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DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting. We do not accept cash.

How do you solve a murder when you can't find the body?

"No body" homicide cases present unique challenges for police officers and prosecutors. At MWA-MA's September meeting, we'll hear from America's leading expert on these special investigations. 

Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase is a native New Yorker, born in Elmira and raised in Westchester County.  He received a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University in 1987 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991.  Mr. DiBiase joined the Washington office of the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling where he practiced corporate litigation for nearly four years.  After turning down a clerkship with a federal district court judge in Texas, Mr. DiBiase joined the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in 1995.  He began prosecuting homicides in 1998, and during his time there tried 20 homicide cases.  Although he was a federal prosecutor, Mr. DiBiase spent most of his career in the far grittier world of D.C.'s Superior Court, one of the nation's busy urban courthouses. Mr. DiBiase specialized in domestic violence and forensic homicide cases.  His high profile cases included including United States v Harold Austin, only the city's second "no body" murder case ever, and United States v Sydney Smith, where the main piece of evidence against Smith, a Metro employee who murdered his wife, was a cigarette the defendant left behind at the scene.  Other cases he successfully prosecuted include United States v. John Williamson, a murder-for-hire case, and United States v. James Stewart, an attempted murder case involving a man who fired an AK-47 rifle down a street filled with children. 

At various times he served as the Deputy Chief of the Misdemeanor Section, Chief of the Third District Homicide/Major Crimes Section, Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for Professional Development and Training, and Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section.  He is the nation's leading expert on no-body homicide cases and has a website that tracks and discusses these cases at  He consults with police and prosecutors throughout the country on no-body murder cases and has formally consulted on over two dozen no-body murder cases. He is the author of "NO BODY" HOMICIDE CASES: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases when the Victim is Missing, CRC Press (Nov.  2014).

Please join us … 

Tuesday, September 27th 
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda MD 20814
Garage parking under the hotel; Metro: Bethesda Metro Center

7 p.m. Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of: marinated skirt steak with peppercorn sauce, spice rubbed chicken breast with chili demi, or quinoa-stuffed roasted tomato, all served with roasted red bliss potatoes and steamed malibu carrots with herbed oil, plus the chef's choice of seasonal dessert.

8 p.m. Tad DiBiase speaks

9 p.m. Book sales and signing. Credit card sales may not be available. Please bring other forms of payment.

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and nonmembers. To reserve your seat, please email Clair Lamb ( no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, September 22nd, and let her know your entrée choice (choice of marinated skirt steak with peppercorn sauce, spice rubbed chicken breast with chili demi, or quinoa-stuffed roasted tomato). You should receive a response confirming your reservation within a couple of days. If you don't receive a confirmation, please contact Clair again to ensure your reservation was received.

PAYMENT DETAILS: We no longer accept cash. Please remember to bring a check made out to Mystery Writers of America with you to the meeting. Payments will be collected at the door. Our in-person payment policy is based on trust, and we want to continue this practice. Please don't be a no-show/no-pay. 

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