Infamous Crimes and Criminals
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062319787
An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case, written by the late author of the TrueCrimeDiary.com website and featuring an afterword by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice. 100,000 first printing.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Paperback      ISBN: 0062871307
Introduction by Gillian Flynn Afterword by Patton Oswalt “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark will undoubtedly be stocked in the True Crime section, which is fine, but in so many ways it’s a brilliant genre-buster. It’s propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading, which makes it all too easy to ignore the clean and focused writing. What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara’s is the light half. It’s a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book.” —Stephen King 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. "You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark." 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 TrueCrimeDiary.com, 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. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.
The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth
The Queen
The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth
Hardcover      ISBN: 031651330x
An editor for Slate provides an account of the life of one of America's most notorious welfare cheats, who also committed much darker crimes. 50,000 first printing.
Killings
Killings
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399591400
True stories of sudden death in the classic collection by a master of American journalism “Reporters love murders,
The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, And the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles
The Black Dahlia Files
The Mob, the Mogul, And the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles
Paperback      ISBN: 0060582502
Explores the sixty-year-old murder mystery of Elizabeth Short, revealing both the identity and motivation of the killer, while discussing the corruption within the Los Angeles police department that prevented the case from being closed.
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America
The Ghosts of Eden Park
The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0451498623
"The epic true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esqueevents he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new Pontiacs for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the U.S. Attorney's office hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences: with Remus behind bars, Franklin and Imogene begin an affair and plot to ruin him, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive"--
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Helter Skelter
The True Story of the Manson Murders
Paperback      ISBN: 0393322238
The inside story behind the Manson killings explains how Charles Manson was able to make his "family" murder for him, chronicles the investigation, and describes in detail the court trial that brought him and his accomplices to justice. Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Reprint.
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
The Feather Thief
Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Hardcover      ISBN: 110198161x
Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.
The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation
The Last Pirate of New York
A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399589929
The best-selling author of Tough Jews documents the story of underworld legend Albert Hicks, chronicling his mid-19th-century crime spree and the plot gone wrong that culminated in an onboard massacre and manhunt in 1860 Coney Island.
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, A Mystery, and A Masquerade
Blood Will Out
The True Story of a Murder, A Mystery, and A Masquerade
Paperback      ISBN: 1631490222
A USA Today Top 10 Best Book of Winter 2014"Equals Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood as a nonfiction novel of crime.