New Arrivals · True Crime

April 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The cook up : a crack rock memoir

April 29, 2016
Watkins, D., author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.

Dead by sunset

April 29, 2016
Rule, Ann.
New York : Pocket Books, 2013, ©1995.
x, 532 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm
Documents the case of the charming and brilliant Brad Cunningham, recreating the investigation into his wife's death and Cunningham's trial for her murder.

A burglar's guide to the city

April 27, 2016
Manaugh, Geoff, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
296 pages ; 19 cm
Space invaders -- Crime is a way to use the city -- Your building is a target -- Tools of the trade -- Deep inside -- A crime is nothing if you can't get away -- Burglary requires architecture.
Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again. At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city. With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full of real-life heists--both spectacular and absurd--A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.

The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation

April 19, 2016
Hirsch, Alan, 1959- author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2016]
266 pages, 5 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In 1961, a thief broke into the National Gallery in London and committed the most sensational art heist in British history. He stole the museum's much prized painting, The Duke of Wellington by Francisco Goya. Despite unprecedented international attention and an unflagging investigation, the case was not solved for four years, and even then, only because the culprit came forward voluntarily. Kempton Bunton, an elderly gentleman, claimed he executed the theft armed with only a toy gun, a disguise purchased for five shillings, and a getaway car inadvertently provided by a drunkard. Shortly after turning himself in, Bunton also invoked language in an obscure law to maintain his innocence, despite the confession. He did not allege that the confession was false, but rather that stealing the painting did not constitute a crime because he intended to return it. On account of this improbable defense strategy, the story took another twist, resulting in a bizarre courtroom drama and extraordinary verdict. Over fifty years later, Alan Hirsch decided to explore the facts behind this historic case and uncovered shocking new evidence that both solved the crime and deepened the mystery."-- Provided by publisher.

Pretty Jane and the viper of Kidbrooke Lane : a true story of Victorian law and disorder : [the unsolved murder that shocked Victorian England]

April 13, 2016
Murphy, Paul Thomas, 1957- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xii, 270 pages, 8 leaves of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Partial subtitle from jacket.
A vivid and violent investigation into the first unsolved murder case of the Victorian Era which involved a pregnant maid in the house of the renowned Pook family.

The midnight assassin : panic, scandal, and the hunt for America's first serial killer

April 5, 2016
Hollandsworth, Skip, author.
©2015
xii, 321 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"A killer who gives to history a new story of crime" -- December 1884-April 1885. "Doctor Steiner reports a woman lying near Ravy's" -- April 1885-August 1885. "Who was it? Who did this to you?" -- September 1885-Christmas Day 1885. "A woman has been chopped to pieces! It's Mrs. Hancock! On Water Street!" -- December 26, 1885-January 1886. "The whole city is arming. If this thing is not stopped soon, several corpses will be swinging from the tree limbs" -- February 1886-May 1888. "A prominent State officer and an active candidate for the Governorship of Texas ... knows something about Eula Phillips' murder" -- September 1888-August 1996. "I would suggest that the same hand that committed the Whitechapel murders committed the Texas murders" -- "If no one could catch the killer back when he was alive, what makes you think you can catch him now?"
"In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated Western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders. Along the way, the murders would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city."-- Provided by publisher.

I will find you : [a reporter investigates the life of the man who raped her]

March 31, 2016
Connors, Joanna, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
256 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
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.

The long shadow of small ghosts : murder and memory in an American city

March 30, 2016
Tillman, Laura, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
vii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An unmeasured feeling -- An education -- Pilgrim -- Letters from the edge -- The long shadow of small ghosts -- The quiet dead -- A corner in the good life -- Angela -- Don't read this chapter before going to bed -- After -- Good guys and bad guys -- Agua bendita (holy water) -- Belief -- The end of history illusion -- Place of no return -- In the garden -- Three graves together.

This house of grief : the story of a murder trial

March 29, 2016
Garner, Helen, 1942- author.
Melbourne, Vic. Text Publishing Company, 2016.
300 pages ; 20 cm

The last lynching : how a gruesome mass murder rocked a small Georgia town

March 24, 2016
Pitch, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2016]
xxii, 214 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Crimes of the centuries : notorious crimes, criminals, and criminal trials in American history

March 22, 2016
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2016]
3 volumes (xlvii, 1080 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm
Volume 1. A-G -- volume 2. H-R -- volume 3. S-Z and primary documents.

The legalization of marijuana

March 22, 2016
Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press, [2016]
240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Has the prohibition against marijuana been successful? Drug prohibition has failed and needs to end / Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ; Marijuana prohibition policies simply need to be refined / Jamie Chandler and Skylar Young ; The scandal of racist marijuana arrests -- and what to do about it / Harry Levine ; Pot possession and the police / Heather Mac Donald ; Marijuana prohibition is ineffective and unpopular / Marijuana Policy Project ; Two states defy feds with full marijuana legalization / Alex Newman -- Is marijuana use harmful? Marijuana has harmful individual and social consequences / National Institute on Drug Abuse ; Marijuana has been used for centuries and is relatively safe / Paul Armentano ; Research shows that marijuana use is safer than alcohol use / Marijuana Policy Project ; Marijuana use and alcohol use are dangerous for society / Sven-Olov Carlsson ; Marijuana trafficking and use are linked with crime / Charles D. Stimson ; Marijuana legalization leads to a reduction in crime / Jeffrey A. Miron -- Should use of medical marijuana be legal? Marijuana should be legalized for medical use / Drug Policy Alliance ; The marijuana plant should not be legalized for medical use / Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. (DFAF) ; Patients should be allowed to grow marijuana plants for medicine / Americans for Safe Access ; Research does not support the use of the marijuana plant as medicine / National Institute on Drug Abuse ; The federal government has ended the ban on medical marijuana / Evan Halper ; Congress should pass a bill to reclassify marijuana for medical use / Debra J. Saunders -- Should recreational use of marijuana be legal? Research supports continued prohibition of marijuana / Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) ; There would be many negative effects from marijuana legalization / American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) ; Marijuana should be fully legalized, not just decriminalized / Drug Policy Alliance ; Marijuana should not be legalized / Charles "Cully" Stimson ; Majority continues to support pot legalization in U.S. / Lydia Saad ; Legalizing cannabis is more than just a yes or no decision / Rosalie Pacula and Beau Kilmer.
"The national debate over the legalization of marijuana is heating up as states begin to legalize its use for medicinal and recreational purposes. The title in the Greenhaven series deepens the discussion on marijuana should it be legal or not? Does it help or harm users? Should medicinal use only be allowed? Answers to these questions will be debated for years to come"-- Publisher's website.

Corporate corruption

March 22, 2016
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
101 pages ; 23 cm.
Global efforts to fight corruption are not working / Frank Vogl -- Creating a culture of integrity can mitigate corporate corruption / Harriet Kemp -- Corporate executvies should be paid less / Margaret Heffernan -- Wall Street executives deserve their big bonuses / Alan Pyke -- Globalization has benefitted corporations but hurt workers / Robert McGarvey -- Global corporations are more powerful than many governments / Andrew Gavin Marshall -- Global corporations profit from climate destruction / Philippa de Boiissiére et al. -- Corporate profiteering is the source of environmental violence / Chris Williams -- AIG, greed, and legislative stupidity / Jeb Golinkin -- Governement policies, not greed, caused the financial crisis / Norbert J. Michel -- Corporate rights endanger people's constitutuional rights / Ron Fein -- Corporate rights do not endanger people's constitutional rights / Kenneth Bennight.

The coyote's bicycle : the untold story of seven thousand bicycles and the rise of a borderland empire

March 21, 2016
Taylor, Kimball.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2016.
xvi, 407 pages ; 22 cm

The war on leakers : national security and American democracy, from Eugene v. Debs to Edward Snowden

March 11, 2016
Gardner, Lloyd C., 1934- author.
New York : The New Press, 2016.
xii, 321 pages ; 22 cm
From the Espionage Act to the national security state -- Where Ellsberg fits in -- The great transformation -- Front lines-leakers and the new (old) journalism -- Prosecutions and principles -- A time of testing limits -- A house divided against itself -- Afraid of our shadow (Government)? -- Defending the republic.
"Ripped from today's headlines, Lloyd C. Gardner's latest book takes a deep dive into the previously unexamined history of national security leakers. The War on Leakers joins the growing debate over surveillance and the national security state, bringing to bear the unique perspective of one our most respected diplomatic historians. Gardner examines how national security leaks have been grappled with over nearly five decades, what the relationship of "leaking" has been to the exercise of American power during and after the Cold War, and the implications of all this for how we should think about the role of leakers and democracy. Gardner's eye-opening new history asks us to consider why America has invested so much of its resources, technology, and credibility in a system that all but cries out for loyal Americans to leak its secrets"--Provided by publisher.

Takedown : a small-town cop's battle against the Hell's Angels and the nation's biggest drug gang

February 29, 2016
Buck, Jeff, author.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2016.
304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

A murder over a girl : justice, gender, junior high

February 26, 2016
Corbett, Ken.
New York, NY : Henry Holt and Co., 2016.
273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A psychologist's gripping, troubling, and moving exploration of the brutal murder of a possibly transgender middle school student by an eighth grade classmate. On Feb. 12, 2008, at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, CA, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot and killed his classmate, Larry King, who had recently begun to call himself "Leticia" and wear makeup and jewelry to school. Profoundly shaken by the news, and unsettled by media coverage that sidestepped the issues of gender identity and of race integral to the case, psychologist Ken Corbett traveled to LA to attend the trial. As visions of victim and perpetrator were woven and unwoven in the theater of the courtroom, a haunting picture emerged not only of the two young teenagers, but also of spectators altered by an atrocity and of a community that had unwittingly gestated a murder. Drawing on firsthand observations, extensive interviews and research, as well as on his decades of academic work on gender and sexuality, Corbett holds each murky facet of this case up to the light, exploring the fault lines of memory and the lacunae of uncertainty behind facts. Deeply compassionate, and brimming with wit and acute insight, A Murder Over a Girl is a riveting and stranger-than-fiction drama of the human psyche"-- Provided by publisher.

Conviction : the untold story of putting Jodi Arias behind bars

February 22, 2016
Martinez, Juan (Juan M.), author.
©2016.
375 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The prosecutor who convicted Jodi Arias for the killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the investigation and trial.

Wanted : the outlaw lives of Billy the Kid & Ned Kelly

February 17, 2016
Utley, Robert M., 1929- author.
©2015.
ix, 223 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Preface -- Billy the Kid -- Billy the Kid Named Captain of Outlaw Gang -- The Making of an "Outlaw" -- A Genuine Outlaw? -- Ranch Cowboy and Hired Gunman -- A Warrior in McSween's Army -- Blazer's Mill -- Billy Indicted for Murder -- "The Big Killing" -- Drifter -- The Governor and the Kid -- The Kid Turns Outlaw -- Stinking Springs -- Tried for Murder -- Escaping the Hangman's Noose -- Pete Maxwell's Bedroom -- Legend and Myth -- Ned Kelly -- Father and Son -- The Larrikin Years -- Stringybark -- Euroa -- Jerilderie -- A Republic? -- Glenrowan -- Path to the Gallows -- Australian Icon -- Conclusion -- Bibliographic Essay -- Index.
A dual portrait of American outlaw Billy the Kid and his Australian counterpart, Ned Kelly, separates myth from fact while discussing their young lives, personal codes, roles in national uprisings, early executions and enduring legacies. Illustrations.

Every last tie : the story of the Unabomber and his family

February 10, 2016
Kaczynski, David, 1949- author.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2016.
xv, 140 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Missing parts -- Life force -- Ghost within me -- North star.
In August 1995 David Kaczynski's wife Linda asked him a difficult question: "Do you think your brother Ted is the Unabomber?" He couldn't be, David thought. But as the couple pored over the Unabomber's seventy-eight-page manifesto, David couldn't rule out the possibility. It slowly became clear to them that Ted was likely responsible for mailing the seventeen bombs that killed three people and injured many more. Wanting to prevent further violence, David made the agonizing decision to turn his brother in to the FBI. Every Last Tie is David's highly personal and powerful memoir of his family, as well as a meditation on the possibilities for reconciliation and maintaining family bonds.

While the city slept : a love lost to violence and a young man's descent into madness

February 8, 2016
Sanders, Eli, author.
©2016
316 pages : map ; 24 cm
Prologue: South Rose Street -- Teresa and Jennifer -- Capture -- Isaiah -- Danger to self and others -- Threshold of competence -- The trial -- Epilogue: the river.
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's...account of one young man's path to murder--and a wake-up call for mental health care in America. On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in one American neighborhood. Two people newly in love--Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and who eventually found each other--and a young man on a dangerous psychological descent: Isaiah Kalebu, age twenty-three, the son of a distant, authoritarian father and a mother with a family history of mental illness. All three paths forever altered by a violent crime, all three stories a wake-up call to the system that failed to see the signs."-- Provided by publisher.

White devil : the true story of the first white Asian crime boss

February 4, 2016
Halloran, Bob, author.
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., 2016.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"In 2013, "Bac Guai" John Willis, aka White Devil, was sentenced for drug trafficking and money laundering... was "leader of a vast conspiracy." Journalist Bob Halloran tells the tale of the only white man to rise through the ranks in the Chinese mafia. Willis began as an enforcer. ... Abandoned, alone, ... his mother dying [at] 16 years old, he was picked up by a man he once rescued from a fight. Soon he [met] ... Chinese [and other Asian] mobster friends and started working for them.-- From jacket.

Hate crimes : a reference handbook

February 4, 2016
Altschiller, Donald, author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2015]
xviii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
1. Background and history. Introduction ; History of hate crimes legislation: Civil Rights Act of 1968 ; Interference with the exercise of religious beliefs and destruction of religious property ; Federal Explosives Statute ; Hate Crimes Statistics Act ; Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act ; Violence against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) ; Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996 ; U.S. Armed Forces and Hate Crime Prevention ; Campus Hate Crimes Right to Know Act of 1997 ; Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act ; Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act ; Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 ; Executive Branch ; U.S. Supreme Court decisions: Apprendi v. New Jersey ; Barclay v. Florida ; R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul ; Wisconsin v. Mitchell ; Hate crimes legislation at the state level ; Conclusion ; References -- 2. Problems, controversies, and solutions. Criticism and defense of hate crime laws ; Methodology ; Hate crime hoaxes ; Bias crimes and violence before hate crime laws ; Hate crimes against selected groups: a recent overview: African Americans ; Asian Americans ; Violence against Sikhs ; American with disabilities ; Jewish Americans ; Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people (LGBT) ; Arab and Muslim Americans ; Native Americans ; Conclusion ; References -- 3. Perspectives. Punish crime, not thought crime: Jeff Jacoby ; The law vs. violent bigotry: the case for strong hate crime laws in the United States: Michael Lieberman ; Punishing bias-motivated violence: the policy frame for hate-crime laws ; The Constitutional frame for hate-crime laws: First Amendment protections ; Expanding federal hate-crime protection: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) ; Contemporary anti-Semitism in American higher education: Kenneth L. Marcus ; Anti-Hispanic immigrant hate crimes: Michele Stacey, Kristin Carbone-Lopez, and Richard Rosenfeld ; Hate crimes against Sikh Americans: Simran Jeet Singh ; Hate crimes and the LGBT community: Michael Bronski ; Hate crime hoaxes on college and university campuses: Ashley Thorne ; References -- 4. Profiles. People ; Organizations -- 5. Data and documents. Hate crime overview ; Investigation of hate crimes model policy ; Hate on the internet ; Hate violence in 2013 ; Vulnerable to hate: a survey of hate crimes committed against homeless people in 2013 ; Kennedy introduces the Hate Crimes Amendment ; Obama on the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act ; Federal hate crimes laws -- 6. Resources for further research. Books ; Articles ; Reports: U.S. government documents and reports ; Organization reports ; Nonprint resources, Antibias videos -- 7. Chronology.
"Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, Third Edition remains the most comprehensive reference source on bias-motivated violence committed in the United States. The book contains vital history on hate crime legislation, provides a detailed chronology of recent events, and offers the most up-to-date information on its prevalence and the affected religious, racial, and other targeted communities, such as Jewish Americans and Sikh Americans. Dozens of expert contributors--such as Kenneth L. Marcus, president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law--present a balanced range of perspectives on the growing phenomenon, enabling readers to fully comprehend the widespread problem and develop their own informed opinion. Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, Third Edition remains the most comprehensive reference source on bias-motivated violence committed in the United States. The book contains vital history on hate crime legislation, provides a detailed chronology of recent events, and offers the most up-to-date information on its prevalence and the affected religious, racial, and other targeted communities, such as Jewish Americans and Sikh Americans. Dozens of expert contributors--such as Kenneth L. Marcus, president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law--present a balanced range of perspectives on the growing phenomenon, enabling readers to fully comprehend the widespread problem and develop their own informed opinion."--Publisher website.

Five dollars and a pork chop sandwich : vote buying and the corruption of democracy

February 3, 2016
Berry, Mary Frances, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]
x, 186 pages ; 23 cm

The cosmopolites : the coming of the global citizen

February 3, 2016
Abrahamian, Atossa Araxia, author.
New York : Columbia Global Reports, [2015]
166 pages : map ; 19 cm
The buying and selling of citizenship has become a legitimate, thriving business in just a few years. Entrepreneurs are renouncing America and Europe in favor of tax havens in the Caribbean with the help of a cottage industry of lawyers, bankers, and consultants that specialize in expatriation. But as journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian discovered, the story of twenty-first century citizenship is bigger than millionaires buying their second or third passport. When she learned that mysterious middlemen had persuaded the Comoro Islands to turn to selling citizenship as a new source of revenue, she decided to follow the money trail to the Middle East. There, she found that officials in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates had bulk-ordered passports for their bidoon, or stateless population, transforming these men, women, and children without countries into Comorian citizens practically overnight. In her timely and eye-opening first book, Abrahamian travels the globe to meet these willing and unwitting "cosmopolites," or citizens of the world, who show us how transactional and unpredictable national citizenship in the twenty-first century can be. -- Amazon.com

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