by C.L. Phillips
Time for a confession. I've been reading the crime pages of all big newspapers of late. Don't know why. Guess I'm looking at story a different way and considering how real life impacts the stories I'm writing.
What's the one true crime story that impacted your way of looking at the world? Changed what you believe? Made you reconsider what you write?
This post is a bit of an intertwining of the questions I asked recently about whether you believe what you read in the paper, and Ramona's gripping post about whether you know a killer.
I'll give my example, very close to home. My assistant coach for a kid's team (sport unnamed) was caught lifting funds from another sports organization to the tune of several thousand dollars. The person I thought I knew could have never done that. And the economy wasn't even bad. The opportunity presented itself, a rationalization appeared and bingo - welcome to crime city. Another example, someone I knew in a non-profit organization helped herself to several hundred thousand dollars over several years. The good news? She was stealing from a politician. Does that make it any better?
The amazing part? The woman who stole less than ten thousand dollars did more time than the woman that stole *much* more.
What about you? What stories hit close to home for you?