By Gary Provost
It all begins with a newspaper article depiciting an unthinkable crime in an area neighborhood. From those headlines, a talented author can weave a full-length publication - constructing the characters, selecting the factors, reporting at the judgment. That author can be you.
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He had gotten my name from a mutual friend. Piscitelli had been the lawyer for Anne Capute, a nurse who, in 1980, had been accused of deliberately overdosing a patient with morphine, and had been tried for first-degree murder. The case had gotten reams of local publicity and a fair amount of national notice, so attorney Piscitelli was confident that someone would publish a book about it. He wanted me to write that book. At the time I was something less than the perfect person to write a true crime book.
My wife looked at me for a moment, and smiled. ” Of course! Gail, as usual, was right. Writing true crime books had not just brought many of my writing dreams to life. It had also made my private-detective fantasies come true, and I didn’t even have to get shot at. ) Maybe I hadn’t simply stumbled into the true crime writing field, after all. Maybe, wily detective that I am, I had known all along just what I was doing. In any case, deciding to write the story of Anne Capute was the smartest thing I’ve ever done in my writing career.
Like in Jack Olsen’s Son, it’sso hard to believe that a woman can live with this man and not have a clue that he’s going out and raping people every day. “Also I like a book where the victim is chosen for a reason. I don’t like books where the victims are picked at random and could be anybody. For example, I would not be interested in a book about the guy who did the shooting at the McDonald’s. On the other hand, if it’s about a postal worker who went back to work and murdered his fellow employees because he had a grudge against them, that would be okay.
How to Write & Sell True Crime by Gary Provost