‘Worse Than a Prison’: Hospitals for the Criminally Insane

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By Emma Copley Eisenberg

After a Family Murder
By Mikita Brottman

Mikita Brottman is one of today’s finest practitioners of nonfiction that explores the uncertain truths revealed when violence crashes into human life. Her 2018 book “An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere” was more a meditation on the city of Baltimore and what it means to go missing than it was about any crime, even revealing that Brottman herself was once convinced she had become invisible.

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