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FAMOUS CRIMES
The section down below lists books about famous crimes. For a more detailed look at some of the most notorious, choose from the following list:

The Black Dahlia

The West Memphis Three

...more coming soon...
BOOKS ABOUT FAMOUS CRIMES
The Mammoth Book of Unsolved Crime: The Biggest and Best Collection of Unsolved Murder and Mystery Cases
Edited by Roger Wilkes


This compelling volume presents thirty-five of the most intriguing crime cases that still defy solution, as reported by leading authors and journalists in the field of crime writing. Expanded and updated, this new edition of The Mammoth Book of Unsolved Crime includes such recent cases as British backpacker Peter Falconio, lost in the Australian outback, and reporting as diverse as Colin Wilson's look at the Zodiac Killer of California and Russell Miller's examination of the ongoing obsession with LA's Black Dahlia Killer, to Sydney Horley on the woman who was cleared of murdering her husband and went on to become a Broadway star, and Philip Sugden on that most mythic criminal enigma of them all, Jack the Ripper. Nearly all the cases involve one or more acts of murder, and all are left with a question mark hanging over themóreal-life whodunits that offer a continuing challenge to all who find fascination in the criminal mind.
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The Mammoth Book of Celebrity Murder:
Murder Played Out in the Spotlight of Maximum Publicity
By Chris Ellis, Julie Ellis


This A-list selection looks in depth at 25 headline murder cases involving those who live their lives in the full beam of the media spotlight, including film starlets, TV actors, music legends, comedians, fashion moguls, movie directors, playwrights, and aristocrats from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. All, from Gianni Versace and John Lennon to Marvin Gaye and Patrizia Gucci, are well known, and in each instance the story of their untimely death is retold and the degree to which fame and its trappings played a part in the final outcome is explored. The Mammoth Book of Celebrity Murder offers a salacious examination of the murders that are played out in the glare of maximum publicity and paparazzi.
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Assassinations:
Notorious Crimes That Changed the World
By R. G. Grant


The history of Western civilization has been harshly punctuated with assassinations of political leaders, religious figures, and celebrities. Assassinations-with the help of new and fascinating research-tells the true stories of the most notorious of these assassinations as well as attempted assassinations. Illustrated with photographs, newspaper clippings, diagrams, and other archival artifacts, the book chronicles 2,500 years of these infamous deeds. The foreword is written by James and Sarah Brady. James Brady, former White House press secretary and assistant to President Ronald Reagan, was seriously wounded in the attempted assassination of the President.
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In Plain Sight:
The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
By Tom Smart, Lee Benson


Written by two prize-winning journalists in Tom Smart's voice, this account of the investigation, search, and media coverage following the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping is the most detailed, engaging, and straightforward account yet. Only a family member could describe the wrenching hours that became months for Elizabeth's sleep-deprived but determined extended family; even so, the compassion, even-handedness, and humor are exceptional. The authors protect Elizabeth's privacy by saying little more about her ordeal than she and her parents have said publicly, yet they illuminate the increasingly deranged background of her alleged abductors. Tom Smart relates his own misguided (and eventually right-on) attempts to develop suspects as honestly as he expresses the inevitable frustrations with weary investigators and over-zealous reporters. This case delineates most clearly the complex interplay between law enforcement, media, the family, and the public around a major crime. And that combination, despite its failings, ultimately brought about Elizabeth's rescue. The reader sees the re-assignment of the FBI agent who isn't riveted on the wrong suspect; the search joined by thousands--until salacious innuendoes appear in national and local media accusing the Smart men; and the chilling near-misses when Elizabeth or her abductors are almost, but not quite, identified. Even those who think this case has been over-exposed are likely to find this behind-the-scenes account as enlightening as it is moving.
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On the Waterfront:
Articles That Inspired the Classic Film and Transformed the New York Harbor
By Malcolm Johnson


The Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper stories that shook the nation-collected for the first time since their original publication in 1948. Until the mid-20th century, organized crime ruled New York's waterfront. With the threat of communism in the air, the inhumane treatment of longshoremen implicitly condoned by the unions, and the suspicious disappearance of anyone who spoke out against the system, it seemed things would never change. Then Malcolm Johnson's groundbreaking series "Crime on the Water Front" appeared in The New York Sun, revealing a violent underworld that influenced all levels of New York politics, society, and industry. Johnson's extensive investigation finally forced the public and the government to take action, leading to changes in labor laws that influenced the entire nation. Now, collected for the first time in book form, these Pulitzer Prize-winning articles tell a riveting story of mobsters, murder, faith, and the ultimate victory of fair play and American values. Included is a foreword by Malcolm Johnson's son, Haynes Johnson, also a Pulitzer Prize winner, who discusses the tremendous impact the series had upon his family, and an introduction and additional reporting by Budd Schulberg, author of the Academy Award-winning screenplay On the Waterfront.
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Poison Farm:
A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years
By David John Williams


An intriguing true crime story follows investigative journalist David Williams as he unravels the 60-year-old mystery of who murdered wealthy Suffolk, England businessman and womanizer, William Murfitt.
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The American Murders of Jack the Ripper:
Tantalizing Evidence of the Gruesome American Interlude of the Prime Ripper Suspect
By R. Michael Gordon


The most notorious serial murderer in the annals of British crime may have actually set foot on American soil during the late nineteenth century. In 1891 and 1892, four women were brutally mutilated and killed in New York and New Jersey. Because they were murdered in the same general area and time frame, the circumstances point to the possibility that the women were all victims of the same killer. Severin Klosowski (aka George Chapman, the "Borough Poisoner"), a prime suspect in the Ripper case, was living in the area at the time. With Victorian-era New York as his backdrop, author R. Michael Gordon recounts the gruesome scenes, focusing on the details that strongly suggest Chapman and the Ripper were one and the same.
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The Informant: A True Story
By Kurt Eichenwald


When the U.S. government accused powerful agri-business giant Archer Daniels Midland of price-fixing, they thought they had the ultimate star witness--a vice president turned informant who had taped nefarious meetings with competitors. They ended up with a horrible liability instead; their informant turned out to be a psychotic liar who stole millions from his employer. Michael McConnohie dramatizes this true-crime story masterfully. White-collar crime might not sound too interesting, but Eichenwald's punchy prose and McConnohie's masterful reading keeps a listener's attention to the end, when author confronts in-formant in a dynamic denouement.
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In Cold Blood
By Truman Capote


"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 Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks.
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