Claire Booth

Author & Journalist

author & journalist

I am a journalist and author who has written about crime for decades. I’ve covered everything from the theft of the Aston Martin used in the James Bond film Goldfinger to the Laci Peterson murder and the San Francisco dog mauling case, where two lawyers were convicted of killing their neighbor with vicious dogs they kept for an imprisoned friend.

I also covered the case of Taylor Helzer, a Northern California man who convinced two followers he was a prophet of God and that he needed to usher in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ by any means necessary. In order to raise money for their end-of-days scheme, the group extorted money from a retired couple and then killed them and three others to cover their tracks. The tremendously complicated quintuple murder case took authorities four years to investigate and bring to trial and is the basis for my first book, the non-fiction The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God.

I’ve now turned to fiction, where I get to come up with my own crimes. And I’m having so much fun! My debut novel just sold to Minotaur Books in a two-book deal. Look for it in July 2016.