Dr. Ken Lang is a retired 25-year law enforcement veteran from the Baltimore County Police Department who now serves as an assistant professor, criminal justice consultant, researcher, and is a premier true crime author, drawing on his experiences and expertise as a former homicide detective.
Ken initially served two years with the Havre de Grace Police Department before becoming employed with one of the twenty largest police agencies in the United States; the Baltimore County Police Department. While serving in Baltimore County, he would spend 15 years as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Section where sex crime, robbery, and homicide investigations became his forte. The television show Forensic Files featured Ken’s most memorable murder investigation in the ‘Dollars & Sense’ episode (Season 13, Ep. 30).
A decorated officer, Ken is the recipient of several awards including the William J. Simms Memorial Award, 1997 Officer of the Year by the Optimist Club, five unit citations, Community Policing Award, and fourteen letters of appreciation for outstanding service as recognized by distinguished members of government and civilians alike.
In addition to his investigative assignments, Ken also served as a craniofacial forensic artist, providing Maryland police agencies with composite sketches, post-mortem drawings, age-enhancement renderings, and skull reconstructions for a variety of investigations. He is currently using his records to complete studies of real cases, an aspect that is not prevalent in the research of eyewitnesses and police sketches.
In March 2010, some prominent people in the literary world discovered Ken’s writing talents. While volunteering at a storytelling conference, Ken met Delaware author and ghostwriter, John Riddle, founder of I Love to Write Day, and the two conversed about ways in which Ken could create income in writing online content for law enforcement websites. But when John, who has taught alongside best-selling authors James Patterson, Stephen King, and the late Tom Clancy, discovered Ken's vast experience in investigating crimes of violence and writing talents, he encouraged the detective to consider writing true crime books based on those experiences.
Despite the busy work schedule and newly found love for writing, Ken completed his degree by the following October, earning his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.
By March 2011, Ken acted on the advice of John Riddle and released Walking Among the Dead, a true crime novel surrounding some cases he handled when working as a homicide detective with the Baltimore County Police. His debut soon found favor among true crime and crime fiction fans alike. The response was so overwhelming, Ken released Standing in Death’s Shadow in the spring of 2012, and then Death Comes Uninvited, the final book of the series, by that fall.
Ken’s writing has captivated the attention of some prominent figures in the writing industry, including New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming, who says:
“Ken Lang is the real deal, a cop with chops!”
In 2011, following the release of his debut book, Ken was named one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading by www.TheAuthorsShow.com, the leading online radio show for new and upcoming authors.
Two years later, his writing was recognized again, this time for his contributions to his professional field of law enforcement. In 2013 Ken was named DETC Famous Alumni by Columbia Southern University for his writing contributions to the criminal justice field. This award came on the heels of Ken’s accomplishment in completing his Master's in Criminal Justice Administration.
In June 2014, Ken activated his retirement from the Baltimore County Police. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Glenville State University in West Virginia. In October 2018, Ken's alma mater CSU identified him as one of the Top 25 CSU Alumni, a prestigious recognition considering that CSU boasts over 60,000 alum. He is a 2019 graduate from Walden University and holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Ken's research centers on police sketches and restorative justice concepts. His dissertation is titled Valuation of Ex-offender Motivations for Participation in Restorative Justice Praxis.
Since completing his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Ken has become a commentator on the Law & Crime Trial Network. Additionally, he has started his own consulting business, Ken Lang Consulting, LLC, where he provides expert analysis on police composites and sketches, homicide investigations, rape and sex crimes investigations, violent crime investigations, police shootings, death investigations, and restorative justice processes.
Ken currently resides in West Virginia with his wife, Michele, where they enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and a good book on a warm sunny day!