New Arrivals · True Crime

December 10, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The phantom killer : unlocking the mystery of the Texarkana serial murders: the story of a town in terror

December 9, 2014
Presley, James.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2014.
xix, 377 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's 'lovers lanes' in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle. Dubbed 'the Phantom murders' by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Even pre-television, print and radio media stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs. Although the case lives on today on television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings."--Publisher.

Spam nation : the inside story of organized cybercrime--from global epidemic to your front door

December 9, 2014
Krebs, Brian, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2014]
251 pages ; 24 cm
Parasite -- Bulletproof -- The pharma wars -- Meet the buyers -- Russian roulette -- Partner(ka)s in (dis)organized crime -- Meet the spammers -- Old friends, bitter enemies -- Meeting in Moscow -- The antis -- Takedown -- Endgame -- A spam-free world: how you can protect yourself from cybercrime.
Explores "the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies--and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks--he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere"--Amazon.com.

Chase your shadow : the trials of Oscar Pistorius

December 5, 2014
Carlin, John, 1956-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of Harpercollins, 2014.
393 pages ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Atlantic Books, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd." -- t.p. verso.
"Ending Reeva's life, and in the same instant annihilating his own, had condemned him in the end to the shadow existence he had fought so hard to avoid -- inspiring compassion in some, derision in many more, and ripping forever from his grasp all that he had strived so hard to win." -- Back cover.

Mystery on the Isles of Shoals : closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873

December 5, 2014
Robinson, J. Dennis, author.
New York, N.Y. : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xxvi, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"For the first time, the full story of a crime that has haunted New England since 1873. The cold-blooded ax murder of two innocent Norwegian women at their island home off the coast of New Hampshire has gripped the region since 1873, beguiling tourists, inspiring artists, and fueling conspiracy theorists. The killer, a handsome Prussian fisherman down on his luck, was quickly captured, convicted in a widely publicized trial, and hanged in an unforgettable gallows spectacle. But he never confessed and, while in prison, gained a circle of admirers whose blind faith in his innocence still casts a shadow of doubt. A fictionalized bestselling novel and a Hollywood film have further clouded the truth. Finally a definitive "whydunnit" account of the Smuttynose Island ax murders has arrived. Popular historian J. Dennis Robinson fleshes out the facts surrounding this tragic robbery gone wrong in a captivating true crime page-turner. Robinson delves into the backstory at the rocky Isles of Shoals as an isolated centuries-old fishing village was being destroyed by a modern luxury hotel. He explores the neighboring island of Appledore where Victorian poet Celia Thaxter entertained the elite artists and writers of Boston. It was Thaxter's powerful essay about the murders in the Atlantic Monthly that shocked the American public. Robinson goes beyond the headlines of the burgeoning yellow press to explore the deeper lessons about American crime, justice, economics, and hero worship. Ten years before the Lizzie Borden ax murder trial and the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Americans met a sociopath named Louis Wagner-and many came to love him. "-- Provided by publisher.

Blood and honor : inside the Scarfo mob, the Mafia's most violent family

December 5, 2014
Anastasia, George.
Philadelphia, PA : Camino Books, c2004.
360 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., 24 cm.
Originally published: 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c1991. New material included.
Includes index.

Why we love serial killers : the curious appeal of the world's most savage murderers

November 28, 2014
Bonn, Scott A., 1957- author.
©2014
xii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"For decades now, serial killers have taken center stage in the news and entertainment media. The coverage of real-life murderers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer has transformed them into ghoulish celebrities. Similarly, the popularity of fictional characters such as Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter or Dexter demonstrates just how eager the public is to be frightened by these human predators. But why is this so? Could it be that some of us have a gruesome fascination with serial killers for the same reasons we might morbidly stare at a catastrophic automobile accident? Or it is something more? In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world's most notorious examples, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam") and Dennis Rader ("Bind, Torture, Kill"). In addition, Bonn examines the criminal profiling techniques used by law enforcement professionals to identify and apprehend serial predators, he discusses the various behaviors--such as the charisma of the sociopath-- that manifest themselves in serial killers, and he explains how and why these killers often become popular cultural figures. Groundbreaking in its approach, Why We Love Serial Killers is a compelling look at how the media, law enforcement agencies, and public perception itself shapes and feeds the "monsters" in our midst" -- from publisher's web site.

Crime in the United States.

November 20, 2014
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.

God'll cut you down : the tangled tale of a white supremacist, a Black hustler, a murder, and how i lost a year in Mississippi

November 20, 2014
Safran, John.
New York : Riverhead Hardcover, 2014.
351 pages ; 24 cm
"An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson. A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race-or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex. John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett's murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder-white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime-and the people involved-seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone's life-and death-can be. This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider's point of view"-- Provided by publisher.

Footsteps in the snow

November 6, 2014
Lachman, Charles, author.
©2014
viii, 502 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
It was a shocking true crime that left two families shattered, and became the coldest case in U.S. history. Who really killed little Maria? The question fueled a real-life nightmare in Sycamore, Illinois in 1957. Christmas was three weeks away, and seven-year-old Maria Ridulph went out to play. Soon after, a figure emerged out of the falling snow. He was very friendly. Minutes later, Maria vanished, leaving behind an abandoned doll and footsteps in the snow. In April, a spring thaw gave up Maria's body in a nearby wooded area. The case attracted national attention, including that of the FBI and President Eisenhower. In all, seventy-four men and three women fell under suspicion. But no one was ever charged with the crime. Incredibly, fifty-five years later, the coldest case in the history of American jurisprudence would be reopened. It happened after a seventy-four-year-old former neighbor of the Ridulphs named Eileen Tessier made a stunning deathbed confession to her family about a dark past, and a darker secret they knew nothing about. Two families would be joined by despair and retribution, and in an astounding turn of events, Maria Ridulph's killer would finally be brought to justice.

Hacker, hoaxer, whistleblower, spy : the many faces of Anonymous

November 4, 2014
Coleman, Gabriella, author.
London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2014.
452 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says "knows all of Anonymous' deepest, darkest secrets."Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book.The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters--such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu--emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, including imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond and the double agent who helped put him away, Hector Monsegur, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, including the history of "trolling," the ethics and metaphysics of hacking, and the origins and manifold meanings of "the lulz.""-- Provided by publisher.

Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United

November 3, 2014
Teachout, Zephyr.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
viii, 376 pages ; 22 cm
Four snuff boxes and a horse -- Changing the frame -- Removing temptations -- Yazoo -- Is bribery without a remedy? -- Railroads ties -- The forgotten art of lobbying -- The gilded age -- Two kinds of sticks -- The jury decides -- Operation Gemstone -- A West Virginia state of mind -- Citizens United -- The new snuff boxes -- Facts in exile, complacency, and disdain -- The anticorruption principle -- Appendix 1. Anticorruption constitutional provisions -- Appendix 2. Major nineteenth- and twentieth-century anticorruption laws.

Did she kill him? : a torrid true story of adultery, arsenic, and murder in Victorian England

October 30, 2014
Colquhoun, Kate, 1964-
New York : Overlook Press, 2014.
419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The "Maybrick Mystery" had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumors of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and glimpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's. Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom, on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Did she poison her husband? Was her previous infidelity proof of murderous intentions? Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his demise? Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, "Did she kill him?""-- Provided by publisher.

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

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

The thirteenth turn : a history of the noose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thinking critically : illegal immigration

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

The art of the English murder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queen City gothic : Cincinnati's most infamous murder mysteries

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

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