The Vine: February 15, 2017
Help! I love love true crime, but ever since I had a baby I get weepy when I hear about murder (especially kids or their parents dying).
Any non- (or less) murder-y true crime I could sink my teeth into until I toughen up again?
You might start with some documentaries about forgeries and con artists like The Art Of The Steal, Beltracchi, or Sour Grapes (the "forging" of high-end wines). Or you could go in an identity-theft direction, with various magazine pieces and documentaries about James Hogue and Frédéric Bourdin (I linked to a bunch of them here).
Another topic area is drugs, I guess, but 1) material about smuggling et al. eventually gets around to a murder or five and 2) if it doesn't, it's rather dull. I did just finish a quite solid investigation of a forgery-related series of bombings in the '80s, but…same problem.
Readers, hit us with some non-fatal bank robberies or something, won't you?
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