Patricia Cornwell

For Patricia Cornwell, gruesome details win readers


Patricia Cornwell hung up the phone, ran into the ladies’ room and wept.

Yes, I swear it. Around 1980, this bestselling crime novelist was a recent Davidson College graduate working as a feisty police reporter for the Charlotte Observer. That morning the paper had run her interview with a woman assaulted by a serial rapist.

“How can you be such a monster?” the woman on the phone wailed, “How could you do this to me!”  Read More

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