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Best Serial Killer Books

Recommendations from 28 articles, Stephen King, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris and 13 others.
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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 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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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 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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RM Graysmith - 2007-03-23 (first published in 1986)
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A sexual sadist, the Zodiac's pleasure was torture and murder. He taunted the authorities with mocking notes telling where he would strike next. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed 37 dead. He was never caught. This book tells the inside story of the hunt for the hooded killer, and finally reveals his possible true identity....
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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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The Monster of Florence
Douglas Preston - 2013-04-23 (first published in 2008)
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BY THE AUTHOR OF THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy.In 2000, Douglas Pres...
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The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris - 1991-02-15 (first published in 1988)
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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent. The Silence of the Lambs. A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind--in the deadly search for a serial killer. - back cover...
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Greg Iles
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The Night Stalker
The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez
Philip Carlo - 2016-08-30 (first published in 1996)
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Painstakingly researched over three years, based on nearly one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Richard Ramirez on California's Death Row, "The Night Stalker" is the definitive account of America's most feared serial murderer. From Ramirez's earliest brushes with the law to his deadliest stalking expeditions to the unprecedented police an...
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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
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Perfume by Patrick Sskind
Deviant by Harold Schechter
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton
Psycho by Robert Bloch
Serial Killers by Peter Vronsky
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen by Tess Gerritsen
Serial Killer Trivia by Michelle Kaminsky
The Last Victim by Jason Moss
Nobody's Women by Steve Miller
Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
Criminal by Karin Slaughter
The Poet by Michael Connelly
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
Gosnell by Ann McElhinney
Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy
Messiah by Boris Starling
Rules of Prey by John Sandford
The Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter
The Killing League by Dan Ames
American Predator by Maureen Callahan
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag
Serpentine by Thomas Thompson
Fred and Rose by Howard Sounes
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
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The Shadow of Death by Philip E. Ginsburg
From Cradle to Grave by Joyce Egginton
Killer Clown by Terry Sullivan
The Hillside Stranglers by Darcy O'Brien
Angel of Darkness by Dennis McDougal
St. Albans Poisoner by Anthony Holden
Female Serial Killers by Peter Vronsky
Afraid by J. A. Konrath
The Family by Ed Sanders
When She Was Bad by Jonathan Nasaw
Blackburn by Bradley Denton
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
My Dark Places by James Ellroy
Blind Eye by James B. Stewart
Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson
Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber
Dracula Killer by Lt. Ray Biondi
The Deadly Dozen by Robert Keller
Chasing the Devil by David Reichert
Butcher, Baker by Walter Gilmour
Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton
Judas by Astrid Holleeder
The Bayou Strangler by Fred Rosen
Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson
Ritual by William Heffernan