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Dennis N. Griffin: In Memoriam

Denny Griffin, ImaginePublicity

Denny: Hey D! Is this the D-Meister?

Me: You got me!

Denny: I have something to run by you, have a minute?

Me: Of course I do! Let’s hear it!

And so, the conversation would begin. Denny was the busiest “retiree” I’ve ever known; he absolutely lived a second life with his love Bear by his side every step of the way. I truly believe she is the good woman behind the successful man! 

There are real-life friends, and there are internet friends. Sometimes you never have the opportunity to meet someone you have grown close to through a computer, as is the case with Denny and me. We had plans to finally make it a reality when I scheduled him to be a presenter at the CUE Center for Missing Persons National Conference in March 2020. Well, as we all know, the COVID pandemic destroyed that chance as well as the one in March of 2021. Plans are in the works for March 2022, but the opportunity is missed once again.

I became aware of Denny when he began podcasting; well before it was called podcasting, it was just internet radio. Many people would join him on Tuesday nights in the chat room to listen. He would present the latest author and their new book or an unsolved crime or missing person case that needed exposure. The chat conversations were like a gathering of friends at happy hour, and many of us are still in touch.

Around the same time, I became friends and colleagues with the late Susan Murphy Milano, a specialist in the field of intimate partner violence. Together we developed ImaginePublicity to help individuals gain exposure in the new realm of social media and Denny was one of the first on board. They immediately hit it off.

Along with Vito Colucci, Denny and Susan created the highly popular podcast Crime Wire. They presented cases from three different perspectives. Over the years, many people were given advice and help with their issues. 

One of my fondest memories of the Crime Wire days was just before going on air. Susan said to Denny every single time, “Den, I expect you to have jumping beans in your butt! Keep it going!” A high-energy girl from Chicago wasn’t used to the laid-back style of Denny Griffin.

Denny is recognized for his success as the author of numerous books about the mob in Las Vegas. He got to know the characters like the late Frank Cullotta, co-authoring several memoirs and books on true crime. He is most remembered for his passion for helping victims.

Denny was often called upon to look into cases when all other help was exhausted. Along with other experts, he created The Transparency Project with the mission to provide access to records, re-open investigations and find justice where it has been denied. He assembled a Cold Case Review Panel with private investigator Jen Paddon at the helm. She is joined by a team of experts and supporters. 

In his book, SURVIVORS, he assembled the stories written in first-hand accounts from surviving victims of crime with the intent of exposing the shocking truth behind the alarming number of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths classified as accidental self-inflicted or natural—with little to no investigation.

His last book, The Mysterious Death of Sergeant Rust, recently published by Coastal West, is the culmination of many years of investigation on his part. Working directly with Sgt. Rust’s mother, this was the case he worked tirelessly to solve and give her a resolution. The work is still not done and sadly the case is still not solved.

Dennis Griffin was my client, my co-pilot, and most of all, my good friend. 

Our world lost a kind and gentle warrior who fought valiantly for justice in an unjust world. The heavens welcome him home.

Visitation and Services for Denny on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home Inc. – Rome, NY. https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/21494955/Dennis-N-Griffin

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Delilah Jones

ImaginePublicity.Com

Author Interview: Beth Parris author of SCARED TO BE ME

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Beth Parris

By sharing her personal story in her book, SCARED TO BE ME, Beth Parris relates how she was able to overcome various adversities in her life and powered through to become the person she is today. She coaches others in how to become in charge of their lives and love themselves through learning self-care and self-worth.

Beth Parris is the host of a podcast, Be Brave, Be Strong, Be Me where listeners can catch snippets of her personal story along with good advice.  Listen on Google Play and all of the podcast directories.

Get a copy of SCARED TO BE ME on Amazon Kindle or Paperback

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Author Interview: Ron Chepesiuk author of THE REAL MR. BIG

In the 80s drugs were a profitable commodity even for governments who allegedly funded wars with billions of ill gotten dollars. Pipelines trafficked cocaine to Americans who were snorting it by the ton. Pablo Escobar was the well-known king of the cocaine trade and proud of it. So who is THE REAL MR. BIG? Listen to find out!

My guest today is award winning author Ron Chepesiuk, one of the “kingpins” of the true crime genre and the author of the recently released THE REAL MR. BIG: How A Refugee Became The UK’s Most Notorious Cocaine Kingpin

“Jesus Ruiz Henao kept a low profile while he built a wide-ranging drug distribution network that extended from Colombia to Spain and Europe and to the United Kingdom. For years, he stayed one step ahead of law enforcement, making more than a billion pounds over a ten-year period.”

THE REAL MR. BIG relates the story of how a Colombian immigrant established himself as one of the UK’s largest drug distributors, his success and his eventual downfall. British law enforcement dubbed Jesus Ruiz Henao the “Pablo Escobar of British drug trafficking.”  The book is is one of the unique stories in the history of the War on Drugs.

Author website: RonChepesiuk.Com

Purchase THE REAL MR. BIG from WildBlue Press, Amazon or your local book store.

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Author Interview: FAITH BASED FRAUD author Warren Cole Smith

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While some Evangelical church leaders are living in million dollar mansions, own tv and radio stations, property, airplanes and theme parks, all in the name of Jesus….. many have sinned through their worldly acts and yet still the flock follows….. why? ….Because the gospel of Jesus is a living gospel and one of grace and truth which the people of this world need to hear. What happens when a church leader’s trust is betrayed by scandal?

Warren Cole Smith is the President of MinistryWatch, which is dedicated to bringing transparency, accountability, and restored credibility to the Christian ministry world.  He has served as vice president of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and as vice president and associate publisher at WORLD Magazine. He hosts the long-running podcast “Listening In” and he is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books.

His latest, FAITH BASED FRAUD: A Clear Look at Scandals Within the Church exposes church leaders in a way that points out the acts of a few church leaders whose actions have led to distrust, but on the other hand its purpose is not to tear down the evangelical church, but to restore it to its rightful place of influence in the culture and in the lives of people.

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MinistryWatch profiles public charities, church and parachurch ministries. It is also a place to learn about how to be a responsible giver.

MinistryWatch is an independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors. It provides information on organizations alleging to be charitable and its key leadership in order to identify materially misleading behavior, or wasteful spending practices.  We also identify and highlight organizations that are above board and running efficiently.

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Author Interview: Dr. Joni Johnston author of SERIAL KILLERS, 101 QUESTIONS TRUE CRIME FANS ASK

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Mr. Bundy, lie back and get comfortable while we take a look inside your head. No, we aren’t interested in removing it, we just want to see what’s going on in there that controls your urges to kill…and kill…and kill again.

If you are a fan of true crime, specifically serial killers, you have questions, at least 101 of them and my guest, Dr. Joni Johnston answers the most popular in her new book SERIAL KILLERS 101 QUESTIONS TRUE CRIME FANS ASK!

Dr. Joni Johnston is a practicing clinical/forensic psychologist, private investigator and crime writer.  For over twenty-five years, she has worked in prisons, courts, and hospitals with both victims and offenders.

She hosts UNMASKING A MURDERER on YouTube to understand the WHY of criminal behavior, she hosts the podcast THE FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST which explores the intersection between true crime, human nature and social justice. She also writes for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY and has authored several books all of which is linked below.

We discuss Joni’s latest book, SERIAL KILLERS 101 QUESTIONS TRUE CRIME FANS ASK published by WildBlue Press where you may order a copy today!

Joni Johnston books: https://www.drjonijohnston.com/books

Joni Johnston podcast, The Forensic Psychologist: https://www.drjonijohnston.com/podcast-1

Joni Johnston YouTube, Unmasking a Murderer: https://www.drjonijohnston.com/youtube

Joni Johnston on Psychology Today: https://www.drjonijohnston.com/articles

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