Author of the true crime memoir, The Kill Jar


b. 1986, HK.

Photo by Matt Wordell

Photo by Matt Wordell

J. Reuben Appelman is a screenwriter, author in multiple genres, and two-time State of Idaho Literature Fellow, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. His film industry work includes the Netflix documentaries Playground and Jens Pulver | Driven, as well as several produced screenplays.

His investigative writing and research, focused on issues of commercial sexual exploitation, child endangerment, and criminality and law enforcement, have earned him an ongoing spot as special lecturer on the issue of Human Trafficking for the Honor’s College at Boise State University.

He works as a private investigator and is the author of the book, The Kill Jar, published by Simon & Schuster (2018) and currently the basis for a four-part television docuseries on the Oakland County Child Killings. The show, utilizing Appelman as its on-camera investigator, is now in post production and will air in 2019.