New Arrivals · True Crime

July 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Freedom : my book of firsts

July 12, 2016
Dugard, Jaycee Lee, 1980-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xx, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Simon & Schuster nonfiction original hardcover"--Title page verso.
Fly Me to the Moon -- OMG! Out in Public! -- Who's that Girl on TV? -- "SMILE" -- Cold Soup? -- A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes...When You're Missing -- Just Sing! -- "Puppy Love" -- "Dream a Little Dream" -- Lesson Learned! -- Walk the Plank -- Don't Judge -- Confessions of an Imperfect Person (or Where the Heck are the Minis!) -- Addiction -- "Oh So Pretty" -- In Plain Sight -- Disgusted -- Barbies are Good for the Soul -- Most Embarrassing Moment -- First Christmas -- That Time We Went to See Garth in Ireland -- Most Frustrating Moment -- Journey to a New Land -- Two Psychologists and a Survivor Walk into a Bar... -- Hope is a Four Letter Word -- Lil Sis -- Where's the Rage, Jaycee? -- Open Wide and Say AHHH! -- Through Thick and Thin -- Now that's Grand! -- Baked Potatoes -- Pass the Cheese, Please -- My Inner Circle -- About the Author.
"In the follow-up to her #1 bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own. When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee's life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next. 'How do you rebuild a life?' Jaycee asks. In these pages, she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grownup sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters' first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend's wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship. This raw and inspiring book will remind readers that there is, as Jaycee writes, 'life after something tragic happens'"--Provided by publisher.

The wicked boy : the mystery of a Victorian child murderer

July 12, 2016
Summerscale, Kate, 1965- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Part I: Ten Days In July -- 1 The three of us -- 2 All I know is that we are rich -- 3 I will tell you the truth -- Part II: The City Of The Damned -- 4 The machine and the abyss -- 5 A kiss goodbye -- 6 This is the knife -- 7 Chronicles of disorder -- 8 Here goes nothing -- Part III: These Tender Times -- 9 Cover her face -- 10 The boys springing up amongst us -- 11 It is all over now -- 12 Box him up -- Part IV: The Murderers' Paradise -- 13 Those that know not what they do -- 14 To have you home again -- 15 In the plastic stage -- Part V: With Trumpets And Sound Of Cornet -- 16 Smooth in the morning light -- 17 Such a hell of a noise.
In East London in the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age thirteen) and his brother Nattie (age twelve) were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. The judge sentenced him to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Shockingly, Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Summerscale re-creates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past. -- adapted from book jacket.

Tong wars : the untold story of vice, money, and murder in New York's Chinatown

July 12, 2016
Seligman, Scott D., author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
xxvi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An "army of almond-eyed exiles" -- The gamblers' union -- "A clear case of corruption" -- The Chinese Parkhursts -- The war begins -- "A regular highbinder, six-shooter war dance on the Bowery" -- A price on Tom Lee's head -- The Chinese Theatre massacre -- Profit sharing -- Have gun, will travel -- The four brothers' war -- Mock Duck's luck runs out -- Chinatown: renovated, disinfected, and evacuated -- The defection of Chin Jack Lem -- Coexistence -- Epilogue.
"Reading like a true-crime novel, this history of the vice district and gang wars of New York's Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s describes the widespread fight to control the district's gambling, opium and prostitution,"--NoveList.

The Jolly Roger Social Club : a true story of a killer in paradise

July 11, 2016
Foster, Nick, 1966-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
268 pages : maps ; 24 cm
The tipping point -- Bocas del Toro -- Welcome to Panama -- The story of Bo Icelar -- "We are just molecules" -- Where is Cher? -- Darklands -- When Scott met Bill -- Life behind bars -- The lights that don't go out -- Epilogue: "I am your worst nightmare"
"After fleeing his home in Bocas del Toro, Panama, William Dathan Holbert, aka "Wild Bill," is awaiting trial for the murder of five fellow American expatriates. Holbert's first victims were the Brown family, who lived on a remote part of the area's Darklands Peninsula. There, Holbert turned their property into the "Jolly Roger Social Club," using drink- and drug-fueled parties to get to know other ex-pats. The club's tagline was: "Over 90 percent of our members survive." But this is not just a book about Holbert and the financial and real estate motives behind the killings; it is about why Bocas del Toro turned out to be his perfect hunting ground, and why the community tolerated-even accepted-him for a time. Told through the fascinating history of Panama, a country with sinister ties to the political and economic interests of the United States, The Jolly Roger Social Club brings this uniquely bizarre place to life; shedding light on a community where many live under assumed names, desperate to leave their old lives behind-and sometimes people just disappear"-- Jacket flap.

The twelfth victim : the innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather murder rampage

July 11, 2016
Battisti, Linda M.
Omaha, Nebraska : Addicus Books, [2014]
xiv, 248 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Caril's story -- Starkweather's rampage -- The arrests -- The trial of Charles Starkweather -- The trial of Caril Fugate.

17 hours : tracking down our runaway

July 11, 2016
Bassett, Diane M.
Denver, Colorado : Outskirts Press, ©2016.
x, 132 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Crime in the United States.

July 7, 2016
Washington, D.C. : Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Dept. of Justice : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Some copies published by commercial publishers such as: Bernan Press.
Also available at Main Library as depository document under Supt. of Docs. no.: P.D. J 1.14/7.

Master manipulator : the explosive true story of fraud, embezzlement, and government betrayal at the CDC

July 7, 2016
Grundvig, James Ottar, author.
xvii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The explosive true story of fraud, embezzlement, and government betrayal. In 2000, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) carried out a secret mission to bury, skew, and manipulate data in six vaccine safety studies, in a coordinated effort to control the message that "vaccines do not cause autism." They did so via secret meetings and backtesting health-care data. The CDC invested tens of millions of dollars in a foreign health-care data analytics startup run by Danish scientist Poul Thorsen, a move to ensure that no link ever surfaced. But fate had other ideas. The agency soon learned it couldn't control Thorsen. In 2011, the US Justice Department indicted him for the theft of more than $1 million of CDC grant money. Master Manipulator exposes the CDC's hidden agenda for the cover-up.

Wicked intentions : the Sheila Labarre murders, a true story

July 7, 2016
Flynn, Kevin (Journalist)
New York, N.Y. : Saint Martin's, 2010.
347 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Explores the Sheila LaBarre case in depth, from investigation to trial, unveiling the details of the bizarre chain of events that culminated in one of America's most sensational murder stories -- a spellbinding true story of obsession and vigilantism carried to a deadly extreme.

A killing in Amish country : sex, betrayal, and a cold-blooded murder

July 6, 2016
Olsen, Gregg, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xiv, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Thunderclap -- The House -- Sisters -- The Letters -- Fishing -- The Knock -- Waiting The News -- Temptation -- The Taxi Lady -- The Children -- The Women -- Amish Stud -- Dancing in the Rain -- Friends -- The Go-To Attorney for Wayward Amish -- the viewing -- Eli and Barb -- Warrants -- Arrests -- Barb in Jail -- Jailhouse Talk -- Eli in Jail -- Evidence -- A Husband's Questions -- Too Much Information -- Defense -- Prosecution -- Preparation -- Trial -- The Shot -- Best Friends -- It Was Lust -- It Was Lust II -- Doubt -- Verdict -- Aftermath.
"At just 30 years old, with dark-blonde hair and freckles, Barbara Weaver was as pretty as the women depicted on the covers of her favorite "bonnet" stories - romance novels set in Amish America. Barbara had everything she'd ever wanted: five beautiful children, a home, her faith, and a husband named Eli. But while Barbara was happy to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern conveniences, Eli was tempted by technology: cell phones, the Internet, and sexting. Online he called himself "Amish Stud" and found no shortage of "English" women looking for love and sex. Twice he left Barbara and their children, was shunned, begged for forgiveness, and had been welcomed back to the church. Barb Raber was raised Amish, but is now a Conservative Mennonite. She drove Eli to appointments in her car, and she gave him what he wanted when he wanted: a cell phone, a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting places, and, most importantly, sex. When Eli starts asking people to kill his wife for him, Barb offers to help. One night, just after Eli had hitched a ride with a group of men to go fishing in the hours before dawn, Barb Raber entered the Weaver house and shot Barbara Weaver in the chest at close range. It was only the third murder in hundreds of years of Amish life in America, and it fell to Edna Boyle, a young assistant prosecutor to seek justice for Barbara Weaver."-- Provided by publisher.

I survived Ted Bundy : the attack, escape & PTSD that changed my life

July 6, 2016
Stapley, Rhonda, author.
Seattle, WA : Galaxy 44 Publishing, 2016.
192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
She was an innocent Mormon girl. He was America's most notorious serial killer. When their paths crossed on a quiet autumn afternoon, he planned to kill her. But this victim had an incredible will to survive and would live to tell her story nearly three decades after he met death in a Florida electric chair. Ted Bundy brutally attacked Rhonda Stapley in a secluded Utah canyon in 1974. She miraculously escaped and hid her dark secret until now. This compelling real story of triumph over tragedy is both shocking and inspiring and told with the true courage of a victim turned survivor.

Boy with a knife : a story of murder, remorse, and a prisoner's fight for justice

June 29, 2016
Trounstine, Jean R., 1946- author.
New York, NY : Ig Publishing, 2016.
xx, 245 pages ; 21 cm
"Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons. Putting a human face to these sobering statistics, Boy With A Knife tells the story of Karter Kane Reed, who, at the age of sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison for a murder he committed in 1993 in a high school classroom. Twenty years later, in 2013, he became one of the few men in Massachusetts to sue the Parole Board and win his freedom."--Provided by publisher.

The lynching : the epic courtroom battle that brought down the Klan

June 10, 2016
Leamer, Laurence, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
x, 372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Night Of The Burning Cross -- A Tiem Of Judgment -- Roll Call Of Justice.
Describes the brutal killing of a young black man and subsequent conviction of two Klansmen in 1981 Alabama and the civil suit that exposed the true motives and philosophy of the organization and ultimately bankrupted them.

Newspaper account murder of Pulaski County, KY. Sheriff Sam Catron, April 13, 2002

June 2, 2016
Somerset, Kentucky : Commonwealth Journal, 2002.
1 box (30 pages, 5 newspapers) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes two newspaper extra editions appearing on April 14 and 15, and two regular editions April 16 and 17 and an article clipped from the July 9, 2002 edition folded in pocket.
"Alexa C. Baker"--from mailing labels on newspapers.
Paying respect -- State officials make tributes to Catron -- Vacant for eternity -- Drugs at the core of Catron slaying? -- Catron funeral to be held Thursday at the Center -- Shelley's attorneys enter not guilty plea -- Morris, supporter arrested in Catron case -- Stringer was told he was also assassin's target -- Questions linger about upcoming primary -- Safety, security are at the forefront in planning Sheriff Sam Catron's funeral -- Harold Catron carried bullet fragments for 7 years before he died -- Todd Wood: Catron paid ultimate price -- Morris allegedly tried to sell bike used in getaway -- State lawmakers honor Catron at the end of legislative session -- Eubank man charged with Catron murder -- Despite his pain, McWhorter takes oath of sheriff -- Community stunned over charges against Shelley -- A stunning revelation -- Rogers: 'We have suffered a great loss' -- Eerie moment -- Stringer's reaction -- Eyewitness -- Sam Catron: 1953-2002. Candidate linked to Ky. killing (Associated Press article posted to The State). In memory -- posted to the Somerset Police Department site.
Printouts dated 4/18/2002 of 22 online articles reporting on the murder of the sheriff of Pulaski County, Kentucky, from the Commonwealth Journal of Somerset, Kentucky website (26 pages). Another printout dated 4/15/2002 appearing on the website of the Columbia, South Carolina newspaper The State (3 pages). A third printout from the website of the Somerset, Kentucky, Police Department (1 page).

Terror in the city of champions : murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit

May 16, 2016
Stanton, Tom, 1960- author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2016]
xiii, 327 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Something Afoot, 1933-1934 -- Grand Plans, 1935 -- Joy and Terror, 1936.
Detroit 1936: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, baseball fan Dayton Dean is arrested for murder. Though said to have a childlike intelligence, Dean possesses a vivid memory and a hunger for attention. He gives police a story about a secret Klan-like organization called the Black Legion, responsible for countless murders, floggings, and fire bombings. The Legion has tens of thousands of members in the Midwest, among them politicians and notable citizens--even, possibly, a beloved Detroit athlete. When Dean’s revelations explode, they all seek cover. Award-winning author Tom Stanton’s stunning work of history, crime, and sports, weaves together the terror of the Legion with the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit. Richly portraying 1930s America, and featuring figures like Louis, the country’s most famous black man; Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg; anti-Semitic Henry Ford; radio priest Father Coughlin; and J. Edgar Hoover, Terror in the City of Champions is a rollicking true tale set at the confluence of hard luck, hope, victory, and violence.

The cook up : a crack rock memoir

April 29, 2016
Watkins, D., author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.

Dead by sunset

April 29, 2016
Rule, Ann.
New York : Pocket Books, 2013, ©1995.
x, 532 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm
Documents the case of the charming and brilliant Brad Cunningham, recreating the investigation into his wife's death and Cunningham's trial for her murder.

A burglar's guide to the city

April 27, 2016
Manaugh, Geoff, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
296 pages ; 19 cm
Space invaders -- Crime is a way to use the city -- Your building is a target -- Tools of the trade -- Deep inside -- A crime is nothing if you can't get away -- Burglary requires architecture.
Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again. At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city. With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full of real-life heists--both spectacular and absurd--A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.

The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation

April 19, 2016
Hirsch, Alan, 1959- author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2016]
266 pages, 5 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In 1961, a thief broke into the National Gallery in London and committed the most sensational art heist in British history. He stole the museum's much prized painting, The Duke of Wellington by Francisco Goya. Despite unprecedented international attention and an unflagging investigation, the case was not solved for four years, and even then, only because the culprit came forward voluntarily. Kempton Bunton, an elderly gentleman, claimed he executed the theft armed with only a toy gun, a disguise purchased for five shillings, and a getaway car inadvertently provided by a drunkard. Shortly after turning himself in, Bunton also invoked language in an obscure law to maintain his innocence, despite the confession. He did not allege that the confession was false, but rather that stealing the painting did not constitute a crime because he intended to return it. On account of this improbable defense strategy, the story took another twist, resulting in a bizarre courtroom drama and extraordinary verdict. Over fifty years later, Alan Hirsch decided to explore the facts behind this historic case and uncovered shocking new evidence that both solved the crime and deepened the mystery."-- Provided by publisher.

Pretty Jane and the viper of Kidbrooke Lane : a true story of Victorian law and disorder : [the unsolved murder that shocked Victorian England]

April 13, 2016
Murphy, Paul Thomas, 1957- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xii, 270 pages, 8 leaves of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Partial subtitle from jacket.
A vivid and violent investigation into the first unsolved murder case of the Victorian Era which involved a pregnant maid in the house of the renowned Pook family.

The midnight assassin : panic, scandal, and the hunt for America's first serial killer

April 5, 2016
Hollandsworth, Skip, author.
xii, 321 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"A killer who gives to history a new story of crime" -- December 1884-April 1885. "Doctor Steiner reports a woman lying near Ravy's" -- April 1885-August 1885. "Who was it? Who did this to you?" -- September 1885-Christmas Day 1885. "A woman has been chopped to pieces! It's Mrs. Hancock! On Water Street!" -- December 26, 1885-January 1886. "The whole city is arming. If this thing is not stopped soon, several corpses will be swinging from the tree limbs" -- February 1886-May 1888. "A prominent State officer and an active candidate for the Governorship of Texas ... knows something about Eula Phillips' murder" -- September 1888-August 1996. "I would suggest that the same hand that committed the Whitechapel murders committed the Texas murders" -- "If no one could catch the killer back when he was alive, what makes you think you can catch him now?"
"In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated Western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders. Along the way, the murders would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city."-- Provided by publisher.

I will find you : [a reporter investigates the life of the man who raped her]

March 31, 2016
Connors, Joanna, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
256 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
Setting out to uncover the story of her attacker, Connors embarked on a journey to find out who he was, where he came from, who his friends were and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.

The long shadow of small ghosts : murder and memory in an American city

March 30, 2016
Tillman, Laura, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
vii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An unmeasured feeling -- An education -- Pilgrim -- Letters from the edge -- The long shadow of small ghosts -- The quiet dead -- A corner in the good life -- Angela -- Don't read this chapter before going to bed -- After -- Good guys and bad guys -- Agua bendita (holy water) -- Belief -- The end of history illusion -- Place of no return -- In the garden -- Three graves together.

This house of grief : the story of a murder trial

March 29, 2016
Garner, Helen, 1942- author.
Melbourne, Vic. Text Publishing Company, 2016.
300 pages ; 20 cm

The last lynching : how a gruesome mass murder rocked a small Georgia town

March 24, 2016
Pitch, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2016]
xxii, 214 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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