Little, Crazy Children: A True Crime Tragedy of Lost Innocence


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Citadel Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

James Renner is an investigative journalist, podcaster, and critically acclaimed author of both nonfiction and fiction books, including True Crime Addict and The Man from Primrose Lane. Previously the host of Lake Erie's Coldest Cases on ID Discovery, he currently hosts the podcasts "The Philosophy of Crime" and "True Crime This Week." He is the Founder and Director of The Porchlight Project, a nonprofit that provides genetic genealogy for cold cases in Ohio. He lives in Akron with his wife and children and can be found online at



"A few things became emphatically clear when I finished Little, Crazy Children by James Renner: Front and center was Renner's passionate, strong investigative skills, and his deep commitment to the case. Renner always delivers an intimately personal style, while providing eye-opening revelations--all on a canvas painted with a compelling, hard-to-put-down narrative. And this new book does not disappoint." --M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author, creator, executive producer, and host of the #1 Apple podcast PAPER GHOSTS

"Little, Crazy Children is a multilayered and twisty tale of murder in the wealthy Cleveland suburbs, and Renner explores it with forthright grace--a sharp-eyed, thoughtful companion on a journey through a disturbing and compelling unsolved mystery." --Dan Chaon, author of Sleepwalk

"Little, Crazy Children is a compelling page-turner with astounding revelations. In this intriguing account of a determined journalist's quest for justice, James Renner skillfully uncovers dark secrets of both the living and the dead." --Leslie Rule, author of A Tangled Web

"Little, Crazy Children leads us slowly into the underside of an ordinary suburb, where trust is eroded by a terrible crime, neighbor turns on neighbor, and everyone casts stones at the scapegoat. Renner has unearthed a dreadful moment in time and followed its lasting repercussions. An engrossing, chilling read." --Mikita Brottman, author of Couple Found Slain

"Renner's storytelling ability is brilliant. Prodigiously researched, this book will keep you guessing until the very last page." --Aphrodite Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Sacrifice

"James Renner owns this cold case. He's chased its solution down every twisty path, revealing errors, shattering rumors, and testing theories about the murder of Lisa Pruett and the circle of kids who seem to know things no one's saying. Absorbing and illuminating."
--Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer


"[Renner] is just plain fun to read." --The New York Times Book Review

"You have not read a book like this before and, I'd wager, you'll not engage with its like again. . . Renner is a tantalizing and almost gleeful tour guide to and through the impulses of the armchair detective." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"As the title suggests, [True Crime Addict] is an addictive read." --Bustle

"The mystery of Murray's whereabouts is baffling. . . [Renner's] chipping away at the facts of a ten-year-old case makes the reader hope that, in the end, the answers will be uncovered. An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix's Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases." --Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"Brutally honest, no-holds-barred storytelling . . . Renner brilliantly covers all the bases here." --M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author

"Renner's walk on the dark side makes for a highly compelling read." --Kathryn Casey, bestselling author of Deliver Us

"Renner's personal involvement in the case--and his self-destructive, relentless dedication to confronting the darkness at the heart of it [. . . is] noteworthy." --Publishers Weekly