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Glatt, John.
My sweet angel

"In January 2015 Lacey Spears was charged with the "depraved mind" murder of her five-year-old son Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that the 27-year old mother had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube. To the outside world Lacey had seemed like the perfect mother, regularly posting dramatic updates on her son's harrowing medical problems. But in reality, Lacey was a text book case of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Using Lacey's own Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts, a prison interview with Lacey herself, as well as interviews with her family and the three police investigators who broke the case, the definitive account of this child murder case that shocked the world."--Provided by publisher.

Bilton, Nick.
American kingpin

Subtitled: The epic hunt for the criminal mastermind behind the Silk Road.  "The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom--and almost got away with it."  Goodreads

Douglas, John E.

Subtitled: inside the FBI's elite serial crime unit

Dawson, Kate Winkler
Death in the air

"In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least six women."

Greenberg, Keith Elliot
Killing for you

Subtitled: A Brave Soldier, a Beautiful Dancer, and a Shocking Double Murder

Phelps, M. William.
Don't tell a soul

Cherry Walker was a devoted, trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman who loved caring for a neighbor's little boy. But when she was asked to testify in court against his abusive mother, Cherry never got the chance. She couldn't lie if her life depended on it--and it did. Goodreads

Rule, Ann.
Practice to deceive

Practice to Deceive is a 2013 book by the American author Ann Rule that details the murder of Russel Douglas, found shot between the eyes in his car on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, Washington, on Christmas Day 2003. Wikipedia

Murnick, Carolyn.
The hot one

"A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend"--Amazon review.

James, Bill
The man from the train

"Legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.  Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal. In turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America.

Cannell, Michael T.

Subtitled "the psychiatrist, the mad bomber, and the invention of criminal profiling," this book tells how a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s New York and how the race to catch him led to a new science.

Cragg, Carys.
Dead reckoning

The author writes of her experiences corresponding with and ultimately meeting the man who murdered her father.

The crime book

An essential guide to criminology, exploring the most infamous cases of all time, from serial killers to mob hits to war crimes and more.

Marzano-Lesnevich, Alexandria.
The fact of a body

Despite having an opposition to capital punishment that was fundamental to her decision to study law, her introduction to this death penalty case while working as intern led Marzano-Lesnevich to a difficult decision, that she actually wanted this particular man to die. Her personal experience and her obsession with this case interweave as a journey towards understanding.

Grann, David.
Killers of the Flower Moon

In the 1920s, the Osage Indians negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” When oil was discovered, the Osage became very rich -- and that’s when they started dying...

Subtitled: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Cole, Trevor
The whisky king

Journalist and novelist Trevor Cole presents a riveting portrayal of notorious Canadian crime figure Rocco Perri and the man who tried to bring him in.

Kratz, Ken.

Subtitled: The case against Steven Avery and what Making a murderer gets wrong.

Porinchak, Eve.
One cut

 A backyard brawl turned media circus filled with gang accusations turns a small, quiet town upside down in this second book in the new Simon True series.

Edwards, Peter
Hard road

Tells the story of Canadian biker Bernie Guindon, founder of the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club.

Lazarus, Eve
Blood, sweat, and fear

A look at the life and career of forensic scientist John F.C.B. Vance, including some of the most notorious cases he worked on.

Stapinski, Helene.
Murder in Matera

A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels.

DeStefano, Anthony M.
The big heist

Subtitled: the real story of the Lufthansa heist, the Mafia, and murder

Pelisek, Christine.
The Grim Sleeper

Grim Sleeper is the nickname for convicted serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., responsible for at least ten murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles, California.

Millman, Lawrence.
At the end of the world

A true-crime account of an Arctic mass murder in the 1940s blends subtly with a prophecy about the dangers of cyberaddiction.

Casey, Kathryn.

Subtitled "The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder," this is a book about a master manipulator and one who could not say no.

Bradshaw, Wayne
Jersey tough

Wayne "Big Chuck" Bradshaw recounts his life--from his time in the U.S. Army, to joining the Pagans motorcycle gang, to becoming an undercover narcotics officer for the New Jersey police department.

Marquis, Greg.
Truth & honour

A prominent New Brunswick businessman is found dead, and his only son is found guilty of second-degree murder.

Brocklehurst, Ann
Dark ambition

A look at the murder of Tim Bosma by Dellen Millard and Mark Smich and the resultant trial, as well as the upcoming trial of Millard and Smich for the murder of Laura Babcock, and Millard's upcoming trial for the murder of his father.

Patterson, James
Filthy rich

Subtitled: A powerful billionaire, the sex scandal that undid him, and all the justice that money can buy : the shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein

Tillman, Laura.
The long shadow of small ghosts

A brilliantly written but heartrending account of how a couple in one of America's poorest cities, Brownsville, Texas, murdered their three children.

Christie, George.
Exile on Front Street

...The tale of how a middle-class electrician gave up a comfortable job with the Department of Defense and swore allegiance to the Hells Angels. In this action-packed, hard-hitting memoir, he recounts his life as an outlaw biker with the world's most infamous motorcycle club"--Provided by publisher.

Summerscale, Kate
The wicked boy

Subtitled: the mystery of a Victorian child murderer.

Connors, Joanna.
I will find you

Setting out to uncover the story of her attacker, Connors embarked on a journey to find out who he was, where he came from, who his friends were and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.

McShane, Larry.

Subtitled: The life and crimes of Mafia boss Vincent Gigant.