My Wednesday wanna-read this week is another true crime book, this time written by a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and focusing, in part, on the mental health of the suspect.
While the City Slept was written by Eli Sanders, a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Seattle.
The story in While the City Slept is based in Seattle and tells of the deaths of two people at the hands of another.
From Goodreads: “While the City Slept is the story of a crime of opportunity and of the string of missed opportunities that made it possible. It shows what can happen when a disturbed member of society repeatedly falls through the cracks.”
Sanders won his Pulitzer for his coverage of this crime when it occurred.
With an average rating of more than four stars on Goodreads, this seems like the type of true crime that needs to be read. Focusing on more than what happens within the confines of the police tape and a courtroom, Sanders looks at the decline of the mental health of the alleged perpetrator of the crime and how the chance to help him was reportedly missed.
As more and more focus is being placed on mental health, these types of stories are important. If we know where the gaps are, we are more capable of filling them.