New Arrivals · True Crime

November 5, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


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.

The less people know about us : a mystery of betrayal, family secrets, and stolen identity

October 28, 2019
Betz-Hamilton, Axton, author.
viii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Small-town Indiana in the early '90s. Betz-Hamilton's parents both had their identities stolen; their credit ratings were ruined. The family changed all of their personal information and moved to different addresses, but the identity thief followed them wherever they went. Convinced that the thief had to be someone they knew, her parents isolated themselves from friends and family. Betz-Hamilton spent her formative years crippled by anxiety; her mother became paranoid, consumed by how others perceived the family. Herself a victim of the identity thief, her credit ruined, Betz-Hamilton vowed to find the thief who broke the unwritten rules of love, protection, and family. -- adapted from jacket

Letters from Christopher : the tragic confessions of the Watts family murders

October 17, 2019
Cadle, Cheryln, author.
xv, 267 pages ; 23 cm
Crossing into the unknown -- Christopher's early years -- Life-changing realities -- The Watts' side of the story -- All the money -- The mistress -- The last family vacation -- The week before -- The weekend of the murders -- The night before -- Home for the last time -- Later, the morning of the murders -- The days after -- Interviews -- Two texts with Shanann's friends -- Christopher's first official interview -- Polygraph text and interrogation -- First confession -- Locating Shanann and the girls -- Recovering the bodies -- The autopsies -- Evidence -- Reflections from Christopher -- The arrests, plea and sentencing -- The family -- Prison life -- Christopher's true and final confession and his testimony -- Letter's to his family -- Epilogue.
"In the early morning hours of August 13, 2018, in the small, quiet Colorado town of Frederick, after murdering his family, Chris Watts calculatingly and coldly put his girls in oil battery tanks and buried his pregnant wife in a shallow grave, then returned to work like nothing happened. Chris ultimately pled guilty to the murders, and he is currently serving multiple life sentences. While in prison, Chris receives tons of mail--from family and friends but also fans. Author Cheryln Cadle decided that, after a calling from God, she would write to Chris and ask him if she could write a book about his story. Surprisingly, he wrote back. After a few back-and-forth letters, Chris sent the paperwork to Cheryln to be put on the visitors' list. She then visited him and they talked about her writing a book. After visiting him, he told Cheryln he wanted to tell her his confessions in writing because he felt their conversations were being recorded. He has revealed things to her that no one else knows, not even the FBI. Some of these details will be completely shocking for you to hear. Letters from Christopher is a true crime story with important information to put the pieces of the puzzle together for inquiring minds. Read herein the completely truthful account of what happened to Shanann, Bella, Celeste, and Nico Watts"--Back cover.

Know my name : a memoir

October 7, 2019
Miller, Chanel, author.
viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm
"She was know to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by almost eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. "Know My Name" will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic." -- summary from book jacket.

Ted Bundy's murderous mysteries : the many victims of America's most infamous serial killer

October 7, 2019
Sullivan, Kevin M., 1955- author.
Denver, Colorado : WildBlue Press, 2019.
334 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
1. Lynda Ann Healy -- 2. Georgann Hawkins -- 3. Kathy Parks -- 4. Susan Rancourt -- 5. The Lake Sammamish Reports #1 -- 6. The Lake Sammamich Reports #2 -- 7. King County Reports -- 8. Seattle Reports and Articles -- 9. Don Patchen Reports -- 10. Report on the Chi Omega Murders -- 11. Suspected Bundy murders -- 12. Jerry Thompson Reports -- 13. Kimverly Leach Murder -- 14. Florida Arrest Reports -- 15. Letters from Bundy's Roommate -- 17. Dr. Al Carlisle -- Photographs -- Acknowledgments.
"Ted Bundy's murderous mysteries is a deep-dive into the archival record of the America's most notorious serial killer. It's a veritable goldmine of information on Bundy, his victims, and this very voluminous case. Written by the foremost authority on Ted Bundy, this latest examination of this brutal serial killer contains new, revealing, and never-before published interviews with those close to Bundy, close to his victims, and a potential victim who barely escaped his clutches. Ted Bundy's Murderous Mysteries brings to light for the first time many heretofore passed-over facts about Bundy and reveals previously hidden aspects of the lives of some of his victims."--Page 4. Cover.

The Trayvon hoax : unmasking the witness fraud that divided America

October 4, 2019
Gilbert, Joel.
Los Angeles, Ca : Highway 61 Entertainment, LLC, 2019.
263 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Also a feature film" -- cover.
Tell Mama 'Licia I'm sorry -- The Zimmerman deception -- Incident revisited -- Leftists and anti-racism -- The Trayvon deception -- Loving Diamond -- The Diamond deception -- The Sybrina letter -- The Crump tape -- Mission Miami -- Little Haiti -- Unmasking Diamond -- Fake news -- All about Diamond -- Tallahassee bound -- Twitter tells all -- 30 days to live -- The last day -- Bearing false witness -- The days after -- Forced out of hiding -- The plot unfolds -- The rose garden -- Arrest Zimmerman now! -- Sybrina's Diamond dilemma -- Rachel's first perjury -- Framed for the agenda -- Lies, lies, and more lies -- Rachel on trial -- The verdict -- CSI Miami -- The Trayvon hoax -- Vary bad consequences.
"In this stunning work of investigative journalism, filmmaker Joel Gilbert uncovers the true story of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a tragedy that divided America. By examining Trayvon’s 750-page cell phone records, Gilbert discovers that the key witness for the prosecution of George Zimmerman, the plus-sized 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel, was a fraud. It was in fact a different girl who was on the phone with Trayvon just before he was shot. She was the 16-year-old named "Diamond" whose recorded conversation with attorney Benjamin Crump ignited the public, swayed President Obama, and provoked the nation's media to demand Zimmerman's arrest. Gilbert's painstaking research takes him through the high schools of Miami, into the back alleys of Little Haiti, and to finally to Florida State University where he finds Trayvon's real girlfriend, the real phone witness, Diamond Eugene. Gilbert confirms his revelations with forensic handwriting analysis and DNA testing. After obtaining unredacted court documents and reading Diamond's vast social media archives, Gilbert then reconstructs the true story of Trayvon Martin's troubled teenage life and tragic death. In the process, he exposes in detail the most consequential hoax in recent American judicial history, The Trayvon Hoax, that was ground zero for the downward spiral of race relations in America." -- Amazon.

Star spangled scandal : sex, murder, and the trial that changed America

October 3, 2019
DeRose, Chris (Christopher), author.
xii, 353 pages : map ; 24 cm
It is two years before the Civil War, and Congressman Daniel Sickles and his lovely wife Teresa are popular fixtures in Washington, D.C. society. Because Congressman Sickles is frequently out of town, he trusts his friend, U.S. Attorney Philip Barton Key--son of Francis Scott Key--to escort the beautiful Mrs. Sickles to parties in his absence. Then one day an anonymous note sets into motion a tragic course of events that culminates in a shocking murder in broad daylight in Lafayette Square. This is the riveting true story of the murder and trial that sparked a national debate on madness, male honor, female virtue, fidelity, and the rule of law. Bestselling author Chris DeRose (The Presidents' War) uses diary entries, letters, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness testimonies to bring the characters to thrilling life in this antebellum true crime history. -- Adapted from Amazon.

Mafia spies : the inside story of the CIA, gangsters, JFK, and Castro

October 3, 2019
Maier, Thomas, 1956- author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2019]
xii, 388 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Author's note: For your eyes only -- Phase I: Plan of action. Overture : "The great game" ; A strange kind of genius ; Aiming for Fidel ; The cutout ; Spruce Goose and Brown Derby ; Mooney ; The Vegas Strip ; Havana's allure ; At the Plaza ; Fontainebleau -- Phase II: Covert operations. The secret war begins ; Bolita dreams ; Lie detectors ; Listening devices ; A thousand spies ; What would James Bond do? ; The Health Alteration Committee ; Enforcing one's will ; Hoodlum complex ; Blood in the bay ; Close but no cigar ; Agents in the shadows -- Phase III: The patriotic assassin. The second wave ; That's entertainment ; A secret is seldom safe ; Into the darkness ; Birds of prey ; Sing for your supper ; The double agent ; The black book ; Spies without portfolio ; Dangle ; Nature of the beast ; Death in the afternoon ; The stuff of legends ; Government immunity ; "Boom and bang" and bust -- Phase IV: The price of everything. A place in the sun ; Messages from home ; Prying eyes ; Blowback ; Soldiers of fortune ; Keeping the lid on ; Silencers ; Church confessions ; Missing in action ; The last one standing.
"Mafia Spies is the definitive account of America's most remarkable espionage plots ever--with CIA agents, mob hitmen, "kompromat" sex, presidential indiscretion, and James Bond-like killing devices together in a top-secret mystery full of surprise twists and deadly intrigue. In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba's Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination. Mafia Spies revolves around the outlaw friendship of these two mob buddies and their fascinating world of CIA spies, fellow Mafioso in Chicago, Cuban exile commandos in Miami, beautiful Hollywood women, famous entertainers like Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack in Las Vegas, Castro's own spies in Havana and his double agents hidden in Florida, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI snooping, and the Kennedy administration's "Get Castro" obsession in Washington. Thomas Maier is among the first to take full advantage of the National Archives' 2017-18 release of the long-suppressed JFK files, many of which deal with the CIA's top secret anti-Castro operation in Florida and Cuba. With several new investigative findings, Mafia Spies is a spy exposé, murder mystery, and shocking true story that recounts America's first foray into the assassination business, a tale with profound impact for today's Trump era. Who killed Johnny and Sam--and why wasn't Castro assassinated despite the CIA's many clandestine efforts?"--Jacket flaps.

On the lam : a history of hunting fugitives in America

October 2, 2019
Clark, Jerry, 1960- author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xv, 223 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Price of freedom : the consequences of bail -- Long arms of the law : the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- The search for 'Handsome Johnny' : public enemies, John Dillinger, and the birth of the most-wanted lists -- Infamous and elusive : on the trail of the top ten -- Flights of fancy : fugitives in American popular culture -- A mind at unrest : the psychology of living on the run -- Setting the snares : methods of pursuit, from the great chicken sting to America's most wanted -- Caught in the World Wide Web : the digital age catches up to fugitives, and the bail system faces reforms.
"On the Lam is a detailed history of fugitives in the United States. The authors explore how law enforcement officials and others, including bounty hunters and bail-bond workers, have tracked fugitives over the past two centuries. They also examine how fugitives have influenced American history and the American criminal justice system"-- Provided by publisher.

Diamond Doris : the true story of the world's most notorious jewel thief

September 27, 2019
Payne, Doris, 1930- author.
New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2019]
xi, 262 pages ; 22 cm
Part I : Color -- I wasn't born a jewel thief -- Greed -- My declaration of war -- Mr. Benjamin -- Part II : Clarity -- Trickster in practice -- Finding my way out -- My first big heist -- Hot ice, cold feet -- Making good on my crimes -- Taking things to the next level -- Racial backfire -- It's who you know, but you don't own me -- Family ties and known associates -- Part III : Cut -- Going international -- Diamond fever -- Returning to baby Jesus -- Fault line -- Off my game -- Throwing dust at disaster -- Part IV : Carat -- Snared -- Telling people what they want to hear -- Tokyo diamonds and the mohair coat -- The long game -- Dry snitches -- Reckoning.
"Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, the bright and willful Doris Payne dreamed big. Fascinated by the fine clothes, jewels, and lifestyles in magazines such as Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, she imagined a world beyond herself, one in which she did not carry the weight of limitations that others imposed on her and where her beloved mother was free from her father's abuse. After the owner of a local store threw her out when a white customer arrived, Doris vowed that neither her race or gender would hold her back. She was going to control her own life and make her own money. Using her Southern charm and quick wit, she began shoplifting small pieces of jewelry from local stores, and over the course of six decades, grew her talents with each heist. As a world-class expert jewel thief, she daringly pulled off numerous diamond robberies, using nuns and various ruses to help her avoid arrest while her Jewish boyfriend fenced the stolen gems. A rip-roaringly fun and exciting tale, Diamond Doris is the portrait of a captivating antihero who experienced life to the fullest -- on her own terms." -- From publisher's description.

Jesse James and the lost Templar treasure : secret diaries, coded maps, and the Knights of the Golden Circle

September 23, 2019
Duke, Daniel J. (Great-great grandson of Jesse James), author.
Rochester, Vermont : Destiny Books, [2019]
148 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Knights, outlaws, and treasure maps -- Seven cities of gold -- Bruton Parish Church: America's Rosslyn Chapel? -- Connecting the dots -- Signatures in numbers -- The three veils -- Gates of light -- Line of succession -- Arcadian shepherds -- Into the shadows -- The stone of foundation -- Looking behind the veil -- Re-veiling the maps.

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.

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