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Detroit, Michigan
Newspaper reporter turned trial lawyer and historical true crime devotee.
Interests: history, journalism, true crime
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True crime author Corey Mitchell,47, passed away suddenly in late October. News accounts say he died of a heart attack. Mitchell studied law but did not practice; instead, he wrote seven true crime books, and a few years ago he... Continue reading
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(Ed. note: Proving again that oil has always been a bloody , awful business, true crime author Robert Knapp unearthed a gem of a murder case from the 1930s and has just released a book on it, Mystery Man--Gangsters, Oil,... Continue reading
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(The Borowitz Collection is the greatest private true crime library ever amassed. This year the current owner, Kent State University, geared up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the donation of the entire ensemble. In addition to all kinds of... Continue reading
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(Ed. note: This press release found its way onto my desk, and I'm running the gem as-is, replete with the journalist's sign-off. I admire the author's very traditional approach to, ironically enough, ebooks in our favorite genre, and I can... Continue reading
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For the umpteenth time, a journalist documenting a serial killer has tried to conduct research by relying on the principle of Freedom of Information, yet he has encountered the old saw about making a "profit" off crime. (I've always found... Continue reading
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The co-author of the true crime phenomenon Helter Skelter has passed. Curt Gentry [Wiki], who penned the book with Vincent Bugliosi, died of apparent natural causes at the age of 83 in mid-July. The book is the favorite of many... Continue reading
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(Ed. note: I recently came across an essay by true crime author Donald Kraybill concerning a complex criminal case in Ohio that would make for a difficult bar exam question. The sixteen defendants committed hair- and beard-cutting assaults on nine... Continue reading
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Does anyone have some books to recommend for those of us who've had the pleasure to discover the writings of Miriam Allen deFord? Her Amazon search results show that she wrote all over the literary map, and few books are... Continue reading
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"There has been a handful of gorgeous, sun soaked spring days recently. What better time to go off on a true and fictional crime jag and wallow in depravity and cynicism?" --Journalist James Varney, New Orleans Times-Picayune Welcome to the... Continue reading
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( Note: CLEWS is pleased to dust the curtains 'round here and present the latest true crime title from our reigning master of true crime, Harold Schechter, who returns us to the trove of shocking murder stories from New York... Continue reading
Randy Dotinga of the Christian Science Monitor considered his most very favorite historical true crime titles ever and came up with this list of the top five: 1. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 2. For the... Continue reading
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Gold Medal Killer (Marquette Books) by Diana Britt Franklin is a recommended story, a fast and fascinating case study. The murderer at issue is Ohio State University Professor James Snook. He distinguishes himself in the pantheon of mistress-killers by boasting... Continue reading
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We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. --Emerson I once felt bad about the size of... Continue reading
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Last week this website celebrated a milestone with 1,000,000 hits. Some of the searches that rolled the odometer are perennial favorites -- Caril Fugate Martha Beck Lizzie Borden Alice de Janze The Lawson Family Tragedy Deadwood history Continue reading
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"Murder may be the number one social taboo, but boy is it spellbinding." --Mark Schatzker, Toronto Globe and Mail * * * The Arthur Ellis Award gives a nod to the best Canadian true crime book of the year. And... Continue reading
Murder victim's brother wants book pulled from shelves SEATTLE -- Local true-crime writer Ann Rule is being haunted by an old murder case that she wrote about.... * * * A man incarcerated for 29 years for rape, now exonerated... Continue reading
The favorite submissions of true crime writers and readers.... TIME Magazine on Phil Spector: Phil Spector and the New Film About His Lovin' Feelin' Ask lovers of true-crime sensation who Phil Spector is, and they'll say he's the dotty old... Continue reading
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We say laugh in the face of evil. Or that could be the motto of true crime writers who can't resist cracking up, even though. So I received a note from a true crime author and lecturer with an interesting... Continue reading
CLEWS featured a bit of the story of an extraordinary female attorney in New York by the name of Grace Humiston in How the Feminine Sherlock Holmes Solved the Disappearance of Ruth Cruger. Now I am advised that a new... Continue reading
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Neglect your blog for a few weeks and people think you're dead. Sheesh. * * * New on the shelf: Satan's Playground * * * Oregonian Reporter Fired After Diane Downs Story Appears in Glamour * * * Philip Carlo's... Continue reading
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One of my very favorite authors, honored true crime historian, essayist, collector, philosopher, and retired trial lawyer Albert Borowitz, has penned a book that explores the intersection of music and murder. It is of course from Kent State University Press.... Continue reading
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A recent article in the Minnesota Monthly brushed the dust off the story of a little-known serial killer who is believed by the author, Jack El-Hai, to be the earliest identifiable American serial killer. For an excerpt, check out The... Continue reading
DNA clears Cleveland man imprisoned since 1981 Photos; Not Bitter ; From student paper ; From the Times Online * * * Cullen's Columbine takes the top prize Edgar winners 2010 *** Ann Rule`s "Small Sacrifices" and the Golden Age... Continue reading
Dr. Zeo Zoe Wilkins made headlines in the Emporia Gazette. Sordid True Crime Story Connected to Jesse James Continue reading
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So I received a fascinating note from author James D. Livingston (who, when not professoring at MIT, writes true crime stories and soon-to-be published Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded A ge New York, which comes out in July)... Continue reading
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