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Best-selling author, investigative journalist, true-crime writer and EMMY-nominated television producer Casey Sherman examines hope, resilience and courage under fire in some of the most captivating stories of our time — from the greatest small boat rescue in U.S. history to his own personal search for justice in the notorious Boston Strangler case.
He made international headlines with his rigorous and startling re-investigation Read More >
He made international headlines with his rigorous and startling re-investigation of the murder of his own aunt, Mary Sullivan, believed to be the youngest and final victim of the Boston Strangler. He chronicled the case in his bestselling thriller Search for the Strangler: My Hunt for Boston's Most Notorious Serial Killer (Grand Central Publishing, 2005), which Mystic River author Dennis Lehane hailed as "a model of investigative reporting that turned my blood to ice."
In his maritime masterpiece The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (Henry Holt & Co., 2014) — now a Disney blockbuster starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana — he told the inspiring story of four young Cape Cod Coast Guardsmen who saved the lives of 32 men on a capsized oil tanker in 1952. Then he investigated and wrote Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy (ForeEdge, 2015), the definitive account of the terrorist bombings that exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, resulting in one of the largest manhunts in U.S. history. Sherman focused his gaze on the stories of the courageous survivors of the attack as they struggled to rebuild their lives. Boston Strong — based on Sherman's book and investigation — is soon to become a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox starring Mark Wahlberg.
His other books include Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob's Most Feared Assassin (Northeastern, 2013), the story of brutal Mob enforcer Joe Barboza, and Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains (UPNE, 2012), a true-crime account of the long-standing rural feud between a New Hampshire police officer and the young hell-raiser who shot him, resulting in a standoff that left them both dead. The book was a finalist for the prestigious New Hampshire Literary Prize for Non-Fiction.
He is also a contributing writer for Esquire, Huffington Post, Boston Magazine and FOX News, and was nominated for an EMMY Award for his work as a television news producer for WBZ-TV. He has appeared on more than 100 television programs, including segments for CNN, FOX News, The Today Show, C-SPAN, Unsolved Mysteries, The History Channel, ABC World News Tonight, The CBS Evening News, Discovery, The Travel Channel and The View.
Sherman was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1969 and graduated from Fryeberg Academy and Boston University. A gifted storyteller and commanding speaker, he has performed his one-man show Tales of Suspense at venues around the country, including the historic Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
Has appeared on more than 100 television programs including spots on CNN, FOX News, The Today Show, C-SPAN, Unsolved Mysteries, The History Channel, ABC World News Tonight, The CBS Evening Show, Discovery, The Travel Channel and The View Read Less ^
On the Finest Hours
In The Finest Hours, 24-year-old Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber is thrust into a leadership role that far exceeds his Coast Guard rank. In Boston Strong, Police Detective Danny Keeler suddenly takes command of the biggest crime scene in the history of the city. Recounting these and other riveting tales from his storied journalistic career, Casey looks at leadership in its most heroic form: ordinary people that rise up in times of crisis to find untapped strength and incredible courage. His engaging presentation celebrates the human spirit and motivates audiences to develop the leader within.
“In the Coast Guard they say, you gottta go out. They don’t say you gotta come back in.” So said Bernie Webber, the hero of The Finest Hours before embarking on what many said was a suicide mission. Author Casey Sherman turns this thrilling sea rescue into an inspiring case study of the power of teamwork. Then, he takes you to Boston Strong to examine how first responders and ordinary citizens banded together during the Boston Marathon bombing. Casey’s captivating tales of teamwork under fire champion how we can all work together to overcome even the most impossible odds — imparting valuable lessons for teams, organizations and everyday life.
At any moment, we could be called upon to put years of training to the test. Are you and your team ready? Casey examines how the training and preparedness of the Coast Guard Crew in The Finest Hours made the difference during a killer storm at sea. He also shares a firsthand and behind-the-scenes look at the Boston Marathon Bombing, focusing on the proactive steps taken by hospital personnel and law enforcement that saved countless lives. His masterful storytelling makes the skillful methods and actions deployed in crisis universally resonant and applicable — motivating audiences to be ready for whatever comes their way.
Resiliency. Hope. Courage under fire. Casey Sherman goes beyond examining the qualities that overcome adversity. His stirring storytelling captures the courage of men and women who summoned their inner strength to soar above it. Whether he’s profiling Boston Marathon bombing survivors rebuilding their lives or taking audiences into the center of the storm in The Finest Hours, Casey’s immersive presentation leaves audiences awed by the power of the human spirit and the possibilities of their own potential.
Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Casey Sherman is widely hailed as one of the greatest storytellers in America today. In his thrilling one-man show, he recounts some of the dramatic, terrifying, heart-wrenching and inspirational stories captured in such acclaimed works as The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Historic Sea Rescue, Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy and Search for the Strangler: My Hunt for Boston's Most Notorious Killer. Using multimedia elements, Casey tells the real stories behind his most popular books — including his own intense re-investigation of his aunt's murder at the hands of the Boston Strangler. In this 90-minute presentation, performed in front of sold-out audiences at Boston's historic Wilbur Theater and other venues around the country, Sherman shows how suspense works, taking audiences inside his stories in thrilling, adventurous and unpredictable ways.
"It was a wonderful opportunity for our community to have an artist and scholar of your caliber spend time with us on campus. Thank you for so generously sharing your wisdom, your perspective, and your experiences with us. It was a genuine pleasure to meet you."
"Casey Sherman gave a spellbinding performance of his Tales of Suspense, as he opened our Sweetser Lecture Series of Wakefield, Massachusetts. Casey was so mesmerizing that you could not hear a sound from the audience for ninety minutes as he told four “tales of suspense”- ranging from the depths of the despicable to the crescendo of the heroic – all of which are subjects of books by this best-selling author and award-winning journalist."
"I bid on an auction item to have Casey Sherman to host an evening of his suspenseful tales at the Ridge Club on Cape Cod. He hit a home run with his performance and members are still talking about it!"
"Casey Sherman is not only a very fine descriptive, narrative writer, but as he put it, "an Irish storyteller who is the son of an Irish storyteller." He held an enraptured Great Island audience, including former Navy and Coast Guard men, for two hours and we wanted more."
"A fascinating biography...[Sherman] details the role of crooked FBI agents in the Animal’s story, compromised court cases, infighting among Irish mob groups, and myriad grisly murders. Fans of mafia history will relish this portrait of a forgotten figure from the heyday of organized crime."
"Boston-based journalist Casey Sherman takes us deep into the origins of the FBI’s infamously corrupt Top-Echelon Informant program. Animal is a compelling account of the life and death of the legendary New Bedford psychopath."
On The Finest Hours:
"A gripping tale of Coast Guard heroism...an action-packed account of rescue at sea."
On Search for the Strangler:
"Exhaustively researched, this is a must-read for true-crime aficionados."
On Bad Blood:
"Starred Review. A riveting true crime tale!"
The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue
Boston Strong: A City's Triumph over Tragedy
Search for the Strangler: My Hunt for Boston's Most Notorious Killer
Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob’s Most Feared Assassin
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