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!

MurderCon: Interrogating LAPD Detective Paul Bishop

Novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop is a nationally recognized behaviorist and expert in deception detection. He spent 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department where his high-profile Special Assault Units…

Poetry Friday, with Dr. John Lofland, the Milford Bard

In January, 1830 Edgar Allan Poe and his good friend, Dr, John Lofland, the Milford Bard entered into friendly contest to see which of the two poet/writers could write the greater number of verses. Actually, it was the Delaware Bard who challenged…
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Deadly Plastic: Printing 3D Guns

3D-printed guns, firearms made from plastic, using 3D printers, can be fashioned in such a manner that they're undetectable by typical metal detecting technology. Obviously, such guns pose a serious threat to law enforcement’s ability to keep…
Serving Time

It Stinks to Serve Time in the County Jail ... Really, it Does!

Close your eyes for a moment and then allow your imaginations to take you inside the filthiest public restrooms you've ever visited. I'll give you a minute to set the stage.Are you there?Okay. Now take a deep breath and let your senses…

Entrapment: Inducement is the Key Word

I've heard the word entrapment spoken to or shouted at officers, including me, at least a thousand times over the years, especially when undercover ops came to a close and the bad guys discovered the true identity of a person, an undercover…

Exonerations and Complications: The Evil Side of DNA Evidence

In the days before DNA testing became available for use in criminal cases, cops, prosecutors, judges, and juries relied on other physical evidence to send bad guys to jail---fingerprints and footprints, soil, glass fragments, trace evidence,…

The 38th Parallel, President Kennedy, My Uncle, SpongeBob, and ... Rice!

The 38th parallel, where perhaps 1 million soldiers faced each other across an area boobytrapped with over a million land mines, was the line drawn in the sand during the Korean War. Cross it and a soldier could quickly die in a hail of bullets.My…
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The Heroes of Friday, This Time, Include You!

Most of you know that we've been busy for the past two weeks since our daughter and her family were left homeless and without belongings after a devastating house fire. Once they were settled into suitable shelter and after they were able to…

Help! Our Daughter Ellen's Home Burned and They've Lost Everything

Last Friday our daughter's home caught fire and was destroyed---the structure along with all of their belongings. Everything. They've also lost their two beloved dogs who were inside when the fire started. Fortunately my daughter's family…

Linda Lovely: It's a PARTY and You're Invited!

What a terrific group of friends, who are taking time out of their busy schedules to help me celebrate the release of Bad Pick tomorrow (April 16) at 3 p.m.Authors Annette Riggle Dashofy, Gretchen Archer, Cynthia Kuhn, Julie Mulhern, and…

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…

The Groceries Have Landed: When Things Go Wrong ... Really Wrong

Have you ever had one of those bosses who knows everything about everything? You know the type, no matter what you say or do, they know best, did it better, faster, and more cost efficient, all while walking uphill during a snowstorm while barefoot.Well,…
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Dog Number Twelve: The Brothers Most Grim

All cops work cases that stand out above the others. The ones that seem a bit more senseless than others. The crimes that make no sense whatsoever. And these cases, well, they're typically committed by criminals whose wiring is sometimes wildly…
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The Exclusionary Rule and Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

The Exclusionary Rule keeps police officers in check while conducting searches. It prevents prosecutors from presenting illegally obtained evidence.The rule states that any evidence siezed during an improper search cannot be used, no matter…

Another Day In Their World

Alone.Ashamed.Depressed.Anxious.Strip-search.Squat.Cough."Spread 'em."Prisoner after prisoner.One by one.For all to see.Arms outstretched.Humiliated.Frightened.Pretending,Showing no…
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Murder One: You Can’t Make This Up: Oddities in Police Procedure

Looking for Classes on Police Procedures or Paranormal Stuff? Check out our April Classes. Now OPEN for Registration!Yes, I'm once again teaching a fun and informative month-long COFFIN class. This one is called "Murder One: You Can’t…