About Media Circus

Media Circus: a look at private tragedy in the public eye book cover, Authors Kim Goldman and Tatsha RobertsonMedia Circus: A Look at Private Tragedy in the Public Eye

Tatsha Robertson has covered or edited many of the nation’s major crime stories for the past two decades (Sept. 11, Newtown, Aurora, etc). So it was fitting this award-winning editor and Kim Goldman, a well-respected crime advocate and sister of Ron Goldman, who was brutally murdered alongside OJ Simpson’s wife Nicole, would join forces. During the famed OJ Simpson trial, Kim became a very public poster child for victims suffering in the public eye. In 2015, Kim and Tatsha Robertson, a veteran writer and former crime editor at People Magazine, came together to write Media Circus.

In Media Circus: A Look at Private Tragedy in the Public Eye, Goldman—now a dedicated victim advocate—and Robertson, who is currently working on a book with a Harvard economist as well as writing a thriller, present the first collective looks at something that has become all too common in America: ordinary, grieving victims—forced to manage their very private trauma and despair in a very public way.

Through candid interviews and detailed, original reporting, Media Circus delivers riveting, humanizing, and inspiring stories from the victims and survivors of violent crimes who found themselves the focus of national media attention. Its heartfelt narratives showcase the unique challenges of coping with and healing from grief when the whole world is watching.

Stories include those of:

  • Debra Tate, sister of Charles Manson victim Sharon Tate (1969)
  • Colleen Campbell, sister of murdered NASCAR driver Mickey Thompson (1988)
  • Judy Shepard, mother of gay hate crime victim Matthew Shepard (1998)
  • Mildred Muhammed, wife of the DC Sniper (2002)
  • Marie Monville, wife of the Amish shooter (2006)
  • Dave and Mary Neese, parents of teen murder victim Skylar Neese (2012)
  • Scarlett Lewis, mother of first grade Newtown Tragedy victim Jesse Lewis (2012)