True Crime Index

Our Mission Statement:

True Crime Index is a site dedicated to the reviewing of both academic and popular true crime books. Our reviews will always endeavour to use language that does not in any way erase the existence of queer people, BIPOC individuals, or people with disabilities. We will actively seek to review texts written by BIPOC, queer, and disabled individuals. True Crime Index was created out of a love of, and earnest interest in, true crime and criminology. We believe that the best kind of true crime is true crime that focuses on the stories of victims and survivors, and because of this, we will always make an effort to review material that is victim and survivor centered. We also endeavour to review majority Canadian content.

The True Crime Index Team!

True Crime Index was founded by Rachel Friars and Jesyka Traynor in 2020. Find out more about them below:

Rachel M. Friars (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She holds a BA and an MA in English Literature with a focus on neo-Victorianism and adaptations of Jane Eyre. Her current work centers on neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century lesbian literature and history, with secondary research interests in life writing, historical fiction, true crime, and popular culture. Her academic writing has been published with Palgrave Macmillan and in The Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies. She is a reviewer for The Lesbrary and the co-creator of True Crime Index. Rachel is co-editor-in-chief of the international literary journal, The Lamp, and regularly publishes her own short fiction and poetry. Find her on Twitter and Goodreads

Jesyka Traynor (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She holds a BA and MA in English Literature and her work examines contemporary Californian literature, with a focus on representations of the Californian landscape by Californian authors. Jesyka also does research on true crime. Her work on women in twenty-first century true crime is forthcoming from Crime Fiction Studies. Jesyka serves as co Editor-in-Chief of the international literary journal, The Lamp, and is the co-creator of True Crime Index. Find her on Twitter and Goodreads