Don’t miss Newsweek and its digital sister site, Newsweek.com, which offers comprehensive coverage of true crime stories with stunning imagery. Reprinted below are exclusive images from Newsweek’s award-winning coverage of the Golden State Killer, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Casey Anthony trial, and more.
Through its combination of unmatched reporting, thoughtful commentary, and stunning imagery, Newsweek’s true crime coverage is unmatched in the business media, and this summer will be no exception.
On August 23, Newsweek published an in-depth two-part series about the Golden State Killer, the man who has so far been responsible for 11 murders, at least 50 rapes, and 50 “violent home invasion break-ins” in 12 counties in California. The series explores the secrets of this killer, and his complete mastery of his elusive crime spree, along with his only known stopover in Florida, the story of police state treachery and secrecy. While covering the Golden State Killer’s home-invasion break-ins, police in Northern California initially thought that he had been targeting prostitutes, but it soon became clear that he was targeting strangers, using weapon-carrying associates and a high level of planning to plan his often violent crimes. Each episode of CNN’s Larry King Now will broadcast excerpts from the compelling Newsweek reports of the Golden State Killer, starting with tonight’s episode (9 pm & 11:30 pm).
Mamata Pradhan wrote the series, which she describes as a “love letter to the killing fields” of Northern California, while she was writing Newsweek’s 2016 coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial. Newsweek broke the news of the new DNA evidence that finally linked Mark Fuhrman to the “brutal murders” and other crimes committed in the Los Angeles area. Newsweek’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, based on commentary by the late Deborah Howell, won the 2006 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award for Excellence in Reporting, Newsweek’s first-ever National Magazine Award for Coverage of Race and Class. Newsweek reporters joined CNN’s coverage of the “cold case” murder and disappearance of jogger Natasha McKenna, which the Golden State Killer investigated before he killed McKenna’s two younger friends.
In their reporting on the Casey Anthony trial, John Martin and Alexandra Huebner spent a year looking at the sensational trial and its impact on the community. Four months after Anthony, 20, was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee and other charges, the case was made even more high-profile by the release of Caylee’s skeletal remains and the release of photos taken of Caylee by her father. Newsweek’s coverage of Anthony’s trial and Casey Anthony’s trial proved the basis for the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which, a decade after the original trial, was the most watched, award-winning new television series of all time. Newsweek published John Martin’s excellent account of the prosecution’s startling account of Caylee’s disappearance at the end of the second season of The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Also this summer, at its headquarters in New York, Newsweek.com covered four high-profile nonfiction books about the Casey Anthony trial, including Nathaniel Rich’s As I Lay Dying, Tom O’Neil’s O.J.: Made in America, J. Lester Feder’s O.J.: Made in America, and Richard Drew’s The Baby Killer. The books have now received wide publicity, including a well-known video in which Anthony tells a prison inmate that she’s “nuts” about being in jail. On top of these great hits, Newsweek.com offered an extensive, interactive fact-checking system where its readers proved that the book authors took every necessary step to substantiate the facts they wrote about the Casey Anthony murder case.