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Sept. 9, 2022

Vampires, Gators, and Wackos: A Florida Newspaperman's Life

Vampires, Gators, and Wackos: A Florida Newspaperman's Life

Vampires, Gators, and Wackos: A Florida Newspaperman's Life

My special guest tonight is Frank Standfield who's here to discuss shocking crimes and events that occurred during his years as a journalist in Central Florida. Get his book Vampires, Gators, and Wackos: A Florida Newspaperman’s Life on Amazon.


Teens savagely murder a couple in the name of their vampire cult.

A sex-starved teacher cannot get enough of her young male student.

The case of a missing child keeps cops awake at night for years after his confounding disappearance.


During his decades-long crime coverage in Central Florida, journalist Frank Stanfield covered every atrocity that man or nature could unleash.


Vampires, Gators, and Wackos: A Florida Newspaperman’s Life recounts some of the frequently craven, and at times downright stupid, crimes Stanfield covered during his time in the field. He somehow made it through without winding up more mental than the crackpots he tracked. However, his unvarnished, no-holds-barred account of news events reveals just how crazy-making a case can be when you are dead set on nailing the truth.


“Here’s a tip for young reporters: Don’t beat the cops to a homicide. Crowds at murder scenes are sometimes wildly angry, drunk, high, confused and looking at a face that is decidedly out of place in their neighborhood. In those days we wore nice clothes, even ties, if not jackets, to a crime scene. ‘Who are you?’ they asked, figuring I must be a cop, because surely, no sane person would show up unarmed in the middle of a melee.” - Frank Stanfield


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frank stanfield

Vampires, Gators, and Wackos, A Florida Newspaperman's Life

40 year newspaper editor and reporter, mostly in Central Fl.., with the Orlando Sentinel, Ocala Star-Banner and (Leesburg) Daily Commercial. Covered teen vampire cult murder trial, attacks on children, gator attacks, hurricanes, tornadoes, and "Florida man" stories.