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The 16 Best True Crime Books Of All Time
TIME Magazine  —  August 10, 2018
Christine Pelisek meticulously details the case of the L.A serial killer called “the Grim Sleeper” as only someone who reported on the case for 10 years could. She named him the Grim Sleeper for his long breaks between victims, all of whom were women of color in poor areas. Pelisek’s book carefully details the lives of each victim and tells a broader story about homicide investigations in neighborhoods ridden with poverty and gang violence. The book reveals the hard truth that often victims found in high-crime areas are neglected by the police and the press — which is likely how a serial killer ran rampant for two decades.
Inside the Forensics Seminars Where Laypeople Learn About L.A.’s Most Gruesome Crimes
Los Angeles Magazine  —  June 11, 2018
Esotouric’s Forensic Science Seminars are not for the faint of heart
9 Books For 'My Favorite Murder' Fans, Because Sometimes You Just Want To Read More True Crime  —  May 14, 2018
From L.A. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek comes The Grim Sleeper, which profiles how eponymous serial killer Lonnie D. Franklin, Jr. was able to murder at least 25 women over three decades, simply because no one was interested in investigating the deaths of crack-addicted sex workers in South Central L.A.
Now Out in Paperback!
 —  April 17, 2018
My paperback about the Grim Sleeper serial killer is out this week. Please check it out if you haven't yet!
9 True Crime Books Out This Year That Are Just As Addictive As 'Law & Order'  —  October 18, 2017
October is officially the season of scary stories. Since there is nothing more terrifying that real life, these new true crime books should be at the top of your Halloween reading list.
REVIEW: Few heroes in story of L.A. serial killer
Winnipeg Free Press  —  October 7, 2017
Author Christine Pelisek, a senior writer with People magazine, deserves credit for covering this case with passion, giving victims’ families and the crimes national attention.
PODCAST: True Murder
True Murder  —  August 23, 2017
In 2006, Christine Pelisek broke the story of a terrifying serial killer who went unchecked in Los Angeles for decades. Two years later, in her cover article for L.A. Weekly, Pelisek dubbed him "The Grim Sleeper" for his long break between murders. The killer preyed on a community devastated by crime and drugs and left behind a trail of bodies?all women of color, all murdered in a similar fashion, and all discarded in the alleys of Los Angeles.
REVIEW: If the Internet Has Melted Your Brain, Try My Demented Reading Strategy
The Cut  —  August 17, 2017
I’ve gotten partway through this nonfiction book — about a Los Angeles serial killer that journalist Christine Pelisek has been tracking for ten years — but I keep get too terrified to continue. Despite the title, not a bedtime read.
REVIEW: Story of LA’s Grim Sleeper serial killer has lessons for Canada
Toronto Star  —  July 28, 2017
When journalist Christine Pelisek moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles in the 1990s, she was stunned to learn violent murders there were as common as palm trees. At one point LA had six serial killers — six! — operating simultaneously.
REVIEW: ‘The Grim Sleeper’ Shines Light on Victims of California’s Longest Acting Serial Killer
Oxygen  —  July 12, 2017
In a refreshing change of pace for books written about serial killers, The Grim Sleeper, released June 13, doesn’t focus on the mental state or family history of murderer Lonnie Franklin Jr., but on the trauma inflicted on his victims and their families.
INTERVIEW: Sex Workers Deserve Better. Christine Pelisek Explains How The Grim Sleeper’s Victims Were Overlooked For 25 Years.
bitchmedia  —  July 11, 2017
The Grim Sleeper terrorized South Central Los Angeles for almost two decades. Lonnie Franklin Jr. targeted the community’s most vulnerable women: impoverished, Black sex workers who he presumed nobody would miss. From 1985 to 2006, Franklin flew under the Los Angeles Police Department’s radar, until seasoned crime reporter Christine Pelisek took an interest in the unsolved crimes.
EXCERPT: How LA Law Stalked the Elusive Grim Sleeper Serial Killer
The Daily Beast  —  July 9, 2017
For two decades he brutally murdered dozens of prostitutes and other women on the society’s margins. Here's a look at Christine Pelisek's book about the manhunt and the victims.
REVIEW: 'The Grim Sleeper' is the story of the South L.A. serial killer and the women who were his victims
LA Times  —  July 8, 2017
The Grim Sleeper,” Christine Pelisek’s painfully relevant new book about the notorious South Central serial killer of perhaps 25 or more women, comes at a time when true crime has been made great again. The agents of that greatness have not been books but, rather, podcasts and television series, of the kind frequently appended with the “prestige” label, lest anyone mistake them for unserious entertainment on par with slasher flicks or the kinds of lurid quasi-documentaries that play on cable late at night.
REVIEW: The Lost Women of South Central L.A.
The American Conservative  —  July 5, 2017
'Grim Sleeper' killer avoided detection amid 1980's crack epidemic. In the 1980s, when Los Angeles averaged 800 murders a year, more than half of that toll was in South Central. An average weekend brought several unknown victims to the coroner’s office, and understaffed police struggled to solve these crimes. In the midst of this, a serial killer began his work, targeting young African American women.
STAFF PICK: The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Woman of South Central by Christine Pelisek
County of Los Angeles Public Library  —  July 1, 2017
In 2006, Christine Pelisek broke the story of a terrifying serial killer who went unchecked in Los Angeles for decades, killing the most vulnerable women in one South Central neighborhood. Two years later, in her cover article for LA Weekly, Pelisek dubbed him "The Grim Sleeper" for his long break between murders. The killer preyed on a community devastated by crime and drugs and left behind a trail of bodies—all women of color, all murdered in a similar fashion, and all discarded in the alleys of Los Angeles. The case of the Grim Sleeper is unforgettably singular. But it also tells a wider story about homicide investigations in areas beset by poverty, gang violence, and despair; about how a serial killer could continue his grisly work for two decades in part due to society’s lack of concern for his chosen victims; and about the power and tenacity of those women’s families and the detectives who refused to let the case go cold.
REVIEW: Victims of South Central
What's Nonfiction?  —  June 19, 2017
I noticed Christine Pelisek while watching episodes of true crime series People Magazine Investigates. Formerly a reporter for LA Weekly, she now covers crime for People magazine (and looks like a non-terrifying version of weird fashion goblin Rachel Zoe, which is why I always notice her on the show.)
REVIEW: The Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Returns — in Christine Pelisek's New Book
L.A. Weekly  —  June 15, 2017
In August 2008, then–L.A. Weekly staff writer Christine Pelisek broke the story that California's most elusive murderer — the longest-operating serial killer west of the Mississippi — was on the loose again.
Investigation Discovery - Crime Feed  —  June 14, 2017
In her new book, The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women Of South Central, the award-winning investigative journalist details the years she spent obsessed with shadowing the killer, who was later revealed to be Lonnie Franklin, Jr.
EXCERPT: Inside the Police Interrogation of L.A.'s 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer: 'Talk to Us, Lonnie'
People Magazine  —  June 13, 2017
The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central, tells the story of serial killer Lonnie Franklin, who haunted South Los Angeles for more than two decades, killing at least 15 women. Police believe the death count is much higher, around 30.
REVIEW: The Hunt to Find the Most Ruthless Serial Killer in LA History
Merry Jane  —  June 12, 2017
"The Grim Sleeper," who killed as many as 30 women over 30 years, was ignored by police until reporter Christine Pelisek got involved. In a new book, she tracks the murderer’s horrifying legacy.
BITCHREADS  —  June 5, 2017
Summer is an ideal time to read a good, engrossing book. Whether you’re reading on vacation, in the park, or on the beach, the warmer weather makes reading a pleasant activity. There are so many books to choose from. Here’s Bitch’s picks for June.
Paris Poisoners and a Pioneering Female Detective: Your True Crime Books for the Beach
New York Times  —  June 1, 2017
Killers are rarely as colorful as the Axeman; they’re more likely to be nondescript creeps like Lonnie Franklin Jr., the villain of THE GRIM SLEEPER: The Lost Women of South Central (Counterpoint, $26). This upsetting account of a Los Angeles serial killer, written with passion by Christine Pelisek, an investigative crime reporter who spent 10 years working the case, blurts out a hard truth that no one wants to acknowledge: “Body-dump cases” aren’t sexy...
LITERARY HUB  —  May 30, 2017
When she was a reporter at the LA Weekly, Pelisek broke the story of a serial killer she called “the Grim Sleeper” for his long periods of dormancies between murders (he was active for over 20 years). She was the only person to put the pieces together after the coroner handed her 38 folders of murdered women, all women of color, killed in a similar manner, and left in the alleys of Los Angeles’s South Central neighborhood. The book, however, expands beyond the Grim Sleeper case to show how often similar victims found in high-crime areas are neglected by the police and the press, save for people like Pelisek.
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