About Brian Whitney

Brian Whitney is a some time contributor to Thee Optimist.  He has been a prisoner advocate, a landscaper, and a homeless outreach worker. 

He has coauthored many books, including the true crime books Raw Deal (with "Cannibal Cop" Gil Valle), My Son, The Killer (with Anna Yourkin), and You Have A Very Soft Voice, Susan (with Susan Fensten). 

As a novelist, he is the author of the cult classic Raping the Gods, and its sequel Raping the Gods (Again!).   

He has also written for AlterNetTheFixPacific Standard MagazinePaste Magazine, and many other publications. 

He has appeared or been featured in Inside Edition, Fox News, People.com, Cracked.com, True Murder, Savage Love and True Crime Garage. 

He appeared at CrimeCon in 2019.