New Arrivals · True Crime

November 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Crime in the United States.

November 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. : Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Dept. of Justice : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Some copies published by commercial publishers such as: Bernan Press.
Also available at Main Library as depository document under Supt. of Docs. no.: P.D. J 1.14/7.

God'll cut you down : the tangled tale of a white supremacist, a Black hustler, a murder, and how i lost a year in Mississippi

November 20, 2014
Safran, John.
New York : Riverhead Hardcover, 2014.
351 pages ; 24 cm
"An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson. A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race-or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex. John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett's murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder-white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime-and the people involved-seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone's life-and death-can be. This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider's point of view"-- Provided by publisher.

Footsteps in the snow

November 6, 2014
Lachman, Charles, author.
viii, 502 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
It was a shocking true crime that left two families shattered, and became the coldest case in U.S. history. Who really killed little Maria? The question fueled a real-life nightmare in Sycamore, Illinois in 1957. Christmas was three weeks away, and seven-year-old Maria Ridulph went out to play. Soon after, a figure emerged out of the falling snow. He was very friendly. Minutes later, Maria vanished, leaving behind an abandoned doll and footsteps in the snow. In April, a spring thaw gave up Maria's body in a nearby wooded area. The case attracted national attention, including that of the FBI and President Eisenhower. In all, seventy-four men and three women fell under suspicion. But no one was ever charged with the crime. Incredibly, fifty-five years later, the coldest case in the history of American jurisprudence would be reopened. It happened after a seventy-four-year-old former neighbor of the Ridulphs named Eileen Tessier made a stunning deathbed confession to her family about a dark past, and a darker secret they knew nothing about. Two families would be joined by despair and retribution, and in an astounding turn of events, Maria Ridulph's killer would finally be brought to justice.

Hacker, hoaxer, whistleblower, spy : the many faces of Anonymous

November 4, 2014
Coleman, Gabriella, author.
London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2014.
452 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says "knows all of Anonymous' deepest, darkest secrets."Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book.The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters--such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu--emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, including imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond and the double agent who helped put him away, Hector Monsegur, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, including the history of "trolling," the ethics and metaphysics of hacking, and the origins and manifold meanings of "the lulz.""-- Provided by publisher.

Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United

November 3, 2014
Teachout, Zephyr.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
viii, 376 pages ; 22 cm
Four snuff boxes and a horse -- Changing the frame -- Removing temptations -- Yazoo -- Is bribery without a remedy? -- Railroads ties -- The forgotten art of lobbying -- The gilded age -- Two kinds of sticks -- The jury decides -- Operation Gemstone -- A West Virginia state of mind -- Citizens United -- The new snuff boxes -- Facts in exile, complacency, and disdain -- The anticorruption principle -- Appendix 1. Anticorruption constitutional provisions -- Appendix 2. Major nineteenth- and twentieth-century anticorruption laws.

Did she kill him? : a torrid true story of adultery, arsenic, and murder in Victorian England

October 30, 2014
Colquhoun, Kate, 1964-
New York : Overlook Press, 2014.
419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The "Maybrick Mystery" had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumors of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and glimpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's. Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom, on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Did she poison her husband? Was her previous infidelity proof of murderous intentions? Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his demise? Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, "Did she kill him?""-- Provided by publisher.

The great New Orleans kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction era

October 20, 2014
Ross, Michael A. (Michael Anthony), author.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
viii, 309 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

The thirteenth turn : a history of the noose

October 20, 2014
Shuler, Jack.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
ix, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
[Part 1] Origins -- 1. The thirteenth turn: origins of the noose -- 2. Rope, ritual, roots: the Iron Age hanging of Tollund Man -- 3. An ignoble death: hanging from the Roman Empire to medieval Europe -- [Part 2] Revolutions -- 4. At the crossroads: the spectacle of hanging in colonial New York -- 5. Hanging Hannah Occuish in post-revolution America -- 6. Meteors of war: death by hanging and the end of slavery -- 7. The noose in the museum: hanging and Native America -- [Part 3] Lynching -- 8. Alone from a tree: lynching in the post-reconstruction South -- 9. A story of hands: an early twentieth-century lynching in the American Midwest -- 10. Strange fruit: the legacy of Marion -- [Part 4] A good death -- 11. When the gallows come down -- 12. The new burning cross -- 13. The noose in our world.
"The hangman's knot is a simple thing to tie, just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times. But in those thirteen turns lie a powerful symbol, one of the most powerful in history, and particularly in America, whose relationship to the noose is all too deep and complicated. Our history with hangings is shockingly recent. The last man to be hanged in the United States was Billy Bailey, who was executed in Delaware in 1996 for committing a double murder. Hanging has since been disallowed in that state, but it is still legal, in certain situations, in New Hampshire and Washington. An incident in Jena, Louisiana, in 2006, in which nooses were used to symbolically menace black students, is a fresh reminder of just how potent this emblem of racism and savage violence still is. All that meaning, and all that history, is a lot to see in a coiled rope. But the fact is, that meaning is felt by all of us. And Jack Shuler, a professor of American literature and black studies, is the right man to explore it: from Judas Iscariot, perhaps the most infamous hanged man, to the killing of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, the murderers at the heart of Capote's In Cold Blood, and beyond. Shuler goes era by era, tracing the evolution of this dark practice in episodes, and revealing the ways each one impacted the society around it. As he investigates the death of John Brown and the 1930 lynching that inspired the song "Strange Fruit," his travels take him across America-and not just the South-uncovering our deep secrets and searching for meaning. Shuler's account is a kind of shadow history of America: for all the celebrated strides we've made towards integration and harmony, those victories are hollow without an appreciation for what they vanquished. The Thirteenth Turn is a courageous and searching book that reminds us where we come from, and what is lost if we forget. "-- Provided by publisher.

Cincinnati's savage seamstress : the shocking Edythe Klumpp murder scandal

October 20, 2014
Jones, Richard O., 1946-
Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2014.
142 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"The story of Edythe Klumpp, who was convicted of killing the legal wife of her common-law husband in 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio"-- Provided by publisher.

Tinseltown : murder, morphine, and madness at the dawn of Hollywood

October 20, 2014
Mann, William J., author.
xi, 463 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Suspects, motives, and circumstances. A man called Creepy ; Babylon ; three desperate dames ; The orator ; A race to the top ; Mabel ; Gibby ; Mary ; Rivals and threats ; Good-time girl ; Locusts ; The maddest woman ; Impudent things ; Dope fiends ; Greater than love ; The sex thrill ; Prying eyes ; So this is what is going on ; five thousand feel of immorality ; Bunco babe ; Among the lions ; Depravity ; Questions of loyalty ; A cluster of calamities ; A product of the gutters ; Riding for a fall ; Bad checks ; The highest possible standards ; On edge ; A work so important ; A ghastly strain ; A house in the hills ; Last day ; A shot -- Hunting, hustling, and hiding. The dead man on the floor ; Reactions ; King of the cops ; The moral failures of one concern ; "Do you think that I killed Mr. Taylor?" ; Powder burns ; Evidence found ; Dames even more desperate ; The need for vigilance ; Taking him for a fool ; Mr. Hays goes to work ; The morbidly curious ; Her own boss ; No time to talk ; A great injustice has been done ; A question of motives ; A company of outlaws ; The savior ; The sky's the limit ; The spirits speak ; Last chance ; Evidence missing ; Trigger happy ; A cold-blooded business ; No happy endings ; Raising capital ; A new man on the job ; Unfair competition ; Trapped like rats ; Coming out of hiding ; The end of the road ; Readjustments ; Unexpected developments ; Manhunt -- Closing the case. three dames no longer so desperate ; End of an era ; "We are making real progress".
Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, and the diverse cast that surrounded him before he was murdered in 1922-- including three beautiful, ambitious actresses, the ruthless founder of Paramount locked in a struggle for control of the film industry, a grasping stage mother, a devoted valet, and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet.

Queen of thieves : the true story of "Marm" Mandelbaum and her gangs of New York

October 16, 2014
Conway, J. North (Jack North), author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xix, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 24 cm

Thinking critically : illegal immigration

October 14, 2014
Szumski, Bonnie, 1958-
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., [2014].
80 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
How does illegal immigration affect the economy? -- How does illegal immigration impact America's safety and security? -- Should illegal immigrants be offered a path to citizenship? -- How should illegal immigration laws be enforced?.

The art of the English murder

October 13, 2014
Worsley, Lucy, author.
New York : Pegasus Crim, 2014.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Fetch the devil : the Sierra Diablo murders and Nazi espionage in America

October 10, 2014
Richmond, Clint.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, [2014]
xiii, 355 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Murder in the desert -- Spies on the border -- An enemy within.
In 1938, Hazel Frome, the wife of a powerful executive at Atlas Powder Company, a San Francisco explosives manufacturer, set out on a cross-country motor trip with her twenty-three-year-old daughter, Nancy. When their car broke down in El Paso, Texas, they made the most of being stranded by staying at a posh hotel and crossing the border to Juarez for shopping, dining, and drinking. A week later, their near-nude bodies were found in the Chihuahuan Desert. Though they had been seen on occasion with two mystery men, there were no clues as to why they had apparently been abducted, tortured for days, and shot execution style. El Paso sheriff Chris Fox, a lawman right out of central casting, engaged in a turf war with the Texas Rangers and local officials that hampered the investigation. But the victims' detours had placed them in the path of a Nazi spy ring operating from the West Coast to Latin America through a deep-cover portal at El Paso. The sleeper cell was run by spymasters at the German consulate in San Francisco. In 1938, only the inner circle of the Roosevelt White House and a few FBI agents were aware of the extent to which German agents had infiltrated American industry. Fetch the Devil is the first narrative account of this still officially unsolved case. Based on long forgotten archives and recently declassified FBI files, Richmond paints a convincing portrait of a sheriff's dogged investigation into a baffling murder, the international spy ring that orchestrated it, and America on the brink of another world war.

The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia

October 7, 2014
Cossins, Anne.
Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2013.
ix, 293 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Pt. 1. Who were the Makins? -- pt. 2. Digging up the baby farmers' secrets -- pt. 3. Trials, appeals and various petitions -- pt. 4. Sarah Makin, reformed woman.
In October 1892, a one-month-old baby boy was found buried in the backyard of Sarah and John Makin, two wretchedly poor baby farmers in inner Sydney. In the weeks that followed, 12 more babies were found buried in the backyards of other houses in which the Makins had lived. This resulted in the most infamous trial in Australian legal history, and exposed a shocking underworld of desperate mothers, drugged and starving babies, and a black market in the sale and murder of children. Annie Cossins pieces together a dramatic and tragic tale with larger-than-life characters: theatrical Sarah Makin, her smooth-talking husband John, her disloyal daughter, Clarice, diligent Constable James Joyce with curious domestic arrangements of his own, and a network of baby farmers stretching across the city. It's a glimpse into a society that preferred to turn a blind eye to the fate of its most vulnerable members, only a century ago.

In the wake of the butcher : Cleveland's torso murders

October 3, 2014
Badal, James Jessen, 1943- author.
xvii 289 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 23 cm

Pretty little killers : the truth behind the savage murder of Skylar Neese

October 2, 2014
Berry, Daleen.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, [2014]
xxiv, 342 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Including over 100 pages of new material, [this book] shares the latest theories and answers the questions that have left many people baffled [about the Skylar Neese murder]. After killer Shelia Eddy pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years for second degree murder, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts [that would have been disclosed had] the case ... gone to trial"-- Provided by publisher.

Naming Jack the Ripper : new crime scene evidence : a stunning forensic breakthrough : the killer revealed

September 30, 2014
Edwards, Russell, author.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Queen City gothic : Cincinnati's most infamous murder mysteries

September 26, 2014
Townsend, J. T.
© 2014
xii, 469 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Murder & mayhem on Ohio's rails

September 24, 2014
Turzillo, Jane Ann.
Charleston : The History Press, 2014.
126 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rob every damned man -- A man of nerve -- Wanted! for the murder of Detective Hulligan -- Shot down in cold blood -- The dynamite-proof safe -- A fusillade of bullets -- Messenger threatened, bound hand and foot -- He did it for love -- Loot sold cheap -- Public enemy number one executes last great train robbery.

Thomas Quick : the making of a serial killer

September 22, 2014
Råstam, Hannes, author.
Edinburgh : Canongate, 2013.
xv, 459 pages ; 22 cm
"I wonder what you'd think of me if you found out that I've done something really serious." So begin the confessions of Thomas Quick—Scandinavia's most notorious serial killer. In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an 11-year-old boy who had been missing for 12 years. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than 30 unsolved murders, revealing he had maimed, raped, and eaten the remains of his victims. In the years that followed, a fearless investigative journalist called Hannes Råstam became obsessed with Quick's case. He studied the investigations in forensic detail. He scrutinized every interrogation, read and re-read the verdicts, watched the police reenactments, and tracked down the medical records and personal police logs—until finally he was faced with a horrifying uncertainty. In the spring of 2008, Råstam traveled to where Thomas Quick was serving a life sentence. He had one question for Sweden's most abominable serial killer, and the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself.

Murder in the stacks : Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the killer who got away

September 12, 2014
DeKok, David.
Guilford, Connecticut : GPP, [2014]
vii, 437 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
"The book weaves together the events, culture, and attitudes of the late 1960s, memorializing the stabbing death of Betsy Aardsma in the stacks of Pattee Library at Penn State University's main campus in State College and her time and place in history"-- Provided by publisher.

Renegade Amish : beard cutting, hate crimes, and the trial of the Bergholz barbers

September 5, 2014
Kraybill, Donald B.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
xvi, 207 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm
The attacks -- The clan -- The bishop -- The cult? -- The FBI -- The trial -- The sentencing -- The aftermath.

Hoosier public enemy : a life of John Dillinger

August 29, 2014
Beineke, John A.
Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2014.
x, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Johnnie -- Learning the trade -- Caught : but not for long -- Chicago -- Laying low in the sun -- The great escape -- Back in business -- Catch me if you can -- Hiding in plain sight -- The last picture show -- Back home in Indiana.

Eichmann before Jerusalem : the unexamined life of a mass murderer

August 25, 2014
Stangneth, Bettina.
New York : Knopf, 2014.
xxv, 579 pages ; 25 cm
"A total re-assessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann that reveals his activities and notoriety amongst a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich, and permanently undermines Hannah Arendt's often-cited notion of the "banality of evil.""-- Provided by publisher.

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