Author and forensic psychologist, John
Philpin, one of the first independent criminal profilers,
is an internationally recognized expert on violent behavior and
criminal investigation. Philpin is a frequent consultant to law
enforcement and the media.
has been a guest commentator on Court TV, 20/20 Downtown, Unsolved
Mysteries, America's Most Wanted, Inside Edition, Chronicle, The
Geoff Metcalf Show, The Jim Bohannon Show, Northwest Afternoon and
CBC's As It Happens.
of numerous awards for contributions in murder investigations, his
forensic work was featured in Philip E. Ginsburg's Shadow
of Death the investigation of a series of murders along
interstate highway corridors of Vermont and New Hampshire in the
is a regular contributor of exclusive true crime commentaries and
short stories for KariSable.com True
Crime and Justice Web site. Philpin
holds degrees in English, clinical psychology, and forensic psychology
from Harvard, Goddard, and Columbia Pacific. Philpin
lives in rural Vermont and is a rabid fan of good rock music.
He has authored and co-written ten books and numerous
articles, and the featured character in an eighth, drawing on his
experience. His published
works include the following true crime cases:
Shattered Justice: A Savage Murder and the Death of Three Families' Innocence --A family's horror— one child murdered . . .another destroyed. The Crowes’ neighbors in the peaceful middle classcommunity in San Diego’s North County were shockedby the savagery of the crime—a young girl murdered,stabbed repeatedly, in her own bed in the dead of night.The lack of any evidence of forced entry led the Escondidopolice to their inevitable conclusion: someone in the familywas responsible for 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe’s slaying.The investigation quickly zeroed in on the victim’s olderbrother, Michael, and two teenage friends—three lonerswho enjoyed inhabiting dark fantasy worlds of quests andviolence. Through efficient, by-the-book police work, theboys were broken down and ultimately confessed. The onlyproblem was the detectives had gotten everything wrong . . .Shattered Justice is the riveting and disturbing trueaccount of a horrific tragedy and the terrible crimethat followed—a nightmare of four innocent livesshattered, one by a killer’s blade, three byobsession and twisted law.
-- 1997, a true story of child abduction and murder in the San Francisco
Bay Area, featured on the ABC series Vanished, and Beyond Murder.
The Inside Account of the Gainesville Student Murders -- 1994, the inside story of the serial sex slayer responsible for
the Gainesville student murders in 1990. Philpin and veteran journalist,
John Donnelly, detail the five murders and their aftermath in a gripping
narrative. Optioned for a TV mini-series.
J.D. The Plot to Steal J.D. Salinger's Manuscriptsis a fast-paced mystery-farce about a professor at a small New England
college who decides that the quickest way to academic glory, international
fame, and of course money, is to break into J.D. Salinger's home
and steal his unpublished manuscripts. -- An ebook.
Murder Channel -- Lucas Frank knows the cost of hunting human monsters. That's
why he left Boston for the Michigan woods. But a tantalizing case
lured the forensic psychiatrist back to work and into the path of
a cold-bloodedkiller. Felix Zrbny was just a teenager when he went
on a murder spree that left three women dead. Now, after fifteen
years locked away, Felix has escaped and is determined to finish
what he started years ago.
in the Key of Blue -- Six years ago forensic psychiatrist
Lucas Frank "retired" from hunting serial killers. But someone wants
him back in the worst way. It begins with a brutal triple homicide
in the picturesque Maine town of Ragged Harbor. And it won't stop
there. Suddenly Lucas is forced to do what he swore he would never
do again: enter the twisted mind of a killer who enjoys murder.
Prettiest Feathers-- Sarah Sinclair was the perfect
victim--she wanted to die. When a darkly enigmatic man approaches
her in the small antiquarian book store where she works, Sarah is
drawn into a slow dance toward death. A death she couldn't stop
even if she wanted to.
of Night -- The real-world backgrounds of renowned forensic
psychologist Philpin and former private investigator Sierra shine
through this sequel to The Prettiest Feathers. Narrated in three
alternating voices?semiretired forensic scientist Lucas Frank; his
NYPD detective daughter, Lane; and cunning murderer John Wolf?the
thriller offers a scary glimpse into the mind of a man who kills
True Crime Articles by John Philpin on KariSable.com
of Foul Play -- Shakira was last seen Saturday night, September
13. She and two brothers attended a block party. She was still dancing
at ten PM. Then she was gone.
Murder of Kurt Cobain -- A recent investigation of the facts
and forensics of this case answers the lingering question "could
it have been murder" for one forensic and crime scene expert.
Night Birds -- West Memphis 3. Three kids. Two bikes. The
boys Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore had miles
to ride before they slept.
of Suspicion --Jon
Benet Ramsey --Family members and acquaintances account for 90%
of the homicides of young children.