Charlie Staump is a retired
investigator from the Orange County Sheriff's Department in California. After 8 years in the Marine Corps and 18 years
in law enforcement he found himself in the unenviable position of being retired at the age of 43 because of health problems.
In an attempt to keep busy, he organized and directed an eighteen-piece swing band which was comprised of many veterans of
the famous big bands of the forties and fifties. He also started a little business of making miniatures which he sold throughout
the country. Charlie Staump is the author of The Calico Incident and The Lady of Goldstone.
According to the
book description of The Calico Incident, “In the year of 1988 Johnny M. Johnson, a retired
deputy Sheriff in San Bernardino, California, takes a job as an actor-gunfighter in the ghost town of Calico. He was well
aware of the history of that old mining town and the rumors of its reported ghostly legends. Johnny had a personal connection
to Calico that went back one hundred years. He had no idea that this connection would come back to haunt both he and his partner.”