DAVID McGOWAN was born and raised in Torrance, California, just twenty miles south of Laurel Canyon. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology in 1983, and he ran a small business in the greater Los Angeles area from 1990 until his death in 2015. He was the proud father of three adult daughters. He was also a lifelong music fan who frequently kept his radio tuned to classic rock stations. McGowan’s previous books include Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder and Understanding the F-Word: American Fascism and the Politics of Illusion (second edition forthcoming). McGowan’s work and website Center For An Informed America are now maintained by his eldest daughter.