the meeting for donations for Victim Support Services.

Meeting will be held at Angelo’s Restaurant, 601 SW 153rd, Burien at 6:00 p.m.





March Chapter Meeting: Author and Journalist Bruce DeSilva

17 02 2014

Bruce DeSilva, author of three mystery novels and longtime investigative journalist, will be our featured guest in March. Bruce, a Rhode Island resident, started writing mystery novels in his sixties after a longtime career in journalism that included stints as the worldwide writing coach for The Associated Press and an investigative journalist for the Providence Bulletin. An Edgar and Macavity award winner, Bruce’s books include ROGUE ISLAND, CLIFF WALK and his latest, PROVIDENCE RAG, all featuring ragtag newspaper reporter Liam Mulligan. He’ll be appearing earlier in the day at Seattle Mystery Bookshop. He’s well plugged into the East Coast mystery writing scene, and has plenty of fascinating stories to share. Come join us!

Find out more about Bruce at www.brucedesilva.com

March 15

6-8:30 p.m.

New southend location: Angelo’s Restaurant in Burien, 601 SW 153rd St. Burien, WA 98166

Please visit our Facebook page to RSVP!








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