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True Crime

Area chairs

Samantha Przybylowicz (Northeastern University)
Anna Brecke (Rhode Island School of Design)

True Crime includes nonfiction stories of crimes across a range of media such as podcasts, film/documentaries, television, and books. True Crime typically focuses on investigative journalism used to present a mystery or attempt to understand the psychology of a crime/perpetrator. Additionally, it may include narratives of a case, victimology, forensics, or analysis of evidence, although each case is different. Much of true crime focuses on serial killers/killings, although subsets of the genre may delve more into topics such as kidnappings, cults, wrongful convictions, advocacy, white-collar crimes, trial proceedings, prevention of crime, survivor stories, or sensationalism/entertainment.

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