Dispatches from a Reporter's Notebook


Posted May 28, 2008
Updated May 29, 2008

One of the most interesting things about being a reporter who covers crime is getting the inside scoop. 

One of the most frustrating things about covering crime for television is not being able to tell viewers the whole story in the 1-minute 30-seconds we are allotted. 

That's why I decided to write a book about one of the most fascinating murder cases I've covered in my 18-plus years as a television news reporter.

Eric Miller, a young, promising pediatric AIDS researcher and father died from arsenic poisoning at the hands of his wife, Ann Miller, also a scientist, in Raleigh in December 2000.  It took four years to put Ann Miller behind bars.  Ultimately, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.

One man, a veteran homicide detective with the Raleigh Police Department, Chris Morgan, made it his mission to put Ann Miller behind bars. Before it was over ,prosecutors took the case all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court to get the evidence they needed to put Ann Miller away.  But because the case never went to trial much of the evidence has never been released to the public, until now.

"DEADLY DOSE," my new true-crime book from The Berkley Group, a division of Penguin Putnam,  will hit store shelves Tuesday, June 3.  It is the whole story, the back story, the never-been-told story through the eyes of Chris Morgan.  It is the complete story we couldn't tell you on television.  To learn more about the book and for a complete list of book signings and readings, go to my Web site, www.DeadlyDoseBook.com

About this Blog:

WRAL's Amanda Lamb offers a behind-the-scenes look at what TV news reporters do, the people they meet and how their jobs affect them.