Sue Russell is a California-based, internationally syndicated award-winning journalist and the author of several non-fiction books including the top-selling true crime book, Lethal Intent. Sue has had over 1,500 articles published with her work appearing in the Washington Post, New Scientist, Miller-McCune.com, American Legion, Tru TV’s Crime Library, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, Successmagazine, and the Detroit News and San Diego Union-Tribune. Sue is a former magazine editor who also has written for most top UK publications, including The Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Express magazines, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Hello!, and Irish Tatler.She is a former Contributing Editor to Asia Tatler and to Australia’s Slimming. Much of her work has been published internationally in publications such as Australia’s Bulletin, Spain’s El Pais, Japan’s Daily Yomiuri, et al.
Sue covers incredibly diverse topics with a special emphasis on crime and criminal-justice, profiles of the rich and famous, and health-related topics. She has written about mental health issues affecting criminals and law enforcement personnel, forensic science, fire investigations and wildfires. She also has written extensively about violent females (not least the subject of her book Lethal Intent, executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos), homeless children, teenagers in prostitution, and girl gang members.
Her pieces on social issues include international adoptions and global violence against women and her health-related pieces range from prophylactic cancer surgery to alternative medicine. She has interviewed more celebrities than she can count, ranging from Donald and Melania Trump to stars like Sean Connery, John Travolta, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Desperate Housewives’ James Denton and Kyle McLachlan, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and Jermaine Jackson and his wife.
Sue Russell’s book Lethal Intent is the definitive true crime biography of serial killer Aileen Wuornos who shot seven men to death in Florida in 1989 and 1990 and who, after ten years on Death Row, was executed on October 9, 2002. The book explores Wuornos’s mental health issues and the physical, emotional and substance abuse in her formative years.
Sue has written about the beauty industry for book packager Weldon Owen and The Body Shop, the natural beauty company founded by the late, great activist Anita Roddick. She also was the co-author of Star Mothers: The Moms Behind the Celebrities with Cher’s mother and Phyllis Quinn. Click here for excerpts.
As an author, Sue has appeared on numerous top television and radio shows including A&E’s Biography, the ID Investigation Discovery channel’s Deadly Women, CNNfn’s Flipside, Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Issues on HLN, the E! channel, the U.K.’s This Morning, andGood Morning Australia.
Sue once had her own weekly segment on a phone-in radio show on LBC (London Broadcasting Company) focusing on health and beauty issues, triggered by her highly regarded investigative features.
During her career, Sue has collaborated on a variety of books and worked as a ghost writer, a book editor, a reviewer of medical articles, a researcher and fact-checker. British-born, she has freelanced in the U.S. for more than two decades.