He graduated from Uniondale High School in New York and Empire State College at
the State University at Stony Brook, New York. Thanks to the G.I. bill he later studied everything from sociology and public
administration to celestial navigation. After retiring from the police service, he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Tennessee
where he volunteered at The Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and dealt with publicity for their living history program. The
volunteer position inspired him to study more and write about the French and Indian War era of colonial history. Over two
dozen of his articles have been published in magazines.
In 2006, Wayne Zurl began writing his Sam Jenkins Crime Stories. Jenkins is an
ex-New York police officer now employed as the chief in Prospect, a fictional small East Tennessee city. Zurl says Jenkins
and he share similar experiences, probably sound the same, and both enjoy good Italian food.” Recently he had four of
his police procedural novelettes purchased by Mind Wings Audio to be produced as audio-books. The first, A Labor
Day Murder debuted on November 22nd and is currently on sale. The others, A Murder in Knoxville,
Bullets Off-Broadway, and Scrap Metal and Murder are under contract.
They are all part of the copyrighted Sam Jenkins Crime Stories series which features an ex-New York detective lieutenant
who retired and took a chief's position in the fictional city of Prospect, Tennessee.