New Arrivals · True Crime

November 7, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bones : brothers, horses, cartels, and the borderland dream

November 6, 2017
Tone, Joe, author.
New York : One World, [2017]
329 pages : map ; 24 cm
The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border-- and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy. Jose Trevino was a devoted family man working as a bricklayer in Texas. Back in Mexico, his younger brother Miguel was ascending to the top ranks of Los Zetas, a notoriously bloody drug cartel. One day Jose showed up at a quarter-horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse, which caught the attention of an eager young FBI agent named Scott Lawson. Lawson enlisted Tyler Graham, an American rancher who would eventually breed Jose's champion horse-- nicknamed Bones-- to help the FBI infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major money-laundering operation, with the ultimate goal of capturing the infamous Miguel Trevino.

The 57 bus

November 3, 2017
Slater, Dashka, author.
©2017
305 pages ; 22 cm
Monday November 4, 2013 -- Oakland California -- Sasha -- Richard -- The fire -- Justice.
"One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight." -- Amazon.com.

Death in the air : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city

October 27, 2017
Dawson, Kate Winkler, author.
©2017
viii, 341 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Pressure -- Blackout -- Restrained -- Trapped -- Bodies in the mist -- Postmortem -- Smothered -- Hearth and home -- Squeezed -- Buried -- Illumination -- Infamous -- Legacy -- Epilogue.
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. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.

Human rights in focus : human trafficking

October 26, 2017
Currie-McGhee, L. K. (Leanne K.), author.
©2018
80 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Understanding human trafficking -- Sex trafficking -- Forced labor -- Victim's consequences -- Fighting human trafficking.
Globally, millions of people live in modern day slavery. Men, women, and children across the world are subject to forced labor and sexual exploitation at the hands of human traffickers. The challenges human trafficking victims face, the efforts to eradicate this crime, and how to assist victims are discussed.

Black Dahlia, Red Rose : the crime, corruption, and cover-up of America's greatest unsolved murder

October 17, 2017
Eatwell, Piu Marie, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
xvii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part 1. Fallen angel -- Farewell my lovely -- A double lie -- The capture -- Gilda -- Dial M for murder -- House of strangers -- The big sleep -- Part 2. Dark passage -- The letter -- The suspect -- Behind locked doors -- Deadline at dawn -- Breaking point -- The lodger -- Kiss tomorrow goodbye -- Panic in the streets -- Part 3. Raw deal -- Key witness -- The glass alibi -- The verdict -- Detour -- Fall guy -- Voice in the wind -- Part 4. Out of the past -- The name of the rose -- Specter of the rose -- The woman in the window.

Ballad of the anarchist bandits : the crime spree that gripped Belle Époque Paris

October 16, 2017
Merriman, John M., author.
©2017
viii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The good old days" in Paris -- Victor Kibaltchiche -- Another Paris : "Misery is everywhere" -- Anarchists in conflict -- Rirette Maîtrejean -- A love story -- A bitter split -- Jules Bonnot -- The Bonnot Gang strikes -- The Bonnot Gang at bay -- How to unload stolen securities -- The police in action -- The Bonnot Gang's murder spree -- Panic in Paris -- Police dragnet -- Antoine Gauzy's variety store -- Besieged in Choisy-le-Roi -- Spectacle in Nogent-sur-Marne -- On trial -- The widow (la veuve) -- The violence of states, the clouds of war -- Aftermath.
"For six terrifying months in 1911-1912, the citizens of Paris were gripped by a violent crime streak. A group of bandits went on a rampage throughout the city and its suburbs, robbing banks and wealthy Parisians, killing anyone who got in their way, and always managing to stay one step ahead of the police. But Jules Bonnot and the Bonnot Gang weren't just ordinary criminals; they were anarchists, motivated by the rampant inequality and poverty in Paris. John Merriman tells this story through the eyes of two young, idealistic lovers: Victor Kibaltchiche (later the famed Russian revolutionary and writer Victor Serge) and Rirette Maîtrejean, who chronicled the Bonnot crime spree in the radical newspaper L'Anarchie. While wealthy Parisians frequented restaurants on the Champs-Élysées, attended performances at the magnificent new opera house, and enjoyed the decadence of the so-called Belle Époque, Victor, Rirette, and their friends occupied a vast sprawl of dank apartments, bleak canals, and smoky factories. Victor and Rirette rejected the violence of Bonnot and his cronies, but to the police it made no difference. Victor was imprisoned for years for his anarchist beliefs, Bonnot was hunted down and shot dead, and his fellow bandits were sentenced to death by guillotine or lifelong imprisonment. Fast-paced and gripping, Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits is a tale of idealists and lost causes--and a vivid evocation of Paris in the dizzying years before the horrors of World War I were unleashed."--Jacket flaps.

"I am innocent!" : a statement in the death cell

October 13, 2017
Hauptmann, Bruno Richard, 1899-1936.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2016]
xi, 185 pages : illustrations, ; 23 cm
An abridged translation of Hauptmann's autobiography was published in the German language, under the title, "Ich bin unschuldig!" Ein Bekenntnis in der Todeszelle, by Paul Ebert ©1936 in Kamenz, Germany.
""I am Innocent" is a translation from German of Bruno Richard Hauptmann's autobiography, which he wrote in the State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey, while awaiting execution for the alleged kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. After learning of the autobiography's existence, I set out to find it so it could be added to the source materials on the case. After searching for it, I finally found it. Here it is now, in its entirety"-- Back cover.

The death of an heir : Adolph Coors III and the murder that rocked an American brewing dynasty

October 4, 2017
Jett, Philip, author.
©2017
x, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The Coors family's gilded American dream turned into a nightmare when a meticulously plotted kidnapping went horribly wrong. In the 1950s and '60s, the Coors dynasty reigned over Golden, Colorado, seemingly invincible. When rumblings about labor unions threatened to destabilize the family's brewery, Adolph Coors, Jr., the septuagenarian president of the company, drew a hard line, refusing to budge. They had worked hard for what they had, and no one had a right to take it from them. What they'd soon realize was that they had more to lose than they could have imagined. On the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 1960, Adolph "Ad" Coors III, the 44-year-old CEO of the multimillion-dollar Colorado beer empire, stepped into his car and headed for the brewery twelve miles away. At a bridge he stopped to help a man in a yellow Mercury sedan. On the back seat lay handcuffs and leg irons. The glove box held a ransom note ready to be mailed. His coat pocket shielded a loaded pistol. What happened next set off the largest manhunt in the United States since the Lindbergh kidnapping. State and local authorities, along with an FBI investigation personally spearheaded by its director, J. Edgar Hoover, burst into action attempting to locate Ad and his kidnapper. The dragnet spanned a continent. All the while, Ad's grief-stricken wife and children waited, tormented by the unrelenting silence. The Death of an Heir reveals the true story behind the tragic murder of Colorado's favorite son."--Jacket.

Bloodlines : the true story of a drug cartel, the FBI, and the battle for a horse-racing dynasty

September 27, 2017
Del Bosque, Melissa, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
394 pages ; 24 cm
Drugs, money, cartels: this is what FBI rookie Scott Lawson expected when he was sent to the border town of Laredo, but instead he's deskbound writing intelligence reports about the drug war. Then, one day, Lawson is asked to check out an anonymous tip: a horse was sold at an Oklahoma auction house for a record-topping price, and the buyer was Miguel Trevino, one of the leaders of the Zetas, Mexico's most brutal drug cartel. The source suggested that Trevino was laundering money through American quarter horse racing. If this was true, it offered a rookie like Lawson the perfect opportunity to infiltrate the cartel. Lawson teams up with a more experienced agent, Alma Perez, and, taking on impossible odds, sets out to take down one of the world's most fearsome drug lords. In Bloodlines, Emmy and National Magazine Award-winning journalist Melissa del Bosque follows Lawson and Perez's harrowing attempt to dismantle a cartel leader's American racing dynasty built on extortion and blood money. With extensive access to investigative evidence and in-depth interviews with key players, del Bosque turns more than three years of research and her decades of reporting on Mexico and the border into a gripping narrative about greed and corruption. Bloodlines offers us an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Zetas and US federal agencies, and opens a new vista onto the changing nature of the drug war and its global expansion.

The man from the train : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery

September 26, 2017
James, Bill, 1949- author.
©2017
xi, 464 pages ; 24 cm
Preface -- Villisca -- Section I. 1909 to 1912 -- The bloody penny -- Logan's turnpike -- The scandalous Schultzes -- Marshalltown -- The New Orleans axeman -- Which is not really a chapter -- Martin City -- The Casaways -- Oregon -- The double event -- Monmouth -- Ellsworth -- Paola -- Section II. Summer 1912 -- Villisca 2 -- Villisca 3 -- Villisca 4 -- Villisca 5 -- Dynamite Pfanschmidt -- Section III. 1900 to 1906 -- Stepping backward -- Trenton Corners -- Standing by Henry -- An uncertain set of names -- Just when you thought this story couldn't possibly get any uglier -- Hughes -- The Christmas Day murders -- West Memphis -- Jacksonville -- Cottonwood, Alabama -- Murder in the cold -- The worst one ever -- The Lyerly family -- Section IV -- Hiatus -- The crimes of 1908 -- Section V -- Conversation with the reader -- Hurley -- Beckley and beyond -- The Zoos and the Hubbells -- Clementine Barnabet -- Harry Ryan -- The first crime -- Brookfield and Villisca -- Where the evening is spread out against the sky -- Hinterkaifeck.
"Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these crimes, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the analytical acumen he brings to 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, and in turn, uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man From the Train is a groundbreaking approach to true crime that will convince skeptics, delight aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history"-- Provided by publisher.

Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South

September 25, 2017
Cox, Karen L., 1962- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
227 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Reclusive aristocrats -- The residents of Glenwood -- Pink and Sister -- Murder at Glenburnie -- The investigation -- Jim Crow's investigation -- National scandal -- Sideshows -- Cold justice -- Hollow victory -- Longing for home.
In 1932, the city of Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an unexpected influx of journalists and tourists as the lurid story of a local murder was splashed across headlines nationwide. Two eccentrics, Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery--known in the press as the "Wild Man" and the "Goat Woman"--enlisted an African American man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During the attempted robbery, Merrill was shot and killed. The crime drew national coverage when it came to light that Dana and Dockery, the alleged murderers, shared their huge, decaying antebellum mansion with their goats and other livestock, which prompted journalists to call the estate "Goat Castle." Pearls was killed by an Arkansas policeman in an unrelated incident before he could face trial. However, as was all too typical in the Jim Crow South, the white community demanded "justice," and an innocent black woman named Emily Burns was ultimately sent to prison for the murder of Merrill. Dana and Dockery not only avoided punishment but also lived to profit from the notoriety of the murder by opening their derelict home to tourists. Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of this local feud, killing, investigation, and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice.

Ranger games : a story of soldiers, family and an inexplicable crime

September 21, 2017
Blum, Ben, 1981- author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
x, 412 pages ; 24 cm
Book 1. The golem of Tacoma -- Sort of a happy/sad deal -- Basic -- Amurican bank robber -- One fine day at Battalion -- Yes, Specialist Sommer -- Those who are versed in the sciences -- Something you would see out of a movie -- Federal vacation -- Book 2. The prodigy of Peachland -- Soldier -- Interrogation -- Freedom fighter -- The fourth man -- Book 3. The good person -- The b-word -- Just an inexplicable event -- The complexities -- The phabulous Phils -- Getting real -- Real real -- Book 4. The dungeon master -- When bad people do good things -- Space Station summer -- Total data -- The Sommer factor -- Force of personality -- The lady in the striped shirt -- The p-word -- Probably something I'll never understand -- Book 5. Freedom -- Matrix of lies -- Birth of a bank robber -- The rest of us.
Alex Blum was a good kid with one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery. At first Blum insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. Ben Blum, Alex's cousin, began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery.

"I heard you paint houses" : Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and closing the case on Jimmy Hoffa

September 13, 2017
Brandt, Charles, author.
Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2016]
x, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Updated with a conclusion by the author." --Cover.
Provides an account of the life and activities of hitman Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, including his account of how he killed Jimmy Hoffa.

Lies of a real housewife : tell the truth and shame the devil : a memoir

September 1, 2017
Stanton, Angela.
[New York, NY] : Augustus Pub., ©2012.
243 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"[Stanton] takes us into her survival mode on the streets, and adjustments she had to make in her home life. The author shares experiences of her teen years, growing up in Buffalo, NY. She leads us on a short stay as a young girl in Greensboro, NC. The author, rapper, wife and mother, guides us through her struggles into her early adult years in Hotlanta. By fate, she lives a hustler's life of crime with none other than Real Housewives of Atlanta's own, Phaedra Parks. By a twist of fate, her life crashes, sending her on a trip to a darkened place called hell. Urban author Angela Stanton survives to a give a raw, revolutionary account of her daring journey to redemption"--Back cover.

The gang's all queer : the lives of gay gang members

August 22, 2017
Panfil, Vanessa R., author.
New York : New York University Press, [2017]
xiv, 289 pages ; 23 cm.
Acknowledgments -- Preface: seeking "homo thugs" -- Introduction: real men, real gangs -- Understanding gay identity -- "Why do I have to hide it?" : forming a gay identity -- Who's the fag? : negotiating gayness and visibility -- Gay gangsters and their gangs -- Gay gangs becoming "known" : respect, violence, and chosen family -- "In the game" : the experiences of gay men in straight gangs -- Hybrid gangs and those that could have been -- Strategies for resistance -- "Not a fag" : resisting anti-gay harassment by fighting back -- "Tired of being stereotyped" : urban gay men in underground economies -- Conclusion: Queer, here and now -- Appendix: Summary of participant characteristics and experiences -- Methods appendix: "Best of luck in your research, dear" -- Notes -- References -- About the author -- Index.
Many people believe that gangs are made up of violent thugs who are in and out of jail, and who are hyper-masculine and heterosexual. Vanessa Panfil introduces us to a different world. Meet gay gang members - sometimes referred to in popular culture as "homo thugs" - whose gay identity complicates criminology's portrayal and representation of gangs, gang members, and gang life. In vivid detail, Panfil provides an in-depth understanding of how gay gang members construct and negotiate both masculine and gay identities through crime and gang membership. She draws from interviews with over 50 gay gang- and crime-involved young men in Columbus, Ohio, the majority of whom are men of color in their late teens and early twenties, as well as on-the-ground ethnographic fieldwork with men who are in gay, hybrid, and straight gangs. Panfil provides an eye-opening portrait of how even members of straight gangs are connected to a same-sex oriented underground world. Most of these young men still present a traditionally masculine persona and voice deeply-held affection for their fellow gang members. They also fight with their enemies, many of whom are in rival gay gangs. Most come from impoverished, 'rough' neighborhoods, and seek to defy negative stereotypes of gay and Black men as deadbeats, though sometimes through illegal activity. Some are still closeted to their fellow gang members and families, yet others fight to defend members of the gay community, even those who they deem to be "fags," despite distaste for these flamboyant members of the community.

The Algiers Motel incident

August 14, 2017
Hersey, John, 1914-1993, author.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
xx, 397 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1968. With new introduction.
Introduction: John Hersey and the tragedy of race / Thomas J. Sugrue -- The odor of a case: July 26-31 -- Three cops and three days: July 23-5 -- Auburey and his circle -- Confession: July 31 -- The Algiers Motel incident: July 25-6 -- Aftermath: July 31 and after.
Thirty years ago, three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it , an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten.

Fraud : an American history from Barnum to Madoff

August 11, 2017
Balleisen, Edward J., author.
©2017
xiv, 479 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Duplicity and the evolution of American capitalism. The enduring dilemmas of antifraud regulation ; The shape-shifting, never-changing world of fraud -- A nineteenth-century world of caveat emptor (1810s to 1880s). The porousness of the law ; Channels of exposure -- Professionalism, moralism, and the elite assault on deception (1860s to 1930s). The beginnings of a modern administrative state ; Innovation, moral economy, and the Postmaster General's peace ; The businessmen's war to end all fraud ; Quandaries of procedural justice -- The call for investor and consumer protection (1930s to 1970s). Moving toward Caveat venditor ; Consumerism and the reorientation of antifraud policy ; The promise and limits of the antifraud state -- The market strikes back (1970s to 2010s). Neoliberalism and the rediscovery of business fraud.
"The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America--and the evolving efforts to combat it--from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. Starting with an early nineteenth-century American legal world of "buyer beware," this unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern regulatory institutions to protect consumers and investors, from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds, including the savings and loan crisis, corporate accounting scandals, and the recent mortgage-marketing debacle. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without enabling a corrosive level of fraud, this book reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust"--Book jacket.

In vino duplicitas : the rise and fall of a wine forger extraordinaire

August 2, 2017
Hellman, Peter, author.
©2017
246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Becoming Dr. Conti -- Underside of an auction -- The man from Morey-Saint-Denis -- The auctioneer -- Collapse of the con -- The sheriff -- The takedown -- Before a jury of his peers -- Aftershocks.
Nobody can know them all, certainly not Rudy Kurniawan, who never set eyes on Burgundy. In the end, it was his imprecise knowledge of a particular domaine's history that tripped him up. It happened amid extreme merriment, one spring evening, in New York. The mistakes that he made, minuscule and highly arcane, upended his life. Also upended would be the practices and pleasures of seekers after rare old wine.

The hot one : a memoir of friendship, sex, and murder

July 28, 2017
Murnick, Carolyn, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
ix, 244 pages ; 24 cm
A "New York" magazine online editor recounts how she was compelled to investigate the party lifestyle of her best friend from childhood and her shocking murder, possibly by an alleged serial killer now facing trial.

Dangerous ground

July 25, 2017
Phelps, M. William, author.
©2017
353 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"My friendship with a serial killer" --Cover.
Part One: Meeting my "friend," the psychopath ; A murder of crows ; A dark mind ; Some sickness ; The impatient maniac ; Rootless tree ; The space between ; Death becomes him ; Killer instinct ; "Noodles" ; The "reality" of true cirme ; Wounded bird ; High horses ; Long, long way ; Transformation ; Spectator ; Trusty and true ; The world according to Raven -- Part Two: Selective madness ; Death--as a performance ; I remember ; Feels like fire ; Strange condition ; Nightmares ; Satan's whisper ; The terror of damnation ; Ghost stories ; Ten of hearts ; Smoked ; Nostalgia as camoiflage ; Oh, brother... ; Risky uncertianity ; When grace abandons ; You can see with those eyes -- Part Three: A new purpose ; True blue ; Baby doll ; Case closed ; Question ; As much as I ever could ; The girl with the familiar last name ; Jane Doe, Florida ; All in ; The mighty Mississippi ; The big sleazy ; Brain scam ; Victim number six ; Grand optimist ; Black canvas ; Same old suffering ; The past as ransome for the future.
For the first time, investigative journalist M. William Phelps reveals the identity of "Raven," the serial killer who co-starred with him on Dark minds and tells the story of his intriguing bond with one of America's most disturbing killers.

Confessions of a cartel hit man

July 21, 2017
Corona, Martin, author.
©2017
xiv, 299 pages ; 24 cm
Part one: Sorrow. The letter ; Posole ; The beach ; Gladiator school ; The ones that got away ; Power boosting ; Surenos don't stoop ; A chance in Hawaii ; Baby -- Part two: Education. Big D's tickets ; Circus circus ; Small fish, big ocean ; The first order of business ; Mainline ; I want to kill him ; The hole ; Plastic knives ; Real great dudes -- Part three: Profession. A big enterprise ; Bullet hoses ; The fat guy ; Getting it done right ; Respect ; Wasn't for her ; Bad karma ; Neglected business ; "Are you against us?" ; Out of my life.
"These are the true confessions of an assassin. Martin Corona started out life seemingly as American as a midcentury American kid could be. He was the son of a US marine, bouncing from one warm beach base to another. But the combination of an abusive father, ill-advised medication, and some bad choices before he was even a teenager led him into a brutal, murderous outlaw life. In and out of prison, Corona, aka 'Nite Owl,' soon came into contact with Sureños and the so-called Mexican Mafia. After having proved himself to be fearless and loyal, he joined an elite crew run by the Arellano Félix brothers, founders of the Tijuana drug cartel that dominated the cross-border drug trade and the associated bloody gang warfare for decades. Corona and his crew would leave their luxurious hideout in Mexico, cross the border whenever they wished, kill whoever needed to be killed, and often return to their "office" the same day. Special Agent of the California Department of Justice Steve Duncan pursued the arrest of Martin Corona for years and wrote the foreword to this powerful memoir. He says Corona is the only former cartel hit man he knows who is truly remorseful. Corona's turning state's evidence led to the arrest of Javier Arellano Felix and the ultimate downfall of the Tijuana Cartel in 2006. But Corona wasn't free from his past. This story gives insight into how one human being became able to kill without hesitation--and how, no longer a killer, and asking for forgiveness, he now lives with himself."--Jacket.

Last don standing : the secret life of mob boss Ralph Natale

July 20, 2017
Pearson, Dan, 1959- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
xiii, 250 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Christmas Day, 1973 -- A sit-down with the boss -- Kids in Philly -- Love and devotion. -- New York, New York -- The rise of the docile don -- Mob heavyweights -- Doing the work -- Where the sand is turnin' to gold -- An Irish wake -- The razor's edge -- Union sundown -- Roll of the dice -- Meeting Mr. Stanfa -- Something's burning -- Angelo Bruno, what has happened to you? -- Et tu, Tony Bananas? -- The wake -- Rise of the Chicken Man -- They blew up the Chicken Man -- Life in Lewisburg -- Mr. Natale goes to Washington -- A Mafia prince -- Stanfa redux -- A marriage of mob-style convenience -- Don't call it a comeback -- Where did it all go wrong? -- The big payback -- Last words
"As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state's evidence, provides an insider's perspective on the mafia. Natale's reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region's mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic City's casino unions. Later on, after spending 16 years in prison, he reclaimed the family as his own after a bloody mob war that left bodies scattered across South Philly. He forged connections around the country, invigorated the family with more allies than it had in two decades, and achieved a status within the mob never seen before or since until he was betrayed by his men and decided to testify against them in a stunning turn of events. Using dozens of hours of interviews with Natale along with research and interviews with FBI agents, this book delivers revelatory insights into seminal events in American mob history, including: - The truth about Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance - The murder of Jewish mob icon Bugsy Siegel - The identity of the man who created modern-day Las Vegas With the full cooperation of Natale, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and producer Dan Pearson uncover the deadly reign of the last great mob boss of Philadelphia, a tale that covers a half-century of mob lore--and gore"-- Provided by publisher.

The chickenshit club : why the Justice Department fails to prosecute executives

July 18, 2017
Eisinger, Jesse, author.
©2017
xxi, 377 pages ; 24 cm
"There is no Christmas" -- "That dog don't hunt" -- The silver age -- "Unitedly yours" -- The backlash -- Paul Pelletier's white whale -- KPMG destroys careers -- The hunt for AIG -- No truth and no reconciliation -- The law in the city of results -- Jed Rakoff's radicalization -- "The government failed" -- A tollbooth on the bankster turnpike -- The process is polluted -- Rakoff's fall and rise -- "Fight for it."
"Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "Too Big to Fail" to almost every large corporation in America-- to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club-- an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs-- explains why. A character-driven narrative, the book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice. The complex and richly reported story spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives. Exposing one of the most important scandals of our time, [this book] provides a clear, detailed explanation as to how our Justice Department has come to avoid, bungle, and mismanage the fight to bring these alleged criminals to justice."--Amazon.

On the farm : Robert William Pickton and the tragic story of Vancouver's missing women

July 13, 2017
Cameron, Stevie.
Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, ©2011.
726 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Includes index.

A slaying in the suburbs : the Tara Grant murder

July 10, 2017
Miller, Steve, 1957 September 24-
New York : Berkley Books, ©2009.
vii, 294 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Details the murder of Tara Grant, a successful businesswoman who was strangled and dismembered by her jealous husband Stephen, and reveals the truth behind their dysfunctional marriage and the actions that destroyed a family.

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