Lisa Eisemann is a Salinas native and a licensed private investigator with a degree in Criminology and graduate work in forensics. While working for the defense on a gang murder case, she met husband Joe Gunter, the lead homicide detective for the Salinas Police Department. Both were experts in gangs and crime scene investigation and found common ground in their search for the truth in cases they worked. Eisemann’s grandmother, Mae Eisemann, was the first female police officer for the Salinas Police Department. The stories of her career and the complete history of the police department were covered in Eisemann’s first book, The First Police Woman, A History of the Salinas Police Department.
A subsequent book covered many homicides in the history of Salinas that were not gang related. Murder, Salinas Style: Book One is a collection of over fifty stories of murders in and around Salinas. The number of murders committed in the city is too great for even two books and a third is currently being researched. Murder, Salinas Style: Book Two, includes thirty-four murders that occurred between 1966 and 2001.
Eisemann owns the Salinas School of Dance and is the director of the Spirit of Salinas Irish Dance Company and the Salinas Valley Civic Ballet Company. Eisemann and Gunter live and work in Salinas with their daughter, Terrin.