Orange Coast Magazine


CRIME: O.C. Confidential

Our "Center of the Universe" story about seduction and a serial killer is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 For more true crime coverage, check out:
  • Murder, Love & Redemption Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save. 
  • Sandy Murphy's Complicated Life Convicted of murder in 2000 and branded as Las Vegas’ most notorious femme fatale, she resurfaced a decade later as the happily married owner of a Laguna Beach art gallery. 
  • Murder. Just Because. One of the most loathsome killers in Orange County talks. Without remorse. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
  • The Private Struggle of a Public Woman To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death, she lost what mattered most.



Author Jim Walters

  • Jim Walters

    Managing Editor

    Walters has worked at The Daily Breeze, The Orange County Register, and the Los Angeles Times as a copy and news editor during the last 30 years. Smitten by dotcom fever, he left print journalism to work as managing editor at GeoCities before the company was acquired by Yahoo! in 1999. The Ohio native also has taught at the University of Southern California. An Orange Coast staffer since 2008, he loves huskies and malamutes, detests open-toed shoes on women, and doesn’t have an ATM card. He denies being Amish.


What Not to Dump / Where to Dump

You probably wouldn't think twice about tossing some of these into the can before you wheel it out to the curb. But they don't belong in landfills—corrosive, toxic, and reactive materials find their way to the ocean. Read more...

Our Ocean: The Dredge Report

You won't believe what winds up in the ocean. But you should. You put it there. Read more...

California has more national parks than any other state: nine. Use our guides, outlines below, to plan a memorable visit.

READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.