Sue Russell is an award-winning journalist and author based in California. She has written for numerous publications including the Washington Post, New Scientist, Salon.com, PSmag.com, Miller-McCune.com, American Legion, Alternet.org, GE’s Healthymagination.com, Healthline.com, and the UK’s Independent, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Sunday Times. Her work has also been published in international publications like Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Hong Kong Tatler and Irish Tatler.
Russell writes often about crime, criminal justice, forensic science, wrongful convictions, animal rights research and law, missing persons, female gangs, health and medicine, social and women’s issues.
Her fact crime book Lethal Intent, a “true crime classic,” is a biography of executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos who shot seven men to death in Florida and was executed in 2002. It was reissued fully updated in 2013. When 2014’s Serial Podcast phenomenon swept the US, Lethal Intent was on Business Insider’s list, “11 True Crime Books You Should Read If You’re Obsessed with Serial,” alongside Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter. Former FBI agent, pioneering profiler and best-selling author, John Douglas, called Lethal Intent “Shocking, sad, revealing and deeply researched…”
Along with illustrator/co-author Elizabeth Williams, Russell wrote The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art (CUNY Journalism Press, 2014.) It was named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2014” and was a Times Literary Supplement pick for “Books of the Year 2014.” With iconic artwork from five award-winning court artists, it takes readers into celebrated trials like those of Jack Ruby, the Black Panthers, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst and Michael Jackson. It received four ELit Awards (two gold, two silver) becoming the first book in the awards’ history to do so.
Russell enjoys editing and ghostwriting books for others. She has appeared on television and radio shows both sides of the Atlantic — and beyond — on A&E channel’s Biography and Notorious, Investigation Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women, CNN and HLN broadcasts, and on Britain’s This Morning and Good Morning Australia, etc.
BOOKS: Lethal Intent, Pinnacle Books USA. Book of the Month Club selection. (Published in the UK and Australia as Damsel of Death.) The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art (co-author) CUNY Journalism Press 2014. How to Buy & Sell (just about) Everything (contributor) Free Press, USA. Star Mothers: The Moms Behind the Celebrities, Simon & Schuster, USA, & St. Martin’s Press, USA (hardback & paperback.) (Co-authors: Cher’s mother & Phyllis Quinn.) Sensual Beauty: co-author with Britt Ekland. Sidgwick & Jackson, U.K., Merrimack, USA (hardback & paperback.)