Stories In the Mud: Small Town Crime and Memory

I was born in a place where the collective memory will never forget about a train careening off a bridge and drowing in the bed of the muddy river. Nor will the collective ever forget the serial killer their children fell victim to or the two boys murdered by a Sunday school teacher.

The 5 R’s of Creative Nonfiction

There is a term that I throw out repeatedly on this blog. It’s almost everywhere—the title banner, the about me page, and most of the blog posts. Literary True Crime. It’s a term that lies at the heart of what I want to accomplish with this blog. Maybe you’ve noticed it, and wondered “What the... Continue Reading →

How to Write to a Convicted Murderer

Think you’re ready to write to a prisoner, someone convicted of a rape, a murder, or worse? Are you unsure? Ask yourself the real reason you want to write to this person. If it’s only to ask about the crime itself in graphic detail, you aren’t ready.

The Why

But at its heart, the true crime genre is about giving the victims a chance at some kind of future. It may not last. They may once again slide into obscurity. . .

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