Exhibit: True Crime Historian Jonathan Goodman

I curated and mounted this exhibit for Kent State University’s Special Collections and Archives, which recently acquired the personal archive of true crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Kent State, home of the extensive Borowitz True Crime collection, is a leading repository for the study of crime and of creative works based on true crime incidents.

The exhibit announcement follows:

The Life and Work of True Crime Historian Jonathan Goodman

Called “the premier English investigator of crimes past,” Goodman was internationally known for his dogged research, prodigious work ethic, generous personality, and charming character. In his first non-fiction work, The Killing of Julia Wallace, he cracked an unsolved murder case from 1931. Although the assailant was not named in the first edition, Goodman went to the extent of confronting the guilty party on his doorstep.

Come see primary sources related to this and other books by the author. You will also discover Goodman’s disinterest in serial killers, his brush with royalty, and his visit to Kent, Ohio. Selected scrapbooks, magazines, framed artwork, and playbills from the criminologist’s own collections are showcased as well.

The exhibition is located in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 12th floor of the Main Library (Kent Campus). It is free and open to the public, Monday-Friday 1:00 – 5:00 pm. The exhibit runs from May 5 to September 8, 2009.

Katz, Robin M. “The Life and Work of True Crime Historian Jonathan Goodman.” Special Collections & Archives, Kent State University Libraries. May 5 – September 8, 2009.
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