Ronnie Smith has covered crime, the courts and the justice system at daily newspapers in three states. He has written extensively about murder and capital punishment, including an execution by hanging in Washington state. His journalism career has spanned three decades and his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Detroit Free Press, among other daily papers, and in magazines such as California Lawyer and New West. Retired, he lives in Southern California. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.