B i o g r a p h y

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I was born and raised down in Southeast Missouri in the small town of Kennett. I worked in cotton fields until I was old enough to join the military service. I spent three years in the US Army, where I spent 14 months in Korea and the remainder of my service time in Camp Walters at Mineral Wells Texas where I was tasked with attaching nuclear warheads on Hercules Missiles. For that I had to have a Top Secret Clearence. I had just finished my 6 years oblagation to the Military (1964) when Vietnam broke out.  In 1962, I migrated to Pekin, Illinois where I worked at several jobs, grocery store,(where I met my wife, Judie) gas station, construction, Railroad (Rock Island Lines) Then on to the Boilermakers as a welder. text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

I was I was born and raised down in Southeast Missouri - Kennett. Worked the cotton fields until I was old enough to join the military service. Spent three (3) years in the US Army. Worked for an Apiary (honeybee company) for a year. Migrated to Pekin, Illinois in 1962. Completed my mandatory training in a local supermarket, (every young man has to work at a grocery store, don't they) where I met my wife, Judie. Worked in the construction trade, then on the Rock Island Railroad for a few years. Joined the Boilermaker union in 1965 as a welder. Spent nine years there before leaving to join the local police department.

 

On August 30, 1974, I was sworn in as a commissioned police officer for the City of Pekin, Illinois. I was assigned badge number 114 as a patrolman.  In 1977, I was transferred to the detective division where I served until July of 1980 when I was promoted to Sergeant and assigned badge number 204. I was assigned to patrol division for 6 months, then reassigned to the detective division.

 

I retired from the Pekin Police Department on August 30, 1994. I had served twenty years.

 

In October of 1988,  my brother, Dennis and I, opened a private detective agency. We later sold it.

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My Writing Bio

 

I've been writing for about 20 years now and have written five feature length screenplays and co-written one other. I have also written four book length, fictional manuscripts, one non-fiction and co-wrote another nonfiction based on the true story of an outlaw gang who terrorized this central Illinois county in the 1860s, and several short stories and magazine articles. After many, many rejections from publishers and agents alike, on my first book, I decided to self-publish. Within a couple of months, I was able to learn enough about publishing, that I designed and developed Lynch Law into a book. With camera ready copy, I found the right printer and within three weeks I had my first shipment of beautiful books. I couldn't have been prouder if I'd  just become a new father.  Within five months I published my second book, Greenhorns and Killer Mountains, a novel. Both books are trade paperbacks and they look great inside and out.

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