true crime

literary, radio, and cinematographic genre

True crime is a nonfiction literary, podcast, and film genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people. The crimes most commonly include murder; about 40 percent focus on tales of serial killers. True crime comes in many forms, such as books, films, podcasts, and television shows. Many works in this genre recount high-profile, sensational crimes such as the JonBenét Ramsey killing, the O. J. Simpson murder case, and the Pamela Smart murder, while others are devoted to more obscure slayings. True crime works can impact the crimes they cover and the audience who consumes it. The genre is often criticized for being insensitive to the victims and their families and is described by some as trash culture.
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Zodiac

non-fiction book about the "Zodiac Killer"

author: Robert Graysmith

1986

Mommy's Little Girl

book by Diane Fanning

author: Diane Fanning

2009

Death in the City of Light

nonfiction true crime book by David King

author: David King

2011

Sara Payne: A Mother's Story

book by Sara Payne

author: Sara Payne

2004

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