Fair warning – I’m a poet and love word play.
So that’s a part of what Crime: Executed is.
I love writing, so I subjected myself to 12 years of education and a mountain of student loan debt in order to earn a doctorate in English (with a focus on creative writing). I also love true crime. A gift from my mother, of sorts. When I was a teen, I spent countless hours going through my mom’s true crime library, and became almost obscenely fascinated with crime and, by extension, true crime writing.
I recently started working on a project about a serial killer who terrorized my home town the months right before I was born, an event that I’m sure contributed to my mom’s book purchases and almost overbearing need to keep tabs on her kids at all times. Since the killer isn’t well known, I expected to encounter some difficulties with the research, but then again, I’m a doctor. Research is my thing. I do research. And I do it good, baby. Almost too good at times.
But even I wasn’t prepared for all the difficulties I’ve encountered so far, like finding court cases in multiple jurisdictions, hunting down detectives, victims, and family members from 40 years ago, just to name a few. There are many great resources on the web, but at times It’s been difficult finding ones that pertained to my specific situation.
So, I decided to start this blog while I work on my book. Along the way, I will share advice on researching true crime for literary purposes (such as using unorthodox sources, navigating public records requests, etc), writing literary true crime, and living the true crime lifestyle.
I hope that I can help meld the worlds of literary creative nonfiction with the well established genre of true crime.
Oh yeah, the name.
Blame my husband. Crime: Executed is supposed to be a play on words (which I love, as previously mentioned). The obvious meaning is execution, as it applies to the execution of a crime or the execution of a criminal.
But for my husband and me, it means the execution of writing true crime. The planning, the research, the writing, and the completed work.
So follow along with this wife and husband team as we take this journey, and see if you can’t learn a thing or two that can help you out in your own work.
After all, the great Bruce Lee said, “Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.”
Thanks for visiting!
Jess & Jared, the Crime: Executed team