Friday, December 3, 2021

A Look Back At Commander Ian Fleming: My Washington Times On Crime Column On 'Ian Fleming At War: The Inspiration of 007'

The Washington Times published my On Crime column on Ian Fleming’s War: The Inspiration of 007. 

With the 25th James Bond film “No Time To Die” doing well in theaters, fans of the hugely successful film series may be interested in reading about the genesis of the most popular fictional character in cinema. 


Ian Fleming, the late, great thriller writer who created Bond, was a British naval intelligence officer in World War II, and much of what he experienced during the war found its way into his James Bond thrillers.


Mark Simmons, a former British Marine commando, journalist, and author, explores Commander Fleming’s wartime experiences and points out direct links between reality and the plots and characters in the Bond thrillers in his book, “Ian Fleming’s War: The Inspiration of 007.”           


I reached out to Mark Simmons and asked him why he wrote the book.


“In 2018, I wrote `Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye: Keeping Spain out of World War II.’ In research for that book, I read the two main biographies of Fleming by Andrew Lycett and John Pearson, both of which only devoted a chapter or two to his wartime work. Yet there was a wealth of material on his time at naval intelligence, and I felt it deserved a book,” Mr. Simmons replied.  


How would you describe Ian Fleming?  


“He was a man embedded in his time the 1930s-1950s, and the highlight of his life was his wartime role in naval intelligence, even more so than becoming a bestselling author.”


How did Ian Fleming’s WWII experiences in naval intelligence inspire his James Bond novels?


“As I explain in the book, all the Bond stories are rooted in WWII, and 007 often refers to the war,” Mr. Simmons said. 


You can read the rest of the column via the below link: 

You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Ian Fleming's 30 Assault Unit in WWII via the below link:

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Murder City 2021: My Philadelphia Weekly Crime Beat Column On Philadelphia Recording 500 Murders

Philadelphia Weekly published my Crime Beat column on Philadelphia recording 500 murders. 

You can read the column via the below link or the below pages:

Murder City - Philadelphia Weekly

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How To Prevent Winter Holiday Fires


Tis The Season For Christmas Songs: Why I Love Christmas Carols

Christmas carols are being aired on a good number of radio stations now, and I hear the usual complaints of it being too early for Christmas carols and how some people truly hate the holiday music. 

A few years back I had tried to answer these seasonal complaints with a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer on why I love Christmas carols. 

You can read the piece below:   

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 Above is the cover of a CD my daughter Brittany bought me a few years back. The CD offers some great, classic Christmas carols.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Mark Twain's Satirical Crime Story, 'The Stolen White Elephant'

In my earlier post, I noted that today was Mark Twain's birthday: 

Paul Davis On Crime: Happy Birthday To The Late, Great American Humorist And Novelist Mark Twain

So in honor of the great humorist, below is a link to Mark Twain's satirical crime story, The Stolen White Elephant:

The Stolen White Elephant - Story by Mark Twain (

Happy Birthday To The Late, Great American Humorist And Novelist Mark Twain

Happy birthday to one of my favorite writers, the late, great American humorist and novelist Mark Twain. 

Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, was born on this date in 1835.

You can read about Mark Twain's life and work via the below link to

 Mark Twain - Quotes, Books & Real Name - Biography   

You can also read 10 of Mark Twain's famous quotes via the below link:

A recipe for contentment -

And you can read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour via the below link:

Mark Twain's world tour comes to life in 'Chasing the Last Laugh' ( 

Wife Of “El Chapo” Sentenced To Prison For Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering

 The U.S. Justice Department released the below information: 

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of the Mexican drug-trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for charges related to international drug trafficking, money laundering, and a criminal violation of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (the Kingpin Act).   

Emma Coronel Aispuro (seen in the above mugshot), 32, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, pleaded guilty on June 10 to a three-count criminal information. According to court documents, Coronel Aispuro conspired with Guzman Loera and other members of the Sinaloa cartel to traffic five kilograms or more of cocaine, one kilogram or more of heroin, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, knowing that these narcotics would be transported into and distributed in the United States. She also conspired to launder the proceeds of that narcotics trafficking and engaged in transactions and dealings in the property of her husband, Guzman Loera, who the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had designated a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker. 

Court documents indicate that beginning in or about 2011 and continuing to at least Jan. 19, 2017, Coronel Aispuro was a co-conspirator in the activities of the Sinaloa Cartel, an organization which was led by her husband, Guzman Loera. Notably, after Guzman Loera was captured by Mexican authorities on Feb. 22, 2014, Coronel Aispuro played a critical role in facilitating his escape from a Mexican prison, which ultimately occurred on July 11, 2015, by conducting planning meetings with other co-conspirators and by coordinating the movement of drug proceeds to finance the escape. 

To facilitate the escape, Coronel Aispuro assisted in the purchase of a property near the prison and provided Guzman Loera with a watch that contained a GPS tracking device, allowing co-conspirators to dig a tunnel from that nearby property, under the prison, to Guzman Loera’s cell. Coronel Aispuro even relayed messages from Guzman Loera to other members of the Sinaloa Cartel regarding the operation of their illicit activities while he was detained. 

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras also entered a forfeiture money judgment against Coronel Aispuro in the amount of $1,499,970, representing proceeds of and property obtained by Coronel Aispuro as a result of her drug-trafficking activities.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting Assistant Director Jay Greenberg of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division made the announcement. 

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office with significant assistance from other FBI Field Offices, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations. The Justice Department thanks the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury for their support and contributions to the case.

Deputy Chief Anthony Nardozzi and Assistant Deputy Chief Kate Wagner of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section prosecuted the case.