New Arrivals · True Crime

September 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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".

The first celebrity serial killer in southwest Ohio : confessions of the strangler Alfred Knapp

May 20, 2015
Jones, Richard O., 1946- author.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2015.
143 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The Cincinnati, Hamilton and Indianapolis line -- Confession upon confession -- The strangler's tales -- A puzzle for his attorneys -- No match for Old Sparky.
"Just before Christmas 1902, Alfred Knapp strangled his wife in her sleep. He put her body in a box and sent the box floating down the Great Miami River, telling everyone that Hannah had left him. When the truth came out, Knapp confessed to four other murders. Newspapers across the Midwest sent reporters to interview the handsome strangler. Despite spending most of his adulthood in prison, he had a charming, boyish manner that made him an instant celebrity serial killer. True crime historian Richard O Jones examines the strangler's alleged crimes, the family drama of covering up Knapp's atrocities and how a brain-damaged drifter became a media darling."--Provided by publisher.

C-1 and the Chicago Mob

May 12, 2015
Inserra, Vincent L., author
314 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
A collection of short articles-- many of only one page-- in which Inserra discusses Criminal Squad #1, who were assigned to the Chicago Division of the FBI from 1957 to 1976. These agents waged war against one of the most powerful organized crime syndicates in the nation. At a time when the FBI did not have the necessary tools or legislation to combat organized crime, the squad accomplished their goals aggressively and tirelessly.

Lost and found

May 12, 2015
Glatt, John.
New York, NY : St. Martins Paperbacks, c2010, c2011.
343 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.
"For eighteen years, her whereabouts remained a mystery ... "--Cover.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her way to the school bus in 1991. In 2009, she was found. For eighteen years she had lived in an outbuilding on the property of a registered sex offender named Philip Garrido, just two hours away from her childhood home. Kept in complete isolation, she was raped by Garrido, who fathered her two daughters.

Ain't nobody's business if you do : the absurdity of consensual crimes in our free country

May 6, 2015
McWilliams, Peter, author.
xxiv, 692 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reprint of a column, "Peter McWilliams, R.I.P." by William F. Buckley Jr., with 2000 copyright (2 unnumbered pages, at beginning).
pt. I. The basic premise -- pt. II. Why laws against consensual activities are not a good idea -- pt. III. A closer look at the consensual crimes -- pt. IV. Six chapters in search of a shorter book -- pt. V. What to do?

The accidental truth : what my mother's murder investigation taught me about life : a memoir

April 30, 2015
Taylor, Lauri.
New York : SelectBooks, Inc., 2015.
270 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Candice DeLong -- Case closed -- Do your children know where you are? -- Missing Mom -- Happy birthday -- Habla español -- Deep purple -- What we left behind -- The investigation -- Therapy -- Lost summer -- Girls trip to Mexico -- The appeal -- The experts -- Finding Candice -- What to feed an FBI profiler -- El Muerto -- Lost and found -- Blood run cold -- All alone with my memory -- Case closed II -- Death of a stray -- Epilogue.
"An Orange County housewife tells the story of her four-year investigation to solve the case of her mother's violent death in Mexico that law enforcement officials declared unsolvable. Her discovery of the truth, with the help of a famous female FBI profiler, forces her to redefine her relationship with her mother and her own sense of self"-- Provided by publisher.

Clinton cash : the untold story of how and why foreign governments and businesses helped make Bill and Hillary rich

April 28, 2015
Schweizer, Peter, 1964-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
viii, 243 pages ; 24 cm
The Lincoln Bedroom goes global -- The transfer: Bill's excellent Kazakh adventure -- Hillary's reset : the Russian uranium deal -- Indian nukes : how to win a medal by changing Hillary's mind -- The Clinton blur (I) : Bill and Hillary's global nexus of philanthropy, power, and profit -- The Clinton blur (II) : the view from Foggy Bottom -- Podium economics : what was Bill being paid for? -- Warlord economics : the Clintons do Africa -- Rainforest riches : Hillary, Bill, and Colombian timber and oil deals -- Disaster capitalism Clinton-style : the 2010 Haitian relief effort -- Quid pro quo?
In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they've earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs. Now, Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments.

The strange case of Dr. Doyle : a journey into madness & mayhem

April 21, 2015
Friedman, Dan, 1970-
Garden City Park, NY : Square One Publishers, [2015]
xi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Explores Arthur Conan Doyle's fascination with the Jake the Ripper case.

Hope : a memoir of survival in Cleveland

April 21, 2015
Berry, Amanda, 1986-
New York : Viking, 2015.
x, 321 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.” A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry had a daughter, Jocelyn, by their captor. Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines, including details never previously released on Castro’s life and motivations, Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

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