James Renner is a novelist, freelance journalist, and blogger. In his spare time, he hunts serial killers. His true crime stories have been published in the Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies. His film adaptation of a Stephen King story was an official selection at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival. A graduate of Kent State University, Renner lives in Akron, Ohio.
- Speaking Fee: $200
- Hometown: Akron, OH
- Restrictions: None
James Renner's Speaking Topics
The Life and Death of Amy Mihaljevic
An overview of the entire story, including: a look at who Amy was before the tragic abduction; a timeline of her last day; and details about the ongoing investigation. Everything you want to know about one of Ohio’s most frustrating unsolved mysteries.*includes video presentation
How to research a True Crime “novel”
A conversation about the process of writing Amy: My Search for Her Killer. How do you respectfully interview family members after a tragedy? How do track down suspects that wish to remain hidden? How do you gain access to important documents? When should you go off the record with an important source? Renner answers these questions and many more.
Down the Rabbit Hole
Debunking the strange theories and exploring the odd coincidences that surround Amy’s case. Was Amy’s family a part of the witness protection program? Why were so many FBI agents involved in the investigation? What do psychics have to say about the crime? And how Amy’s case is linked to the other famous mystery of Bay Village—the death of Marilyn Sheppard.