I’ve had a life-long interest in true crime ever since, in my late teens, I read the Manson books, Helter Skelter and The Family. The first trial I attended in person was the Robert Blake murder trial in 2005. I wrote about my experience on Internet crime forums, where many people were interested in the Blake case and debating it. All the participants used Internet handles, not their real names. For myself, I chose the name Sprocket, who was my all-time favorite kitty. In 2007, I attended the first Phil Spector trial during which I started Trials & Tribulations. I decided to keep writing as Sprocket so that my earlier readers would know it was me. While I write under a pen name, I use my real name in court and while reporting.
In January 2011, based on my track record of independent reporting, the Los Angeles County Superior Court officially recognized me as a member of the media.
In between my frequent trips to the downtown courthouse, I also have a small seasonal sewing business, Betsy Ross Linens. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and reading.