New Arrivals · True Crime

March 16, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Love your enemies : how decent people can save America from our culture of contempt

March 15, 2019
Brooks, Arthur C., 1964- author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, [2019].
ix, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Are you sick of fighting yet? -- The culture of contempt -- Can you afford to be nice? -- Love lessons for leaders -- How can I love my enemies if they are immoral? -- The power and peril of identity -- Tell me a story -- Is competition our problem? -- Please disagree with me -- Conclusion: five rules to subvert the culture of contempt.

The torture machine : racism and police violence in Chicago

March 15, 2019
Taylor, Flint, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2019.
542 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"With his colleagues at the People's Law Office (PLO), Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city's corrupt political machine. The Torture Machine takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark--and the historic thirteen years of litigation that followed--through the dogged pursuit of commander Jon Burge, the leader of a torture ring within the CPD that used barbaric methods, including electric shock, to elicit false confessions from suspects. Joining forces with community activists, torture survivors and their families, other lawyers, and local reporters, Taylor and the PLO gathered evidence from multiple cases to bring suit against the CPD officers and the City of Chicago. As the struggle expanded beyond the torture scandal to the ultimately successful campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois, and obtained reparations for many of the torture survivors, it set human rights precedents that have since been adopted across the United States"--Jacket.

Gangland : an encyclopedia of gang life from cradle to grave

March 15, 2019
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2018]
2 volumes (lvii, 616 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
V.1. A-M -- v. 2. N-Z.
Gangland: An Encyclopedia of Gang Life from Cradle to Grave includes extended discussion of specific gangs; types of gangs based on ethnicity and environment (rural, suburban, and urban); recruitment and retention methods; leadership structure and other internal dynamics of various gangs; impacts of gang membership on extended family; the historical evolution of gangs in American society; depictions of gang life in popular culture; violent and nonviolent gang activities; and programs, policies, agencies, and organizations that have been crafted to combat gang activities. In addition, the encyclopedia includes a suite of primary sources that offer a look into the personal experiences of gang members, examine efforts by law enforcement and public officials to address gang activity, and address wider societal factors that make eradicating gangs such a difficult task. -- Provided by publisher.

The Acid King

March 8, 2019
Pollack, Jesse P., author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2018.
xii, 455 pages ; 22 cm.
"Real stories. Real teens. Real consequences."--cover.
On June 19, 1984, seventeen-year-old Ricky Kasso murdered Gary Lauwers in what local police and the international press dubbed a "Satanic Sacrifice." The murder became the subject of several popular songs, and television specials addressed the issue of whether or not America's teens were practicing Satanism. Even Congress got in on the act, debating Satanic symbolism in popular songs. But what this case revealed were bigger problems lurking at the heart of suburban America. Ricky Kasso wasn't a bad kid, but he was lost. He ended up living on the streets and thinking he had nothing to lose. Gary Lauwers went from being a victim of bullying to using drugs to fit in, and finally robbery--but then he made the mistake of stealing from Ricky, and from that moment on, his fate was sealed. A few months later, Gary went into the woods behind the park with Ricky and two other boys. Only three of them came out. The subsequent police investigation and accompanying media circus turned the village upside down. It shattered the image of an idyllic small town, changed the way neighbors viewed each other.

Manual for survival : a Chernobyl guide to the future

March 7, 2019
Brown, Kate (Kathryn L.), author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
420 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl. Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was "the worst nuclear disaster in history," a reassuringly small number of people died (44), and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown uncovers a much more disturbing story--one in which radioactive isotypes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties."--Provided by publisher.

When mothers kill : interviews from prison

March 5, 2019
Oberman, Michelle.
New York : New York University Press, ©2008.
x, 179 pages ; 24 cm
The saddest stories -- She's the world to me : the mother-daughter relationships described by mothers who committed filicide -- Fighting for love : filicidal mothers and their male partners -- Mothering : hopes, expectations and realities -- Punishment, shame and guilt -- Making sense of the stories -- Interactions with the state : holes in the safety nets -- The end of the story.
From the Publisher: Michelle Oberman and Cheryl L. Meyer don't write for news magazines or prime-time investigative television shows, but the stories they tell hold the same fascination. When Mothers Kill is compelling. In a clear, direct fashion the authors recount what they have learned from interviewing women imprisoned for killing their children. Readers will be shocked and outraged-as much by the violence the women have endured in their own lives as by the violence they engaged in-but they will also be informed and even enlightened. Oberman and Meyer are leading authorities on their subject. Their 2001 book, Mothers Who Kill Their Children, drew from hundreds of newspaper articles as well as from medical and social science journals to propose a comprehensive typology of "maternal filicide." In that same year, driven by a desire to test their typology-and to better understand child-killing women not just as types but as individuals-Oberman and Meyer began interviewing women who had been incarcerated for the crime. After conducting lengthy, face-to-face interviews with forty prison inmates, they returned and selected eight women to speak with at even greater length. This new book begins with these stories, recounted in the matter-of-fact words of the inmates themselves. There are collective themes that emerge from these individual accounts, including histories of relentless interpersonal violence, troubled relationships with parents (particularly with mothers), twisted notions of romantic love, and deep conflicts about motherhood. These themes structure the book's overall narrative, which also includes an insightful examination of the social and institutional systems that have failed these women. Neither the mothers nor the authors offer these stories as excuses for these crimes.

An American summer : love and death in Chicago

February 28, 2019
Kotlowitz, Alex, author.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2019.
x, 287 pages ; 25 cm
A richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago's most turbulent neighborhoods . The numbers are staggering: over the past twenty years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gunfire. What does that do to the spirit of individuals and community? Drawing on his decades of experience, Alex Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing about individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity--and the breaking point--of the human heart and soul. T

Crooked snake : the life and crimes of Albert Lepard

February 28, 2019
Boteler, Lovejoy, author.
ix, 206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Jackson -- Newport -- Trouble -- Mary Young -- Turning a cup -- The burning -- The running -- The trial -- Parchman -- Down in the swamp -- The long escape: Part I -- The long escape: Part II -- Maximum security -- The cotton field -- Riverdale Farms -- On the road -- Memphis -- Newport -- Vitalis -- Shaw's store.
"In 1968, during Albert Lepard's fifth escape from a life sentence at Parchman Penitentiary, he kidnapped Lovejoy Boteler, then eighteen years old, from his family's farm in Grenada, Mississippi. Three decades later, still beset by half-buried memories of that time, Boteler began researching his kidnapper's nefarious, sordid life to discover how and why this terrifying abduction occurred. Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard is the true story of Lepard, sentenced to life in Parchman for the murder of seventy-four-year-old Mary Young in 1959. During the course of his sentence, Lepard escaped from prison six times in fourteen years. In Crooked Snake, Boteler pieces together the story of this cold-blooded murderer's life using both historical records and personal interviews--over seventy in all--with ex-convicts who gravitated to and ran with Lepard, the family members who fed and sheltered the fugitive during his escapes, the law officers who hunted him, and the regular folks who were victimized in his terrible wake. Throughout Crooked Snake, Boteler reveals his kidnapper's hardscrabble childhood and tracks his whereabouts before his incarceration and during his jailbreaks. Lepard's escapes take him from Florida to Michigan to Kansas, California, and Mexico. Crooked Snake captures a slice of history and a landscape that is fast disappearing. These vignettes describe Mississippi's countryside and spirit, ranging from sharecropper family gatherings in Attala County's Seneasha Valley to the twenty-thousand-acre Parchman farm and its borderlands teeming with alligator, panther, bear, and wild boar."--Provided by publisher.

Secrets of a Marine's wife : a true story of marriage, obsession, and murder

February 26, 2019
Hogan, Shanna, author.
311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Secrets of a Marine's Wife, tells the true story of a young Marine wife whose illicit affair ended in tragedy. Through interviews, court records, and extensive research, bestselling true-crime author Shanna Hogan constructs a chilling story of betrayal, deception, and tragedy."--Provided by publisher.

Say nothing : a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland

February 19, 2019
Keefe, Patrick Radden, 1976- author.
New York : Doubleday, [2019]
xii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress."-- Provided by publisher.

Hunting LeRoux : the inside story of the DEA takedown of a criminal genius and his empire

February 18, 2019
Shannon, Elaine, author.
xiv, 354 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"The story of Paul LeRoux, the twisted-genius entrepreneur and cold-blooded killer who brought revolutionary innovation to international crime, and the exclusive inside story of how the DEA's elite, secretive 960 Group brought him down."--Provided by publissher.

The mastermind : drugs, empire, murder, betrayal

February 13, 2019
Ratliff, Evan, author.
xxxi, 446 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
It all started as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of painkillers to American customers. It would not stop there. Before long, the business had turned into a sprawling multinational conglomerate engaged in almost every conceivable aspect of criminal mayhem. Yachts carrying $100 million in cocaine. Safe houses in Hong Kong filled with gold bars. Shipments of methamphetamine from North Korea. Weapons deals with Iran. Mercenary armies in Somalia. Teams of hit men in the Philippines. Encryption programs so advanced that the government could not break them. The man behind it all, pulling the strings from a laptop in Manila, was Paul Calder Le Roux--a reclusive programmer turned criminal genius who could only exist in the networked world of the twenty-first century, and the kind of self-made crime boss that American law enforcement had never imagined. For half a decade, DEA agents played a global game of cat-and-mouse with Le Roux as he left terror and chaos in his wake. Each time they came close, he would slip away. It would take relentless investigative work, and a shocking betrayal from within his organization, to catch him. And when he was finally caught, the story turned again, as Le Roux struck a deal to bring down his own organization and the people he had once employed. Award-winning investigative journalist Evan Ratliff spent four years piecing together this intricate puzzle, chasing Le Roux's empire and his shadowy henchmen around the world, conducting hundreds of interviews and uncovering thousands of documents. The result is a riveting, unprecedented account of a crime boss built by and for the digital age.

Unsolved murders : true crime cases uncovered

February 13, 2019
Hunt, Amber, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2019.
175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
The shrouded house (The Villisca Ax murders, 1912) -- A Hollywood whodunit (William Desmond Taylor, 1922) -- The bodies in the barn (The Hinterkaifeck murders, 1922) -- The impossible murder (The William Wallace case, 1931) -- Deep waters (The shark arm case, 1935) -- Panic in the city (The Cleveland torso killer, 1935-38) -- Scandal in Shangri-La (The Happy Valley murder, 1941) -- The skeleton in the wood (Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?, 1943) -- Death of a dreamer (The Black Dahlia, 1947) -- Did Sam do it? (The murder of Marilyn Sheppard, 1954) -- The last bike ride (The murder of Lynne Harper, 1959) -- Campsite of horrors (The Lake Bodom murders, 1960) -- Killing for fun (The Zodiac Killer, 1968-69) -- Stranger danger (The Oakland County child killer, 1976-77) -- Death at the drugstore (The Tylenol murders, 1982) -- A Christmas nightmare (The murder of Jonbenét Ramsey, 1996) -- Drive-by shootings (Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, 1996-97) -- Shot in broad daylight (The murder of Jill Dando, 1999) -- Staircase of death (The murder of Kathleen Peterson, 2001) -- The bodies in the marshland (The Long Island serial killer, 2003-10).
Ever wondered who murdered JonBenét Ramsey, or who terrorized San Francisco as the Zodiac Killer? Puzzled over the notorious Black Dahlia murder, or the mysterious Long Island Serial Killer case? This true crime book makes you the detective, investigating some of the most infamous unsolved cases of the 20th and 21st centuries. Crime scenes, crucial evidence, witnesses, and persons of interest are clearly and concisely presented, along with essential details and clues, so you can judge for yourself: who could have done it? Unsolved Murders also profiles the psychology of the killer, discusses the background and life of the unfortunate victim (or victims), and explores how these horrific crimes impacted the victim's family and friends. From domestic tragedies to serial killers with a love for the macabre, this book will have you returning to the cases again and again. Can you unlock the secrets of these unsolved crimes where others have failed? (We can't promise that the book will give you the solution!) Presented in a beautiful hardcover format you will be proud to read on your commute or display on your coffee table, Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered is like having your favorite true crime podcast or documentary at your fingertips every day.

Mass shootings in America : understanding the debates, causes, and responses

February 12, 2019
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]
xxxiii, 332 pages ; 27 cm
Understanding Mass Shootings in America: The role of firearms in mass shootings -- Mass shooters and mental illness -- Violent media and video game effects -- School shootings -- School security responses after mass shootings -- Gender and mass shootings -- Mass shootings as hate crimes -- Mass shootings as acts of terrorism -- Issues and challenges for law enforcement responding to mass shootings -- Insight from averted mass shootings -- Responses to mass shootings. Encyclopedia of mass shooting events, 1966-2016: 1960s -- 1970s -- 1980s --1990s -- 2000s -- 2010s -- Mass shootings Q & A: The experts weigh in: Guns affect society positively and the data proves it -- Gun ownership should be protected: gun stockpiling should not -- Our gun laws are fine, the system that implements them is broken -- Guns are not the problem -- Access to guns leads to increased school violence -- Preventing mass shootings: using theory to drive evidence-based practice -- A problem entailing many policy ideas, but few likely to have complete success -- Government options to stop school shootings -- Let the locals decide how to stop school shootings -- Pivotal Documents in Mass Shooting Research: Gun Control Act of 1968 -- The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act -- The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act -- President Clinton's Remarks on School Violence Following Columbine (1999) -- Federal Bureau of Investigation's Report on Threat Assessment of School Shooters (2000) -- The Report of Governor Bill Owens' Columbine Review Commission (2001) -- President Bush's Weekly Radio Address Following Virginia Tech (2007) -- Virginia Tech Review Panel Report (2007) -- The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 -- New York City Police Departments Report "Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation" (2012) -- President Obama's Remarks on Gun Violence Following Sandy Hook (2013) -- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Gun Violence (2013) -- Federal Bureau of Investigation's Study of Active Shooter Incidents (2014) -- Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission (2015) -- Recommended readings -- About the editor and contributors -- Index.
This book is a resource for understanding the reasons for and consequences of mass shootings in America. It includes essays about key issues surrounding the phenomenon of mass shootings and a collection of opinion pieces that provide insights into debates surrounding gun laws and other issues related to mass shootings. The book also features an encyclopedia section containing entries on every mass shooting in the United States from 1966 to 2016 and a collection of primary documents pertaining to mass shooting events and the broader problem of violence in American society.-- From publisher's description.

A serial killer's daughter : my story of faith, love, and overcoming

February 8, 2019
Rawson, Kerri, author.
x, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
part I: Hold on to your foundations -- part II: Make your way through the wilderness -- part III: Love will never fail you -- part IV: When all else has fallen away -- part V: Seek refuge -- part VI: Stand on your rock -- part VII: Binding up a broken heart.
What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he'd given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichita celebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare. Rawson describes her spiritual transformation, rebuilding her life and learning to forgive the unforgivable

Girl, taken : a true story of abduction, captivity and survival

February 6, 2019
Nikitina, Elena, author.
[Hollywood, CA] : Iliad Books, [2017]
iii, 134 pages ; 23 cm
"In the fall of 1994, 21-year-old Elena Nikitina disappeared. Drugged and kidnapped by a group of Islamic terrorists. Kept prisoner in a tiny room, she waited while the gang tried to ransom her back to her mother. But a few weeks after the abduction, civil war broke out. Life became very cheap, very quickly, and the land became an apocalyptic killing zone. All contact was cut off. There could be no negotiations for Elena's release. Elena was one lost soul, powerless, and at the mercy of hardened criminals who now fancied themselves patriotic freedom fighters. And she was their enemy - the face of the invader. Through eight horrifying months of captivity, trapped in a land where countless people were dying every day, Elena fought desperately to stay alive, stay sane, and not lose the one thing that kept her going - hope." --Back cover.

Encyclopedia of rape and sexual violence

February 4, 2019
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]
2 volumes (xxix, 637 pages) ; 26 cm
Volume 1. A-R -- Volume 2. S-Z and primary documents.
"This encyclopedia focuses on rape in contemporary society. Different categories of rape and sexual assault are examined both in the United States and globally. Though underreported, the data that are available clearly indicate that sexual violence is a global problem that affects not only women, but men and children, too. Perhaps some minds will be informed, by reading the twenty entries in this volume"-- Provided by publisher.

Lynching and mob violence in Ohio, 1772-1938

January 30, 2019
Meyers, David, 1948- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2019]
vii, 239 pages ; 26 cm
Antebellum Ohio (1792/1860) -- War and Reconstruction (1861/1877) -- Disenfranchisement (1878/1885) -- Segregation (1886/1889) -- Reign of terror (1890/1895) -- Separate but equal (1896/1900) -- The United States of lyncherdom (1891/1909) -- The Great Migration (1910/1938) -- Afterword -- Appendix I: Lynchings (1772/1968) -- Appendix II: Attempted lynchings (1772/1938) -- Appendix III: Tar and feathering (1772/1938).
"In the late 19th century Ohio was reeling from a wave of lynchings and other acts of racially motivated mob violence. Many of these acts were attributed to well-known and respected men and women. Chronicling hundreds of acts of mob violence in Ohio, this book explores the acts themselves, their motivations and the law's response to them"-- Provided by publisher.

Political corruption

January 18, 2019
125 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- 1. Where in the world is corruption most prevalent? / Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser -- 2. The founding fathers were corruption fighters / John Joseph Wallis -- 3. Modern-day politics and the abuse of the public trust / Voice of America -- 4. The search for the most corrupt state in the US / Oguzhan Dincer and Michael Johnston -- 5. When is a gift a bribe? / Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman -- 6. Those with the wealth also have the power / G. William Domhoff -- 7. Wealth inequality data is nonsense / Scott Sumner -- 8. Unleashed campaign spending thanks to Citizens United / Gary Beckner and Richard Posner -- 9. How Citizens United changed the rules of the game / Represent.Us -- 10. Comments on the deeply flawed US electoral system / Andrew Gumbel -- 11. Corruption even worse since the 2016 election / Transparency International -- 12. The roles of fear and relief in fighting corruption / Jermyn Brooks -- 13. Curbing corruption with transparency, tchnology, and more / Augusto Lopez-Claros -- 14. Social media and youth activists in anti-corruption campaigns / Mariana Ceratti -- 15. What could stop corruption in America? / Represent.Us -- Organizations to contact -- Bibliography -- Index.

Who killed Betty Gail Brown? : murder, mistrial, and mystery

January 14, 2019
Lawson, Robert G., 1938- author.
ix, 205 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Preface -- The Murder of Betty Gail Brown -- The Initial Investigation -- Cooling Down of a Hot Case -- Arrival of a Real Suspect -- Events Preceding Trial -- The Trial -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
"On October 26, 1961, after an evening of studying with friends on the campus of Transylvania College, nineteen-year-old student Betty Gail Brown got into her car around midnight--presumably headed for home. But she would never arrive. Three hours later, Brown was found dead in a driveway near the center of campus, strangled to death with her own brassiere. Kentuckians across the state became engrossd in the proceedings as lead after lead went nowhere. Four years later, the police investigation completely stalled. In 1965, a drifter named Alex Arnold Jr. confessed to the killing while in jail for unrelated charges in Oregon. Arnold was brought to Lexington and put on trial, where he entered a plea of not guilty. Robert Lawson was a young attorney at a local firm when a senior member asked him to help defend Arnold, and he offers a meticulous record of the case...A written transcript of the court proceedings does not exist, but Lawson's account, drawing on police and court records, newspaper articles, and his own notes, provides an intriguing record of one of Kentucky's most notorious cases." --pg 4 of cover.

America, compromised

January 14, 2019
Lessig, Lawrence, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
xii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Congress -- Of finance -- The media -- The academy -- The law -- Remedies.

Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't

January 11, 2019
Humes, Edward, author.
New York : Dutton, [2019]
307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the case of Jo Ann Parks, the sole survivor and eyewitness of a Los Angeles apartment fire in which her three young children perished. Parks was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole based on forensic fire science that is now being challenged by the California Innocence Project, which contends tunnel vision and outright bias not only led to life in prison for an innocent mother, but convicted her of a crime that never actually happened.

The G-men and the nurse : a 1929 FBI Washington cold case

January 9, 2019
Plunkett, William E., author.
xx, 169 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
It was the sensational Washington, D.C., death case that punctuated the end of the Roaring Twenties. The victim was an attractive young nurse found semi-nude in her apartment with a pajama cord around her neck. Detectives said it was a suicide, but a maverick patrolman thought otherwise and took on the entire metropolitan police force to try and prove it.

Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin

December 18, 2018
Server, Lee, author.
532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Out of the past -- Once upon a time in Los Angeles -- Our man in Hollywood -- Bleeding the dream merchants -- The big squawk -- Crime don't pay -- A warlock's carnival -- Neon Babylon -- The spy who came in from the pool -- A coffin for Johnny.
A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli's career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone--to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power. The Mob's "Man in Hollywood," Johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. A man of great allure and glamour, Rosselli befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital--including studio boss Harry Cohn, helping him to fund Columbia Pictures--and seduced some of its greatest female stars, including Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker--producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s. Following years in federal prison, Rosselli began a new venture, overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Working for new Chicago boss Sam Giancana, he became the gambling mecca's behind-the-scenes boss, running the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the 1960s, in the most unexpected chapter in an extraordinary life, Rosselli became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy White House, the CIA, and an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro. Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, Handsome Johnny is the great telling of an amazing tale.

Sons of Cain : a history of serial killers from the stone age to the present

December 17, 2018
Vronsky, Peter, author.
viii, 423 pages ; 21 cm
I. On the origin of the species: the evolution of serial killers. Serial killers: a brief introduction to the species ; Genesis: the stone age reptilian zombie serial-killer triune brain ; Psychopathia sexualis: the psychology of the lust serial killer in civilized society -- II. Serial killer chronicles: the early forensic history of monster. The dawn of the less-dead: serial killers and modernity ; Lupina insania: criminalizing werewolves and Little Red Riding Hood as victim, 1450-1650 ; Malleus maleficarum: the great witch hunt as a serial-killing-woman hunt ; The rippers before Jack: the rise of modern serial killers in Europe, 1800-1887 ; Back in the USA: the rise of the modern American serial killer ; Slouching toward Whitechapel: sex crimes in Britain before Jack the Ripper -- III. The new age of monsters: the rise of the modern serial killer. Raptor: Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders, 1888 ; The French ripper: the forensics of serial murder in the Belle Epoch, 1897 ; Red tide rising: serial killers in the first half of the twentieth century, 1900-1950 ; American gothic: the "golden age" of serial killers, 1950-2000 ; Diabolus in cultura: serial-killing rape culture "sweats," the "greatest generation," and their sons of Cain -- Conclusion: Pogo syndrome: thinking herds of crazies in the twilight of the golden age of serial killers -- Afterword: "Serial killers need hugs too."
"From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters ... an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are fascinated by their horrifying crimes"--Back cover.

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