On average, thirty-seven U.S. children die each year after becoming trapped or forgotten in a hot vehicle. Between the years 1998 and 2014, 636 children perished inside a hot car in the United States. The numbers are staggering. The stories are heartbreaking. But what can we do about it?
In Backseat Tragedies: Hot Car Deaths, bestselling true crime authors RJ Parker and JJ Slate explore the circumstances that led to the deaths of over twenty children who died of hyperthermia, or heatstroke, in a car. They explore the science of how quickly a car can heat to deadly temperatures and why the human brain can so easily be tricked into forgetting something as important as a child. They also highlight important steps we can take as a community to prevent future casualties. Spreading awareness about the reality of hot car deaths is the first step toward eliminating these tragedies.
This is the second book RJ Parker and JJ Slate collaborated on. The first book is 'Social Media Monsters: Internet Killers'
In March, 2015, JJ released 'Till Death Do Us Part: True Stories of Newlywed Murders'
Most recently, RJ published 'Marc Lepine: The Montreal Massacre' and is currently working on 'Missing Aboriginal Women of BC', due for release in September, 2015.