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Saturday, October 19 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
True Crime: Crime in Context

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Three harrowing stories of murder from the past are the focus of this chilling session. JoeAnn Hart blends memoir and true crime in Stamford '76, about the unsolved murder of Margo Olsen, whose body was found with an arrow piercing her heart, and the subsequent killing by police of Margo’s African American boyfriend, Howie Carter. What makes the story especially riveting is that Hart’s boyfriend at the time, also African American, was Carter’s best friend. A blend of racism, misogyny, and recession provides the backdrop. Mark Bowden’s latest, The Last Stone, explores the unsolved case of two girls abducted from a mall in 1975. Bowden covered the story as a reporter in '75, and then took it up again when, in 2013, a cold case squad detective discovered new evidence leading to a masterful interrogation and, finally, the truth. Cara Robertson, in The Trial of Lizzie Borden, contextualizes the sensational and sensationalized trial of Lizzie Borden for the axe murders of her father and stepmother and reveals the social anxieties of the Gilded Age that permeated the proceedings. In each of these stories, the historical and cultural environment of the times plays a role in the framing of the story. Amy MacKinnon, author of the novel Tethered, will moderate this discussion of crime and its context.

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Amy MacKinnon

Amy MacKinnon is a former congressional aide whose commentaries have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and on NPR and This American Life. Her debut novel, Tethered, was described by Booklist as a “haunting” and “gracefully rendered... Read More →

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Cara Robertson

Cara Robertson is a lawyer, former legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, and former Supreme Court clerk. She holds a PhD in English from Oxford University and a JD from Stanford Law School, and her work has appeared in the Boston... Read More →
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JoeAnn Hart

JoeAnn Hart is a fiction writer, journalist, and environmental activist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Orion, Design New England, Solstice, and the Hopper. Anthologized in Black Lives Have Always Mattered, Hart’s pieces typically focus on the relationship... Read More →
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Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, which was adapted into a film that won two Academy Awards. He reported for the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Esquire, and other newspapers... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116