New Arrivals · True Crime

May 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Heart full of lies : a true story of desire and death

May 16, 2019
Rule, Ann.
New York : Pocket BooksFree Press, 2004, ©2003.
xiv, 447 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
Presents an account of the October 2000 murder of Chris Northon, and his wife Liysa's subsequent conviction for the crime which she claims she committed in self-defense.

--and never let her go : Thomas Capano, the deadly seducer

May 15, 2019
Rule, Ann.
New York : Pocket Star Books, ©1999.
680 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
Investigates the murder of Anne-Marie Fahey, secretary to the governor of Delaware, revealing the shocking affair with respected attorney Thomas Capano that eventually led to her death.

Every breath you take : a true story of obsession, revenge, and murder

May 15, 2019
Rule, Ann.
New York : Pocket Books, [2002]
xxi, 681 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm
Originally published: New York : Free Press, 2001.
Although happily ensconced in a loving second marriage, and a new family of quadruplets, Sheila never truly escaped the vicious enslavement of her ex-husband, multi-millionaire Allen Blackthorne, a handsome charmer -- and a violent, controlling sociopath who subjected Sheila to unthinkable abuse in their marriage, and terrorized her for a decade after their divorce. When Sheila was slain in her home, in the presence of her four toddlers, authorities raced to link the crime to Blackthorne, the man who vowed to monitor Sheila's every move in his obsessive quest for power and revenge.

Moneyland : the inside story of the crooks and kleptocrats who rule the world

May 14, 2019
Bullough, Oliver, 1977- author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
First published in Great Britain byProfile Books.
Kleptocracies, governments run by corrupt leaders that prosper at the expense of their people, are on the rise. Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland--the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich. Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, attacking the foundations of many of the world's most stable countries.

The I-5 killer

May 10, 2019
Stack, Andy.
New York, N.Y. : Signet, 1988.
296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
Spine Author: Ann Rule.
"A Signet book."
"Randall Woodfield had it all. He was an award-winning student and star athlete. He was drafted for pro football by the Green Bay Packers, and chosen by Playgirl as a centerfold candidate. Working in swinging West Coast bars, he had his pick of willing sexual prospects. But Randall Woodfield wanted more than ordinary sex. He lusted for unspeakable submission and violent vengeance, and he cruised the I-5 highway through California, Oregon, and Washington in search of prey. And as the list of his victims grew to a total of at least 44, the police faced the awesome challenge of catching and convicting a suspect who seemed too handsome and appealing to have committed such ugly crimes--crimes that filled every woman within his striking range with fear and horror ..."--Page [4] cover.

Furious hours : murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee

May 6, 2019
Cep, Casey N., author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
xii, 314 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations, map, ports. ; 25 cm
"'A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she'd spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth.'--David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more working on her own version of the case. Now Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity"-- Provided by publisher.

Green river, running red : the real story of the Green River killer ... America's deadliest serial murderer

April 30, 2019
Rule, Ann.
New York : Pocket Star Books, 2005, ©2004.
xxxi, 665 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm
Traces the serial murders of the Green River Killer, profiling Gary Ridgway as a happily married man who worked for the same company for thirty years, and discusses the DNA breakthroughs that established his link to the killings.

The Lazarus files : a cold case investigation

April 30, 2019
McGough, Matthew, author.
xii, 595 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sherri, John, and Stephanie -- The aftermath (February 24,1986) -- Sherri Rasmussen (1957 to 1984) -- John Ruetten (February 1984 to may 1985) -- Stephanie Lazarus (1960 to March 1984) -- "Admit nothing. Deny everything. Demand proof." : (March 4, 1984 to March 30, 1985) -- Stephanie at club dev (March 31 to June 16, 1985) -- The hospital confrontation (June to August 1985) -- Night Stalkers (August 12 to October 12, 1985) -- Tying the knot (November to December 1985) -- Warning signs (December 1985 to January 1986) -- The month before the murder (mid-January to February 23, 1986) -- The murder of Sherri Rasmussen -- Sherri's final day (February 24, 1986) -- The chrono and crime scene (February 24, 1986, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.) -- John's interview (February 24, 1986, 9:00 p.m.) -- The bite Mark Swab (early morning of February 25, 1986) -- "The day was boring and nothing happened that was worth remembering" (February 25, 1986) -- The first 48 hours ends (February 26 and 27, 1986) -- "There is no power on earth more formidable than the truth" (February 28 to March 2, 1986) -- "Well-reasoned, carefully-documented and insightful investigation" (March 3 to April 8, 1986) -- The burglary suspects (April 10 to May 21, 1986) -- The Rasmussens' pursuit of justice (June 1986 to November 1987) -- The murder of Catherine Braley -- Catherine Braley (January 14, 1988) -- Epilogue -- "We do not condone murder" (2008-2012).

The stranger beside me

April 26, 2019
Rule, Ann, author.
xxxix, 550 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The shocking inside story of serial killer Ted Bundy"--Cover.
"When Anne Rule and Ted Bundy developed a friendship at a Seattle crisis clinic in 1971, she had no idea that her caring, sensitive coworker would go on to become one of America's most notorious serial killers. In [this book], she dives into not only her personal relationship with Bundy, but his life; covering everything from his complicated childhood to the media circus revolving around his trials. Bundy eventually confessed to killing at least thirty-six women across the country and was sentenced to death. Rule draws from correspondence to create an intense, heart-pounding account of the brilliant and charismatic Bundy"--Back cover.

The last job : the "bad grandpas" and the Hatton Garden heist

April 18, 2019
Bilefsky, Dan, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
xiv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The definitive account of one of the most brazen jewel heists in history.

Where monsters hide : sex, murder, and madness in the Midwest

April 15, 2019
Phelps, M. William, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2019.
352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Recounts the investigation into Chris Regan's murder by the Iron River police department, which determined that his lover, a married woman, killed Regan and framed her husband for the crime.

His Garden : Conversations with a serial killer

April 12, 2019
Howard, Anne, K., author.
295 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A monster was on a killing spree. In just nine months, seven people went missing; all of their bodies eventually discovered in a wooded lot behind a suburban strip mall. But the investigation that led law enforcement to their suspect, William Devin Howell, is only part of the story.

I'm saying no! : standing up against sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual pressure

April 11, 2019
Engel, Beverly, author.
xii, 281 pages ; 23 cm

The last stone

April 9, 2019
Bowden, Mark, 1951- author.
340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. It pointed them toward a man named Lloyd Welch, then serving time for child molestation in Delaware. As a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper, Mark Bowden covered the frantic first weeks of the story. In The Last Stone, he returns to write its ending. Over months of intense questioning and extensive investigation of Welch's sprawling, sinister Appalachian clan, five skilled detectives learned to sift truth from determined lies.

Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London

March 27, 2019
Harman, Claire, author.
252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
A last walk -- The crime -- This nightmare of a book -- The play -- The investigation -- The trial -- In the Stone Jug -- The execution -- The aftermath -- Postscript : unanswered questions.
" In May 1840, Lord William Russell, well known in London's highest social circles, was found with his throat cut. The brutal murder had the whole city talking. The police suspected Russell's valet, Courvoisier, but the evidence was weak. And the missing clue lay in the unlikeliest place: what Courvoisier had been reading. Murder By the Book combines the thrilling true-crime story with a illuminating account of the rise of the novel form and the battle for its early soul between the most famous writers of the time. It is a superbly researched, vividly written, fascinating read from first to last"--Provided by publisher.

Hate crime hoax : how the left is selling a fake race war

March 27, 2019
Reilly, Wilfred, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, 2019.
xxv, 309 pages ; 24 cm
"If you believe the news, today's America is plagued by an epidemic of violent hate crimes. But is that really true? In Hate Crime Hoax, Professor Wilfred Reilly examines over one hundred widely publicized incidents of so-called hate crimes that never actually happened. With a critical eye and attention to detail, Reilly debunks these fabricated incidents--many of them alleged to have happened on college campuses--and explores why so many Americans are driven to fake hate crimes. We're not experiencing an epidemic of hate crimes, Reilly concludes--but we might be experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of hate crime hoaxes"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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