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Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait
By Ablow, Keith Russell
2011-11 - St. Martin's Press
9781250009142 Check our catalog

From America's top forensic psychiatrist and a bestselling author comes a fascinating and detailed psychological portrait of Casey Anthony and her family that explores the question, "Why is Caylee Anthony dead?" 256 pp. …More

American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century
By Blum, Howard
2008-09 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307346940 Check our catalog

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A masterpiece of narrative history that vividly brings to life the original crime of the century, "American Lightning" shows the lasting impact the 1910 bombing of the "Los Angeles Times" offices had on three remarkable individuals and, through them, the country itself. b&w photo insert. …More

In His Sights: One Woman's Stalking Nightmare In His Sights: One Woman's Stalking Nightmare
By Brennan, Kate
2009-07 - Harper Perennial
9780061451621 Check our catalog

The line between love and obsession is explored in this harrowing memoir, in which a woman--whose life was destroyed by a man who crossed that line--battles to escape his grasp. …More

The Good Rat: A True Story The Good Rat: A True Story
By Breslin, Jimmy
2009-02 - Harper Perennial
9780060856694 Check our catalog

In his inimitable New York voice, Breslin, "the city's steadiest and most accurate chronicler" ("Village Voice"), gives readers a look through the keyhole at the people and places that define the Mafia--characters like Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, Gaspipe Casso, and the good rat himself, Burt Kaplan. …More

My Dark Places My Dark Places
By Ellroy, James
1997-08 - Vintage Books
9780679762058 Check our catalog

In 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 from her ghost and attempting to exorcize it through crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy quit running. He went back to L.A., to find out the truth about his mother--and himself.
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The Annals of Unsolved Crime The Annals of Unsolved Crime
By Epstein, Edward Jay
2013-02 - Melville House Publishing
9781612190488 Check our catalog

The product of more than 40 years of investigative work: an insightful guide to some of the most controversial and mysterious crimes of the last 200 years
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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
By Grisham, John
2007-11 - Delta
9780385340915 Check our catalog

Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with 11th-hour drama, Grishams first work of nonfiction reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence--a book no American can afford to miss. …More

Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
By Mezrich, Ben
2003-09 - Free Press
9780743249997 Check our catalog

After five weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list in hardcover, Mezrich's inside story of the young card-counting masterminds who took on Vegas is poised to reach an even wider audience in its new paperback edition. …More

The Monster of Florence The Monster of Florence
By Preston, Douglas J.
With Spezi, Mario
2013-04 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455573820 Check our catalog

New York Times-bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy. This is the true story of two men's search for--and identification of--the man they believe committed horrendous crimes, and their chilling interview with him. Grand Central Publishing …More

As She Lay Sleeping: A Shadowy Figure, a Brutal Murder, an Anonymous Tip, Will Justice Prevail? - A True Story As She Lay Sleeping: A Shadowy Figure, a Brutal Murder, an Anonymous Tip, Will Justice Prevail? - A True Story
By Pryor, Mark
2013-01 - New Horizon Press
9780882824284 Check our catalog

Savagely attacked as she lay sleeping on the sofa, Natalie Antonetti's skull was shattered. Bizarrely, she was able to move about her apartment, changed clothes and tried to speak to her son. Her words never came. Two weeks later she was dead. The only lead was a neighbor who claimed to have seen a shadowy figure wielding a child?s baseball bat an hour prior to the attack.

In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth
By Rule, Ann
2010-10 - Free Press
9781416544609 Check our catalog

"New York Times"-bestselling author Rule investigates the case of a woman whose supposed suicide may not have been what it seemed. …More

Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-Of-The-Century Chicago Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-Of-The-Century Chicago
By Schechter, Harold
2008-08 - Gallery Books
9781439124055 Check our catalog

The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious -- but only Harold Schechter's Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World's Fair. "Destined to be a true crime classic" (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the dapper, charming Holmes. …More

Cold as Ice: A True Story of Murder, Disappearance, and the Multiple Lives of Drew Peterson Cold as Ice: A True Story of Murder, Disappearance, and the Multiple Lives of Drew Peterson
By Smith, Carlton
2010-08 - St. Martin's True Crime
9780312388843 Check our catalog

A "New York Times"-bestselling author digs deep into the mystery behind the case against Drew Peterson, a former police officer accused in the mysterious deaths of two of his wives. photos. Original. …More

Wild Tales from the Police Blotter Wild Tales from the Police Blotter
By Sullivan, C. J.
2008-02 - Lyons Press
9781599211343 Check our catalog

WILD TALES FROM THE POLICE BLOTTER is a collection of some of the oddest, craziest, double-crossingest, and most hilarious police stories from modern law enforcement. Good cops going bad, incredibly inept criminals, impossible schemes, and even police ventures into the paranormal color this collection.. …More