True Crime

On January 30, 2009, Conversations with American Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a discussion with Tom Basinski, Chula Vista Police Department (ret.) and known renowned true crime novelist.

 Program Date: January 30, 2009

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: True Crime

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 About the Guest

After studying to be a Catholic priest for five years while earning a B.A. in English Literature from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, Tom Basinski traded his Roman collar for a badge and gun, patrolling the mean streets of hometown Flint, Michigan.  After a year and a half in Flint, Tom Basinski moved to California where he worked for the Chula Vista Police Department (17 years), and as an investigator for the San Diego District Attorney (17 years).  While a homicide detective for Chula Vista, Tom Basinski began writing true crime stories for various pulp magazines, eventually selling over 125 true crime stories.  Tom Basinski is the author of the books No Good Deed and Cross-County Evil.

 According to the book description of No Good Deed, it “is a true story of jealousy, rage, steroids, voodoo, strippers, and murder. The charred remains of 38-year old nice guy David Stevens are found in his incinerated Chrysler convertible December 23, 1998 in upscale La Jolla, California, with two bullet holes in his head.

 According to the book description of Cross-County Evil, it is the “true crime shocker of an 18- year manhunt for a killer rapist on the run. The murder of a San Diego woman in 1988 was eventually solved—nearly two decades later, and thousands of miles away after a Florida traffic cop pulled a man over during a routine stop. What transpired was an incredible combination of chance and relentless investigative work.”

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, Criminal Justice technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

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 Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA



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