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July 2003

True Crime—Government Documents on Crime

Assassination of Lincoln
U.S. Congress. House of Representatives
House Report 39-104
Serial Set Volume 1272
This 1866 Congressional investigation into President Lincoln’s assassination is directed more at Jefferson Davis than John Wilkes Booth.

The Lawmen: United States Marshals and Their Deputies, 1789–1989
Frederick S. Calhoun
J25.2: L42
This is a readable and well-illustrated history of the first 200 years of the United States Marshals service. Calhoun profiles many of the Marshals most famous cases, from supporting Civil Rights in the 1960s to prosecuting drug kingpins in the 1990s.

Managing Death Investigation
A complete FBI manual that would make the cast of “CSI” proud.

Microscopy of Hair: A Practice Guide and Manual
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J1.14/16:H12. 1977
This FBI publication is a guide to hair analysis for crime lab technicians. The Public Documents & Patents Department has dozens of such law enforcement practice guides.

Organized Crime: 25 Years Since Valachi
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs, 1988
Y4.G 74/9: S.Hrg. 100-906
Congress used its broad powers of investigation in 1988 to examine the world of organized crime, 25 years after Joseph Valachi turned against the mob. Photographs and testimony are included, along with the names and home addresses of all known members of the New York City mafia.

Report on the Death of Vincent W. Foster, Jr.
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
P.D. Ju 2.2: F81/Pack
This report examines the 1993 suicide of Clinton aide Vince Foster in a park outside Washington, DC.

Uniform Crime Reports
Federal Bureau of Investigation
P.D. J1.14/7: Annual
Issued annually by the FBI since 1930, the Uniform Crime Reports provide local and national crime statistics. Also available on the FBI’s web page.

White-Collar Crime: A Report to the Public
U.S. Department of Justice 1999
P.D. J1.14/2:W58/2
This 1999 FBI study is an illustrated, readable guide to white-collar crime and fraud in the corporate and government sectors.