Mystery Monday: The hottest sex offenders list. Really?

Sorry, I don’t know what happened. I published this last night, but it didn’t get posted. So I’m reposting this Mystery Monday post today.

Oh Houston Press, say you didn’t. The “alternative newspaper” from my beloved hometown of Houston, Texas decided to go with an article entitled, “The 10 Hottest Women on the Texas Sex Offender List.” Now, besides just being in bad taste, this article, as you could imagine, is stirring the pot quite a bit.

Not that I’m defending the writer, but he does bring up a good point in his defense of the article: “I can understand how some people might react to this. On the other hand, it’s a way of getting readers to look at the info, maybe get them to realize there are people out there like this and they all don’t look like the obvious stereotypical pervert.”

This article also brings up a good point for us writers to remember for Mystery Monday. These women are not the stereotypical characters we would imagine in our mind when we think of perverts. Just like some of the most memorable characters in mystery fiction are those that go against the grain: Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a respected, brilliant psychiatrist that just happens to eat his patients; an albino monk that kills in the name of God, etc. Evil is out there, dear friends. For writers, the best kind of evil lives where we least expect to see it.


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author. Bestselling author Sandra Brown recently had this to say about Mark’s latest novel, The Brink: “[The Brink] is a hell of a read. The chemistry between [the main characters] Danny and Sydney is terrific. The action sequences were heart-pounding!” Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at

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