by Diane Dimond on February 21, 2013

Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted.  The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.

My writings here are  always different.  Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit.

It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out.

I’m also a contributing writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and you can find my articles at my homepage here.

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DENISE PLACEWAY July 28, 2008 at 9:06 pm

diane i saw you tonite on nancy. i have missed you on tv, you do a GREAT JOB that’s a fact. i guess it’s because you are a hornet.
keep up the great work. it makes me proud to know you because your work is so great.
talk to you soon.
denise (woody)

Thomas July 29, 2008 at 8:57 am

Great job last nite 8/28/08 Also drop dead Georgeous!!!

Dr Blockbuster August 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Pretty sharp website here Diane … Dr Blockbuster was even going to complement your web development work, until I notisched the small print below. :smiles:

Anyway … your action reporting has come to the attention of Dr Blockbuster on braveheart shores … can’t be bad. Now don’t you start siding with THEE Mr King who threw a “lame name” jibe at moi! Encroyable, c’est vrai!

Keep up the good work !!!

gary September 1, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I liked your last column on the ex-CIA guy rescuing kidnapped children.
How about doing an article on how DUI checkpoints are unlawful and how the State of New Mexico are arresting people for DUI when they are under the legal limit of .08. People that get a DUI are treated worse than
child molesters.

jackie chesnutt September 2, 2008 at 11:56 am

Great article, as usual. You do a wonderful job. Keep it up!

Marian September 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Hi Diane,

I love watching you on Nancy Grace. You’re compelling, strong, and keep things fast moving & interesting — and with the toughest of topics, too!! I don’t want to miss a minute..!

Thanks for great reporting!


Kenneth Janeway January 1, 2009 at 7:00 am

Nice to meet a woman dedicated to Truth & Justice which this Planet seems to be in short
supply of at the moment. Your Website is very well done and the photos are superb quality.
Keep up the sincere Investigative work.

Al Freedman January 23, 2009 at 9:58 pm

You have a fantastic career. I remember working with you at NPR in Washington, DC. You have come a long way since reporting the news on radio. Congratulations on your book, "Be Careful Who You Love". I am in the midst of reading it now.

DianeDimond January 24, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Hey, Al! I remember you too! Thanks for your kind words. And thanks for buying the book! ~ DD

Voice Talent May 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Love your blog, Diane! 🙂

Terry Daniel

Jenny June 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Pretty good post. I just found your site and wanted to say
that I’ve really liked browsing your posts. Any way
I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

John R. Lancellotti November 24, 2009 at 3:34 am

I think the Attorney General should be given life in prison for sending those terrorists to be tried in New York. And I don’t believe he did it withot President Obama’s approval.

Marli Guffens from Holland April 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

Dear Mrs. Dimond,

Just recently I bought your book “Be careful who you love”. I had already seen you in the documentary “Michael Jackson, what really happened” about the Jordy Chandler case, that was broadcasted here in Holland approx. 2 weeks after MJ’s death, therefore I reckoned the book would be an honest and as objective as possible journalistic account. You just stroke me as being a serious journalist. And in my opinion I got that right. I think it was very courageous of you to bring this story out and stick with it despite all harassment by hard core Jackson fans, who I truly believe are potentially dangerous in their fanaticism.
I myself was never a Jackson fan, nor was I ever particularly interested in him. Though I must admit that in my childhood I had cried my eyes out for years every time I heard his song “Ben”, and had felt sort of a personal connection with him back then. Therefore the whole Jordy Chandler thing in the early nineties and the child molestation trial in 2005 sort of passed me by almost unnoticed. So, much to my surprise I found myself seriously mourning over MJ’s death as if he had been a close family member of mine. Crazy huh? I guess that was due to those old feelings that obviously had revived, the fact that he was only a few years older than me, and the fact that his career sort of had run through my life like a red thread, as we say in Holland, though only in the background. So only after he died I got involved in digging up as much as I could about him. It even became an obsession (luckily that obsessive behavior is over now). Hence I found your book.
And it was really mind-blowing for me: MJ seemed to have taken it all múch further, with múch younger boys, and he started out with those kids múch further back in time than I had ever imagined. Really confronting, shocking and also confusing. It is almost like he had had a multiple personality disorder. But well, all his life he had been a mystery whom I think nobody has ever really gotten to know, not even his own mother, and I guess he forever will be. His whole life seems to have been some artificial construct, just like his face and his overall looks (to me he looked and behaved more and more unnatural over the years). And no one will ever be 100% certain whether or not he had been a practicing pedophile. Though I think he has been, at least with Jordy Chandler.
Oh well, in a way I think it is a good thing he died, so all of it is really over now. Not only all publicity extravaganza, but also the possibility he could still be “playing” with prepubescent boys. And his death must have been a very comfortable one: just sliding over to the other side while asleep. Who wouldn’t want that?
Jee, I don’t really know why I got this personal, but I will send my elaborate thought-spins to you anyway.
Anyway, I would like to complement you for writing this book. It has really put MJ back in perspective for me. Thankx for that!

Greetings and all the best from Marli Guffens from Holland

Gavin Saunders May 5, 2010 at 5:29 am

Marli, like you I experienced a deep sadness when Michael Jackson died and in processing it I have been doing LOTS of research which has proven fascinating, educational and is why I’ve ended up here responding to you. When my other half died suddenly about 3 years ago my annoyingly wise mother shared some folklore that says good people leave this world quickly and painlessly as a reward for having lived a ‘good or honourable’ life. Another thing she says is that people wait until you’re gone before they speak well of you.

Gayle March 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’m glad you are staying on top of the Taylor Armstrong situation. I am glad someone of your stature is staying on the case.

David August 11, 2013 at 12:33 am

I read your article on Zimmerman/Martin.

Brent Campbell’s approach is nothing new–for a long time it was the default position of African Americans, but they became tired of being Brent Campbell, the initiators, the idea persons.

This is why Benjamin Jealous is right.

Barbara Garcia October 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thank you , on your article about Agent Orange and Guam. My husband was there in 1967-1968 at Andersen Air Base. He died on 11/11/11 after a 11 year battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma ,type 2 diabetes, and liver cancer. I believe Agent orange killed him.

Carol Corbitt November 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

Thanks for today’s column. I am still recovering after watching a cop show at a friends on Friday night. No wonder many of the police in this country are out of control as are some of the public if this is what they are seeing day after day as examples of proper police work. Orlando Sentinel had three page story on 10/8 describing violence by Orlando police officers. Palm Beach Post had a story about how many police had shot people this year and the numbers were not even complete! Bradford county sheriff put on Facebook supporting open carry. The police chief on Orlando said all the violence by his officers was because they were in areas with lots of drunks coming out of bars. Any well trained officer should be able to de escalate problems with drunks not aggravate the situation. TV , movies and our politicians are modeling bad behavior. We need to bring over police from Great Britain and Germany to teach proper policing. Obviously, from his recent remarks, the head of FBI is not the right person.

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