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    The Art of True Crime

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    On the morning of June 30, 2009, police in a small eastern Ontario city made a ghastly discovery: four females dead in a car submerged in a shallow canal. Sisters Zainab Shafia, 19, Sahar Shafia, 17, Geeti Shafia, 13, and Rona Mohammad Amir, 50, floated serenely inside the car, seemingly the victims of a terrible accident. That morning, Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba and their son, Hamed, arrived at the Kingston police station to report the four missing. In a sweeping covert investigation that spanned three continents, police uncovered layers of lies in the Shafias' story and they developed a horrifying theory: Zainab, Sahar, Geeti and Rona had been the victims of a meticulously plotted family murder -- Canada's first mass honour killing...

    On Saturday, February 1, don't miss the opportunity to hear award-winning journalist Rob Tripp present a behind-the-scenes look at the world of true crime writing. "Breaking Into True Crime" is the fourth presentation making up this year's Writers' Weekend and we are thrilled to be able to offer this unique window into a naturally mysterious process.

    What kind of background is required to become a crime journalist?

    How does a reporter gain access to such sensitive information?

    How can a writer organize all their facts and research to produce a gripping read?

    Come get some answers at Writers' Weekend 2014.

    Follow Rob Tripp on Twitter.

    ... In Without Honour, award-winning journalist Rob Tripp draws on three years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews to make sense of a senseless crime in a way no other writer could. His unprecedented access tells a story beyond anything the jury heard: a story about a patriarch who fled war and strife in Afghanistan but who did not leave behind his devotion to repressive tradition. Tripp was the first journalist on the scene as the news broke and the only reporter to attend every day of court sessions, through to the convictions of Shafia, Tooba and Hamed on four counts each of first-degree murder, fuelled by what Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Maranger called a twisted notion of honour. In this gripping and compassionate account, Tripp reveals the heartbreaking and stunning truth about the desperate lives of four women who died in the pursuit of freedom.

    **book description lifted from library catalogue


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