The Graveyard Shift Blog

Since 2008, Lee Lofland has written over 2000 articles on his blog, The Graveyard Shift. Topics such as police procedure, forensics, criminal behavior, and what it’s like to be a cop has helped countless numbers of popular and aspiring writers.

His life’s mission – to remind writers that cordite is dead and gone. Just say no to cordite in your books!

Elaine Munsch: An Arresting Visit – The Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin

Author Elaine Munsch joins us today to share her experiences at the 2022 Writers' Police Academy. Welcome to The Graveyard Shift, Elaine. It's always a pleasure to have a guest on the site. I'll now quickly exit and the floor is yours. For…

5 Ways Officers Can Avoid the Dreaded Pucker Factor

Pucker Factor. Two simple words that, when spoken separately, have truly harmless meanings. 1. Pucker: a rounded shape by folding or wrinkling, such as puckering your lips. 2. Factor: an element contributing to a result. However, when…
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Extracting Nuclear DNA from Hair Shafts is a “Hairy” Situation

Law enforcement officers collect a variety of evidence at crime scenes, such as bullet fragments, weapons, narcotics, and fingerprints. In addition, police gather body fluids, skin cells, bones, and hairs, hoping that one or more of those substances…
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Jimmy Bob “Peanut” Lawson: Button-Zinging At The Local Piggly Wiggly

Cap'n Rufus "Tater" Jenkins of the Cornsqueezins' County Sheriff's Office had a long night answering call after call---he-saids, she-saids, chasing a half-nekkid Peeping Tom through back yards and alleys, wrestlin' with a couple of drunks whose…

A Police K-9 Offers 8 Tips To Handlers

I'm currently working an extremely dangerous undercover assignment in a massive dog-fighting ring, but I've blown my cover to speak with you today about a very important subject---K-9 handlers. Please feel free to call me "Dawg." Not my real…

Day One – 2022 Writers’ Police Academy at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center

Upon arrival at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton, Wisconsin, one of three fabulous venues for the 2022 Writers' Police Academy, Denene and I were immediately greeted by Mike Videc, the man in charge of the facility's operations.…

My Long and Winding Journey to the 2022 Writers’ Police Academy … and SpongeBob

The final two weeks of preparation for the annual Writers’ Police Academy passed by quickly, but eerily. I say it was eerie because there wasn’t a speck of trouble or problems. Well, other than presenters who backed out at the last minute.…

Writers’ Police Academy – Pre-Event Updates, Schedule Changes, and News

Okay, the really BIG NEWS first ... the REACHER PRIZE! Are you a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels? Are you also a fan of the REACHER Amazon Prime television series? Yes? Have you ever wondered what it would be like…

Here’s How YOU Can Meet Jack Reacher!

Are you a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels? Are you also a fan of the REACHER Amazon Prime television series? Yes? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet the real-life Jack Reacher, stunningly portrayed by Alan…

Tami Hoag Giveaway – Two Free Registrations to the 2022 Writers’ Police Academy!

Tami Hoag, the #1 international bestselling author of over thirty books, is GIVING AWAY two registrations ($515 value each) to the 2022 Writers’ Police Academy taking place on June 2-5 in Green Bay, WI. That’s right, she’s giving them…
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Firearms Evidence: A Top Six “How-To” List

Many of the murders that occur in the U.S. involve a firearm of some type. How and what type of evidence recovered from those weapons can have a huge impact on the subsequent criminal trials. Proper evidence collection procedures ... well, they…
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Investigator G. Nome’s Fabulous Guide to Developing Fingerprints

Confused as to which fingerprinting medium is right for the task at hand? Well, Investigator G. Nome has assembled the ultimate guide for the heroes of your tall tales, and he recommends keeping it within easy reach. Heroes such as Harry…

2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners!

"The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories. MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers,…

Naked And Confused: Stupid Drivers

I've never been fond of working traffic details---running radar, crash investigations, issuing parking citations, standing in intersections during the pouring rain, wildly waving my arms and hands to send vehicles on their way, all while blasting…
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Writers’ Police Academy Online: April Tips, News, Upcoming Courses, and More!

Writers' Police Academy Online is officially open, with a brand new June 25, 2022 class, new website, new design, new server, and exciting new, user-friendly live/online and on-demand courses currently in development. Class formats are video,…

REACHER REVIEW (S1 X 03) Delayed Due to Website Move to New Server

The weekly REACHER Review has been delayed until next week because we're in the process of moving the Graveyard Shift to a new server. Also, the site is undergoing a much needed major overhaul which will appear in the near future. After 15…
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Murderers on the Block: James Ruppert and Timothy Bradford, the Minor Avenue Killers

Easter is nearly here and with its arrival I'm reminded of two horrific murder cases, one of which occurred on Easter Sunday. The other, nearly twenty years later in a house across the street from the first homicide scene. I've visited both…
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Postmortem Decomposition: How To Properly Rot Your Corpses

Putrefaction is the destruction of the soft tissue caused by two things, bacteria and enzymes. As bacteria and enzymes do their jobs, the body immediately begins to discolor, and it slowly transform into liquids and gases. The odd thing about…