Ronald Ward, Jr., and the Murder of Kristin Laurite

Billboards taken out by Kristin Laurite’s family and friends

Nearly every true-crime writer can point to a single case that turned them — a murder that touched them so deeply, for whatever reason, that they became obsessed with it, and with true crime in general.

For me, that case was the murder of Kristin Laurite.

I was driving home from Little Rock, Arkansas, around 2001 and saw her face looking down from a…