Both the Johnson County War and the O.J. Simpson case are true crime landmarks and both came under discussion at the conference on The Image of Violence in Literature, Media, and Society last weekend in
Ones could guess that a conference like this might bring together a host of criminologists who would spend their time complaining about how reporters get in the way of their investigations.
Not so. What we ran into were mostly literature professors with books in the works, and their students, whose investigations involve things like why Cormac MacCarthy uses no quotation marks. Our own guess --- to inspire literary criticism.
The story of the Johnson County War may be less familiar though it was a bedrock historical “true crime” event. The war took place in
And one day --- or week --- we’ll spend some time with one of Lee’s books though our list is getting long and the lawn needs mowing.