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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
Truman Capote
0679745580
February 1994
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Book Review
"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick...


Bitter Blood
Jerry Bledsoe
0451402103
Jan 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
This book recreates a complex case that claimed nine lives, one of the more shocking crimes of recent years. The links in all the deaths were Susan Lynch and her cousin Fritz Klenner, each from a prominent, upper-middle-class Southern family. The murders began with the shootings of Lynch's ex-mother-in-law and ex--sister-in-law in Kentucky, and continued with the slayings of her parents and grandmother in North Carolina. What connected the killings was the bitter divorce between Susie and her husband Tom, and the impending custody battle for their children, particularly since it became increasingly clear that Susie regarded the boys as pawns in a power struggle. The deaths that she prepared for her two sons, and which inadvertently killed her and Klenner as well, provide a dramatic climax to this account of...


Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
James L. Swanson
0060518499
February 2006
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Book Review
The Greatest Manhunt in American History For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive pursuit. Get a taste of the daily drama from this timeline of the desperate search.

April 14, 1865 Around noon, Booth learns that Lincoln is coming to Ford's Theatre that night. He has eight hours to prepare his plan.
10:15 pm: Booth shoots the president, leaps to the stage, and escapes on a waiting horse.
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton orders the manhunt to begin. April 15 About 4:00 am: Booth seeks treatment for a broken leg at Dr. Samuel Mudd's farm near Beantown, Maryland. Cavalry patrol heads south toward Mudd farm.
Confederate operative...



Encyclopedia Brown's Book of Strange But True Crimes
Rose Sobol
0590441485
Apr 1992
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- The quintessential boy detective only solves one case in this collection. The rest of the book consists of humorous true anecdotes about crime, law enforcement, and detective work. Black-and-white cartoons add to the fun. Resembling a marriage between Dragnet and America's Funniest Home Videos , it's by no means a first purchase, but it will appeal to browsers and reluctant readers. --Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elem . Schools, ILCopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Card catalog description
A collection of bizarre true stories about crimes, criminals, prisoners, and police. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
0375507906
October 2005
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Book Review
In Cold Blood was a groundbreaking work when released in 1966. With it, author Truman Capote contributed to a style of writing in which the reporter gets so far inside the subject, becomes so familiar, that he projects events and conversations as if he were really there. The style has probably never been accomplished better than in this book. Capote combined painstaking research with a narrative feel to produce one of the most spellbinding stories ever put on the page. Two two-time losers living in a lonely house in western Kansas are out to make the heist of their life, but when things don't go as planned, the robbery turns ugly. From there, the book is a real-life look into murder, prison, and the criminal mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I Have Lived in the Monster
Robert K. Ressler
0312964293
Mar 1998
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Review
"[Ressler] probably knows more than anyone about the mind of a murderer."--Mirabella


Two Little Girls in Blue
Mary Higgins Clark
0743264908
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bestseller Clark is at her best when writing of crime against children, as shown in this chilling tale of kidnapping, murder and telepathy. Before leaving for a black-tie affair in New York City, Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kathy and Kelly, with a party at their new home in Ridgefield, Conn. Later that night, when Margaret can't reach the babysitter, she contacts the Ridgefield police. The frantic couple return home to find the children missing and a ransom note demanding $8 million. Though the Frawleys meet all the conditions, only Kelly turns up in a car along with a dead driver and a suicide note saying that Kathy has died. But Kelly's telepathic messages from her sister keep telling her differently, and Margaret won't give up hope. Even the...


Fakes & Forgeries
Brian Innes
0762106255
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–From forged documents to funny money to bogus identities and faux antiquities, Innes captivates readers with tales of intrigue and deception that span the centuries. He offers easy-to-comprehend explanations of scientific investigative techniques such as thermoluminescence, carbon dating, and chemical analysis of ink. The text is richly illustrated with photos, maps, art reproductions, and news clippings, and further supplemented by decorative sidebars (labeled Forger's Files) with biographical sketches of the scam artists and the outcomes of their hoaxes. Famous incidents include the 1908 faked prehistory Piltdown man discovered in Britain, definitively declared a hoax in 1953; the multivolume Hitler Diaries, forged by an East German dealer in Nazi relics who sold serialization...


Worth More Dead: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series, #10), Vol. 0
Ann Rule
074344874X
November 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
Go deep inside the darkest crimes and twisted minds of the most baffling killers and schemers -- with this collection of chilling cases from Ann Rule, "America's best true-crime writer"-- Kirkus Reviews

Book Description
Why would a man kill his lover's husband and then his wife, the woman who fought successfully to have him paroled from prison? Why would he risk arrest by kidnapping the child of another woman who adored him? Because they were...Worth More DeadA cold case reopened -- and solved -- with dogged police work and new evidence. One of the shocking true crimes of passion and greed from Ann Rule's Crime Files.Former Marine sergeant and judo instructor Roland Pitre Jr. claimed it was all an elaborate plan to win back his wife's love -- it wasn't...


Blood and Lust
David Jacobs
0786011297
July 2000
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Mafia Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Gambino Crime Family
John H. Davis
0061091847
June 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
During the 1920s the Gambinos, members of the New York Cosa Nostra "Five Families," which also included the Colombo, Bonanno, Lucchese and Genovese families, controlled many businesses in Gotham. Among their strongholds were private carting, garment industry trucking and construction. The mob also had a powerful pull in the meat and supermarket businesses, along with the customary enterprises of loansharking, extortion and pornography. Additionally, the dons, having forbidden trafficking in drugs to subordinates, could not resist the vast profits and became involved themselves. Mafia founding fathers Vincent and Philip Mangano were succeeded by Albert Anastasia, who was murdered in 1957. The most effective leader, shows Davis, was Carlo Gambino, who emerged supreme in 1970, reigned for 19 years and was succeeded...


The Crime in Mind
Lisa Rodensky
0195150740
July 2003
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Book Description
This interdisciplinary study of legal and literary narratives argues that the novel's particular power to represent the interior life of its characters both challenges the law's definitions of criminal responsibility and reaffirms them. By means of connecting major novelists with prominent
jurists and legal historians of the era, it offers profound new ways of thinking about the Victorian period.


Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation
Ngaire E. Genge
0345452038
August 2002
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This well-researched and vetted book is chock-full of fascinating, informative, sometimes incredible examples of forensic crime fighting. It begins with the identification and protection of the area where a crime took place; the next three chapters focus on work at the scene, and the last one describes the roles of the dog handler and forensic photographer. Bulleted information and quotes, sidebars with examples from both true and fictitious crimes, and uncaptioned black-and-white photographs appear throughout. There are frequent references to the television show CSI, films, and literature to illustrate when fiction writers got it right, and when they got it ludicrously wrong. Experts provide an absorbing look at all aspects of the profession from imprint evidence to DNA fingerprinting and...


Behind the Walls
Jorge Antonio Renaud
1574411535
Dec 2002
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Library Journal
"A wealth of inside data for researchers interested in the U.S. penal system." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Alienist
Caleb Carr
0553572997
June 1995
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Amazon.com Author Profile
Read about the author. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1896, Carr's novel about a serial killer lose in New York City was a 25-week PW bestseller. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Taming the Nueces Strip
George Durham
0292780486
Jan 1982
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Book Description
"...the reader seems to smell the acrid gunsmoke and to hear the creak of saddle leather." --Southwestern Historical Quarterly ". . . a true adventure story with so many unusual features that it is sure to be prized by collectors of Texana." --from the Foreword by Walter Prescott Webb Only an extraordinary Texas Ranger could have cleaned up bandit-plagued Southwest Texas, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, in the years following the Civil War. Thousands of raiders on horseback, some of them Anglo-Americans, regularly crossed the river from Mexico to pillage, murder, and rape. Their main objective? To steal cattle, which they herded back across the Rio Grande to sell. Honest citizens found it almost impossible to live in the Nueces Strip. In desperation, the governor of Texas called on an extraordinary man,...


The Most Evil Mobsters in History

0760759588
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
During the 1920s and 1930s, U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago were at the mercy of bands of mobsters - violent criminals affiliated to organized-crime rings who made illegal fortunes from gambling, prostitution, contract killings, abortions, labor union kickbacks, protection rackets, bribery, corruption and, during the Prohibition era, bootlegging. While the Italian Mafia was the largest and most powerful, other ethnic groups had similar organizations, most notably the Jews and the Irish. Mobsters belonged to a hierarchical structure organized like a corporation, hence the name 'syndicate.' The Chicago Syndicate was the country's largest and most powerful organized-crime operation, although no one city was ever run by just one group and the different gangs often clashed violently in vicious territorial 'turf...


West of Hell's Fringe
Glenn Shirley
0806122641
Sept 1990
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Riding in Cars with Boys
Beverly Donofrio
0140156291
May 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Donofrio, a rebellious policeman's daughter, details her promiscuity and drug abuse, early pregnancy and brief marriage, and eventual success as a freelance journalist. "In this humor-flecked, street-side view of her unconventional life, Donofrio . . . writes about a mother and her son coming of age together," said PW. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Donofrio's poignant 1960s memoir features the silent majority of teenagers and young people who didn't protest or go to Vietnam or attend the Summer of Love, but who did what teens do no matter how turbulent the times: they have sex, rebel, hang out, drink, smoke, and just generally try to have as good a time as possible. That's what Donofrio did, at least until she got pregnant before...


Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
John Douglas
0671528904
August 1996
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Mindhunter enters the minds of some of the country's most notorious serial killers to tell the real-life story of the Investigative Support Unit (ISU) -- the FBI's special force that has assisted state and local police in cracking some of the country's most celebrated serial murder and rape cases. The unit specializes in understanding the chemistry and mechanical workings of the brain's of these serial criminals, and did its homework by interviewing such murderers as Charles Manson and David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam). John Douglas, who worked for the FBI for 25 years, is an authority on the unit, and his book combines the best of nonfiction with that of a murder mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
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