Like the protagonist in his book, Murderabilia, Carl has been a private banker and was raised in a Christian Science family. On the other hand, his father was never a serial killer. Nor did Carl’s family use Christian Science to heal his childhood illnesses—well, not most of them, anyway. Carl ended up studying economics at Stanford. Then, in a move that didn’t exactly thrill his parents, he studied music at San Jose State University. He soon learned that he was a better banker than musician. That career enabled him to live and work in Latin America, Canada, and North Africa and to put his foot in his mouth in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Nonprofit work inspires him as well. He is is the president of Partners in Crime, The San Diego chapter of the Sisters in Crime organization of authors and fans of crime writing. He also works with San Diego Social Venture Partners, an organization that mentors other nonprofits to reach the next level.
Carl lives with his wife in San Diego. His two grown sons wonder how he knows so much about serial killers and banking crimes.