New Arrivals · True Crime

September 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Ranger games : a story of soldiers, family and an inexplicable crime

September 21, 2017
Blum, Ben, 1981- author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
x, 412 pages ; 24 cm
Book 1. The golem of Tacoma -- Sort of a happy/sad deal -- Basic -- Amurican bank robber -- One fine day at Battalion -- Yes, Specialist Sommer -- Those who are versed in the sciences -- Something you would see out of a movie -- Federal vacation -- Book 2. The prodigy of Peachland -- Soldier -- Interrogation -- Freedom fighter -- The fourth man -- Book 3. The good person -- The b-word -- Just an inexplicable event -- The complexities -- The phabulous Phils -- Getting real -- Real real -- Book 4. The dungeon master -- When bad people do good things -- Space Station summer -- Total data -- The Sommer factor -- Force of personality -- The lady in the striped shirt -- The p-word -- Probably something I'll never understand -- Book 5. Freedom -- Matrix of lies -- Birth of a bank robber -- The rest of us.
Alex Blum was a good kid with one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery. At first Blum insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. Ben Blum, Alex's cousin, began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery.

"I heard you paint houses" : Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and closing the case on Jimmy Hoffa

September 13, 2017
Brandt, Charles, author.
Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2016]
x, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Updated with a conclusion by the author." --Cover.
Provides an account of the life and activities of hitman Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, including his account of how he killed Jimmy Hoffa.

Lies of a real housewife : tell the truth and shame the devil : a memoir

September 1, 2017
Stanton, Angela.
[New York, NY] : Augustus Pub., ©2012.
243 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"[Stanton] takes us into her survival mode on the streets, and adjustments she had to make in her home life. The author shares experiences of her teen years, growing up in Buffalo, NY. She leads us on a short stay as a young girl in Greensboro, NC. The author, rapper, wife and mother, guides us through her struggles into her early adult years in Hotlanta. By fate, she lives a hustler's life of crime with none other than Real Housewives of Atlanta's own, Phaedra Parks. By a twist of fate, her life crashes, sending her on a trip to a darkened place called hell. Urban author Angela Stanton survives to a give a raw, revolutionary account of her daring journey to redemption"--Back cover.

The gang's all queer : the lives of gay gang members

August 22, 2017
Panfil, Vanessa R., author.
New York : New York University Press, [2017]
xiv, 289 pages ; 23 cm.
Acknowledgments -- Preface: seeking "homo thugs" -- Introduction: real men, real gangs -- Understanding gay identity -- "Why do I have to hide it?" : forming a gay identity -- Who's the fag? : negotiating gayness and visibility -- Gay gangsters and their gangs -- Gay gangs becoming "known" : respect, violence, and chosen family -- "In the game" : the experiences of gay men in straight gangs -- Hybrid gangs and those that could have been -- Strategies for resistance -- "Not a fag" : resisting anti-gay harassment by fighting back -- "Tired of being stereotyped" : urban gay men in underground economies -- Conclusion: Queer, here and now -- Appendix: Summary of participant characteristics and experiences -- Methods appendix: "Best of luck in your research, dear" -- Notes -- References -- About the author -- Index.
Many people believe that gangs are made up of violent thugs who are in and out of jail, and who are hyper-masculine and heterosexual. Vanessa Panfil introduces us to a different world. Meet gay gang members - sometimes referred to in popular culture as "homo thugs" - whose gay identity complicates criminology's portrayal and representation of gangs, gang members, and gang life. In vivid detail, Panfil provides an in-depth understanding of how gay gang members construct and negotiate both masculine and gay identities through crime and gang membership. She draws from interviews with over 50 gay gang- and crime-involved young men in Columbus, Ohio, the majority of whom are men of color in their late teens and early twenties, as well as on-the-ground ethnographic fieldwork with men who are in gay, hybrid, and straight gangs. Panfil provides an eye-opening portrait of how even members of straight gangs are connected to a same-sex oriented underground world. Most of these young men still present a traditionally masculine persona and voice deeply-held affection for their fellow gang members. They also fight with their enemies, many of whom are in rival gay gangs. Most come from impoverished, 'rough' neighborhoods, and seek to defy negative stereotypes of gay and Black men as deadbeats, though sometimes through illegal activity. Some are still closeted to their fellow gang members and families, yet others fight to defend members of the gay community, even those who they deem to be "fags," despite distaste for these flamboyant members of the community.

The Algiers Motel incident

August 14, 2017
Hersey, John, 1914-1993, author.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
xx, 397 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1968. With new introduction.
Introduction: John Hersey and the tragedy of race / Thomas J. Sugrue -- The odor of a case: July 26-31 -- Three cops and three days: July 23-5 -- Auburey and his circle -- Confession: July 31 -- The Algiers Motel incident: July 25-6 -- Aftermath: July 31 and after.
Thirty years ago, three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it , an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten.

Fraud : an American history from Barnum to Madoff

August 11, 2017
Balleisen, Edward J., author.
xiv, 479 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Duplicity and the evolution of American capitalism. The enduring dilemmas of antifraud regulation ; The shape-shifting, never-changing world of fraud -- A nineteenth-century world of caveat emptor (1810s to 1880s). The porousness of the law ; Channels of exposure -- Professionalism, moralism, and the elite assault on deception (1860s to 1930s). The beginnings of a modern administrative state ; Innovation, moral economy, and the Postmaster General's peace ; The businessmen's war to end all fraud ; Quandaries of procedural justice -- The call for investor and consumer protection (1930s to 1970s). Moving toward Caveat venditor ; Consumerism and the reorientation of antifraud policy ; The promise and limits of the antifraud state -- The market strikes back (1970s to 2010s). Neoliberalism and the rediscovery of business fraud.
"The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America--and the evolving efforts to combat it--from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. Starting with an early nineteenth-century American legal world of "buyer beware," this unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern regulatory institutions to protect consumers and investors, from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds, including the savings and loan crisis, corporate accounting scandals, and the recent mortgage-marketing debacle. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without enabling a corrosive level of fraud, this book reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust"--Book jacket.

In vino duplicitas : the rise and fall of a wine forger extraordinaire

August 2, 2017
Hellman, Peter, author.
246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Becoming Dr. Conti -- Underside of an auction -- The man from Morey-Saint-Denis -- The auctioneer -- Collapse of the con -- The sheriff -- The takedown -- Before a jury of his peers -- Aftershocks.
Nobody can know them all, certainly not Rudy Kurniawan, who never set eyes on Burgundy. In the end, it was his imprecise knowledge of a particular domaine's history that tripped him up. It happened amid extreme merriment, one spring evening, in New York. The mistakes that he made, minuscule and highly arcane, upended his life. Also upended would be the practices and pleasures of seekers after rare old wine.

The hot one : a memoir of friendship, sex, and murder

July 28, 2017
Murnick, Carolyn, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
ix, 244 pages ; 24 cm
A "New York" magazine online editor recounts how she was compelled to investigate the party lifestyle of her best friend from childhood and her shocking murder, possibly by an alleged serial killer now facing trial.

Dangerous ground

July 25, 2017
Phelps, M. William, author.
353 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"My friendship with a serial killer" --Cover.
Part One: Meeting my "friend," the psychopath ; A murder of crows ; A dark mind ; Some sickness ; The impatient maniac ; Rootless tree ; The space between ; Death becomes him ; Killer instinct ; "Noodles" ; The "reality" of true cirme ; Wounded bird ; High horses ; Long, long way ; Transformation ; Spectator ; Trusty and true ; The world according to Raven -- Part Two: Selective madness ; Death--as a performance ; I remember ; Feels like fire ; Strange condition ; Nightmares ; Satan's whisper ; The terror of damnation ; Ghost stories ; Ten of hearts ; Smoked ; Nostalgia as camoiflage ; Oh, brother... ; Risky uncertianity ; When grace abandons ; You can see with those eyes -- Part Three: A new purpose ; True blue ; Baby doll ; Case closed ; Question ; As much as I ever could ; The girl with the familiar last name ; Jane Doe, Florida ; All in ; The mighty Mississippi ; The big sleazy ; Brain scam ; Victim number six ; Grand optimist ; Black canvas ; Same old suffering ; The past as ransome for the future.
For the first time, investigative journalist M. William Phelps reveals the identity of "Raven," the serial killer who co-starred with him on Dark minds and tells the story of his intriguing bond with one of America's most disturbing killers.

Confessions of a cartel hit man

July 21, 2017
Corona, Martin, author.
xiv, 299 pages ; 24 cm
Part one: Sorrow. The letter ; Posole ; The beach ; Gladiator school ; The ones that got away ; Power boosting ; Surenos don't stoop ; A chance in Hawaii ; Baby -- Part two: Education. Big D's tickets ; Circus circus ; Small fish, big ocean ; The first order of business ; Mainline ; I want to kill him ; The hole ; Plastic knives ; Real great dudes -- Part three: Profession. A big enterprise ; Bullet hoses ; The fat guy ; Getting it done right ; Respect ; Wasn't for her ; Bad karma ; Neglected business ; "Are you against us?" ; Out of my life.
"These are the true confessions of an assassin. Martin Corona started out life seemingly as American as a midcentury American kid could be. He was the son of a US marine, bouncing from one warm beach base to another. But the combination of an abusive father, ill-advised medication, and some bad choices before he was even a teenager led him into a brutal, murderous outlaw life. In and out of prison, Corona, aka 'Nite Owl,' soon came into contact with Sureños and the so-called Mexican Mafia. After having proved himself to be fearless and loyal, he joined an elite crew run by the Arellano Félix brothers, founders of the Tijuana drug cartel that dominated the cross-border drug trade and the associated bloody gang warfare for decades. Corona and his crew would leave their luxurious hideout in Mexico, cross the border whenever they wished, kill whoever needed to be killed, and often return to their "office" the same day. Special Agent of the California Department of Justice Steve Duncan pursued the arrest of Martin Corona for years and wrote the foreword to this powerful memoir. He says Corona is the only former cartel hit man he knows who is truly remorseful. Corona's turning state's evidence led to the arrest of Javier Arellano Felix and the ultimate downfall of the Tijuana Cartel in 2006. But Corona wasn't free from his past. This story gives insight into how one human being became able to kill without hesitation--and how, no longer a killer, and asking for forgiveness, he now lives with himself."--Jacket.

Last don standing : the secret life of mob boss Ralph Natale

July 20, 2017
Pearson, Dan, 1959- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
xiii, 250 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Christmas Day, 1973 -- A sit-down with the boss -- Kids in Philly -- Love and devotion. -- New York, New York -- The rise of the docile don -- Mob heavyweights -- Doing the work -- Where the sand is turnin' to gold -- An Irish wake -- The razor's edge -- Union sundown -- Roll of the dice -- Meeting Mr. Stanfa -- Something's burning -- Angelo Bruno, what has happened to you? -- Et tu, Tony Bananas? -- The wake -- Rise of the Chicken Man -- They blew up the Chicken Man -- Life in Lewisburg -- Mr. Natale goes to Washington -- A Mafia prince -- Stanfa redux -- A marriage of mob-style convenience -- Don't call it a comeback -- Where did it all go wrong? -- The big payback -- Last words
"As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state's evidence, provides an insider's perspective on the mafia. Natale's reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region's mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic City's casino unions. Later on, after spending 16 years in prison, he reclaimed the family as his own after a bloody mob war that left bodies scattered across South Philly. He forged connections around the country, invigorated the family with more allies than it had in two decades, and achieved a status within the mob never seen before or since until he was betrayed by his men and decided to testify against them in a stunning turn of events. Using dozens of hours of interviews with Natale along with research and interviews with FBI agents, this book delivers revelatory insights into seminal events in American mob history, including: - The truth about Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance - The murder of Jewish mob icon Bugsy Siegel - The identity of the man who created modern-day Las Vegas With the full cooperation of Natale, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and producer Dan Pearson uncover the deadly reign of the last great mob boss of Philadelphia, a tale that covers a half-century of mob lore--and gore"-- Provided by publisher.

The chickenshit club : why the Justice Department fails to prosecute executives

July 18, 2017
Eisinger, Jesse, author.
xxi, 377 pages ; 24 cm
"There is no Christmas" -- "That dog don't hunt" -- The silver age -- "Unitedly yours" -- The backlash -- Paul Pelletier's white whale -- KPMG destroys careers -- The hunt for AIG -- No truth and no reconciliation -- The law in the city of results -- Jed Rakoff's radicalization -- "The government failed" -- A tollbooth on the bankster turnpike -- The process is polluted -- Rakoff's fall and rise -- "Fight for it."
"Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "Too Big to Fail" to almost every large corporation in America-- to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club-- an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs-- explains why. A character-driven narrative, the book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice. The complex and richly reported story spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives. Exposing one of the most important scandals of our time, [this book] provides a clear, detailed explanation as to how our Justice Department has come to avoid, bungle, and mismanage the fight to bring these alleged criminals to justice."--Amazon.

On the farm : Robert William Pickton and the tragic story of Vancouver's missing women

July 13, 2017
Cameron, Stevie.
Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, ©2011.
726 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Includes index.

A slaying in the suburbs : the Tara Grant murder

July 10, 2017
Miller, Steve, 1957 September 24-
New York : Berkley Books, ©2009.
vii, 294 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Details the murder of Tara Grant, a successful businesswoman who was strangled and dismembered by her jealous husband Stephen, and reveals the truth behind their dysfunctional marriage and the actions that destroyed a family.

The courtesan and the gigolo : the murders in the Rue Montaigne and the dark side of empire in nineteenth-century Paris

July 10, 2017
Freundschuh, Aaron, author.
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2017]
258 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Elite cosmopolitanism and gentrification in western Paris -- The crime scene -- A reporter's ambition : George Grison and the rise of investigative crime reporting in Paris -- The courtesan's objects : sexual danger and the high life of the demimonde -- Colonial picaresque : the trans-Mediterranean investigation of a migrant -- Criminal detection as colonial war by other means : investigative claims on the Latin-American "rastaquouère" -- The trial of a gigolo : intimacy, foreignness, and the Boulangist crisis -- The skin affair : punishment and the colonial body -- Conclusion : on imperial insecurity.

American fire : love, arson, and life in a vanishing land

July 5, 2017
Hesse, Monica, author.
New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Charge that line!" -- "The South starts here" -- "Orange in the sky" -- Charlie -- Monomanie incendiaire -- Tonya -- "Like a ghost" -- "Tell us what you know about that" -- Charlie and Tonya -- Schrödinger's evidence -- The eastern shore arsonist hunters -- "I've seen enough ass to know" -- "Like hell was coming up through the ground" -- Tonya and Charlie -- "They're not hunters at all" -- "I didn't light them all" -- "Someday they'll go down together" -- "Everybody has a reason for why they do things in life" -- "I can't tell you something I don't know" -- "Midnight without makeup" -- The broken things -- "Time to wake up" -- Burned -- "We'd done it before" -- "They came out of everywhere" -- "Moral turpitude" -- What happened next -- "It's over"
"The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate--there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning. The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America....Though it's hard to believe today, one hundred years ago Accomack was the richest rural county in the nation. Slowly it's been drained of its industry--agriculture--as well as its wealth and population. In an already remote region, limited employment options offer little in the way of opportunity. A mesmerizing and crucial panorama with nationwide implications, American Fire asks what happens when a community gets left behind. Hesse brings to life the Eastern Shore and its inhabitants, battling a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. The result evokes the soul of rural America--a land half gutted before the fires even began." -- provided by publisher.

The Pierre Hotel affair : how eight gentlemen thieves orchestrated the largest jewel heist in history

June 29, 2017
Simone, Daniel, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017.
xii, 402 pages ; 24 cm
"The startling and sensational true story of the most famous unsolved heist in American history: the theft of $28 million in jewels from the Pierre Hotel. New York City, 1972: Bobby Comfort and Sammy "the Arab" Nalo were highly skilled jewel thieves who specialized in robbing luxury Manhattan hotels. (They once raided Sophia Loren's suite, escaping with over $1 million in gems.) With the blessing of the Lucchese crime family, they cooked up their target: the posh Pierre Hotel, host to kings and queens, presidents, and the wealthiest of the wealthy. Dressed in tuxedoes and driven in a limousine, the band of thieves arrived at the Pierre and--with near-balletic choreography--seized the security guards and then swiftly took as hostages the night staff and several unfortunate guests who happened to be roaming around the lobby. The deposit boxes inside the vault chamber were plundered and, after holding the Pierre under siege for almost two hours, the gentlemanly thieves then departed in their limousine with a haul of $28 million. It looked like the perfect crime--until it wasn't. In no time at all, Comfort, Nalo, and their partners begin to double and triple cross one another; two absconded to Europe with the bulk of the booty, while three were murdered by their former associates. The authorities immediately suspected Comfort and Nalo of masterminding the Pierre affair and the men were arrested, but the veteran criminals weren't talking. Furthermore, in order to ensure that they were not prosecuted, the Lucchese Family funneled a $250,000 bribe to the presiding judge to quash the charges. To this day The Pierre Hotel caper remains unsolved. A suspenseful narrative of Mafia intrigue, police corruption, and personal betrayal--including a poignant love story that mearly ends in a suicide-homicide--[this] is the incredible true tale of one of the greatest heists in American history."--Jacket.

Prince of tricksters : the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook

June 29, 2017
Houlbrook, Matt, author.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2016.
xiii, 442 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Gambit -- Telling stories: crime and confidence after the Great War -- The aristocrat of crooks -- A curious kink in the character -- Selling selves: ghosts and life stories -- The ex-crook who has now taken up the pen -- The comic book criminologist -- Ghosts and their doings -- Bogus biographies: literary scandal and the politics of culture -- Writing royal lives -- The courtier and the con man -- Stunts and scandals -- Denouement My selves -- Cooling out: has the world changed, or have I changed?
"Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters - royal biographer, best-selling crime writer, and gentleman crook. In the years after the Great War, Lucas becomes infamous for climbing the British social ladder by his expert trickery - his changing names and telling of tales. An impudent young playboy and a confessed confidence trickster, he finances his far-flung hedonism through fraud and false pretenses. After repeated spells in prison, Lucas transforms himself into a confessing 'ex-crook, ' turning his inside knowledge of the underworld into a lucrative career as freelance journalist and crime expert. But then he's found out again - exposed and disgraced for faking an exclusive about a murder case. So he reinvents himself, taking a new name and embarking on a prolific, if short-lived, career as a royal biographer and publisher. Chased around the world by detectives and journalists after yet another sensational scandal, the gentleman crook dies as spectacularly as he lived - a washed-up alcoholic, asphyxiated in a fire of his own making. The lives of Netley Lucas are as flamboyant as they are unlikely. In Prince of Tricksters, Matt Houlbrook picks up the threads of Lucas's colorful lies and lives. Interweaving crime writing and court records, letters and life-writing, Houlbrook tells Lucas's fascinating story and, in the process, provides a panoramic view of the 1920s and '30s. In the restless times after the Great War, the gentlemanly trickster was an exemplary figure, whose tall tales and bogus biographies exposed the everyday difficulties of knowing who and what to trust. Tracing how Lucas both evoked and unsettled the world through which he moved, Houlbrook shows how he prompted a pervasive crisis of confidence that encompassed British society, culture, and politics. Taking readers on a romp through Britain, North America, and eventually into Africa, Houlbrook confronts readers with the limits of our knowledge of the past and challenges us to think anew about what history is and how it might be made differently."--Publisher's description.

H.H. Holmes : the true history of the White City Devil

June 29, 2017
Selzer, Adam, author.
xii, 430 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Mudgett -- Swindler -- Victims -- A World's Fair hotel -- Holmes goes west -- Philadelphia -- On the run -- Mudgett again -- Caught -- The calm before the storm -- Exposed -- Holmes mania -- Dog days of August -- The trial -- After the judgment -- The confession -- The hanging -- Aftermath -- Evolution of a legend -- Appendix A. Victims -- Appendix B. Aliases used by Herman Webster Mudgett.
A detailed historical account of the serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World's Fair to create his own castle of horrors.

Crime in the United States.

June 29, 2017
Lanham, MD : Bernan Press, c2007-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.

The big heist : the real story of the Lufthansa heist, the Mafia, and murder

June 28, 2017
DeStefano, Anthony M.
New York : Citadel Press, 2017.
vi, 266 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The message from the bones -- "The Feds are all over..." -- A goodfella's lament -- "Super thief" -- "We will get you" -- Tales of the gold bug -- "I got a couple of million" -- The ring -- "My God, you lost millions" -- The friends who hurt you -- "See, big mouth" -- Dead fellas...and gals -- The shakedown guy -- "We're in trouble" -- Never say never -- Dead men told no tales -- "Score of scores" -- "Come dressed" -- "This is it" -- All in the family -- "What is this, Watergate?" -- "Free!" -- Epilogue -- Lufthansa roll call.

The Grim Sleeper : the lost women of South Central

June 27, 2017
Pelisek, Christine, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2017]
344 pages ; 24 cm
An investigative reporter describes how she uncovered the alleged identity of a long-time serial killer who has been murdering women in South Central Los Angeles since the 1980s.

Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago

June 23, 2017
Lucchesi, Emilie Le Beau, author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, [2017]
x, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Guilty -- The year before -- To shield and protect -- Ninety-five days to die -- Passing through the fire -- Epilogue: All that jazz.
"The story of poor Italian immigrant Sabella Nitti, the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago, in 1923, for the alleged murder of her husband"-- Provided by publisher.


June 19, 2017
Delisle, Guy, author.
432 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm
Originally published in French by Dargaud.
"In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world. Close to twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle ... recounts André's harrowing experience in Hostage, a book that attests to the power of one man's determination in the face of a hopeless situation."--Provided by publisher.

Murder in Matera : a true story of passion, family, and forgiveness in Southern Italy

June 6, 2017
Stapinski, Helene, author.
xv, 300 pages ; 24 cm
"Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene's youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight" -- provided by publisher.

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