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Best Serial Killer Books

Recommendations from 16 articles, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, Kurt Cobain and 7 others.
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Mindhunter
Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
John E. Douglas - Oct 24, 2017 (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 ...
The Stranger Beside Me
The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy (New Edition)
Ann Rule - Apr 11, 2019 (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...
The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris - Feb 15, 1991 (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...
Helter Skelter
The True Story of the Manson Murders
Vincent Bugliosi - Dec 17, 2001 (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 ...
The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson - Feb 10, 2004 (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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Zodiac
RM Graysmith - Mar 23, 2007 (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....
Serial Killers
The Method and Madness of Monsters
Peter Vronsky - Oct 05, 2004
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A comprehensive examination into the frightening true crime history of serial homicide--including information on America's most prolific serial killers such as: Ted Bundy - "Co-ed Killer" Ed Kemper - The BTK Killer - "Highway Stalker" Henry Lee Lucas - Monte Ralph Rissell - "Shoe Fetish Slayer" Jerry Brudos - "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez - "Unab...
In Cold Blood
Truman Capote - Feb 01, 1994 (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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Ben ShapiroSam Harris
The Night Stalker
The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez
Philip Carlo - Aug 30, 2016 (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...
My Friend Dahmer
Derf Backderf - Mar 01, 2012
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You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classro...
Deviant by Harold Schechter
Criminal by Karin Slaughter
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Serial Killer Trivia by Michelle Kaminsky
Fred and Rose by Howard Sounes
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The Perfect Husband Hardcover – 1998 by
St. Albans Poisoner by Anthony Holden
Female Serial Killers by Peter Vronsky
When She Was Bad by Jonathan Nasaw
Blackburn by Bradley Denton
Blind Eye by James B. Stewart
The Last Victim by Jason Moss
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Nobody's Women by Steve Miller
Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
Death Note Complete Box Set by Tsugumi Ohba
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
The Poet by Michael Connelly
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Gosnell by Ann McElhinney
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy
Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
The Hunt by Allison Brennan
Want to Play? by P.J. Tracy
Messiah by Boris Starling
Rules of Prey by JOHN SANDFORD
The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose
Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver
Broken Heart by Tyora Moody
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen by Tess Gerritsen
The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone
South by Southeast by Blair Underwood
Altmann's Tongue by Brian Evenson
No Time to Die by Grace F. Edwards
Northtown Blitz by Robert White
The Devil Riding by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag
The Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter
The Killing League by Dan Ames
Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag
Whoever Fights Monsters by Robert K. Ressler
The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
Rites Of Burial by and Troy Cole Tom Jackman
Rusty Nail by J.A. Konrath
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
Serpentine by Thomas Thompson
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
White Butterfly by Walter Mosley
Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton
Son by Jack Olsen
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Shadow of Death by Philip E. Ginsburg
Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
From Cradle to Grave by Joyce Egginton
Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey
TONY HILL AND CAROL JORDAN by Val McDermid
Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall
The Hillside Stranglers by Darcy O'Brien
Angel of Darkness by Dennis McDougal
A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree by Shamini Flint
Afraid by J.A. Konrath
The Family by Ed Sanders
Mercy by David Lindsey
Hunting the Unabomber by Lis Wiehl
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
John Christie of Rillington Place by Jonathan Oates
Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen
Buried Dreams by Tim Cahill
Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
Dark Places by Jon Evans
Dracula Killer by Lt. Ray Biondi