A Virtual Festival Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, 2021

Trials & Tribulations

Cara Robertson and Rick Unklesbay combine their insights as attorneys with Matthew McGough's experience as a journalist to discuss true murder cases and the ways defendants have been investigated and tried.

Matthew McGough

Matthew McGough is the author of "The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation," a book about the 1986 murder of Tucson native Sherri Rasmussen by an LAPD officer. Formerly a writer for NBC’s Law & Order, McGough lives in Los Angeles....

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Cara Robertson

Cara Robertson began researching the Borden case as a Harvard undergraduate in 1990. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and a juris doctorate degree from Stanford Law School. She clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States, served as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague and has written for various publications....

Rick Unklesbay

Rick Unklesbay, a graduate of the University of Arizona, has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years. His book "Arbitrary Death: A Prosecutor’s Perspective on the Death Penalty" analyzes the death penalty....


The Lazarus Files
A Cold Case Investigation
Matthew McGough
True Crime
Henry Holt and Company
April 2019
ISBN 9780805095593
Hardcover, 608 pages
$30.00, INSTORE
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The Trial of Lizzie Borden
Cara Robertson
True Crime
Simon and Schuster
March 2020
ISBN 9781501168390
Paperback, 400 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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In the summer of 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in Fall River, Massachusetts. More/less

Arbitrary Death
A Prosecutor's Perspective on the Death Penalty
Rick Unklesbay
True Crime
Wheatmark, Inc.
May 2019
ISBN 9781627876803
Paperback, 158 pages
$12.95, INSTORE
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