Delving into Darkness with a Name to Live Up To

The Adventures of Dr. Ronald Holmes, Criminologist

Holmes sees his study of crime as just another arcane academic specialty. Some professors are obsessed with the symbolist poets, and others study African beetles, and others do surveys on why red cans of soda sell better than blue cans.

“This is a part of life that most people never see or pretend doesn’t exist. I guess it’s my way to legitimately look into the dark side of life. The mystery of violence repels and attracts.”

Holmes credits his career to a strict Catholic upbringing. “I put it all on the good nuns. Everything was so bad and evil. Sex was nasty. The best people were celibate, those who could contain themselves. Well, naturally, since that part of life was forbidden, I became interested in it.”

The nuns pegged him as a future priest. Today, in balding middle age, he does look a bit like Friar Tuck. He still goes to church, but he hasn’t been to confession in ten years. He flashed a toothy grin. “Nothing to confess.”

For Holmes, the details of a murder scene can reveal much about the person who committed the crime. The choice of the victim and weapon, the kind and number of wounds, the amount of mutilation—all are pieces of a grim mosaic.

“If you’re a sloppy killer, you’ll be sloppy in everything else. If you’re neat and clean in murder, you’ll be neat and clean in everything you do. From the condition of the crime scene, we can get a picture of the person who did it—his race, age, and religion, how far away he lives, the kind of place he lives in and the condition of his car.”

—The Courier-Journal

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