Can Fiction Help Solve the Ethical Problems of True Crime?
True crime wants us to believe that our monsters are individual, not systemic—the errant serial killer rather than a violent and inequitable culture.
The Body Farm
Savage Appetites More Than You’ll Ever KnowSerialSword and Scale My Favorite MurderMaking a Murderer The Staircase Dirty John Los Angeles Times
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I’ll Be Gone in the DarkThe Grim Sleeper cultureTell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation—
Katie Gutierrez lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, one-year-old daughter, and two dogs. Katie has an MFA from Texas State University, and her fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Catapult, Washington Post, Lit Hub, Motherwell, and more. She is working on a novel while her baby naps. Find her on Twitter @katie_gutz.
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