The Jack Olsen Home Page Guestbook

It was my great privilege to "meet" Jack a year ago, albeit via cyberspace. I asked him if he'd mind autographing a couple of his titles, and he agreed...even sent me some free. I loved his sense of humor. He paid me the ultimate compliment while reading my latest book--how could any writer wish higher praise from someone of his expertise? In my effort to see if he'd autograph my copy of I today, I was saddened to learn from your website that Jack left us. I'm so sorry for those he left behind. He will always remain a true friend, even though our friendship was built on our emails and our mutual love for good writing and honesty. Best wishes to all his family and fans, Larry Kaniut
Larry Kaniut
Anchorage, AK USA - Friday, October 25, 2002 at 14:09:56 (PDT)
I am very grateful to Jack Olsen for his work. His compassion and integrity as a writer and story teller inspire me. I wrote to Jack and his reply was moving to me. He obviously cared about the emotional realities of both victims and offenders. Jack was interested in creating conditions, through his writing, where truth could reveal itself. Jack didn't tell the truth. He revealed it, let it arise, in the way he assembled his books. I have learned a tremendous amount from Jack and my own work would be poorer without it. His work will continue to inspire. "I" stands with the best of his work. Thank you, Jack.
J. L. Eaton
Seattle, WA 98103 - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 11:17:59 (PDT)
What a bummer!!!! Jack will be missed. For about three years, he answered ALL my emails. I sent him a couple books few months ago and he signed them for me. I will treasure them forever.
Kathy Niewald
Brazil, IN USA - Monday, August 12, 2002 at 15:50:07 (PDT)
I was stunned this morning to learn of Jack's passing. I am still in in some degree of shock. Had I not been traveling, I would have learned of it sooner. I only met Jack once, some ten years or so ago at a Mystery Writers of America gathering in New York. We spent an hour together. I swear to God, he blushed when I told him that I wished my true crime books were as good as his. I couldn't believe it, a man with that kind of talent, blushing at the mention of it. Jack was easily the best crime writer in the field, and very high on the list of writers in general, whatever they wrote. We talked on the phone and exchanged e-mails after that, but never met in person again -- a fact I now deeply regret. I never met a man easier to talk with, easier to get to know -- from the first minute of meeting. My condolences go out to all who loved him, all who knew him, and most of all, to all who read him. Clark Howard.
Clark Howard
Palm Springs, CA USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 12:15:49 (PDT)
"The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness." - RALPH WALDO EMERSON Kudos to a fine writer (the best); whose God-given prowess for literary wizardry and the pursuit of journalistic excellence; found us - your avid readers in many hours of captivating enjoyment, entrenched reading, and happiness. It took far too long for us to make the hook up in this life, but I will always treasure our exchanges and sharing of the family tree in recent times. Farewell, my cousin Jack ! I hardly began to know you - and you will be most dearly and fondly missed.......... May Godspeed................ My shared grief and condolences go out to Su Olsen and family. "Cuz" Greg
Greg Battleson
Jersey City, NJ USA - Monday, July 22, 2002 at 14:15:22 (PDT)
Jack was a man of rare grace and talent. I will always remember our online exchanges, and will always treasure the book he so graciously sent me. Tnx, Pal.
Elisabeth B
MA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 20:05:20 (PDT)
My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Su Olsen and the Olsen children on the loss of their husband and father. Jack was a friend to me online, and was an inspiration to many. He was a true gentleman and a professional at his craft. He will be missed. His work will always have a place in my library. I'm sorry I never got the chance to meet him personally, though we corresponded intermittently via email. He will always be one of my best net buddies.
S.J. Kragness
Alexandria , VA USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 01:17:05 (PDT)
THANK YOU not only for your excellent CHOICE of subject matter and observations but also for your original VIEWS and interpretations, both of which place you in a rare group of author/researchers. War and Peace Writing (Social or Distributive Justice): The book "Silence on Monte Sole" is awesome and brings to mind the book "Saint-Exuprey" by Stacy Schiff. On one level, a meditative view above the fray of humanity's pettiness and foolishness and ignorance in war and in peace is not limited to any particular faction or group. A difficult and unflattering lesson for all of us. True Crime Writing (Retributive Justice): The book "Last Man Standing" is a warning for all freedom loving citizens. The police, courts and prison system (and the supporting cast of medicine, academia and religion) of the USA, as in any country serves the powers that be, but this only becomes obvious in the more egregious cases that unavoidably come to light, such as the Fell Acres Day School child abuse miscarriage of justice in Massachusetts which has yet to be resolved. The Dreyfus Affair with its anti-Semitism and military "justice" and government partisanships is a classic of the genre.
Dallas, TX USA - Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 12:00:41 (PST)
In the true crime genre their are very few masters of the craft and you, Jack, are at the top of that very short list. I have read all of your books for the most part and am amazed every time at how riveting each has been without resorting to sensationalism. It's wonderful to be told a great true crime story that goes past the facts and probes the minds and motivations of the perpetrator, while at the same time not having the author's opinions shoved down the reader's throat. Thanks for your great work.......
Verbal Plainfield
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 17:16:28 (PDT)
Thanks so much for posting in Alt true-crime. It's always a pleasure to have you visit. Best Wishes, Anne
Anne Johnson
Lawton, OK USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 00:56:52 (PDT)
I just finished reading "The Misbegotten Son". It was a an honest, terrifying story that had me in a reading frenzy for three days. I literally never put the book down. wow! I do wish there were pictures though. To get the personal view from Clara Neal and Mary Blake along with the detectives made the adventure through the story more real and personal. I wonder what Arthur J. Shawcrass is doing right now. Thank you Jack Olsen for your brilliant and organized journey. Sorry to all of the victim's families that are still suffering to this day.
Toronto, Ontario CANADA - Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 16:08:44 (PDT)
Hello, I like the site. Thanks.
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Rev. James White
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 06:09:23 (PDT)
Hello Mr. Olsen, Do you remember me, a good freind of Dick Cress . . .the lady who will have her first book published and off the press anyday now. I love your books, and envy the fact you have written quite a few. Where does one find the time? If you'd like to read about "NOTHING HIDDEN," and see the web site that Dick and I designed together please visit the following site. Thank You, Linda Courtney
Linda Courtney
Arlington, WA USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 20:09:22 (PDT)
ARLINGTON, WA USA - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 17:51:35 (PST)
Mr Olsen, Ive been an avid reader of true crime for many years. I picked up 'Misbegotten Son' in a second hand bookstore a few years ago. That book is now the book that I judge all others by. I have 'Hastened to the grave' which I am about to start reading, and have my local bookstore trying to track down a copy of 'Preditor'. You are up there with the very best when it comes to true crime writing!
Central Coast, NSW Australia - Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 23:30:33 (PST)
I have read your book Hastened To The Grave many times. I too, lost my dad to the sweetheart scam here in Spokane in much the same way. Sadly, he was not and still is not their only victm to this day. I don't need to mention the Gypsy family involved here as you already know who they are. Thank you for shedding light on this crime and all the other crimes you have written about. My dad also left a paper trail which is unlike the other victims. He also left his journal writings of what he went thru, which I hope to someday get into print. To those of you who do not know about sweetheart scams by criminal Gypsies, please go and buy this book. You will be shocked at what you read. You can also see htpp://
Candice Botner
Spokane, WA USA - Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 10:43:45 (PST)
Mr. Olsen, I have been a Private Investigator for fifteen years, currently work for Pinkerton's Investigative Services Division. Two of you books have really stuck with me over the years, I've read Night Of The Grizzlies over and over through the years since I first bought it in high school. I've also read SON several times, it's the best study of a serial rapists I've read. I was Wondering if you know the current status on the subject of that book. Is he still incarcerated? If not has he been "rehabilitated"? Just curious. Keep up the good work.
Kevin McCarthy
Quincy, MA USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 10:16:56 (PST)
Thankfully I have been able to track down a number of books here in England, as they really are must-reads for any serious reader of true crime. Jack you have an amazing eye and ear for detail. An excellent quality that I've yet to find in others.
Sally Roberts
Buckinghamshire, England - Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 15:21:41 (PST)
I would like some information about your book, " The Man With The Candy"........James Dramayla Jr. was a victim
Donna Mitchell
Tuscaloosa, Al USA - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 22:43:08 (PST) Charmer and was just floored!! Having gone to junior high and high school with George Russell and just growing up on Mercer Island kept me up all night reading start to finish. You got it exactly right!! Won't sleep tonite!!
seattle, wa usa - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 21:57:49 (PDT)
i've know jack for the last few years, and interviewed him twice as a reporter for the local island fishwrapper. before i got to know how charmingly salty he is, i was a devoted reader of his work. and in my opinion, "last man standing" is going to grab you by the pancreas the way few others of his compelling books will ... for the simple reason, as he told me, is that he was smart enough to stylistically stay out of the way of a great story. this book will forever shatter whatever illusions you may have had about the FBI and the government and its horrific disregard for, and intrusions into, the lives of ordinary americans. or check that ... geronimo pratt is anything but ordinary. how many of us can be untouched by vietnam, be unjustly convicted of murder, spend 27 years in prison -- many of them in san quentin's notorious "hole," and still be not only sane but still generous of spirit? it is impossible not to be emotionally devastated, and rebuilt, by this great book.
jim thomsen
bainbridge island, wa - Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 15:47:23 (PDT)
I have been a Jack Olsen Fan for a few years now, ever since I picked up Predator, which had been sitting on the self for years waiting to be read. I love Mr. Olsen's true crime and I hope he writes another book as strong and influencial (visually) as Predator and Misbegotten Son!!! He's just the best!
Matt Cooper
Redwood City, ca usa - Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 13:28:48 (PDT)
Found your link on a response to one of my posts at misc.writing. Just wanted to thank you for your helpful answer on my post, so I thought I'd stop by your site & check it out. Very nice! You must be one super busy fella to keep up w/ all your projects! Best, Faith
Faith L. McCammon
Barnesville, Oh USA - Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 13:33:47 (PDT)
YOU and I have many things in COMMON. WE both LOVE to PROFIT from someone else's misery. BEING the MASTER is the only important thing. As long as you keep my secret, yours is safe with me.
Joe One Orbit
Cyberhell, DC - Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 08:55:56 (PDT)
(Sent from - [08/24/00 08:55:56 PDT])
Mr Olsen, I can not comprehend how you have time to so thoroughly do the research for your many superb books. I am in total awe. Keep writing, and millions of us will keep enjoying reading your books. Cheers!
Arlington, va US - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 09:21:23 (PDT)
Jack, you're a true pro, one of the last of a rare breed of journalists whose work speaks for itself. Congratulations on Last Man Standing. I can't wait to read it!
Gary C. King
Las Vegas, NV USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 23:22:48 (PDT)
Hello Jack, Do you remeber me, a close friend of Dick Cress? At last my story is being published. "Nothing Hidden," by American Publishers. Steve Forbes Pres. It is soon to be released. I hope it's alright to include my URL for you at this point. Hope you'll sign my guesbook. Your still the BEST!!! Warmest Wishes, Linda
Linda Courtney
Arlington, WA USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 18:22:52 (PDT)
I have just gotten into your books, only because my dad bought one and we have the same last name :) I can't wait to read all your others. Keep up the awesome work!!
Elizabeth Olsen
Walnut, ca USA - Monday, July 24, 2000 at 21:31:03 (PDT)
I read your story about geronimo platt. i am reading another book that you wrote. great stuff.
pete john
los angeles, CA USA - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 23:24:31 (PDT)
This is truly a great site, all the information is there and done in a "mooie manier" = beautifull manner. Thanks, from a fan of Mister Olsen (now). Ps. Am I mistaking or do more women write in this guestbook then men? Is it the guestbook or is it that women can relate to Jack Olsen more then men do?
Leo Laloli
The Hague, ZH The Netherlands - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 06:55:16 (PDT)
Hi Jack: You're NO schlockmeister! Didn't see many comments here from those who have been on the "inside" of the crime and crime scene and know how accurately you tell it. Most of your readers know how cunningl you wrap them into the plot, but few see it from start to finish and now the genius of it all. Amazingly gifted, Mr. Olsen! :-)
Bothell, wa usa - Thursday, July 06, 2000 at 18:27:33 (PDT)
Just finished "Charmer", a woman at work was reading it and I noticed that she was totally engulfed in it's pages. Your books are totally captivating and have that effect on your readers. Besides, I've always been a great fan. Greetings from your 2nd cousin(Long-lost),Barbara's son(lst cousin). Despite the distant relation, I do consider my admiration of your work unbiased and totally objective. Sorry, we've never met- too engulfed in life as well as engulfed in reading your books from time to time.
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jersey city, nj usa - Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 23:13:27 (PDT)
Hello Jack, I started reading your books because of a girl I want to go out with started reading your books. Her name is Clara. I am in love with her. But I don't know how to tell her. Well good job. Thanks. If you can help please do. Kevin
Kevin L.
Boise, id usa - Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 13:30:32 (PDT)
I love jack Olsens books. I am doing a report on him, and a presentation. I also read the book "Give A Boy A Gun" in Zoology. If you have any neat information or any at all will you send me some my e-mail is Thanks, Clara
Boise, ID. United States - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 13:23:41 (PDT)
Thank you for writing for us. I appreciate you as a writer and recommmend your books to anyone searching for an "all-nighter" read. Teraisa J. Goldman
Teraisa J. Goldman
Carson City, NV United States - Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 08:54:27 (PST)
Salt of the Earth was perhaps one of the best written stories of the 20th Century! Thank you so much for writing it! It moved me in so many ways.
Wintersville, Oh usa - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 20:29:25 (PST)
OKC, OK USA - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 14:46:07 (PST)
What a great site!!!! Best listing of True Crime Books anyplace. Information regarding them is terrific. I have definitely "bookmarked" this site. Plus being so informative and helpful, the looks and interesting info is top of the line also.
Marilyn Haines
Marinette, Wi USA - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 09:50:56 (PST)
Dear Jack: In my mind, there is no better true crime writer than you. I have admired your work for about six years. This may sound funny, but every time I go into the bookstore at the mall, I check to see if you have a new book out. I rarely will buy other true crime books, because no one has the ability to get into the minds of killers like you do. I always splurge and buy the hardcover books that you write. I am so glad to see that you have a web site! I really enjoy all of your books, in particular, Misbegotten Son, Doc, and Son. Keep up your wonderful work!
Mike W.
IL - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 19:34:58 (PST)
I just finished reading Jack Olsen's "The Misbegotten Son" for the second time and am on a mission now to find and read his other true crime works. His style and clarity are unsurpassed. Thanks Jack.
Mary Davidson
Box 753 Savona, NY USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 22:05:48 (PST)
The Ancient One ( Micheal Teal )
hamilton, on Canada - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 08:09:45 (PST)
I just read "Doc" in a 24 hr period. Could not put it down, and I cried when I finished because I was finished...a great book is something that should last longer than it does."Salt of the Earth" was my favorite, also "The Misbegotten Son"and "Predator". I hope "Hastened To Her Grave" is just as engrossing...I'm ready to start it. Jack Olsen cares about the victims and yet keeps an unbiased writing style.He lets the reader decide the truth and yet he leads us right to it. He and Ann Rule have the magic...thank you Mr. Olsen for these books. I only wish there were more to read!
Jackie Esposito
Orange, Ct USA - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 18:27:22 (PST)
The book "Doc" should be required reading in all high schools. It is the perfect story showing the intensity of predators and the self-imposed blindness of their prey. Jack Olsen remains the premier true-crime writer of all time. All parents should make certain their daughters read "Son" to help them see how truly unsafe they are. Simply put, Jack Olsen is god.
Salem, OR USA - Friday, January 14, 2000 at 10:33:16 (PST)
I have used your book Night of the Grizzlies for years as a science teacher. I teach Biology and use a unit on man's impact on the environment. I really enjoy your works. Please keep it up.
Ogden, Ut USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 09:50:03 (PST)
Sunday, January 2, 2000 I am an avid reader of your writings, and I must say you do not write fast enough. Keep on writing... Diane
Edmonton, Canada - Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 14:46:48 (PST)
Nice site, but Jack you look so sad.
Karl the Bish
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, December 03, 1999 at 16:31:43 (PST)
Dear Sir, I am quite familiar w/your work and was glad to find your Home Page. Things I have experienced over the past ten months have made me consider writing my own book. I dated a police officer whom I have since come to believe is a psychopath. The strange journey I have been on while seeking justice is quite incredible. Although most events included would be based on fact, I would, quite obviously, have to label it fiction. Have already thought of a title, "In the Eye of the Storm: A Story So Strange It COULD Be True." Although I am certain you have received many requests over the years for assistance, I would certainly appreciate any suggestions/advice you could offer. I am totally unfamiliar with writing/journalism. I have always enjoyed reading true crime, and; although my story doesn't involve murder or international intrigue, it is quite strange. The detective working my case told me recently that this is the strangest case he has ever worked. I am speaking of someone who worked in military intelligence for 20 years and has been a detective on the local police force for numerous years. Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated. Please reply to Suzanne Jefferson c/o 8207-D Willowbrook Circle, Huntsville, AL 35802. Very Sincerely, Suzanne Jefferson
Suzanne jefferson
Huntsville, AL USA - Tuesday, October 05, 1999 at 11:48:53 (PDT)
Liked your page Jack. Thanks for sending it.
Erie, PA USA - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 12:28:30 (PDT)
"The Misbegotten Son" is the best resume of the tragic Arthur Shawcross episode I've seen. Thoroughly accurate as to the facts and penetrating analsis of the personalities involved. I watched them happened, read every word of the newspaper reports, and have been perplexed ever since as to why this tragedy happened. Your book answered many, many questions. Sorry there were no pictures, though. These were unfortunate human beings, all of them, and the events of the Shawcross saga will never be forgotten in our community. By portraying real people in a dramatic way, you have been them come alive forever.
Shirley Cox Husted
Rochester", NY - Saturday, August 07, 1999 at 14:44:24 (PDT)
TUSC, AL USA - Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 03:12:13 (PDT)
Jack I read my first book of yours in two shot this weekend...I just couldn't put it down.I am from san fransico and was there when they ran the articles on the gypsy killings. Glad you wrote the book.I ate at the deli and my pharmisst was west portal pharmacy.I hung out there as i lived on 9th ave in the sunset.. was all too close to home.Now i feel wierd. you live not far from me. nothing happens without reason. Tommorrow I will go to third place books and see what other books i can read by you.You are right up there with ann rule on my fave author list.thank you
brier, wa - Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 23:52:17 (PDT)
Dear Jack: I enjoy your books and I've also enjoyed you online back on the CIS TW Crime Forum and now on alt.true.crime. If you are evern in the Olympia area to speak or for a booksigning, please contact me so I can announce it on my community lists.
Kari Sable Burns
Olympia, wa US - Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 01:10:29 (PDT)
Mr. Olsen, I justed finished reading Salt of the Earth after three days of almost no sleep. What a great story of strength and courage after all that heartache. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read some more of your books. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Nan Rogers
Nan Rogers
Liberty, TX USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 02:00:09 (PDT)
Mr. Olsen, I've read a lot of true crime and you are the best. Many other writers seem to rely on court documents and interviews with lawyers. You do the real ground work and interview the people who knew the victims and the perps. You also keep a reporter's viewpoint and never get yourself involved in the story. I loved Son, Predator, and Charmer. Great work and thanks.
Paul Pennick
St. Louis, Mo USA - Friday, April 09, 1999 at 13:30:12 (PDT)
Hi, Jack. I've read your last book about the gypsy murders, and hope you're into another fantastic book which puts the "victims" of crimes above the "perpetrators." It's good to know there is a page we all can be alerted to your next one, instantly. Good writing!
Bill Arnold
West Palm Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 10:40:54 (PST)
Jack, I know one of your grandsons-James Olsen-we were just looking at your homepage, and it is very nice but we think that it might be a good idea to update the photo section. James says hi. -Amanda Lee Williams (college kid)
Amanda Lee Williams
Oxford , GA USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 11:51:09 (PST)
dear mr. olsen I have read the misbegotten son and predator both books kept me in suspense and made me wonder if these animals would be caught. I am a criminal justice student and these books really fascinated me. keep writing I look forward to future publications!
- Monday, December 21, 1998 at 18:50:06 (PST)
Hope you never stop writing true crime, Mr. Olsen. Really enjoy your books, which are always well-written and with fleshed-out, three-dimensional characters. Just finished Hastened to the Grave and looking forward to reading The Climb up to Hell when it's reprinted.
Nancy W.
IN USA - Saturday, December 19, 1998 at 23:56:07 (PST)
Our website has kept me very busy for a long time and I've not checked your site for a long time. Dear friend you make for very good reading and I am indeed proud to call you friend. Dick Cress
Dick Cress
Arlington, WA USA - Sunday, December 06, 1998 at 18:42:31 (PST)
Wonderful Homepage, full of info and pics. It's also fun, which too many Author HomePages lack. You have done Jack proud! Jack deserves being done proud. He's one of our best American writers! I've also read just about all his work. Fantastic.
E'by Atkins
Houston, TX USA - Friday, December 04, 1998 at 11:35:06 (PST)
Mike, I want to thank you for a terrific website. Though I happened upon Jack Olsen through my interest in true-crime, the quality of his writing so engaged and excited me that I set out to explore Olsen's work in general. Having read as many of Jack's books as I've been able to find, I can say that I've never encountered another author who can do so many things so well. His true-crime writing, of course, is in a class by itself. His other non-fiction is equally excellent, and his novels are among my treasures. The common thread is Jack's vibrant and undeniably sexy combination of intelligence, sensitivity, insight, and a wonderful sense of humor. Mike, you've done a tremendous job of gathering information, photos, and up-to-date news for this website. But most of all I appreciate the accurate and detailed list of all Jack's books, which so effectively reveals his amazing talent and versatility. So thanks again, Mike. Even an Olsen aficionado like me can always stop in here and learn something new!
Stephanie B.
Berkeley, CA USA - Sunday, August 09, 1998 at 08:17:26 (PDT)
This is a fantastic home page, packed full of information; it answers every question I had. No one writes like Mr. Olsen, even his interviews ring of the same type of literary brillance that keeps the pages of his books in ones hand until they are finished. There is no putting down anything he writes. Good job!
Mary Lou Shepherd
Prichard, Id USA - Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at 21:31:15 (PDT)
Jack, GREAT home page! I love it! Style, class, and depth, just like the guy it's named after.
Clark Howard
Palm Springs, CA USA - Monday, July 13, 1998 at 17:05:30 (PDT)

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