New Arrivals · True Crime

April 22, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The strange case of Dr. Doyle : a journey into madness & mayhem

April 21, 2015
Friedman, Dan, 1970-
Garden City Park, NY : Square One Publishers, [2015]
xi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Explores Arthur Conan Doyle's fascination with the Jake the Ripper case.

Hope : a memoir of survival in Cleveland

April 21, 2015
Berry, Amanda, 1986-
New York : Viking, 2015.
x, 321 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.” A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry had a daughter, Jocelyn, by their captor. Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines, including details never previously released on Castro’s life and motivations, Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

Visiting hours : a memoir of friendship and murder

April 7, 2015
Butcher, Amy, 1987-
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
xvi, 249 pages ; 22 cm
"Amy Butcher examines the shattering consequences of failing a friend when she felt he needed one most"-- Provided by publisher.

Klandestine : how a Klan lawyer and a checkbook journalist helped James Earl Ray cover up his crime

March 30, 2015
McMichael, Pate, author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xvi, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The deal, 1968 -- Part II. Strange bedfellows, 1954-1963 -- Part III. The bloody road to Selma, 1964-1965 -- Part IV. Krossings in Klan kountry, 1965-1966 -- Part V. Stand up for America, 1967-1968 -- Part VI. Waiting for Raoul, 1969 -- Part VII. Though it hath no tongue, 1969-1986.
"This fast-paced history traces the escalating racial violence that led to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and then documents how Klan lawyer Arthur J. Hanes and checkbook journalist William Bradford Huie aided the evolution of James Earl Ray's bogus alibi"--Provided by publisher.

The stranger she loved : a Mormon doctor, his beautiful wife, and an almost perfect murder

March 26, 2015
Hogan, Shanna, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In 2007, Dr. Martin MacNeill--a doctor, lawyer, and Mormon bishop--discovered his wife of 30 years dead in the bathtub of their Pleasant Grove, Utah home, her face bearing the scars of a facelift he persuaded her to undergo just a week prior. At first the death of 50-year-old Michele MacNeill, a former beauty queen and mother of eight, appeared natural. But days after the funeral when Dr. MacNeill moved his much younger mistress into the family home, his children grew suspicious. Conducting their own investigation into their mother's death, the MacNeill's daughters uncovered their father's multiple marital affairs, past criminal record, and falsified college transcripts he used to con his way into medical school. It would take six long years to solve the mystery of Michele's murder and secure a first-degree murder conviction against the once prominent doctor. Author Shanna Hogan delves into the high-profile case, unmasking the monster beneath the doctor's carefully concocted facade"-- Provided by publisher.

Policing sexuality : the Mann Act and the making of the FBI

March 24, 2015
Pliley, Jessica R., 1977-
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2014.
293 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: the Mann Act and federal sexual surveillance -- The American myth of white slavery -- A national white slavery squad -- Endangered daughters -- Creating a moral quarantine -- Defining immoral purposes -- Policing seduction and adultery -- Coerced sex and forced prostitution -- The FBI's assault on sex trafficking -- Conclusion: can the country's moral borders be policed?

Black mass : Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a devil's deal

March 24, 2015
Lehr, Dick.
New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
xx, 417 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
1975 -- South Boston -- Hard ball -- Bob 'n' weave -- Win, place, and show -- Gang of two? -- Betrayal -- Prince Street hitman -- Fine food, fine wine, dirty money -- Murder, Inc. -- Bulgertown, USA -- The Bulger Myth -- Black Mass -- Shades of Whitey -- Connolly talk -- Secrets exposed -- Fred Wyshak -- Heller's Cafe -- In for a penny, in for a pound -- The party's over.
John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later in the mid-1970s, they met again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bugler into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau's big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. Told by two former Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, this is the chilling true story of what happened between them; a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.

The wilderness of ruin : a tale of madness, fire, and the hunt for America's youngest serial killer

March 10, 2015
Montillo, Roseanne.
New York, NY : William Morrow, c2015.
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The inhuman scamp -- The bridge -- The marble eye -- The boundless sea -- The great fire -- Loss of innocence -- Katie -- The wolf and the lamb -- The twisted mind -- Patience personified pomeroy -- Madness unleashed -- Unearthed.
Documents a series of child abductions in Great Fire-devastated Boston and the discovery of their teenaged killer that sparked a system-changing investigation and influential debates among the world's most revered medical minds.

Master thieves : the Boston gangsters who pulled off the world's greatest art heist

March 4, 2015
Kurkjian, Stephen A., author.
xxii, 247 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
A definitive account of the Boston criminal underworld's role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft traces the contributions of master thief Louis Royce and gangster Ralph Rossetti while examining the FBI's controversial announcement that they had identified the responsible parties.

Listening to killers : lessons learned from my twenty years as a psychological expert witness in murder cases

March 4, 2015
Garbarino, James, author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
x, 296 pages ; 23 cm
"Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. By linking individual cases to broad social and cultural issues and illustrating the social toxicity and unresolved trauma that drive some people to kill, Dr. Garbarino highlights the humanity we share with killers and the role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence"--Provided by publisher.

Sexual assault and the military

March 3, 2015
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
122 pages ; 23 cm.

Future crimes : everything is connected, everyone is vulnerable and what we can do about it

February 13, 2015
Goodman, Marc.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
viii, 392, lx pages ; 25 cm
An FBI futurist and senior advisor to Interpol analyzes the digital underground to reveal the alarming ways criminals, corporations and countries are using emerging technologies to target individuals and wage war.

Lying in wait and other true cases

February 3, 2015
Rule, Ann, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
xv, 380 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 18 cm.
The baby seller -- Secrets of the amorous pizza man -- A road trip to murder -- Murderous epitaph for the beautiful runaway -- Tracks of a serial rapist -- "Take a lifer home to dinner... with murder for dessert!".
The author presents another collection of fascinating and disturbing true-crime stories drawn from her real-life personal files.

God's bankers : a history of money and power at the Vatican

January 28, 2015
Posner, Gerald L., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xiv, 732 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Murder in London -- The last pope king -- Enter the black nobles -- "Merely a palace, not a state" -- An unholy alliance -- "The pope banker" -- Prelude to war -- A policy of silence -- The blacklist -- Blood money -- A Nazi spy in the Vatican? -- The ratline -- "He's no pope" -- The men of confidence -- "You can't run the church on Hail Marys" -- Operation Fraulein -- Il crack sindona -- The battle of two scorpions -- "A psychopathic paranoid" -- The year of three popes -- The backdoor deal -- "The Vatican has abandoned me" -- "You have to kill thePope" -- "Tell your father to be quiet" -- "Protect the source" -- "A heck of a lot of money" -- "I've been poisoned" -- White finance -- Suitcases of cash -- Burying the trail on Nazi gold -- "A criminal underground in the priesthood" -- "His inbox was a disaster" -- The kingmaker becomes king -- "As flat as stale beer" -- Chasing the white list -- The world has changed -- Thel powerbroker -- The butler -- A vote of no confidence -- "A time bomb" -- The Swiss James Bond -- "The people's pope" -- "Back from the dead."

Ghettoside : a true story of murder in America

January 21, 2015
Leovy, Jill, author.
x, 366 pages ; 25 cm

Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security

January 21, 2015
Chayes, Sarah, 1962- author.
x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Gotti's rules : the story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the demise of the American Mafia

January 21, 2015
Anastasia, George, author.
New York : Dey Street, 2015.
328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Cyber attack

January 16, 2015
Gitlin, Marty.
Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, [2015]
72 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm

One tragic night : the Oscar Pistorius murder trial

January 13, 2015
Wiener, Mandy, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
568 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color portraits ; 25 cm
"First published in South Africa by Pan Macmillan South Africa"-- Title page verso.
"At 8:03 on the morning of Valentine's Day 2013, news broke that the Paralympic superstar had shot and killed his girlfriend at his home in a housing estate in Pretoria. Within minutes, the story reverberated around the world as banners flashed across television screens broadcasting global news networks. At first glance, it appeared to be a heart-wrenching, tragic accident. Pistorius had mistaken Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder, reminiscent of a similar incident involving a retired rugby player who had shot his daughter a decade earlier. This resonated with an empathetic South African society rattled by a pervasive fear of violent crime. But as the morning unfolded, a second version of events began to reveal itself, indicating that the country's celebrated icon, its 'Golden Boy', may have murdered his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in a fit of rage."-- From publisher's description.

The Westies : inside New York's Irish mob

January 12, 2015
English, T. J., 1957-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2006.
x, 400 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Originally published: New York : Putnam, c1990.

The triangle : a year on the ground with New York's Bloods and Crips

January 5, 2015
Deutsch, Kevin.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2014]
x, 201 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Opening salvo -- The shop -- Black widows -- Infantry -- The cost -- Revenge -- Extreme tactics -- Eye for an eye -- True believers -- Branching out -- Basic training -- Battle scars -- Trojan horse -- In country -- Kings -- Hot spots -- Death day -- True to the game -- The takeaway -- The aftermath.

Queen City notorious : Cincinnati's most infamous murder mysteries

December 23, 2014
Townsend, J. T.
© 2014
436 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Doorway of hell : Alice Van Zandt roasted to death over a gas oven, 1910 -- Evil shepherd : Vinton Perin shoots Frances Rawson in her Clifton mansion, 1924 -- Night has a thousand eyes : William Angilan guns down Shirley Glardon in a lover's lane, 1927 -- Dead girl in the dance pavilion : Charles Hines is executed for the Inwood Park horror, 1937 -- Bad seed: teenager Lindberg Trent murders 6-year-old Shirley Woodburn, 1938 -- Little girl lost on Christmas eve : Tony Treat dies in the chair for the murder of Helen Sellers, 1943 -- Rage before beauty : Betty Butler drowns her love rival in Winton Woods Lake, 1952 -- Among gardens and graves : Gordon Pape guns down the Aue family in Kenwood, 1956 -- Queen of nothing : Edythe Klumpp kills her lover's wife and escapes the chair, 1958 -- Death comes to breakfast : all-American boy Jack Rauss slays the Cunninghams, 1961 -- Suffer the little children : 13-year old George Rickey strangles 4-year-old Debby Dappen, 1964 -- Ballad of Bobby and Alice : sensational Wanda Cook murder trial, 1964 -- Daughter of darkness : Barbara Shutt goes on trial for killing her psychiatrist mother, 1969 -- Final exit : Queen City notorious.

The phantom killer : unlocking the mystery of the Texarkana serial murders: the story of a town in terror

December 9, 2014
Presley, James.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2014.
xix, 377 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's 'lovers lanes' in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle. Dubbed 'the Phantom murders' by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Even pre-television, print and radio media stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs. Although the case lives on today on television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings."--Publisher.

Spam nation : the inside story of organized cybercrime--from global epidemic to your front door

December 9, 2014
Krebs, Brian, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2014]
251 pages ; 24 cm
Parasite -- Bulletproof -- The pharma wars -- Meet the buyers -- Russian roulette -- Partner(ka)s in (dis)organized crime -- Meet the spammers -- Old friends, bitter enemies -- Meeting in Moscow -- The antis -- Takedown -- Endgame -- A spam-free world: how you can protect yourself from cybercrime.
Explores "the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies--and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks--he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere"

Chase your shadow : the trials of Oscar Pistorius

December 5, 2014
Carlin, John, 1956-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of Harpercollins, 2014.
393 pages ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Atlantic Books, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd." -- t.p. verso.
"Ending Reeva's life, and in the same instant annihilating his own, had condemned him in the end to the shadow existence he had fought so hard to avoid -- inspiring compassion in some, derision in many more, and ripping forever from his grasp all that he had strived so hard to win." -- Back cover.

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