A DANGEORUS WOMAN: Into the Light

On Valentine's Day I head to Luxor, Egypt to write for two months. Valentine's Day is always bittersweet, for it is when private investigator Casey Cohen left this earth. In 2000, shortly before he died, he gave me a series of fantastical letters sent to death row inmate, Maureen 'Miki' McDermott and made me promise …

Rules of the Fighting Game excerpt from A DANGEROUS WOMAN

by Karen Hunt “Guys Beat Up Girls, Girls Beat Up Girls, But Girls Never Beat Up Guys.” I am sharing this chapter, which delves into my friendships with Sister Janet Harris and Casey Cohen. There are those who did their best to sweep what happened under the mat and me along with it. One day …

TRAVELING THE HARD ROAD

I just received a phone call. "Governor Brown signed her release!" My heart soared. It was Silvia's sister, Veronica, telling me that after twenty years in prison, Silvia was going to be set free. I met Silvia in 1996, at Central Juvenile Hall, where she was awaiting her trial for a murder committed by her …

SCALIA THE “MASTER OF WORDS”

Yes, I've heard a lot about what a great word master he was since his death. How about this... “Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.” Scalia. Hmmm, I wonder how he will plead about that now?

Remembering

Instead of lying in bed beside a wonderful lover, or even just a warm body, by midnight of my 50th birthday I was standing in a dingy apartment, covered in someone else's blood, and wondering what to do about it.

Istanbul, I love you

Just returned from five weeks traveling to Lake Bled, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Istanbul, Turkey. I spent two weeks in Istanbul, staying in a penthouse flat near the Galata Tower with a view of the Bosporus from the terrace. I went there to finish writing the last chapter of my book, Letters from …

A DANGEROUS WOMAN

Excerpt from my book-in-progress A Dangerous Woman, about my connection to a series of mysterious letters sent to the first woman to be put on death row in California after the death penalty was reinstated in 1979.  Everyone has his or her own version of truth. Here is Jimmy Luna’s side of the story, the man who committed …