This led to dragging out all of the fiction stories I had written over the last X amount of years. The thought occurred to me to put together a book of short stories and get them out there. It won't compete with J.D. Salinger or Dorothy Parker, but it may amuse some people. Which is not bad.
Then Doubt (who is a bad person) said to me, "should you do it? You write true crime."
Rereading and reworking the stories gives me a reprieve from the sadness, the madness, of murder, mayhem, and criminal acts that people do to one another. If you think it's "cool" to write true crime, the worst thing that's ever happened to you is a fender-bender.
These fictional characters came out of my head; sometimes they do what they want, and sometimes they do what I want. But they are never sitting across from me telling me how they shot or stabbed; they are not the loved one of someone who was shot or stabbed. It's fiction.