About Me



modusoperandiphotomurderonephotoMy name is Joseph Paglino and I am the author of two books, MODUS OPERANDI and MURDER ONE, both by Writers Digest Publications. They have been published not only here in the US, but in China as well.

These books were written so that writers can have the most accurate and factual information on forensics, crime scene investigation, murder, blood spatter, ballistics, drownings, poison, arson, suicide, and other things that go bump in the night that add mystery and red herrings to their works.


My writing is based on over 32 years of experience as a criminal detective investigator. I have been a Confidential Investigator for the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, as well as a Detective Investigator for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in New York. Additionally, I have been a County Detective for the Monmouth County, NJ Prosecutor’s Office. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, teaching classes in beginning and advanced forensics, crime scene investigation, criminal profiling, and forensic psychology; and, I have also taught at numerous police academies throughout New Jersey. I have investigated thousands of crime scenes, from child abduction to mass murder. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint John’s University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, both in New York.

Additionally, I have presented my interactive presentation dealing with crime scene investigation, “101 Mistakes Mystery Writers Make” at writer’s conferences across the country such as Bouchercon,  Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., MENSA, California Writer’s Club Conference, Book Passage Annual Mystery Conference, Lehigh Valley Writers Conference, Dallas Area Romance Writers Conference, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and many, many more. I am a member of many professional forensic, law enforcement and writers organizations.


I have appeared in national media such as television (CNN Showbiz Today, Fox News, Good Day New York, News 12 New Jersey ‘Jersey’s Talking with Lee Leonard); radio (BBC, National Public Radio NPR All Things Considered, WWDB with Marty Moss-Coane, Philadelphia); as well as in the printed media (Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Fort Worth Star Telegram, American Writer’s Review, and the Asbury Park Press). On the Internet, I have hosted the America On Line Monday Mystery Forum, and the Kiss of Death mystery on-line workshops for the Mystery Writers of America.

So . . . why did I create this website, KILLER ENDINGS? 

Because THE BULLET STOPS HERE! It’s elementary, my dear Watson . . . if you are an aspiring mystery writer, or a writer of other genres, I want to help you succeed in writing accurately and factually about forensics, and all aspects of police procedural and criminal investigation. If you are already a published writer, I am here to separate the BS from the truth so that your readers continue to trust you in your accuracy. Whether you are yet unpublished, or an esteemed old pro, your readers expect you to be accurate in your facts, otherwise, you will lose credibility.


Think about your hobbies, whatever they may be. Have you ever read a book written by a so called “expert” in that hobby . . . only to discover the author did not know their facts? Immediate lack of credibility. Today, many writers and general viewers get their “facts” on forensics from television shows. You are better off watching SpongeBob SquarePants. . . that show is more accurate than the “forensic” television shows!

The competition for becoming, and maintaining being a published author grows each day. 

Give yourself the competitive edge you need to write accurately, factually and . . . with a killer ending!