New Arrivals · True Crime

October 20, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Branded a baby killer : the story of Tammy Marquardt

October 19, 2016
D'Costa, Jasmine Anita Yvette, author.
Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2015.
117 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

We have your daughter : the unsolved murder of JonBenét Ramsey twenty years later

October 6, 2016
Woodward, Paula, author.
520 pages : illustratons ; 24 cm
Includes index.
An unprecedented, definitive insider perspective on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most heinous, sensationalized, unsolved crimes in American history.

Clinton cash : a graphic novel

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.

Exile on Front Street : my life as a Hells Angel ... and beyond

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.

Framed : why Michael Skakel spent over a decade in prison for a murder he didn't commit

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.
Includes index.
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.

Blind rage : a true story of sin, sex, and murder in a small Arkansas town

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.

Wolf boys : two American teenagers and Mexico's most dangerous drug cartel

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.

Unwanted : a murder mystery of the gilded age

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.

Capital offenses : business crime and punishment in America's corporate age

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.

The secret poisoner : a century of murder

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.

Playing dead : a journey through the world of death fraud

August 10, 2016
Greenwood, Elizabeth, 1983- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2016]
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.

Adnan's story : the search for truth and justice after Serial

August 9, 2016
Chaudry, Rabia, author.
410 pages : facsimiles ; 24 cm
Includes index.
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.

True crime Japan : thieves, rascals, killers and dope heads : true stories from a Japanese courtroom

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.

Partners in crime : the Clintons' scheme to monetize the White House for personal profit

July 27, 2016
Corsi, Jerome R., author.
Washington, DC : WND Books, [2016]
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.

Freedom : my book of firsts

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.

The wicked boy : the mystery of a Victorian child murderer

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.

Tong wars : the untold story of vice, money, and murder in New York's Chinatown

July 12, 2016
Seligman, Scott D., author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
xxvi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An "army of almond-eyed exiles" -- The gamblers' union -- "A clear case of corruption" -- The Chinese Parkhursts -- The war begins -- "A regular highbinder, six-shooter war dance on the Bowery" -- A price on Tom Lee's head -- The Chinese Theatre massacre -- Profit sharing -- Have gun, will travel -- The four brothers' war -- Mock Duck's luck runs out -- Chinatown: renovated, disinfected, and evacuated -- The defection of Chin Jack Lem -- Coexistence -- Epilogue.
"Reading like a true-crime novel, this history of the vice district and gang wars of New York's Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s describes the widespread fight to control the district's gambling, opium and prostitution,"--NoveList.

The Jolly Roger Social Club : a true story of a killer in paradise

July 11, 2016
Foster, Nick, 1966-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
268 pages : maps ; 24 cm
The tipping point -- Bocas del Toro -- Welcome to Panama -- The story of Bo Icelar -- "We are just molecules" -- Where is Cher? -- Darklands -- When Scott met Bill -- Life behind bars -- The lights that don't go out -- Epilogue: "I am your worst nightmare"
"After fleeing his home in Bocas del Toro, Panama, William Dathan Holbert, aka "Wild Bill," is awaiting trial for the murder of five fellow American expatriates. Holbert's first victims were the Brown family, who lived on a remote part of the area's Darklands Peninsula. There, Holbert turned their property into the "Jolly Roger Social Club," using drink- and drug-fueled parties to get to know other ex-pats. The club's tagline was: "Over 90 percent of our members survive." But this is not just a book about Holbert and the financial and real estate motives behind the killings; it is about why Bocas del Toro turned out to be his perfect hunting ground, and why the community tolerated-even accepted-him for a time. Told through the fascinating history of Panama, a country with sinister ties to the political and economic interests of the United States, The Jolly Roger Social Club brings this uniquely bizarre place to life; shedding light on a community where many live under assumed names, desperate to leave their old lives behind-and sometimes people just disappear"-- Jacket flap.

The twelfth victim : the innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather murder rampage

July 11, 2016
Battisti, Linda M.
Omaha, Nebraska : Addicus Books, [2014]
xiv, 248 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Caril's story -- Starkweather's rampage -- The arrests -- The trial of Charles Starkweather -- The trial of Caril Fugate.

17 hours : tracking down our runaway

July 11, 2016
Bassett, Diane M.
Denver, Colorado : Outskirts Press, ©2016.
x, 132 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Crime in the United States.

July 7, 2016
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.

Master manipulator : the explosive true story of fraud, embezzlement, and government betrayal at the CDC

July 7, 2016
Grundvig, James Ottar, author.
xvii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The explosive true story of fraud, embezzlement, and government betrayal. In 2000, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) carried out a secret mission to bury, skew, and manipulate data in six vaccine safety studies, in a coordinated effort to control the message that "vaccines do not cause autism." They did so via secret meetings and backtesting health-care data. The CDC invested tens of millions of dollars in a foreign health-care data analytics startup run by Danish scientist Poul Thorsen, a move to ensure that no link ever surfaced. But fate had other ideas. The agency soon learned it couldn't control Thorsen. In 2011, the US Justice Department indicted him for the theft of more than $1 million of CDC grant money. Master Manipulator exposes the CDC's hidden agenda for the cover-up.

Wicked intentions : the Sheila Labarre murders, a true story

July 7, 2016
Flynn, Kevin (Journalist)
New York, N.Y. : Saint Martin's, 2010.
347 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Explores the Sheila LaBarre case in depth, from investigation to trial, unveiling the details of the bizarre chain of events that culminated in one of America's most sensational murder stories -- a spellbinding true story of obsession and vigilantism carried to a deadly extreme.

A killing in Amish country : sex, betrayal, and a cold-blooded murder

July 6, 2016
Olsen, Gregg, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xiv, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Thunderclap -- The House -- Sisters -- The Letters -- Fishing -- The Knock -- Waiting The News -- Temptation -- The Taxi Lady -- The Children -- The Women -- Amish Stud -- Dancing in the Rain -- Friends -- The Go-To Attorney for Wayward Amish -- the viewing -- Eli and Barb -- Warrants -- Arrests -- Barb in Jail -- Jailhouse Talk -- Eli in Jail -- Evidence -- A Husband's Questions -- Too Much Information -- Defense -- Prosecution -- Preparation -- Trial -- The Shot -- Best Friends -- It Was Lust -- It Was Lust II -- Doubt -- Verdict -- Aftermath.
"At just 30 years old, with dark-blonde hair and freckles, Barbara Weaver was as pretty as the women depicted on the covers of her favorite "bonnet" stories - romance novels set in Amish America. Barbara had everything she'd ever wanted: five beautiful children, a home, her faith, and a husband named Eli. But while Barbara was happy to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern conveniences, Eli was tempted by technology: cell phones, the Internet, and sexting. Online he called himself "Amish Stud" and found no shortage of "English" women looking for love and sex. Twice he left Barbara and their children, was shunned, begged for forgiveness, and had been welcomed back to the church. Barb Raber was raised Amish, but is now a Conservative Mennonite. She drove Eli to appointments in her car, and she gave him what he wanted when he wanted: a cell phone, a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting places, and, most importantly, sex. When Eli starts asking people to kill his wife for him, Barb offers to help. One night, just after Eli had hitched a ride with a group of men to go fishing in the hours before dawn, Barb Raber entered the Weaver house and shot Barbara Weaver in the chest at close range. It was only the third murder in hundreds of years of Amish life in America, and it fell to Edna Boyle, a young assistant prosecutor to seek justice for Barbara Weaver."-- Provided by publisher.

I survived Ted Bundy : the attack, escape & PTSD that changed my life

July 6, 2016
Stapley, Rhonda, author.
Seattle, WA : Galaxy 44 Publishing, 2016.
192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
She was an innocent Mormon girl. He was America's most notorious serial killer. When their paths crossed on a quiet autumn afternoon, he planned to kill her. But this victim had an incredible will to survive and would live to tell her story nearly three decades after he met death in a Florida electric chair. Ted Bundy brutally attacked Rhonda Stapley in a secluded Utah canyon in 1974. She miraculously escaped and hid her dark secret until now. This compelling real story of triumph over tragedy is both shocking and inspiring and told with the true courage of a victim turned survivor.

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