Welcome to Tacoma Stories.com. Thanks for dropping by. In one way or another, I’ve been writing about Tacoma all my life. Considered by some to be the dirty backyard of Seattle, the Tacoma is a city with a dark and rich history of horrible crimes and incredible triumphs. Tacoma is a city full of stories and I’d like to share some of them.
My name is Jack Cameron. I was born in Tacoma and have spent most of my life in this City of Destiny. I spent two years working in the County City Building for the Law Enforcement Support Agency transcribing police records. I’ve spent years chronicling the homicides that occur in Tacoma on my previous South Tacoma Way site. With Tacoma Stories.com, I now have a home for these writings as well as my write ups of local businesses and books that take place in and around Tacoma.
Tacoma is the home of serial killer Ted Bundy and the Beltway Sniper. In 2003, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame shot his wife and himself in a Gig Harbor parking lot amid a multitude of scandals. Corruption and crime have been a part of Tacoma since its inception. There have been times when these dark elements seem to have consumed the city, but each time, Tacoma manages to come out of it and revitalize itself.
Tacoma is also the hometown of glass artist Dale Chilhuly, Bing Crosby, Jerry Cantrell, and Blair Underwood among others. It was at one point America’s ‘most wired city’. It has the best views of Mt. Rainier, a thriving music scene, and one of the best waterfronts on the west coast.
In 2006 I began writing about Tacoma homicides. In recent years the homicide rate has reached the point where I’m simply writing about a homicide every Monday in an effort to catch up.
I welcome any comments you have and if you have a Tacoma Story you’d like to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Jack Cameron
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