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Cathy Scott
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Born 1949 (age 60–61)
San Diego, California,
United States
Education University of Redlands (1990); Grossmont Community College (1970)
Occupation Journalist, author, lecturer
Family daughter of Eileen Rose Busby and James (Jim) Scott
Children son, Raymond Somers Jr.
Notable relatives brother J. Michael Scott, uncle Seraphim Rose, grandmother Esther Rose
Notable credit(s) award-winning former reporter at Las Vegas Sun, correspondent at New York Times; guest on CNN, NPR and MTV.
Agent Riverside Literary Agency
Official website

Cathy Scott (born 1949) is an American true crime writer and investigative journalist, born and raised in San Diego, United States growing up in nearby La Mesa, California. She later moved to Mission Beach, California, where she was a single parent to a son, Raymond Somers Jr.



Scott, a graduate of the University of Redlands, is a Las Vegas-based journalist and author best known for penning the biographies and true crime books The Killing of Tupac Shakur (Huntington Press, ISBN 0-929-71220-X) and The Murder of Biggie Smalls (St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-26620-0), both bestsellers in the U.S. and U.K.[1][2] The books are based on the drive-by shootings that killed the rappers six months apart in the midst of what has been called a West Coast-East Coast rap war (see East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry). Scott's hip hop books are each dedicated to the rappers' mothers. In 2005, an article first published in George, was released in the 2005 book Tupac: A Thug's Life, a compilation of national magazine writers. She regularly coaches writers, including at the Flathead River Writers Conference in Montana.[3].

Scott, who wrote poetry as a teenager, worked on the Helix High School yearbook her senior year. But her first full-time newspaper position wouldn't happen for 20 years, when she took a position as a reporter at the Beach & Bay Press in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. She then became business editor of the La Jolla Light weekly newspaper, after winning a Best of Show journalism award out of 1,200 entries from the San Diego Press Club, then moved to a daily paper, the Vista Press, in North San Diego County. She left the paper to string as a correspondent for the Associated Press and The San Diego Union-Tribune. While reporting in San Diego, she was a member of the San Diego Press Club. She moved to the Mojave Desert as a crime beat reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, where she worked until 1998, and then went onto freelancing for the New York Times, Reuters news service and writing true crime books and biographies. While still at the Sun in 1997, her first book, The Killing of Tupac Shakur, was released.[4]

She sat as the Nevada State Sunshine Chair, for 10 years until 2007, on the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine Committee.[5]

Her latest project, Pawprints of Katrina,[6] is a book about Scott's nearly four months on the Gulf Coast writing about the largest rescue of animals in U.S. history.[7][8] She was a participant in the 2008 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.[9]

Scott taught journalism and advanced magazine writing for five years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's School of Journalism until September 2005 when she traveled to New Orleans as an embedded reporter for Best Friends Animal Society to cover animal rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for its magazine and Web site. When she returned, she hired on with Best Friends as a staff writer.[10] Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, George magazine, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union-Tribune and Las Vegas Sun. She has appeared on three Oxygen network "Snapped" segments about murder cases involving women and Unsolved Mysteries about the Tupac Shakur case.


Scott is the daughter of the late Eileen Rose Busby,[11] an author, and the late James (Jim) Scott, a Senior Olympics winner who helped pioneer and develop the game of racquetball. She is the granddaughter of California artist Esther Rose and Frank Rose (a sports writer at the Two Harbors, Minnesota, newspaper in the 1920s), the niece of the late Russian Orthodox Hieromonk Father Seraphim Rose, and sister of scientist and author Dr. J. Michael Scott.

External links


  • The Killing of Tupac Shakur (1997, 2002) (ISBN 0-92971220X)
  • The Murder of Biggie Smalls (2000) (ISBN 0312266200)
  • Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case (2000) (ISBN 1588205320)
  • Seraphim Rose: The True Story and Private Letters (2000) (ISBN 1928653014
  • Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman (2002) (ISBN 1569802386)
  • Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned (2008) (ISBN 0470228512)
  • The Rough Guide to True Crime (2009, Penguin) (ISBN 185828385X)




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