New Arrivals · True Crime

September 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hitler's last hostages : looted art and the soul of the Third Reich

September 17, 2019
Lane, Mary M., author.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2019.
ix, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prologue: Wake-up call -- Portrait of the dictator as a young man -- Enigma of war -- Eclipse of the sun -- Adolf's silver hammer -- Bad company corrupts good morals -- Cultural complicity -- Revisionist history -- Our sincere condolences -- Hitler's last hostages -- Epilogue: Business as usual -- Timeline.
"The story of art is integral to the story of the rise of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler, an artist himself, was obsessed with art--in particular, the aesthetic of a purified regime, scoured of 'degenerate' influences that characterized Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. When they came to power in 1933, Hitler and Goebbels set their aesthetic vision into motion and removed degenerate art from German life: artists fled the country; museums were purged; and great works disappeared, only a fraction of which were rediscovered at the end of the Second World War. Most remained in garrets and cellars, the last hostages of the era of the Reich. In 2013, 1290 works by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and others were rediscovered. In Hitler's Last Hostages, Mary Lane brilliantly tells the story of art and the Third Reich, and the fate of Germany's great artists as they fought to survive the Nazi era"-- Provided by publisher.

The bourbon king : the life and crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's evil genius

September 9, 2019
Batchelor, Bob, author.
x, 389 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has original black paper binding with gilt lettering on spine wrapped in pictorial paper dust jacket.
"On the 100th anniversary of The Volstead Act comes the epic, definitive story of the man who cracked the Prohibition system, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and helped inspire The Great Gatsby. Love, murder, political intrigue, mountains of cash, and rivers of bourbon... The tale of George Remus is a grand spectacle and a lens into the dark heart of Prohibition. Yes, Congress gave teeth to Prohibition in October 1919, but the law didn't stop George Remus from amassing a fortune that would be worth billions of dollars today. As one Jazz Age journalist put it, "Remus was to bootlegging what Rockefeller was to oil." Author Bob Batchelor breathes life into the largest bootlegging operation in America--greater than that of Al Capone--and a man considered the best criminal defense lawyer of his era. Remus bought an empire of distilleries on Kentucky's "Bourbon Trail" and used his other profession, as a pharmacist, to profit off legal loopholes. He spent millions bribing officials in the Harding Administration, and he created a roaring lifestyle that epitomized the Jazz Age over which he ruled. That is, before he came crashing down in one of the most sensational murder cases in American history: a cheating wife, the G-man who seduced her and put Remus in jail, and the plunder of a Bourbon Empire. Remus murdered his wife in cold-blood and then shocked a nation winning his freedom based on a condition he invented--temporary maniacal insanity"--provided by publisher.

Stealing the show : a history of art and crime in six thefts

September 5, 2019
Barelli, John, author.
xix, 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Scam me if you can : simple strategies to outsmart today's rip-off artists

August 27, 2019
Abagnale, Frank W., 1948- author.
[New York] : Portfolio/Penguin, [2019]
xiii, 336 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword by Keith Slotter -- Introduction: Smart people get scammed -- The playbook exposed : recognized--and beat--the con artist's game -- Rule #1 Protect your identity. How identity thieves work ; Tax fraud and IRS scams ; Sick : medical identity theft -- Rule #2 Secure your finances. Protect yourself from these bad investments ; Small business shakedowns ; I'm (not actually) from the government : Social Security, government grants, and other "official" scams -- Rules #3 Preserve your digital presence. Fend off cyberattacks ; Passwords are for treehouses : why we need to get rid of them -- Rule #4 Safeguard your home and hearth. The calls that just keep coming : robocalls and nuisance calls ; Great real estate ruses -- Rule #5 Shelter your heart. It's personal : fraud that hurts more than just your wallet ; Charity scams : giving back, or dodgy donations? ; Love you knot : the wild world of dating scams -- Epilogue: Fraud, fast forward.
"Are you at risk of being scammed? Former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale shows you how to stop scammers in their tracks. Maybe you're wondering how to make the scam phone calls stop. Perhaps someone has stolen your credit card number. Or you've been a victim of identity theft. Even if you haven't yet been the target of a crime, con artists are always out there, waiting for the right moment to steal your information, your money, and your life. As one of the world's most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cyber security, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work. In Scam Me If You Can, he reveals the latest tricks that today's scammers, hackers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information--often online and over the phone. Using plain language and vivid examples, Abagnale reveals hundreds of tips, including: The best way to protect your phone from being hacked; The only time you should ever use a debit card; The one type of photo you should never post on social media; The only conditions under which you should use WiFi networks at the airport; The safest way to use an ATM. With his simple but counterintuitive rules, Abagnale also makes use of his insider intel to paint a picture of cybercrimes that haven't become widespread yet"--

Thinking critically. Illegal immigration

August 27, 2019
Gallagher, Jim, 1969- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., [2019]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Does illegal immigration hurt US workers? -- Do illegal immigrants strain public services? -- Are stronger border enforcement measures needed? -- Should illegal immigrants be given a path to citizenship?.
"Illegal immigration remains one of the most controversial and divisive issues today. There is strong disagreement among Americans about the effects on the nation. both Republicans and Democrats recognize that something must be done about the 11.3 million illegal immigrants living in the country, although there is no consensus over whether that should involve a path to citizenship, mass deportation, or some other option or combination. Clearly, questions like these will continue to be asked until solutions are found"-- Provided by publisher.

Ted Bundy : conversations with a killer, the Death Row interviews

August 19, 2019
Michaud, Stephen G., 1948-
New York : Sterling, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 2019.
xiv, 317 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 1989 by New American Library, Penguin Putnam USA, Inc., and in 2000 by Authorlink Press, in imprint of Authorlink"--Title page verso.
"Netflix, a Netflix Original Documentary Series"--Cover.
"A chilling exposé is drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Ted Bundy...It is a shocking self-portrait of the self-described, 'most cold-blooded son of a bitch you'll ever meet' that was also recently made into a Netflix documentary."--Back cover.

The pirate world : a history of the most notorious sea robbers

August 15, 2019
Konstam, Angus, author.
Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2019.
336 pages : illustrations (color), maps (color) ; 25 cm
Chapter One: Pirates of the Ancient World -- Chapter Two: Medieval Pirates -- Chapter Three: The Sea Dogs of the Renaissance -- Chapter Four: Mediterranean Corsairs -- Chapter Five: The Buccaneers -- Chapter Six: The Golden Age of Piracy -- Chapter Seven: The Pirate Round -- Chapter Eight: The Last of the Pirates -- Chapter Nine: The Chinese Pirates -- Chapter Ten: Modern Piracy -- Chaper Eleven: Pirates in Fiction -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Select Bibliography -- Index

The girls : an all-American town, a predatory doctor, and the untold story of the gymnasts who brought him down

August 5, 2019
Pesta, Abigail, author.
New York : Seal Press, 2019.
xviii, 220 pages ; 25 cm
Chronicles the story of how serial sexual predator Larry Nassar got away with decades of abuse before a team of brave women banded together to stop him.

Serial killers : shocking, gripping true crime stories of the most evil murders

July 23, 2019
Innes, Brian, 1928-2014, author.
261 pages ; 20 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2006 by Quercus Editions Ltd."--Title page verso.
"2017 text updates by: Nigel Cawthorne"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- Jack the ripper: the classic enigma (UK, 1888) -- Herman Webster Mudgett: H. H. Holmes: death in the white city (USA, 1893-1896) -- Bela Kiss: barrels of bodies (Hungary 1912-1914) -- Henri Landru: the French Bluebeard (France, 1915-1919) -- Fritz Haarmann: butcher of Hannover (Germany, 1919-1924) -- Carl Panzram: totally unrepentant (USA, 1891-1930) -- Peter Kürten: vampire of Düsseldorf (Germany, 1919-1930) -- Leonard Earl Nelson: gorilla man (USA, 1926-1928) -- Marcel Petiot: vanishing refugees (France, 1940-46) -- John George Haigh: acid bath murderer (UK, 1944-1949) -- William Heirens: 'for Heave's sake catch me" (USA, 1945-1946) -- John Reginald Christie: death in 10 Rillington Place (UK, 1943-1953) -- Edward Theodore Gein: graveyard ghoul (USA, 1947-1958) -- Harvey Glatman: cheesecake photographer (USA, 1957-1958) -- Albert DeSalvo: Boston Strangler -- or not? (USA, 1962-1964) -- Ian Brady & Mya Hindley: Moors murderers (UK, 1963-1966) -- Lucian Staniak: red spider (Poland, 1964-1967) -- Jeome Brudos: shoe fetishist (USA, 1968-1969) -- Henry Lee Lucas: "I hated everybody" (USA, 1970-1983) -- Edmund Kemper: co-ed killer (USA, 1972-1973)
Serial Killers are the most notorious and disturbing of all criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity. Yet they endlessy fascinate and continue to capture the public's attention with their strange charisma and deadly deeds. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, these killers transfix us with their ability to commit utterly savage acts of cruelty and depravity.

My friend Anna : the true story of the fake heiress

July 19, 2019
Williams, Rachel DeLoache, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
x, 278 pages ; 24 cm
"From a photo editor at Vanity Fair comes the true account of her friendship with "Anna Delvey"--a woman posing as a German heiress who conned her out of $62,000--and her quest to obtain justice"-- Provided by publisher.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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