True Crime Newbie

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I don’t typically enjoy true crime stories, but I can appreciate them for their historical and cultural context. This was the case with the nearly forgotten Last Call Killer who targeted gay men in New York City in the 80s and 90s. Because of the sexuality of the victims, the AIDS epidemic, and the high murder rate in New York at that time these murders were seemingly overlooked and unsolved for decades. It is tragic to see how the lives of these men were not valued because of their sexual orientation. I enjoyed following along as Elon Green pieced together decades old clues, learning about the gay culture of that era, as well as, the frustrating approach law enforcement took, and especially enjoyed learning how investigators finally made a fingerprint match. This isn’t a long book, so I think it was a good introduction for someone who wants to dip their toe into true crime.