“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”


Truth Is Drifting Away From True Crime, New York Times, April 15, 2023

True-Crime Events Nixed After Authors Threatened By Serial Killer’s Friends, Family, NY Post, July 26, 2022

In Cape Cod Community, True-Crime Authors Can’t Speak Out About A True Crime There, Fox News, July 26, 2022

Mob Mentality’ Or Caring Community? Books About Provincetown Serial Killer Ignite Facebook Fight, Cape Cod Times, July 11, 2022

‘Stunned at the sheer brutality’: Author Casey Sherman’s ‘Helltown’ explores Costa serial murders on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Times, May 31, 2022

From Serial Killers To Fraudsters: Oxygen’s Gift Guide To The Best Crime Books Of 2021, Oxygen, December 17, 2021

Personalized Book Picks for Everyone on Your Gift List, Newsweek, November 17, 2021

Portsmouth Public Library Book Recommendations, Portsmouth Daily Times, October 24, 2021

Kurt Vonnegut’s Strange Connection to the Cape Cod Cannibal, Mental Floss, September 20, 2021

These Are the Best Books of 2021 (So Far), According to Us, Paperback Paris, August 20, 2021

Best Of: True Crime, bookshop.org, August 2021

Livingston Public Library: Riveting Reads: New True Crime Page Turners, patch.com, August 13, 2021

Literary Links: ‘Furious Hours’ and the true crime renaissance, Columbia Daily Tribune, August 7, 2021

Voice-Giving Trusting & Needing Both, Sylvia & Me, May 27, 2021

19 True Crime Books Out in 2021, Book Riot, May 25, 2021

20 Must-Read Crime Novels To Keep You Up At Night, Book Riot, May 13, 2021

The Mental Floss Summer 2021 Reading List, Mental Floss, May 13, 2021

On The Same Page: Let’s Get Cozy With New Books, Film, CD Titles, Manistee News Advocate, April 28, 2021

The Ten Best True Crime Books of 2021, Marie Claire, April 12, 2021

She Had A ‘Cool’ Childhood Babysitter. Four Decades Later, She Learnt He Was A Serial Killer, The Independent, March 23, 2021

In ‘The Babysitter’ Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan Recalls Spending Summers With A Serial Killer, Shondaland, March 9, 2021

Author Recounts Her Shocking Brush With A Serial Killer In “The Babysitter”, Oxygen, March 4, 2021

My Babysitter, The Serial Killer, Crime Reads, March 3, 2021

Tony Costa Was A Serial Killer—And A Babysitter, A&E Crime Blog, March 3, 2021

Hit The BooksCanadian Living Magazine, March 2021

Babysitter Was Nurturing A Dark Secret, Cape Cod Times, February 28, 2021

Emma’s Anticipated Treasures – March 2021, Emma’s Anticipated Treasures, February 28, 2021

How I Discovered My Babysitter Tony Costa Was A Serial Killer, New York Post, February 27, 2021

The Babysitter By Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan, True Crime Index, February 26, 2021

Remembrance Of Serial Murders PastThe Provincetown Independent, February 24, 2021

In New Memoir, Local Serial Killer Tony Costa Babysat Two YoungstersProvincetown Banner, February 23, 2021

Upcoming Books Getting Big Insta Buzz!Simon & Schuster, February 8, 2021

The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021Crime Reads, January 7, 2021

10 Books That Will Transport You Anywhere But Here This WinterWBUR, January 15, 2021

Most Anticipated Winter 2021  Nonfiction Books, BiblioLifestyle, December 18, 2020


Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan—The Babysitter, Writers’ Voices, June 23, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer, Mysterious Radio, June 12, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer, Sylvia & Me, May 27, 2021

Secret Garden, Family Secrets Podcast, May 20, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer By Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan, KUCI’s Get The Funk Out, May 10, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer, KKNW’s Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair, April 21, 2021

Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan Discuss The Babysitter, Conversations LIVE! with Cyrus Web‪b‬, March 25, 2021

When You Find Out Your Old Babysitter Is A Serial Killer, JPR’s The Jefferson Exchange, March 23, 2021

The Serial Killer Babysitter, Mind’s Eye Show, March 20, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer, NPR’s Studio Tulsa, March 19, 2021

The Babysitter – Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan, True Murder, March 9, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer, WGVU’s Morning Show, March 5, 2021

Liza Rodman Stops By To Talk About Her Book, Frankie Boyer Show, March 5, 2021

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer” By Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan, WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable, March 2, 2021

Authors ‘Liza Rodman And Jennifer Jordan’ Talk Their Book The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial KillerRed Carpet Crash, February 24, 2021

Kind Words

“…engrossing memoir…this tragic tale of a dysfunctional family and a psychopath is a page turner.” – Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating…captivating…gripping, tense, harrowing, and balanced….The authors move it beyond mere entertainment and toward a challenging exploration of family and dysfunction. In the end, this is a story of Liza Rodman’s survival and strength.” – Bookreporter

“…..this nuanced book paints a real picture of the serial killer instead of turning him into a cartoon villain.” – Oxygen

“Brilliantly researched and hauntingly rendered, The Babysitter is a deeply inquisitive examination of what it means to live and grow on the outside of violence, of danger. As generous as it is chilling, this impressive and startling narrative orbits the realms of meditation, fact, and memory.” – Amy Butcherauthor of Visiting Hours

“I was utterly captivated by The Babysitter, a hybrid memoir & true crime investigation of the heinous crimes of a Cape Cod serial killer who also happened to be the only adult young Liza Rodman felt safe with. Rodman & Jordan’s book skillfully weaves a suspenseful portrayal of murderous madness in tandem with a child’s growing loneliness, neglect, and despair, a narrative collision that will haunt me, and readers, for years.” – Sarah Weinmanauthor of The Real Lolita and editor of Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit and Obsession

“Like a real-life horror movie, The Babysitter is a harrowing account of the evil that can lurk around the edges of girlhood” – Carolyn Murnickauthor of The Hot One

“The Babysitter is a gripping read that’s impossible to put down: a string of gristly murders, a cast of charismatic, often abusive, and occasionally pathological characters, a comically incompetent police force, and an astute child’s perspective on the adults in her life. More profoundly, it raises questions about how children manage to adapt and survive in a world in which love, attention, and violence are inextricably intertwined.” Helen Fremontbestselling author of The Escape Artist and After Long Silence

“I’ve never read a true crime book quite like this. I will never forget the chills I got while reading the scenes of Tony taking Liza to his “secret garden,” a place in which he buried his victims, all young women. Half memoir and half true crime, The Babysitter is a truly chilling read, one that will stick with me for years to come.” – Parker JensenBoswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

“You know how some people can’t look away from an accident? Reading this book is like that—it’s gruesome and shocking and you just can’t stop reading it…This is a must for true crime fans and any book club would find a LOT to discuss here.” – Carrie DemingOwner, The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY

“Fascinating account of a serial killer on Cape Cod who seemed just to be another normal person. This makes you want to keep looking over your shoulder at your neighbors.” – Annie PhilbrickOwner, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

“A haunting account—part memoir, part investigative journalism—of Rodman’s childhood and its chilling connection with the Cape Cod Killer, The Babysitter is the astounding story of a vulnerable young girl and the consolation she found with a man who preyed on women.” – Lauren O’Brien, Malcolm Avenue Review

The Babysitter vividly describes how brokenness begets brokenness, how the lives of girls and women are inherently perilous, and how dangerous it can be to presume that children’s capacity for resilience is limitless.” – Jess Woolford, Winnipeg Free Press

“I’m a sucker for a serial killer book, and the format of THE BABYSITTER was one-of-a-kind. Crime fans come running!” – TRAVEL all the pages