True crime is a non-fiction literary genre where the author analyses a real crime and provides details of the actions of actual people. Crimes usually include a murder and serial killers; nevertheless, true crime stories usually focus on policeman memories and actions.
Around this topic, there have been just short systematic studies; however, critics and publishers offer different theories around the true-crime literature.
True crime stories dare back to the 18th century and are usually related to authors such as Edmund Pearson, William Roughead, and Jonathan Goodman, who provided a description of criminals' actions of that time. However, critics agreed that the father of this genre is Truman Capote who wrote 'In Cold Blood' in 1966.
Over the years, this genre has become relevant and reached its peak during the 1980s due to the development of tabloid television and the fact that media started covering crime subjects.
Depending on the author, a true crime can be highly theoretical, or related to facts which popular in the journalistic fashion.
True crime stories differ from crime fictions which are a literary genre which fictionalised crimes, criminals and the motives behind their actions.
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