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Award-Winning Crime Thriller Novelist & Outdoors Writer
Publications (Fiction, Nonfiction, TV, Articles, Interviews)
TELEVISION SHOW: SPECIAL INTERESTS WITH BOB BANFELDER & DONNA DERASMO
CABLEVISION PUBLIC ACCESS RIVERHEAD CHANNEL 20
EVERY SATURDAY AT 4 P.M.
BROADCASTED FROM EASTPORT TO MONTAUK AND WADING RIVER TO ORIENT
COVERING AN ECLECTIC GROUP OF TOPICS AND ISSUES SUCH AS ART, MUSIC, ENTERTAINERS, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, FISHING FRESH AND SALT WATER, CLAMMING, CRABBING, SMOKING FISH, CANOEING, KAYAKING, POWERBOATING, HANDGUNS, HUNTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, FALCONRY, HORTICULTURE, FARMING, FASHION, FORENSICS, FICTION AND NONFICTION WRITERS, TRADITIONAL AND SELF PUBLISHING, QUALITY VEHICLES, GOURMET RECIPES, SERIAL KILLERS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, CONSUMER ADVOCACY, WRITING PROCESS FOR FICTION AND NONFICTION.
Robert Banfelder and Donna Derasmo discuss Pollution of the Peconic River. Airdates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016.
Pat Mundus, daughter of Frank Mundus [world-renowned shark fisherman]. Pat is owner of East End Charters. Re-run Airdates: March 5, 12, 19, 2016.
Robert Banfelder and Donna Derasmo discuss A Wake-Up Call Concerning Guns & Crime in Our Country. Our right to carry concealed: Handguns and Carry Permits. Re-run Airdates: February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016.
Dr. Mark Bridgen, Director of Long Island Horticulture & Research Extension Center, Cornell University & JoAnn Zenewitz, Master Gardener. Re-run Airdates: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 2016.
Jen Kane, singer and voice instructor. Re-run Airdates: December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2015.
Enzo Magnozzi, Part 2: Interview and viewing of Enzo's paintings. Re-run Airdates: November 7, 13, 21, 28, 2015.
Enzo Magnozzi, Part I: Interview and viewing of Enzo's paintings. Re-run Airdates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015.
Fishing & Hunting with our worthy "Go-In-The-Snow" anywhere Subaru Outback. Donna and Bob discuss fishing and hunting equipment. Re-run Airdates: September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2015.
Jeanine Magnozzi, Cablevision's 15-Minute Meals Chef. Jeanine cooks up a delicious shrimp dish. Re-run Airdates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2015.
Russell F. Moran, author of Justice in America: How It Works ~ How It Fails. Guest interview. Re-run Airdates: July 4, 11, 18, 25.
Tony Salerno, LIOCN member, writer, seasoned fisherman on wreck fiahing Guest interview. Re-run Airdates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015.
Tom Mikoleski, Book Author, Outdoors Writer, Montauk Boat Captain: Grand Slam Charters. Interview. Re-run Airdates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015.
Bob Bourguignon, Eastern Long Island Bayman. Guest interview. Winter Re-Run Airdates: April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015.
Samuel Berlin, author of The Professor and the English Spy: Memoir of a World War II French/Italian Underground Journey ~ 1942–1944. Guest interview. Winter Re-Run Airdates: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015. Originally aired August/September, 2012.
Robert Banfelder and Donna Derasmo discuss self publishing vs. traditional publishing, Page One to Publication. Winter Re-run Airdates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015. Originally aired November, 2012.
Linda Lee Chase, specialist in forensic anthropology. Airdates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015. Originally aired October 2013.
Robert Banfelder and Donna Derasmo cook up a Sausage Peasant recipe brought back from Naples, Italy. Airdates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014.
Jeanine Magnozzi, star of Cablevision Channel 20's "15-Minute Meals," shows us how to make an easy, quick and delicious shrimp recipe. Airdates: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014.
Fishing & Hunting with our worthy "Go-In-The-Snow" anywhere Subaru Outback. Donna and Bob discuss fishing and hunting equipment. Airdates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014.
Tom Gahan, Director of Marketing, Eposeidon, distributors of quality affordable fishing tackle and accessories. Interview re fishing conservation. Airdates: September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014.
Tom Gahan, Director of Marketing, Eposeidon, distributors of quality affordable fishing tackle and accessories. Interview. Airdates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014.
Tom Mikoleski, Book Author, Outdoors Writer, Montauk Boat Captain: Grand Slam Charters. Interview. Airdates: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014.
Tom Schlichter, Book Author, Outdoors Writer, Newsday Columnist. Interview. Airdates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014.
Enzo Magnozzi, Part II: Interview with Enzo Magnozzi, painter, at his home. Airdates: May 2, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014.
Enzo Magnozzi,Part I: Interview and viewing of Enzo's paintings. Airdates: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014.
Robert Banfelder: A discussion between novelist Robert Banfelder and educator Donna Derasmo, highlighting the author's award-winning Mystery/Thriller body of works: No Stranger Than I, The Author, The Teacher, Knots, Trace Evidence, and The Good Samaritans, a newly released novel in the Justin Barnes series. The Signing and The Triumvirate, sequels to No Stranger Than I, are on the horizon. Bob talks about his courtroom experiences during the Robert Shulman serial killer trial in Riverhead, Long Island, which led to the author writing Trace Evidence; his interview with then head of Suffolk County Homicide Detective Lieutenant John Gierasch (now retired); his lecture at and visit to Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on Ward's Island, Manhattan [a hospital for the criminally insane], and much, much more. Airdates: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
Calendar Boys: Sorry Girls :o) :o). Bob and Donna bring to you 2014 outdoors calendars by consummate photographers and writers: Tom Schlichter (Newsday outdoors columnist and managing editor of The Fisherman magazine), Ralph Pugliese (professional photographer), On The Water magazine (contributed by award-winning photographers), and Christopher Paparo (outdoors columnist and director of the marine science laboratory at Stony Brook Southampton). Airdates: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014.
Jen Kane, Singer and Voice Instructor. Airdates: January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014.
Vanessa Trouble, singing sensation, accompanied by Steve Salerno, master guitarist. Airdates: December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013
Tom Gahan, author of Harmony Bay. Airdates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013.
Linda Lee Chase, specialist in forensic anthropology. Airdates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.
Edward Harbes, General Manager and Owner, Harbes Family Farm, with locations in Mattituck, Jamesport and Riverhead. Guest interview. Airdates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013.
Danielle Gisiger, fashion designer and owner of 73 Main, Riverhead, a lifestyle boutique. Guest interview. Also, a look at primitive, handmade dolls crafted by Betty B. Fitch. Airdates: August 3, 1, 17, 24, 31, 2013.
Dr. Mark Bridgen, Cornell Extension, Riverhead & JoAnn Zenewitz, Master Gardener. Guest interview. Airdates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013.
Bob Bourguignon, Eastern Long Island Bayman. Guest interview. Airdates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013.
Mary Van Deusen, Artist/Teacher. Guest interview. Airdates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013.
Elva Victoria, Riverhead Free Library. Guest interview re Authors You May Not Know. Airdates: April, 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013.
Robert Banfelder and Donna Derasmo discuss A Wake-Up Call Concerning Guns & Crime in Our Country. Our right to carry concealed: Handguns and Carry Permits. Airdates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013.
Eileen Carpino-Gerle, Ranger and Environmental Educator, West Meadow Beach, Town of Brookhaven. Guest interview. Airdates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013.
Criminal Conviction of an Innocent Man, Richard Tchilinguirian (Topic One). United States Post Office Fiasco (Topic Two). Airdates: January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.
Pat Mundus, daughter of Frank Mundus [world-renowned shark fisherman]. Pat is owner of East End Charters. Air dates: December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012.
Robert Banfelder and Donna Derasmo discuss self publishing vs. traditional publishing, Page One to Publication. Airdates: November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012.
Tony Salerno, LIOCN member, writer, seasoned fisherman. Guest interview. Airdates: October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.
Christopher Paparo, LIOCN member, outdoors writer, marine biologist, naturalist, photographer, falconer, hunter, fisherman. Guest interview. Air dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012.
Samuel Berlin, author of The Professor and the English Spy: Memoir of a World War II French/Italian Underground Journey ~ 1942–1944. Guest interview. [Memoir edited by Robert Banfelder and formatted by Broadwater Books for publication on Amazon's Createspace]. Airdates: August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 2012.
Russell F. Moran, author of Justice in America: How It Works ~ How It Fails. Guest interview. Airdates: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 2012.
Richard Siberry vs. Natural History Magazine, Inc., Charles Harris [rip-off artist], Publisher. Discussion. Airdates: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 2012.
INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT BANFELDER
Author: Robert Banfelder (left) and Interviewer: Brendan Byrne
Brendan P. Byrne is a licensed sales broker for The Corcoran Group in the Hamptons, former COO of Epiphany Trading, LLC
and President of Big League Entertainment
Good afternoon, Bob.
Good afternoon, Brendan.
Bob, I’d like to begin our interview where you would be most comfortable.
How about we go into the living room, Brendan?
Great. Lead the way.
Where were you brought up, Bob?
I was raised in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, situated in the north
central portion of the state. It was a small community of mostly summer
homes and recognized early on when Bobby Darin bought a home there for
his mom. Later, the town was put on the map—so to speak—when folks
learned that Mariah Carey spent part of her childhood there. Before
that, ‘you couldn’t get there from here.’
How did you spend your childhood in that area?
Well, being that I was out of step with Darin and Carey, I
listened to the song of the wild; fishing lakes, streams, rivers, and
reservoirs; hunting every wood, field, meadow, and marsh.
When did you first know—or thought you knew—that you were going to be a writer?
In grade school when my English teacher first told me that I had
potential. I really wasn’t sure what that meant, but I knew it had to
be a good thing by the smile of approval on Mr. McNowski’s face when he
handed back my writing assignment. Then suddenly that smile vanished as
he stated that I couldn’t spell ‘worth a crap.’ That phrase I
understood completely but chose to focus on the positive. Had I been
older, wiser, and quick on the uptake, I would have told him, “Thank
God the world has editors.” Today, thank God we have spell-check before
sending anything off to editors, agents, publishers, et cetera.
Otherwise, I might still be hearing that I have potential. In high
school, hope was elevated from potential to talent. I had a ‘gift,’ I
was told. In college, Professor Wallace Markfield informed the director
of the Queens College Creative Writing Program that, “Mr. Banfelder is
not simply a promising talent; he has arrived.” It was the inspiration
and impetus I needed.
Who are your favorite authors, past and present, and how have they influenced you?
Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck
immediately come to mind. Later in life, Jeffrey Deaver, James
Patterson, and Thomas Harris would head the list. The former group of
gentlemen shed light upon and offered brilliant insights into human
nature: Twain through the use of satire, Wilde’s witticism in turning a
phrase, Hemingway’s economy of language, and Steinbeck’s down-to-earth
dialogue. The second circle, really too many to mention, encompasses the
criminal mind—of which my genre is comprised. That led me into the dark
and terrifying world of the multiple murderer.
It’s a somewhat curious juxtaposition in that you paint a
rather positive picture with regard to those early writers by using
such words as “light” and “brilliant,” then on to “dark” and
“terrifying” to depict the essence of a modern stable of authors.
In light of your comment, Brendan, allow me to portray a
rather dark side to those authors of the first category. In the use of
Twain’s satire, I’m thinking specifically of a not-so-often read book
titled, Letters from the Earth,
largely a treatise on atheism in which the author lashes out most
vehemently against God and Christianity. Keep in mind that Mr. Samuel
Clemens lost loved ones both early and late in his life: two sisters,
two brothers, mother, father, wife, and favorite daughter. In Wilde’s
witty epigrams and often acerbic prose and poetry, I’m reminded of The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his Ballad of Reading Gaol
(jail/prison), in which he was literally incarcerated, released, and
died shortly thereafter—a brokenhearted man. Then there is Hemingway’s
eventual suicide. Lastly, I’m left with Steinbeck’s somber examinations
of the downtrodden. Surely a world of darkness, at times, surrounded
these writers’ lives. Not as dark a world, I trust, as the world of the
serial killer—which leads us into the second group of masters: Deaver,
Patterson, and Harris. Ah, and keep your eye on an up-and-coming female
author who’s likely to give that trio a run for their money. Literally.
In fact, she’s already achieved international distinction with her
first novel titled Body Count. She’s Australia-born Phillipa Deanne Martin; abridged to P.D. Martin: easy on the eyes; pure dynamite on the page.
I understand that all your works involve one type of antagonist. Why serial killers, Bob?
The darkest of the dark. The most frightening by far.
In moving into that dark realm, what exactly is the difference between a mass murderer and a serial killer? There seems to be some confusion.
Number of victims, events, locations, and whether or not there is a
cooling-off period between homicides. There are two types of mass
murderer: classic and family. A classic example of a classic mass
murderer is Charles Whitman—having shot and killed 16 people and
wounding 31 from a tower in Austin, Texas. This style of homicide is generally categorized as
involving 4+ victims, 1 event, and 1 location. The murdering of these
groups is unrelated to the killer’s problems. Most recently, you'll recall Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech, who claimed the lives of 32 people.
The family mass murderer is as the name implies; example:
John List, from New Jersey, murdered his mother, wife, and their three
children. Again, this involves 4 or more victims, 1 event, and 1
location. The murdering of these groups is related to the killer’s
With serial killers, the main element that separates them
from other multiple murderers is the cooling-off period. It could be
days, weeks, or months. Also, the serial killer often selects a certain
type of victim. An example would be prostitutes. To be classified a
serial killer, we are generally talking: 3 or more victims, 3 or more events, 3
or more locations, with a definite cooling-off period.
What do you hope to accomplish by writing such psychological thrillers?
To entertain, educate and, hopefully, make money.
What are the titles of your next three novels that surround The Teacher in your four-book series that I’m hearing so much about? Also, tell us the theme.
The Author is the prequel to The Teacher, followed by Knots and The Good Samaritans.
My protagonist is Justin Barnes, an Afro-American maverick covertly
working for Long Island’s Suffolk County Homicide, in the capacity of a
terminator who hunts down these serial murderers.
What novels can we look forward to after The Good Samaritans?
The works that follow will fill the gap between my first published novel, titled No Stranger Than I, and those leading up to The Author.
May I ask their titles, too?
Certainly. Trumble’s Pond, The Signing, The Triumvirate, and Trace Evidence. I’m working on a current manuscript, titled 41º North~72º West. However, each novel may stand on its own.
I believe that’s a grand total of ten, yes?
That’s correct, Brendan.
How long did it take you to write the first nine novels?
Thirty-plus years, counting No Stranger Than I, which I labored over for a decade while honing my craft. A labor of love, I might add.
I’ve recently learned that The Teacher was awarded “Best Suspense Novel of the Year” for 2006, by NewBookReviews.org. Congratulations.
Thank you, Brendan.
I also understand that some heavy hitters may be looking to review The Author, which is scheduled for release this July.
That’s true. As we speak, Jean Hackensmith, Owner and Senior
Fiction Editor of Port Town Publishing, has sent off the galley to The New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Newsday. Most of those reviewers request the galley three months in advance of publication.
Good luck with that end of the business, Bob.
Yes, Lady Luck! As you well know, there’s some real talent out there,
Brendan. Good timing—being the luck end of it, I suppose—is an
important ingredient in the recipe of one’s success, and I thank you
for that mention.
There seems to be a good deal of controversy as to why serial
murderers commit these heinous acts. Do you enlighten your readers as
well—meaning, do you explain, precisely, why serial killers murder—and
The jury’s still out on that one, Brendan. Nonfiction writers
on the subject, such as Dr. Helen Morrison—a world renowned forensic
psychiatrist and author of My Life Among the Serial Killers—will
one day answer those kinds of questions for us. If the answers do lie
in the complex studies of endocrinology and the pituitary gland, which
I tend to believe they do, maybe I can make a rather dry subject
enlightening as Al Gore did in An Inconvenient Truth. Perhaps
I’ll give it a shot. But for now, I’ll just educate and entertain by
researching thoroughly and building verisimilitude—believability—into
Is there any statement you’d like to make concerning serial
killers? Any myths to explode? Any avenues to explore? Any area that
If you are of Morrison’s mind, serial killers are born to us,
not made. There are unquestionably ‘triggers’ that set these
individuals off later on in life, but the mechanism is there to begin
with. A time bomb, if you will. The cause may be equated to the taking
of a drug—the effect tantamount to its aftermath in that the body may
produce that very drug. There would, of course, have to be a
preponderance of evidence to support such a hypothesis before speaking
in absolutes. The danger would be to make sweeping generalizations
until the majority of the scientific community reaches a definitive
conclusion. I say majority for the simple reason that for every doctor
who prescribes a certain course of action, you will find another who
will proscribe that very treatment.
Being that there are apparently different schools of thought
on the subject, what elements with regard to the serial killer might we
be reasonably sure of?
To keep things simple, Dr. Morrison would tell you, as I will
tell you, that serial killers have no remorse—no compunction—whatsoever
for their actions. Too, there is no conscious motive for their
behavior. In my talks, lectures, and novels, I attempt to slip into the
mind and shoes of the serial killer, exploring apparent motives while
unveiling the essence of the beast through a maze of acts and events.
It’s a fascinating subject to be sure, and your approach appears quite sensible.
Baby steps, Brendan. Baby steps.
May I take a peek in the office where you create these characters for your novels, Bob?
Absolutely, Brendan. Follow me—if you dare—into a dark recess
of our humble abode. Donna, please lock the doors and pull the blinds
so that Brendan and I are not ... disturbed. :o) I use that word judiciously.