A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
10/21/1974 Donald Goines is murdered
October 21, 1974. Donald Goines followed the old rule about writing what you know. He enlisted in the Air Force at age fifteen, got addicted to heroin, and after being discharged started committing crimes to support his habit. He started his writing career in the Jackson Penitentiary in Michigan. He wrote almost twenty books about inner city criminals, two of which were made into movies.
On this day he and his common law wife were found murdered in their Detroit apartment. Their killer was never found.