J. Patrick O’Connor has been the editor and publisher of Crime Magazine since 1998. He was a reporter and bureau manager for United Press International, editor of Cincinnati Magazine, and an associate editor for TV Guide. He was editor and publisher of the Kansas City New Times, an alternative newspaper. He is the author of The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal, which was published by Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, in May of 2008.
Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper is available on StrategicMediaBooks.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores near you.
Queenpins: The Lives and Times of Notorious Women Gangsters is available on StrategicMediabooks.com, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores near you.
SMB Authors Speak at Law School
On January 25 at 5 p.m. Ron Chepesiuk and Ike Atkinson, along with distinguished Federal judge Sterling Johnson, appeared on a program at the North Carolina Central University Law School in Durham, North Carolina, Titled "The American Gangster: The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth," the program was open to the public and five historical black colleges in North Carolina participated by teleconference. The authors signed copies of "Sergeant Smack" and the DVD, "Ike Atkinson, Kingpin: In his Own Words".
Frank Matthews Documentary in Production
In 1974 Drug Kingpin Frank Matthews jumped bail with $15 million and beautiful woman and has never been seen again. Now, filmmakers Ron Chepesiuk and Al Profit are putting finishing touches on a documentary that investigates Matthews fascinating career and disappearance. It is scheduled for release in late February. Click here to view the trailer. To visit the website, go to frankmatthewsmovie.com.
SMB Author to Participate in Starz Television Production
This spring Starz premiers its new original series, Magic City, which is set in 1950s Miami. Leading up to the premiere, Starz is producing several interstitials featuring interviews with celebrities, trendsetters and experts on 1950s Miami. Through the blending of present and past, of the modern with the archival, the Magic City project will present a unique combination of information about the era and its relevance today. SMB writer Ron Chepesiuk, the author of Gangsters of Miami, will be interviewed for the project. Click the link for more information about Magic City.
It’s hard to believe but the SMB sponsored radio show Crime Beat has been on the air for one year. Four million listeners turned into the first 50 broadcasts of the show. Crime Beat guests have included Henry Hill, John Gotti’s Adopted Son, Tim Donaghy, Louis Ferrante and others. To celebrate, Crime Beat invited its first guest, Jack Garcia, back for its anniversary show. For a promo of the show click this link.
Seth Ferranti has been in prison for two decades during which time he has established a leading reputation as a true crime writer and the creator of the Gorilla Convict web site and a popular blog that chronicles prison life and the history of the urban gangster. SMB will publish a collection of Seth Ferranti’s best blog writings. SMB writer Ron Chepesiuk will edit the collection.