There are many forms of true crime — one of them is "State Crime" That's when the crimes are committed by nations rather than individuals. It is difficult to prosecute countries for their crimes because not all countries will submit to international law. The USA, China, North Korea and Iraq, for example, refuse to sign the War Crimes treaty. If you don't sign it, you can't be taken to court.
One of the worst state crimes is the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran following the 1979 revolution.
My latest book, an adaptation of Pouran Rahimi's LOVE AT THE COST OF LIFE, is the authentic oral history of the repression, torture and execution of innocent people at the hands of a government run by fanatics.
It could happen here…the religion might be different, but any religion that thinks it is the only truth, and the last word, combined with political power, can make life hell for those who do not belong to their exclusive club.
I am very proud of this book, and I worked closely with Pouran Rahimi since 2008 to bring it to you. All proceeds go to the Mona Foundation, a non-profit that does wonderful things.
My true crime book coming out in September is the updated version of my classic "MAN OVERBOARD" — this new edition has all sorts of cool new stuff, including a snazzy new cover. It is coming courtesy of WIld Blue Press. Check out their web site for more great books!
DEADLY SINS, the TV show hosted by my friend Darren Kavinoky, returns with Season 4, and once again they have asked me to participate. SURE!
So, look for me on TV more than ever this coming year!
Howard Lapides, Darren Kavinoky and Burl Barer on TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED on Outlaw Radio!