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A true crime writer’s tale: Scott Bainbridge delves into New Zealand’s biggest heist

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. ...

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. Investigative author Scott Bainbridge has written a book on how it happened (file photo).

Scott Bainbridge has heard confessions from 1960s gangsters, pored over old murder files, and had photos handed to him with a warning.

He’s a true crime author, the man whose books inspired the television series The Missing.

His most recent work, The Great NZ Robbery, recounts New Zealand’s biggest heist, which left a wrecked safe and a few scattered notes behind.

The Great NZ Robbery adds to Scott Bainbridge's growing list of books about Kiwi crimes (file photo).

The Great NZ Robbery adds to Scott

Read more at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/97371506/a-true-crime-writers-tale-scott-bainbridge-delves-into-new-zealands-biggest-heist

Book Nook: Fort Smith writer turns local true crime cases into intriguing reads

Fort Smith author Anita Paddock has taught a number of Arkansas’ and Oklahoma’s regional authors. She shared the art of writing through classes at then-WestArk Community College’s continuing education program and more recently at the public library. Perseverance is the word she lives by and teaches her students. She proudly told me her daughter, Jennifer Paddock, is an author and works with the publishing house of Simon and Schuster.

Paddock started her career by entering a magazine contest in her 30s. The story she submitted won a prize, and she received a check for $25.00, which she promptly framed. Paddock’s family was astounded when someone called trying to trace the lost check, only to be told that she had not cashed the check and did not intend to cash it. It would remain a memento of her first sale.

The author categorizes her books

Read more at: http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170801/book-nook-fort-smith-writer-turns-local-true-crime-cases-into-intriguing-reads

Book Nook: Fort Smith writer turns local true crime cases into …

Fort Smith author Anita Paddock has taught a number of Arkansas’ and Oklahoma’s regional authors. She shared the art of writing through classes at then-WestArk Community College’s continuing education program and more recently at the public library. Perseverance is the word she lives by and teaches her students. She proudly told me her daughter, Jennifer Paddock, is an author and works with the publishing house of Simon and Schuster.

Paddock started her career by entering a magazine contest in her 30s. The story she submitted won a prize, and she received a check for $25.00, which she promptly framed. Paddock’s family was astounded when someone called trying to trace the lost check, only to be told that she had not cashed the check and did not intend to cash it. It would remain a memento of her first sale.

The author categorizes her books

Read more at: http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170801/book-nook-fort-smith-writer-turns-local-true-crime-cases-into-intriguing-reads

Crime Writer Ann Rule Dies, Who Was Bizarrely Friends With Ted Bundy Before Anyone Knew He Was A Serial Killer

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On July 26, 2015 crime writer Ann Rule died. She was likely most famous for authoring “The Stranger Beside Me,” a true crime novel about serial killer Ted Bundy. Ann had signed a book contract to write about a series of unsolved murders in the Seattle area. Little did she know that she already knew the killer. Yeah, you read that correctly. She knew the killer. Ted Bundy volunteered alongside her at a suicide crisis call center. The two were friends. It made for a riveting novel and is considered the most well-rounded and definitive biographies of the infamous serial killer. 

Before writing true crime novels, Ann worked as a police officer for the Seattle Police Department. She also wrote for True Detective magazine under the pen name “Andy Stack.” She went on to

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/crime-writer-ann-rule-dies-who-was-bizarrely-friends-with-ted-bundy-before-anyone-knew-he-was

Tales of murder and mayhem in Cheshire are recreated by Chester writer

True crime writer Derek Yarwood has turned to the dark side once more to gather together another forceful collection of archive tales of murder and mayhem in 18th and 19th century Cheshire.

A retired journalist, he has combined the newspaperman’s natural instinct for a good story with his interest in local history to produce a gripping anthology that is based extensively on original source material.

Drawn from long-forgotten assize court files, judges’ notes and inquest depositions — and with contemporary newspaper reports adding flavour to the mix — the book’s 12 chapters contain the most comprehensive, authenticated accounts of the cases ever published.

The third in the author’s Cheshire true crime series, the book, which comes with more than 100 illustrations, is mainly about murder, though also featured are attempted murder, house-breaking and highway robbery — less serious offences, maybe, but

Read more at: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/tales-murder-mayhem-cheshire-recreated-13313555

Announcing the return of the most glamorous writer’s residency in New Zealand – the one at the Surrey Hotel

Calling all New Zealand writers! Apply now for the writers residency at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland.

New Zealand literature’s coolest writing residency is up and running again. The fabulous Surrey Hotel – named the Best Hotel in Auckland by a well-known writer in the New Zealand Herald – has once again agreed to offer a writers residency award in association with The Spinoff.

The winner of the second annual Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency In Association With The Spinoff Award will be given a week’s free accommodation at the Surrey in Grey Lynn, along with free breakfast and free wifi. They will also pocket a cool $500 from The Spinoff.

There is also be a second and third prize with less nights and less money but the same thrill.

The Surrey Hotel: built in the Tudor ages (1989)

Applications are open from today, and close on July

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/05-07-2017/announcing-the-return-of-the-most-glamorous-writers-residency-in-new-zealand-the-one-at-the-surrey-hotel/

Austin writer’s 13th book inspired by the Zodiac Killer – Austin American


“Unsub” by Meg Gardiner (Dutton).
The Austin writer and California native’s 13th book was inspired by the Zodiac Killer, whose as-yet unsolved (and unlikely to be solved) reign of terror became the stuff of legend, inspiring films from the first Dirty Harry movie to David Fincher’s still-amazing “Zodiac,” not to mention a host of songs, TV episodes, true-crime books and probably nacho recipes at this point. Gardiner’s novel concerns an “unsub” (as in “unknown subject”) known as the Prophet.

Read more at: http://www.statesman.com/entertainment/books--literature/austin-writer-13th-book-inspired-the-zodiac-killer/TKli6wP8jo4CqoIek4AeIP/

Troubling blend of child murder and a writer’s memories of abuse




Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s “The Fact of a Body’’ makes for an uncomfortable read. That’s not a disparagement. The book, a mashup of genres (the subtitle is “A Murder and a Memoir’’), flings readers into a pit of ominous subject matter and ethical uncertainty.

First, the murder: Marzano-Lesnevich approaches this part of the narrative with lawyerly scrutiny. That’s fitting, since she encounters the case of Ricky Langley while interning at a Louisiana law firm in 2003. The defendant, condemned to death for molesting and suffocating a six-year-old boy nine years earlier, has just been retried and sentenced instead to life in prison. Watching his taped confession, Marzano-Lesnevich has a shattering epiphany. She’s been against the death penalty ever since learning about it in childhood. Her

Read more at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2017/05/18/troubling-blend-child-murder-and-writer-memories-abuse/x1w2WEj5Oj22e3OIN9KpvM/story.html

High-Profile Writer Plans True Crime Book About Aaron Hernandez

The writer who has topped the Forbes list of highest-paid authors for three years running has his sights set on a book about Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was found dead in prison last week as he served time on a murder conviction.

The AP reports that James Patterson plans a true crim book about Hernandez.

“Little, Brown and Co. told The Associated Press on Thursday that Patterson’s book, not yet titled, is scheduled for early 2018,” the AP reports. “. Patterson is also putting together a collection of true crime stories in partnership with Investigation Discovery, to come out on the TV network and in print next January.”

The report adds: “Patterson, one of the world’s most popular and prolific novelists, said in a statement that he was ‘stunned’ by Hernandez’s death and wanted to know ‘what went wrong.’ He’s donating a portion of his author

Read more at: http://www.tvweek.com/tvbizwire/2017/04/high-profile-writer-plans-true-crime-book-about-aaron-hernandez/

True-crime writer’s quest to kind the Golden State Killer

Comedian Patton Oswalt opens up in his first television interview about his late wife’s quest to find the elusive criminal who terrorized Californians by committing 50 rapes and a dozen murders, on this Saturday’s “48 Hours.”

Michelle McNamara, a true-crime writer, had been on the hunt for the killer and was relentless in her search for answers, until her death on April 21, 2016.

Tracy Smith and “48 Hours” investigate the horrific case that inspired McNamara’s true-crime reporting through interviews with Oswalt, police and those who are carrying on McNamara’s work by finishing the book she was writing about the case.

Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara

Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara

“She had a mind for the details of true crime the way other people have for baseball or me for films,” Oswalt tells correspondent Tracy Smith. “She could recall the details

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/04/22/true-crime-writers-quest-to-kind-the-golden-state-killer/