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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

ISBN-10: 0062319787
ISBN-13: 9780062319784
Publisher: Harper
Author(s): Michelle McNamara
Publication Date: 2018-02-27

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018 • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2018 • SCIBA Book Award Winner • An Audiofile Best Audiobook of 2018 • A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2018 • A New York Public Library...Read More

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018 • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2018 • SCIBA Book Award Winner • An Audiofile Best Audiobook of 2018 • A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2018 • A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018 • A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018 • Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence • A Library Journal Best Book of 2018 • A Goodreads Best Book of 2018

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt

“A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.”   —Stephen King

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.


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A Year of True Crime Page-A-Day Calendar 2019: Twisted Killers, Incredible Survivors, Unsolved Mysteries!

ISBN-10: 1523504447
ISBN-13: 9781523504442
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Author(s): Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2018-08-07

True crime stories beckon to you from news headlines, sparking morbid curiosity and intrigue. You can’t look away. Here’s a yearlong compendium of some of the most thrillingly sordid true crime tales, featuring serial killers, kidnappers, cult leaders, and more. Like the New Orleans...Read More

True crime stories beckon to you from news headlines, sparking morbid curiosity and intrigue. You can’t look away. Here’s a yearlong compendium of some of the most thrillingly sordid true crime tales, featuring serial killers, kidnappers, cult leaders, and more. Like the New Orleans axe-murderer with a soft spot for jazz, or the “Long Island Borgia,” who poisoned her family members—after making herself their life insurance beneficiaries. Plus photographs, gory details galore, and spine-chilling quotes: I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing. —H. H. Holmes, the killer who terrorized Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair.
 

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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

ISBN-10: 1501191969
ISBN-13: 9781501191961
Publisher: Gallery Books
Author(s): John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
Publication Date: 2017-10-24

Now a Netflix original series

Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and...Read More

Now a Netflix original series

Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.

During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

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Above Suspicion

ISBN-10: 1504041763
ISBN-13: 9781504041768
Publisher: Open Road Media
Author(s): Joe Sharkey
Publication Date: 2017-01-17

The “expertly told” true story of an FBI agent’s affair that leads to murder in Kentucky coal country—soon to be a major motion picture starring Emilia Clarke (Publishers Weekly).

When rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam received his first assignment in 1987, it was the...Read More

The “expertly told” true story of an FBI agent’s affair that leads to murder in Kentucky coal country—soon to be a major motion picture starring Emilia Clarke (Publishers Weekly).

When rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam received his first assignment in 1987, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream, if not the most desirable location. Pikeville, Kentucky, is high in Appalachian coal country, an outpost rife with lawlessness dating back to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a rising star in the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug rings and bank robbers. But when one informant fell in love with him, passion and duty would collide with tragic results.
 
A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith was a young, attractive, struggling single mother. She was also a drug user sometimes described as a con artist, thief, and professional liar. Ultimately, Putnam gave in to Smith’s relentless pursuit. But when he ended the affair, she waged a campaign of vengeance that threatened to destroy him. When at last she confronted him with a shocking announcement, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of uncontrolled rage, fatally strangled her.
 
Though he had everything necessary to get away with murder—a spotless reputation, a victim with multiple enemies, and the protection of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his conscience wouldn’t allow it. Tormented by a year of guilt and deception, Putnam finally led authorities to Smith’s remains. This is the story of what happened before, during, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its place on the dark shelf of the best American true crime” (Newsday).
 
Revised and updated, this ebook also includes photos and a new epilogue by the author.

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Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs

ISBN-10: 1504049527
ISBN-13: 9781504049528
Publisher: Open Road Media
Author(s): John Bloom, Jim Atkinson
Publication Date: 2018-01-02

Edgar Award Finalist: The “sensational” true story of two desperate housewives and the killing that shocked a Texas community (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their...Read More

Edgar Award Finalist: The “sensational” true story of two desperate housewives and the killing that shocked a Texas community (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.
 
On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in Betty’s utility room that morning was all too real.
 
Based on exclusive interviews with the Montgomery Gore and families, Evidence of Love is the riveting account of a gruesome tragedy and the trial that made national headlines when the defendant entered the most unexpected of pleas: not guilty by reason of self-defense (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
 
Adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning television movie A Killing in a Small Town, this chilling tale of sin and savagery will “fascinate true crime aficionados” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Assuming Names: a con artist's masquerade (Criminal Mischief Book 1)

Publisher: Thompson Books
Author(s): Tanya Thompson
Publication Date: 2014-03-04

When it was over, there were a lot of questions.

The detectives were embarrassed but they still wanted answered, "How did a 15-year-old runaway successfully pose as a world travelled countess?"

The newspapers turned it back on them, practically sneering, "How did she do it...Read More

When it was over, there were a lot of questions.

The detectives were embarrassed but they still wanted answered, "How did a 15-year-old runaway successfully pose as a world travelled countess?"

The newspapers turned it back on them, practically sneering, "How did she do it while under investigation by the FBI, DEA, and Interpol?"

The Mafia had been demanding the same thing for six months, "What is your real name?"

And the psychologists asked the question they always ask, "Why?"

It’s the why of it that will keep a girl in trouble.

Assuming Names is the true story of a young con artist. It’s the tale of a runaway that assumed the title of Countess and then went on to fool the FBI, DEA, and Interpol—as well as a number of other celebrities and institutions—with an elaborate tale of world intrigue.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Hello everyone. This is Tanya. You may find yourself reading my book and saying, “No, this did not happen.” You may be inclined to say it is too far-fetched and, quite frankly, impossible. I have provided evidence at my website that what I write is the truth. I mention it at the front of the book but it may be easy to overlook, so I am reiterating here.

At my website are copies of the newspaper and magazine articles mentioned in the book. The articles are from the Austin American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, and Woman’s World Magazine. They are all nationally recognized media for news. Previous reviewers were concerned I may have gone to Photoshop to create them, and while my book does paint me as the sort that would do such a thing, the reality is that those media institutions would sue me into submission before the cache could be cleared.

In the end, you may not believe me, but you can surely believe what the papers wrote.

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True Crime Stories: 3 True Crime Books Collection (True Crime Novels Anthology) (Volume 1)

ISBN-10: 9781975732202
ISBN-13: 9781975732202
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author(s): Jack Rosewood
Publication Date: 2017-08-20

It is no secret that true crime murder stories are not for the faint of heart. They can lead you to double-check your windows and doors at night, and question everything you thought or believed about human nature. Yet they are intriguing and fascinating at the same time.

What is it that makes...Read More

It is no secret that true crime murder stories are not for the faint of heart. They can lead you to double-check your windows and doors at night, and question everything you thought or believed about human nature. Yet they are intriguing and fascinating at the same time.

What is it that makes us different from those who take the lives of others? That is a question that many ask themselves, and these true crime stories help to identify the method and psychology behind some of the most terrifying killers in modern history.

This set includes three true crime books, volumes 1-3, and each is filled with a variety of true crime murder cases, including spree killers and massacres, some of which are yet to be solved. You are taken through the background of the story, the murders, and the criminal investigations that took place. Some pages will be difficult to read, due to the emotion behind them. Yet you will be unable to stop reading, turning page after page.

Each true crime anthology in this collection will leave you to ponder whether the perpetrators of these crimes were really monsters. When you learn of the background of these killers, the age-old question of whether a serial killer is born to kill will be at the forefront of your mind.

Explore the stories behind the murders in these True Crime volumes, the anger, the horror, and the sadism, inflicted by each killer. Feel for the victims, their families, and the investigators who had to deal with each case. And don’t be surprised if you have to sleep with the light on.


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In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders

ISBN-10: 9780062363503
ISBN-13: 9780062363503
Publisher: William Morrow
Author(s): Kathryn Casey
Publication Date: 2018-03-27

JUDGE. JURY. EXECUTIONER.

On a cold January morning, the killer executed Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in broad daylight. Eight shots fired a block from the Kaufman County Courthouse. Two months later, a massacre. The day before Easter, the couple slept. Bunnies, eggs, a...Read More

JUDGE. JURY. EXECUTIONER.

On a cold January morning, the killer executed Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in broad daylight. Eight shots fired a block from the Kaufman County Courthouse. Two months later, a massacre. The day before Easter, the couple slept. Bunnies, eggs, a flower centerpiece gracing the table. Death rang their doorbell and filled the air with the rat-a-tat-tat of an assault weapon discharging round after round into their bodies.

Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, celebrated the murders with grilled steaks. Their crimes covered front pages around the world, many saying the killer placed a target square on the back of law enforcement. Williams planned to exact revenge on all those who had wronged him, one at a time. Throughout the spring of 2013, Williams sowed terror through a small Texas town, and a quest for vengeance turned to deadly obsession. His intention? To keep killing, until someone found a way to stop him.

 


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True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray

ISBN-10: 1250113814
ISBN-13: 9781250113818
Publisher: Picador
Author(s): James Renner
Publication Date: 2017-06-06

As seen on the Oxygen mini-series The Disappearance of Maura Murray

When an eleven-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession led James to a...Read More

As seen on the Oxygen mini-series The Disappearance of Maura Murray

When an eleven-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession led James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of a complicated case that has eluded authorities for more than a decade and a journalist’s own complicated true-crime addiction.


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Vintage True Crime Stories: An Illustrated Anthology of Forgotten Cases of Murder & Mayhem (Volume 1)

ISBN-10: 1732611904
ISBN-13: 9781732611900
Publisher: Historical Crime Detective Publishing
Author(s): Frank Dalton O'Sullivan, Thomas Furlong
Publication Date: 2018-07-25

Murder then is the same as Murder Now The cold-blooded killers of today are the same as they were one hundred years ago. The style of their clothes, their music, and even their means of transportation are completely different, but murder then is the same as murder now. They had their own serial...Read More

Murder then is the same as Murder Now The cold-blooded killers of today are the same as they were one hundred years ago. The style of their clothes, their music, and even their means of transportation are completely different, but murder then is the same as murder now. They had their own serial killers--including one who had a side-hobby burning down buildings, contract killers on a motorcycle, roadside bombers, child molesters turned killers, charming psychopaths, a spoiled teenager, a dangerous killer with an albino complexion, a former police chief turned robber and killer, and a minister who did the unthinkable. The first fifteen chapters of this anthology come from one the rarest true crime books known to exist, Enemies of the Underworld, by Frank Dalton O'Sullivan. Self-published in 1917, the author's 700-page tome was acquired and digitized for the first time by the publisher of this anthology, Historical Crime Detective Publishing. The remaining five chapters were selected from Fifty Years a Detective by Thomas Furlong, published in 1912. Thirty-six new illustrations and approximately seventy annotations were added to this anthology to enhance the reader’s enjoyment. In addition, a companion webpage was created which contains a total of 116 images, and 139 newspaper pages filled with stories about the people and events covered in this book.

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