Shanna Hogan Wiki – Biography
Shanna Hogan was a New York Times bestselling American non-fiction author and journalist who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She was best known for writing the book Picture Perfect about convicted killer Jodi Arias.
She was a reporter at the East Valley Tribune from 2004 to 2007. In 2008, she went to work for the Times Media Group as a features editor, wherein 2012 she was promoted to executive editor.
Hogan wrote four true crime books, with her first, Dancing with Death, about Phoenix housewife Marjorie Orbin and the death of her husband Jay, an art dealer, released by St. Martin’s Press in 2011. It was followed by Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story, released in September 2013 by St. Martin’s True Crime Library about the Travis Alexander murder in Mesa, Arizona. A third book, The Stranger She Loved, was released by St. Martin’s in March 2015, about the murder of Utah doctor Martin MacNeil’s wife, Michele, and his 2013 conviction. Her fourth book, Secrets of a Marine’s Wife, released by St. Martin’s in February 2019, is about the 2014 murder of 19-year-old pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin.
Hogan appeared on Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, “Inside Edition,” and Oxygen’s “Snapped” to discuss high-profile crime cases. She also appeared on Jane Velez-Mitchell HLN’s Dr. Drew On Call, and multiple crime shows on the Investigation Discovery channel. On January 10, 2014, she was on The View with an attorney and correspondent Darren Kavinoky in a panel discussion of the Jodi Arias case.
In 2017, Hogan co-authored The Crime Book volume with American crime writers Lee Mellor, Rebecca Morris, Cathy Scott, and British author Michael Kerrigan, with a foreword for the U.S. edition by Scott and the U.K. edition by author Peter James. It was released in April 2017 in the U.K. and May 2017 in the U.S. by Dorling Kindersley (Penguin Random House).
In March 2019, Hogan co-hosted with editor Charlie Spicer the first series of the true-crime podcast “Case Closed” from Macmillan Books, featuring the case of convicted killer Erin Corwin.
Shanna Hogan Age
Shanna Hogan was 38 years old. She was born on October 21, 1982, in Olathe, Kansas, United States.
Hogan lived in Phoenix with her husband, Matt LaRussa, and son Zander. She was an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Cause of Death
Hogan died on Sept. 1 after she slipped, hit her head, and became submerged in a pool at her Phoenix home while swimming with her 14-month-old son, Zander on Aug. 27, her friend and former colleague Kathleen “Katie” Mayer told PEOPLE on Tuesday.
She spent several days in the ICU in critical condition before she died, after which her donated organs saved the lives of at least four people, said Mayer, who set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of Hogan’s family.
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“At a time where human kindness is so desperately needed, we’ve lost one of the people who gave that to our world, but Shanna’s writing will live on, the lives she saved will live on and her greatest creation — her little boy — will live on to inspire all of us,” Mayer said.
Go Fund Me
A GoFundMe page was created by Kathleen Mayer on behalf of LaRussa in order to pay for her medical treatments and funeral costs. Mayer said the GoFundMe page was for support of the Hogan family. “This fundraiser will raise money to pay for the family’s extensive medical bills, memorial costs and to support Zander as he grows up without a mother.”
As of September 8, the campaign has raised nearly $17,000 of the $100,000 goal.