University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Billy Jensen

Arizona Lotus

Billy Jensen is a true crime journalist focused squarely on unsolved murders and missing persons. In 2016, he had gotten so sick and tired of writing stories with no endings that he decided to try and solve the murders himself. In the two years he has solved or helped solve ten murders and found one missing woman, combining the shoe leather investigations he learned reporting crime with unique techniques honed from his day job as a digital strategist. He is currently working with law enforcement to integrate his strategies into investigations as part of a larger program to help solve colder cases using civilians.

A native of Long Island, Jensen has written crime feature stories for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Miami New Times, was managing editor of the Long Island Press, editor of the Boston Phoenix and a stringer for the New York Times. His current day job is as supervising producer, digital for the Warner Bros. show Crime Watch Daily, where he also acts as an investigator, working cases including The Allenstown four and the wrongful conviction of Kimberly Long.

Jensen was friends with Michelle McNamara and when she passed away suddenly he helped finish her book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" with Michelle's husband Patton Oswalt and researcher Paul Haynes.


Scheduled events:
Motivation for Murder
Authors on this True Crime panel will explore and compare the motivations of three very different murderers — the Golden State Killer, a physician from Tucson and a US Marine.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: A.J. Flick, Shanna Hogan, Billy Jensen
Moderator: Anne Segal
Investigative Journalism
Journalists who have been involved in writing True Crime will discuss methods, styles and techniques of investigative journalism.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shanna Hogan, Edward Humes, Billy Jensen, Michael Sokolove
Moderator: Nina Burleigh
Tragedies of Murder
True-crime authors will tie together murders and the aftermath of tragedies, both expected and unexpected.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rus Bradburd, Shanna Hogan, Billy Jensen
Moderator: Sheryl Kornman

I'll Be Gone in the Dark
True Crime
February 2019
ISBN 9780062319791
352 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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