Formal Bio

Catherine Pelonero is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, a nonfiction book about the notorious 1964 murder case.

As a true crime author and commentator, Catherine has appeared on national TV news broadcasts and documentary crime shows, including episodes of the Emmy-winning series A Crime to Remember, It Takes a Killer, Fox Files, and Murderous Affairs. She is a contributing writer for Investigation Discovery's CrimeFeed.

Her new book, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided, is a nonfiction account of Joseph Christopher, a white serial killer who preyed on black men in a crime spree across New York state.

As a playwright, Catherine Pelonero's titles include Family Names and Awesome Ghosts of Ontario, both published by Samuel French, Inc. Other plays include Puppies with Papers, a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Another Effing Family Drama, which premiered at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival and was chosen for Best of the Fringe.

Catherine Pelonero is originally from Buffalo, New York. She is a member of several professional writers organizations including the Actors Studio Playwrights & Directors Unit, Sisters in Crime, and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP.) She lives in Los Angeles.

Ellen Byron, Catherine Pelonero, Phoef Sutton, Lee Goldberg & Stephen Buehler, California Crime Writers Conference.
Ellen Byron, Catherine Pelonero, Phoef Sutton, Lee Goldberg and Stephen Buehler.

California Crime Writers Conference

  Los Angeles

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Me on Fox
Crime Remember
It Takes a Killer
on Murderous Affairs
Murderous Affairs
Fordham at podium
Pelonero & Dalmatian
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Garry McFadden & Catherine Pelonero