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Debbi Mack interviews crime writer Judith Yates on the Crime Cafe podcast.
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Unfortunately, I can no longer provide transcription show notes, but will resume doing so when finances allow. I have tried to note at what time various discussion topics come up in the recording.
[02:35] Judith discusses her decision to study criminology.
[03:40] Judith mentions her family’s roots in law enforcement, including her grandfather’s work for Pinkerton.
[05:35] Discussion of Judith’s book Bullied to Death.
[08:57] The importance of good storytelling in true crime.
[09:31] The use of technology and social media in bullying teens and children.
[12:20] The emotional impact of the story in Bullied to Death.
[12:50] The authors Judith find most inspiring.
[14:25] Judith’s opinion of the role of the true crime writer.
[15:20] A few cautionary words about self-publishing other people’s true stories.
[18:40] Judith talks about her true crime book, She is Evil.
[20:30] The focus in She is Evil on the misrepresentation of those of the Islamic faith.
[24:00] Discussion of the post-9/11 backlash against Islamic people.
[25:36] Judith’s current work-in-progress, a true crime book about female bank robbers.
[28:06] Bonnie Parker never robbed a bank! (Who knew? I didn’t.)
[29:10] I highly recommend Knives Out! (Review to come on another blog. Eventually.] And a bit of discussion about Bond. James Bond.
[30:15] Judith mentions the list of resources available on online bullying. Her goal is to tell stories that readers can learn from, so as to avoid the mistakes of the past.
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