The Stages: A Story of Loss and an Examination of Crime-Themed Literature

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Jennifer Itell


Crime and morality in fiction, Crime-themed literature, Analysis of Crime in Fiction, Female leads in literature, Popular Culture, Lovely Bones, Gone Girl, Janine Latus, Alice Sebold


The Stages is a work in progress about a family who lost their child to a stalker and murderer. The excerpt included herein comprises the first five chapters. The story examines how a marriage survives after the loss of a daughter, and the subsequent investigation and capture of the murderer. The academic essay that follows the creative piece examines the mainstream popularity of crime-themed memoirs and works of fiction, which are reviewed and analyzed to identify the reason for that popularity.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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