Criminal Mischief: The Art and Science of Crime Fiction: Episode #47: Amnesia and Trauma

For someone who had used amnesia in some stories…

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Criminal Mischief: The Art and Science of Crime Fiction: Episode #47: Amnesia and Trauma

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Amnesia has been a part of fiction for many years. Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity is a classic example. The character was apparently based on the real-life case of Ansel Bourne, who in 1887 was likely the first documented case of amnesia. Even Agatha Christie suffered her own brush with amnesia—or maybe not. This one has been the source of argument and conjecture for decades.

I frequently receive questions from crime writers about amnesia so it remains a common topic. In fact, amnesia questions were included in my Question and Answer books. One of the best:

Can A Blow To the Head Cause Unconsciousness and Amnesia?

Q: How hard do you have to be hit on the head to be knocked unconscious? Is there…

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