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Have you ever just wanted to strangle someone? Maybe, but if you’re like most of us, reading lurid accounts of evil deeds is enough to quell the homicidal urge. Hence the societal role of the crime writer. Four of them—Dan E. Moldea, author of The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy; 60 Minutes producer Charles Thompson; Time-Life Books true-crime author Curtis Kopf; and David Burnham, the New York Times reporter who broke the Serpico case—convene for a discussion on “Investigating and Writing About Crime” at 7 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 347-4973. (Chip Porter)