New Arrivals · True Crime

April 11, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The ultimate book of impostors : over 100 true stories of the greatest phonies and frauds

April 10, 2014
Graham, Ian, 1953-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2013]
xi, 306 pages ; 21 cm
To be-- or to be someone else -- Serial offenders -- Gender benders -- False heirs -- Fugitives from justice -- Frauds and freebooters -- Imitation Indians -- Fabulous fantasists -- Spooks and cops -- A miscellany of mimics.
Uncover the boldest and most notorious impostors and frauds in history!

Little demon in the city of light : a true story of murder and mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris

April 7, 2014
Levingston, Steven.
333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The thrilling--and so wonderfully French--story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official by a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress, an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power. In France at the end of the nineteenth century a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Alexandre-Toussaint Gouffe entered a Parisian building at 3 rue Tronson Ducoudray for what he thought would be a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard, only to be murdered--hanged!--by her and her ruthless companion Michel Eyraud, stuffed in a trunk, and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon, that question became the burning center of an inquiry into the guilt or innocence of a woman the French tabloids dubbed "The Little Demon.""-- Provided by publisher.

The strange history of Bonnie and Clyde

April 4, 2014
Treherne, J. E.
New York : Cooper Square Press, 2000.
263 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Stein and Day, 1985, c1984.
Ably cutting through hype and mythology, this history masterfully examines the outlaws' liberal and dysfunctional sex life, their astonishing ability to elude a 1000-man posse, the contradictory accounts of the mythic ambush that resulted in their deaths, and the extraordinary growth of the Bonnie and Clyde legend. Most significantly, this book dismantles the Barrow Gang's Robin Hood-like status, exposing Clyde as a psychopath and ineffectual robber and Bonnie as his blindly devoted, exhibitionistic girlfriend. The story that emerges, at once appalling and heartrendering, is probably as near as we shall ever get to understanding the most notorious pair of social truants that ever preyed on the banks and imagination of Depression-era America.

The price of silence : the Duke lacrosse scandal, the power of the elite, and the corruption of our great universities

April 2, 2014
Cohan, Willam D., 1960-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
xiii, 653 pages ; 24 cm
"We've got dancers coming" -- Frat life -- An alleged rape -- Conflagration -- The new Duke -- Forty-six DNA swabs -- A sudden resignation -- A dark day for Duke -- Unanswered questions -- "Witch hunts go in stages" -- Nifong loses control of the narrative -- Election day -- New revelations -- The hunter becomes the hunted -- "She believed many of the stories she was telling" -- Insufficient credible evidence -- "The only person incarcerated" -- Bad karma -- Epilogue : national championship -- The denouement -- Acknowledgments -- Note on sources.
An authoritative account of the Duke lacrosse team rape case illuminates the ever-widening gap between America's rich and poor, and demonstrates how far the powerful will go to protect themselves.

Savage portrayals : race, media, and the Central Park jogger story

March 20, 2014
Byfield, Natalie P., 1960-
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, [2014].
viii, 233 pages ; 23 cm
Reconnecting new forms of inequality to their roots -- A jogger is raped in Central Park -- The position of the black man in the cult of white womanhood -- Salvaging the "savage": a racial frame that refuses to die -- A participant observes how content emerges -- The "facts" emerge to convict the innocent -- The case falls apart: media's brief mea culpa -- Selling savage portrayals: incorporating young black males in the carceral state -- They didn't do it!

A serial killer in Nazi Berlin : the chilling true story of the S-Bahn murderer

March 17, 2014
Selby, Scott Andrew.
New York : Berkley Books, [2014].
xxii, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Describes the true story of a Nazi party member and serial killer who attacked women riding on trains at night in World War II-era Berlin.

Angel face : sex, murder, and the inside story of Amanda Knox

March 11, 2014
Nadeau, Barbie Latza.
New York : Beast Books, c2010.
xviii, 231 p. ; 20 cm.
With a new epilogue.
Foreword by Tina Brown.
Details the brutal murder of British college student Meredith Kercher, who was stabbed to death while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, and discusses the role of her housemate, American honor student Amanda Knox, in the crime.

Kitty Genovese : the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America

March 10, 2014
Cook, Kevin, 1956-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 25 cm
More than a name -- Opposites -- Garden suburb -- Tigers and ants -- Village people -- She loves you -- Ozone park -- The 11th hour -- Night of the hunt -- Postmortem -- Neighbors -- Confessions -- Pleas -- Questions for the devil -- Consequences -- Calling for help -- Jailbreak -- Memory and myth -- Case studies -- Revisions -- Thirty-six minutes.

Busted : a tale of corruption and betrayal in the city of brotherly love

March 10, 2014
Ruderman, Wendy.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The shocking true story of the biggest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia history, a tale of drugs, power, and abuse involving a rogue narcotics squad, a confidential informant, and two veteran journalists whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe, rocked the City of Brotherly Love, and earned a Pulitzer Prize.

Jack the Ripper : the forgotten victims

March 10, 2014
Begg, Paul.
New Haven, CT : Yale University, [2014].
301 pages, 12 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- The Whitechapel murders -- The East End was a dangerous place -- The gangs of Whitechapel -- Soldiers -- Jack the Ripper -- "He's gone to gateshead" -- Bits of body turning up here and there -- "What a cow!" -- Murder by natural causes -- The ripper that never was -- A gruesome jigsaw -- Jack the Ripper or not? -- The body from elsewhere -- The fit-up -- American swansong? -- Afterword.

Blood will out : the true story of a murder, a mystery, and a masquerade

March 10, 2014
Kirn, Walter, 1962- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
255 pages ; 25 cm
The true story of a young novelist who meets and befriends an eccentric, privileged New Yorker when he delivers a crippled hunting dog to him from an animal shelter, and later discovers that his friend was a serial imposter and brutal double-murderer.

Villains, scoundrels, and rogues : incredible true tales of mischief and mayhem

March 4, 2014
Martin, Paul, 1946 June 6-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Villains: Merchant of Misery, James DeWolf -- The Cutthroat Captain of Cave-In-Rock, Samuel Mason -- Architect of a Tragedy, John Chivington -- The Late, Unlamented Little Pete, Fong Ching -- The Killer They Called Hell's Belle, Belle Sorensen Gunness -- Partners in Perfidy, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck -- Chicago's Florist-Mobster, Dean O'Banion -- A Huckster's Rise and Fall, John Brinkley -- Hitchcock's Hideous Inspiration, Ed Gein -- Scoundrels: -- Salem's Rabid Witch-Hunter, William Stoughton -- Uncle Daniel the "Speckerlator", Daniel Drew -- Unleashing the James-Younger Gang, James Lane -- Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard, John Parker -- Squirrel Tooth Alice, Libby Thompson -- The Lawman Who Went Bad, Burt Alvord -- The Very Mellow Yellow Kid, Joseph Weil -- You Bet Your Life, Alvin Thomas -- Keeper of the Immaculate Sperm, Charles Davenport -- The Silken Voice of Treachery, Mildred Gillars -- Rogues: -- Who's that Rapping On My Floor? Maggie and Kate Fox -- The Witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green -- King of the Cannibal Islands, David O'Keefe -- Master Salesman of a Dubious Legend, Herbert Bridgman -- The Consummate Gold Digger, Peggy Hopkins Joyce -- The Mad, Sad Poet of Greenwich Village, Maxwell Bodenheim -- The Bifurcated Congressman, Samuel Dickstein -- The Frugal Counterfeiter, Emerich Juettner -- Imperfect Pitch, Don Lapre.
From the back pages of history, vivid, entertaining portraits of little-known scoundrels whose misdeeds range from the simply inept to the truly horrifying.

Daughter of the king

February 28, 2014
Lombardo, Sandra Lansky, author.
New York, NY : Weinstein Books, [2014]
xvi, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The only daughter of the gangster legend Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950s, her heartbreak and tragedy --including the insanity of her mother and the crippling handicap of her eldest brother--and her father's unexpected tenderness.


February 27, 2014
Phelps, M. William.
New York : Pinnacle Books, 2014
500 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Describes how Sheila Davalloo, bitter after Nelson Sessler, a colleague, broke off their affair, murdered his new girlfriend, Anna Lisa Raymundo, and went on to attack her own husband.

Blood in the streets : racism, riots and murders in the heartland of America

February 18, 2014
Baker, Daniel L., author.
328 pages, 13 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
A Ku Klux Klan sympathizing serial killer driven by his hatred of "colored" people prowled the streets of the black ghetto in Dayton, Ohio. He stalked and shot black men at random after midnight; the first murder sparked the worst riot in the City's history. The shadowy vigilante was a classic 'loner.' He believed he was doing God's bidding in his effort to stop the mixing of races and, in particular, the Federal Court-ordered desegregation of public schools. The streets turned bloody red as he evaded capture.

The quiet don : the untold story of Mafia kingpin Russell Bufalino

February 17, 2014
Birkbeck, Matt.
New York, N.Y. : Berkley Books, 2013.
294 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
"To what extent was Rosario 'Russell' Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA's recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie? Secretive--even reclusive--Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day. A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino's remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as 'one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States"-- P. [4] of cover.

The mad sculptor : the maniac, the model, and the murder that shook the nation

February 13, 2014
Schechter, Harold.
Boston : New Harvest, 2014.
xiv, 352 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beekman Place -- Fenelon -- The shadow of madness -- The mad sculptor -- The defender.
"Beekman Place, one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, hasn't always been home to the rich. In the 1930s, when bluebloods like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers began to build luxury towers, poor European immigrants lived in filthy slums among the riverside factories and abbatoirs. It was in this setting that a young man committed a grisly triple-murder on Easter Sunday, 1937. The details of the case were so sensational that one might think it had been cooked up in a tabloid editor's overheated imagination. The charismatic perpetrator, Robert Irwin, was a promising young sculptor, but he was also deeply disturbed. An obsession with Veronica Gedeon, a stunning photographer's model, would inspire him to murder. Harold Schechter masterfully tells the story of the "Mad Sculptor" case, one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century--evoking an atmosphere and a madness that will have readers glued to their chairs"-- Provided by publisher.

The Mafia : a guide to an American subculture

January 16, 2014
Hendley, Nate.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, [2013]
xxiii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
History of the Mafia -- Rackets -- Chicago -- The Mafia across America -- Law and order -- 21st-century Mafia.

Hacking and hackers

January 14, 2014
Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, [2014]
211 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
ch. 4: What is the role of government in hacking? -- Cyberattacks require a military response / US Department of Defense -- A military response to cyberattacks is unwarranted and inappropriate / Benjamin H. Friedman ; Christopher Preble -- The United States needs to develop a smart and effective counterinsurgency strategy for cyberspace / Paul Rosenzweig -- More government regulation would impede innovation and cybersecurity / Tom Ridge -- The United States should engage in cyberwarfare treaty talks / Alice Slater.

Skull in the ashes : murder, a gold rush manhunt, and the birth of circumstantial evidence in America

January 9, 2014
Kaufman, Peter.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2013.
284 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Part I. Fire and Ice: Death in flames; The Bohemian immigrant's clever son; Down on the ground; Thiel's men move in; Following the trail -- Part II. Hardships: Klondike madness; Insidem hell begins; Down the Yukon; The long journey home -- Part III. The Trial: Setting the stage; Orange pumpkins and yellow journalism; Inside the courthouse; Point and counterpoint; The summing up and verdict; After the verdict -- Part IV. The White Palace and the Fort: Life in the colony; The redemption dance; Novak's second disappearing act; The measure of their lifetimes.

Hit me! : fighting the las vegas mob by the numbers

January 8, 2014
Gomes, Danielle.
xx, 267 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Double-down -- Gunsmoke -- Whispers -- The cookie jar -- Hard lessons -- The girl with the legs -- Rules of the game -- Unholy pact -- Sledgehammer -- Crash course -- In the red -- The gamer's wife -- A shot across the bow -- Trust no one -- Loophole -- Cat and mouse -- Into thin air.

The bling ring : how a gang of fame-obsessed teens ripped off Hollywood and shocked the world

January 6, 2014
Sales, Nancy Jo, author.
xvi, 268 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film"--Cover.
The fame monster -- Dancing with the stars -- Almost famous.
An in-depth exposé of a band of beautiful, privileged teenagers who were caught breaking into celebrity homes and stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables.

Madison Square tragedy : the murder of Stanford White : 25 June, 1906

December 26, 2013
Geary, Rick.
New York : NBM Comics Lit, [2013]
80 pages : chiefly illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Stanford White is one of New York's most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York's look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with... a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson's "The Eternal Question" and for the later movie "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing," he knows he's on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.

Bosnia's million bones : solving the world's greatest forensic puzzle

December 12, 2013
Jennings, Christian.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
241 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
How does a country recover after a genocide? Sarajevo, summer 2012 -- Separating the men from the women and children in Srebrenica -- How the killers tried to hide the evidence -- Digging up the evidence of mass murder -- Inside Kosovo, Serbia, and the world of the missing -- Building a human identification system -- The wind of change in Serbia -- The world of the missing, post-9/11 -- Global operations begin -- Rule of law, not rule of war -- Ratko Mladic's last request -- From Srebrenica to Kurdistan, Brazzaville, and Libya.

Hackers and hacking : a reference handbook

December 11, 2013
Holt, Thomas J., 1978-
xx, 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"This book provides an in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of hacking from a multidisciplinary perspective that addresses the social and technological aspects of this unique activity as well as its impact. What defines the social world of hackers? How do individuals utilize hacking techniques against corporations, governments, and the general public? And what motivates them to do so? This book traces the origins of hacking from the 1950s to today and provides an in-depth exploration of the ways in which hackers define themselves, the application of malicious and ethical hacking techniques, and how hackers' activities are directly tied to the evolution of the technologies we use every day. Rather than presenting an overly technical discussion of the phenomenon of hacking, this work examines the culture of hackers and the technologies they exploit in an easy-to-understand format. Additionally, the book documents how hacking can be applied to engage in various forms of cybercrime, ranging from the creation of malicious software to the theft of sensitive information and fraud--acts that can have devastating effects upon our modern information society." -- Publisher's website.

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