True crime author Corey Mitchell,47, passed away suddenly in late October. News accounts say he died of a heart attack.
Mitchell studied law but did not practice; instead, he wrote seven true crime books, and a few years ago he was the editor of a well regarded if short-lived and now sadly defunct online true crime collaborative. (Read my initial piece on In Cold Blog here). Mitchell's titles are Evil Eyes, Pure Murder, Dead and Buried, Murdered Innocents, Strangler, and Savage Son, along with his first and, he told me, most successful book, 2001's Hollywood Death Scenes.
News of his death had me re-reading his old blog; some of the comments he left on Clews (here, here, here, and here); notes we exchanged about the true crime genre, including my favorite posted here; his Facebook page; and an interview I found online. Lately his interests had turned toward his other favorite subjects in music and horror. I will always remember him for one book in particular that I was not alone in being glad he wrote. The book Evil Eyes concerned prolific serial killer Coral Eugene Watts. Evil Eyes is the only book written about Watts, who is, to my beloved Detroit, what Ted Bundy is to Seattle (still much discussed here). True crime fans will remember him for these seven contributions to the genre, gratefully received by those of us who shared and appreciated his interests.