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Film Bios

David Schmid

David Schmid is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. The winner of the Milton Plesur and the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Schmid teaches courses in British and American fiction, cultural studies, and popular culture. Born and raised in England, he received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from the University of Sussex, and his Ph.D. from the Modern Thought and Literature Program at Stanford University. He has published on a variety of subjects, including celebrity, Dracula and crime fiction and he is the author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. He is currently working on two book-length projects: Mean Streets and More: Space in Crime Fiction and The Scarlet Thread: A History of Homicide in American Popular Culture.

Harold Schechter

Harold Schechter is a professor of American Literature and culture at Queens College, the City University of New York. Among his nonfiction works are the historical true-crime classicsFatalFiend,DeviantDeranged, andDepraved. He also authors a critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Edgar Allan Poe, which includes The Hum Bug and Nevermore andThe Mask of Red Death

Schechter's newest study of popular culture, Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment is just out from St. Martin's Press. He lives in New York City.

Vance Mclaughlin

Dr. Vance McLaughlin joined the JSU Criminal Justice Department in summer 2006, having previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke from 2003 to 2006 in their Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He served as Director of Training and then as Director of Planning for the Savannah Police Department between 1987 and 2003. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1981-1987, and served as a police officer for the Sarasota Police Department from 1974-1975. Dr. McLaughlin received his BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University in 1971. He earned his MS in Criminology in 1977 from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Planning from Pennsylvania State University in 1984. He has published two books, the latest released by Avon Press in 2006, titled, "J. Frank Hickey: The Postcard Serial Killer." It tells the true story of America's first profiled serial killer, John Frank Hickey, and his eventual capture. In addition, Dr. McLaughlin is extensively published with over thirty professional publications. He is a recognized expert on police use-of-force policy and on homicide studies.