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Asia McClain Chapman


Author McClain was a high school classmate of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of a former girlfriend. At the time of the trial, McClain wrote a letter to Syed that provided him with a possible alibi. Neither the prosecution nor the defense contacted McClain at the time. In 2014, Syed's case became a focus case in the podcast titled "Serial" and McClain's letter was discovered. McClain's book is about the events in her life that took place during her high school years and the contacts since then. In July of 2016, Syed was granted a new trial. McClain, as a key witness, has been accused of being both truthful and untruthful. Asia McClain Chapman now resides in Spokane Washington with her husband and her three children.

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Scheduled events:
Figuring Out the True Crime
You couldn’t make this up! Truth is stranger than fiction in the true crime underworld, as these authors demonstrate in their books about unaknowledged alibis, faking your own death for fun and profit, and Texas teens climbing the drug cartel’s corporate ladder.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Asia McClain Chapman, Elizabeth Greenwood, Dan Slater
Moderator: Anne Segal
WORKSHOP: Investigative Journalism & Communication
Learn how crimes are investigated and reinvestigated, including the podcast method

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Asia McClain Chapman, Dan Slater
Innocence Lost: Teenagers & Crime
The tragedy of an illegal act compounded when it's committed by a teenager. Three authors discuss the motivation, aftermath, and implications for society when kids turn to crime.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Asia McClain Chapman, Eli Sanders, Dan Slater
Moderator: Beverly Tobiason

Book:
Confessions of a Serial Alibi
True Crime
Post Hill press
June 2016
ISBN 9781682611586
Hardcover, 272 pages
$24.00, INSTOCK
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