Welcome to the official website of Lee Mellor,PhD (abd): Canadian-bestselling author, criminologist and profiler specializing in abnormal homicide and sex crimes, lecturer, singer-songwriter, and the CEO of Grinning Man Media.

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As the chair of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases' academic committee, Mellor has reviewed unsolved homicides in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, and London, submitting offender profiles and recommendations to numerous police agencies.

He has been trained in the detection of psychopathy by Dr. Robert Hare and Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole of the FBI's behavioral analysis unit, along with identifying paraphilia at crime scenes by O'Toole and Dr. Eric Hickey.

Mellor has lectured on abnormal homicide and violence at universities and colleges across Europe and North America including The University of Stockholm (Sweden), Durham University (UK), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Concordia University (Canada), and the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases' annual conference in St. Louis.

His audiences regularly include academics, law enforcement, forensic practitioners, and students.


Lee Mellor, PhD (abd) is the author of the popular true crime books Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder (a national bestseller) and Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing-the authoritative treatises on the history of multiple murder in the great white north.

His academic publications include the groundbreaking textbook Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach, co-edited with Dr. Anil Aggrawal and Dr. Eric Hickey, and Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook, with Dr. Joan Swart.

Mellor included six essays in the former: 'Wider Shades of Pale', 'Mincing Words', 'Necrophilia and the Thematic-Derivative Model of Sexual Progession', 'The Five Allures of Necrophilia', 'The NecroErotic (co-authored with the 'Michigan Ghoul') and 'Putrefying Venus' (co-authored with the surrealist artist David Van Gough).

For the latter, Mellor authored detailed chapters on paraphilic homicide, sexually sadistic murder, and necrophilic killings, as well as penning a chapter on psychopathic violence with Dr. Katherine Ramsland and Michel Funicelli of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

An early proponent of literary criminology, Mellor has also contributed essays to The Criminal Humanities: An Introduction: 'Original Gangsta: Violent Self-Conceptualization in Hip Hop Music' and 'Killing for Slender Man: The Emergence of an Electronic Gospel' with Dr. Vivek Venkatesh, Dr. Jason Wallin, and Dr. Tieja Thomas.

Currently, he is completing his graduate dissertation 'I Kill, Therefore I Am' which is scheduled to be published as a textbook in 2017-2018.

For Mellor's work on the true crime magazine Serial Killer Quarterly, scroll down to 'Grinning Man Press' below.


After releasing the acclaimed alt-country album Ghost Town Heart, co-produced by Juno-award winner Paul Johnston, in 2008, Mellor was voted the third best singer-songwriter in Montreal next to Leonard Cohen and Rufus Wainwright by readers of The Mirror. He would remain on the list for three years.

The bawdy romp Lose followed in 2011. As of 2016, the final album in his trilogy-Entropy: Rust and Dust Storms-remains in production, with no release date scheduled.

Musically, Mellor is known for his intricate lyrics and storytelling, garnering comparisons to Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and even Ernest Hemingway. Rarely singing from his own point of view, he instead narrates from the perspective of drifters, military veterans, criminals, addicts, children, gravediggers , refugees, pro wrestlers, and even conspiracy radio hosts!

As the co-founder and CEO of Grinning Man Media, Lee Mellor served as editor-in-chief of the popular digital true crime magazine Serial Killer Quarterly, regularly authoring articles for the publication.

Grinning Man Press, is a multimedia platform that creates and publishes content that is horrifying, insightful, strange, and unsettling. Serial Killer Quarterly, is the flagship publication, featuring articles, essays, stories, and art, from major contributors in the world of murder


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