New Arrivals · True Crime

July 4, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Crime in the United States.

July 3, 2019
Lanham, MD : Bernan Press, c2007-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.

The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth

July 3, 2019
Levin, Josh, author.
©2019
xi, 418 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A new victim -- Covert -- Page one -- Obtained by deception -- Friend -- A woman in Chicago -- Concerned neighbors -- The fashionably dressed Mrs. Taylor -- She couldn't stop -- She knows about the money -- Everything is fictitious -- Bottom rats -- The two Mrs. Harbaughs -- I'll sue the hell out of them -- A helpless child -- Clever, conniving, callous -- Beneficiary -- Deficits of memory.
"In the fall of 1974, the Chicago Tribune found a woman its readers were sure to hate. Linda Taylor had reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a scammer, a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper, and possibly a murderer. But nobody--not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not Ronald Reagan, who railed against Taylor during the 1976 presidential campaign--seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery. Levin's mesmerizing book, the product of six years of reporting and research, is an empathetic work of true crime, an account of how Taylor destroyed both strangers and those close to her... Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Taylor was made an outcast because of the color of her skin. As she rose to infamy, the press and politicians manipulated her image to demonize poor black women. This is the dazzling story of what was done to Linda Taylor, what she did to others, and what was done in her name."--Dust jacket.

American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century

June 26, 2019
Callahan, Maureen (Journalist), author.
New York : Viking, 2019.
285 pages ; 25 cm
"A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Anchorage PD Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"--Cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day. American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of on-the-ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America's most isolated environments--Alaska--when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization"-- Provided by publisher.

Chaos : Charles Manson, the CIA, and the secret history of the sixties

June 18, 2019
O'Neill, Tom, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The crime of the century -- An aura of danger -- The golden penetrators -- The holes in Helter Skelter -- Amnesia at the L.A. County Sheriff's Office -- Who was Reeve Whitson? -- Neutralizing the left -- The lawyer swap -- Manson's get-out-of-jail-free card -- The Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic -- Mind control -- Where does it all go?
An investigative journalist chronicles his twenty-year obsession with the 1969 Manson murders and describes how he discovered evidence of a cover-up, carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents.

Soulless : the case against R. Kelly

June 14, 2019
DeRogatis, Jim, author.
New York : Abrams Press, 2019.
306 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: Robert's problem is young girls -- He gonna grow up being a shooter -- I promise you -- There are lots of people who know about this -- School ain't gonna make you a millionaire -- Numerous -- Trophies -- Go to your mailbox -- Victory by delay -- Recent unpleasantness -- The State of Illinois vs. Robert Sylvester Kelly -- The defense and the verdict -- "How old are we talking?" -- "It's just music" -- The cult -- Reckoning -- Afterword.
In November 2000 DeRogatis, a Chicago journalist and music critic, received an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with 'young girls.' DeRogatis thought breaking the story would have an impact. Instead, Kelly's career flourished. After eighteen years of tenacious journalism, he tells the story of Kelly's career, his own investigations, and brings the story up to the moment when things finally seem to have changed. The result is a darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact on dozens of girls. -- adapted from jacket

Kingdom of lies : unnerving adventures in the world of cybercrime

June 13, 2019
Fazzini, Kate, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
xiii, 240 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical (pages [223]-225) and index.
"The crime you'll never see coming. The people you'll never forget. Cyber-security-professional-turned-journalist Kate Fazzini takes you into the room with the hackers, thieves, con artists, and heroes who are making history in the shadows."--Dust jacket.

The betrayal of Pearl Bryan : unraveling the Gilded Age mystery that captivated a nation

June 11, 2019
Tippin, Larry, author.
©2018
168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has original black paper wrappers with red and white lettering.

The end of killing : how our newest technologies will solve humanity's oldest problem

June 10, 2019
Smith, Rick (Patrick W.), author.
Vancouver, BC : Page Two Books, 2019.
259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The End Of Killing is a book that asks a bold question: could we end killing as a human endeavor? In other words, could we eliminate killing using technology? Rick Smith's answer--born of a life dedicated to making the bullet obsolete--is yes. He argues that while humanity has accepted that killing is an unavoidable fact of life, it doesn't need to be. In this provocative book, Smith demonstrates that, because of advancements in technology, we are on the cusp of a world where killing is no longer required--nor acceptable. But getting there will require bold approaches that challenge conventional thinking. Showcasing the latest technologies in weapons, surveillance, artificial intelligence, and even bioinformatics, the book dives into the big, thorny questions about how technology is changing personal safety, police work, our justice system, and our national security. With clarity and conviction, Smith challenges conventional wisdom, showing how technologies that appear strange and scary can actually better human life dramatically. In a world of dead-end debates about gun violence and police brutality, he offers us a clear roadmap out of the violent present into a brighter future. Thought-provoking, insightful, and controversial, The End of Killing will make people stop and think about the world they inhabit--and about the future to come."-- Provided by publisher.

Grace will lead us home : the Charleston Church Massacre and the hard, inspiring journey to forgiveness

June 5, 2019
Hawes, Jennifer (Jennifer Berry), author.
©2019
x, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part I: We have stared evil in the eye -- Part II: Looking to man for comfort -- Part III: What's done in the dark comes to the light -- Remarks by the President in eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney.
"A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof's massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof's hearing and said, "I forgive you." That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims' families, the journey had just begun. In Grace Will Lead Us Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a definitive account of the tragedy's aftermath. With unprecedented access to the grieving families and other key figures, Hawes offers a nuanced and moving portrait of the events and emotions that emerged in the massacre's wake. The two adult survivors of the shooting begin to make sense of their lives again. Rifts form between some of the victims' families and the church. A group of relatives fights to end gun violence, capturing the attention of President Obama. And a city in the Deep South must confront its racist past. This is the story of how, beyond the headlines, a community of people begins to heal. An unforgettable and deeply human portrait of grief, faith, and forgiveness, Grace Will Lead Us Home is destined to be a classic in the finest tradition of journalism"-- Provided by publisher.

The last pirate of New York : a ghost ship, a killer, and the birth of a gangster nation

June 5, 2019
Cohen, Rich, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2019.
235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Documents the story of underworld legend Albert Hicks, chronicling his mid-nineteenth-century crime spree and the plot gone wrong that culminated in an onboard massacre and manhunt in 1860 Coney Island.

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.
©2019
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.
©2019
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.
©1989
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.
©2018
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.
©2019
xii, 281 pages ; 23 cm

The last stone

April 9, 2019
Bowden, Mark, 1951- author.
©2019
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.
©2018
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.

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