New Arrivals · True Crime

March 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My brother's keeper : a thirty-year quest to bring two killers to justice

March 19, 2018
Blackwood, Chris Russo, author.
Denver, Colorado : Wild Blue Press, [2017]
260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The moment he found out his brother was missing and presumed dead, Ted Kergan launched a relentless effort to bring two suspected killers--a teenaged-prostitute and her much older grifter boyfriend--to justice and find Gary Kergan's body. Little did he know his quest would consume a fortune and take thirty years to reach its dramatic conclusion. Thwarted at first by the fact that his brother's body could not be located and a new district attorney reluctant to prosecute as a result, Kergen had to keep track of the killers from New Orleans' notorious French Quarter to Las Vegas and points in between and wait for a break in the case that seemed like it would never come. Then nearly thirty years later, science, detective work and especially a brother's love and tenacity would combine for a resolution that would end in a dramatic trial in which one of the killers' diary would be a star witness"--Amazon.

The true death of Billy the Kid : being an authentic narrative of the final days in his brief and turbulent life

March 14, 2018
Geary, Rick, author, illustrator.
59 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Previously published in a limited run for a Kickstarter program.
"An authentic narrative of the final days in Billy the Kid's brief and turbulent life." --Back cover.

Hacking and freedom of information

March 7, 2018
208 pages ; 23 cm.
The importance of opposing viewpoints -- Introduction -- Why is hacking a concern? -- Cyber espionage is changing the shape of modern warfare / Dana Rubenstein --Our medical data is vulnerable to compromise / David Schultz -- How much does cybercrime cost us? / Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan -- It is essential to protect systems against hackers / G.C. Eric Brumfield --How does hacking affect the political process? -- The 2016 election tampering was an attack on democracy / Richard Forno -- Hacktivists and whistleblowers are an emerging hybrid threat / Jakub Simek -- Hacking emails is not the same as whistleblowing / Jonathan Zittrain -- Even the perception of voting fraud can be difficult to counteract / Ben Buchanan and Michael Sulmeyer -- The United States has used hacking as an excuse to subvert democracy / Andre Damon --Are hackers criminals? -- All hackers are not created equal / Haylee -- Hacker organizations are contributing to society / Sebastian Kubitschko -- Hackers very often wear gray hats / Roderick S. Graham -- Penalties for hacking should be reformed / Sangkyo Oh and Kyungho Lee -- Civic hacking is key for contemporary creativity / Tanya Snook --Does the Freedom of Information Act provide sufficient government transparency? -- Public access to government documents must be improved / Ginger McCall -- The FOIA has excessive accessibility failures / ProPublica -- We have to keep fighting for freedom of information / David L. Hudson Jr. -- Freedom of information is being used as a tool for harassment / Jack Payne -- Citizens need easy FOIA access to "Watch the Watchers" / Stephan Neidenbach -- Periodical and Internet sources bibliography -- For further discussion -- Organizations to contact -- Bibliography of books -- Index.
We know there are white hat hackers and black hat hackers, but what about the gray area in between? Some hackers consider themselves activists and have justified their cyberattacks on media, political figures, universities, and even governments as a search for truth. Is information indeed free in a democracy? Does uncovering secrets that the public may have a right to know justify security breaches? Are WikiLeaks and the Anonymous group providing an important service to citizens, or are they traitors? Through a progression of authoritative viewpoints, readers will learn that there are no easy answers to this debate.

I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer

March 6, 2018
McNamara, Michelle, 1970-2016, author.
xvi, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Time line map -- Cast of characters -- Introduction, by Gillian Flynn -- Prologue -- PART ONE: Irvine, 1981 ; Dana Point, 1980 ; Hollywood, 2009 ; Oak Park ; Sacramento, 1976-1977 ; Visalia ; Orange County, 1996 ; Irvine, 1986 ; Ventura, 1980 ; Goleta, 1979 ; Goleta, 1981 ; Orange County, 2000 ; Contra Costa, 1997 -- PART TWO: Sacramento, 2012 ; East Sacramento, 2012 ; The Cuff-links coda ; Los Angeles, 2012 ; Contra Costa, 2013 ; Fred Ray ; The one ; Los Angeles, 2014 ; Sacramento, 2014 ; Sacramento, 1978 -- PART THREE, by Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen -- Afterword, by Patton Oswalt -- Epilogue: Letter to an old man.
"A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-- the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-- from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic-- capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim-- he favored suburban couples-- he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening."

Vulgar favors : the assassination of Gianni Versace

March 6, 2018
Orth, Maureen, author.
ix, 548 pages ; 21 cm
Reprint. Originally published: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, c1999.
Includes index.
Mother -- Childhood -- Bishop's -- Pete -- Berkeley -- Capriccio -- Hillcrest -- Jeff -- Crystal -- Kept boy -- David -- Breakup -- Bad manners -- Unravel -- Spinning -- Good-bye -- Murder -- Suspect -- Chicago -- Miglin -- Fatal error -- Whispers -- Reese -- The lid -- Cross purposes -- Escape -- Underbelly -- What's gay got to do with it? -- The secret -- Most wanted -- Broad daylight -- King Kong -- The family -- Miami mishaps -- Show me the money -- The rainbow -- Profile and prosecute -- The last night of Carnival -- Dead is dead -- Echoes.
Provides an in-depth report on gay serial murderer Andrew Cunanan and his cross-country killing spree in the spring and summer of 1997, and discusses why the police had such a difficult time tracking him down.

A false report : a true story of rape in America

February 13, 2018
Miller, T. Christian, author.
291 pages : maps ; 25 cm
The bridge -- Hunters -- Waves and peaks -- A violent alchemy -- A losing battle -- White man, blue eyes, gray sweater -- Sisters -- "Something about how she said it" -- The shadow within -- Good neighbors -- A gross misdemeanor -- Marks -- Looking into a fish tank -- A check for $500 -- 327 1/2 -- Epilogue: Eighteen wheels.
Presents the true story of two detectives who teamed up to discern the truth about a case involving a teen who was charged with falsely reporting a rape, an investigation that revealed the work of a serial rapist in multiple states.

Notorious 92

February 12, 2018
Stoner, Andrew E.
x, 489 pages : maps ; 23 cm
"The most infamous murder from each of Indiana's 92 counties" --Cover.

All-American murder : the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row

February 12, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, 2018.
386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"He was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later a Super Bowl veteran. He was a star tight end on the league-dominant New England Patriots, who extended his contract for a record $40 million. Aaron Hernandez's every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life -- one that ended in a maximum security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?"-- From the publisher.

Chasing King's killer : the hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin

February 9, 2018
Swanson, James L., 1959- author.
373 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement -- A collision course -- The assassination -- Manhunt!.
"James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys -- but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath."--Provided by publisher.

Murder beyond the grave : true-crime thrillers

February 8, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
295 pages ; 20 cm
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
"As seen on Investigation Discovery's Murder is forever."
Murder beyond the grave -- Murder in paradise.
Two true-crime tales relate the stories of a wealthy man buried alive with only forty-eight hours of air, and a grisly shooting high in the Sierra Nevada mountains involving the locals and rich developers.

Home sweet murder : true-crime thrillers

January 30, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
297 pages ; 21 cm
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
"As seen on Investigation Discovery's Murder is forever." --Cover.
Home sweet murder -- Murder on the run.
Two true-crime tales relate the stories of a couple who were tortured and left for dead after a home invasion, and a double homicide in Omaha, Nebraska.

Murder, interrupted : true-crime thrillers

January 30, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
295 pages ; 21 cm
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
"As seen on Investigation Discovery's Murder is forever." --Cover.
Murder, interrupted -- Mother of all murders.
MURDER, INTERRUPTED. Rich, cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay Billie Earl Johnson whatever it takes, to the tune of $750,000. When his bullet misses the mark, Billie Earl and Frank will turn on each other. MOTHER OF ALL MURDERS. Dee Dee Blancharde is a local celebrity. Television reports praise her as a single mother who tirelessly cares for her wheelchair-bound, chronically ill daughter. But when the teenaged Gypsy Rose realizes she isn't actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years, Gypsy Rose exacts her revenge...

The girl on the velvet swing : sex, murder, and madness at the dawn of the twentieth century

January 25, 2018
Baatz, Simon, author.
392 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
First encounter -- Rape -- Marriage -- Murder -- First trial -- Second trial -- Asylum -- Escape -- Final verdict -- Epilogue.
A chronicle of the events surrounding the 1906 murder trial of millionaire Harry Thaw details the victimization of teen actress Evelyn Nesbit and Thaw's vengeance-fueled, public murder of legendary architect Stanford White.

The fix : how bankers lied, cheated and colluded to rig the world's most important number

January 25, 2018
Vaughan, Liam, 1979- author.
xii, 201 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The end of the world -- Tommy Chocolate -- Beware of Greeks bearing gifts -- A day in the life -- Buy the cash boys a curry! -- Anything with four legs -- No one's clean-clean -- The sheep will follow -- Escape to London -- Goodbye, Big Nose -- The call -- Crossing the Street -- "What the fuck kind of bank is this?" -- Just keep swimming -- The ballad of Diamond Bob -- The switcheroo -- The trial -- Afterword -- Epilogue: the Wild West.
"In the midst of the financial crisis, Tom Hayes and his network of traders and brokers from Wall Street's leading firms set to work engineering the biggest financial conspiracy ever seen. As the rest of the world burned, they came together on secret chat rooms and late night phone calls to hatch an audacious plan to rig Libor, the 'world's most important number' and the basis for $350 trillion of securities from mortgages to loans to derivatives. Without the persistence of a rag-tag team of investigators from the U.S., they would have got away with it. [This book] is the inside story of the Libor scandal, told through the journey of the man at the centre of it: a young, scruffy, socially awkward misfit from England whose genius for math and obsessive personality made him a trading phenomenon, but ultimately paved the way for his own downfall."-- Provided by publisher.

The trade : my journey into the labyrinth of political kidnapping

January 25, 2018
Van Dyk, Jere, author.
xxvii, 418 pages : map ; 25 cm
The White House, June 24, 2015 -- New York, December 23, 2001 -- Kabul, January 2002 -- Yunus Khalis, Spring 2002 -- Family feuds -- Smugglers and fixers in the borderlands -- The trade -- Back homeland -- Michael Semple -- The first Daniel Pearl -- Local and international -- Meetings with four important men -- Your input is very welcome... -- The work of ghosts -- The story of Fazul Rahim -- A rising star -- Closer -- The Pakhtun Festival -- The mystery of Gohar Zaman -- Ibrahim -- A promise kept -- Taliban Military Council -- The families -- Ripple effects.
In 2008, American journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped and held for 45 days. At the time, he had no idea who his kidnappers were. They demanded a ransom and the release of three of their comrades from Guantanamo, yet they hinted at their ties to Pakistan and to the Haqqani network, a uniquely powerful group that now holds the balance of power in large parts of Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. After his release, Van Dyk wrote a book about his capture and what it took to survive in this most hostile of circumstances. Yet he never answered the fundamental questions that his kidnapping raised: Why was he taken? Why was he released? And who saved his life? Every kidnapping is a labyrinth in which the certainties of good and bad, light and dark are merged in the quiet dialogues and secret handshakes that accompany a release or a brutal fatality. In The Trade, Jere Van Dyk uses the sinuous path of his own kidnapping to explain the recent rise in the taking of Western hostages across the greater Middle East. He discovers that he was probably not taken by the anonymous "Taliban," as he thought, but by the very people who helped arrange his trip and then bargained for his release. It was not a matter of chance: CBS, Van Dyk's employer at the time, launched a secret rescue and, he learned later, paid an undisclosed ransom to a tribal chief who controlled the area in which he was kidnapped and who delivered him and his guide safely to a US Army base. In 2013, Van Dyk returned to the Middle East to unravel the links among jihadist groups, specifically that of the Haqqani network. His investigation finally paid off in 2015, when Van Dyk was taken to a discreet room in a guesthouse in Islamabad where he met Ibrahim Haqqani, part of the leadership of the Haqqani network who has been seen by very few outsiders since 9/11. There, Van Dyk learned of the Haqqanis' links to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the ISI, and the CIA and their involvement in the kidnapping of Bowe Bergdahl and many others. Back in the United States, Van Dyk saw the other side of the kidnapping labyrinth as he became involved with other former hostages and the families of recent kidnapping victims murdered by the Islamic State. Van Dyk's investigation shows how America's foreign policy strategy, the terrible cynicism of the kidnappers, and a world of shadowy interlocutors who play both sides of many bargains combine to create a brutal business out of the exchange of individual human lives for vast sums of money -- publisher's website.

Human rights in focus : illegal immigrants

January 23, 2018
Haugen, David M., 1969- author.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Deciding what rights apply to undocumented immigrants -- Harassment and exploitation -- Detention and deportation -- Human trafficking -- Policies and prevention efforts.
"Immigration laws are designed to manage immigrant populations, reassert a nations boundaries, and help define what it means to be a citizen of a given country and all of this is meant to be carried out humanely and without discrimination. But some argue that these protections are not enough to guarantee the welfare and human rights of immigrants who enter the country illegally. Those rights, and whether they are being violated, are among the topics examined." -- Publisher's website.

Listening in : cybersecurity in an insecure age

January 18, 2018
Landau, Susan Eva, author.
xiv, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Racing into the digital revolution -- We're all connected now -- How do we protect ourselves? -- Investigation in the age of encryption -- There's no turning back.
"New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country’s electricity—and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election. And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting read, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age."--Inside dust jacket.

Fatal vision

January 16, 2018
McGinniss, Joe.
New York : Signet, 2012.
953 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Including the 1985 afterward and the 1989 epilogue."
A documented book on a doctor in the Green Berets who was convicted of the slaying of his pregnant wife and two small daughters.

I couldn't even imagine that they would kill us : an oral history of the attacks against the students of Ayotzinapa

January 2, 2018
Gibler, John, author.
San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2017]
261 pages ; 21 cm.
"On September 26, 2014, police in Iguala, Mexico attacked five busloads of students and a soccer team, killing six people and abducting forty-three students--now known as the Iguala 43--who have not been seen since. In a coordinated cover-up of the government's role in the massacre and forced disappearance, Mexican authorities tampered with evidence, tortured detainees, and thwarted international investigations. Within days of the atrocities, John Gibler traveled to the region and began reporting from the scene. Here he weaves the stories of survivors, eyewitnesses, and the parents of the disappeared into a tour de force of journalism, a heartbreaking account of events that reads with the momentum of a novel. A vital counter-narrative to state violence and impunity, the stories also offer a testament of hope from people who continue to demand accountability and justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrecy world : inside the Panama Papers investigation of illicit money networks and the global elite

January 2, 2018
Bernstein, Jake, author.
x, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Nazis and radical priests -- Tropical paradises -- Name of the game -- Rise of the global banksters -- How to beat the game -- Full speed -- The North Star -- The art of secrecy -- The Vikings lose their Ferraris -- Combing the monster -- Journalistic firepower -- Profitable princelings -- Follow the leaks -- Trouble ahead, trouble behind -- Fortune favors the bold -- Collaboration triumphs -- The wave breaks -- The secrecy world enters the White House -- Epilogue.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. Jake Bernstein offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises crucial questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.

Pure land : a true story of three lives, three cultures, and the search for heaven on earth

December 27, 2017
McGivney, Annette, author.
352 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history."

Chasing Phil : the adventures of two undercover agents with the world's most charming con man

December 19, 2017
Howard, David, 1967- author.
New York : Crown, [2017]
371 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The chase. How to steal a bank ; The informant ; You owe me fifty bucks ; The shell game -- The game. The thunderbird ; Hello, Cleveland ; No Mickey Mouse ; The junior g-men ; The poodle lounge ; Mr. Mutt and Mr. Jeff ; Rip off Hawaii ; The parking lot fugitive ; The cold plunge ; The ha-ha certificate -- Fear city. Pilgrims in the Mayflower ; The rhinestone cowboys ; Kick the can ; The hit man ; The blackout ; Fool's gold ; Sonny's mentality ; The game is rigged -- The reckoning. You have to believe it to see it ; Hobson's choice ; The Phil Kitzer road show ; One more thing.
"Two FBI agents go undercover in the bureau's first wire-wearing operation, and end up befriending the charismatic con man they're charged with bringing down"-- Provided by publisher.

Mad City : the true story of the campus murders that America forgot

December 19, 2017
Arntfield, Michael, author.
xxi, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders that America Forgot is a chilling, unflinching exploration of American crimes of the twentieth century and how one serial killer managed to slip through the cracks--until now. In fall 1967, friends Linda Tomaszewski and Christine Rothschild are freshmen at the University of Wisconsin. The students in the hippie college town of Madison are letting down their hair--and their guards. But amid the peace rallies lurks a killer. When Christine's body is found, her murder sends shockwaves across college campuses, and the Age of Aquarius gives way to a decade of terror. Linda knows the killer, but when police ignore her pleas, he slips away. For the next forty years, Linda embarks on a cross-country quest to find him. When she discovers a book written by the murderer's mother, she learns Christine was not his first victim--or his last. The slayings continue, and a single perpetrator emerges: the Capital City Killer. As police focus on this new lead, Linda receives a disturbing note from the madman himself. Can she stop him before he kills again?"-- Provided by publisher.

Murders that made headlines : crimes of Indiana

November 28, 2017
Ammeson, Jane, author.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017]
xiii, 193 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Catharine Schumaker : an Indiana Lucretia Borgia -- An unfortunate Indiana family : Minnie May and Luella Mabbitt -- Jane Dorsey and the poison powders -- The death of Susan Beaver -- Miss Bryan's last cry -- Rough on rats : how not to win your man -- The disappearance of Carrie Selvage -- No way to leave your lovers -- Bootlegging, missing wills, disappearing jewels, deadly encounters : the story of Nettie and Harry Diamond -- The lady and the dragon : how Madge Oberholtzer brought down the KKK -- Double indemnity -- Selected bibliography.

Member of the family : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties

November 22, 2017
Lake, Dianne, 1953- author.
viii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Part I: Turn on. A Minnesota childhood ; Family matters ; One stray ash ; California ; How to be-in ; Hippies in newsprint ; The note ; Welcome to the Hog Farm ; Someone groovy -- Part II: Tune in. The black bus ; We are all one ; Panhandling and postulating ; Snake ; Spahn Ranch ; Beach boy ; A little monkey ; A door closes ; On the edge ; Baking soda biscuits ; Out of sight ; Preaching the White Album ; A simple bag of coins -- Part III: Drop out. The witches' brew ; Reclaiming my name ; My day in court.
"In late 1967, fourteen-year-old Dianne Lake became one of 'Charlie's girls,' a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson and member of his Family. Joining the group with little more than an old note from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them, the two years that followed were a mixture of sexual manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse, as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed themselves to the impressionable teenager ... And yet, in spite of her painful experiences, Dianne was one of the few to emerge stronger from the torment of the Family. With the help of the California police officer and his welcoming family who took her in as a foster child following her arrest, Dianne was able to transform her trauma into triumph, finding the courage to face Manson in court and achieving a redemption that allowed her to heal ..."--Jacket.

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