These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
November 30, 2016
Booth, Nicholas, 1964- author.
351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: Stroud : The History Press, 2014.
'For lack of a nail' -- Formidable rascals -- Strangers, silk hats, and salting wells -- Rogues' gallery -- The social triumphs of a silver king -- Mistresses of misfortune -- The skewering of Colonel Peregrine Madgwick Francis -- The finer arts of forgery -- Hearts and minds -- Strange messengers -- Devil to pay -- Before your very eyes -- Cat and mouse -- Means of escape -- The melancholy of all things done.
"In the summer of 1873, four American forgers went on trial at the Old Bailey--London's iconic law court--for the greatest fraud the world had ever seen. The attempted crime: stealing five million dollars from the Bank of England from under the noses of its unsuspecting officials. [In this book], Booth tells the extraordinary true story of the forgers' earliest escapades in Chicago, Louisville, and Manhattan, culminating with the heist at the world's leading financial institution"--Amazon.com.
November 28, 2016
Brown, Ethan, 1972- author.
New York : Scribner, 
xxii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Loretta -- Boom and bust -- Lucky and LeDoux -- Frankie -- Ernestine -- Kristen -- Whitnei -- Gunter and Guillory -- "Death on me": Muggy, Crystal, and Brittney -- The undoing -- "Frankie Richard's coming and hell is coming with him" -- "The past is the past" -- Coda: Boustany and the Boudreaux Inn -- Whistle-blower in white robes.
Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the town of Jennings, in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. They had all engaged in sex work as a means of survival, and they came to be called the Jeff Davis 8. The investigations into their deaths, originally searching for a serial killer, raised questions about police misconduct and corruption.
November 28, 2016
Gamber, Wendy, 1958- author.
xi, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
New Year's Day -- Business -- Cold Spring -- Detection -- Trial -- Self-reliant and God defiant! -- Knowed it was them -- I wish I was an angel -- A good soldier -- Lebanon -- The Indiana murderess -- Indiana justice -- I kept it rolling -- Aunty Smith -- Mrs. Dr. Patterson.
In September 1868, the remains of Jacob and Nancy Jane Young were found lying near the banks of Indiana's White River. Suspicion for both deaths turned to Nancy Clem, a housewife who was also one of Mr. Young's former business partners. Wendy Gamber chronicles the life and times of this charming and persuasive Gilded Age confidence woman, who became famous not only as an accused murderess but also as an itinerant peddler of patent medicine and the supposed originator of the Ponzi scheme.
November 28, 2016
Preston, John, 1953- author.
New York : Other Press, 2016.
xi, 339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A dinner at the House of Commons -- The postcard -- The eye of Urse -- Bunnies -- Mr Bessell goes to Dublin -- The creature -- This filthy subject -- Bessell pulls another rabbit out of his hat -- The blessings of family life -- Two pledges -- Unexpected developments -- A happy and joyous occasion -- Shooting a sick dog -- The ultimate solution -- Doomed -- Back to Black -- The price of a peerage -- From bad to worse -- Big swamp -- A death unforeseen -- A simple plan -- Things fall apart -- Bessellised -- The man from Canada -- Death on the moor -- Vive les trois mousequetaires! -- A bloody mess -- Damned lies -- Judas -- Ice cold in Minehead -- Waiting in the wings -- Overture and beginners -- Ripped to shreds -- The greatest show on earth -- The judgements of Cantley -- Awkward bows -- Postscript.
"A behind-the-scenes look at the desperate, scandalous private life of a British member of Parliament and champion manipulator, and the history-making trial that exposed his dirty secrets to the world. As a member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960s and 70s, Jeremy Thorpe's bad behavior snuck under the radar for years. Police and politicians alike colluded to protect one of their own. At the start of the 1970s, Thorpe was the most popular and charismatic politician in the country, poised to hold the balance of power in a coalition government. But Jeremy Thorpe was a man with a secret. His homosexual affairs and harassment of past partners--as well as his propensity for lying and embezzlement--only escalated as he evaded punishment. Until a dark night on the moor with an ex-lover, a dog, and a hired gun led to consequences that even his charm and power couldn't help him escape. Thorpe's climactic trial at the Old Bailey in London was immediately dubbed the 'Trial of the Century.' It was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge. It was the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering gay man, in an era when homosexuality had only just become legal. By the time the trial was over, Britain would never be the same again"--Provided by publisher.
November 16, 2016
Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit, author.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The tip -- Traitor unmasked -- The roots of dysfunction -- A desperate plan -- Spy hunt -- Nabbed -- Decipher this -- A convoluted cover-up -- The search for buried secrets -- Mr. Eighty Percent.
"The thrilling, true-life account of the FBI's hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan--known as The Spy Who Couldn't Spell."-- Provided by publisher.
November 10, 2016
Bair, Deirdre, author.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2016.
x, 395 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- The early years -- Mae -- The need to make a living -- Al comes to Chicago -- The other Capones -- The road to power -- The fortunes of war -- In hiding -- The glory years -- Inventing Al Capone -- Legal woes -- Atlantic City and after -- In prison -- "The elusive 'Scarface' Al" -- A new day for Chicago -- On the road to jail -- Law enforcement by stigma -- Jail is a bad place under any circumstances -- "Who wouldn't be worried?" -- "I guess it's all over" -- "I'm in jail; aren't they satisfied?" -- The most intriguing of all criminals -- The endgame -- The end -- The legacy -- The legend.
"From his heyday to the present moment, Al Capone's life has gripped the public imagination, and his gangster persona has been immortalized in the countless movies and books inspired by his exploits. But who was the man behind the legend? Capone loved to tell tall tales that perpetuated his mystique; newspapers loved him and frequently embellished or fabricated stories about him to sell copies. While some remember him as fundamentally kind and good, others speak of how frightening he was, a vicious, cold-blooded killer...Writing with exclusive access to Capone's descendants, Deirdre Bair finally gets at the truth behind this eternally fascinating man, who was equal parts charismatic mobster, doting father, and calculating monster."--Provided by publisher.
November 7, 2016
Assange, Julian, author.
230 pages ; 18 cm
In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country residence in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world's most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world's largest information empire locked horns. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network--from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to American companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet's future that has only gathered force subsequently. When Google Met WikiLeaks presents the story of Assange and Schmidt's encounter. Both fascinating and alarming, it contains an edited transcript of their conversation and extensive, new material, written by Assange specifically for this book, providing the best available summary of his vision for the future of the Internet.
October 31, 2016
Lowry, Beverly, author.
ix, 377 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic references.
The crime -- The Paul Johnson show -- The courts: law, science, blunders and luck -- Unanswered questions.
"From the author of Crossed Over, another masterful account of a horrible crime: the murder of four girls, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempts--for twenty-five years now--to find and punish those who committed it. The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged bodies of the four girls--each one shot in the head--were found in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried; moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case. Over the decades, the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life. But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that reads like a Russian novel, comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing"-- Provided by publisher.
October 28, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
x, 287, 15 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A powerful billionaire, the sex scandal that undid him, and all the justice that money can buy: the shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein" --Cover.
"Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City's financial elite. A college dropout with an instinct for numbers--and for people--Epstein amassed his wealth through a combination of access and skill. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. And that unceasing desire--especially a taste for young girls--resulted in his stunning fall from grace. From Epstein himself, to the girls he employed as masseuses at his home, to the cops investigating the appalling charges against him, Filthy Rich examines all sides of a case that scandalized one of America's richest communities."--Amazon.com.
October 19, 2016
D'Costa, Jasmine Anita Yvette, author.
Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2015.
117 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
October 6, 2016
Woodward, Paula, author.
520 pages : illustratons ; 24 cm
An unprecedented, definitive insider perspective on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most heinous, sensationalized, unsolved crimes in American history.
October 6, 2016
Dixon, Chuck, 1954- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle on cover: How the Clintons auctioned U.S. policy for profit.
Inspired by the book by Peter Schweizer.
September 30, 2016
Christie, George, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016.
257 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"After forty years in the Hells Angels, George Christie was ready to retire. As the president of the high-profile Ventura chapter of the club, he had been the yin to Sonny Barger's yang. Barger was the reckless figurehead and de facto world leader of the Angels. Christie was the negotiator, the spokesman, the thinker, the guy who smoothed things out. He was the one who carried the Olympic torch and counted movie stars, artists, the Grateful Dead and police chief captains among his friends. But leaving isn't easy, and within two weeks of retirement he was told he was "out bad," blackballed by his fellow Angels, prohibited from wearing the club patch, even told he should remove his Death's Head tattoo. Now, Christie's set out to tell his story. Exile on Front Street is 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.
September 30, 2016
Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1954- author.
xxxii, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
The stage. The murder ; The prosecutor ; Skakels and Kennedys -- The suspects. The neighbor ; The brother ; The boyfriend ; The gardener ; The crush ; The tutor -- The victims. Martha and Michael -- The frame. The caller ; The gossip ; The perjurer -- The witnesses. The model ; The bully ; The junkie ; The handyman ; The barber ; The friend -- The lawyer. The clown -- The ghosts. The killers?
"On Halloween 1975, Martha Moxley was found brutally murdered outside her home in swanky Greenwich, Connecticut. Twenty-seven years after her death, the State of Connecticut spent some $25 million to convict her friend and neighbor, Michael Skakel, of the murder. At Michael's criminal trial, the State offered no physical or forensic evidence, no fingerprints or DNA, no eyewitness linking Michael to the killing. The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Now, Skakel's cousin, acclaimed attorney, and award-winning writer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., solves the baffling whodunit and clears Michael Skakel's name" -- Dust jacket.
September 26, 2016
Paddock, Anita, author.
vii, 169 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
"When Ruie Ann Park--a pillar of the Van Buren, Arkansas, community--was found beaten to death and lying in a pool of blood in her home, the police and local residents assumed the son was the murderer. But the years would uncover a more sinister story. Until that night, the Park family seemed to have it all. For fifty years they owned and published the Press Argus newspaper. Hugh was well-connected politically, and his wife, Ruie Ann, was the local historian, journalist, and teacher. They had a brilliant son and a shy adopted daughter. They built a beautiful home on top of Logtown Hill with a vista overlooking the Arkansas River, but their idyllic life ended with divorce. Ruie Ann stayed in the home, becoming more bitter and more demanding of the daughter who couldn't match up to her beloved son. The son, Sam Hugh, had a promising legal career, but his fondness for young boys, alcohol, and drugs doomed what should have been a successful law practice in his hometown. The daughter, Linda, graduated from college, married an attorney, and moved away to a small town near Little Rock. The police were baffled. Who was smart enough to hide all evidence and pass the lie detector test? And who would want to bludgeon this mother to death?"--Back cover.
September 20, 2016
Slater, Dan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
vi, 342 pages : maps ; 24 cm
The Straight Hard Workers -- You're not from here -- Flickering candle -- My Dad does drugs -- The noble fight -- Overachieving bitch -- Underworld University -- The Company -- Original Vice Lord -- Bank of America -- The new people -- Raising wolves -- I'm the true one -- Spillover -- In the dirty room -- Garcia's orgasm -- Corporate raiders -- The clean soul of Gabriel Cardona -- The Kingdom of Judgment -- Who's the next top Drug Lord? -- All in the gang -- Brothers of the Black Hand -- Lesser Lords -- A boner for Bart -- The varieties of power -- I'm a good soldier! -- Prophecy -- Last meal -- Heroes and liars -- Career moments -- Catch that pussy -- Twilight -- Frozen in Time -- Legend of Laredo -- The messiest war -- No angels -- Hypocritical bastards -- Another media guy.
"What's it like to be an employee of a global drug-trafficking organization? In the border town of Laredo, Texas, Gabriel and his friend Bart abandon promising futures for the allure of the Zetas, a drug cartel with roots in the Mexican military. Mexican-born Detective Robert Garcia has worked hard all his life and is now struggling to raise his family in America. As violence spills over the border, Detective Garcia's pursuit of the boys, and their cartel leaders, puts him face to face with the urgent consequences of a war he sees as unwinnable. Slater shows the way in which the border itself is changing, disappearing, and posing new, terrifying, and yet largely unseen threats to American security."--Provided by publisher.
September 7, 2016
Young, Andrew (Historian), author.
xx, 268 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
On the foggy, cold morning of February 1, 1896, a boy came upon what he thought was a pile of clothes. It was soon discovered to be the headless body of a young woman, brutally butchered and discarded. She was found just across the river from one of the largest cities in the country, Cincinnati, Ohio. Soon the authorities, the newspapers, and the public were obsessed with discovering the girl's identity and finding the killer. Historian Andrew Young re-creates late nineteenth- century America, where Coca-Cola in bottles, newfangled movie houses, the Gibson Girl, and ragtime music played alongside prostitution, temperance, racism, homelessness, the rise of corporations, and the women's rights movement.
August 16, 2016
Buell, Samuel W., 1964- author.
xx, 296 pages ; 25 cm
America and business crime -- Fraud -- Loopholing -- Corporations as criminals -- The white collar beat -- Criminal defense that pays -- Judges and their sentences -- Washington and Wall Street.
"The lead prosecutor of the Enron investigation explores modern-day business crimes and the complex laws that govern corporations, discussing the depths of the issues involved and the art of the loophole,"--NoveList.
August 15, 2016
Stratmann, Linda, author.
xii, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
The Devilish Dumplings -- Smothered in Onions -- The Greatest Refinement of Villainy -- Arsenic and Old Graves -- The Suspicious of Mr Marsh -- French Porcelain -- This Troublesome World -- Getting Away with Murder -- Alarm and Indignation -- The Essex Factor -- Tobacco Kills -- Nil by Mouth -- The Palmer Act -- Expert Witnesses -- Deadly Doctors -- Matrimonal Causes -- Sleight of Hand -- Disappearing Poison -- Our American Cousins.
"Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and in many ways encapsulated the Victorian age. Linda Stratmann's dark and splendid social history reveals the nineteenth century as a gruesome battleground where poisoners went head-to-head with authorities who strove to detect poisons, control their availability, and bring the guilty to justice. She corrects many misconceptions about particular poisons and documents how the evolution of issues such as marital rights and the legal protection of children impacted poisonings. Combining archival research with a novelist's eye, Stratmann charts the era's inexorable rise of poison cases both shocking and sad"-- Provided by publisher.
August 10, 2016
Greenwood, Elizabeth, 1983- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 
xix, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
How to disappear -- How to be found -- The canoe man -- The believers -- Collateral damage -- Faking my death with Mr. Clean and Mr. Bean.
"A darkly comic inquiry into how to fake your own death, the disappearance industry, and the lengths to which people will go to be reborn. Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out."-- Provided by publisher.
August 9, 2016
Chaudry, Rabia, author.
410 pages : facsimiles ; 24 cm
Star-crossed lovers -- Vanished : missing Hae -- A body -- Living the lie -- Murder in the first -- Witness for the prosecution -- Life plus thirty -- Sarah Koenig -- Fifth column -- Serial -- It takes a village -- Undisclosed -- Truth and justice.
"In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan's story. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating that after Hae was killed her body was kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that refutes the cell phone evidence--among many other points. And she shows how fans of Serial joined an amazing crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists. Adnan's Story also gives a sense of Adnan's life in prison and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice has yet to be achieved in this much-examined case."--Dust jacket.
August 2, 2016
Murphy, Paul, 1968- author.
Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, 2016.
256 pages ; 21 cm.
"A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty. What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. The defendants in these cases range from ruthless mobsters to average citizens, often committing similar crimes in rather different ways, and for different reasons. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyers--Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan. The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals"-- Provided by publisher.
July 27, 2016
Corsi, Jerome R., author.
Washington, DC : WND Books, 
xvi, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Part I. Criminal philanthropy Clinton-style -- Crying poor -- Profiting in India -- Reinventing davos -- Part II. Criminal philanthropy; Clinton scams -- The Canada scam -- The HIV/AIDS scam -- The State Department scam -- The Haiti scam -- The India scam -- Part III. Criminal philosophy end game -- The "Hillary for President 2016" scam -- The plan to shut down the Clinton Foundation.
"The best-selling author of The Obama Nation draws on detailed research to outline what he terms a "criminal conspiracy" by the Clinton Foundation to skim millions from donated funds using major investment firms, shell corporations and "pass-through" secret accounts,"--NoveList.
July 12, 2016
Dugard, Jaycee Lee, 1980-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xx, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Simon & Schuster nonfiction original hardcover"--Title page verso.
Fly Me to the Moon -- OMG! Out in Public! -- Who's that Girl on TV? -- "SMILE" -- Cold Soup? -- A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes...When You're Missing -- Just Sing! -- "Puppy Love" -- "Dream a Little Dream" -- Lesson Learned! -- Walk the Plank -- Don't Judge -- Confessions of an Imperfect Person (or Where the Heck are the Minis!) -- Addiction -- "Oh So Pretty" -- In Plain Sight -- Disgusted -- Barbies are Good for the Soul -- Most Embarrassing Moment -- First Christmas -- That Time We Went to See Garth in Ireland -- Most Frustrating Moment -- Journey to a New Land -- Two Psychologists and a Survivor Walk into a Bar... -- Hope is a Four Letter Word -- Lil Sis -- Where's the Rage, Jaycee? -- Open Wide and Say AHHH! -- Through Thick and Thin -- Now that's Grand! -- Baked Potatoes -- Pass the Cheese, Please -- My Inner Circle -- About the Author.
"In the follow-up to her #1 bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own. When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee's life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next. 'How do you rebuild a life?' Jaycee asks. In these pages, she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grownup sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters' first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend's wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship. This raw and inspiring book will remind readers that there is, as Jaycee writes, 'life after something tragic happens'"--Provided by publisher.
July 12, 2016
Summerscale, Kate, 1965- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Part I: Ten Days In July -- 1 The three of us -- 2 All I know is that we are rich -- 3 I will tell you the truth -- Part II: The City Of The Damned -- 4 The machine and the abyss -- 5 A kiss goodbye -- 6 This is the knife -- 7 Chronicles of disorder -- 8 Here goes nothing -- Part III: These Tender Times -- 9 Cover her face -- 10 The boys springing up amongst us -- 11 It is all over now -- 12 Box him up -- Part IV: The Murderers' Paradise -- 13 Those that know not what they do -- 14 To have you home again -- 15 In the plastic stage -- Part V: With Trumpets And Sound Of Cornet -- 16 Smooth in the morning light -- 17 Such a hell of a noise.
In East London in the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age thirteen) and his brother Nattie (age twelve) were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. The judge sentenced him to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Shockingly, Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Summerscale re-creates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past. -- adapted from book jacket.