True Crime and the Justice of God: Ethics, Media, and Forensic Science (Paperback)
Utilizing the tools of forensic science and Christian theological ethics, this book resituates prominent criminal cases within their social and forensic contexts. Particular attention is given to the ways in which patterns of systemic ignorance and social inequity sustain anti-blackness and violence against women in society at large and in daily life. Explores the Western phenomena of true crime and its impact on the Christian moral imagination. This project sits in direct conversation with the following three bodies of literature: 1) theological and moral engagement of criminal justice, 2) theological engagement of popular media, and 3) forensic science in the media.
Elisabeth T. Vasko is associate professor of theology at Duquesne University and author of Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders. Her work focuses on theological justifications for violence and discrimination and the role that Christian theology and faith communities can play in enacting social change. Lyndsie Ferrara is a teaching assistant professor of forensic science and law at Duquesne University. She was previously a biologist at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory and a forensics specialist/contractor for the Department of Justice's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program.