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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara - 2018-02-27
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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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In Cold Blood
Truman Capote - 1994-01-01 (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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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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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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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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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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The Fact of a Body
A Murder and a Memoir
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich - 2018-05-08
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Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears ...
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My Dark Places
James Ellroy - 1997-08-19 (first published in 1996)
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"Astonishing . . . original, daring, brilliant." --Philadelphia InquirerIn 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was ten when his mother died, and he spent the next thirty-six years running fr...
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Zodiac by RM Graysmith
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
American Fire by Monica Hesse
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
Down City by Leah Carroll
Furious Hours by Casey Cep
The Lazarus Files by Matthew McGough
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
Homicide by David Simon
Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
Missoula by Jon Krakauer
Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
The Grim Sleeper by Christine Pelisek
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado
Burned by Edward Humes
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry
Evidence of Love by John Bloom
The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson
Killer on the Road by Ginger Strand
Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth
Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson
The Brothers by Masha Gessen
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Red Notice by Bill Browder
Hope by Amanda Berry
Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
All the President's Men by Bob Woodward
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
The Ice Man by Philip Carlo
Manhunt by James L. Swanson
After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
Until the Twelfth of Never by Bella Stumbo
Broken Faith by Mitch Weiss
Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff
The Phantom Prince by Elizabeth Kendall
Party Monster by James St. James
Secrets of a Marine's Wife by Shanna Hogan
Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson
The Skies Belong to Us by Brendan I. Koerner
Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden
There Are No Dead Here by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Chasing Cosby by Nicole Weisensee Egan
While the City Slept by Eli Sanders
The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo
Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
Unsolved Murders by Amber Hunt
The Adventurer's Son by Roman Dial
Last Call by Elon Green
Provenance by Laney Salisbury
Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal
The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm
Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch
The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr
The Spy Who Couldn't Spell by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
Buried Dreams by Tim Cahill
The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell
Justice by Dominick Dunne
Echoes in the Darkness by Joseph Wambaugh
Judas by Astrid Holleeder