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!

Winslow Arizona

Weekend Road Trip - Arizona

 Turn up the A/C because this week we're headed to Arizona's Painted Desert. First stop, Meteor Crater. Meteor Crater is located just off Interstate 40 near Flagstaff. Drive twenty miles to the east and you can stand on…
Lt. Monty McCord

Friday's Heroes: Lt. Monty McCord

Monty McCord is a retired police lieutenant in Nebraska. His 23 years of service included deputy positions for two rural sheriff's offices (one of which was a four man office), and then retiring from the Hastings Police Department. Duties included…
Peter Gessner

Peter Gessner: San Francisco Private Investigator

 I've been a private detective in San Francisco for nearly twenty years. My cases have ranged from traffic accidents and missing persons to decades-old homicides and complex civil litigation. Each one is a learning curve. There…
Dr. Katherine Ramsland: Inside the Archives of Rome's Crime History

Dr. Katherine Ramsland: You're not Losing Your Voice, You're Gaining Another's

 Author Bio:Dr. Katherine Ramsland has a master's degree in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a master's degree in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers. …
Joyce Tremel

Joyce Tremel on Civilian Police Employees

 Joyce Tremel works for the Township of Shaler Police Department located just north of the City of Pittsburgh. She holds a second degree blackbelt in Taekwondo and volunteered as a trainee instructor for two years. She is a member of…
Benjamin Leroy

Publisher Benjamin LeRoy: Importance of Introductions

 Benjamin LeRoy is the founder of Bleak House Books, a publisher of crime and dark literary fiction headquartered in Madison, WI. He was recently featured in Publishers Weekly's FIFTY UNDER FORTY series. The story can be read here.…
Garden of the Gods

Weekend Road Trip - Garden of the Gods

 I'm in Witchita, Kansas at the Scene of the Crime conference, so this week's Weekend Road Trip will be hosted by author Terry Odell. She's decided to take you guys to Pikes Peak, Colorado for a tour of the Garden of the Gods. Terry promises…
Dave Crawford

Friday's Heroes - Police Officer Dave Crawford

 Police Officer David CrawfordI've met many dedicated police officers who go above and beyond what's expected of them. They'll take a bullet for their partner, if necessary. They'll take one for you, too, if that's what it takes…
Tracy Seybold

Working The Graveyard Shift With Author/Police Dispatcher Tracy Seybold

I am a police dispatcher, and I work the graveyard shift in a small county in southern Colorado. Once the sun goes down, I am the only contact point for three law enforcement agencies, three fire departments, two ambulance garages, the department…
Should know about DNA

Things Writers Should Know About DNA

 Sometimes, we just seem to get our tangs all tonguled up and use the wrong words in our stories. Perhaps we learned those incorrect little language units while watching television, or while reading a novel written by a die-hard CSI fan.…
Literary Agent Janet Reid Goes Undercover

Literary Agent Janet Reid Goes Undercover

 I'm here undercover.Lee Lofland thinks he invited me over to do a guest stint on his blog.  What I'm really doing is getting to know you, his readers, and worming my way into your good graces.  Why?  Cause I just sold a book…
Presumption of Innocence and Reasonable Doubt

Presumption of Innocence and Reasonable Doubt

Today, The Graveyard Shift welcomes Leslie Budewitz as our featured guest blogger. Leslie, a practicing attorney and author, is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. As busy as she is, she always manages to find the…
Grand Canyon

Weekend Road Trip - The Grand Canyon

 Well, another week has come and gone. Now, let's load up the car, leave the city lights, noise, and smog behind us because it's time for The Weekend Road Trip. This week we're traveling to the south rim of The Grand Canyon, near Williams,…
Fridays Heroes

Friday's Heroes

 Each night, as we settle into our warm beds for a good night's rest, police officers all over the country tuck their kids in bed, kiss their spouses goodbye, and head out the door to keep us safe.  What do they do while we sleep?…
lady luck

CSI: Crazy Stupid Information

 Each night people from all over the world settle in to watch their favorite television sleuths solve the latest murder. You can't turn the channel without seeing some sort of well-dressed investigator using fancy tools and equipment…
Narcotics Evidence

Narcotics Evidence - What Happens To It?

 Narcotics officers spend a great deal of time conducting surveillance in some of the worst places imaginable, and they do it while enduring some pretty rough conditions. After all, it's not pleasant sitting in a patch of poison…
4/20 Day Cannibis

Narcotics Officer: Not Your Normal 9-5 Job

 There's one job within the police department that really takes special skills, patience, and abilities. It's a demanding job that requires long, late-night hours, working in extremely dangerous situations, and hanging out with some…
Dr. Denene Lofland

Microscopic Murder

 Our guest expert today on The Graveyard Shift is Dr. Denene Lofland. Dr. Lofland received her PhD degree in pathology from the Medical College of Virginia, and she's a trained clinical microbiologist. She has served as the Director…