This weekend I’m heading to Vancouver to tape some work for an episode of The Devil You Know, a Discovery true crime series. The episode I’m working on as both on-air and consultant is for Anthony Sowell, the subject of my next true crime book for Penguin.
The episode focuses on Lori Frazier, who was Sowell’s girlfriend during a time in 2006-2009 he was killing women in his Cleveland ghetto neighborhood and stashing the bodies around his house. Frazier is a former crackhead and is the niece of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, which creates some kind of class confusion.
A lot of these production houses – the one in this Make Believe Media– are looking to true crime books to adapt. I was alerted to one posting the other day that seemed a little too blatant – It read: “True Crime Authors: If you’re interested in having your book profiled on Season 2 of Deadly Sins (Discovery ID) please email me at (name omitted) and I’ll send you the criteria for cases we’re looking to profile. Feel free to share as we need lots of stories for this season and preferably ones that are fresh and new.” I’d be wary of anyone who feels compelled to tell me they are looking for “preferably” stories that are fresh and new. So would the agency entertain stories that aren’t?
Steve Miller is an investigative reporter with over two decades of experience in daily newspaper, Web and magazine reporting and writing. Miller has done time as a court and cops beat reporter at the Dallas Morning News and as a national reporter for the Washington Times, and as a correspondent for national publications including People magazine, High Times, Boston Magazine, Miami New Times, Houston Press, The Daily Beast and U.S. News and World Report. In 2012, he was an Edgar award finalist for his book, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender. He is a recipient of the digital investigative award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Miller was also the former vocalist in the Midwest punk rock outfit the Fix in 1980-81.
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