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Sept Mtg: Forensic Artist Jim Gripp at Mysterious Galaxy

September 9, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Private Investigator and Forensic Artist Jim Gripp to speak at

San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime September 9 at Mysterious Galaxy

Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes local private investigator and forensic artist Jim Gripp as our speaker on Saturday, September 9.

Gripp, a chapter member, has over 40 years’ experience working on criminal cases with both the defense and prosecution as both a forensic artist and private investigator. The high profile local cases he has worked on include Sagon Penn, Betty Broderick, David Allen Lucas (San Diego’s first serial murderer brought to trial) and David Westerfield.

His subject will be Murder Illustrated: True Stories to Inspire Crime Fiction Writers. (Please see his bio below.)

September’s Reader will be Penn Wallace, author of the political satire Christmas, Inc., the crime novel Murder Strikes Twice, the Ted Higuera Thrillers and the Catrina Flaherty Mysteries. (Please see his bio below.)

Our meeting will be held at Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Avenue, #100, San Diego 92111, starting at the usual 3:30 p.m. with a social half hour, with the meeting running from 4 to 5:30 p.m.


Sisters in Crime is a national organization with local chapters which supports mystery and crime writers and promotes reading the genre. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We are open for everyone’s participation.

Each meeting will feature a short reading from a recently published or soon-to-be-published novel followed by a presentation by a mystery or crime writer or knowledgeable professional in a field of interest to mystery writers and readers.

San Diego chapter meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, starting with a social period with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting.

Attendance is free for members. Dues are $25 per year, plus membership in the national organization. Members may join at our meeting, with payment by check, cash or credit card, or online at http://www.sistersincrimesd.org.

Jim Gripp began his career as a “forensic artist” in 1975 at age 22 when private investigators and forensic scientists hired him to create to-scale diagrams of accident and crime scenes, shooting reconstructions, medical illustrations of wounds and other demonstrative exhibits. He founded Legal Arts in 1979, the first local full-service creative studio dedicated exclusively to graphics consulting and litigation graphics.

In 1981 Jim’s experience working with PIs paid off and he became a licensed Private Investigator, which opened the door to more criminal cases for both the defense and prosecution, including many high-profile criminal prosecutions. In recent years his work has extended to war crimes and blue-on-blue homicides in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has just started working on his first crime novel in collaboration with his future son-in-law, Rich Riley.

Penn Wallace is a happy-go-lucky, Hemingwayesque adventurer who is the author of the #1 best-selling political satire, Christmas, Inc., the #1 best-selling crime novel Murder Strikes Twice, the Ted Higuera Thrillers and the Catrina Flaherty Mysteries.

If Chevy Chase has played Indiana Jones, he would be Penn Wallace. Penn has a thirst for adventure, but nothing ever seems to go exactly as planned. Penn is a pilot and master chef as well as a lifelong sailor.

In 2012 Penn left his career as a software engineer in Seattle and set sail for the warm blue waters of Baja California in his 56-foot sailboat. He currently lives aboard his sailboat in San Diego and teaches classes on Indie Publishing, eMarketing and other writing topics, as well as working on the next Ted Higuera and Catrina Flaherty best sellers, but expect him to set sail for new adventures soon.


September 9, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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