James Renner

Journalist. Palindrome. Writer.

The Porchlight Project Will Test Human Bones Found in New London, Ohio.

The Porchlight Project has it’s next case. We’re working with the New London police department and will pay for DNA testing of human bones found in an old barn, there. The remains are that of a young woman between the ages of 12 and 20, and could have been in the barn for over 30 years.

Please consider a donation to The Porchlight Project today! Every little bit helps and gets us closer to taking another cold case.

Come See Me in October!

October 15: Wadsworth Library Talk (Amy Mihaljevic) 7 p.m.

October 18-20: Creature Weekend 2019 (I’ll be talking about Ohio myths and monsters!), Salt Fork State Park Lodge. Link to the event.

October 23: Lorain Community College (true crime presentation) 6:30 pm. Link to more info.

October 24 Weymouth Country Club, Medina 11:30 (lunch and true crime presentation!) Link to the event.

October 26 Sherwood Forest Library, Detroit! (true crime) 3:30 p.m.

The Porchlight Project Begins!

This last year, I’ve been working hard to put together a new non-profit that can provide financial help and media attention to the families of the missing and murdered, focusing on cold cases in Ohio. I’m excited to announce that The Porchlight Project is here and our first case is the 1987 unsolved murder of Barbara Blatnik.

The board members of The Porchlight Project include former police chiefs, private investigators, journalists, lawyers, and podcasters. We’ll be working together to bring closure to a handful of cases this year. Please visit our website and consider a donation today.

And now a front-page article from the Beacon Journal!

The Tour Continues!

I’m taking my “Confessions of a True Crime Addict” comedy show to the Pacific Northwest and California this October! Get your tickets today, before they sell out!

Oct. 2 – Seattle – The Jewelbox Theater – Tickets here.

Oct. 6 – San Francisco – Cobb’s Comedy Club – Tickets here.

Oct. 7 – Sacramento – Punch Line – Tickets here.

Oct. 10 – San Diego – Comedy Palace – Tickets here.

Oct. 11 – Portland – Curious Comedy Theater – Tickets here.

MUSE is here!

My new, little novel MUSE is officially out via Cemetery Dance. The story is set in 1960s New England, and follows a private investigator hired by a teenage girl to steal a box from the estate of H.P. Lovecraft. Signed hardbacks are limited to 750 copies. You can order yours here.

If audiobooks are your thing, Tantor Media put together a fabulous one for MUSE. You can get it on Audible, today!

MUSE is now available on Kindle as well.

The Philosophy of Crime, Season Two is Here!

Do lie detectors really work? How do psychopaths convince other people to commit murder? What’s the deal with familial DNA? I explore these questions and more in Season Two of The Philosophy of Crime. All 6 episodes are now available everywhere you can find podcasts. Check it out!

Confessions of a True Crime Addict Tour!

2019 TOUR ANNOUNCED!
This June, I’ll be on the road in the eastern U.S. for my “Confessions of a True Crime Addict” tour. It’s a mix of stand up and scary tales about my adventures in true crime journalism. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Here are the links for venues by city:

Thursday, May 30, Music Box Concert Hall, Cleveland. Get tickets here.

Wednesday, June 5, Zanies, Nashville: Get tickets here.

Thursday, June 6, Birmingham, Alabama, Stardome: Get tickets here.

Saturday June 8, New Orleans, The New Movement: More info here.

Tuesday, June 11, Charlotte, The Evening Muse: Get tickets here.

Thursday, June 13, D.C. Improv: Get tickets here.

Friday, June 14, Brooklyn, EastVille Comedy Club: Get tickets here.

Pre-order MUSE Today!

My new novel, MUSE, comes out May 14 but you can pre-order a copy, today at this link! This story is limited to only 750 signed copies and Cemetery Dance has done a wonderful job with it.

Here’s a hint of what it’s about:The enclosed was transcribed from ten mini-cassette tapes that were recovered from the offices of Boston attorney William J. Latch following his disappearance on June 19, 2014.

These tapes are part of the evidentiary record in the civil case of Latch V. Weymouth Life & Casualty.

William J. Latch was declared dead by the State of Massachusetts in April 2015 after Magistrate Gavin FitzGerald reviewed these tapes, privately, in his chambers. Weymouth Life & Casualty was therein ordered to release Latch’s survivor’s benefits to his children.

Latch’s body has never been found.

His client, Michael Hadley, also remains missing.


Amy Mihaljevic Documentary Series Airs on ID Discovery

A very excellent, three-part docu series on the Amy Mihaljevic cold case is now available to view on demand via ID Discovery (it’s actually the first part of a new series called The Lake Erie Murders). They cover the case and some suspects in great detail. There are some things revealed that even I didn’t know about.

Check it out online here.

Check Out My New Crime Series on ID Discovery!

BIG NEWS!

ID Discovery has graciously given me my first crime series, LAKE ERIE’S COLDEST CASES, which debuts at the end of the month only on IDGO. Each episode explores a new unsolved case I’ve researched in the Cleveland area (one of them is solved as I’m covering it!).

And it gets better! This online series is a companion project to a new TV series that will run on ID Discovery, called THE LAKE ERIE MURDERS. The first three episodes explore the unsolved abduction/murder of Amy Mihaljevic. Tune in on December 30 to see what we’ve uncovered!

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