Michael Merle Thomas was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He and his family moved to Denver, Colorado when he was just about a month old. He was just 14 years old when Charles Manson and his cult (who called themselves the “Family”) went on their killing spree, which began a lifelong fascination with the case. Michael has done extensive research on the Manson case, which has included a visit to the house where Sharon Tate and her guests were brutally murdered. Michael is a Dale Carnegie graduate and an instructor of diesel engine technology. He is an avid reader and at some point would like to shift his focus to full time writing. He currently resides in a Denver suburb with his wife and two dogs. When Michael is not writing crime thrillers he enjoys hiking, reading, and playing the piano and guitar.