Catherine Pelonero is the author of Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, a nonfiction book about the notorious 1964 murder case. Kitty Genovese made both the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists, reaching #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers in Crime & Punishment and #1 on Amazon ... Read more...

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Catherine Pelonero

Author

Stranger With Candy: Chyrel Jolls

STRANGER WITH CANDY: TEENAGE KIDNAPPER & MURDER SUSPECT CHYREL JOLLS TERRORIZED A COMMUNITY IN 1961 In the summer of 1961, a fifteen year-old girl named Chyrel Jolls kidnapped children in a nice middle class neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. Fifty-five years later, one of her surviving victims recounts his experience for me in an exclusive ... Read more...

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Published June 6, 2016 on CrimeFeed

Imagine a black Kitty Genovese:

BY CATHERINE PELONERO for the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS PUBLISHED APRIL 6, 2016.
“Would anybody remember or care about Kitty Genovese if she had been black?” That’s the very good question her just-deceased murderer, Winston Moseley, posed to me more than once in the scores ... Read more...

Her killer raised a provocative question about race, the media, and the justice system.

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Winston Moseley dies in prison at the age of 81

VOODOO MADE HER DO IT: THE BIZARRE CASE OF GAIL TRAIT In July of 1978, Gail Trait savagely butchered her four children in her apartment on the east side of Buffalo, New York. Was she under the spell of a “bad voodoo curse” or was she just pure evil? For an account of the Trait ... Read more...

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Published March 18, 2016 on Crime Feed

Classic Crime: The Gail Trait Murder Case

A Crime to Remember

Catherine Pelonero on episodes of A Crime to Remember, the Emmy-winning series on Investigation Discovery. A Crime To Remember showcases the most compelling crimes of yesteryear, when secrets festered, passions ran wild and cops had nothing but shoe-leather and gut instinct to catch a killer.   38 Witnesses Queens, New York, 1964. Kitty Genovese is murdered ... Read more...

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KITTY GENOVESE available
in paperback!

The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback with a new afterword by the author.

"If you only read one true crime book this year, I highly recommend it's this one." -Crime Traveller

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VIDEO: Michael Wooten speaks with Catherine Pelonero about serial killer Joseph Christopher and her forthcoming book, ABSOLUTE MADNESS.

New Book About WNY .22 Caliber Killer

Michael Wooten, WGRZ

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The author of a New York Times bestseller is now writing a book about Western New York's infamous .22-caliber killer, who started his murder spree 36 years ago this month.

Catherine Pelonero was a child when Joseph Christopher committed his killings, so she can't remember much. However, she's spent the past year researching the case.

"I thought, this story is stunning," Pelonero said. "I've got to write this book." continue reading

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QUOTABLE KENDA: LT JOE KENDA AT IDCON 2016

My roundup of Kenda's greatest quips from IDCon in New York.

“Are you going to die today or are you going to get arrested?”

Robert Ressler, criminal profiler who coined the term "serial killer."

In this video compilation, Robert Ressler discusses his thoughts on fifteen serial killers and spree killers including David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Jack the Ripper and the Hillside Stranglers.