M. Troy McDaniel


M. Troy McDaniel has been a deputy sheriff in Caddo Parish since 1988, and has served in corrections, patrol, SWAT, investigations, financial crimes, and juvenile sex crimes. Currently, he is a swing shift supervisor on patrol. He has been married to Colleen Leach McDaniel for 31 years and has three grown children. His hobbies include woodworking, knife making, shooting, theology and grandchildren. As an a avid believer in creation and original sin, M. Troy has a framework to understand the plight of all mankind, and like the British preacher John Bradford can say, "There, but for the grace of God go I."

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.The Holy Bible. The Bible is God's gift to mankind, and it reveals the character of God, what He did to create us, what He did to redeem us and what He requires from us. I read it daily.
2. Knowing God by J. I. Packer. Perhaps the best Christian book ever written.
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Regarded as the first novel, it is the original story of a sailor shipwrecked on an island, how he survived, how he was converted, how he was rescued, and how he got back home.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. On of the greatest novels of all time, it is the story of a little girl struggling to understand racism in Alabama in the 30s.
5. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote. The best true crime story ever written. Capote called it his non-fiction novel. It is the story of two paroled prisoners who murdered a family of four in rural western Kansas.
Who are your favorite authors?
Daniel Defoe who wrote Robinson Crusoe, Louis L'Amour who wrote over a hundred books, mostly westerns, and Rick Bragg, a writer from Alabama.
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Where to find M. Troy McDaniel online


The Murder of Ernest Luttrell
Price: Free! Words: 13,490. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
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Shortly after Sunday School on a hot day in mid-summer, a woman came home and found her 73 year old husband dead on the floor. Death is indiscriminate, but murder is not. Detectives responded immediately and processed the scene and spoke to everyone possible. Rumors and theories abounded, but a tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest of the murderer 48 hours later, but it wasn't over yet...
The Murder of Julian Brandon
Price: Free! Words: 15,070. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
Friends and family had not heard from Julian and Alice Brandon since New Year's Day 2003. On January 5, Julian was found in a pool of blood by his front door, and Alice was in the bedroom with two gunshot wounds to the head. The community asked themselves who could do such a thing. Read the true story of a crime spree in a small town...
Mason's Wish
Price: Free! Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
What happens when those who are called to protect the public have to protect one of their own? This is a story of perspective and why ethics really matter.
The Murder of Meagan McFarlin
Price: Free! Words: 24,640. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
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When the detective from Louisiana called Denise McFarlin, she knew it wasn't good. She had not heard from her daughter Meagan in a month. The body of a white female had been found beside Highway 80 in Greenwood, Louisiana. She had been beaten and stabbed to death. The woman matched Meagan's description, and worse, she was wearing Meagan's high school class ring, but just one day later...