Prolific true crime author Diane Fanning recalls the story from her youth that inspired her first book about her time with a serial killer who admitted to a murder to her…and no one else. Find out why.
Diane talks to Jim Sulanowski about the Michael Peterson case, the Netflix documentary, the HBOMax series and her book Written in Blood.
As an author of both non-fiction and fiction, Diane Fanning could approach the concept of crime and humanity from any number of angles. She chose empathy and realism.
Appalachia Mysteria podcast (May 2022)
- Episode 6: Kindness & Fear — Diane Fanning shares the story of Sofia Silva and the Lisk sisters
- Episode 7: Death Notice — Diane Fanning provides the life story of Richard Marc Evonitz
- Episode 8: Survival Mode — Diane Fanning talks about Richard Marc Evonitz’s death
We talk about Written in Blood and The Staircase, The murder of Kathleen Peterson by Michael Peterson.
In October of 1997, in a quiet town in Illinois, Julie Rae awoke in the middle of the night to an intruder in her house. She struggled with the man and chased him outside. She raced back into the house to check on her 10-year-old son, Joel. At quick glance, she did not see him in his bed. Fearing the intruder might have had an accomplice and Joel had been kidnapped, she enlisted help from the neighbors. Sadly, Joel was found between his bed and the wall in his bedroom, butchered with a knife. Ultimately, Julie was convicted of the unthinkable crime and sentenced to a long prison term.
In March 2001, award-winning crime writer and friend of the podcast, Diane Fanning, was writing her first book, Through the Window. Because of that book, Julie was granted a new trial where she was not only found not guilty, but officially declared innocent by the state. In the fall of 2021, Diane was a featured guest on a 20/20 episode on the Julie Rae case entitled GOODNIGHT, MOTHER and joins us now to share her amazing story.
I participated in a new podcast that investigates the 1982 murder of JoAnn Tate, the case and its aftermath. “The Real Killer” A new episode drops every Thursday on iHeartRadio.
On Murder Most Foul, Jim Sulanowski and I discuss the romantic Hudson River kayak trip that turned deadly. Death on the River.
This Vespucci story is about the wrongful conviction and exoneration of Julie Rea, told by people intimately involved in the case.
Diane has tips for writers when she talks to Annalisa Parent about writing True Crime and Crime Fiction.
On Murder Most Foul, I talk to James Sulanowski about the murder of Laura Ackerson by Grant and Amanda Hayes from my book BITTER REMAINS.
On Crawlspace, Diane has a freewheeling discussion with the hosts about several of her books.
On The Unlovely Truth, Diane serves up a trio of tales about religious leaders that their flocks would have been better off without.
On Sip with Me, Diane talks about her 26 published books and her place in the true crime community.
On Murder Most Foul, Diane talks to James Sulanowski about Mommy’s Little Girl and the murder of Caylee Anthony.
On Crawlspace, Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna prolific crime author Diane Fanning. They discuss several of her books with a focus on the cases of Michael Peterson, Casey Anthony, and Angelika Graswald.
On True Murder, Diane Fanning talks to Dan Zupansky about her true crime writing began; the cases and books that most effected her career, and what’s next.
On House of Mystery Radio, Diane talks to Alan R. Warren about the horrific crimes in Skidmore, Missouri with a focus on the cesearan abduction perpetrated by Lisa Montgomery.
On House of Mystery Radio, Diane and Alan R. Warren go inside the writing of BABY BE MINE, a horrific story about a casearean abduction in Skidmore, Missouri.
On House of Mystery Radio, Diane recounts the romantic Hudson River excursion that ended in tragedy.
On True Murder Diane talks to Dan Zupansky about the respected high school administrator who stages the suicide of his estranged wife, a true story of sex, greed and murder.
On You’re Never Going to Read This, Diane talks about her book Death on the River: A Fiancee’s Dark Secrets and a Kayak Trip Turned Deadly, how she choses her subjects, and the boom in interest.
On True Murder with Dan Zupansky, Diane talks about Death on the River, the story of a tragic kayak accident that left one man dead—and his fiancée arrested for his murder.
On Writers on the Beat:Crime Writers and Crime Fighters, Diane talks about her latest book Death on the River and how her attempted kidnapping solved a child murder and got her started in crime writing.
On Murder in the Rain, Diane joins joins Alisha and Emily to discuss the terrifying topic of Tommy Lynn Sells, a man she interviewed for her true crime book Through the Window. Listen in as they discuss his horrendous crimes and what motivated Sells to commit such evil deeds.
On True Murder, Diane talks to Dan Zupansky about the death of Kathleen Peterson, staged to look like an accident, the blood in the stairwell pointed to murder.
On True Murder, Diane talks to Dan Zupansky about the hauntingly true story of a devoted mother, a disturbed couple, and how the horrific events came to pass.
On Sword & Scale True Crime, Diane talks about her book, Under Cover of the Night, the tragic story of Wesley and Jocelyn Earnest, a tale that serves as a fable to any young woman who has recently been separated from her spouse.
On True Murder, Dan Zupansky and Diane Fanning discuss SLEEP MY DARLINGS – The True Story Of A Mother Who Killed Her Children In Cold Blood
On True Murder, Diane talks to Dan Zupansky about Raynella Dossett Leath and the deaths of her two husbands.
On Shattered Lives, Diane talks to Donna Gore about her true crime writing life and being the voice of victims.
On True Murder, Dan Zupansky and Diane reflect on her pre-trial book, Mommy’s Little Girl, and compare it with the trial itself.
On True Murder, Dan Zupansky and Diane talk about Mommy’s Little Girl, the definitive account of one of the most shocking, confusing and horrific murders in American history.
On the Susan Murphy Milano Show, Susan talks with true crime authors Kathryn Casey and Diane Fanning.
On the Susan Murphy Milano Show, Pat Brown hosts a discussion with Diane and prosecutor Robin Sax.
On The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show, Diane discuses her book OUT THERE, the in-depth story of the astronaut love triangle that shocked America.