Recommended True Crime Books

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

Perfect Victim: The True Story of 'Th...

Christine McGuire

Some may find it unbelievable that a 20-year-old Oregon woman could be enslaved by a sexual sadist for seven years--that even after being able to move freely during the day, she would allow him to lock her into a wooden box ever...

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Published: Jul 1989

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

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

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

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

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

The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Bo...

Dick Lehr

A riveting, true-life account of violence, racial injustice, and betrayal within the ranks of the Boston Police Department The Boston police officers who brutally beat Michael Cox at a deserted fence one icy night in 1995 knew right...

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Published: Jun 2010

Outlaw Tales of Oklahoma: True Storie...

Robert Barr Smith

Massacres, mayhem, and mischief fill the pages of Outlaw Tales of Oklahoma. Ride with horse thieves and cattle rustlers, stagecoach, and train robbers. Duck the bullets of murderers, plot strategies with con artists, hiss at lawmen tu...

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Published: Apr 2008

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

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

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

The Boy in the Box: The Unsolved Case...

David Stout

On February 25, 1957, the nude, badly bruised body of a young boy was found in a cardboard box in trash-strewn woods of north Philadelphia. Posters of the "Boy in the Box" soon dotted the city and police stations nationwide‚...

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Published: Sep 2008

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

Deadly Angel: The Bizarre True Story ...

Fred Rosen

An astonishing true story of bizarre love and lethal obsession in America's last frontier. Mechele Hughes came to Wasilla, Alaska (pop. 4200), looking for a new life and easy money. As an exotic dancer at the Great Alaskan Bush C...

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Published: Jul 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

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

Erik Larson

"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."‚ÄĒNew 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

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

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

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

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

Reunited in the Desert: How I Risked ...

Helle Amin

After setting up home on the tropical island of Bali with her husband and four children, Helle Amin seemed to have the perfect life. But one day in 2001 Helle's idyllic existence was shattered. She returned home from a shopping trip o...

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Published: Jul 2008

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

Love Her To Death

M. William Phelps

In the midst of Pennsylvania's Amish country, on a peaceful summer night in 2008, the body of 45-year-old Jan Roseboro was found at the bottom of her backyard pool. Her husband Michael, a successful businessman and a member of a promi...

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Published: Mar 2011

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

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

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