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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara - 2019-02-26 (first published in 2018)
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THE BASIS FOR THE MAJOR 6-PART HBO® DOCUMENTARY SERIES#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post  | Maureen Corrigan, NPR | Paste | Seattle Times | Entertainment Weekly | Esquire | Slate | Buzzfeed | Jezebel | Philadelphia Inquirer | Publishers Weekly | Kirkus Reviews | Library Journal | Bustle Winner of the Goodreads Choi...
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Mara Wilson
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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson - 2004-02-10 (first published in 2003)
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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for...
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Killers of the Flower Moon
Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann - 2018-01-01 (first published in 2017)
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In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as h...
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In Cold Blood
Truman Capote - 1994-02-01 (first published in 1965)
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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, ...
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Helter Skelter
The True Story of the Manson Murders
Vincent Bugliosi - 2001-12-17 (first published in 1974)
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Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his ...
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The Stranger Beside Me
The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy (New Edition)
Ann Rule - 2019-04-11 (first published in 1980)
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The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass-murderer. Little did she know that the young man who was her close friend was the savage slayer she was hunting . . . TED BUNDY was everyone's picture of a natural 'winner' - handsome, charming, brilliant in law sc...
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American Predator
The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
Maureen Callahan - 2020-06-09 (first published in 2019)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An Amazon "Best Book of 2019"A Washington Post "10 Books To Read in July" A Los Angeles Times "Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading" A USA Today "20 of the Season's Hottest New Books" A New York Post "25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order Now" A Bustle "The Best New True Crime Books You Can...
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Dave Cullen - 2010-03-03 (first published in 2009)
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"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . . " So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders." It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that...
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Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
John E. Douglas - 2017-10-24 (first published in 1995)
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He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray - for a landmark study to understand their ...
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The Poisoner's Handbook
Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Deborah Blum - 2011-01-24 (first published in 2010)
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Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner's Handbook Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trai...
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Raychelle Burks
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller
The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Zodiac by RM Graysmith
My Dark Places by James Ellroy
American Fire by Monica Hesse
The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
The Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg
Homicide by David Simon
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
Missoula by Jon Krakauer
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
The Grim Sleeper by Christine Pelisek
Furious Hours by Casey Cep
Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
The Last Child by John Hart
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Broken Faith by Mitch Weiss
The Phantom Prince by Elizabeth Kendall
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Down City by Leah Carroll
The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
While the City Slept by Eli Sanders
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
The Adventurer's Son by Roman Dial
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Daughter of Time, Book Cover May Vary by Josephine Tey
Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell
Judas by Astrid Holleeder
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
America's First Female Serial Killer by Mary Kay McBrayer
American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson
The Lying Room by Nicci French
Unspeakable Acts by Sarah Weinman
The Brothers by Masha Gessen