The Fascinating Stories Behind Famous True-Crime Books

Earlier this week, JSTOR Daily published a fascinating essay about the history of true crime dating back to the 16th century. The public’s fascinating with the true-crime genre is still going strong thanks to the popularity of podcasts like Serial and Netflix’s Making a Murderer — which we’ve continued to watch develop in recent headlines. But behind every true crime tale is another story about the authors and their experiences or relationships with their grisly subjects. Here are just a few of those stories.