Author Archives: Thomas Kaufman

Swift, bloody, violent — and completely unmoving.

(SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve never seen PSYCHO, this may ruin some of the surprises for you.) Something that I love about the internet is the democratization of music, video, and writing.  Anyone can attain a global audience, especially if they create something noteworthy.  There’s a lot of stuff out there, and some of it is extraordinary. And the rest of it?  Ordinary. Or worse. Now, I love noir fiction.  Charles Willeford is a favorite author.  So is Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Cornell Woolrich, and Donald Westlake (especially when he wrote Continue reading →

Relisha Rudd, Part 3

This is the last post I’ll write about Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old girl who was abducted from DC General Shelter and is now presumed dead. I met Relisha a year ago, when I was filming a video for the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. The video was to persuade people to chip in so DC could build a playground for the over 500 kids who live at the shelter. Relisha was one of those kids. In preparation for the video shoot, I’d asked the volunteers at Continue reading →

Relisha Rudd, part 2

It’s been over two months since Relisha Rudd was abducted from the DC General Shelter.  The person believed to have taken her from her family, Khalil Tatum, has taken his own life, after killing  his wife. To this day, Relisha’s whereabouts are unknown. It’s had an effect on the people living in the shelter.  There have been candle-light vigils, and community meetings, and editorials in the papers. But no Relisha. I met Relisha on Feb 1st, when I was making a fund-raising video for the Continue reading →

Relisha Rudd

If you live in the DC metro area, you’ve probably read about Relisha Rudd.  The story can be found here, but perhaps it’s enough to say she’s an innocent victim, abducted from the DC shelter for homeless families. She remains missing. In 2010, when I created my private eye Willis Gidney, I gave him a back story similar to the kids who live at the shelter.  So I have a special interest and compassion for homeless children. I met Relisha about a month before her Continue reading →