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Patricia Cornwell is an American modern crime writer with a net worth of $15 million dollars. She’s widely known for composing a favorite collection of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Patricia Cornwell novels have sold over 100 million copies. In 1984, she took employment in work of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, where she worked for six years, first as a technical writer after which as a pc analyzer. She also offered to work together with the Richmond Police Department.

Patricia Cornwell Net Worth $15 Million Dollars

Besides the Scarpetta novels, Cornwell has composed three pseudo-police fictions, called the Trooper Andy Brazil/Superintendent Judy Hammer chain, which are set in North Carolina, Virginia, and off the mid Atlantic shore. Besides the older-woman/younger-guy assumption, the publications contain encouraging topics of scatology and sepsis. Cornwell can also be known for her continuing, self-financed investigation for evidence to support her theory that painter Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper. Scarpetta composed Portrait of a Killer—Jack the Ripper: Case Closed, which was released in 2002 to much controversy, particularly within the British art world and among Ripperologists. Cornwall had Scarpetta’s problems with all the law, beginning with crashing her Mercedes Benz while below the effect of booze in 1993. Cornwell has suffered from anorexia nervosa and depression, which started in her late adolescents. She’s been open about her battle with bipolar disorder.

Quick Facts

Birth date: June 9, 1956
Birth place: Miami, Florida, USA
Height:5' 5" (1.65 m)
Profession:Crime writer
Education:Davidson College, King University
Spouse:Staci Gruber (m. 2005), Charles Cornwell (m. 1980–1989)
Parents:Sam Daniels, Marilyn Daniels
Awards:Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, CWA New Blood Dagger, Macavity Awards for Best First Mystery Novel, Anthony Award for Best First Novel
Movies:The Front, At Risk, A.T.F.

Interesting Facts

1Had a lecture and book signing at the Congress Centre in London on November 7th. [November 2005]
2Is the keynote speaker at the Markle Symposium in New Haven, Connecticut. [March 2005]
3Writing a serialization for the New York Times Magazine, called "At Risk". [February 2006]
4Attended the final exam for the crime scene investigators at the National Forensic Academy in Tennessee. [July 2005]
5Working on the 14th novel in the Scarpetta Series, which has the working title "Predator". [September 2004]
6Struggles with bipolar disorder.
7As of 2008, she is the most successful crime writer in the world.
8Counts spouses Billy Graham and Ruth Bell Graham as her personal mentors.
9Owns several handguns.
10Her first novel - "Postmortem" - was rejected seven times until it was eventually released in 1990.
11After J.K. Rowling, she is the world's second best-selling female author.
12Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 74-78. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
13On July 20, 1997, Cornwell coupled her Richmond, Va., book signing for Unnatural Exposure with a blood drive held by The Virginia Blood Services. The event raised 141 pints of blood, which is a record collection for a one-day drive.
14Has one Boston Terrier and four English Bulldogs [2003]
15Likes to play drums
16In the late '70s, she worked at the Charlotte Observer newspaper, inserting the daily television listings. She moved on to work in the newsroom, first as a clerk, and later as a police reporter.
17In 1980, she won an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association. The award was for a series she did on prostitution for the Charlotte Observer newspaper.
18When working at the Charlotte Observer, she wrote under the byline "Patsy Daniels".
19Born to Marilyn and Sam Daniels.
20Her former spouse, Charles Cornwell, edited her book "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed".
21Moved to Montreat, North Carolina at age seven, with her mother and siblings.
22Is a middle child with two brothers: Jim (one year older) and John (three years younger)
23She helped establish the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine
24Her first book was a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, whom she had befriended as a child, called A Time for Remembering. It was published in 1983.
25Was a police reporter
26In 1984 she took a job in the Virginia medical examiner's office and for six years she worked at the morgue, first as a technical writer, then as a computer analyst
27Graduated in 1979 with a degree in literature
28A descendant of author Harriet Beecher Stowe.


1I don't believe any politician could or should take away the American people's right to bear arms, but I refuse to vote for any party that interferes in my personal choices, and tries to tell me who to be in love with or which God I should pray to.
2I'm still a journalist at heart. I need to see, hear, smell and feel something so I can convey the sensations to my reader. If I want to read about a dangerous new firearm, I go see an expert who show me how to use it and shows me the damage it can do. I've never had any interest in scuba-diving, but because in 'Flesh and Blood' Scarpetta dives off a boat and has a scene 100 feet underwater, I had to do it too.
3I find that people now have such short attention spans that I have to try really hard to keep the suspense going, so they don't have a reason to put down my book and read 20,000 Tweets instead. I constantly think about how people are reading and how they are managing their time, so I tailor my books to fit. Each chapter used to be twenty pages, but now it's ten pages. The books are still as long, just presented in shorter increments, like scenes in a movie.
4I write about crime, and my books are about the science of death - but also and much more so, about the art of life. When I sit down at my desk and write Scarpetta, I step through the looking glass and into her shoes. It's my job to endure if she's having a lousy day. I present her with a crime and make her life a misery by withholding information that I possess, but which she has to discover painstakingly, over the course of the book.
5Enlightenment; do no harm; and leave the world a better place than you found it.
6To almost die is to know that one day you will, and to never again feel the same about anything.
7When I was at college there were two things I vowed I'd never do. One was go to a funeral and the other was deal with computers. And then I ended up being a computer programmer in a morgue.
8It is important to me to live in the world I write about. If I want a character to do or know something, I want to do or know the same thing
9All cruelty in life is about abuse of power.





The Front2010TV Movie novel
At Risk2010TV Movie novel
ATF1999TV Movie story / teleplay



Hornet's Nest2012TV Movie executive producer
Gen Silent2011Documentary producer
The Front2010TV Movie executive producer
At Risk2010TV Movie executive producer
ATF1999TV Movie executive producer



Hornet's Nest2012TV MovieWaitress
The Front2010TV MovieWaitress
At Risk2010TV MovieWaitress



Is It Real?2006TV Series documentary stock footage - 1 episode



Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHerself
The Crime Thriller Club2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2013TV SeriesHerself
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Criminal Minds2012TV SeriesHerself
Ànima2011TV SeriesHerself
Continuar2011TV SeriesHerself
Miradas 22011TV Series documentaryHerself
Qwerty2011TV SeriesHerself
La grande librairie2011TV SeriesHerself
Late Review2007-2010TV SeriesHerself - Cultural Highlights Interviewee / Herself - Panelist
Is It Real?2006TV Series documentaryHerself - Author, 'Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed'
Breakfast2005TV SeriesHerself
THS Investigates: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer2005TV Movie documentaryHerself - Author
Omnibus2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHerself

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