Best selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and award-winning journalist Michele McPhee has spent two decades covering terrorism, murder, mobsters, and corruption for television, newspapers, and radio.
McPhee’s investigative work has led to gunpoint threats delivered by angry Boston mobsters, a frightening encounter on KKK-protected dirt roads in Arkansas, threats from gang bangers, and IRS audits. She chased Gianni Versace’s killer around South Beach, Miami; snuck into John Gotti’s wake in Queens, New York and posed as a mob moll with an undercover NYPD detective targeting fight fixing in Las Vegas.
She was on the ground at the scene of two terror attacks on American soil. McPhee was among the first reporters at Ground Zero when two human-filled bombs hurtled into the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. She was a witness to the carnage unleashed by two homegrown terrorists who detonated two pressure cooker bombs secreted in backpacks placed in the crowd along the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and is currently at work on a book about the FBI’s involvement with accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
McPhee was the Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News for nearly a decade and has covered high-profile crime cases nationally and internationally, including the death of Princess Diana. She has been a commentator on breaking news for national programs on ABC World News, CNN; MSNBC; and the Fox News Network.
For years the world of investigative journalism in the arena of crime and punishment was a male dominated club. Women were relegated to stories about fashion or consumer issues. Michele McPhee and a few others changed that. They were unwilling to accept no and refused to stand on the sideline or be relegated to stories more “befitting” a woman reporter. For over 90 minutes Michele McPhee will tell the story of her more than 2 decades in journalism from that very first story to today’s current events. Her story will encourage people both male and female to follow their dreams and not take no for an answer. Included in her lecture is a no holds barred question and answer session and it can include a book signing.
Today, more people do research on buying a vacuum cleaner or pair of headphones than they do on someone they are dating or planning to get involved with. Michele McPhee takes you through those two fascinating and chilling cases and shows you how these two women could potentially be alive today had they done a little internet investigation. Michele’s presentation includes crime scene photos and details of the case that many people have never seen or heard of before.
Prior to the bombings of September 11th, 2001 you did not have to take off your shoes, belts, and jackets to board a plane. Before Columbine and Jonesboro few schools had metal detectors or a police presence. Following the Boston Marathon security at public and sporting events took on a whole new meaning. These are the events that have shaped this generation and many of the generations that will follow them. Michele McPhee has covered all of these stories and more. For 90 minutes Michele will take you through these stories and share her first hand account of what it was like to be on the ground for these events and stories that have changed our society so significantly. Michele’s multimedia presentation will capture your imagination and fascinate the audience. She also allows for at least a 30-minute question and answer session at the end of the presentation.
McPhee is the author of six true crime books, including:
The book notorious Boston mobster, Whitey Bulger, had on his bookshelf at his Santa Monica hideout. With heartthrob good looks and an A-list roster of clients and friends, Chris Paciello seemed to have it all. That is until some of Chris’s former ’fellas were arrested and ratted him out to the government.
The basis for the Lifetime television network hit movie, The CraigsList Killer. On April 14, 2009, police discovered the body of a beautiful young woman in a Boston hotel. The Boston Police Homicide Unit followed a digital trail that led to Philip Markoff's home, where investigators found a gun, prepaid cell phones, plastic handcuffs, and other evidence linking Markoff to Brisman. They also uncovered a stash of women’s undergarments, raising even more questions about their suspect: How many other women did Markoff meet before Brisman?
The true story of Neil Entwistle and the brutal murder of his wife and baby. On a winter day in 2006, police came to the Entwistle home and found the decomposing bodies of twenty-seven-year-old Rachel and their nine-month old daughter Lillian Rose. Soon, authorities would begin a desperate search that would take them across the Atlantic to find Neil…and bring him to trial.
This is the shocking true story about what can happen to an all-American town. When Evil Rules reveals the dark side of the Cape Cod beach town of Falmouth. Local businessman and infamous bully Melvin Reine had started setting the homes of his so-called enemies on fire. Few of his victims―or even the police―ever dared to implicate him.
Investigates the life of Harvard-educated scientist Amy Bishop, who murdered her brother in cold blood in Braintree, Massachusetts in a crime covered up because of her mother’s political clout. Bishop’s final crime was the murder of three of her colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, a crime motivated by a psychopathic vanity.
The unraveling of the complex story behind the Boston Marathon bombing. Maximum Harm is also a compelling examination of the Tsarnaev brothers’ movements in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, the subsequent investigation, the Tsarnaevs’ murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier, the high-speed chase and shootout that killed Tamerlan, and the manhunt in which the authorities finally captured Dzhokhar, hiding in a Watertown backyard.
What People are Saying
“McPhee is a writer to watch. ”
- Jim Dwyer Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist