The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth

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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Stephen Singular has published twenty books about high profile crimes and their impact on society. His articles have appeared in New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Inside Sports, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and American Photo.

Joyce Singular is a researcher and collaborator on a number of titles with her husband, adding a female perspective on the nature of crime. They live in Denver, Colorado, with their son.


Praise for The Spiral Notebook

The Singulars are able and enthusiastic reporters, providing detailed depictions of the event, the lead-up to it, the emergency response, and then, to their frustration, a judicial process assiduously withheld from the prying eyes of the media.--Brooklyn Rail

The Singulars offer a harrowing look at the crime and the courtroom drama. They explore the complex legal battles, particularly over the issue of Holmes' sanity and a spiral notebook that might hold the key to determining his state of mind. . . This is a compelling look at gun control, mental-health treatment, and the underlying social issues that contribute to rising violence, especially that committed by young men, in our nation.--Booklist Starred Review

[A] disturbing yet fascinating treatise on the impacts of growing up in a world that previous generations would barely recognize....Tragic, gripping, and authentic, this book deserves a wide audience.--Kirkus Starred Review

Praise for Talked to Death

The book works at every level, from melodrama to murder mystery to sociology. Singular has much to tell us here, and all of it is disturbing. --Philadelphia Inquirer

Mr. Singular offers a microcosm lesson in the workings of a violently racist mind. . . It is the story of how broadcast communications is evolving in our era and what it has cost us. --New York Times

A chilling examination of American-born right-wing terrorism. --Chicago Tribune

Praise for Presumed Guilty: An Investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey Case, the Media, and the Culture of Pornography

Veteran crime journalist Singular offers an original perspective on the sadly epochal killing of JonBenet Ramsey. . . He focuses on the carnivorous mode of the mass media, particularly their lurid, immediate indictment of the Ramsey parents. Singular's perceptive exploration of the near-universal call for the Ramseys' heads reveals the gritty power struggles and class schisms that underlie the shiny, comforting facade of the Boulder region. Unlike his dirt-chasing peers, he gives nuanced attention to an unsettling aspect of the case that he considers overlooked yet central: the gray area in which the mainstreamed commodification of children's sexuality collides with the abuse of child pornography. . . Without fully lighting the dark corners of an unappealing realm, Singular has produced a balanced, detailed, thoughtful
consideration of an incident usually reduced to cultural dissonance. --Kirkus Reviews

The best writing about the Colorado murder case. --USA Today

Novel, interesting, and a great read. . . Presumed Guilty opens the Ramsey case to a larger phenomenon [and] a shocking, disturbing aspect of American life. --The New York Post

Presumed Guilty is as close to the truth as we'll ever get in this baffling case. --The Arizona Daily Star