New Arrivals · True Crime

July 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shadows in the vineyard : the true story of a plot to poison the world's greatest wine

July 23, 2014
Potter, Maximillian, 1971-
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
289 pages : map ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"When Maximilian Potter went to Burgundy to report for Vanity Fair on a crime that could have destroyed the Domaine de la Romanée Conti-the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world-he soon found a story that was much larger, and more thrilling, than he had originally imagined. In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the DRC, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison-a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder-unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation; the crime was committed and shocked this fabled region of France. The sinister story that Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by top Paris detectives, the primary suspect's suicide, and a dramatic trial. This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine. Like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Shadows in the vineyard takes us deep into a captivating world full of fascinating characters, small town French politics, an unforgettable narrative, and a local culture defined by the twinned veins of excess and vitality and the deep reverent attention to the land that run through it"-- Provided by publisher.

Boston mob : the rise and fall of the New England mob and its most notorious killer

July 23, 2014
Songini, Marc L.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
viii, 369 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The New England Mafia was a hugely powerful organization that survived by using violence to ruthlessly crush anyone that threatened it, or its lucrative gambling, loansharking, bootlegging and other enterprises and psychopathic strongman Joseph "The Animal" Barboza was one of the most feared mob enforcers of all time, killing as many as thirty people for business and pleasure. From information based on newly declassified documents and the use of underworld sources, Boston Mob spans the gutters and alleyways of East Boston, Providence and Charlestown to the halls of Congress in Washington D.C. and Boston's Beacon Hill. Its players include governors and mayors, and the Mafia Commission of New York City. From the tragic legacy of the Kennedy family to the Winter Hill-Charlestown feud, the fall of the New England Mafia and the rise of Whitey Bulger, Boston Mob is a saga of treachery, murder, greed, and the survival of ruthless men pitted against legal systems and police forces"-- Provided by publisher.

Organized crime

July 9, 2014
Detroit : Greenhaven Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]
186 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Does organized crime present a threat to the world today? -- Organized crime is a threat to international security / Walter Kemp -- Governments worldwide have been corrupted by organized crime / Moises Naim -- Is it safe to walk to church? / Lawrence Harmon -- Gangs create a sense of community for youths / Caspar Walsh -- Organized crime violates human rights / Joy Olson -- Organized crime threatens open media reporting / Reporters Without Borders -- How profitable are some organized crime activities? -- Counterfeit goods are profitable for organized crime / UN Office on Drugs and Crime -- Organized crime's involvement in media piracy is exaggerated / Joe Karaganis -- Organized crime has come to resemble legitimate business / Marc Goodman -- Wall Street has come to resemble organized crime / Paul Wallis -- What policies should be implemented to address organized crime? -- Legalizing marijuana would weaken the drug cartels / Gary Johnson -- Organized criminals won't fade away / Vanda Felbab-Brown -- Better gun control would reduce gang-related violence / Tiffany Willis -- Banning guns will increase gang-related violence / Michael Geer -- The crime-terrorism nexus / Wibke Hansen -- RICO should be used to prosecute Wall Street Criminals / Michael Moran -- Has organized crime moved online? -- Hacktivists must be fought like organized criminals / Hal Berenson -- Hacktivist as gadflies / Peter Ludlow -- Organized crime hackers threaten American infrastructure / The Economist -- Most cybercrime is not committed by organized criminals / Brian Prince.
This title explores whether organized crime presents a threat to the world today, how profitable some organized crime activities are, what policies should be implemented to address organized crime, and whether organized crime has moved to online. - See more at:

The wrong Carlos : anatomy of a wrongful execution

July 7, 2014
Liebman, James S., author.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.
xi, 429 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
A case study of the fabulous recklessness of Texas death penalty justice, a study that destroys the myth of the mistake-proof executioner in the death penalty capital of the United States.

Gentlemen bootleggers : the true story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a small town in cahoots

July 1, 2014
Bauer, Bryce T.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"During Prohibition, while Al Capone was rising to worldwide prominence as Public Enemy Number One, the townspeople of rural Templeton, Iowa--population just 428--were busy with a bootlegging empire of their own. Led by Joe Irlbeck, the whip-smart and gregarious son of a Bavarian immigrant, the outfit of farmers, small merchants, and even the church Monsignor worked together to create a whiskey so excellent it was ordered by name: Templeton Rye. Gentlemen Bootleggers tells a never-before-told tale of ingenuity, bootstrapping, and perseverance in one small town, showcasing a group of immigrants who embraced the American ideals of self-reliance, dynamism, and democratic justice. It relies on previously classified Prohibition Bureau investigation files, federal court case files, extensive newspaper archive research, and a recently disclosed interview with kingpin Joe Irlbeck. Unlike other Prohibition-era tales of big-city gangsters, it provides an important reminder that bootlegging wasn't only about glory and riches, but could be in the service of a higher goal: producing the best whiskey money could buy"-- Provided by publisher.

Valentino affair : the jazz age murder scandal that shocked New York society and gripped the world

June 24, 2014
Evans, Colin, 1948-
x, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Undocumented : how immigration became illegal

June 23, 2014
Chomsky, Aviva, 1957- author.
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2014]
x, 246 pages ; 22 cm
Where did illegality come from? -- Choosing to be undocumented -- Becoming illegal -- What part of "illegal" do you understand? -- Working (part 1) -- Working (part 2) -- Children and families -- Solutions.
"This book looks at the role illegality or undocumentedness plays in our society and economy. It shows how the status was created, and how and why people, especially Mexicans and Central Americans, have been assigned this status. The first three chapters look at the histories of social exclusion. One looks specifically at the Mexican and Guatemalan contexts to understand why such large numbers of people from these countries enter the United States without documents, and how those who do so understand their own motivations. Two chapters focus on the role of illegality in the economy. Undocumented people tend to work in three different kinds of jobs: jobs that have been historically marginalized, like those in agriculture; jobs that have been downgraded from well-paid, unionized work to low-wage labor, like meatpacking; and newly booming job categories that underlie post-war consumerist prosperity like landscaping and childcare work. One chapter looks at children and families, focusing especially on the experiences of undocumented youth and youth with undocumented parents, and at the leadership role that undocumented youth have taken in the undocumented rights movement. One looks at the dizzying complexity of status to point out that virtually nobody really understand what "illegal" means. It looks at the detention system and the interests behind it. Finally, the last chapter explores the different "solutions" to the problem of undocumentedness that have been proposed and implemented over time, and shows why they have failed. Undocumentedness is deeply imbedded in global and national political and economic systems, and the concept itself must be understood and challenged in order to create a more just system. "-- Provided by publisher.

The killing kind

June 19, 2014
Phelps, M. William.
New York : Kensington Books, 2014.
401 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

Piracy on the high seas

June 18, 2014
Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, [2014]
101 pages ; 24 cm.
Somali pirates cost global economy "$18 billion a year" / Teo Kermeliotis -- Piracy takes a heavy human toll / Kaija Hurlbutt and D. Conor Seyle -- Piracy is linked with terrorism in Somalia / Kathryn H. Floyd -- Pirates should be treated as terrorists / John R. Bolton -- Pirates are not terrorists / Jon Bellish -- The international multilateral effort to combat piracy has succeeded / Andrew J. Shapiro -- Somali pirates now protecting illegal fishing ships / Jason Straziuso -- The global piracy problem is merely contained / World Maritime News -- The world is no closer to solving the piracy problem / gCaptain -- The international community must maintain its efforts to combat piracy / Sonia Rothwell -- The next step should be prosecuting major pirate kingpins / Damien McElroy -- Investments in technology could help solve the piracy problem / Crispin Andrews -- Ending Somali piracy: Go after the system, not just the pirates -- Somalia is already implementing onshore tactics to end piracy problems / Abdi Moalim.

Bulletproof vest : the ballad of an outlaw and his daughter

June 17, 2014
Venegas, Maria, 1973-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
x, 305 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico from the United States to visit her father, who is living in the old hacienda where both he and she were born. While spending the following summers and holidays together, herding cattle and fixing barbed-wire fences, he begins sharing stories with her, tales of a dramatic life filled with both intense love and brutal violence--from the final conversations he had with his own father, to his extradition from the United States for murder, to his mother's pride after he shot a man for the first time at the age of twelve.

I'll take care of you

June 17, 2014
Rother, Caitlin.
xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
"Pinnacle true crime"--Spine.
Nanette Johnston Packard, a sexy divorcee, liked to meet men at the gym and through personal ads. Soon after she began dating millionaire Bill McLaughlin, he moved her and her kids into his bay-front home in Newport Beach. But one man was never enough for Nanette ... Eric Naposki, her NFL linebacker lover, fulfilled Nanette's wilder cravings. Together they schemed to make her fiance's fortune their own. When McLaughlin was gunned down, authorities had suspicions--but no proof. Pulitzer-nominated writer Caitlin Rother explores this chilling story of a woman who seemed to have it all--until justice finally had its day.

The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps

June 13, 2014
Blanding, Michael, author.
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2014]
xvi, 300 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Selected mapmakers, 1470-1860 -- The explorer and the thief -- Small hope -- A new world -- Who knows the most wins -- Catalog number one -- Playing hardball -- Upward departure -- The battle of Sebec -- Missing maps, missing cards -- Caught! -- The plea -- Map quest -- Terra incognita -- Maps Smiley admitted stealing -- Additional maps libraries reported missing.
This is the story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him. Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers, both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief, until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. This book delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. The author, a reporter and magazine writer, has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, the author is the first reporter to explore the story in full, and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he had gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more, and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, the author teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The story interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of brazen thefts, and an obsessive subculture, the author has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. -- Provided by publisher.

Unabomber : how the FBI broke its own rules to capture the terrorist Ted Kaczynski

June 12, 2014
Freeman, Jim R.
Palisades, NY : History Pub. Co., ©2014.
368 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24cm
As told by the three FBI agents who led the chase, this is the story of how the FBI broke its own rules, blasting away the layers of bureaucratic constraints that had plagued earlier efforts, to catch the notorious Unabomber and end his 16-year trail of terrorism.--Publisher.

See how much you love me

June 12, 2014
Hunt, Amber.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
280 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 17 cm.
Seventeen-year-old Tyler Hadley posted an invitation on Facebook: party at my crib tonight. But this was no ordinary house party in the Florida suburbs; it was a grisly crime scene. Later that night, Tyler revealed to his best friend, Michael, that he’d bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer. Michael didn’t believe him until he entered the master bedroom and saw the bodies of Tyler’s parents on the floor—murdered, beyond the shadow of a doubt. Mary Jo and Blake Hadley had always known their son had a dark side. He would make disturbing jokes about murder on Facebook. He apparently idolized the infamous Menendez brothers, who murdered their parents for money. But how could they have known their son was dead serious? What kind of person could kill his mother and father, throw a party with their bodies in the next room, and brag about it? This riveting account by an award-winning journalist takes you deep inside the mind of a troubled teenager—and behind the scenes of a true American nightmare.

Hunting the president : threats, plots, and assassination attempts; from FDR to Obama

June 5, 2014
Ayton, Mel.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery History, [2014]
xi, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
The boss -- General -- Scorecard -- Lancer -- Volunteer -- Searchlight -- Passkey -- Deacon -- Rawhide -- Timberwolf -- Eagle -- Trailblazer -- Renegade -- Epilogue: notoriety and the "copycat effect".
Highlights the lesser-known attempts on the lives of various U.S. presidents, including the man who stalked Roosevelt for ten days on Pennsylvania Avenue, and a Cuban immigrant who planned to attack LBJ's motorcade.

If I can't have you : Susan Powell, her mysterious disappearance, and the murder of her children

May 22, 2014
Olsen, Gregg.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
324 pages, 8 unnumbered plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. Over the next three years bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh's father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh's brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with brutality beyond belief"-- Provided by publisher.

The true American : murder and mercy in Texas

May 21, 2014
Giridharadas, Anand.
319 pages ; 25 cm
Leavings -- The chore -- Outpatient -- 187 -- Hospitaliano! -- Please write back -- Frequent-flier miles -- Gadfly -- The new American -- Bro -- Uncle -- PowerPoint -- Hula hoop -- Arrivals.
Describes how a Bangladeshi immigrant, shot in the Dallas mini mart where he worked in the days after September 11 in a revenge crime, forgives his assailant and petitions the state of Texas to spare his attacker the death penalty.

The mob and the city : the hidden history of how the mafia captured New York

May 16, 2014
Hortis, C. Alexander, 1972-
Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 2014.
382 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Dr. James B. Jacobs -- Introduction: the godfather vs. New York history -- A city built for the mob -- Prohibition and the rise of the Sicilians -- The mafia rebellion of 1928-31 and the fall of the boss of bosses -- The racketeer cometh : how the mob infiltrated labor unions -- The mafia and the drug trade -- The mob nightlife -- The lives of wiseguys -- Mouthpieces for the mob : crooked cops, mob lawyers, and prosecutors -- The assassinations of 1957 -- Apalachin -- Conclusion: New York's mafia -- Acknowledgments -- Select bibliography -- Notes.

The poisoner : the life and crimes of Victorian England's most notorious doctor

May 14, 2014
Bates, Stephen, 1954-
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In 1856, a baying crowd of over 30,000 people gathered outside Stafford prison to watch the hanging of Dr. William Palmer, "the greatest villain that ever stood in the Old Bailey" as Charles Dickens once called him. Palmer was convicted of poisoning and suspected in the murders of dozens of others, including his best friend, his wife, and his mother-in-law--and cashing in on their insurance to fuel his worsening gambling addiction. Highlighting his gruesome penchant for strychnine, the trial made news across both the Old World and the New. Palmer gripped readers not only in Britain--Queen Victoria wrote of "that horrible Palmer" in her journal--but also was a different sort of murderer than the public had come to fear--respectable, middle class, personable--and consequently more terrifying. But as the gallows door dropped, one question still gnawed at many who knew the case: Was Palmer truly guilty? The first major retelling of William Palmer's story in over sixty years, The Poisoner takes a fresh look at the infamous doctor's life and disputed crimes. Using previously undiscovered letters from Palmer and new forensic examination of his victims, journalist Stephen Bates presents not only an astonishing and controversial revision of Palmer's life but takes the reader into the very psyche of a killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Date with the devil

May 12, 2014
Lasseter, Don.
New York : Kensington Books, 2011.
379 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.
"Pinnacle true crime"--Spine.
Chronicles the investigation of the murder of aspiring actress Kristin Baldwin and the subsequent trial of lawyer David Mahler.

Deadly deceit

May 12, 2014
Lasseter, Don.
New York : Pinnacle Books, c2011.
409 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.
"Pinnacle true crime"--Spine.
Describes how David Legg murdered his parents, Brian and Jeannie, shooting them at point-blank range, and then fled to Hawaii, where he and his fifteen-year-old girlfriend drained his dead parents' savings through ATMs.

Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed: a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings

April 30, 2014
Knight, Michelle, author.
New York, NY : Weinstein Books, [2014]
xi, 252 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly colored) ; 24 cm
Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.

Shattered innocence

April 29, 2014
Scott, Robert, 1951-
New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., c2011.
394 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.
"Pinnacle books."
Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years-old and remained missing for more than 18 years until August 26, 2009, when a 29 year-old Dugard, along with her two daughters and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, to hand out religious literature. The case attracted national media attention. "Shattered Innocence" is the previously untold story of the Jaycee Lee Dugard abduction. Seeking to set the record straight, it examines the case that stunned the nation first in 1991 when 11-year-old Jaycee was kidnapped, and then again nearly 20 years later, when her captors were finally arrested so she could go free. Through extensive research, interviews and investigation, Scott reveals startling new information about Phillip Garrido that has not been reported anywhere else, including 16 pages of shocking photographs never before available to the media or the public. Written by an acclaimed investigative journalist and insider who grew up in the same time and place as Phillip Garrido, this harrowing account reveals new insights and evidence about Garrido's criminal past and manipulation of the legal system. With police and psychologist testimony, this book answers the question: How could someone so evil get away with his crimes for so long?--Publisher.

Blood brotherhoods : a history of Italy's three mafias

April 25, 2014
Dickie, John, 1963-
New York : PublicAffairs, 2014.
xlv, 748 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Through a riveting narrative both disturbing and disturbingly relevant to the present, Blood Brotherhoods shines a new light on the development of organized crime in Italy. Dickie draws on research that has never been seen before to examine the myths surrounding the three largest and most violent mafia groups--divulging the secrets, intrigues, histories and documents of the real stories behind the Honored Society's most brutal crimes. Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia made infamous to Americans by television shows like The Sopranos and classic films like The Godfather is not the only dangerous criminal fraternity active in Italy. The country hosts two other major mafias: the Camorra from Naples and the 'ndrangheta, the Mafia from the poor and isolated region of Calabria that has now risen to become the most powerful mob group active today. Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Yet violence is only the beginning. The mafias have corrupted Italy's institutions, drastically curtailed the life-chances of its citizens, evaded justice, and set up their own self-interested meddling as an alternative to the courts. The staggering reach of organized crime in Italy hangs over a nation racked by debt, political paralysis, and widespread corruption. The largest mafia factions control much of Europe's wholesale cocaine trade and about three percent of Italy's total GDP. These are not solitary or static criminal organisms, nor are the Mafiosi that comprise them primitive gangsters. Sicily might have given the world the term 'mafia,' but the history of organized crime in Italy is as much about Italy's weakness as it is about the mafia's strength. Italy itself is revealed to be a criminal ecosystem and a key player, in its own right, within the bowels of the Honored Society. Blood Brotherhoods is a book of breathtaking ambition. It blends archival detective work, passionate narrative, and shrewd analysis to bring Italy's unique criminal underworld, and the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods that have evolved within it, to life on the page. "-- Provided by publisher.

The ultimate book of impostors : over 100 true stories of the greatest phonies and frauds

April 10, 2014
Graham, Ian, 1953-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2013]
xi, 306 pages ; 21 cm
To be-- or to be someone else -- Serial offenders -- Gender benders -- False heirs -- Fugitives from justice -- Frauds and freebooters -- Imitation Indians -- Fabulous fantasists -- Spooks and cops -- A miscellany of mimics.
Uncover the boldest and most notorious impostors and frauds in history!

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