J. Reuben Appelman

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J. Reuben Appelman’s The Kill Jar is a memoir of his hunt through the Oakland County Child Killer case, circa 1976-1977 outside of Detroit, Michigan. A four-part docuseries for television, based on The Kill Jar, is set to air in 2019, with Appelman as its on-camera investigator. Appelman is a screenwriter, author in multiple genres, and two-time State of Idaho Literature Fellow. His film industry work includes the Netflix-streamed documentaries, Playground and Jens Pulver | Driven. He works as a private investigator, is Host of the upcoming podcast, The Murder Wall, and offers The Kill Jar book club appearances via Skype, which can be arranged through his publicist at JeanAnne.Rose@simonandschuster.com.

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The Kill Jar: Obsession, De...

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Make Loneliness

4.15 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2008
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Hollywood Blood

3.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2011
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“And I’d loved Ellie like a Springsteen suicide run, all heat and revved-up engines and neither of us caring that the hundred miles of freeway ahead of us might end at a brick wall, the way most people only get to love when they’re young.”
J. Reuben Appelman, The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

“Some people, their particular genius is in taking in, rather than giving out.”
J. Reuben Appelman, The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer




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