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Jack Olsen

Born: Jun 7, 1925

Death: Jul 16, 2002

Birthplace: Indianapolis

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Jack Olsen

Date of Birth : Jun 7, 1925
Date of Death : Jul 16, 2002
Birth Place : Indianapolis

Jack Olsen was an American journalist and author known for his crime reporting. Olsen was Senior Editor-in-Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1954. He was Midwest bureau chief for Time magazine and a senior editor for Sports Illustrated in 1961. He was also a regular contributor to other publications, including Fortune and Vanity Fair. Olsen was described as "the dean of true crime authors" by the Washington Post and the New York Daily News and "the master of true crime" by the Detroit Free Press and Newsday. Publishers Weekly called him "the best true crime writer around." His studies of crime are required reading in university criminology courses and have been cited in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. In a page-one review, the Times described his work as "a genuine contribution to criminology and journalism alike." Books by Olsen have sold 33 million copies. Several of his books examined the intersection of law and politics during the late 1960s-early 1970s. These include Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt, and The Bridge at Chappaquiddick,.


  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Novelist

Awards Won

  • Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime
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