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Diane Fanning
Born Diane Lynn Butcher
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation Crime writer; mystery novelist
Nationality American
Period 2000-present
Genre Crime fiction
Subject True crime
Notable works Mommy's Little Girl
Notable awards Edgar Award nomination

Diane Fanning is an American crime writer and author who writes nonfiction and mystery novels.


Fanning was born Diane Lynn Butcher in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Perry Hall High School, and then Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she majored in chemistry. She and husband Wayne Fanning have three children: Pete Fanning, Ivy Johnson and Liz Nichols. Fanning lives in Bedford, Virginia.


After college, she wrote for the advertising field, earning more than 70 Addy Awards for her work. During that time, she wrote as a freelance writer.

Her career shifted into nonprofit work with a move to New Braunfels, Texas. Fanning worked for fundraising groups, including Another Way Texas Shares[1] and the National Association for Choice in Giving. She began her first book while living in Texas. She is co-founder of Women in Crime Ink,[2] described by the Wall Street Journal as "a blog worth reading."[3]

In 2002, Fanning corresponded with serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who, in a letter to her, confessed to murdering 10-year-old Joel Kirkpatrick, whose mother had been convicted of killing her son. According to the Innocence Project, Fanning's testimony before a prison review board about the letter and her book Through the Window, which details Sells' crime spree, were said to help prove Harper's innocence.[4] In 2011, Fanning was given the Defenders of the Innocent Award by the Illinois Innocence Project for getting the confession from Sells.[5]

In 2006, her book Written in Blood received an Edgar Award nomination.[6]

Fanning has been interviewed for CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" in November 2009 and Investigation Discovery in 2010 and 2011.[7] CBS's "Crimesider" column featured her in a story about the Casey Anthony case.[8]


  • 2001: Freedom Fighter Award, National Alliance for Choice in Giving[9]
  • 2011: Defenders of the Innocent Award, Illinois Innocence Project[10]



  • Bite the Moon (Molly Mullet mystery; Five Star, 2007)

Lucinda Pierce Mystery series (Severn House)[edit]

  • The Trophy Exchange (2008)
  • Punish the Deed (2009)
  • Mistaken Identity (2010)
  • Twisted Reason (4th Lucinda Pierce mysery series, released in the UK, Sept 2010)[11]
  • False Front (2012)
  • Wrong Turn (2013)



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Author Diane Fanning on Casey Anthony


MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL: Casey Anthony and Her Daughter Caylee's Tragic Fate by Diane Fanning, from St. Martin's Press. The first, full-length, in-depth account of this case.


It was planned to look like a suicide. But even in the best-laid plans, evidence is left behind… Jocelyn Branham Earnest was found dead on the floor of her living room in Forest, Virginia....

HER DEADLY WEB Diane Fanning

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A Poisoned Passion

A POISONED PASSION--the ninth true crime book from Diane Fanning and St. Martin's Press. In an isolated town in the middle of West Texas, a veterinarian chooses murder over divorce and takes...

Episode 32-The Very Best of True Murder-Diane Fanning-Baby Be Mine

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Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Dakota Fanning, and more at the Tribeca Festival Vanity Fair Party

http://Facebook.com/HollywoodTV - Become a Fan! http://Twitter.com/HollywoodTV - Follow Us! Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dakota Fanning, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ivanka...

Punish the Deed

Homicide Detective Lucinda Pierce is back! In Punish the Deed by Diane Fanning. The second mystery novel in the series from Severn House.

Author on Casey Anthony

Diane Fanning, who wrote a book on Casey Anthony's case, talks about the woman charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter and how her relationship with her parents changed after her arrest.

April Barnes and Noble Book Haul!

Hi this is a Barnes and Noble and thrift store book haul! I'm very excited about these books, please leave me comments, video responses, LIKE and Subscribe to this channel! THANKS! Diane...

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42 news items

Roanoke Times (blog)

Roanoke Times (blog)
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:18:45 -0800

In 2007, the family of Jocelyn Earnest had the worst Christmas of their lives: Just before the holiday, she was found dead in her home in Bedford County. A cursory glance suggested Earnest killed herself: There was a gunshot wound to her head and a ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:52:51 -0700

Diane Fanning wrote about Tommy Lynn Sells in her book Through the Window. In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors. To read more columns like this, go to the ...

Pagosa Daily Post

Pagosa Daily Post
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:30:00 -0700

“Scandal in the Secret City” by Diane Fanning follows a female scientist at a top secret facility. “Biblical” by Christopher Galt is an apocalyptic thriller. “Sidney Shelton's Chasing Tomorrow” by Tilly Bagshawe is a suspense story featuring Tracy Whitney.
Blogger News Network (blog)
Mon, 03 Dec 2007 00:00:00 -0800

But, Diane Fanning takes the reader behind the carefully orchestrated performance in the court room and delivers the journey through the raw, unfiltered eyes of those who lived it. Detailing the crime scene, police procedure, the autopsy and the trial ...
PRLog.Org (press release)
Fri, 27 May 2011 03:58:32 -0700

PRLog - May 27, 2011 - SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. -- Diane Fanning, true crime author and novelist, is in high demand for commentary on the high profile trial of Casey Anthony. She is the author of the first full-length, in depth account of the Caylee ...
Deseret News
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:24:38 -0700

Writing three years ago in Forbes Magazine, Diane Fanning focused on the case of Lindsey Brooke Lowe, a 25-year-old who gave birth to twins and then suffocated them. As with Huntsman, no one knew she had been pregnant, but her father found the ...
Publishers Weekly
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:01:13 -0700

Another perspective on the U.S. home front during WWII comes in Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning, due from Severn in November. This series features chemist Libby Clark's experiences working at Secret City, the Tennessee installation where ...
Roanoke Times (blog)
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:46:24 -0700

... "How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters," by Andrew Shaffer · "Under Cover of the Night," by Diane Fanning; "The Tainted Throne," by Alex Rutherford; "The Invisible," by Amelia Kahaney; "Bridget Jones's Diary," by Helen Fielding ...

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