New Arrivals · True Crime

May 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Mob cop : my life of crime in the Chicago Police Department

May 26, 2015
Pascente, Fred, 1942-2014.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
vii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrataions ; 24 cm
"Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, the protagonist of Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became the youngest made man in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing because of his connections, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts makes this story a matchless tell-all. "-- Provided by publisher.

Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation

May 22, 2015
Jobb, Dean, 1958- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
x, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Our Ponzi -- Ambitions -- The law -- The gamble -- The dupe -- The big idea -- The syndicate -- The hanging judge -- The sting -- The confidence man -- The crime fighter -- The bubble -- The flight -- The smash -- The sensation -- The double life -- The victims -- The manhunt -- The alias -- The guide -- The hideaway -- The prince of entertainers -- The crime of the century -- The pariah -- The womanizer -- The trap -- The gang war -- The prisoner -- The return -- The confession -- The reckoning -- The final swindle.
"It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year"--Provided by publisher.

Blood runs green : the murder that transfixed gilded age Chicago

May 21, 2015
O'Brien, Gillian. author.
©2015
xiii, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"City of big shoulders" : the convergence of the Clan -- The United Brotherhood -- The dynamite war -- "Secret hatreds" : a tale of two trials -- "Boys, I give up" -- "The darkest and bloodiest mysteries of secret crime" -- "The whisper of silence" -- "Truth in essentials, imagination in non-essentials" : the press and public entertainment -- "A theater of great sensations" -- "Remember Cronin".

The first celebrity serial killer in southwest Ohio : confessions of the strangler Alfred Knapp

May 20, 2015
Jones, Richard O., 1946- author.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2015.
143 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The Cincinnati, Hamilton and Indianapolis line -- Confession upon confession -- The strangler's tales -- A puzzle for his attorneys -- No match for Old Sparky.
"Just before Christmas 1902, Alfred Knapp strangled his wife in her sleep. He put her body in a box and sent the box floating down the Great Miami River, telling everyone that Hannah had left him. When the truth came out, Knapp confessed to four other murders. Newspapers across the Midwest sent reporters to interview the handsome strangler. Despite spending most of his adulthood in prison, he had a charming, boyish manner that made him an instant celebrity serial killer. True crime historian Richard O Jones examines the strangler's alleged crimes, the family drama of covering up Knapp's atrocities and how a brain-damaged drifter became a media darling."--Provided by publisher.

C-1 and the Chicago Mob

May 12, 2015
Inserra, Vincent L., author
©2014
314 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
A collection of short articles-- many of only one page-- in which Inserra discusses Criminal Squad #1, who were assigned to the Chicago Division of the FBI from 1957 to 1976. These agents waged war against one of the most powerful organized crime syndicates in the nation. At a time when the FBI did not have the necessary tools or legislation to combat organized crime, the squad accomplished their goals aggressively and tirelessly.

Lost and found

May 12, 2015
Glatt, John.
New York, NY : St. Martins Paperbacks, c2010, c2011.
343 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.
"For eighteen years, her whereabouts remained a mystery ... "--Cover.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her way to the school bus in 1991. In 2009, she was found. For eighteen years she had lived in an outbuilding on the property of a registered sex offender named Philip Garrido, just two hours away from her childhood home. Kept in complete isolation, she was raped by Garrido, who fathered her two daughters.

Ain't nobody's business if you do : the absurdity of consensual crimes in our free country

May 6, 2015
McWilliams, Peter, author.
©1996
xxiv, 692 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reprint of a column, "Peter McWilliams, R.I.P." by William F. Buckley Jr., with 2000 copyright (2 unnumbered pages, at beginning).
pt. I. The basic premise -- pt. II. Why laws against consensual activities are not a good idea -- pt. III. A closer look at the consensual crimes -- pt. IV. Six chapters in search of a shorter book -- pt. V. What to do?

The accidental truth : what my mother's murder investigation taught me about life : a memoir

April 30, 2015
Taylor, Lauri.
New York : SelectBooks, Inc., 2015.
270 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Candice DeLong -- Case closed -- Do your children know where you are? -- Missing Mom -- Happy birthday -- Habla español -- Deep purple -- What we left behind -- The investigation -- Therapy -- Lost summer -- Girls trip to Mexico -- The appeal -- The experts -- Finding Candice -- What to feed an FBI profiler -- El Muerto -- Lost and found -- Blood run cold -- All alone with my memory -- Case closed II -- Death of a stray -- Epilogue.
"An Orange County housewife tells the story of her four-year investigation to solve the case of her mother's violent death in Mexico that law enforcement officials declared unsolvable. Her discovery of the truth, with the help of a famous female FBI profiler, forces her to redefine her relationship with her mother and her own sense of self"-- Provided by publisher.

Clinton cash : the untold story of how and why foreign governments and businesses helped make Bill and Hillary rich

April 28, 2015
Schweizer, Peter, 1964-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
viii, 243 pages ; 24 cm
The Lincoln Bedroom goes global -- The transfer: Bill's excellent Kazakh adventure -- Hillary's reset : the Russian uranium deal -- Indian nukes : how to win a medal by changing Hillary's mind -- The Clinton blur (I) : Bill and Hillary's global nexus of philanthropy, power, and profit -- The Clinton blur (II) : the view from Foggy Bottom -- Podium economics : what was Bill being paid for? -- Warlord economics : the Clintons do Africa -- Rainforest riches : Hillary, Bill, and Colombian timber and oil deals -- Disaster capitalism Clinton-style : the 2010 Haitian relief effort -- Quid pro quo?
In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they've earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs. Now, Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments.

The strange case of Dr. Doyle : a journey into madness & mayhem

April 21, 2015
Friedman, Dan, 1970-
Garden City Park, NY : Square One Publishers, [2015]
xi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Explores Arthur Conan Doyle's fascination with the Jake the Ripper case.

Hope : a memoir of survival in Cleveland

April 21, 2015
Berry, Amanda, 1986-
New York : Viking, 2015.
x, 321 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.” A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry had a daughter, Jocelyn, by their captor. Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines, including details never previously released on Castro’s life and motivations, Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

Visiting hours : a memoir of friendship and murder

April 7, 2015
Butcher, Amy, 1987-
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
xvi, 249 pages ; 22 cm
"Amy Butcher examines the shattering consequences of failing a friend when she felt he needed one most"-- Provided by publisher.

Klandestine : how a Klan lawyer and a checkbook journalist helped James Earl Ray cover up his crime

March 30, 2015
McMichael, Pate, author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xvi, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The deal, 1968 -- Part II. Strange bedfellows, 1954-1963 -- Part III. The bloody road to Selma, 1964-1965 -- Part IV. Krossings in Klan kountry, 1965-1966 -- Part V. Stand up for America, 1967-1968 -- Part VI. Waiting for Raoul, 1969 -- Part VII. Though it hath no tongue, 1969-1986.
"This fast-paced history traces the escalating racial violence that led to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and then documents how Klan lawyer Arthur J. Hanes and checkbook journalist William Bradford Huie aided the evolution of James Earl Ray's bogus alibi"--Provided by publisher.

The stranger she loved : a Mormon doctor, his beautiful wife, and an almost perfect murder

March 26, 2015
Hogan, Shanna, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In 2007, Dr. Martin MacNeill--a doctor, lawyer, and Mormon bishop--discovered his wife of 30 years dead in the bathtub of their Pleasant Grove, Utah home, her face bearing the scars of a facelift he persuaded her to undergo just a week prior. At first the death of 50-year-old Michele MacNeill, a former beauty queen and mother of eight, appeared natural. But days after the funeral when Dr. MacNeill moved his much younger mistress into the family home, his children grew suspicious. Conducting their own investigation into their mother's death, the MacNeill's daughters uncovered their father's multiple marital affairs, past criminal record, and falsified college transcripts he used to con his way into medical school. It would take six long years to solve the mystery of Michele's murder and secure a first-degree murder conviction against the once prominent doctor. Author Shanna Hogan delves into the high-profile case, unmasking the monster beneath the doctor's carefully concocted facade"-- Provided by publisher.

Policing sexuality : the Mann Act and the making of the FBI

March 24, 2015
Pliley, Jessica R., 1977-
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2014.
293 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: the Mann Act and federal sexual surveillance -- The American myth of white slavery -- A national white slavery squad -- Endangered daughters -- Creating a moral quarantine -- Defining immoral purposes -- Policing seduction and adultery -- Coerced sex and forced prostitution -- The FBI's assault on sex trafficking -- Conclusion: can the country's moral borders be policed?

Black mass : Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a devil's deal

March 24, 2015
Lehr, Dick.
New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
xx, 417 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
1975 -- South Boston -- Hard ball -- Bob 'n' weave -- Win, place, and show -- Gang of two? -- Betrayal -- Prince Street hitman -- Fine food, fine wine, dirty money -- Murder, Inc. -- Bulgertown, USA -- The Bulger Myth -- Black Mass -- Shades of Whitey -- Connolly talk -- Secrets exposed -- Fred Wyshak -- Heller's Cafe -- In for a penny, in for a pound -- The party's over.
John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later in the mid-1970s, they met again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bugler into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau's big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. Told by two former Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, this is the chilling true story of what happened between them; a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.

The wilderness of ruin : a tale of madness, fire, and the hunt for America's youngest serial killer

March 10, 2015
Montillo, Roseanne.
New York, NY : William Morrow, c2015.
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The inhuman scamp -- The bridge -- The marble eye -- The boundless sea -- The great fire -- Loss of innocence -- Katie -- The wolf and the lamb -- The twisted mind -- Patience personified pomeroy -- Madness unleashed -- Unearthed.
Documents a series of child abductions in Great Fire-devastated Boston and the discovery of their teenaged killer that sparked a system-changing investigation and influential debates among the world's most revered medical minds.

Master thieves : the Boston gangsters who pulled off the world's greatest art heist

March 4, 2015
Kurkjian, Stephen A., author.
©2015
xxii, 247 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
A definitive account of the Boston criminal underworld's role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft traces the contributions of master thief Louis Royce and gangster Ralph Rossetti while examining the FBI's controversial announcement that they had identified the responsible parties.

Listening to killers : lessons learned from my twenty years as a psychological expert witness in murder cases

March 4, 2015
Garbarino, James, author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
x, 296 pages ; 23 cm
"Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. By linking individual cases to broad social and cultural issues and illustrating the social toxicity and unresolved trauma that drive some people to kill, Dr. Garbarino highlights the humanity we share with killers and the role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence"--Provided by publisher.

Sexual assault and the military

March 3, 2015
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
122 pages ; 23 cm.

Future crimes : everything is connected, everyone is vulnerable and what we can do about it

February 13, 2015
Goodman, Marc.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
viii, 392, lx pages ; 25 cm
An FBI futurist and senior advisor to Interpol analyzes the digital underground to reveal the alarming ways criminals, corporations and countries are using emerging technologies to target individuals and wage war.

Lying in wait and other true cases

February 3, 2015
Rule, Ann, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
xv, 380 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 18 cm.
The baby seller -- Secrets of the amorous pizza man -- A road trip to murder -- Murderous epitaph for the beautiful runaway -- Tracks of a serial rapist -- "Take a lifer home to dinner... with murder for dessert!".
The author presents another collection of fascinating and disturbing true-crime stories drawn from her real-life personal files.

God's bankers : a history of money and power at the Vatican

January 28, 2015
Posner, Gerald L., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xiv, 732 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Murder in London -- The last pope king -- Enter the black nobles -- "Merely a palace, not a state" -- An unholy alliance -- "The pope banker" -- Prelude to war -- A policy of silence -- The blacklist -- Blood money -- A Nazi spy in the Vatican? -- The ratline -- "He's no pope" -- The men of confidence -- "You can't run the church on Hail Marys" -- Operation Fraulein -- Il crack sindona -- The battle of two scorpions -- "A psychopathic paranoid" -- The year of three popes -- The backdoor deal -- "The Vatican has abandoned me" -- "You have to kill thePope" -- "Tell your father to be quiet" -- "Protect the source" -- "A heck of a lot of money" -- "I've been poisoned" -- White finance -- Suitcases of cash -- Burying the trail on Nazi gold -- "A criminal underground in the priesthood" -- "His inbox was a disaster" -- The kingmaker becomes king -- "As flat as stale beer" -- Chasing the white list -- The world has changed -- Thel powerbroker -- The butler -- A vote of no confidence -- "A time bomb" -- The Swiss James Bond -- "The people's pope" -- "Back from the dead."

Ghettoside : a true story of murder in America

January 21, 2015
Leovy, Jill, author.
©2015.
x, 366 pages ; 25 cm

Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security

January 21, 2015
Chayes, Sarah, 1962- author.
©2015
x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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