In the Works: A Documentary on the Angel-Makers The arsenic epidemic that shocked Europe when it was discovered in 1929 will soon be explored in a documentary on the History Channel. This will be the very first documentary on the mysterious case, at least in English. The producers called me asking for research help because there's almost nothing written on Hungary's black widows except this post on CLEWS, some highly unreliable encyclopedia entries, and one book: Bela Bodo's Tiszazug: A Social History of a Murder Epidemic. They're going to Nagyrev in a few weeks. I wish I could go with them, but I have something else to do right now.
A Sneak Peek at While They Slept Kathryn Harrison's forthcoming book was featured on the blog of the board for the National Book Critics Circle. The true crime / memoir While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family is coming out in June.
Oklahoma's Old Sensation Author M.E. Cooper (read the CLEWS interview) has come out with her fifth true crime book. It's an exploration of the crime, trial, and subsequent life of Oklahoma's infamous black widow Lorena Mathews, who in 1912 led investigators on a wild chase that lasted thousands of miles through Canada before she was finally caught to stand trial for her husband's murder. The case is also legendary in Canada, where a young female police officer was given the duty of returning the prisoner to Oklahoma and turned the 4,000-mile adventure into a promotion. Her tale was recently told in a Vancouver police newsletter (page 2). Ms. Cooper's new book is Bold and Brassy.
And some other links in the theme -
The Civil War Librarian reviews A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York.