New Arrivals · True Crime

September 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

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.

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