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Diane Dimond

Vicious, Even Deadly, Hazing Still a Shameful College Tradition

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.13.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

High school and middle school kids have reported being subjected to and voluntarily submitting to hazing rituals. But younger kids come home after class or club events and observant parents can sense if something is wrong. It's those students who go away to school who are most vulnerable.

Rembrandts of the Courtroom

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Inside courtrooms where the most-watched trials take place there is a group of unsung regulars - professional courtroom artists. Whenever I can I try to get a seat next to one of them. Watching them work is a treat.

Learn to Respect Each Others' Opinions

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Another 4th of July holiday has come and gone and every year I try to think past the BBQ's and beer and ponder the origin of Independence Day.

The Forgotten Victims in the 'O.J. Case'

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.24.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

To this day, no one has been held accountable for the deeds that took a loving brother and son, and a doting and beautiful mother. The court of public opinion may have decided who the murderer was, but that is cold comfort to the families who are still left wanting.

Another Massacre, Another Distracting Blame Game

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.05.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy we always look for someone or something to blame. In the case of the Isla Vista, California massacre in which s...

The Almost Forgotten Sex Crime Victims: Boys

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Before making snap judgments about someone who claims they were sexually molested as a child, could we all just take a deep breath and understand the dynamics at play? From my experience reporting on these types of cases it is gut-wrenchingly hard for a bonafide victim to go public.

Urban Peace -- How Do We Get There?

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Diane Dimond

Youth courts in and around Lockett's native Toronto, Canada are so impressed by his track record with these kids they automatically funnel the toughest cases his way, sentencing young offenders to a term in this very unique program.

If We're Keeping the Death Penalty, Then Bring Back Firing Squads

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If we're going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are "humane executions" then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain free death for the condemned.

Pets Help Solve Crimes

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

As far as crime laboratories go it is not very impressive looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at the University of California at Davis is important and it has changed the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted worldwide.

The Year We Began to Understand Serial Killers

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In the '70s the U.S. experienced a frightening uptick in the number of active serial killers. In that decade, according to the serial killer information center at Radford University, there were 450 individual serial killers at work. Over the previous decade the number stood at 156.

Your Nose Could Save Your Life

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Training with scent technology just makes good sense. Are first responders in your area ready?

Remembering the Dick Tracy of Wichita

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.20.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Landwehr was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer just before his 2012 retirement. He died last month at age 59. I write about him because he was a bigger man than just the BTK case.

Heroin Makes a Comeback

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Diane Dimond

A heroin high now costs less than a decent bottle of wine, a movie ticket or a meal for two at a fast food joint. Functioning heroin addicts are all around us yet, realize, they are one tainted glassine bag away from a meltdown -- or death.

Who Is Killing Whom in America?

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

We have a fascination in America about murder. Serial killers, mass murders, thrill kills. But what is the reality? How many murders are there in America? Who are the victims and their killers?

Death on the Job Dips for Cops

Diane Dimond | Posted 03.11.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Let's get real. The lower police mortality rate is not all attributable to cops being more careful on the job. Our justice system is keeping more criminals behind bars and for longer periods of time. Massive prison overcrowding, nationwide, proves that.

Grant Snowden Amnesty Now

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Diane Dimond

There are only two alternatives here. Either allow Snowden to remain at large, free to release more of America's secrets or grant him amnesty.

DNA and Death Row

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In this time of economic strain anyone who doesn't look at ways to cut their personal or business budget is just not being responsible. Same goes for the justice system.

Who Judges the Judges?

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Respect for judges is a cornerstone of our judicial system. But what happens when the judge acts erratically or even criminally? Who judges the judge?

Murderabilia Re- Dux - Now Facebook Joins the Craze

Diane Dimond | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Murder buffs befriend infamous incarcerated killers and get them to send personal items -- anything from locks of their hair or fingernail clippings to handwritten letters and autographed doodles. The sickening souvenirs are then auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Zimmerman -- A Cautionary Tale for Volunteers

Diane Dimond | Posted 09.10.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

What if both males in the Zimmerman/Martin conflict shared blame? Maybe we should be thinking about this case differently We're taught from an earl...

Murderabilia: Our Fascination With Serial Killers

Diane Dimond | Posted 09.06.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Would you believe these collectors buy serial killer's autographed photos, artwork and handwritten letters sent to people outside prison walls? Even an envelope bearing a handwritten return address commands a pretty penny.

Surrogacy on Upswing: Laws Still in Infancy

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.19.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

It is not some science fiction movie plot. It is real. Human beings are being manufactured and sold - right here in America. Even more shocking is ...

A Spooky House, the Law and You

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.12.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Anyone out there live in a haunted house? It might seem like a silly question, but as home sales pick up you should know there are laws against selling a house without full disclosure.

Time to Re-Think Law on Teen Sexuality

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.05.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

What is it about the age of 18 that magically turns us into full-fledged adults with all the rights and burdens that the status implies? Nothing, really. The law had to draw a line somewhere and age 18 was chosen.

What's Your Definition of a Pimp?

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.22.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

On the heels of news about the "House of Horrors" in Cleveland where three young women were held as sex slaves, Danielle is pushing for heightened awareness about how pervasive human sex trafficking is -- nationwide. For Danielle words matter.