TCP Ep. 28 Marla Bernard, Author of By the Side of the Road: The True Story of the Kidnapping, Rape, and Murder of Ann Harrison

Tonight I get to talk to Marla Bernard, Author of By the Side of the Road: The True Story of the Kidnapping, Rape, and Murder of Ann Harrison. Marla is a passionate victim’s rights advocate, author, and public speaker. She is also a retired Police Sergeant, instructor, and contributor to national law enforcement publications. She was recently filmed for an upcoming true crime series in the United Kingdom for an episode based on her first book, Through the Rain.

About By the Side of the Road:

In the early hours of March 22, 1989, two friends – career criminals with violent felony convictions – drove around the eastern Kansas City area in a stolen car committing a series of crimes. The weather was mild for late March in Kansas City; the sky was clear, and there was the pale remnant of a Full Moon that bore the dubious name of Death Moon, the last full moon of winter. A little before 7 a.m., 15-year-old Ann Harrison walked to the end of her driveway on Kansas City’s east side to wait for the bus to take her to Raytown South High School. Ten minutes later, she disappeared but no one saw what happened. As if waiting for her return, her belongings were still stacked carefully by the side of the road. BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD is the true crime story of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Ann Harrison and the long journey forced upon her family who had to wait nearly three decades to see her killers brought to final justice.

You can find Marla at her website:

DON’T FORGET! The deal still stands. Like, subscribe, and rate the TCP and I’ll send you a free ebook, either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith.

Talk to you next week.

Thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

TCP Ep. 27 Linda Lou Long, Author of The Tuskegee Strangler: The Nicest Serial Killer they ever Met

NOTE: Before we get started, don’t forget to like, subscribe, and rate the TCP. Do that and I send you a free ebook. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email,, and I’ll send you either Brother’s KeeperShattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

Also, continued thanks for your support and great feedback for Spoilers and Blood Red Ivory.

Tonight we’re talking to Bestselling author Linda Lou Long.

Linda Lou Long has worked for over thirty years in a variety of law enforcement and state government positions. Her experience includes working as a Process Officer, riding Horse Patrol, and acting as a Search and Rescue Canine Handler. Linda Lou has also worked with juveniles in a youth camp called Camp Sherwood for the Illinois State Police. More recently, Linda Lou acts as a trainer with the Illinois Police Association-Central Division for the city, county, state, and federal officers instructing on the newest crime-fighting issues, ideas, and techniques.

Linda Lou’s education is in rehabilitation and legal studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration and Rehabilitation Administration at a Master’s level.

Her book, The Tuskegee Strangler discusses the case of Jerry Marcus, who stalked and killed seven girls 1970 and 1986 in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee

Linda can be found at: Linda Lou Long | Facebook

Thanks to Crush Limbo for the music. 

TCP Ep. 26 Matthew Gentile, Writer/Director of American Murderer starring Tom Pelphrey and Ryan Phillippe

NOTE: Attached at the end of this episode is a sample of my new audiobook Spoilers. Also, don’t forget about our deal. Follow, rate, and review the TCP and I’ll send you a free ebook. DM me at @thatscriminalpodcast or email

Tonight, I’m excited to talk to award-winning filmmaker Matthew Gentile. Matthew is the writer and director of American Murderer, coming to theaters on October 28th.

American Murderer is based on the true story of Jason Derek Brown – a charismatic con man turned party king who bankrolls his luxurious lifestyle through a series of scams. When his funds run low and his past catches up with him, he plots his most elaborate scheme yet and, in the process, becomes the FBI’s most unlikely – and elusive – top ten fugitive.

AMERICAN MURDERER stars Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, Jacki Weaver, Shantel Vansanten, Paul Schneider, Moises Arias, and Kevin Corrigan. Traveling Picture Show Company produced the film with Gigi Films, Productivity Media Inc, and Radiant Films International.

I got to screen American Murderer and I can tell you this movie is solid. Tom Pelphrey plays a fantastic bad guy. Stream it or go see it, October 28th!

For reference here’s a link to the FBI’s page on Brown: 

Matthew Gentile can be found at:

ABOUT | mgdirector (

Thanks Matthew for a great interview.

As always, thank you to Crush Limbo for the music.

TCP Ep. 23 Author and Host of Cops and Writers Patrick O’Donnell

Welcome back to That’s Criminal.

Spoilers is coming to Audible. I just finished some last-minute edits. The producer/narrator Chas Mandala has been amazing to work with. He’s so good at bringing Banks and Wilke, Thompson, DeGuello, and of course Biannca and Poppy to life. Look for that on pre-order in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your continued support for Blood Red Ivory. Got about 20,000 more words to go in the first draft of the next Ty Benhoff adventure. I think you’re really going to like it. Hopefully, I can get it to you later this year.

Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and rate the TCP. Do that and I send you a free ebook. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email,, and I’ll send you either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

Tonight we’re talking to Patrick O’Donnell.

Patrick worked for the Milwaukee Police Department for 25 years. He has overseen thousands of crime scenes and investigations, including homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies.

He hosts Cops and Writers. an informative and often humorous podcast for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories.

He’s also the author of four books:

Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street (Non-fiction)

Cops And Writers: Crime Scenes and Investigations (Non-fiction)

COMING SOON: Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1) (Fiction)

Mad City: Book One of the Sean Walsh Post Apocalyptic Series (Fiction)

You can find Patrick at:


Big thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

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TCP Ep. 24 Spoilers is on Audible!

Spoilers came out on Audible this past week. Figured I would offer a sample and talk about how the book and all those great characters came to life. Enjoy. Talk to you next week.

Thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

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