Cover Photo: A close-up shot of a bunch of surgical scissors in a hospital operating room

Murder Nights

It was as if I needed a third surgery, a reconstruction. I needed the surgeon to rebuild what he tore out.

Forensic Files

I’m scarfing junk food, and you can’t have any.


Law & Order

20/20 Dateline

Deadly Women Fatal VowsLaw & Order

Forensic Fileswere still



All better nowI am small and neat, proof of the surgeon’s skill and efficiency.


Law & Order

Forensic FilesDeadly Sins

Marcia Trahan is the author of Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsession (Barrelhouse Books, 2020). She earned a master of fine arts in writing and literature from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, CrimeReads, the Brevity Blog, Fourth Genre, apt, Clare, Anderbo, Blood Orange Review, Connotation Press, Kansas City Voices, and the LaChance Publishing anthology Women Reinvented: True Stories of Empowerment and Change. Marcia lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with her partner, Andy, and their crazed feline companion, Bela.