The original purpose for creating Erik Publishing was to publish DON’T GET ARRESTED IN SOUTH CAROLINA, which was the story of my defense of a client who was improperly charged with involvement in a man’s death, and the resulting cover-up by law enforcement and prosecution. The book was published in the spring of 2008, and since the publication, this book was adapted into a screenplay, and registered with the Writers Guild West.
Two more books have been completed, and were published in August, 2017; INCEST WITHIN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE FAMILY is a look at the five entities involved in the criminal justice system, and YEAH, MY DOG DID THAT, TOO is a fun loving retrospective of a dog who not only accompanied the author on five undercover operations, but was a part of the lives of other people and other dogs.
In the fall of 1983, Simms was hired as a private investigator with the Columbia Detective Agency specializing in missing persons. In the spring of 1984, Simms traveled to San Francisco to investigate the disappearance of a young man. Simms found that the man’s identification had been being used to obtain money, but the missing man had not made contact with any family members. It was learned that the young man had died of “unknown causes,” one of only 9 cases that year in San Francisco. It was then determined that this was the beginning of the revelation of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.
Later that year, he created J.B. Simms Investigations and continued to do missing person work, reuniting many adoptees with their biological parents.
For 20 years as a licensed private investigator, Simms worked with a number of attorneys and provided consult on numerous criminal and civil cases.
During this time one of his clients, Charles Outlaw, was accused with involvement in a fatal hit and run accident. Three years later, the case ended with the dismissal of felony charges against his client. This case is the inspiration behind Simms’ first book, outlining three years of criminal activity committed not by the defendant, but by those involved in attempting to protect the guilty.
Don’t Get Arrested in South Carolina is the story of the attempts by the South Carolina legal system to force a man to lie under oath and to cover up their activity by dismissing false charges against the defendant.
There will always be corruption. Simms’ hope is that there will be fewer victims if the subjects knew what to do when they are attacked by the system. This is his motivation for writing his first book.
J.B. Simms has participated in investigations which have appeared on Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer, and Dateline NBC.
Our second book, Yeah, My Dog Did That, Too, is a compilation of stories of our dog, Erik. Erik was with me during college, marriage, having a child (Joe), undercover drug operations, and was a constant companion and protector of Joe during Joe’s childhood. The title of the book is the common response given by a person when you tell a person a story about your dog.
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