True crime reporting has long captivated audiences. By reporting details of an actual crime in a sensationalized way, the genre is often described as “infotainment” – the blending of information and entertainment. The modern genre was likely inaugurated by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and gripping accounts of murders and serial killers continue to populate bookshelves. True crime also spills over to primetime television in shows like the Nancy Grace show, with reporting on the Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox cases. But in addition to journalistic and sensational impact, true crime reporting also overlaps with legal investigation of crimes in complicated ways.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on December 1, 2014. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Rutman, Melissa, "Intersection of Art and Criminal Law: The Ethics of True Crime" (2014). AELJ Blog. 54.