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Stacy Dittrich is an award-winning 15-year law enforcement officer, author, media consultant, and former detective specializing in sex crimes. With past training by a former FBI Behavioral Specialist, Stacy is certified through the National Institute of Truth Verification as an examiner (CVSA- lie detector). Stacy has also been assigned to a federal drug task in the investigations of numerous homicides. In 2002, she received the Victim’s of Crime Award from former Ohio Attorney General, Jim Petro and is a certified law enforcement instructor.  Stacy is a member of the International Thriller Writer’s Association, Sisters in Crime, and is a regular contributor on Women in Crime Ink, a new web blog by an impressive group of award-winning true-crime authors, print and broadcast journalists, crime novelists, producers for CNN and CBS News, television personalities, and criminal justice professionals. Stacy is also a guest contributor at OfficerResource.com. Stacy is co-owner of Justice Interrupted, LLC; an investigation and media team along with LA Deputy District Attorney, Robin Sax, and famed author and violence expert, Susan Murphy-Milano.

Stacy has appeared as a law enforcement commentator on CNN, Fox’s Geraldo at Large, The Nancy Grace Show, E True Hollywood, The War On Crime, The Dana Pretzer Radio Show, “That’s Life” with Cleveland’s Robin Swoboda, and numerous talk-radio stations nationwide. She has appeared in the pages of SELF magazine, Women’s World magazine, Allure Magazine, The Boston Herald, and The UK Observer to name a few. She has given her expert and professional opinion on cases ranging from the Jon Benet Ramsey case to the Manson Family. She comes from a long line of law enforcement, as her husband, father, and uncles are police officers. Stacy Dittrich currently resides in Ohio with her husband and two daughters. Stacy Dittrich is the author of Murder Mountain, Stumbling Along the Beat: A Policewoman's Uncensored Story from the World of Law Enforcement, The Devil's Closet, The Body Mafia, The Rapture of Omega, Mary Jane's Grave;  Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill and Searching for Sandra, The Story Behind the Disappearance of Sandra Cantu.

According to the book description of Searching for Sandra, The Story Behind the Disappearance of Sandra Cantu, “Where was Sandra? Across the country, parents watched with growing panic as the surveillance video was replayed on the evening news: a young girl in black leggings and a Hello Kitty t-shirt, skipping alone through the mobile home park where she lived. Her bouncing steps carried her quickly across the screen and beyond the camera's view-just two weeks after she celebrated her eighth birthday, Sandra Cantu disappeared. Within days, panic gave way to horror when investigators reported that Sandra's neighbor, 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, had been arrested and charged with the rape and murder of the young girl. Sandra's death at the hands of a trusted adult female sent a powerful message to parents everywhere: The days of warning against "Stranger Danger" are long gone, having been replaced by an even darker era where stereotypes no longer exist and families can never be sure who to trust.”

According to the book description of Murder Mountain, “When a young woman disappears from home without her personal effects, Detective CeeCee Gallagher is determined to find her - only to discover she was not the first to vanish. CeeCee and FBI Agent Michael Hagerman follow the trail of chilling clues deep into the West Virginia woods, and a dark world of drugs, torture, and cannibalism. With her family in grave danger, CeeCee will have to risk everything if she's to bring justice to ... Murder Mountain. In this haunting prequel to The Devil's Closet (2008), Stacy Dittrich introduces her readers for the first time to CeeCee Gallagher, Agent Michael Hagerman, and the case that changed both of their lives forever. Murder Mountain is the fifth novel in Dittrich's provocative detective series - novels inspired by actual police cases, told by one of America's leading female crime experts, and now in production for a syndicated television series.”

According to the book description of Stumbling Along the Beat: A Policewoman's Uncensored Story from the World of Law Enforcement, “At the age of 23, Stacy Dittrich became the first female officer hired by her town in Ohio. In Stumbling Along the Beat, Dittrich reveals, for the first time, what she really faced when she put on her uniform and badge. In this uncensored account, she takes the reader behind the scenes to show the realities of life inside a local police department. She lays bare the discrimination she faced, the ugly politics within the department, and how she finally won the respect she deserved. Reflecting on her years of work in the sex crimes unit, Dittrich tells how she learned to keep her composure in the face of some of the most horrifying and heartbreaking crimes imaginable. Finally, she reveals her daily struggle to balance her work with her life as the mother of two young daughters and the wife of a fellow police officer, including the fear that when she kisses her family good-bye to go to work, it might be for the last time. Funny, moving, and fast-paced, Stumbling Along the Beat is as unforgettable as it is eye-opening. Dittrich’s story will obliterate any preconceived notions of what it means to be a cop, especially when you’re also a woman.

According to the book description of The Devil's Closet, “Multiple Amber Alerts for missing girls bring Detective CeeCee Gallagher onto the case of a serial child abducter and murderer. Time is running out as Gallagher and her partner race to save the girls’ lives and apprehend the killer before he CA strike again.”

According to the book description of The Rapture of Omega, “Three recent homicides seemed unrelated until Detective CeeCee Gallagher noticed all three bodies had a similar mysterious mark. The more CeeCee investigates, the more clues point to a strange religious cult that’s moved into a nearby farmhouse, and the darker and more sinister it all seems. But whatever the cult may have done in the past, it’s no match for their truly horrifying plans for the future.”

According to the book description of Mary Jane's Grave, “When a teenaged girl is found murdered on “Mary Jane’s Grave,” an actual Ohio site long rumored to be haunted, locals insist it’s the ghost of Mary Jane out for revenge. But CeeCee is determined to find the real—human—killer.”

According to the book description of Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill, "Most men and women who aspire to be police officers begin their careers with a noble dream of community service, upholding the law, and helping those in need. Yet over time the rigors and emotional strain of dealing with society’s worst element wear on even the most idealistic officers like a sheet of sandpaper, until what used to be a compassionate human being is slowly rubbed away. A few become corrupted and slip into criminal behavior, directly contradicting their oath to guard the public. Even worse, there are some who hide behind their badges to commit the most heinous crimes imaginable.

In a shocking true-crime narrative that reads like a thriller, former police officer, former detective, and mystery writer Stacy Dittrich tells eighteen stories about cops who kill. From the brutal to the bizarre, the senseless to the extreme, these men and women abused their power, took human life, and are now (except for one) paying the consequences.

Some killed for love, others for money, and still others because of seemingly trivial personality conflicts. Dittrich profiles, among others:

• New Orleans cop Antoinette Frank, who brutally murdered three innocent people, including a fellow officer
• Canton, Ohio police officer Bobby Cutts Jr., who murdered his former girlfriend when she was nine-months pregnant
• California highway patrolman Craig Peyer, who pulled over San Diego State college student Cara Knott over a frivolous traffic violation, then murdered her.
• Columbia, Missouri officer Steven Rios, who slit the throat of his gay lover, after he threatened to tell everyone of their relationship."











About the Richland County Sheriff's Office 

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office has consists of 120 employees; including 52 deputy sheriff’s in various law enforcement function; 44 corrections personnel and over 20 civilian employees. Among the services provided by Richland County Sheriff’s Office are Detective Bureau; Critical Incident Stress Services; Transportation and Court Security; and, Allied Special Operation Response Team.


The Detective Bureau of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office “is a seven person unit, which follows up on potentially long term felony investigations. There is one sergeant assigned to Richland County Children Services, who handles sexual abuse and inter family sexual abuse cases. One detective is assigned to the Metrich Drug Task Force that consists of ten counties and still growing. There is one detective assigned to investigate juvenile complaints, and also handle the D.A.R.E. program in the county schools. We also have four detectives who work any other type of case from thefts to homicides which occur in the county that needs investigated. The Detective Bureau over the last three years has investigated an average of 584 cases per year. As the years go by it seems as if the cases are getting more complex, and take longer to investigate.”





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