If you like Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

If you like Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
Prosecuting Attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime. (catalog summary)


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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
by David King
A gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. (catalog summary)

 

 



In Cold Blood: A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
by Truman Capote
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. (catalog summary)
 

 



The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas P. Starr
With high drama and stunning detail, relates the infamous crime and punishment of French serial killer Joseph Vacher, interweaving the story of how Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, Emile Fourquet and colleagues developed forensic science as we know it. (catalog summary)

 



 



Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
by Jeff Guinn
Based on new interviews, this revealing account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the 60s, revealing a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions. (catalog summary)

 

 

 


Naming Jack the Ripper: New Crime Scene Evidence; A Stunning Forensic Breakthrough; and the Killer Reveale
d by Russell Edwards
After 125 years of theorizing and speculation regarding the identity of Jack the Ripper, Russell Edwards is in the unique position of owning the first physical evidence relating to the crimes to have emerged since 1888. This evidence is from one of the crime scenes, and has now been rigorously examined by some of the most highly-forensic scientists in the country who have ascertained its true provenance. With the help of modern forensic techniques, Russell's ground breaking discoveries provide conclusive answers to many of the most challenging mysterious surrounding the case. (catalog summary)

 



 


The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
This is the frighteningly true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross one march night in a bizarre execution in a deserted Los Angeles field. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

 



The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths
 by Pat Brown
The author recounts her journey from humble homemaker to one of the few female criminal profilers in the nation and discusses the high-profile cases that she has worked on, exploring some of America's darkest crimes and the investigations that solved them. (catalog summary)

 

 

 




Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
by Harold Schechter
Shares the stories of lesser-known serial killers including "Mad Sculptor" Robert Irwin, "Tell-Tale Heart Killer" Peter Robinson, and "Man of Two Lives" Edward H. Ruloff, in an text that evaluates their mental statuses and motivations. (catalog summary)

 

 


 

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer—the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew—Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle. (catalog summary)