Interview with RJ Parker

Published 2014-10-14.
How can you research and write about these gory crimes?
I've be taught a long time ago to detach myself from "what I have to do or see". Sorry, that's vague but I'm not permitted to elaborate. I've seen the worst of the worst in criminals, serial and spree killers....up close and personal. The worse kind of crime scenes you can possibly imagine. To separate your emotions is not easy...that's why since retiring I write and publish so that my mind is active and doesn't drift back. Most people are fascinated with the criminal mind. That's why shows like Dexter, Criminal Minds, Cold Cases, CSI are so popular. We don't want these killers in our neighbourhood or course but to learn what makes the dregs of society tick is curious to most people.
What is the most heinous crime you've written about?
Writing about school shootings. When I was writing No Killing in the Hallways, I was an emotional wreck. Being a parent of two teenage girls in school, and to research and write about what happened at V. Tech and Columbine, was emotionally draining.
Is there one crime that sticks in your head and heart and haunts you?
My most memorable time was writing about Jeffrey Dahmer. The following is an excerpt from Case Closed: Serial Killers Captured and it broke my heart to write it, it haunts me every day:

“In the wee hours of May 27th, 1991, Konerak Sinthasomphone, fourteen, was discovered wandering naked on the street, heavily drugged and bleeding from his rectum. Two young women from theneighbourhood found the confused young boy and called 911. Dahmer chased after the boy to take him back to his apartment, but the women stopped him. When the police arrived, Dahmer told them that Sinthasomphone was his nineteen-year-old boyfriend, and they’d had an argument while drinking. The two women were not pleased and protested, but the two police officers turned the boy over to Dahmer. The police later reported a strange smell inside Dahmer's apartment, but did not investigate it. The smell was the body of Tony Hughes, Dahmer's previous victim, decomposing in the bedroom. The two policemen did not try to verify the boy’s age and also failed to run the background check that would have revealed Dahmer as a convicted child molester, registered sex offender, and still on probation. Later that night, Dahmer killed and dismembered the young lad, keeping his skull as a souvenir. Author Note: Officers Joseph P. Gabrish and John A. Balcerzak were fired after this incident but appealed and were re-instated.”
What authors or books have greatly influenced your own writing?
First and foremost, John Douglas is my favourite. Since I was a young boy, I always wanted to be an FBI Agent from watching the show at the time, The FBI starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (who is 93 years young). I found out in my early teens that I couldn't be with the FBI because I was Canadian...what a disappointment, I still remember it. Getting back to John Douglas, I really enjoyed his books: Mind Hunters, Inside the Mind of BTK, Obsession, and The Cases that Haunt Us. He has other books, but those were my favourite and inspiration to write. Other great authors are: Peter Vronsky, Michael Newton, Mark Olshaker, Steve Jackson and Gregg Olsen, just to name a few.
You offer your Kindle books for free to law enforcement, firefighters, Allied soldiers, correctional officers, EMTs, etc. What prompted you to do this? And do you have a background in any of these fields?
I don't have a background in law enforcement like a police officer per se, but I do have a background in national security and have worked with many alphabet agencies over the years. Sorry for being vague but I can't elaborate. Many of my family members are or have been soldiers, police officers and firefighters. I am a very patriotic person. I'm Canadian, and we are part of North America so I am patriotic to both Canada and the US. Before I published, I promised myself that no soldier, or men and women in uniform who do so much in protecting and serving their countries, will ever have to pay for my books. I have gifted over 2000 free eBooks and paperbacks to men and women in uniform as well as wounded warriors and have gotten hundreds of beautiful e-mails in return. I always write back and thank them personally for their service. I've met a lot of beautiful people this way. I've been Blessed by God with very good sales so that I can afford to gift these books. By the way, I have to pay full price for every book I gift.
What is it like to interview a serial killer?
Interviewing a serial killer is not as glamorous or intriguing as one might think... looking into the eyes of a madman as he rambles on, gleefully recalling one horrific scene after another, while exhibiting zero remorse or shame. He will tell his stories to anyone who will listen for the sheer pleasure of being able to relive his henious killings. These madmen and women, they weren't born to be killers. They are sculped and made into cold blooded killers. Sculpted by society, the by-product of their parents, or lack thereof and in particular the mother, and the life they've been dealt. You have to talk to them on their level. Dress down, unshaved, laugh, high-five them, all while getting them to open up. Then you go to your hotel room and break down crying for the victims and their families.
What are some of your latest true crime books?
In 2014, I have released "Serial Killers Abridged: An Encyclopedia of 100 Serial Killers", "Parents Who Killed Their Children: Filicide", "Social Media Monsters: Internet Killers", co-written with JJ Slate.
So what's up next?
On Dec 15, we release the second annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology (2015) with Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Dr. Peter Vronsky, Sylvia Perrini, Michael Newton, Kelly Banaski and myself. On Dec 31 I have my book Serial Killer Groupies being released, and April 15, 2015 Backseat Tragedies: Hot Car Deaths. These three books are available for pre-order now.
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Books by This Author

Escaped Killer: True Story of Serial Killer Allan Legere
Price: Free! Words: 13,880. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » Serial killers, Nonfiction » History » North America » Canada
When this killer was on the loose, citizens were vigilant, yet scared. Children were not allowed outside to play without adult supervision. But then he was captured, tried, convicted, and put away for life in prison. The community could finally breathe again. They are out of danger. Until the day the convicted killer escapes prison and rains terror upon anyone and everyone in his way.
Beyond Sticks and Stones
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology, Nonfiction » Psychology » Child Abuse
It's no secret that bullying is a serious issue for today's youth. With newer technologies giving cyberbullies more tools to work with, and the terrifying reality of bullycide (children killing themselves after being bullied), it's important for parents to be in the know on this topic. This book may be brief, but it is jam packed with important info about the history and various types of bullying.
Rampage Spree Killer Case Files
Series: Serial Killers. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,430. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » General, Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence
Could you imagine being in an area like a mall or restaurant when someone pulls out weapons and starts killing people? It's scary! I have chosen ten of these stories to write about and compiled them in this book.
Case Closed Serial Killers Captured Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and More.
Series: Serial Killers. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 26,920. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » Serial killers, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » General
When a Serial Killer is active in a community it is extremely scary for everyone. This book focuses on Serial Killers who have been captured and some of the most notorious and ruthless killers in history.
School Shootings - No Killings In The Hallways
Series: Serial Killers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,580. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence, Nonfiction » Social Science » Criminology
When kids suffer abuse at home from parents and siblings, they often then go to school and suffer bullying from peers and an endless series of dictates from teachers. They begin to feel trapped as they can't avoid abuse no matter where they are. This book looks at School Massacres such as Virginia Tech, Columbine, University of Texas Sniper, the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre and others.
Women Who Kill (Serial Killers Series)
Series: Serial Killers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,370. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » Serial killers, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » General
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Females, the loving and caring protectors of our species and the ones that are more susceptible to danger, are in fact the most dangerous because they are the least suspected of the serial killers. Like their male counterparts, they show no remorse and have no mercy for their victims. Should we still call them the weaker sex?
Unsolved Serial Killings (Serial Killers Series)
Series: Serial Killers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » Serial killers, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
At any given time in the U.S. there are 35-50 active serial killers at work continually changing their targets and methods. Serial murders are one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a community. Knowing that there is someone stalking the streets that you live on, looking for victims, is a very scary. There are several detailed unsolved cases in this e-Book, I hope you enjoy