Who here reads True Crime? Why?
Strategy 1: Read True Crime set in the past.
Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson (2003)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (2017)
Jack the Ripper: A Journal of the Whitechapel Murders 1888-1889, by Rick Geary (2001)
These books are less about the gory details, more about the investigation/causes of crime.
Extremely popular with those who read True Crime to discover tips and techniques for avoiding danger (which is one of the reasons many people read True Crime). Can also be important for helping readers see beyond stereotypes and assumptions.
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, by Robert Kolker (2013)
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer, by Ann Rule (2005)
The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad, by Stacy Horn (2005)
Just how popular is True Crime? In 2018, BookScan reported 1.6 million TC books sold.
Interlude: True Crime documentaries and programs
Strategy 3: Read True Crime that is also a journey of self-discovery.
Can include aspects of coming of age, self-discovery, reflection, acceptance.
After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's Search, by Crystal Perry (2017)
My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf (2012)
Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime, by Debora Harding (2020)
Strategy 4: Don't read these True Crime titles right before bed.
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer, by Harold Schechter
The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez, by Philip Carlo
If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood, by Gregg Olsen
Inside the Mind of BTK, by John Douglas
The Kentucky Cannibal, by Ryan Green
Even National Geographic has produced True Crime documentaries.
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Also important: What to do when you've been reading too much True Crime
Thanks for attending! And don't forget your handy True Crime Bibliography!