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Your host is Mairi Campbell-Jack, long listed for the Crime Writing Associations debut dagger and a finalist on the Amazon Publishing New Voices Awards. Mairi guides you through the best of true crime and crime fiction podcasting and books. Regular reviews and guest interviews appear on the podcast and website, as well as a shop where you can buy reviewed books while supporting independent retailers and the pod. http://www.true-crime-fiction.com/podcast
 
Crime fiction and criminal investigations are equal parts art and science. Creating compelling crime stories that ring true requires attention to character, plot, POV, voice, and so much more as well as an understanding of forensic science and criminal investigative techniques. Join me and let’s explore all things crime, fictional and real.
 
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Mairi discovers this excellent podcast about a very sophisticated catfishing scam. Text available here https://true-crime-fiction.com/my-reviews/ If you wish to support TCF please check out our patreon where there are various different levels of support and benefits on offer. www.patreon.com/truecrimefiction…
 
Mairi is releasing her debut novel Self Help for Serial Killers: Let Your Creativity Bloom month-by-month, chapter-by-chapter via the podcast. Longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger, and a finalist in the Capital Crime and Amazon Publishing New Voices Awards new chapters will be released at the begining of every month, with a Pat…
 
In this episode of Fact or Fiction: Author Series, Bryan Johnston, author of Deep in the Woods shares the story of the 1935 kidnapping of George Weyerhaeuser, but he adds one fictional detail. Will I guess it? Will you? Play along with me and then order a copy of Deep in the Woods to learn all the stranger-than-fiction details about the kidnapping,…
 
Mairi explores the boundaries between one classic and crime fiction, and finds the latest work on Dostoyevsky a little lacking. Text version here https://true-crime-fiction.com/my-reviews/ To buy a copy and help support independent bookshops and the pod please go here https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/TCF…
 
Poisons and drugs have been used as murder weapons for many centuries. Sometimes the poison itself does the killing and other times it simply facilities the use of another method. Here are three famous cases involving poisons and drugs. SHOW NOTES: http://www.dplylemd.com/criminal-mischief-notes/48-3-famous-poisoning-cases.html…
 
This is the first episode in what I’m calling the Fact or Fiction: Author Series. Owen Pataki, co-author of Where the Light Falls and author of Searchers in Winter is my guest. Searchers in Winter brings events of the Napoleonic Wars to life with its compelling plot, engaging characters, and exciting action sequences. In this show I have a brief ch…
 
Amnesia has been a part of fiction for many years. Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity is a classic example. The character was apparently based on the real-life case of Ansel Bourne, who in 1887 was likely the first documented case of amnesia. Even Agatha Christie suffered her own brush with amnesia—or maybe not. This one has been the source of arg…
 
This episode focuses on the tragic murder of railroad clerk Clarence D. Hiller; the man accused of committing the crime, Thomas Jennings; and the advanced forensic technique of fingerprint identification used successfully for the first time in a murder trial in the United States.Av MaxMin Labs, LLC
 
Mairi chats to Daniel Seton, Commissioning Editor at Pushkin Press about crime fiction in the UK and what we can learn from other cultures, particularly Japan, as well as Agatha Christie, what makes a good book, genre boundaries and books narrated by balloons. Mairi's novel, Self Help for Serial Killers: Let Your Creativity Bloom, is also part of t…
 
Your opening scene carries a heavy load. It must hook the reader, introduce the story question—and often the protagonist/antagonist—-reveal the setting/story world, evoke emotion in the reader, and reveal the voice and tone of the story. That’s a lot of work, and pressure on the writer. Show Notes: http://www.dplylemd.com/criminal-mischief-notes/46…
 
SHOW NOTES:http://www.dplylemd.com/criminal-mischief-notes/45-carbon-monoxide.html PAST SHOWS: http://www.dplylemd.com/criminal-mischief.html From FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES: That Sneaky Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is sneaky and deadly. When authorities find a suicide victim in her garage, sitting in a car with the engine running, they can usually c…
 
In late December of 1903, the beautiful new Iroquois Theater in Chicago performed a matinee of the family-friendly musical Mr. Bluebeard to a sold-out audience. Midway through the performance, an overloaded stage light caught fire, and what happened is stranger than fiction. Listen carefully because it's tricky to know what's Fact or Fiction!…
 
In April of 1924, Beulah Annan shot her lover in the bedroom she shared with her husband Al. She rested next to the dead man and played one song over and over on her phonograph until Al arrived home. What followed is such a sensational story, that reporter Maureen Watkins used it as the basis for her successful play, Chicago. That play was the basi…
 
Bluebeard is a French folk-tale about a villainous man who married and then killed multiple wives. The American version of this story isn't a folk tale--it's real. Today's episode of Fact or Fiction examines the story of Johann Hoch, a man accused of marrying scores of women, absconding with their fortunes, and even murdering a few. Listen carefull…
 
Mairi chats with Oisin about his podcast The Troubles, understanding and knowledge about the troubles, Irish and Northern Irish history, media analyasis, Brexit and much more. You can find Oisin's book recommendation for listeners here https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/TCF and his podcast on any of the fine places you listen to them. As usual, outtakes …
 
In the early 1920's, Chicago reporters Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht encountered and sensationalized the highly unusual murder of a young mother-to-be, Ruth Wanderer. These two reporters, who went on to become decorated Hollywood screenwriters, called Ruth Wanderer's tragic story, The Case of the Ragged Stranger! Listen carefully because it's tri…
 
Amos J. Snell, a wealthy real estate owner in Chicago, was murdered in his home in 1888. The identity of the murderer remains unknown to this day. Listen to learn what we do know about Amos J. Snell, his murder, and the aftershocks of his death that affected his family for generations. Is it Fact or Fiction? You be the judge!…
 
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