CLINT RICHMOND, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, has more than 30 years' professional writing experience as a nonfiction book author, newspaper reporter, and freelance magazine journalist. He has published books on a wide range of topics, from domestic terrorism and true crime, to pop psychology and celebrity biography.
FETCH THE DEVIL: The Sierra Diablo Murders and Nazi Espionage in America, a historical true-crime/espionage book, is Richmond's tenth published nonfiction work. It reveals, for the first time, the role of Nazi espionage in the still officially unsolved murders of two California socialites in the Texas desert on the eve of World War II, and how an El Paso sheriff came close to uncovering the truth.
His other current books in print include a contemporary true crime, The Good Wife (2007, Avon Books/HarperCollins), and a Cold War espionage history, Red Star Rogue, coauthored with veteran submariner Ken Sewell (2005, Simon & Schuster), a New York Times bestseller.
The author's previously published books include: Symphony of Spirits (2002, St. Martin's Press);Willie Nelson: Behind the Music (1999, Pocket Books); False Prophets (1996, Dove Books); Selena (1995, Pocket Books), a #1 New York Times bestseller; Colorado: Living and Working in the Rockies (1984, General Communication, Inc.); and Denver: Mile High Centerof Enterprise (1981, Windsor Publications). He was the ghostwriter of a published autobiography of a controversial European heiress.
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Prior to becoming a freelancer in 1981, Richmond (writing under the name "Jerry Richmond") was an award-winning reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, one of the state’s leading metropolitan dailies of that time. He covered such national stories as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the trial of LBJ crony Billie Sol Estes. He was on the Dallas reportorial team assigned to the visit of President John F. Kennedy to Dallas on November 22, 1963. Consequently, he was one of the key reporters to cover the assassination of the president, the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the killing of Oswald. He was that newspaper’s lead criminal courts reporter during the Jack Ruby murder trial.
Later, as a freelance journalist, he was a Rocky Mountain regional correspondent for People Weekly, and has been a contributing writer to TIME, Newsweek, and numerous other magazines and major daily newspapers.
Richmond served in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division as reconnaissance liaison to an Australian infantry regiment, and with the First Cavalry Division and the 11th Cavalry Regiment. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He majored in journalism and history at North Texas State University.
He lives in Texas with his wife, Judith, and his Bengal cat, Bugs.