Recommended True Crime Books

True Crime: Illinois: The State's Mos...

Troy Taylor

Illinois was in many ways born in blood. From the early days of piracy to twentieth-century mob massacres, the state has been plagued with some of the worst crimes in history. This book begins with a general overview of crime in the s...

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Published: Feb 2009

Cop Without a Badge: The Extraordinar...

Charles Kipps

What's the difference between a cop and Kevin Maher? Kevin doesn't have a badge. And he doesn't play by the rules. Cop Without A Badge tracks confidential informant Kevin Maher as he helps the NYPD, the FBI, and many other law enforce...

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Published: Aug 2009

The Mammoth Book of Conspiracies

Jon E. Lewis

The Mammoth Book of Conspiracies uncovers 100 cover-ups "they" really don't want you to know about. This collection delves into some of the biggest lies in history.

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Published: Nov 2011

Blood Bond

William W. Johnstone

In the years since Matt Bodine saved Sam Two Wolves' life, the bond between these bloodbrothers becomes legendary, until General George Custer's war on Indians comes to Little Big Horn River and forces the two to choose sides. Reprint.

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Published: Jan 2006

Donnie Brasco

Joseph Pistone

In Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone tells the story of working so deep undercover in the Mafia that the truth of his identity became blurry even for him. For six years, Pistone posed as jewel thief Donnie Brasco in order to ...

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Published: Feb 1997

Ed Gein--Psycho!

Paul A. Woods

America may have had its fill of psychos for the last forty years, but none of them has inspired so many books and films (Pyscho, The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) as Wisconsin's cannibalistic handyman, Ed Gein. N...

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Published: Oct 1995

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System...

Jon Krakauer

In these pages, acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Kraka...

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Published: Jan 2016

Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of Ame...

Jerry Clark

On August 28, 2003, in the suburbs of Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery man named Brian Wells was accosted by several men who locked a time bomb around his neck. They then ordered him to rob a bank. After delivering the money, he w...

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Published: Nov 2012

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life ...

Monica Hesse

One of NPR's Best Books of 2017 A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year"A brisk, captivating and expertly crafted reconstruction of a community living through a time of fear. . . . Masterful."― Washington Pos...

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Published: May 2018

True Crime: Ohio: The State's Most No...

Patricia A. Martinelli

This title includes: the Torso Murderer, responsible for 12 homicides in Cleveland, investigated by Eliot Ness; Cleveland physician Samuel Sheppard's alleged murder of his wife, which inspired the TV series "The Fugitive"; A...

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Published: Feb 2011

Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Capt...

Jonathan Eig

Drawing on thousands of pages of recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone's handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall...

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Published: Apr 2011

Shattered: The True Story of a Mother...

Kathryn Casey

Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster? In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale mar...

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Published: Jul 2010

Behind the Yellow Tape: On the Road w...

Jarrett Hallcox

From the authors of Bodies We've Buried—an uncensored look at real-life CSIs. With a foreword by Patricia Cornwell. For years, Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch trained CSIs at the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. Now ...

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Published: Jan 2009

The Girl in Alfred Hitchock's Shower

Robert Graysmith

The New York Times bestselling author who investigated the Zodiac case now uncovers a real-life mystery of murder, body doubles, and obsession Marli Renfro was a model who played a part in one of the most iconic scenes in American m...

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Published: Feb 2011

Devil's Highway

Luis Alberto Urrea

Describes the harrowing May 2001 attempt of twenty-six men to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, a region known as the Devil's Highway, detailing their harrowing ordeal and battle for survival against imposs...

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Published: Sep 2005

Murder Machine

Gene Mustain

The story of a gang of Mafia hit men that made murder a business, an art, and a daily routine. With their wicked ways, Roy DeMeo and his Canarsie, Brooklyn crew trafficked child pornography, sold cocaine (as well as snorted it), and k...

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Published: Jul 1993

At the Hands of a Stranger

Lee Butcher

Meredith Emerson was a recent college graduate who disappeared while taking her beloved dog, Ella, for a hike on Georgia's Blood Mountain on New Year's Day, 2008. Cheryl Dunlap was a nurse whose body was found in Florida's Apalachicol...

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Published: May 2012

Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of Inte...

Lydia Cacho

Illegal, inhuman, and impervious to recession, there is one trade that continues to thrive, just out of sight. The international sex trade criss-crosses the entire globe, a sinister network made up of criminal masterminds, local handl...

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Published: May 2014

Axman Came from Hell and Other Southe...

Keven McQueen

In the 1880s, a serial killer terrorized Austin, Texas, setting a pattern for the many who followed him. In the 1890s, an Atlanta boardinghouse resident shot several of his fellow boarders. These and other true crime stories, spanning...

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Published: May 2011

Bullied To Death: A Story Of Bullying...

Judith a. Yates

On September 5, 2015, in a public park in LaVergne, Tennessee, fourteen-year-old Sherokee Harriman drove a kitchen knife into her stomach as other teens watched in horror. Despite attempts to save her, the girl died, and the coroner r...

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Published: Apr 2018

Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Ye...

Robert K. Ressler

divFace-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coi...

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Published: Mar 1993

Operation Massacre

Rodolfo Walsh

1956. Argentina has just lost its charismatic president Juán Perón in a military coup, and terror reigns across the land. June 1956: eighteen people are reported dead in a failed Peronist uprising. December 1956: sometime journalist...

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Published: Aug 2013

Vanished: The Truth About the Disappe...

Danny Collins

On the evening of May 3, 2007, Gerry and Kate McCann returned to their resort apartment in Portugal's Algarve to every parents' worst nightmare—their daughter, three-year-old Madeleine Beth McCann had vanished from her room. Her di...

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Published: Oct 2008

400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Le...

Adam Plantinga

How does it feel to be in a high-speed car chase? What is it like to shoot someone? What do cops really think about the citizens they serve? Nearly everyone has wondered what it's like to be a police officer, but no civilian really un...

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Published: Oct 2014

Someone to Love Us: The Shocking True...

Terence O'Neill

Detailing the harrowing true story of the young boy who captured the heart of the nation, this account documents the case of Terry O'Neill, who was just ten years old when he stood up in court to testify against his brutal foster pare...

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Published: May 2010

The Murders of Christopher Watts

Cheryln Cadle

On August 13, 2018 Christopher Watts murdered his pregnant wife and two toddler daughters. Cheryln Cadle contacted him and started visiting him in prison. Christopher started writing her letters from his prison cell in Wisconsin. Thes...

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Published: Dec 2020

The White House Boys: An American Tra...

Roger Dean Kiser

Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than thirty unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Indust...

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Published: Jan 2009

Gangster Women

Susan McNicoll

Gangsters of the past never looked far enough into the future to do much planning. They stole sufficient money to get by for a short while and then robbed again. Sometimes they wanted to settle down, but most knew their crimes were go...

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Published: May 2016

Beautifully Cruel

M. William Phelps

"Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers." —Allison Brennan  Iowa housewife Tracey Pittman Roberts seemed to have it all: natural beauty, three loving children, and a fairy tale second marriage to a wealthy, h...

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Published: Nov 2017

Signature Killers

Robert D. Keppel

Signature Killers is a peculiar yet valuable book--repetitious, brilliant, turgid, passionate, and indispensable for understanding serial killers. Those who persevere through the prolix writing style will be rewarded by compelling ins...

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Published: Oct 1997

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