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I am writing my life story about being involved with a murder in ohio, this story was public for 6 weeks in news and paper. The names are public record. Do I still have to
get permission to use their names. If I change the names it defeats the story.

Using real names in a non-fiction story still has liable. Get permission for use of the real names or consult a literary attorney.

It doesn't matter if it was in the public news for 5 weeks- it does not make it fact, as media sensationalizes and sometimes facts are incorrect...

Only in a court of law is proven fact.

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Jannie Balliett


I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.


I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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