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Shanna Hogan | ‘Secrets of a Marine’s Wife’

Shanna Hogan | Secrets of a Marines Wife
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Shanna Hogan is an Arizona-based journalist and true-crime author who will be presenting her newest book “Secrets of A Marine’s Wife” at the Tucson Festival of Books March 2-3. 

“Secrets of A Marine’s Wife” is her fourth true-crime book, and it covers the 2014 California murder of a 19-year-old wife of a U.S. Marine who was involved in an affair. Her New York Times best seller “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story” will also be featured at the festival, as well as “The Crime Book,” which she helped co-author. 

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Hogan will be featured on three true-crime panels at the TFOB: “Motivation for Murder,” “Investigative Journalism” and “Tragedies of Murder.” She will also hold book signings following each of these panels.

Hogan has won 19 awards for her reporting and has appeared on television shows including ABC’s “20/20,” “The View” and NBC’s “Dateline.” In addition to writing true-crime books, Hogan teaches journalism at Arizona State University, where she graduated in 2005. 

“I don’t think I could’ve done this [true-crime] writing without past experience in journalism,” Hogan said. 

Her interest in writing full length true-crime books stemmed from long-form journalism and her work as a magazine reporter, where she learned “you can never tell the full story.”

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All four of Hogan’s books have focused on murders that occurred in the western United States, specifically in Arizona, Utah and California. For her fifth true-crime book, Hogan plans to set her sights on the East Coast and write about a 2018 murder that happened in Colts Neck, N.J. 

The case Hogan will write about revolves around Paul Caneiro, who was charged for the murders of his brother Keith Caneiro, Keith’s wife and the couple’s two young children last November. Paul Caneiro apparently set his brother’s mansion on fire after the killings and later set his own house on fire as a coverup. 

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