By Darren Burch, Radio Show Host “5-0 Info” and Author – Twisted But True
A lot of Hollywood careers are looking very bleak from a seemingly sudden rash of sexual indiscretions and sexual missteps.
“Seemingly?!?!” In truth, there’s NOTHING sudden or rash regarding these “bad actors,” and their acts are anything but simple indiscretions or missteps.
These are Sexual Predators, using their star power to facilitate an insidious pattern of sex crimes against women and men in the work place.
Don’t let their words fool you, as these Hollywood and political heavy-weights like to employ spin-doctors and publicists to twist sexual acts into what’s described as “shameful mistakes.”
There’s no mistaking a pattern of sexually oppressive behavior as anything but that of a sexual predator stalking his prey.
And this trend of media exposure and the “calling out” from Hollywood’s own, I hope is a paradigm shift in our country, and that other men in position of power will start calling these “Good Ole’ Boys” for what they are; predators using their clout as a weapon.
(Learn More. How Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Abuse Cover Up Fell Apart. Courtesy of The New Yorker and YouTube. Posted on Nov 21, 2017)
Too many women and men have endured a pattern of sexual abuse on a weekly, if not daily basis, for fear of losing their job or position in the work force.
We will never know how many victims have gone unreported in the work force, let alone sexual assaults in the community.
But if the “seemingly sudden” outpouring of #metoo victims are any indication, and I believe it is, then it’s a number far, far greater than those ridiculous statistics of unreported Sex Crimes would suggest.
As a sex crimes detective for the bulk of my investigative career, it was always frustrating for me to read some completely made-up statistic for the number of non-reported Sex Crimes.
I must be statistically-challenged, as I can’t figure for the life of me how someone can count or tabulate a true unknown.
But looking at those stats during my investigative career, I’ve always believed they were grossly low based on my own investigative experiences.
What I do know, is that Hollywood is only a microcosm.
Sexual predators using their influence and power to prey on others are in every facet of work and our lives; they are bankers, doctors, politicians (obviously), clergy, plumbers, carpenters, teachers, firemen and even police.
(Learn More. Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor, two popular personalities of television and radio, have both been fired over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Courtesy of PBS NewsHour and YouTube. Posted on Nov 29, 2017)
That’s why it will take the rest of us men and women to “call them out.”
We must confront their words and acts when they start to reveal themselves with inappropriate gestures and touches.
We need to say something when we see something.
We may not know the name of the criminal or inappropriate act, but we know it’s wrong just by its very nature.
The next time you are in a subway or a waiting area for some public transit, and you see a man pressing the front of his body against a woman, as if it’s too crowded and he was forced-up against her.
Understand, that is an intentional act called “Frotteurism,” and it’s just one characteristic of a sexual predator out of many.
Frotteurism is a paraphilic interest in rubbing, usually one’s pelvic area or erect penis, against a non-consenting person for sexual pleasure.
It may involve touching any part of the body, including the genital area.
Many, even in law enforcement, just didn’t know it was an actual indicator of a sexual predator.
(An visual example of Frotteurism. A old man involved in dry humping in crowded place. Courtesy of YouTube.)
This is just one example of many other acts committed by sexual predators that you know are wrong, but may not have known it by it’s clinical name.
We know what is wrong and right, even if we don’t know it’s name.
But sexual predators benefit on our not acknowledging these social wrongs.
I believe we are experiencing a paradigm shift in calling-out bad actors, regardless of their profession, and we need to stay on that path.
If you see something, say something. It applies to sexual predators, as well as terrorists.
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An Interview with ‘Twisted but True’ Author, Darren Burch:
Q – Who is Darren Burch?
A – I’m retired from the Phoenix Police Department with a 30 year career in Law Enforcement, which included working with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
I’m also a military veteran, having served four-years in Army Military Intelligence. And now in retirement, I wrote a hilarious and horrific true-crime book that’s already on its way to being a bestseller on Amazon.
Q – How did a retired cop come to write a book?
A – I was fortunate to have ended my law enforcement career as the Crime Stoppers Sergeant, allowing me the unique opportunity to share manic and funny cop-stories each week on a local radio station’s rock morning show.
Upon retirement, I used these same twisted and funny true crime stories to write and publish a book called, “Twisted But True,” as a fundraiser for the non-profit Crime Stoppers Program, which locally is called Silent Witness.
(Learn More. See Author Darren Burch explain out how Silent Witness can help keep your community safe. Courtesy of silentwitnessorg and YouTube. Posted on Apr 11, 2014)
Q – So what is the book called and what’s it about?
A – “Twisted But True” is a true-crime book, filled with funny, dark, tragic and compelling stories that I’ve experienced as a patrol officer and detective working sex crime and homicide cases.
The funny, dark and powerful true crime stories all end in unforgettable twists.
The bulk of the book is horrifically hilarious, but the book starts out with a gut-wrenching tale of a deadly car fire and ends with the crime spree of a pair of serial killers.
The book is very unique, which is why it’s probably been so successful.
Q – Were you surprised by the book’s success?
A – Yes and no.
The “Twisted But True” stories were very popular locally on the radio station’s morning show, as I recall one night prior to the show’s morning segment, I was driving my daughter when over the radio station a promo announced, “join us tomorrow morning when we are joined in studio by Gene Simmons of Kiss and Silent Witness Sergeant Darren Burch with his Twisted But True tales.
It was that popular, so I knew there would be a possibly strong following locally, but never thought it would do well on a national level.
But in November, after only two-weeks on Amazon it sustained a best selling status, and nationally syndicated Linda Strong’s (Book Lover Reviews) called the book, “… gut-clenching laugh-out-loud funny with a side of seriousness…”
To date, all the reviews received on Amazon have reflected a 5-Star rating.
Q – What are you doing now to promote the book?
A – I’m able to help promote the book on several radio stations, as I’m currently the host of a law enforcement based radio show called, “The 5-0 Info Radio Show”, and co-host another radio show called, “The Young Reporters, which allows me the same opportunity to promote the book and any related book signing event(s).
That coupled with social media, I was able to spread the news about the book across the nation.
Q – Tell us more about your new career in Radio?
A – Hosting these weekly radio shows has allowed me the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between community and police.
This book will help to that end as well, and provide a fundraising mechanism for the rewards offered by the Crime Stoppers Program to catch violent criminals.
Q – How are you enduring the book sales benefit the non-profit Crime Stoppers Program?
A – I’m working directly with the Silent Witness Board of Director’s, ensuring all my proceeds from the book sales are donated directly to the non-profit Crime Stoppers Program, which provides all our valley police departments with an anonymous reward driven tip-line that helps keep our community safe of violent criminals.
To learn more about the author and the book visit: twistedbuttrue.com or to listen to further interview opportunities with Darren Burch go to http://twistedbuttruechannel.libsyn.com/
“Twisted But True” – A Review:
Retired Sergeant Darren Burch takes you on a 30-year journey of dark, humorous and depraved cases from his experiences as a patrol officer, sex crimes detectives, and night detective in homicide, starting with his harrowing teenage encounter with a fatal car fire in Twisted Metal, followed by morbidly funny and outrageous stories, each more twisted than the last.
Review – “Darren Burch spent 30 years in law enforcement and has seen some incredibly rough, tough and laugh-out-loud stuff on the force. So, the question you’re probably asking is, why should I read another book about the Thin Blue Line?
Let me warn you now…this is NOT your typical “cop” book.
Burch’s “Twisted Tales” offers unique insights into humanity’s dark and twisted side, and it is a pure joy to read.
While the Tales never lose sight of a police officer’s first-priority – to protect and serve – it’s filled with poignant, funny and terribly tragic stories that all end with an amazing and unpredictable twist.
Now the only question that remains: Who plays Darren in the movie?”
By Mac Watson, radio show host,
Mac & Gaydos Show
Caution: May not be suitable for persons under 18
Due to the graphic language detailing sex crime and homicide cases this book may not be suitable for everyone.