Infamous Crimes and Criminals
Serial Killers
Serial Killers
Paperback      ISBN: 191245615x

Lust, power, madness and money drive us all in our daily lives, yet we know the difference between right and wrong, and most of us don't act on our impulses. But there are people we mix with every day who are certifiable psychopaths, lacking empathy and remorse. Mix this cold-heartedness and disconnection from society with the pressures of everyday life and you have the makings of a serial killer. True Crime: Serial Killers details cold-hearted serial killers from Jack the Ripper to Blue Beard and La Bestia, right through to modern day horrors. From the earliest recorded accounts right up to the modern day and using shocking first-hand evidence, this book delves into the horrific psychology of multiple killers to expose to the reader the horrific reality of these cold-hearted psyches.

Serial Killers: Up Close and Personal: Inside the World of Torturers, Psychopaths, and Mass Murderers
Serial Killers: Up Close and Personal
Inside the World of Torturers, Psychopaths, and Mass Murderers
Paperback      ISBN: 1569756198
COMBINES HORRIFIC ACCOUNTS OF THE MOST VICIOUS MURDERS EVER COMMITTED WITH THE SHOCKING WORDS OF THE KILLERS THEMSELVES

"The bloodstains . . . that happened when I stored one of the guys upsidedown . . . it usually ran out of his nose or mouth or something . . ."
--John Wayne Gacy

"She kinda wanted it, ya know. Sex, an' stuff like that. Then I get started, an' she starts cryin' and wants her mom, so I suffocated her."
--Arthur John Shawcross, The Genesee River Killer

"Killing a woman's like killing a chicken. They both squawk."
--Kenneth Allen McDuff, Broomstick Murderer

"I ain't so bad. I've been with hundreds of men. I just ain't killed them all. Then you get a few dirty old men who go radical on me. What am I supposed to do? It was all their fault, and that's the God's honest truth."
--Aileen Carol Wuornos, "Monster"

"I took her into the bedroom and killed her. She screamed for her mom and the last thing she saw was the face of her dead friend lying under the sheets next to her."
--Kenneth Bianchi, The Hillside Strangler
Serial Murder
Serial Murder
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1412974429

Continuing in the same well-written and accessible style as the previous editions, this text systematically examines the strange phenomenon of serial murder. Exploring the different types of serial killers, the authors present a clear image of the typology, behavioral patterns, and motivation of the various types of serial killers.

New to This Edition

  • Differentiation between Mass, Spree and Serial Murder Theories
  • Three new chapters: Mass Murder and Spree Murder: Two Types of Multicides; Serial Killers in Foreign Countries; and Health-Care Professionals and Serial Murder
  • Updated references, boxes, photos and features, including brief profiles of serial killers, serial killer nicknames, etc.
  • Discussion of recent and high profile serial killers, and the typologies that apply to them
  • New end-of-chapter discussion questions to enhance student comprehension and retention

Serial Murder, Third Edition is ideal for use as a supplementary text in Homicide, Violence, and Deviance courses offered in departments of criminology, psychology, and sociology

The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos
The Shadow Over Santa Susana
Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos
Paperback      ISBN: 1840681519

40 years after the infamous Tate-LaBianca murder case of August 1969, Creation Books presents a definitive account of those killings and their perpetrators, the Charles Manson Family. In this revised and updated edition of The Shadow Over Santa Susana, investigative journalist Adam Gorightly takes his readers on a black magic carpet ride from the Hollywood "Beautiful People" scene of the late 60's through to the vast desert landscapes of a Death Valley gone mad - with all the love-ins and murderous creepy-crawls that happened along the way. The result is the most complete document published to date on Manson and his "Love and Terror Cult," an illustrated kill-bible for the coffee-tables of all self-respecting true crime buffs, counter-culture freaks and aspiring teenage satanists. Foreword by Mike Marinacci, author, Mysterious California, and co-author, Weird California. Includes over 100 photographic illustrations.

Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder That Rocked New Orleans
Shake the Devil Off
A True Story of the Murder That Rocked New Orleans
Paperback      ISBN: 1250035228

A charismatic young soldier meets a tragic end in this moving and mesmerizing account of the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and no-safety-net America

Zackery Bowen was thrust into two of America's largest recent debacles. He was one of the first soldiers to encounter the fledgling insurgency in Iraq. After years of military service he returned to New Orleans to tend bar and deliver groceries. In the weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, he met Addie Hall, a pretty and high-spirited bartender. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm had news outlets around the world featuring the couple as the personification of what so many want to believe is the indomitable spirit of New Orleans.

But in October 2006, Bowen leaped from the rooftop bar of a French Quarter hotel. A note in his pocket directed the police to the body of Addie Hall. It was, according to NOPD veterans, one of the most gruesome crimes in the city's history. How had this popular, handsome father of two done this horrible thing?

Journalist Ethan Brown moved from New York City to the French Quarter in order to investigate this question. Among the newsworthy elements in the book is Brown's discovery that this tragedy--like so many others--could have been avoided if the military had simply not, in the words of Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, "absolutely and completely failed this soldier." Shake the Devil Off is a mesmerizing tribute to these lives lost.

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape
Shot All to Hell
Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape
Paperback      ISBN: 0061989487

Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time.

Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfield's First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota.

With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that followed--the near misses, the fateful mistakes, and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River, Shot All to Hell is a galloping true tale of frontier justice from the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Mark Lee Gardner.

Shot All to Hell LP
Shot All to Hell LP
Paperback      ISBN: 0062201514

Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time.

Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfield's First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota.

With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that followed--the near misses, the fateful mistakes, and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River, Shot All to Hell is a galloping true tale of frontier justice from the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Mark Lee Gardner.

Shot in the Heart
Shot in the Heart
Paperback      ISBN: 0385478003
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER

WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, Shot in the Heart exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us would rather ignore. It is a book that will leave no reader unchanged.

Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In Shot in the Heart, he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a black sheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a drunk, thief, and con man. It was a family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and murder. Mikal, burdened with the guilt of being his father's favorite and the shame of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a murder tale "from inside the house where murder is born... a house that, in some ways, he has] never been able to leave." Shot in the Heart is the history of an American family inextricably tied up with violence, and the story of how the children of this family committed murder and murdered themselves in payment for a long lineage of ruin.

Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld
Siberian Education
Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld
Paperback      ISBN: 0393342387

In a contested, lawless region between Moldova and Ukraine known as Transnistria, a tightly knit group of "honest criminals" live according to strict codes of ritualized respect and fierce loyalty. In a voice utterly compelling and unforgettable, Nicolai Lilin, born and raised within this exotic subculture, tells the story of his moral education outside the bounds of "society" as we know it, where men uphold values with passion--and often by brute force.

Silent and the Damned: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Silent and the Damned
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Paperback      ISBN: 081541188x

The 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan would have far-reaching consequences for Georgia and the nation; in the years that followed a Jewish man named Leo Frank was convicted on dubious evidence, a governor's career toppled while an anti-Semite became Georgia's senator, and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith was formed. The Silent and The Damned: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank tells the horrifying story of how a trial spiraled into mob violence and propaganda campaigns against Jews in the South. The authors, Robert Seitz Frey and Nancy Thompson-Frey, detail the trial that portrayed Frank, the superintendent at the pencil factory where Phagan was employed, as a sexual misfit and killer. The authors describe the responses from and against the Jewish community in Atlanta, and reactions from religious groups and the press across the country. Frey and Thompson also tell of how new evidence from a witness who stayed silent for years brought the case back under scrutiny in the 1980s, leading to a posthumous pardon for Frank. John Seigenthaler, publisher of the Nashville Tennessean and a leader in the efforts to clear Frank's name, provides the introduction.