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 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.
January 16, 2016: Please join us to welcome Bonnie Lee, Internationally Certified Polygraph Examiner, of Polygraph Solutions LLC, as our guest speaker. Polygraph Solutions specializes in relationship testing (infidelity, couples, family issues, theft, false accusations, molestation, and lies), therapeutic testing (addictions and therapy compliance), and criminal testing. Ms. Lee will conduct a polygraph demonstration, showing how the instrumentation is used and how actual tests are conducted. She may also conduct a mock pre-test interview, which will demonstrate case information, required forms and procedures, test-question formulation and discussion, and medical and personal background taken from test subjects.
February 20, 2016: Please join us at our February meeting, when we welcome Peggy Gusz, Executive Director of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC), as our guest speaker. CVC (also known as the Rape Crisis Council of Chester County, Inc.) is the designated Sexual Assault Center for Chester County, PA, and provides free and confidential services to victims, their family members, and significant others who either reside in or were victimized in Chester County. CVC also provides services to victims of other types of crime and violence, including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, incest, sexual harassment, child abuse, elder abuse, homicide, assault, robbery, identity theft, drunk driving, stalking, and bullying.
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.