David Kulczyk, crime historian

PHOTO BY LAURAN FAYNE THOMPSON With not a single happy ending in any his four books, historian and author David Kulczyk revives the stories the dead in vivid descriptions that shine a light on Sacramento’s darker side and California’s underbelly. Last year, Kulczyk published his fourth book, California’s Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms , with illustrations by artist Olaf Jens. It focuses on 28 cases, that the -faced “Acid Queen” of Clovis, and the cannibalistic nightmare titled “She’s a Man Eater.” For Kulczyk, a man who enjoys the many nuances of California’s rich history, murderers and psychopaths are part of the Golden State’s , and should be remembered along with its dead. Were you always fascinated by the true-crime genre? I was never interested in true crime. I started out writing fiction and the first two things I ever sent out got published. I was pretty successful getting short stories published and I started writing for weekly magazines and things like that. I never thought writing crime at all. Ever. I enjoyed reading true crime books like Robert Nash, but I never liked single-issue crime books. I found […]

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