SUNDAY,  August 7, 2022
Joint meeting with Los Angeles Chapter as host
02:00 PM Pacific Time

Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego & NorCal Chapters of Sisters in Crime present the 2022 Sizzling Summer Speaker Series.
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 Featured Speaker Beatrice Girmala

Inside the LAPDA Journey and an Adventure


Whether you write Police Procedurals or Cozies, odds are that you have a character in law enforcement. How else to access all those databases and forensic information your protagonist needs to solve the murder?

Beatrice Girmala had a 37 year career at the LAPD, where she became the highest ranking woman in department history as the Assistant Chief in charge of operations. She will share her story, her insights and information on how things actually work behind the scenes at Parker Center.

Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles who enjoys the diversity and energy which defines this City, and feels that being an intimate part of its geography makes her a true stakeholder in change. She recently retired from the LAPD, where, as the Director of the Office of Operations (OO), she was the highest ranking woman in the department.  As Director of OO, she was responsible for overseeing four geographic bureaus which cover the entire City of Los Angeles and all uniformed patrol resources:  West Bureau, Central Bureau, South Bureau, and Valley Bureau.  She also oversaw the Public Engagement Section, which emphasizes the Department’s commitment to community outreach with a variety of community and youth programs.

She was a member of the scholastic honor society Alpha Lambda Delta. At UCLA, Assistant Chief Girmala studied political science, public administration, and public law, graduating with honors, Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in the discipline of Political Science.  

Meeting will begin with Reader JT Bartlett
His new true crime book, The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America, reexamines the murder of wealthy businessman Cecil Wells in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1953, and the investigation into his younger, blonde wife Diane Wells – and her lover, Black musician Johnny Warren – who were both charged with the crime.

Over five years of research, James interviewed living family members, uncovered new evidence, and found unpublished notes and photographs about a case that was a huge scandal in Jim Crow America, making the pages of Life, Newsweek, Jet, and the pulp detective magazines, and also creating headlines as far away as Australia and England.