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!

Memorial Day: Sacrifice For Me

Sacrifice For Me ~ The Oak Ridge Boys - Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban Thank you ...

Suicide in the Old Shed: The Day Frank Tried to End it All

A time-battered shed. Front door, askew. One rusted hinge. Open slightly. Wedge of sunlight, On plank flooring. Beretta in hand. "I heard a shot, but I was too scared to look. Is he in there?" "Stay back, please." Standing…

Friday's Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Chief of Police Steven Eric DiSario, 34 Kirkersville Ohio Police Department May 12, 2017 - Chief of Police Eric DiSario was shot and killed while responding to a call regarding a man with a gun at a local nursing home. The suspect also…

Peas in a Pod: Cops, Agents, and Eye-Rolling Writers

When it comes to the convoluted business of writing, a few things immediately come to mind. Such as ... Being a writer is like being a politician. You get to make up @#$! and your fans love it. Being a writer is like being a plumber.…

Is Collusion Illegal? Well, it Depends ...

Collusion is a word we've all come to hear on a regular basis, if not  weekly daily hourly minute-by minute ... okay, practically every second. But what is collusion? Is it the proper terminology when speaking about an incident involving two…

Bugs Bunny and Me, a Crime-Solving Duo

1030 hours. Radio transmission - Theft from jewelry store. Items taken---two diamond rings with value exceeding $10,000. Traffic stop. Weather - Sunny. 84 degrees. Reason for stop - Vehicle matched description provided by jewelry…

Medical Board Exams ... and Chicago Pizza

Denene was in Chicago this week, by invitation, to participate in a meeting of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. The team was here to review questions submitted for the national medical boards. In other words, she and fellow…

Obstructing Justice

Obstruction of justice is a sort of loose term of varied meanings. It's a phrase that's sometimes used incorrectly, and sometimes as a threat. "You don't tell us what we want to know we're going to charge your 109-year-old grandma with obstructing.…

Fake News: Bad Information Overdose

Many of you call on me from time to time to answer questions about police procedure and all things related. To do so, I typically draw on my own personal experience and training, and the knowledge acquired through first-hand encounters over…

Buying Justice: Myth Or Reality?

Who stands a better chance of walking out of a courtroom free and clear of all criminal charges? Is it the rich businessman and his team of high-priced attorneys? Or, is it the average Joe, a hardworking ditch-digger who barely gets by earning…

Welcome to the All New Graveyard Shift!

Thanks for stopping by, and yes, do come in and have a nice stroll along the newly renovated hallways. Please watch your step and use caution, though, because as you can see in the above image we're in the process of launching our new website…
Website is almost done!

The Graveyard Shift: Almost DONE!!

After nearly ten years of providing information about topics such as police procedure, forensics, firefighting, DNA, and poisons, along with tasty recipes, silly stories, sad stories, fun stories, and gripping reality, well, it was time for…
Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

Friday's Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart Yell County Arkansas Sheriff's Department May 11, 2017 - Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop of a vehicle associated with a domestic violence incident. A passerby found…

The FBI Director: One Monkey Don't Stop No Show!

The FBI, our nation's premiere law enforcement agency that, in addition to criminal investigations, has major focus on national security. The FBI conducts thousands upon thousands of investigations concerning domestic and international terrorism,…
Pinocchio

Interrogation: The Reid Technique

The art of interrogation is exactly that ... an art. It's an elaborate song and dance routine that begins with the two participants squaring off, much like a pair or group of birds searching for a mate. Doesn't make sense, you say? Well, lets…
A guide to cop talk
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What Goes Through A Cop's Mind When ...

Cops hear all sorts of wacky comments during the course of their careers, and they'd love to return a few snarky comments of their own. However, they hold their tongues (in most instances). But wouldn't you love to hear what's going through…
Cordite:

Once Again - Cordite: Putting This Garbage In The Grave!

"The second I opened the door I knew she was dead. Her body was easy to find, too. The smell of cordite led me to her like the combined scents of fried chicken and potato salad lead a southerner to a summertime church picnic." Yes, it's…