SOLD OUT: Making a Murderer
In 1982 Malcolm MacArthur, a wealthy heir, found himself suddenly without money. The solution, he decided, was to rob a bank. He would need a gun and a car. In procuring them, he killed two people, and the circumstances of his eventual arrest in the apartment of the attorney general nearly brought down the government. In A Thread of Violence, O’Connell unravels the mysteries surrounding these horrific and inexplicable crimes. This story also concerns the endlessly complex relationship between a writer and a subject; in a deeper sense, it’s about the nature of narrative, and the philosophical problem of truth itself.