Welcome to the Official Site of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime — an International Organization of Crime Writers and Readers
Come in, and make yourself at home. We invite you to join our group, and to journey through the pages of our website to discover the many exciting activities we offer our members. We are a non-profit organization of mystery lovers. Please know that you do not need to be a writer, or even an aspiring writer, to join our chapter, or to attend one of our meetings. We are a diverse group of mystery readers as well as writers, and we welcome all. If you would like to join our chapter, please see our Join Us page. If you wish to attend the next meeting before you make up your mind, please go to our Meetings and Directions pages for additional information.
Upcoming Meetings and Speakers
January 18, 2014: Join us for our meeting when we welcome member and sister in crime, Janis Wilson, as our speaker on none other than Jack the Ripper. Janis is a Philadelphia lawyer and crime writer, a frequent lecturer on Jack the Ripper, and a 2013 delegate to the Jack the Ripper Conference in Whitechapel. Janis has also been a commentator on Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Deadly Affairs,” and is currently writing a fictionalized account of the Jack the Ripper case.
February 15, 2014: Join us for a panel discussion: “Everybody Loves a Mystery: Why?” with panelists KB Inglee, Sue Jacobs, June Gondi, and Elena Santangelo; moderated by Sandy Cody. CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
March 15, 2014: Members-only field trip to a local county courthouse.
April 19, 2014: An insider’s look at a mass grave and a murder mystery from 1832! Please join us at our April meeting when we welcome Dr. William Watson, Professor of History at Immaculata University, as our guest speaker. Dr. Watson and his twin brother, Frank, were instrumental in discovering a mass grave, now known as Duffy’s Cut, holding the remains of 57 Irish railroad workers near Immaculata University. Some say the men died of cholera. Others claim to have seen their ghosts. Dr. Watson is convinced the men were murdered and will share with us the evidence—found in his own grandfather’s files—that led him to this conclusion.
May 2014: Members-only picnic.
September 20, 2014: Join us at our September meeting when we welcome Assistant U.S. Attorney, Denise Wolf, as our guest speaker. Ms. Wolf will talk about the job of a federal prosecutor from investigation, to indictment, to trial and appeal, and will share the highlights of some of her most interesting cases.
October 18, 2014: Please join us at our October meeting when we welcome Liz Redmond, Esq., Probation and Parole Supervisor, Chester County Adult Probation and Parole Department, who will provide an overview of probation, parole and bail services.
November 15, 2014: Please join us at our November meeting when we welcome Thomas Cloud, Vice President/Founder, CFR, Inc., and former Pennsylvania State Trooper, who will discuss state police investigations and will share highlights from some of his investigations.
December 2014: Members-only holiday party.
January 17, 2015: Please join us at our January meeting when we welcome David Reis, President of Cloud, Feehery & Richter, LLC (CFR). Mr. Reis formerly served as Deputy of Operations for Sterling International, an international security company responsible for more than $250 million in worldwide contracts. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Reis served as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, an intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and an Army Airborne Ranger in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He will provide us with an overview of the types of cases on which Postal Inspectors work, a case study, and background on his intelligence and military experience.
February 21. 2015: Please join us at our February meeting when we welcome editor Ramona Long as our guest speaker. Ms. Long, who has years of experience as an independent editor, will provide us with an overview of what it is like to work as and with an independent editor.
March 21, 2015: Please join us at our March meeting when we welcome Vicki Wooters of Wooters Dog Training and one of her trained dogs! Ms. Wooters will share highlights of some of her investigations and discuss “Search and Rescue Dogs: Which Dog Does Which Task,” with a live demonstration of the different tasks for which her dogs are trained. (Due to inclement weather, postponed until September.)
April 18, 2015: Please join us at our April meeting when we welcome Drs. Richard Perry and Danai Chasaki of Villanova University, who will discuss their freshman Engineering course on Cyber Crime Scene Investigation and Digital Forensics and share highlights from some of the course projects.
May 2015: Members-only picnic.
September 19, 2015: Please join us at our September meeting when we welcome Vicki Wooters of Wooters Dog Training and one of her trained dogs! Ms. Wooters will share highlights of some of her investigations and discuss “Search and Rescue Dogs: Which Dog Does Which Task,” with a live demonstration of the different tasks for which her dogs are trained.
October 17, 2015: Please join us at our October meeting when we welcome Dr. Walter Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, who will provide many interesting stories from his 50 years as a forensic pathologist. Dr. Hofman has investigated some of the region’s most gruesome, puzzling, and high-profile deaths.
November 21, 2015: Please join us at our November meeting when we welcome Detective Oscar Vance, President of Vance Investigations & Corporate Solutions, Inc. Det. Vance will present interesting cases and information concerning forensic hypnosis including how eliciting details from the victims and witnesses to a crime can be greatly augmented through application and analysis of forensic hypnosis.
In Loving Memory
Robin Hathaway, a beloved member who helped found our chapter in 1995, passed away in February 2013. Though the written word always seems to fail us in our attempts to honor someone whose friendship we cherished, a few of our members have made valiant efforts with the following tributes.