Literary nonfiction explores highly publicized case of Noura Jackson convicted of matricide.

What pushed Noura Jackson, a privileged, eighteen year old, over the edge–from high school and parties in Memphis to a Tennessee prison, convicted of matricide, one of the rarest of all crimes?

Stranger to the Truth, a work of literary nonfiction by Lisa C. Hickman, explores the fatal intersection of Noura, her circle of dissolute teenage friends, and the murder of Jennifer Jackson, Noura’s high-achieving mother.

Set against the backdrop of an early June Bacchanalia, the brutal attack seemed to reflect deep-seated, personal and exponential rage.


The narrative exhibits more than energy … call it omniscient and urgent.

–Leonard Gill, The Memphis Flyer


Jennifer Jackson

Noura Jackson was 18 when her mother was fatally stabbed 50 times in her Memphis home and she was 30 when she walked out of a Tennessee prison a year after the state Supreme Court overturned her second-degree murder conviction. Nancy Grace talks with Lisa C. Hickman, who wrote Stranger to the Truth, a book exploring Jackson’s sensational case.

Nancy Grace Podcast with author Lisa C. Hickman


The Noura Jackson case is featured in the New York Times Magazine (August 6, 2017)


Author Lisa C. Hickman and the presiding judge discuss latest news in Jackson case, click here for broadcast interview
Part two of ABC affiliate Channel 24’s series—developments in the Jackson case, click here for broadcast interview
ABC’s 20/20: How a woman won her release from prison years after being convicted of her mother’s murder, click here
Ethics Hearing Starts for Noura Jackson Prosecutor, click here
48 Hours: Blockbuster twist upends case against Noura Jackson, click here
Noura Jackson seeks mother’s $1.5 million estate, click here
Good Morning Memphis: Lisa Hickman and the Mid-South Book Festival.
Click here for broadcast interview.
Universal themes of parenting, adolescence and rebellion explored.
Click here for broadcast interview with Lisa C. Hickman.
CBS 48 Hours Mystery: “My Mother’s Murder,” click here
Tennessee Supreme Court to hear Noura’s appeal, click here
Latest News: New Trial for Noura Jackson, click here
Author Lisa Hickman, “Stranger to the Truth,” Discusses Noura Jackson’s Vacated Second-Degree Murder Conviction, click here
First court date set for Noura Jackson since Supreme Court awarded new murder trial, click here
Noura Jackson to be released quickly after guilty plea, click here
Noura Jackson declines parole, will serve prison sentence, click here
Noura Jackson free after 11 years behind bars here