Latest NewsJanuary 16, 2018
Stephen Singular is the author or co-author of 22 non-fiction books, many of them about high-profile criminal cases. He’s also written sports and business biographies and social commentary. Two of the books have been “New York Times” bestsellers.
Stephen grew up in Lyndon, Kansas. In 1972, he graduated with a history degree from the University of Kansas and soon became a freelance writer in New York City. His articles have appeared in New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Inside Sports, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and American Photo. From 1983 to 1987, he was a reporter at The Denver Post, before leaving after the publication of his first book, Talked to Death: The Life & Murder of Alan Berg. A controversial radio talk show host in Denver, Berg was gunned down in his driveway by neo-Nazis in 1984. In 1989, Oliver Stone released the movie “Talk Radio,” based upon Stephen’s book. June 18, 2014, was the 30th anniversary of Berg’s assassination. On that day, Stephen was interviewed about Talked to Death, by Colorado Public Radio. See link: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/murder-colorado-radio-man-alan-berg-still-resonates-30-years-later.
Three of Stephen’s other books have been turned into television movies or mini-series. He’s appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” FOX-TV, MSNBC’s “Hardball” and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” TRU-TV, ESPN, and many other media outlets.
The 20th anniversary of the death of JonBenet Ramsey arrived in late December 2016. Stephen’s 1999 book about the girl’s murder explored the realm of child exploitation and its connection to the crime. In August 2016, Singular released an updated version of Presumed Guilty: An Investigation Into The JonBenet Ramsey Case, The Media, And The Culture Of Pornography on Amazon Kindle. With 70 new pages added to the original text, it examines why the case hasn’t been solved and the most important developments over the past seventeen years. It’s the only book on the crime that presents a third scenario beyond the Ramseys or an intruder killing JonBenet — and opens up new areas of inquiry. Stephen appeared on the 11/05/16 Lifetime docu-series about the Ramsey case.
Stephen and Joyce’s latest book: Shadow on the Mountain: Nancy Pfister, Dr. William Styler, and the Murder of Aspen’s Golden Girl was published on 3/22/16 by St. Martin’s Press. In Sept. 2014, Stephen appeared on ABC’s 20/20 with Deborah Roberts to discuss this case. Joyce and Stephen were hired as consultants on the case by ABC News.
In June 2015, the Singulars released a book about James Holmes, who carried out the largest mass shooting in American history in July 2012 in suburban Denver. The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth, published by Counterpoint Press, examines the entire mass shooting phenomenon, including gun control, mental health, video games, neuroscience, the death penalty, doctor/patient confidentiality, and offers a variety of perspectives from the twenty-something generation that’s driven much of this violence. The Spiral Notebook was one of three finalists for the Colorado Book Award for creative non-fiction.
In 2011, the rights to the couple’s 2008 book, When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back, were purchased by Sony. The Lifetime movie based on this book, “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs,” starring Tony Goldwyn of the hit ABC- TV show, “Scandal,” aired on 6/28/14. Immediately following the movie, Lifetime presented an hour long documentary on Warren Jeffs and the FLDS, bringing the story into the present. Stephen and others were featured in this companion documentary. See the Denver Post link: http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/2014/05/27/outlaw-prophet-warren-jeffs-lifetime-june/18826/
In July 2008, Stephen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., about potential federal crimes associated with polygamy, at the request of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. See link below – Stephen’s testimony begins at approximately the 1 hour 18 minute mark: https://www.c-span.org/video/?206538-1/polygamy-associated-crimes
In 2011, Joyce completed her work on a memoir by businessman/philanthropist, Raymond Plank.
Because of ongoing interest in the O.J. Simpson case, in 2016 Stephen published his 1996 Legacy of Deception: An Investigation of Mark Fuhrman and Racism in the LAPD as an e-book. It’s now available for purchase through Kindle/Amazon and Smashwords. The updated version contains significant new information about developments not in the original book:
Stephen and Joyce have recently assisted a prominent Denver lawyer in the writing of his memoir. The couple are available for book doctoring, editing, and assistance with articles, promotional material, full-length manuscripts, and other professional writing projects, particularly in Denver and throughout Colorado’s Front Range.
Stephen, Joyce, and their son, Eric, are writing a screenplay about an unexplored alternative energy, based on some of the undeveloped ideas of Nikola Tesla. Set in New Mexico, the script has become even more timely with the advent of the new administration in 2017. While politicians may be rolling back progress on climate change, this story offers drama with hope.