Cathy Scott

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Cathy Scott
Born San Diego, California
Nationality  United States
Education University of Redlands (1990); Grossmont Community College (1970)
Occupation Journalist, author, lecturer
Agent Mendel Media Group
Notable credit(s) Correspondent New York Times
Guest CNN, NPR and MTV
Speaker, National Book Festival
Silver Award, ForeWord's Books of the Year
Spouse(s)
  • Ray Somers (divorced)
Children son, Raymond Somers Jr.
Relatives brother J. Michael Scott, uncle Seraphim Rose, grandmother Esther Rose
Family Parents Eileen Rose Busby and James (Jim) Scott
Website
http://www.cathyscott.com/

Cathy Scott (born in 1950s in San Diego, United States) is a Los Angeles Times bestselling American true-crime writer and investigative journalist best known for penning the biographies and true crime books The Killing of Tupac Shakur and The Murder of Biggie Smalls, both bestsellers in the United States and United Kingdom.[1][2] She grew up in La Mesa, California and later moved to Mission Beach, California, where she was a single parent to a son, Raymond Somers Jr. Her hip-hop books are based on the drive-by shootings that killed the rappers six months apart in the midst of what has been called the West Coast-East Coast war. Each book is dedicated to the rappers' mothers.

Life[edit]

Scott attended Helix High School. In 1970 she graduated from Grossmont Community College. Twenty years later in 1990 she graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands.

Scott is the daughter of the late author Eileen Rose Busby,[3] and the late James (Jim) Scott, a Senior Olympics winner who helped pioneer and develop the game of racquetball. She is the granddaughter of California artist Esther Rose and Frank Rose (a sports writer at the Two Harbors, Minnesota, newspaper in the 1920s), and the niece of the late Russian Orthodox Hieromonk Father Seraphim Rose. Her brother is scientist and author Dr. J. Michael Scott. Her twin sister is expert Cordelia Mendoza.

She was married to Raymond Somers with whom she has son Raymond Jr.

Career[edit]

Scott, who wrote poetry as a teenager and worked on the Helix High School yearbook her senior year. Her first full-time newspaper position was as a reporter for the Beach & Bay Press in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach in 1987. She also freelanced for the Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch Sentinel.[4] She then became business editor of the La Jolla Light weekly newspaper, after winning a Best of Show journalism award out of 1,200 entries from the San Diego Press Club, then moved to a daily paper, the Vista Press, in North San Diego County. She left the paper to string as a correspondent for the Associated Press and The San Diego Union-Tribune. While reporting in San Diego, she was a member of the San Diego Press Club.

She moved in 1993 to the Mojave Desert as a crime beat reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, where she worked until 1998, and then freelanced for the New York Times, Reuters news service and wrote true crime books and biographies. While still at the Sun in 1997, her first book, The Killing of Tupac Shakur, was released.[5] Huntington Press released the book on the first anniversary of Shakur's death by issuing a 25,000-copy first printing, according to Publishers Weekly,[6] with a second edition released in 2002.

From 2005 through 2007, Scott wrote a column titled "Crime & Punishment" for the alternative weekly Las Vegas CityLife.[7]

Scott's article that was first published in George magazine was included in the 2005 anthology Tupac: A Thug Life, a compilation of national magazine writers released by Plexus Publishing. She contributed to two other anthologies, The Big Book of Social Media (Yorkshire Publishing 2010) and Masters of True Crime (Prometheus Books 2012).

In January 2011, Anderson Cooper 360°'s blog included Scott in an update on the Tupac and Smalls cases, quoting her as saying "the failure to secure the actual scene of the shooting and interview witnesses immediately doomed the investigation."[8]

She has coached writers, including at the Flathead River Writers Conference in Montana[9] and San Diego State University's Writers' Conference.[10]

Her sixth book, Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned, with photos by Clay Myers and a foreword by actress Ali MacGraw,[11] was a result of Scott's nearly four months on the Gulf Coast writing about the largest rescue of animals in U.S. history.[12] Her seventh book, The Rough Guide to True Crime, a title in Rough Guides' series of books,[13] was released in August 2009[14] and featured at BookExpo America 2009.[15]

She was a participant in the 2008 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.[16] She was a speaker at the 2011 No More Homeless Pets National Conference.[17] and at the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival.[18]

Scott taught journalism and advanced magazine writing for five years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's School of Journalism until September 2005 when she traveled to New Orleans as an embedded reporter for Best Friends Animal Society to cover animal rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for its magazine and Web site. When she returned, she hired on with Best Friends as a staff writer.[19] She sat as the Nevada State Sunshine Chair for 10 years until 2007 and on the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine Committee.[20]

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Post, George magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union-Tribune and Las Vegas Sun.

On KTTV's "Good Day L.A." in March 2013, Scott discussed the verdict against chef David Viens in the disappearance of his wife Dawn.[21]

Scott appeared twice on the public access TV show Connie Martinson Talks Books in January 2003 to talk about the unsolved killing of Susan Berman and her book Murder of a Mafia Daughter[22] and in November 2000 to discuss rapper The Notorious B.I.G. and the book The Murder of Biggie Smalls.[23] She has appeared on three Oxygen network "Snapped" segments about murder cases involving women and on Unsolved Mysteries about the Tupac Shakur investigation. In 2010, she appeared in the Discovery Channel's documentary, "On the Case with Paula Zahn: Death in the Desert" about the Ted Binion trial.[24]

With the 2003 release of Murder of a Mafia Daughter, Las Vegas CityLife newspaper named it "Pick of the Week" in February of that year.[25]

Her eighth book, The Millionaire's Wife, about the 1990 contract murder of businessman George Kogan,[26] was released by St. Martin's Press True Crime Library in March 2012.[27] The book was launched at Scott's former high school library in April 2012.[28]

In 2011, she wrote the introduction and foreword to military combat photographer Russell Klika's book Iraq: Through the Eyes of an American Soldier.[29]

In 2013, The Huffington Post reported that Scott was co-writing with former drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross his autobiography, scheduled for release in 2014.[30] The memoir, Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography, was released at a book launch at the Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles on June 17, 2014 to a standing-room only crowd.[31]

In May 2014, Scott lodged a complaint with YouTube over a re-created image included in rapper Wyclef Jean's music video "April Showers." The controversy arose after Scott reported to YouTube that there was no attribution given and permission was not sought for the use of an autopsy photo released in Scott's book The Killing of Tupac Shakur. YouTube banned the video.[32] TMZ, which broke the story, reported that video director Hezues R' and Scott had settled the matter and agreed upon a screen credit to the book at the end of the video.[33]

Scott is a contributor to Psychology Today,[34] ForbesWoman blog[35] and Women in Crime Ink,[36] described by the Wall Street Journal as "a blog worth reading."[37]

Film[edit]

In February 2014, filming in Las Vegas completed for Death in the Desert, a full-length movie directed and produced by Josh Evans, starring Michael Madsen, Shayla Beesley,[38] Paz de la Huerta, Roxy Saint and Stephen Manley.[39] which is based on Scott's book Death in the Desert[40] with the screenplay by John Steppling.[40][41]

Awards[edit]

  • Best of Show, San Diego Press Club, 1989
  • Best Spot News Story (3rd Place), Nevada Press Association, 2007[42]
  • Top 10 Best True Crime Books, True Crime Zine reader's poll, 2012[43]
  • ForeWord magazine's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, True Crime (finalist)[44]
  • ForeWord magazine's silver award for 2013 Book of the Year in True Crime[45]

Published works[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Anthologies (contributor)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ booksinprint.com: Home
  2. ^ Aarons Books UK bestsellers list
  3. ^ Eileen Rose Busby; writer, world traveler and antiques expert|The San Diego Union-Tribune
  4. ^ Sentinel Mira Mesa Scripps, San Diego, CA
  5. ^ Review, The Killing of Tupac Shakur
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly, "On the Trail of Tupac"
  7. ^ Article index, Las Vegas CityLife
  8. ^ AC360 Blogs, "An AC360° Cold Case: Mystery still surrounds rappers' deaths," January 6, 2011
  9. ^ Flathead River Writers Conference
  10. ^ San Diego State University's Annual Writers' Conference 2009, Faculty
  11. ^ Wiley:Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
  12. ^ Tylertown revisited
  13. ^ Rough Guides, "True Crime"
  14. ^ The Rough Guide to True Crime
  15. ^ BookExpo America 2009: Around the BEA Booths: C - D
  16. ^ Participant, 2008 National Book Festival
  17. ^ 2011 No More Homeless Pets National Conference Speakers (scroll down)
  18. ^ "Vegas Valley Book Festival Kicks Off Thursday (Official City of Las Vegas Web Site)". Lasvegasnevada.gov. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  19. ^ AuthorsBio
  20. ^ State Freedom of Information Contact Sites
  21. ^ "Cathy Scott: In His Words, He Shut Her Up - Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic". Myfoxla.com. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  22. ^ Claremont Colleges Digital Library, Author appearance, Connie Martinson Talks Books
  23. ^ "Connie Martinson Talks Books: Cathy Scott" - IMDb
  24. ^ "On the Case with Paula Zahn: Death in the Desert" listing on IMDb
  25. ^ Las Vegas CityLife, "Pick of the Week: Murder of a Mafia Daughter," February 27, 2003
  26. ^ New York Daily News, "Barbara Kogan gets 12 years for ordering hit on husband," June 4, 2010
  27. ^ Interview, BlogTalkRadio, February 2009
  28. ^ San Diego Union-Tribune, "Book launch at Helix on Friday," April 12, 2012
  29. ^ Iraq: Through the Eyes of an American Soldier, by Russell Klika, introduction and foreword by Cathy Scott
  30. ^ "Rick Ross, Former Drug Kingpin: 'Why Wouldn't You Want To Emulate Me If You Can't Even Get a Job At McDonald's?". Huffington Post. 2013-08-07. 
  31. ^ Los Angeles Sentinel, "Rick Ross Book signing Event Recap." June 27, 2014
  32. ^ Wyclef Video Pulled Over Tupac Autopsy Image | News | BET
  33. ^ Tupac Shakur: Fake Autopsy Music Video Dispute SETTLED | TMZ.com
  34. ^ Scott, Cathy. "Crime, She Writes". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  35. ^ Forbes contributor, Cathy Scott
  36. ^ Contributor, Women in Crime Ink
  37. ^ Wall Street Journal article, featuring Women in Crime Ink
  38. ^ Photographer helped Madsen meet Sinatra | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  39. ^ Death in the Desert (2014) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb
  40. ^ a b Kindest cut of all for cancer patients (scroll to end) | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  41. ^ Man of Conviction: John Steppling - Playwright, Screenwriter and Teacher | Joanna Perry-Folino
  42. ^ NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION 2007 AWARD WINNERS | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  43. ^ January 12, 2013 3:50 am (2013-01-04). "Best True Crime Books 2012 Winners List". True Crime Zine. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  44. ^ All 2013 Finalists — Book of the Year Awards
  45. ^ Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Winners

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