True Crime Factor Closing

I would like to announce that as of this post, True Crime Factor is officially closed.

Running the website for the past two years has been fun, but I intend to now focus on other projects which will hopefully prove fruitful.

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the readers, publicists and interview subjects who made True Crime Factor what it is.

Best,

Adam Wilcox

October 2016

Book Review: My Friend Dahmer

In the summer of 1991, the entire world watched in shock as Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the murder of seventeen young men and teenage boys. The horrific details of Dahmer’s killings – which included necrophilia, dismemberment and cannibalism – repulsed the nation and to this day solidifies Dahmer as one of the most notorious and abhorrent serial murderers in the annals of true crime.

One man who watched the Dahmer events unfold with a personal interest was Derf Backderf, who made friends with the future serial killer while the two were students at Revere High School in Richfield, Ohio during the 1970s. Backderf, an award-winning political cartoonist and comic artist, documents his relationship with Dahmer in the graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, which has been made into a motion picture.

In the My Friend Dahmer, Backderf not only details his friendship with one of the most reviled killers in history, but also offers his own thoughts and opinions on Dahmer’s descent into madness and depravity.

Purchasing information for My Friend Dahmer is available here.

(Special thanks to Abrams Books)

Book Review: The Making of the President 2016

In a career spanning four-and-a-half decades, political advisor, strategist and lobbyist Roger Stone has found himself in the employ of renowned public officials such as Richard Nixon, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole and current United States President Donald Trump.

Stone, a longtime personal friend of Trump, provides a behind-the-scenes account of “The Donald’s” November 2016 underdog presidential victory over his Democratic Party-affiliated opponent Hillary Clinton in his New York Times Best-Seller The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revoltution. The book examines the strategies employed by Trump en route to his stunning victory – all from Stone’s front-row perspective.

Purchasing information for The Making of the President 2016 can be found here.

(Special thanks to Madeleine Ball of Skyhorse Publishing)

Book Review: I’m Missing – Please Find Me

I’m Missing – Please Find Me is the second title in a series of Crime Stoppers releases from Ontario, Canada-based author Cal Millar. The book details more than 350 accounts of unsolved missing persons cases, predominantly focusing on North American stories.

Millar, a former reporter for the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star newspapers, spotlights a number of high-profile cases in I’m Missing – Please Find Me, including the disappearances of Jennifer Kesse, Sheryl Sheppard, Tara Calico, Morgan Nick and Brianna Maitland.

Purchasing information for I’m Missing – Please Find Me can be found here.

(Special thanks to Cal Millar)

Book Review: Stories From Jonestown

In November 1978, the world watched in shock and horror as the bodies of over 900 people were discovered at a remote settlement in Guyana. Most of the victims were members of an American socialist movement called the People’s Temple and committed suicide under the instruction of the group’s leader, Jim Jones. The mass suicide (or murder, according to some observers) in “Jonestown” followed the killings of five others at Jones’ behest, including United States Congressman Leo Ryan.

Emmy-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski spent three years travelling the United States interviewing survivors of the Jonestown tragedy. These discussions provide the basis for Fondakowski’s book Stories From Jonestown, where former members of the People’s Temple share their stories of traumatisation, stigmatization and loss.

In addition to presenting these survivor stories, Stories From Jonestown is also a testimony of Fondakowski’s own personal journey of discovery and empathy.

Purchasing information for Stories From Jonestown can be found here.

(Special thanks to Heather Skinner of University of Minnesota Press)

Book Review: O.J. is Innocent and I Can Prove It

When legendary NFL running back and Hollywood actor O.J. Simpson was acquitted in the double-slaying of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995, many observers felt the former gridiron great had gotten away with murder in the “Trial of the Century.” One man who has steadfastly defended Simpson’s innocence is Dallas-based private investigator William Dear, who offers an alternative theory to the killer’s identity in his book, O.J. is Innocent and I Can Prove It.

In the book, Dear theorizes that it was not Simpson who brutally murdered Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, but that his son Jason committed the crimes. Dear presents a mountain of circumstantial evidence against the younger Simpson in a compelling and convincing manner, utilizing 500-plus pages in an attempt to validate his controversial theory.

Dear’s hypothesis was the basis for the Investigation Discovery series, Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence.

Purchasing information for O.J. is Innocent and I Can Prove It is available here.

(Special thanks to Madeleine Ball at Skyhorse Publishing)

O.J. Simpson Freed on Parole

The Chicago Tribune reports that legendary NFL running back O.J. Simpson was released from prison on parole early yesterday morning. Simpson served nine years in jail after being convicted in 2008 on armed robbery charges stemming from an altercation over sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 in the double-homicide of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Please visit the above link to read more.