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Teresa’s review of ‘To Find a Killer’

Dec 30, 2023 | Books

To Find a Killer: The Homophobic Murders of Norma and Maria Hurtado and the LGBT Rights MovementTo Find a Killer: The Homophobic Murders of Norma and Maria Hurtado and the LGBT Rights Movement by Doug Greco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I typically avoid True Crime narratives, "To Find a Killer" transcends the genre, offering more than a mere account of criminal events in Central Texas. This compelling work delves into the historical backdrop that gave rise to the tragic murders of two women of color, weaving a narrative intricately tied to a pivotal era in both American history and the LGBT rights movement.

Far beyond a recitation of facts, the book ventures into the complexities surrounding the deaths, presenting readers with a nuanced exploration of diverse issues, contexts, and perspectives that converged to shape this somber chapter. It goes beyond the conventional 'who, what, when, where, and why,' inviting readers to consider the broader societal and cultural forces at play.

Moreover, "To Find a Killer" is a comprehensive historical overview of the LGBT rights movement, tracing its trajectory and spotlighting key figures who navigated the movement's successes, challenges, and the evolving public discourse and policy landscape.

As a valuable historical document, the book sheds light on the past and serves as a guide for readers interested in advocating for LGBT human rights. It advocates for broad-based organizing, emphasizes the importance of group collaborations, and underscores the significance of creating extensive networks of coalitions.

Despite its brevity, the narrative proves impactful, offering readers a fresh perspective or, perhaps, a renewed outlook on intersectionality, authentic relationship building, and ongoing work in advocacy. "To Find a Killer" emerges as an indispensable resource, equipping readers with insights that extend beyond the pages, encouraging them to actively contribute to the ongoing fight for justice and equality in the LGBT human rights movement.

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