Kieran Crowley (1949 – 2016) was a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning investigative reporter. His first non-fiction book, SLEEP MY LITTLE DEAD: The True Story of the Zodiac Killer, was published by St. Martin’s Press in October, 1997. Crowley’s second true crime book, BURNED ALIVE, published by St. Martin’s in October, 1999, was a bestseller, as was his third book, THE SURGEON’S WIFE (September, 2001). During his work on the Zodiac Killer case, Crowley deciphered a secret code sent by the serial slayer to the Post. In 1995, evidence uncovered by Crowley helped lead police to serial killer, Robert Shulman, who chopped up his victims inside his suburban Long Island home. After his arrest, Shulman told police that he halted his killing spree after reading a description of himself and his car in one of Crowley’s stories. “I knew I was f***ed when I saw The Post,” Shulman told detectives.
Crowley’s one-time “hobby” was finding evidence missed by NYPD Crime Scene detectives – including bullets, shell casings, the blood-soaked clothing of two different killers, and a murder weapon.
Crowley worked at The New York Post for 36 years, covering hundreds of trials and thousands of murders, including the assassination of John Lennon, as well as the cases of Amy Fisher, Katie Beers, the Long Island Rail Road Massacre, the Ted Ammon murder case and serial killers David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, Joel Rifkin, Richard Caputo, Richard Biegenwald and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. On Long Island, Crowley uncovered exclusives on scores of major cases, including the Gilgo Beach serial killer. In 2010, Crowley uncovered evidence missed by cops at a Long Island crime scene where an elderly woman was killed. His discovery led to the arrest of the suspect and a change in Suffolk County Police CSI procedures.
He made scores of appearances on television and radio. In 1990, Crowley produced a nationally syndicated television feature segment, “Dear John,” on the murder of John Lennon. In addition, he wrote features under such editors as James Wechsler, was himself an editor, and shared Show Business bylines with the late, great Earl Wilson. He also published non-fiction in Reader’s Digest and Byline magazine. In 2008, under the pen name of Sean Michael Bailey, Crowley published a thriller, 1787. In 2010, his thriller short story INVISIBLE was published in Lee Child’s FIRST THRILLS anthology, where Crowley was described as one of the “rising stars in the genre.
In 2013, after leaving The Post, Crowley published his first mystery-thriller novel in his own name; HACK, A Shepherd Novel, as an e-book. TITAN BOOKS awarded Crowley a two-book contract for HACK, which was published in the U.S. and the U.K in October, 2015. The sequel, SHOOT, an F.X. Shepherd Mystery, will be published in October, 2016. He also completed another thriller, SMASH before his untimely death.