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Fifty-four true murder stories are told in this history of Salinas, a city with a long, violent history. See the cases through the eyes of the detectives who worked them.
Born in Salinas, Lisa Eisemann attended Santa Catalina School before receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology at San Jose State and continuing in a graduate program at U.C. Berkeley in Forensic Criminalistics. A licensed private investigator for many years, Lisa Eisemann met husband Joe Gunter during a murder investigation. Gunter was the lead homicide detective for the Salinas Police Department and Eisemann was the defense investigator on the case. Both were experts in crime scene processing and gangs and found a common interest in finding the truth in the cases they worked. Eisemann's grandmother had been the first female police officer for Salinas and was the subject of her first book, The First Police Woman, A History of the Salinas Police Department. The writing of the complete history of the department was responsible for the discovery of past murders of interest and led to the idea for a series of books covering the many murders that have taken place in Salinas since 1903 when the police department was formally authorized. Eisemann also owns The Salinas School of Dance and is the director of the Spirit of Salinas Irish Dance Company. With her team of dancers, she has traveled to Ireland to compete in world level competitions and teaches and performs throughout central California. Eisemann and Gunter continue to live and work in Salinas with their daughter, Terrin, who plans a career in law enforcement as a canine officer or as a forensic pathologist.