New Arrivals · True Crime

September 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Operation Greylord : the true story of an untrained undercover agent and America's biggest corruption bust

September 22, 2015
Hake, Terrence, author.
Chicago, Illinois : American Bar Association, [2015]
xvi, 279 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1 : Entry level. A game without rules ; The closed world ; Wearing a wire ; The fixers ; Money trails ; The brass key ; Disclosures-- Part 2 : One of the boys. The next level ; The black bag ; Listening in ; Suspicions ; Switching sides ; Web of corruption ; Branching out ; Our crime academy ; All hell breaks loose -- Part 3 : The reckoning. The largest bribe ; The wall collapses ; Justice on trial ; On the stand ; Rebound ; Final justice ; Full circle.
Terrence Hake recounts his involvement in the events of Operation Greylord, the FBI's longest and most successful undercover operation that led to charges against over one hundred of Chicago's judges, lawyers, and court personnel.

Trials of passion : crimes committed in the name of love and madness

September 22, 2015
Appignanesi, Lisa, author.
434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Using sensational crimes committed in America, Britain, and France, this dramatic narrative takes madness and passion into the courts and puts these provocative themes on trial"-- provided by publisher.

The valley of the shadow of death : a tale of tragedy and redemption

September 21, 2015
Alexander, Kermit, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
xiii, 352 pages ; 24 cm
An empty house -- There were no strangers -- From Jim Crow to Mudtown -- Charcoal Alley -- Mama, go get 'em -- Our family isn't like that -- The hundred-year drive -- I need to go to the hospital -- The lost litter -- Black Tommy, Sweet Daddy -- Eternal rest grant unto them -- Alone -- The mayor wants to see you -- I'm afraid he'll turn into one -- An epidemic of violence -- Hyde Park -- Gladiators, Panthers, and tales from the crypt -- Little Cat Man -- He took a wrong turn -- It went to my heart -- the third man faces death -- Horace vs. Horse -- Nothin' about nothin' -- Kill them all -- Do you know who that is? -- Autumn in Watts -- Born of the /south -- So drive -- Don't cry -- Let him die on the rocks -- The Gray Goose to the AC -- An American tragedy -- To reign in hell -- I cannot forgive the choice -- The dream -- A superhero -- The wilderness -- The land of high mountains -- We can't do this -- We take them all -- News that demands a chair -- Thirty years after -- A full house.
"In this heart-wrenching memoir, former NFL star Kermit Alexander tells the devastating true story of the horrific massacre of his family and his subsequent years of despair, followed by a spiritual renewal that showed him a way to rebuild his family and reclaim his life. On the morning of August 31, 1984, in the South Central section of Los Angeles, three armed men broke into a house, brutally murdering two women and two young boys. The victims were Ebora Alexander, Dietra Alexander, Damani Garner, and Damon Bonner - the mother, sister, and nephews of retired All-Pro cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers Kermit Alexander. In his own words, Kermit Alexander finally shares the full story of what happened to his loved ones and the aftermath of that tragic day. He recounts the hours leading up to the massacre, and how afterward he lost himself in the LA underworld, pleading, bribing, and threatening in a search for answers. He describes his journey through the "wilderness" of despair - the years of isolation living out of his car, broke, depressed, and sick. We also learn about his coming-of-age in 1950s LA, the following decade he spent in the NFL, the events leading up to that fateful August day, and finally the shocking truth behind the murders. Kermit opens up about his darkest hours, but also what it took to turn his life around, rebuild his family, and ultimately find peace. Ominous and intense, powerful and uplifting, tragic and triumphant, The Valley of the Shadow of Death is more than a rendering of one man's adversity; it's testament to the value of family and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming loss."--provided from publisher.

Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it

September 21, 2015
Harding, Kate, 1975-
Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
vii, 261 pages ; 23 cm
"From Congressman Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, to the furor at Vanderbilt, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it? In Asking for It, Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt, bullshit-free voice that has made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for It makes the case that twenty-first-century America-where it's estimated that out of every 100 rapes only 5 result in felony convictions-supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a culture, can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused. "-- Provided by publisher.

The rising : murder, heartbreak, and the power of human resilience in an American town

September 15, 2015
D'Agostino, Ryan, author.
275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The story of Bill Petit, the Connecticut man whose family was killed in a home invasion, and his remarkable recovery from that trauma"-- Provided by publisher.

Where the bodies were buried : Whitey Bulger and the world that made him

September 15, 2015
English, T. J., 1957- author.
x, 438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"T.J. English offers a front-row seat at the trial of Whitey Bulger, and an intimate view of the world of organized crime--and law enforcement--that made him the defining Irish American gangster. For sixteen years, Whitey Bulger eluded the long reach of the law. For decades one of the most dangerous men in America, Bulger--the brother of influential Massachusetts senator Billy Bulger--was often romanticized as a Robin Hood-like thief and protector. While he was functioning as the de facto mob boss of New England, Bulger was also serving as a Top Echelon informant for the FBI, covertly feeding local prosecutors information about other mob figures--while using their cover to cleverly eliminate his rivals, reinforce his own power, and protect himself from prosecution."-- Provided by publisher.

The year of fear : Machine Gun Kelly and the manhunt that changed the nation

September 11, 2015
Urschel, Joe, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
xi, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
George and Kathryn go to work -- A massacre in Kansas City -- The Kidnapping Scourge -- The Abduction -- Welcome to Paradise -- The Delivery -- The Manhunt -- Catching Kelly -- The Kellys' Trial -- The G-men Take the Spotlight -- Alcatraz and the "Irredeemables."
"It's 1933 and Prohibition has given rise to the American gangster--now infamous names like Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger. Bank robberies at gunpoint are commonplace and kidnapping for ransom is the scourge of a lawless nation. With local cops unauthorized to cross state lines in pursuit and no national police force, safety for kidnappers is just a short trip on back roads they know well from their bootlegging days. Gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his wife, Kathryn, are some of the most celebrated criminals of the Great Depression. With gin-running operations facing extinction and bank vaults with dwindling stores of cash, Kelly sets his sights on the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His target: rich oilman, Charles Urschel. Enter J. Edgar Hoover, a desperate Justice Department bureaucrat who badly needs a successful prosecution to impress the new administration and save his job. Hoover's agents are given the sole authority to chase kidnappers across state lines and when Kelly bungles the snatch job, Hoover senses his big opportunity. What follows is a thrilling 20,000 mile chase over the back roads of Depression-era America, crossing 16 state lines, and generating headlines across America along the way--a historical mystery/thriller for the ages. Joe Urschel's The Year of Fear is a true crime story of gangsters and lawmen and how an obscure federal bureaucrat used this kidnapping case to launch the FBI"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder by candlelight : the gruesome crimes behind our romance with the macabre

September 3, 2015
Beran, Michael Knox, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2015.
xxi, 265 pages ; 24 cm
"In the early nineteenth century, a series of murders took place in and around London which shocked the whole of England. The appalling nature of the crimes a brutal slaying in the gambling netherworld, the slaughter of two entire households, and the first of the modern lust-murders was magnified not only by the lurid atmosphere of an age in which candlelight gave way to gaslight, but also by the efforts of some of the keenest minds of the period to uncover the gruesomest details of the killings"-- Provided by publisher.

Contraband : smuggling and the birth of the American century

September 2, 2015
Cohen, Andrew Wender, 1968-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The prince -- Republic -- Lazarus -- Slaves -- Blockade -- Expatriate -- The parsee -- Leviathan -- Deceivers -- Gilding -- Silk -- Flight -- Pride -- Luxury -- Expansion -- Transformation.

The G-man and the diamond king : a true FBI crime story of the 1930's

August 28, 2015
Plunkett, William E.
Wilmington, Ohio : Orange Frazer Press, [2015]
xviii, 153 pages : illustrations, 26 cm

A police Mr. Big sting goes wrong : the story of Kyle Unger

August 25, 2015
Brignall, Richard.
Toronto : Lorimer, [2015]
136 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Real justice"--Title page.
Presents the story of Kyle Unger, the teenage boy from Manitoba who spent nearly 20 years in prison after the RCMP got him to confess to a murder he didn't commit using the controversial Mr. Big police tactic.

Shots on the bridge : police violence and cover-up in the wake of Katrina

August 14, 2015
Greene, Ronnie, author.
xvi, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A gripping tale of police brutality, investigating the cover-up of a deadly NOLA cops' shooting of six unarmed civilians, published on the tenth anniversary of Katrina. Six days after Hurricane Katrina's landfall in New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department officers opened fire on residents crossing the Danziger Bridge. When the shooting stopped, a mentally challenged man and a seventeen-year-old boy were dead, riddled with gunshot wounds. A mother's arm was shot off, her daughter's stomach gouged with a bullet hole, and her husband's head pierced by shrapnel. Her nephew was shot in the neck, jaw, stomach, and hand. All six of the victims, along with two others arrested at the scene, were black and unarmed. Before the blood dried, the shooters and their supervisors had hatched a cover-up. They would plant a gun, invent witnesses, and charge two of their victims with attempted murder. The NOPD hailed all the shooters on the bridge as heroes. Shots on the Bridge explores one of the most dramatic cases of injustice in the last decade. It reveals the fear that gripped the police of a city fallen into anarchy, the circumstances that led desperate survivors to go to the bridge, and the horror that erupted with the gunfire. It dissects the cover-up that nearly buried the truth and the legal maze that, a decade later, leaves the victims still searching for justice"-- Provided by publisher.

The Lufthansa heist : behind the six-million-dollar cash haul that shook the world

August 11, 2015
Hill, Henry, 1943-2012, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2015]
xiii, 367 pages ; 24 cm
The inside story--from the organizer himself--of the largest unrecovered cash haul in history. This full account brings readers behind the heist memorialized in Goodfellas, a crime that has baffled law enforcement for decades. From Henry Hill himself, The Lufthansa Heist is the last book he worked on before his 2012 death. On December 11, 1978, a daring armed robbery rocked Kennedy Airport, resulting in the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history, totaling six million dollars. The perpetrators were never apprehended and thirteen people connected to the crime were murdered in homicides that, like the crime itself, remain unsolved to this day. The burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story's unending ravel of mysteries that baffled the authorities. One of the organizers of the sensational burglary, Henry Hill, who passed away in 2012, in collaboration with Daniel Simone, has penned an unprecedented "tell-all" about the robbery with never-before-unveiled details, particulars only known to an insider. In 2013, this infamous criminal act again flared up in the national news when five reputed gangsters were charged in connection to the robbery. This latest twist lends the project an extraordinary sense of timing, and the legal proceedings of the newly arrested suspects will unfold over the next year, continuing to keep the Lufthansa topic in the news.

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

August 11, 2015
Lehr, Dick, author.
xviii, 419 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 21 cm
First published in 2000 by Public Affairs. First paperback edition published in 2012 by Public Affairs.

A history of heists : bank robbery in America

August 7, 2015
Clark, Jerry (Gerald C.)
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
239 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Breaking in : early banks and early thieves -- The original outlaw : Jesse James, the Civil War, and crimes like no other -- Robbery on the range : the Wild West, the Wild Bunch, and the rise of the professional bandit -- The G-men get guns : bank robbery and the birth of the modern FBI -- Marquee mayhem : John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and the glamorization of the gangster -- Lone wolves : Willie Sutton, the great Brink's robbery, and a thief found dead -- Countercultural chaos : clean-cut killers, Patty Hearst, and a Dog day afternoon -- Striking back, striking big : boosted bank security and record-breaking hauls -- Robbery and reverberations : pizza bomber, the post-9/11 FBI, and online heists.

The man in the monster : an intimate portrait of a serial killer

July 28, 2015
Elliott, Martha J. H, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
323 pages ; 25 cm
"When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, she learned what the world knew of him— that he had been a master at hiding in plain sight. Elliott, a staunch critic of the death penalty, was drawn to the case when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross’s six death sentences. Rather than fight for his life, Ross requested that he be executed because he didn’t want the families of his victims to suffer through a new trial. Elliott was intrigued and sought an interview. The two began a weekly conversation that developed into an odd form of friendship that lasted over a decade, until Ross’s last moments on earth. In The Man in the Monster, Martha Elliott gives us a groundbreaking look into the life and motivation of a serial killer. Drawing on a decade of conversations and letters between Ross and the author, readers are given an in-depth view of a killer’s innermost thoughts and secrets, revealing the human face of a monster—without ignoring the horrors of his crimes. Elliott takes us deep into a world of court hearings, tomblike prisons, lawyers hell-bent to kill or to save—and families ravaged by love and hate. This is the personal story of a journalist who came to know herself in ways she could never have imagined when she opened the notebook for that first interview."--Provided by publisher.

Heist : the oddball crew behind the $17 million Loomis Fargo theft

July 28, 2015
Diamant, Jeff, 1972-
Naperville : Sourcebooks, Inc., 2015.
vi, 264 pages : 21 cm
Revised edition of the author's Heist! 2002.
Author's note -- Inside the vault -- Teamwork -- The key to success -- Creative money laundering -- Caught on video -- How baseball hindered the FBI -- Nerves -- Fun on the run -- Close to home -- Staying close to home -- Tercel to BMW -- Dead man in Mexico? -- Stolen stolen money -- Christmas bear -- A careful David -- Coming together -- Getting close to him -- Taking care of business -- Final touches -- Glad to see you -- All over -- Public defenders -- Flying home -- The M&m's contest -- Legal trouble -- Staying in jail -- Of brain size and bust size -- A revealing trial -- Selling Elvis -- Regrets -- Out west -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- About the author.

Crime in the United States.

July 7, 2015
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.

Stolen, smuggled, sold : on the hunt for cultural treasures

July 1, 2015
Moses, Nancy, 1948-
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xix, 152 pages, 7 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The lady in the jeweled dog collar -- The case of the missing masterpiece -- Ghost dancing at Wounded Knee -- Babe Ruth on a quail hunt -- The only pharaoh outside of Egypt -- Selling history -- Sumerian plunder -- Heroes.
"Tells the dark and compelling stories of iconic cultural objects that were stolen, smuggled or sold, and eventually returned back to their original owner. This book is structured as a series of vivid stories in which the reader joins the author as she uncovers a cultural treasure and follows its often-convoluted trail. Along the way author and reader encounter a cast of fascinating characters from the underbelly of the cultural world: unscrupulous grave robbers, sinister middlemen, ruthless art dealers, venal Nazis, canny lawyers, valiant academics, unstoppable investigative reporters, unwitting curators, and dedicated government officials"--Provided by publishers.

The spiral notebook : the Aurora theater shooter and the epidemic of mass violence committed by American youth

June 11, 2015
Singular, Stephen, author.
ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically-acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife Joyce for their most important work yet-- one that investigates why America keeps producing twenty-something mass killers. Their reporting has produced the most comprehensive look at the Aurora shooting yet and draws upon the one group left out of the discussion of violence in America: the twenty-somethings themselves,"

Cold serial : the Jack the Strangler murders

June 11, 2015
Forschner, Brian, author.
xv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
""Cold Serial" is narrative non-fiction that tells of five girls who were raped and murdered in Dayton, Ohio, and possibly victims in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the early 1900s. Their deaths left a legacy of better protection for the safety and rights of women, led to the annexation of large areas into what is now modern day Dayton, initiated restructuring of the Dayton Police department, led to the creation of the first chamber of commerce in the United States, and involved intriguing relationships with what is still a major United States company. These stories provide the background and lay the groundwork for understanding social issues facing women today, such as rape, assault, and discrimination, and the impact of religion, politics and the media. Telling their stories is doing the work of justice."--From

Arms and the dudes : how three stoners from Miami Beach became the most unlikely gunrunners in history

June 8, 2015
Lawson, Guy.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xvii, 263 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The page-turning, inside account of how two kids from Florida became big-time weapons traders--and how the US government turned on them. In January of 2007, two young stoners from Miami Beach--one a ninth grade dropout, the other a licensed masseur--won a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Incredibly, instead of fulfilling the order with high-quality arms, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz--the dudes--bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The pair then secretly repackaged millions of rounds of shoddy Chinese ammunition and shipped it to Kabul--until they were caught by Pentagon investigators and the scandal turned up on the front page of The New York Times. That's the official story. The truth is far more explosive. For the first time, journalist Guy Lawson tells the thrilling true tale. It's a trip that goes from a dive apartment in Miami Beach to mountain caves in Albania, the corridors of power in Washington, and the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawson's account includes a shady Swiss gunrunner, Russian arms dealers, corrupt Albanian gangsters, and a Pentagon investigation that impeded America's war efforts in Afghanistan. Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American military came to use private contractors like Diveroli and Packouz as middlemen to secure weapons from illegal arms dealers--the same men who sell guns to dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers. This is a story you were never meant to read.

Mob cop : my life of crime in the Chicago Police Department

May 26, 2015
Pascente, Fred, 1942-2014.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
vii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrataions ; 24 cm
"Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, the protagonist of Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became the youngest made man in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing because of his connections, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts makes this story a matchless tell-all. "-- Provided by publisher.

Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation

May 22, 2015
Jobb, Dean, 1958- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
x, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Our Ponzi -- Ambitions -- The law -- The gamble -- The dupe -- The big idea -- The syndicate -- The hanging judge -- The sting -- The confidence man -- The crime fighter -- The bubble -- The flight -- The smash -- The sensation -- The double life -- The victims -- The manhunt -- The alias -- The guide -- The hideaway -- The prince of entertainers -- The crime of the century -- The pariah -- The womanizer -- The trap -- The gang war -- The prisoner -- The return -- The confession -- The reckoning -- The final swindle.
"It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year"--Provided by publisher.

Blood runs green : the murder that transfixed gilded age Chicago

May 21, 2015
O'Brien, Gillian. author.
xiii, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"City of big shoulders" : the convergence of the Clan -- The United Brotherhood -- The dynamite war -- "Secret hatreds" : a tale of two trials -- "Boys, I give up" -- "The darkest and bloodiest mysteries of secret crime" -- "The whisper of silence" -- "Truth in essentials, imagination in non-essentials" : the press and public entertainment -- "A theater of great sensations" -- "Remember Cronin".

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