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The Kill Jar

Children of the Snow

J. Reuben Appelman * on-camera investigator * Executive Producer * now on Hulu 

Jens Pulver: Driven 

J. Reuben Appelman * Writer * Producer * Now on AmaZon

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You're What I Want Wrong With Me

J. Reuben Appelman * Writer * Producer * Director 

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Appelman’s pathos is visceral and cathartic… his investigative work into this dark, twisted case is remarkably thorough and perceptive.

Publishers Weekly

"The Kill Jar is a must-read…Appelman is an amazing writer who speaks with an eye so jaundiced that the pages are yellow by proxy. There is gutter poetry in this book."

New York Journal of Books

“A horrifying and haunting tale.”

Thanks to the investigative work of author J. Reuben Appelman, the horrific crimes of the Oakland Child County Killer, who was never caught, won't be forgotten… the result is a book that not only provides compelling theories about what happened to these children, but an intriguing look into the author’s own history with violence.


“Suspenseful and emotionally riveting, this is a true crime memoir mashup Serial fans will love.”

J. Reuben Appelman spent what seems like a lifetime digging into the unsolved case of the Oakland County Child Killer…(the result) was worth it.

The New York Times Book Review

 “The Kill Jar is a powerful true crime memoir. Appelman is unrelenting both in his search for the truth about the Oakland County murders, and in his exploration of his own experiences with violence, abuse, and near abduction."

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