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Friday, March 26, 2021

Crime Journalism

Good crime journalists offer themselves as a bridge between the worst of humanity and those of us who want to know how bad it can actually be. And sometimes a crime story has no ending, then a reporter will take up the cause and dedicate his life to finding one. He'll visit old crime scenes, interview bereaved families, and walk dark neighborhoods searching for the truth. He does the rarely recognized service of filling in the blanks around a victim's identity, telling us who a person was before he became just another anonymous statistic. It is noble work.

Karen Kilgariff, Foreword, Chase Darkness With Me, (2019) by Billy Jensen

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