Hi! I’m Susan Keefe, author, editor and producer of this website, True Crime Mama. I’ve been a writer and editor for 50 years and a mama for 40. True crime and motherhood are absolutely my greatest passions, thus the name of my site.
Since 2007 I have been collaborating with Charlie Wells, retired sheriff of Manatee County, Florida, to research and write a book about the murder of a mother and her 4- and 7-year-old daughters in east Bradenton, Florida, in 1999.
Wells’ 41-year career in law enforcement included 23 years as sheriff where he and his colleagues solved numerous complex homicides and the nationally-reported kidnapping of a 13-year-old Clay Moore in 2007 and the capture of his kidnapper. He brings first-hand crime scene experience and knowledge of “where the bodies are buried”–all the testimony, witnesses, suspects, detectives, victims’ family members, the perpetrator, and crime scene photos– for crafting a true crime narrative.
He lives in Manatee County with his wife Leslie Wells, who has a 41-year career as a successful real estate broker and owns her own firm, Leslie Wells Realty; and has two sons, twin daughters, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. This is his first book.
While I’ve been a follower of true crime since I was 14, my adult writing and editing experience has largely focused on nonprofit and education institutions. I have also taught writing to students from junior high through graduate school.
Now the mama part: I idolize my three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren.
My husband, Bob Volpe, and I divide our time between our lake cottage in Battersea, Ontario, Canada (pre-pandemic), and our condominium in Sarasota, Florida.