New Arrivals · True Crime

February 18, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The falcon thief : a true tale of adventure, treachery, and the hunt for the perfect bird

February 17, 2020
Hammer, Joshua, 1957- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
xiv, 317 pages ; 23 cm
"A rollicking true-crime adventure about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggs-and the wildlife detective determined to stop him"-- Provided by publisher.

Race against time : a reporter reopens the unsolved murder cases of the civil rights era

February 10, 2020
Mitchell, Jerry, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
421 pages ; 24 cm
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner -- Medgar Evers -- Vernon Dahmer Sr. -- Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley -- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner.
Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the June 21, 1964 murder of three civil rights workers by more than twenty Klansmen. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. -- adapted from jacket

The scientist and the spy : a true story of China, the FBI, and industrial espionage

February 7, 2020
Hvistendahl, Mara, author.
New York : Riverhead, 2020.
321 pages ; 24 cm
"In September 2011, sheriff's deputies in Iowa encountered three neatly dressed Asian men at a cornfield that had been leased by Monsanto to grow corn from patented hybrids. What began as a routine inquiry into potential trespassing blossomed into a federal court case that saw one of the men -- Mo Hailong, also known as Robert Mo -- plead guilty to conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. agro-giants DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto on behalf of the China-based DBN Group, one of the country's largest seed companies. The Mo case was part of the U.S. government's efforts to stanch the rising flow of industrial espionage by Chinese companies -- some with the assistance of the Chinese government itself -- on American companies. And it's not an isolated one."--Provided by publisher.

Children of the land

February 5, 2020
Hernandez Castillo, Marcelo, 1988- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
362 pages ; 24 cm
"With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his familys encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives. He writes of the Sunday afternoon when he opened the door to an ICE officer who had one hand on his holster, of the hours he spent making a fake social security card so that he could work to support his family, of his fathers deportation and the decade that he spent waiting to return to his wife and children only to be denied reentry."

The phantom prince : my life with Ted Bundy

February 3, 2020
Kendall, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Abrams Press, 2020.
xiv, 210 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in 1981.
Details the author's six-year relationship with serial killer Ted Bundy. Originally published in 1981, this expanded edition includes a new introduction and a new afterword by the author, never-before-seen photos, and a startling new chapter from the author's daughter, Molly, who has not previously shared her story.

A reporter's memoir : when the mob ruled Newport

January 30, 2020
Pinger, Dan, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform] , [2019]
114 pages ; 23 cm
Assignment: Newport -- Mob 101 -- An afternoon with "Sleepout Louie" -- George Ratterman and Tito Carinci -- Trial of the century (and a lesson in humility) -- I thought my work was done, and then -- Here is what happened to -- How they became mobsters -- "The fix" -- Many wanted Newport to stay the same -- What was the public's will -- Could mediation have been the answer? -- The numbers game -- Mistakes were made -- With respect and heartfelt thanks -- Finally -- Known illegal casinos in Kentucky, 1920-1968 -- Known prostitution outlets in Newport, Kentucky circa 1959.
"This book reveals the never-before told thoughts of the head of the mob that ruled Newport, Ky., and the Cincinnati Enquirer's role in freeing the city from mobster influence in the early 1960s. Dan Pinger, the Enquirer's lead reporter on the story, writes about the gamblers, reforemrs, crooked public servants, look-the-other-way citizens, the drugging of a famous former football, dens of trickery and houses of love. It is a behind-the-scenes look at what was then one of the most followed news stories in the history of Midwest journalism"--Back cover.

Corruption in politics

January 28, 2020
Shoup, Kate, 1972- author.
©2020
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
What is corruption? -- Corruption in the United States -- Corruption around the world -- Combating corruption.
"A book for high school students about corruption in politics"-- Provided by publisher.

Start by believing : Larry Nassar's crimes, the institutions that enabled him, and the brave women who stopped a monster

January 23, 2020
Barr, John (Sportswriter), author.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2020.
xiv, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The awkward introvert -- The absolute monarch -- Pushing the boundaries -- What price glory? -- Absolute fury -- All that glitters -- The ranch -- Money and medals -- The pitbull -- Spartan silence -- Hide-and-seek -- Statute of limitations -- "Souls fall...like snowflakes" -- The perfect storm -- Fierce five -- What's wrong with this picture? -- A formal complaint -- "A great bullshitter" -- The cover story -- Damage control -- Cracking under pressure -- Coming forward -- Breaking news -- Fallout begins -- Trash day -- Victim-centered -- Critical testimony -- Defensive posture -- The national spotlight -- Uncivil actions -- Striking a deal -- Armed and ready -- Expanding ranks -- A rare gift.
Barr and Murphy tell the full devastating story of former physician Larry Nassar's serial abuse of America's elite gymnasts and others -- for over a quarter century. They reveal the win-at-all-costs culture in youth athletics and higher education that enabled him. When warnings were raised, self-serving leaders chose to protect their organizations' reputations over the well-being of young people. -- adapted from jacket

The third rainbow girl : the long life of a double murder in Appalachia

January 20, 2020
Eisenberg, Emma Copley, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2020.
318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas--turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries. Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America--its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence."--Jacket flap.

Kidnapped by a client : the incredible true story of an attorney's fight for justice

January 14, 2020
Muse, Sharon R., author.
©2019
x, 297 pages ; 24 cm
Includes topics for discussion.
"On April 7, 2006, Muse miraculously escaped from the sociopathic Morrison, only to find that the threat to her life was just beginning. Ineptitude in the justice system threatened to release Morrison and allow him the opportunity to finish the job, which he adamantly pledged to do. Muse would have to fight at every step to ensure her safety. Muse would act as her own advocate, investigator, legal counsel, and bodyguard in the years following the event. Kidnapped by a Client covers the brutal kidnapping, two trials, two appeals, procedural errors galore, one Supreme Court reversal, and even Muse's intricate plan to murder Morrison before he could get to her. Muse would not ultimately execute that plan, and she would emerge victorious in the legal battle thanks to her faith and her own determination and legal acumen. But her safety is not ensured: Morrison is up for parole in 2026. Muse regularly monitors his status. Muse recounts her stranger-than-fiction story in Kidnapped by a Client. Muse analyzes the failures of the legal system, the mistakes she made, the steps she took to protect herself, and how she has coped with trauma. Readers will find not only a compelling narrative, but also insight into how to protect oneself and ensure one's own safety and well-being" -- Amazon.com.

Epstein : dead men tell no tales : spies, lies & blackmail

January 6, 2020
Howard, Dylan, author.
©2019
xiii, 201 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations (chiefly color); 24 cm.
"This book is based on new evidence from the explosive hit podcast Epstein: Devil in the Darkness".
He was the billionaire financier, the mysterious self-made man who rose from blue-collar Brooklyn to the heights of luxury. But while he was flying around the world on his private jet and hosting lavish parties at his private island in the Caribbean, he also was secretly masterminding an international child sex ring--one that may have involved the richest and most influential men in the world. The conspiracy of corruption was an open secret for decades. And then this summer, it all came crashing down. After his arrest on sex trafficking charges in July, it seemed Epstein's darkest secrets would finally see the light. But hopes for true justice were shattered on August 10 this year, when he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York.

The suspect : an Olympic bombing, the FBI, the media, and Richard Jewell, the man caught in the middle

January 3, 2020
Alexander, Kent, author.
©2019
359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"The masterful true-crime account of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing that captured the world's attention, and the heroic security guard-turned-suspect at the heart of it all. On July 27, 1996, a hapless former cop turned hypervigilant security guard named Richard Jewell spotted a suspicious bag in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, the town square of the 1996 Summer Games. Inside was a bomb, the largest of its kind in FBI and ATF history. Minutes later, the bomb detonated amid a crowd of fifty thousand people. But thanks to Jewell, it only wounded 111 and killed two, not the untold scores who would have otherwise died. With the eyes of the world on Atlanta, the Games continued. But the pressure to find the bomber was intense. Within seventy-two hours, Jewell went from the hero to the FBI's main suspect. The news leaked and the intense focus on the guard forever changed his life. The worst part: It let the true bomber roam free to strike again. What really happened that evening during the Olympic Games? The attack left a mark on American history, but most of what we remember is wrong. In a triumph of reporting and access in the tradition of the best investigative journalism, former U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander and former Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Salwen reconstruct all the events leading up to, during, and after the Olympic bombing from mountains of law enforcement evidence and the extensive personal records of key players, including Richard himself. The Suspect, the culmination of more than five years of reporting, is a gripping story of the rise of domestic terrorism in America, the advent of the 24/7 news cycle, and an innocent man's fight to clear his name."--provided by publisher.

Norco '80 : the true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history

January 3, 2020
Houlahan, Peter, 1961- author.
©2019
xiv, 384 pages, 8 unnumbered of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Jupiter effect -- Zeroed out -- The RSO -- Takeover -- The end of the world -- Wineville -- The graveyard of care -- Interstate -- Ambush -- Some men never get to see their sons grow up -- Shot through the heart -- The Norco 3 -- Bricks in the wall -- Contempt -- The investigator -- On behalf of the people -- Friendly fire -- Scandal -- Who the fuck is Jerry Cohen? -- Stockholm syndrome.
"Norco '80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young men--led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian--attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement. Part action thriller and part courtroom drama, Norco '80 transports the reader back to the Southern California of the 1970s, an era of predatory evangelical gurus, doomsday predictions, megachurches, and soaring crime rates, with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all. In this riveting true story, a group of landscapers transformed into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons. Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones. When it was over, three were dead and close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky, and thirty-two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo. The resulting trial shook the community to the core, raising many issues that continue to plague society today: from the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police forces." -- Dust jacket.

Remembering Emmett Till

January 3, 2020
Tell, Dave, 1976- author.
©2019
xiv, 308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: remembering Emmett Till -- Race, geography, and the erasure of Sunflower County -- Of race and rivers: topography and memory in Tallahatchie County -- Emmett Till, Tallahatchie County, and the birthplace of the movement -- Ruins and restoration in money -- Memory and misery in Glendora -- Conclusion: vandalism and memory at Graball landing.
"Take a drive through the Mississippi Delta today and you'll find a landscape dotted with memorials to major figures and events from the civil rights movement. Perhaps the most chilling are those devoted to the murder of Emmett Till, a tragedy of hate and injustice that became a beacon in the fight for racial equality. The ways this event is remembered have been fraught from the beginning, revealing currents of controversy, patronage, and racism lurking just behind the placid facades of historical markers. In Remembering Emmett Till, Dave Tell gives us five accounts of the commemoration of this infamous crime. In a development no one could have foreseen, Till's murder--one of the darkest moments in the region's history--has become an economic driver for the Delta. Historical tourism has transformed seemingly innocuous places like bridges, boat landings, gas stations, and riverbeds into sites of racial politics, reminders of the still-unsettled question of how best to remember the victim of this heinous crime. Tell builds an insightful and persuasive case for how these memorials have altered the Delta's physical and cultural landscape, drawing potent connections between the dawn of the civil rights era and our own moment of renewed fire for racial justice." -- Publisher's description

If you tell : a true story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood

December 30, 2019
Olsen, Gregg, author.
©2019
405 pages ; 22 cm
"After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle's talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now. For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother's dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders. Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor's story of absolute evil--and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today--loving, loved, and moving on."--Amazon.com.

Dealing with dating and romance

December 18, 2019
Poole, Hilary W., author.
Broomall, Pa. : Mason Crest, an imprint of National Highlights, Inc., [2020]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"The Sexual Violence and Harassment set provides useful information on assault and harassment prevention, what to do if it happens anyway, how to date safely, how to recognize unhealthy relationships, and how to get help with abuse"-- Provided by publisher.

Citizen 865 : the hunt for Hitler's hidden soldiers in America

December 17, 2019
Cenziper, Debbie, author.
©2019
xvii, 300 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
Prologue: The dance -- Occupied Poland 1941-1943. The shtetl of Zolochiv ; The color of blood ; The wedding -- United States 1978-1992. Proper work ; Darkness comes my way ; Light at long last ; Breach of power ; God's grace ; Secrets and lies ; Sunrise in Prague ; Code for murder ; Seven floors above Manhattan -- Poland and the United States 1941-1951. Health and welfare ; Courage and devotion ; Amchu? ; Good fortune -- United States 1996-2013. Long after dark ; Winter in Penza ; The work of murder ; Taken up ; Compassion ; Second chances ; Credible evidence ; Trawniki -- Epilogue. Feels like vindication.
In the tiny Polish village of Trawniki, the SS set up a school for mass murder and then recruited a roving army of foot soldiers, 5,000 men strong, to help annihilate the Jewish population of occupied Poland. After the war, some of these men vanished, making their way to the U.S. and blending into communities across America. In 1990, in a drafty basement archive in Prague, two American historians discovered a Nazi roster from 1945. The long-forgotten document, containing more than 700 names, helped unravel the details behind the "Trawniki Men" who had spent years hiding in plain sight, their terrible secrets intact. Cenziper chronicles how a tenacious team of prosecutors and historians pursued these men and, up against the forces of time and political opposition, battled to the present day to remove them from U.S. soil. -- adapted from jacket

Manhunters : how we took down Pablo Escobar

December 17, 2019
Murphy, Steve (Steven E.), author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
345 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"The real story from the actual DEA agents portrayed in the hit Netflix original series Narcos"--Cover.
"For the first time, legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña tell the true story of how they helped put an end to one of the world's most infamous narcoterrorists. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's brutal Medellín Cartel was responsible for trafficking tons of cocaine to North America and Europe in the 1980s and '90s. The nation became a warzone as his sicarios mercilessly murdered thousands of people--competitors, police, and civilians--to ensure he remained Colombia's reigning kingpin. With billions in personal income, Pablo Escobar bought off politicians and lawmen, and became a hero to poorer communities by building houses and sports centers. He was nearly untouchable despite the efforts of the Colombian National Police to bring him to justice. But Escobar was also one of America's most wanted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration was determined to see him pay for his crimes. Agents Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña were assigned to the Bloque de Búsqueda, the joint Colombian-U.S. taskforce created to end Escobar's reign of terror. For eighteen months, between July 1992 and December 1993, Steve and Javier lived and worked beside Colombian authorities, finding themselves in the crosshairs of sicarios targeting them for the $300,000 bounty Escobar placed on each of their heads. Undeterred, they risked the dangers, relentlessly and ruthlessly separating the drug lord from his resources and allies, and tearing apart his empire, leaving him underground and on the run from enemies on both sides of the law. Manhunters presents Steve and Javier's history in law enforcement from their rigorous physical training and their early DEA assignments in Miami and Austin to the Escobar mission in Medellin, Colombia--living far from home and serving as frontline soldiers in the never ending war on drugs that continues to devastate America."--Dust jacket.

Guilt by accusation : the challenge of proving innocence in the age of #MeToo

December 17, 2019
Dershowitz, Alan M., author.
©2019
160 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- How I met Jeffrey Epstein -- "You've been accused" -- David Boies and his firm create a conflict of interest -- The chronology of a frame-up: the newly unsealed emails and manuscript -- Suitable for framing: Why me? -- Being exculpated -- The #MeToo movement: virtues, vices and suggested improvements -- A pattern of perjury suborned -- A mystery following Epstein's suicide: why did David Boies drop the ball against Leslie Wexner? -- The weaponization of the media to defame and sue -- I demand to be investigated -- Being sued for telling the truth: a grave danger to the First Amendment -- Conclusion: It could happen to you!
"In Guilt by accusation, Dershowitz provides an in-depth analysis of the false accusations against him, alongside a full presentation of the exculpatory evidence that proves his account, including emails from his accuser and an admission of his innocence from her lawyer, David Boies. Additionally, he examines current attitudes toward accusations of sexual misconduct, which are today, in the age of #MeToo, accepted as implicit truth without giving the accused a fair chance to defend themselves and their innocence, and suggests possible pathways back to a society and legal system in which due process is respected above public opinion and the whims of social media mobs."--Proved by publisher

Sandworm : a new era of cyberwar and the hunt for the Kremlin's most dangerous hackers

December 9, 2019
Greenberg, Andy, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2019]
xiii, 348 pages ; 25 cm
Part I: Eemergence. The zero day -- BlackEnergy -- Arrakis 02 -- Force multiplier -- StarLight Media -- Holodomor to Chernobyl -- Maidan to Donbas -- Blackout -- The delegation -- Part II: Origins. Flashback: Aurora -- Flashback: Moonlight maze -- Flashback: Estonia -- Flashback: Georgia -- Flashback: Stuxnet -- Part III: Evolution: Warnings. Fancy Bear -- FSociety -- Poligon -- Industroyer/Crash Override -- Part IV: Apotheosis: Maersk -- Shadow brokers -- EternalBlue -- Mimikatz -- NotPetya -- National disaster -- Breakdown -- The cost -- Aftermath -- Distance -- Part V: Identity. GRU -- Defectors -- Informatsionnoye Protivoborstvo -- The penalty -- Bad Rabbit, Olympic Destroyer -- False Flags -- 74455 -- The Tower -- Russia -- The Elephant and the Insurgent -- Part VI: Lessons. Geneva -- Black start -- Resilience -- Sandworm's Connection to French election hacking.
"In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen, including the first-ever blackouts triggered by hackers. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest companies--from drug manufacturing to software to shipping. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage--the largest, most devastating cyberattack the world had ever seen. The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled, state-sponsored force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike. A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Sandworm considers the danger this force poses to our national stability and security. As the Kremlin's role in meddling in the 2016 election, manipulating foreign governments, and sparking chaos comes into greater focus, Sandworm exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the line between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur--with world-shaking implications"-- Provided by publisher.

The man who played with fire : Stieg Larsson's lost files and the hunt for an assassin

December 4, 2019
Stocklassa, Jan, author.
©2019
xv, 488 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"Previously published as Stieg Larssons arkiv : nyckeln till Palmemordet by Bokfabriken in Sweden in 2018."--Title page verso.
When Stieg Larsson died, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out-twisted his Millennium novels: the assassination on February 28, 1986, of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister. It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue who had done it, and on a Stockholm street at point-blank range. Internationally known for his fictional far-right villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world. Larsson's archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the author's secret project. Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larsson's true-crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy begun by one of the world's most famous thriller writers. Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could.

Crisis of conscience : whistleblowing in an age of fraud

December 3, 2019
Mueller, Tom, author.
©2019
596 pages ; 24 cm
Becoming a whistleblower -- Question authority -- The money dance -- Blood ivory towers -- Reaping the nuclear harvest -- Money makes the world go round -- Ministries of truth -- Epilogue: the Banana Republic wasn't built in a day.
The author forces readers to confront fundamental questions about the balance between free speech and state secrecy, and between individual rights and corporate power as he traces the rise of whistleblowing through a series of riveting cases.

Black Dahlia avenger : a genius for murder : the true story

December 2, 2019
Hodel, Steve, 1941-
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2015.
xii, 530 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published in 2003.
"In 1947, the brutal, sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman named Elizabeth Short led to the largest manhunt in LA history. The killer teased and taunted the police and public for weeks, but his identity stayed a mystery, and the murder remained the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century, until this book revealed the bizarre solution. Steve Hodel, a retired LAPD detective who was a private investigator, took up the case, reviewing the original evidence and records as well as those of a separate grand jury investigation into a series of murders of single women in LA at the time. The prime suspect had in fact been identified, but never indicted. Why? And who was he? In an account that partakes both of LA Confidential and Zodiac, for the corruption it exposes and the insight it offers into a serial killer's mind, Hodel demonstrates that there was a massive police cover-up. Even more shocking, he proves that the murderer, a true-life Jekyll and Hyde who was a highly respected member of society by day and a psychopathic killer by night, was his own father. This edition of the book includes new findings and photographs added after the original publication, together with a new postscript by the author."-- Provided by publisher.

Red River girl : the life and death of Tina Fontaine

November 18, 2019
Jolly, Joanna, author.
©2019
291 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"A gripping account of the unsolved death of an Indigenous teenager, and the detective determined to find her killer, set against the backdrop of a troubled city. On August 17, 2014, the body of 15-year old runaway Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg's Red River. It was wrapped in material and weighted down with rocks. Red River Girl is a gripping account of that murder investigation and the unusual police detective who pursued the killer with every legal means at his disposal. The audiobook, like the movie Spotlight, chronicles the behind-the-scenes stages of a lengthy and meticulously planned investigation. It reveals characters and social tensions that bring vivid life to a story that made national headlines. Award-winning BBC reporter and documentary maker Joanna Jolly delves into the troubled life of Tina Fontaine, the half-Ojibway, half-Cree murder victim, starting with her childhood on the Sagkeeng First Nation Reserve. Tina's journey to the capital city is a harrowing one, culminating in drug abuse, sexual exploitation, and death. Aware of the reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Jolly has chronicled Tina Fontaine's life as a reminder that she was more than a statistic. Raised by her father, and then by her great-aunt, Tina was a good student. But the violent death of her father hit Tina hard. She ran away, was found and put into the care of Child and Family Services, which she also sought to escape from. That choice left her in danger. Red River Girl focuses not on the grisly event itself, but on the efforts to seek justice. In December 2015, the police charged Raymond Cormier, a drifter, with second-degree murder."--Amazon.com.

Meyer

November 4, 2019
Lang, Jonathan, 1973- author.
Los Angeles, CA : Humanoids, [2019]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Meyer Lansky is dead...or at least that's what he wants his enemies to believe. But the old man has one last job to pull off, and he can't do it alone. Once he recruits an innocent bystander, their journey propels them headlong into an adventure filled with murder and malice, towards an ending neither could possibly have foreseen.

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