Recommended True Crime Books

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

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

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

Armed and Dangerous: The Hunt for One...

William Queen

From the New York Times bestselling author of Under and Alone comes an intimate and riveting account of federal law-enforcement agent William Queen's relentless hunt for one of America's most cold-blooded criminals.As an agent with th...

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Published: Jul 2009

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

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

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

Black Brothers, Inc. : The Violent Ri...

Sean Patrick Griffin

In June 2005, a prominent and politically influential Muslim cleric, Imam Shamsud-din Ali, became the latest person convicted in a massive federal corruption probe in Philadelphia. As the revelations emanating from the probe continue,...

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Published: May 2005

Bronson

Charles Bronson

Charlie Bronson has spent 28 of the last 30 years in solitary confinement, during which time he has gained a fearsome reputation as one of the world's toughest and most dangerous convicts. He has been locked in dungeons, in iron boxes...

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Published: May 2009

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 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 Ambush

Sheila Johnson

For Darlene Roberts, a quiet drive home from work turned out to be the end of the road when a stranded motorist flagged her down. As soon as she stopped, Darlene was forcibly dragged from her car and viciously thrown to the ground, bo...

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Published: Aug 2010

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

I'd Kill for You

M. William Phelps

After her mother's untimely death, Clara Schwartz became distant, withdrawn. Her father, a renowned DNA researcher, lived in a farmhouse outside Leesburg, Virginia, where in December 2001, he was fatally stabbed by what seemed to be a...

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Published: Mar 2015

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

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

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror...

Erik Larson

"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."—New York Times Book Review  Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the be...

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Published: May 2012

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

The Bird's Song

Timothy M. Burke

Former prosecutor Timothy Burke recounts the separate tragedies that entwine three very different women in his true-crime drama The Bird's Song. Taking place amid the racially tense backdrop of 1980s Boston, these tragic cases weave t...

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Published: Oct 2013

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

A Safe Place : The True Story of a Fa...

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Dramatic, graphic and wrenching...The reader is left to wonder--at the devastation of Carcaterra's youth, at his survival to adulthood, and at the grace that allowed him to craft this piercing memoir.'THE WASHINGTON POSTLorenza Carcat...

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Published: Apr 1994

The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes

Robin Odell

This fascinating A–Z compilation of murderous crimes spans globe and centuries and uncovers the extremes of human criminality. More than 300 cases also shed light on advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science.

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Published: Jun 2010

The Mafia and the Machine: The Story ...

Frank Hayde

The story of the American Mafia is not complete without a chapter on Kansas City. The City of Fountains has appeared in the The Godfather, Casino, and The Sopranos, but many Midwesterners are not aware that Kansas City has affected th...

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Published: Oct 2010

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

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

Poisoned Love

Caitlin Rother

On November 6, 2000, paramedics answered a call to find Kristin Rossum, 24, sobbing. Her husband, Greg de Villers, wasn't breathing and she claimed he had overdosed on drugs after learning she was leaving him. But family and friends w...

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Published: Jul 2005

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

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

Bitter Blood: A True Story of Souther...

Jerry Bledsoe

In this unrelenting real-life drama of three wealthy families connected by marriage and murder, Bledsoe recounts the shocking events, obsessive love, and bitter custody battles that led toward the bloody climax that took nine lives. R...

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Published: Apr 1989

And Never See Her Again

Patricia Springer

On March 26 1999, in Saginaw, Texas, 6-year-old Opal Jennings was playing with two other children in her grandmother's side yard when a black car drove up. A man got out and snatched Opal, whisking her away in his vehicle. It all happ...

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Published: Dec 2006

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