True Crime

Money, murder, sex, and deceit – true crime stories depict the criminal element in society. Read about some of the worst in these books.

The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James 
By Laura James
Sparks flew when gold digger Dr. Zeo Zoe Wilkins and Jesse James, Jr. – the son of America's most legendary outlaw – crossed paths. The result: a tale of sex, deceit, money, and murder, grippingly told by noted true-crime blogger Laura James.

The Devil's Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age
By Gary M. Pomerantz
Through larger-than-life characters and a timeless partnership game they played, The Devil's Tickets evokes the last echoes of the Roaring Twenties and the darkness of the pending Depression. Myrtle Bennett's murder trial became a sensation because it brought a beautiful housewife – and hints of her husband's infidelity – from the bridge table into the national spotlight.

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The Murder of Dr. Chapman: The Legendary Trials of Lucretia Chapman and Her Lover
By Linda Wolfe
The trial of Lucretia Winslow Chapman for the poisoning of her husband was the trial of the 19th century, brought to the public eye by the trial of Aaron Burr.

The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction
By Charles Lane
In this electrifying piece of historical detective work, a Washington Post reporter recreates the bloody days of Reconstruction as evidenced by an 1873 massacre of former slaves in Colfax, Louisiana.

When the Husband is the Suspect
By F. Lee Bailey with Jean Rabe
From the bestselling author of The Defense Never Rests comes a look at the modern spate of spousal homicides. This book provides an overview of several of the most famous homicidal husband cases of recent years.

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The Devil's Right-Hand Man: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert Charles Browne
By Stephen G. Michaud and Debbie M. Price
From a New York Times-bestselling author and an award-winning journalist comes the gripping story of serial killer Robert Charles Browne and the tireless investigators who uncovered his chilling crimes.

Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
By John Douglas and Johnny Dodd
This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

Homicide by the Rich and Famous: A Century of Prominent Killers
By Gini Graham Scott
Scott profiles the crimes of the rich and famous, from the beginnings of the 20th century to the present, and argues that the "rules" are different for the rich and famous.

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