New Arrivals · True Crime

October 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The great New Orleans kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction era

October 20, 2014
Ross, Michael A. (Michael Anthony), author.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
viii, 309 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

The thirteenth turn : a history of the noose

October 20, 2014
Shuler, Jack.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
ix, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
[Part 1] Origins -- 1. The thirteenth turn: origins of the noose -- 2. Rope, ritual, roots: the Iron Age hanging of Tollund Man -- 3. An ignoble death: hanging from the Roman Empire to medieval Europe -- [Part 2] Revolutions -- 4. At the crossroads: the spectacle of hanging in colonial New York -- 5. Hanging Hannah Occuish in post-revolution America -- 6. Meteors of war: death by hanging and the end of slavery -- 7. The noose in the museum: hanging and Native America -- [Part 3] Lynching -- 8. Alone from a tree: lynching in the post-reconstruction South -- 9. A story of hands: an early twentieth-century lynching in the American Midwest -- 10. Strange fruit: the legacy of Marion -- [Part 4] A good death -- 11. When the gallows come down -- 12. The new burning cross -- 13. The noose in our world.
"The hangman's knot is a simple thing to tie, just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times. But in those thirteen turns lie a powerful symbol, one of the most powerful in history, and particularly in America, whose relationship to the noose is all too deep and complicated. Our history with hangings is shockingly recent. The last man to be hanged in the United States was Billy Bailey, who was executed in Delaware in 1996 for committing a double murder. Hanging has since been disallowed in that state, but it is still legal, in certain situations, in New Hampshire and Washington. An incident in Jena, Louisiana, in 2006, in which nooses were used to symbolically menace black students, is a fresh reminder of just how potent this emblem of racism and savage violence still is. All that meaning, and all that history, is a lot to see in a coiled rope. But the fact is, that meaning is felt by all of us. And Jack Shuler, a professor of American literature and black studies, is the right man to explore it: from Judas Iscariot, perhaps the most infamous hanged man, to the killing of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, the murderers at the heart of Capote's In Cold Blood, and beyond. Shuler goes era by era, tracing the evolution of this dark practice in episodes, and revealing the ways each one impacted the society around it. As he investigates the death of John Brown and the 1930 lynching that inspired the song "Strange Fruit," his travels take him across America-and not just the South-uncovering our deep secrets and searching for meaning. Shuler's account is a kind of shadow history of America: for all the celebrated strides we've made towards integration and harmony, those victories are hollow without an appreciation for what they vanquished. The Thirteenth Turn is a courageous and searching book that reminds us where we come from, and what is lost if we forget. "-- Provided by publisher.

Cincinnati's savage seamstress : the shocking Edythe Klumpp murder scandal

October 20, 2014
Jones, Richard O., 1946-
Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2014.
142 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"The story of Edythe Klumpp, who was convicted of killing the legal wife of her common-law husband in 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio"-- Provided by publisher.

Tinseltown : murder, morphine, and madness at the dawn of Hollywood

October 20, 2014
Mann, William J., author.
xi, 463 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Suspects, motives, and circumstances. A man called Creepy ; Babylon ; three desperate dames ; The orator ; A race to the top ; Mabel ; Gibby ; Mary ; Rivals and threats ; Good-time girl ; Locusts ; The maddest woman ; Impudent things ; Dope fiends ; Greater than love ; The sex thrill ; Prying eyes ; So this is what is going on ; five thousand feel of immorality ; Bunco babe ; Among the lions ; Depravity ; Questions of loyalty ; A cluster of calamities ; A product of the gutters ; Riding for a fall ; Bad checks ; The highest possible standards ; On edge ; A work so important ; A ghastly strain ; A house in the hills ; Last day ; A shot -- Hunting, hustling, and hiding. The dead man on the floor ; Reactions ; King of the cops ; The moral failures of one concern ; "Do you think that I killed Mr. Taylor?" ; Powder burns ; Evidence found ; Dames even more desperate ; The need for vigilance ; Taking him for a fool ; Mr. Hays goes to work ; The morbidly curious ; Her own boss ; No time to talk ; A great injustice has been done ; A question of motives ; A company of outlaws ; The savior ; The sky's the limit ; The spirits speak ; Last chance ; Evidence missing ; Trigger happy ; A cold-blooded business ; No happy endings ; Raising capital ; A new man on the job ; Unfair competition ; Trapped like rats ; Coming out of hiding ; The end of the road ; Readjustments ; Unexpected developments ; Manhunt -- Closing the case. three dames no longer so desperate ; End of an era ; "We are making real progress".
Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, and the diverse cast that surrounded him before he was murdered in 1922-- including three beautiful, ambitious actresses, the ruthless founder of Paramount locked in a struggle for control of the film industry, a grasping stage mother, a devoted valet, and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet.

Queen of thieves : the true story of "Marm" Mandelbaum and her gangs of New York

October 16, 2014
Conway, J. North (Jack North), author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xix, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 24 cm

Thinking critically : illegal immigration

October 14, 2014
Szumski, Bonnie, 1958-
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., [2014].
80 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
How does illegal immigration affect the economy? -- How does illegal immigration impact America's safety and security? -- Should illegal immigrants be offered a path to citizenship? -- How should illegal immigration laws be enforced?.

The art of the English murder

October 13, 2014
Worsley, Lucy, author.
New York : Pegasus Crim, 2014.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Fetch the devil : the Sierra Diablo murders and Nazi espionage in America

October 10, 2014
Richmond, Clint.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, [2014]
xiii, 355 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Murder in the desert -- Spies on the border -- An enemy within.
In 1938, Hazel Frome, the wife of a powerful executive at Atlas Powder Company, a San Francisco explosives manufacturer, set out on a cross-country motor trip with her twenty-three-year-old daughter, Nancy. When their car broke down in El Paso, Texas, they made the most of being stranded by staying at a posh hotel and crossing the border to Juarez for shopping, dining, and drinking. A week later, their near-nude bodies were found in the Chihuahuan Desert. Though they had been seen on occasion with two mystery men, there were no clues as to why they had apparently been abducted, tortured for days, and shot execution style. El Paso sheriff Chris Fox, a lawman right out of central casting, engaged in a turf war with the Texas Rangers and local officials that hampered the investigation. But the victims' detours had placed them in the path of a Nazi spy ring operating from the West Coast to Latin America through a deep-cover portal at El Paso. The sleeper cell was run by spymasters at the German consulate in San Francisco. In 1938, only the inner circle of the Roosevelt White House and a few FBI agents were aware of the extent to which German agents had infiltrated American industry. Fetch the Devil is the first narrative account of this still officially unsolved case. Based on long forgotten archives and recently declassified FBI files, Richmond paints a convincing portrait of a sheriff's dogged investigation into a baffling murder, the international spy ring that orchestrated it, and America on the brink of another world war.

The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia

October 7, 2014
Cossins, Anne.
Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2013.
ix, 293 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Pt. 1. Who were the Makins? -- pt. 2. Digging up the baby farmers' secrets -- pt. 3. Trials, appeals and various petitions -- pt. 4. Sarah Makin, reformed woman.
In October 1892, a one-month-old baby boy was found buried in the backyard of Sarah and John Makin, two wretchedly poor baby farmers in inner Sydney. In the weeks that followed, 12 more babies were found buried in the backyards of other houses in which the Makins had lived. This resulted in the most infamous trial in Australian legal history, and exposed a shocking underworld of desperate mothers, drugged and starving babies, and a black market in the sale and murder of children. Annie Cossins pieces together a dramatic and tragic tale with larger-than-life characters: theatrical Sarah Makin, her smooth-talking husband John, her disloyal daughter, Clarice, diligent Constable James Joyce with curious domestic arrangements of his own, and a network of baby farmers stretching across the city. It's a glimpse into a society that preferred to turn a blind eye to the fate of its most vulnerable members, only a century ago.

In the wake of the butcher : Cleveland's torso murders

October 3, 2014
Badal, James Jessen, 1943- author.
xvii 289 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 23 cm

Pretty little killers : the truth behind the savage murder of Skylar Neese

October 2, 2014
Berry, Daleen.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, [2014]
xxiv, 342 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Including over 100 pages of new material, [this book] shares the latest theories and answers the questions that have left many people baffled [about the Skylar Neese murder]. After killer Shelia Eddy pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years for second degree murder, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts [that would have been disclosed had] the case ... gone to trial"-- Provided by publisher.

Naming Jack the Ripper : new crime scene evidence : a stunning forensic breakthrough : the killer revealed

September 30, 2014
Edwards, Russell, author.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Queen City gothic : Cincinnati's most infamous murder mysteries

September 26, 2014
Townsend, J. T.
© 2014
xii, 469 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Murder & mayhem on Ohio's rails

September 24, 2014
Turzillo, Jane Ann.
Charleston : The History Press, 2014.
126 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rob every damned man -- A man of nerve -- Wanted! for the murder of Detective Hulligan -- Shot down in cold blood -- The dynamite-proof safe -- A fusillade of bullets -- Messenger threatened, bound hand and foot -- He did it for love -- Loot sold cheap -- Public enemy number one executes last great train robbery.

Thomas Quick : the making of a serial killer

September 22, 2014
Råstam, Hannes, author.
Edinburgh : Canongate, 2013.
xv, 459 pages ; 22 cm
"I wonder what you'd think of me if you found out that I've done something really serious." So begin the confessions of Thomas Quick—Scandinavia's most notorious serial killer. In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an 11-year-old boy who had been missing for 12 years. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than 30 unsolved murders, revealing he had maimed, raped, and eaten the remains of his victims. In the years that followed, a fearless investigative journalist called Hannes Råstam became obsessed with Quick's case. He studied the investigations in forensic detail. He scrutinized every interrogation, read and re-read the verdicts, watched the police reenactments, and tracked down the medical records and personal police logs—until finally he was faced with a horrifying uncertainty. In the spring of 2008, Råstam traveled to where Thomas Quick was serving a life sentence. He had one question for Sweden's most abominable serial killer, and the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself.

Murder in the stacks : Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the killer who got away

September 12, 2014
DeKok, David.
Guilford, Connecticut : GPP, [2014]
vii, 437 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
"The book weaves together the events, culture, and attitudes of the late 1960s, memorializing the stabbing death of Betsy Aardsma in the stacks of Pattee Library at Penn State University's main campus in State College and her time and place in history"-- Provided by publisher.

Renegade Amish : beard cutting, hate crimes, and the trial of the Bergholz barbers

September 5, 2014
Kraybill, Donald B.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
xvi, 207 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm
The attacks -- The clan -- The bishop -- The cult? -- The FBI -- The trial -- The sentencing -- The aftermath.

Hoosier public enemy : a life of John Dillinger

August 29, 2014
Beineke, John A.
Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2014.
x, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Johnnie -- Learning the trade -- Caught : but not for long -- Chicago -- Laying low in the sun -- The great escape -- Back in business -- Catch me if you can -- Hiding in plain sight -- The last picture show -- Back home in Indiana.

Eichmann before Jerusalem : the unexamined life of a mass murderer

August 25, 2014
Stangneth, Bettina.
New York : Knopf, 2014.
xxv, 579 pages ; 25 cm
"A total re-assessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann that reveals his activities and notoriety amongst a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich, and permanently undermines Hannah Arendt's often-cited notion of the "banality of evil.""-- Provided by publisher.

Blood in the fields : ten years inside California's Nuestra Familia gang

August 21, 2014
Reynolds, Julia.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
xxvii, 338 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece, East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. Award-winning journalist Julia Reynolds tells the gang's story from the inside out, following young men and women as they search for a new kind of family, quests that usually lead to murder and betrayal. Blood in the Fields also documents the history of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies. Reynolds used her unprecedented access to gang members, both in and out of prison, as well as undercover wire taps, depositions, and court documents to weave a gripping, comprehensive history of this brutal criminal organization and the lives it destroyed"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker

August 11, 2014
Swanson, Doug J., 1953-
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
viii, 355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The astonishing story of Benny Binion-a rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas. Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries-including J. Edgar Hoover. As fast paced as any thriller, Blood Aces tells a story that is unmatched in the annals of American criminal justice, a vital yet untold piece of this country's history"-- Provided by publisher.

The encyclopedia of serial killers

August 8, 2014
Newton, Michael, 1951-
New York : Checkmark Books, c2006.
vii, 515 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide case histories of individual serial killers from throughout history, as well as essays on general topics related to serial murder.

The dangerous divide : peril and promise on the US-Mexico border

August 1, 2014
Eichstaedt, Peter H., 1947- author.
Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, [2014]
244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

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.

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