About Ruth Markel

Ruth Markel is a noted author, public speaker and the president of RNM enterprises, a leading management consulting firm. She has worked in senior management positions in both private and public sectors for the past forty years. Ruth has lectured on issues concerning negotiation and advancement in organizations at the University of Toronto, the London Business School, and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

In addition to several TV and radio appearances, Ruth’s published work includes: 

  • L’Art De Negocier (La Presse, 1988), Une Place Au Sommet (Les Editions La Presse, 1986), Le Defi D’une Carrier (La Presse, 1987), S’affirmer Pour Evoluer (La Presse, 1988), Comment Gerer (La Presse, 1987), Karriere 1st Weiblich (Rowohlt, 1989), Moving Up: A Woman’s Guide To A Better Future At Work (HarperCollins Publishers, 1988), Room At The Top: A Woman’s Guide To Moving Up In Buisness (Penguin Books Canada, 1985), and Der Weg Nach Oben (Econ, 1987).

Due to the tragic murder of Ruth’s son, Dan Markel, she has appeared on 20/20 ABC, Inside Edition, Court TV, and Dateline NBC, and participated in the hit podcast Over My Dead Body, by Wondery. With support from Dan’s friends and extended networks, Ruth has engaged in efforts to change Florida’s restrictive grandparent visitation statutes to provide access to courts for other families facing terrible circumstances.

Ruth hopes to use her platform and the media coverage that is inevitable around the trial and the publicity of Dan’s case to make some sense and provide consolation and consultation to a horrific and powerlessness situation.
Homicide doesn’t discriminate. It spans race, religion, socio-economic, and public status. Consumers are hungry for these stories. There are dedicated True Crime conversations around the world (CrimeCon, CrimeFest, Death Becomes Us) and a proliferation of new shows, podcasts, and online communities interested in following these cases.

As Danny’s mother, I have been a prominent figure, but I have never told my full story to the public before now. That, combined with the keen interest in Danny’s murder and the popularity of true crime in general, convinces me that my story will help others through the experiences of complicated grief from murders of children.


New Groundbreaking Arrest Breaks Open The Dan Markel Murder-for-Hire Case

The Unveiling

Ruth Markel’s The Unveiling (Post Hill Press, September 20th, 2022, $30 Hardcover) is her journey as the mother of a murder victim, her attempts to recover her normal life, despite painful reminders, nonstop trial dates, verdicts, and appeals, and her inspiring battle to get a grandparent visitation bill passed to see her grandchildren.

Sparked by Dan’s story, Florida has a newly-passed legislation that would give grandparents such as Ruth Markel more opportunities to petition courts for visitation with their grandchildren in tragic cases like theirs. With this, the Markels hope that they will enjoy ongoing reunification with Dan’s sons who they have been separated from for so long.

After nearly eight years of endless trials, Charlie Adelson, his former brother-in-law, was recently arrested by the FBI for his connection to the murder of Dan Markel. A testimony to the hard efforts for the Justice for Dan group and his family members, this arrest is a pivotal point in this long-running case that has finally been brought to light


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a surviving family member navigating tragedy

Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2022

Unfortunately, I belong to the same club as Ruth Markel, although it was my sister who was murdered. This book describes so well the agony of waiting for justice, the stress of the trial process, the unending grief of someone’s life taken so suddenly and way too soon.

My situation does not however involve the incredible restraint Ruth has had to navigate around her grandsons who were heinously ripped from her world by a person who, very likely, played a role in her son’s murder. I can’t imagine the torture of having to play in this person’s web in order to preserve, or hope to preserve, a connection with the only remaining remnants of her son’s life, beyond memories.

Those boys should be connected to all of their family, period. This absence will haunt those boys their entire lives as they try to piece together their origin stories. This book, hopefully, will stand as a testament for them about who their father was, how important they were to him and how hard his family sought to retain a connection with them against all odds. I hope that resolves someday for all of them.

People like me are out here rooting for and praying for this family and for the correct consequences to fall. Ruth is a very strong woman, yet straight up about her vulnerability through all of this. It’s not easy, I know.

I read this book in two days and am so glad she wrote it, for many reasons. I learned a lot, felt validated a lot and felt like I got to know Dan much better. Thank you.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and gripping true-life account written by a loving mother and grandmother

Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2022

This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the murder case and cares about getting justice for slain law professor Dan Markel. In this heart-wrenching memoir, Dan’s mother Ruth Markel gives incredible detail about her son’s life, his murder, and how it has affected her. She goes on to give advice to others who may have lost loved ones due to violence. This gives another, much deeper side of what really happened in the years leading up to as well as after Dan Markel was murdered. Ruth Markel is a powerful writer who leaves the reader with hope that justice will eventually prevail.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Is Illuminated

Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2022

For anyone who has ever lost a loved one and had to dig deep to find the strength to keep going, The Unveiling is for you. With incredible candor and vulnerability, Ruth Markel shares the deepest wound a mother can have with us. It is a powerful journey of strength, resilience, and perseverance in a long quest for justice. Eight years after Dan Markel’s cold-blooded murder, the true masterminds behind his murder-for-hire have not been arrested and/or convicted. If you read, listen to, or watch anything else about Dan Markel’s life and death, it is markedly incomplete without the context and behind-the-scenes insights in The Unveiling. Read what other authors/reporters are too afraid, too uninformed, or too inclined toward a partial view to write. Share Ruth’s courageous journey to healing and justice. You’ll be glad you did.

Books by Ruth

Moving Up

A Woman’s Guide to a Better Future at Work by Ruth Markel & Carolyn Faulder. Paperback, 300 Pages, Published 1988 by Fontana Press

Room At The Top

A Woman’s Guide to Moving up in Business, by Ruth Markel Paperback – 1985. 283 PagesPublished 1985 by Penguin Books

S'Affirmer Pour Évoluer

Comment Toute Femme Peut Y Arriver (French Text) by Ruth Markel. Paperback, 244 Pages, Published 1986 by Les Editions La Presse, Ltee

Une Place Au Sommet

Comment Toute Femme Peut Y Arriver (French Text) by Ruth Markel. Paperback, 244 Pages, Published 1986 by Les Editions La Presse, Ltee

Karriere Ist Weiblich

Wegweiser für Frauen in ein erfolgreiches Berufsleben. by Ruth Markel. 231 Pages, Published 1989 by Rowohlt Tb.

Der Weg nach oben

d. Karriereprogramm für Frauen., [Übers. von Anni Pott] by Ruth Markel. Hardcover, 232 Pages, Published 1987 by Econ

Comment gérer son style de vie : [entre le travail et le foyer]

Publication date 1987
Topics Women — Time management, Businesswomen, Self-realization, Femmes — Budgets temps, Femmes d’affaires, Réalisation de soi
Publisher Montréal : La Presse
Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; internetarchivebooks
Digitizing sponsor Kahle/Austin Foundation
Contributor Internet Archive
Language French
140 pages : 23 cm

L'art de négocier : préparation, mise en oeuvre, réussite

Publication date 1988
Topics Women — Time management, Businesswomen, Self-realization, Femmes — Budgets temps, Femmes d’affaires, Réalisation de soi
Publisher Montréal : La Presse
Language French
132 pages : 23 cm

Le défi d'une carrière

Publication date 1987
Topics Women — Time management, Businesswomen, Self-realization, Femmes — Budgets temps, Femmes d’affaires, Réalisation de soi
Publisher Montréal :  La Presse
Language: French

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