Sick of all the selfies in your Instagram feed? The following true crime experts will add less #Iwokeuplikethis and more #truecrime to your life!
1. Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City at age 14 and was rescued nine months later. The case received worldwide attention. Smart now works as an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation. She has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child, and hTe Protection & Safety Act. Smart and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors’ guide called “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” On her Instagram she posts photos of abducted children and teens, including Elizabeth Thomas, who was recently rescued from her abductor, Tad Cummins. Smart seems to lead a calm, happy life. Her instagram is full of photos of her husband and her child.
2. Patricia Cornwell
Cornwell is a true crime author who has sold over 100 million books and has authored 29 best sellers. Her first novel was sold when she worked as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Her first book Postmortem is considered the first forensic thriller. When she’s not writing, she’s researching new forensic technologies to include in her work. She often appears as a forensic consultant on CNN. Her Instagram features photos of her books on billboards, medical examiners and of her teaching seminars on crime. In addition to the crime-themed posts, she puts up beautiful photos of her bull dogs and her travels. To top it all off, she’s also a helicopter pilot so there are plenty of photos of her flying sprinkled in.
3. Dave Cullen
Dave Cullen is a journalist and author who has contributed to publications like Salon and the New York Times, and is probably best known for his true crime novel Columbine. Cullen spent a decade researching and writing the book, which goes into depth about the Columbine killings. He is considered the nation’s authority on the killers; his book addressed and dispelled many of the myths that the general public still believed about the infamous school shooting. Columbine was named on two dozen Best of 2009 lists, including the New York Times, LA Times, Publishers Weekly, iTunes and the American Library Association. Cullen posted a photo on his Instagram of the Columbine victims on April 20th for the tragedy’s anniversary. Cullen also posts updates on The Columbine Guide, a website he is creating which is archiving all his Columbine-related research. He discusses signing photos and events involving one of the Columbine killer’s moms, Sue Klebold, who wrote her own book on Columbine. Cullen also posts countless adorable photos and videos of his pet Corgi.
4. Lauren Lake
Lauren Lake serves as the judge on the nationally syndicated courtroom show Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court. On the show, Lake resolves paternity-based legal issues using DNA testing. She has also made appearances on the The View, Good Morning America, Today, and Dr. Phil. She has served as a guest host for MSNBC and Court TV. The best part about Lake’s Instagram are the entertaining video snippets from her television show, in which she gives no-nonsense advice and lectures to her show guests.
5. Diane Fanning
Diane Fanning is the author of 25 true crime novels including Mommy’s Little Girl, which is about Casey Anthony’s case. She posts photos from the set of Deadly Women, a true crime television show that she has appeared on, and photos of her playing a Snapped card game. She Instagrams images of her books being held and “read” by dogs, cats and stuffed animals. And she’s not all about crime scenes. She also takes photos of birds and flowers.
6. John Safran
Australian true crime author John Safran wrote Murder In Mississippi. First, Safran focused on a white supremacist for Race Relations, a documentary he made about a Mississippi white supremacist. After finishing that documentary, the subject of the film was murdered. Safran ended up befriending the black man who killed the white supremacist. Murder In Mississippi (published as God’ll Cut You Down in the United States) is a memoir about the friendship. The book won a Ned Kelly award for best true crime. His Instagram features his current work endeavors and travels, protests, and newspaper articles about his work.