I like people with ideas, and I get to meet them with an amazing regularity. One of the ‘in terms’ way overused in those dreadful self help books about how you too can be rich and famous is ‘Networking’. I hate the word, it has connotations of it is ‘not what you know, but who you know’. I don’t ‘network’ but I certainly meet some interesting people. Most of them are by pure happen-stance. That was certainly true in the case of author Denny Griffin. The exact circumstances are mired in the annals of history. The one thing I do know is that when the usually very quiet Denny Griffin comes up with an idea, it is worth looking at.

His latest project CrimeWire seems to be one that will make a difference to a number of families.

To quote from the concept:

The Crime Wire is a reality crime show dramatizing heinous crimes committed against hapless victims.  Each episode of the show will contain two segments highlighting diverse crimes.  Our experts evaluate, discuss and intervene in an effort to bring justice to the forefront. 
No victim of crime should be violated twice.  Yet, so many innocent men, women and children who have endured horrific experiences are brutalized over and over again by incompetent or corrupt police, politically motivated prosecutors or simply an overwhelmed justice system.
The Crime Wire was created to right these outrages. Three very different experts Denny Griffin, Vito Colucci and Susan Murphy-Milano focus on cases that do not receive the media attention they deserve, discussing incompetence, unethical behavior, and corruption. 
Each episode covers cases using re-enactments frequently narrated by the victims themselves. Crime Wire brings these cases to the attention of the public and the police in an effort to get new or reopened investigations and develop additional evidence or investigative leads.
I’ll take the liberty of translating that into plain speak. They are going to re-open cold cases, and put them though a brutal analysis. Denny was partly responsible for solving a 27 year old cold case when he collaborated with Frank Cullotta on the ex mobsters biography.

With CrimeWire Denny Griffin has collaborated with Vito Colucci and Susan Murphy-Milano.
These might not be household names, but they are well known in the world of crime investigation and resolution. Here are some short bio’s just to hammer that home:

VITO COLUCCI

Vito Colucci, Jr. is the owner of Colucci Investigations LLC.  Vito is a former member of the Stamford, Connecticut Police Department where he worked as Narcotic’s Detective and Undercover Organized Crime Investigator. One of the main investigations Vito spearheaded during that time was uncovering the organized crime ties within his own police department.

Vito was one of the youngest members ever to receive the Combat Cross for a shoot-out he was in. During his time on the police department he also received Valor Citations. Vito graduated from the Arnold Markle Search and Seizure School.

Vito has been a private investigator for the past 22 years, working many high profile cases; Michael Skakel/Martha Moxley case, Jayson William’s case, and honeymooner George Smith case, etc. Vito has also worked on some of the biggest high profile cases in CT including murders, rapes, corrupt priest, the Andrew Kissel murder case and the Chimpanzee attack on a Stamford woman.

Vito is a regular commentator on various news programs including: Fox News MSNBC, Catherine Crier/Court TV, Star Jones, Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace, Larry King, and CNN Headline News, and The Bill O’Reilly Show.

Vito was a featured speaker at the first World Investigator’s Conference in Las Vegas in 2005.

Vito has a staff of six investigators with various criminal justice backgrounds. He is also co-owner of The Spy’s the Limit Inc, and the author of the newly released book Inside the Private Eyes of a PI.

Vito is a member in good standing of CALPI (Connecticut Association of Licensed Private Investigators).

Susan Murphy-Milano

Susan is a respected author, nationally recognized violence expert, tireless advocate for battered women and children. In January of 1989, Susan’s father, a Chicago Violent Crimes Detective, murdered her mother and then took his own life. That very night, after discovering their bodies, she vowed to change the way society viewed domestic violence and broken relationships.

Susan’s quest for justice has been trumpeted across the pages of newspapers, magazines, radio and television, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Radio, ABC’s 20/20, CBS 48 Hours, Nightline, CNN, Sunday Today Show Profile, Women’s Day, Family Circle Magazine, U.S. News and World Report among others. Expertise: In 1993, she was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois stalking law and has constantly argued for the rights of battered women and children, both through legislation and through national television appearances and print media. And as National Executive Director of Project: Protect, Susan directed crime scene investigation, safety and successful prosecutions of numerous high profile cases.

Susan is a specialist in family violence and works nationally with domestic violence programs, law enforcement and prosecutors providing technical and consulting services in “high risk” domestic violence and stalking related cases.  Her principal objective is to intervene before a victim is seriously injured or killed.  In 1999, Susan was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame for her work on behalf of Women’s Rights.  In 2001, Susan received the Women with Vision Award from the Illinois Bar Association.

Author of “Defending Our Lives” Doubleday books and “Moving Out Moving On” when a relationship goes wrong. And her new book “Time’s Up” Susan is host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show and is also a contributor to Time’s and Up Women In Crime Ink.

While Denny Griffin needs no introduction to Blogger News Network, I will include his Bio.

Dennis Griffin

Dennis Griffin moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1994, after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State. He began writing his first novel, The Morgue, in 1996. In 2000, he began writing a Las Vegas-based trilogy of mystery/thrillers. Killer In Pair-A-Dice was followed by One—Armed Bandit. The third book, Vegas Vixen, was published in November 2008.

In 2001, Dennis turned his attention to non-fiction, and began writing Policing Las Vegas – A History of Law Enforcement in Southern Nevada. This book follows the evolution of law enforcement in Las Vegas and Clark County, from the establishment of Las Vegas in 1905 thru 2005. It was released in April 2005 through Huntington Press.

His second non-fiction, The Battle for Las Vegas – The Law vs. the Mob, is the story of the Tony Spilotro era in Las Vegas, and was released through Huntington Press in 2006. His most recent non fiction, CULLOTTA – The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness was published by Huntington Press in 2007.

Dennis hosts The Griffin Chronicles and Seeking Justice shows on Blog talk radio. He is an active member of the Public Safety Writers Association, the Henderson Writers Group, Sisters in Crime, and American Book Wizards.

In other words, these are three powerhouses. I prefer to have them as friends rather than enemies!

There is a web site www.crimewiresite.com it is still in the ‘under construction’ phase. However they are hopeful that in a couple of weeks it will be fully functional, including a tip line.

There is also a teaser video for this great TV series, and while nothing has been ‘set in stone’, it seems that CrimeWire has a very good chance of being on a very well known Cable Channel. The production company is 2reelproductions.

This might just be what takes reality TV to the next level. These people want to take a cold case and ‘warm it up’.

Simon Barrett

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