I get bored with predictability, so after three true-crime books, I switched it up for Book No. 4: It's a non-fiction biography about the Kennedy wives. I also didn't work alone this time. David Batcher, with whom I went to high school, signed on under the guise of helping me research, but by the time the book proposal was finished, I realized I wanted more than just his behind-the-scenes help, so I enlisted him as a coauthor. It was a brilliant decision. David was one of those annoying,...

The Tyler Hadley case

He stood behind her, a hammer clenched in his hand. He was silent, and she was oblivious. The hammer’s handle was smooth in his palm. He stared at her as she typed absentmindedly on the family computer. He was still for a long time and he held the hammer at his side as he eyed his mother’s head. -- So goes the first paragraph in my third true crime book, See How Much You Love Me. It was a difficult story to tell -- one about a boy whose parents did all the right things in trying to...

Effin' Matt Power

A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine died. I didn't get to know him long, but I had the privilege of knowing him pretty damn well. Matthew Power had been a colleague whom I got to know during my stint as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan (2010-2011). It was a tight-knit clan that spent hours together crammed in buses and seminar halls and on airplanes. We traveled the globe together, visiting Argentina, Brazil and Turkey. A lot has been written about Matt since he died...

Learning from Love

Yeardley Love was no shrinking violet. The truth will come out about the University of Virginia lacrosse star, the young woman whose piercing blue eyes peered out to millions from magazine covers, newspaper pages and television reports. We will all learn that though her name has become synonymous with domestic and dating violence—due in no small part to the allegation that her lacrosse-playing boyfriend beat her to death in a violent rage just weeks before they were to graduate—the...

About Amber Hunt

Amber Hunt is an award-winning journalist who works for the Cincinnati Enquirer as an investigative reporter. She previously covered crime for the Detroit Free Press and the Dakotas for The Associated Press and was a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She's written three true-crime books: Dead but Not Forgotten, All-American Murder and See How Much You Love Me, and is co-author of the upcoming The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public...

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I get bored with predictability, so after three true-crime books, I switched it up for Book No. 4: It’s a non-fiction biography about the Kennedy wives. I also didn’t work alone this time. David Batcher, with whom I went to …

Tyler

He stood behind her, a hammer clenched in his hand. He was silent, and she was oblivious. The hammer’s handle was smooth in his palm. He stared at her as she typed absentmindedly on the family computer. He was still …

Today I learn he’s gone. He’s gone before he’s 40, leaving so many amazing stories left to tell, and there are so many people out there who will never have the chance to hear him talk about eating bugs and motorbiking through Dubai.

The cover art for my book, to be released June 3 by St. Martin's Press.

The Hadley case has been a gruesome one to watch unfold. By all accounts, Mary Jo and Blake were loving parents who were attempting to do right by their increasingly disturbed son.

Learning from Love

All-American Murder

Though I rarely talked about it, I had once been in a relationship in which I was threatened and punched and pushed and pulled, and I knew intimately just how difficult it is for women—especially those who consider themselves smart and strong and successful—to seek help. I felt a kinship with Yeardley Love. It could have been me.

 

Remembering Joe Clarke

A few months ago, I sifted through cat piss-covered remnants stored in my basement as I readied for a move. My job was disgusting but simple: find whatever worthwhile items hadn’t been irreversibly damaged by the acidic mess, especially stuff …

 

George guilty, take 2

A second jury weighed much of the same evidence as the first in the Michael George case — even a tad more, when considering some newly introduced theories presented by the defense — and, like the first jury, they found George guilty.

 

From bad crimes to badlands …

In the past few months, I’ve left my Michigan home and headed to South Dakota, where I’m now the news editor for both Dakotas. It’s a fascinating job in a land I had never even visited, much less considered calling …

 

Justice delayed?

As the final edits of All-American Murder are edited and vetted and proofread, I can’t help but notice how slow justice can be. Yeardley Love died May 3, 2010. The anniversary has come and gone. And the man accused of …

 

Another delay in the George case

Life has been at a standstill for those on both sides of the Barbara George murder case. Barbara, 32, died in 1990; her case went cold and wasn’t reopened until 2007. Now, another four years later, the second trial in …