|Born||San Diego, California|
|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
|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|
Cathy Scott is an American true crime writer and investigative journalist, born and raised in San Diego, United States growing up in nearby La Mesa, California. She later moved to Mission Beach, California, where she was a single parent to a son, Raymond Somers Jr.
Scott, a graduate of the University of Redlands, is a Las Vegas-based journalist and author best known for penning the biographies and true crime books The Killing of Tupac Shakur (Huntington Press, ISBN 0-929712-20-X) and The Murder of Biggie Smalls (St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-26620-0), both bestsellers in the United States and United Kingdom.
Her first two 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. Scott's hip hop books are each dedicated to the rappers' mothers.
In 2005, an article first published in George magazine, was released 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."
Scott, who wrote poetry as a teenager, worked on the Helix High School yearbook her senior year. Her first full-time newspaper position wouldn't happen for 22 years, when she took a position as a reporter at the Beach & Bay Press in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. 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 to the Mojave Desert as a crime beat reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, where she worked until 1998, and then went onto freelancing for the New York Times, Reuters news service and writing true crime books and biographies. While still at the Sun in 1997, her first book, The Killing of Tupac Shakur, was released.
Her sixth book, Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned, with photos by Clay Myers and a foreword by actress Ali MacGraw, was a result of Scott's nearly four months on the Gulf Coast writing about the largest rescue of animals in U.S. history. Her seventh book, The Rough Guide to True Crime, a title in Rough Guides' series of books, was released in August 2009.
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. She was a speaker at the 2011 No More Homeless Pets National Conference. and at the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival.
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. She sat as the Nevada State Sunshine Chair for 10 years until 2007 and on the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine Committee.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, George magazine, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union-Tribune and Las Vegas Sun. She has appeared on three Oxygen network "Snapped" segments about murder cases involving women and on Unsolved Mysteries about the Tupac Shakur case. 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.
She appeared twice on the public access TV show Connie Martinson Talks Books, including in January 2003 to talk about the unsolved killing of Susan Berman and the book Murder of a Mafia Daughter. 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.
Her eighth book, The Millionaire's Wife, about the 1990 contract murder of George Kogan, was released by St. Martin's Press in March 2012. The book was launched at Scott's former high school library in April 2012.
Scott is the daughter of the late Eileen Rose Busby, an author, 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), the niece of the late Russian Orthodox Hieromonk Father Seraphim Rose, sister of scientist and author Dr. J. Michael Scott, and twin sister of antiques expert Cordelia Mendoza.
Published works 
- The Killing of Tupac Shakur (1997, 2002) (ISBN 0-92971220X)
- The Murder of Biggie Smalls (2000) (ISBN 0312266200)
- Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case (2000, 2012) (ISBN 1588205320)
- Seraphim Rose: The True Story and Private Letters (2000) (ISBN 1928653014
- Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman (2002) (ISBN 1569802386)
- Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned (2008) (ISBN 0470228512)
- The Rough Guide to True Crime (2009, Penguin) (ISBN 185828385X)
- The Millionaire's Wife (2012, St. Martin's Press True Crime Library) (ISBN 0312594356)
Anthologies (contributor) 
- Tupac: A Thug Life (2005, Plexus Publishing) (ISBN 978-0859653756)
- The Big Book of Social Media: Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives (2010, Yorkshire Publishing) (ISBN 978-0881441598)
- Masters of True Crime: Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre (2012, Prometheus Books) (ISBN 978-1616145675)
- booksinprint.com: Home
- Aarons Books UK bestsellers list
- Flathead River Writers Conference
- San Diego State University's Annual Writers' Conference 2009, Faculty
- AC360 Blogs, "An AC360° Cold Case: Mystery still surrounds rappers' deaths," January 6, 2011
- Review, The Killing of Tupac Shakur
- Article index, Las Vegas CityLife
- Wiley:Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
- Tylertown revisited
- Rough Guides, "True Crime"
- The Rough Guide to True Crime
- Participant, 2008 National Book Festival
- 2011 No More Homeless Pets National Conference Speakers (scroll down)
- "Vegas Valley Book Festival Kicks Off Thursday (Official City of Las Vegas Web Site)". Lasvegasnevada.gov. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
- State Freedom of Information Contact Sites
- "On the Case with Paula Zahn: Death in the Desert" listing on IMDb
- "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.
- Claremont Colleges Digital Library, Author appearance, Connie Martinson Talks Books
- Las Vegas CityLife, "Pick of the Week: Murder of a Mafia Daughter," February 27, 2003
- New York Daily News, "Barbara Kogan gets 12 years for ordering hit on husband," June 4, 2010
- Interview, BlogTalkRadio, February 2009
- San Diego Union-Tribune, "Book launch at Helix on Friday," April 12, 2012
- Iraq: Through the Eyes of an American Soldier, by Russell Klika, introduction and foreword by Cathy Scott
- Scott, Cathy. "Crime, She Writes". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
- Forbes contributor, Cathy Scott
- Contributor, Women in Crime Ink
- Wall Street Journal article, featuring Women in Crime Ink
- Eileen Rose Busby; writer, world traveler and antiques expert|The San Diego Union-Tribune
- Cathy Scott Official Site
- Cathy Scott Official Blog
- St. Martin's Press author bio
- Amazon author page
- Member, Authors Guild
- Writer's Digest, Oct. 2002
- Book publisher defends Shakur photo, Las Vegas Sun, Sept. 1997
- Vegas Valley Book Festival
- Cathy Scott at the Internet Movie Database
- truTV Crime Library citation, "Life After Death," by Anthony Bruno for Hip Hop Homicide section
- WorldCat bibliography
- View News, "True-Crime Journalist to Speak to Writers Group," October 19, 2010