Criminal Investigation
Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
Chaos
Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316477559
A journalist's 20-year obsession with the 1969 Manson murders brings shocking revelations about one of the most infamous crimes in American history: carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors and even potential surveillance by intelligence agents. 100,000 first printing.
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Hardcover      ISBN: 161039691x
This is a tale of two tragedies. At the heart of the first is Dr. Steven Hayne, a doctor the State of Mississippi employed as its de facto medical examiner for two decades. Beginning in the late 1980s, he performed anywhere from 1,200 to 1,800 autopsies per year, five times more than is recommended, performed at night in the basement of a local funeral home. Autopsy reports claimed organs had been observed and weighed when, in reality, they had been surgically removed from the body years before. But Hayne was the only game in town. He also often brought in local dentist and self-styled "bite mark specialist" Dr. Michael West, who would discover marks on victim's bodies, at times invisible to the naked eye, and then match those marks-"indeed and without doubt"-to law enforcement's lead suspect. This leads to the second tragic tale: that of Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks, two black men each convicted in separate cases of the brutal rape and murder of young girls. Dr. Hayne's autopsy and Dr. West's bite mark matching formed the bases for the convictions. Combined the two men served over 30 years in Mississippi's notorious penitentiary - Parchman Farm - before being exonerated in 2008. Brooks' and Brewer's wrongful convictions lie at the intersection of both the most pressing problem facing this country's criminal justice system-structural injustice built on the historic foundation of race and class as well as with the much more contemporary but equally egregious problem of invalid forensic science. The old problem is inextricably bound up with and exacerbates the new. In Dr. Death and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern gothic horror-of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Paperback      ISBN: 1541774051
A shocking and deeply reported account of the persistent plague of institutional racism and junk forensic science in our criminal justice system, and its devastating effect on innocent lives After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist recounts the story of how the criminal justice system allowed this to happen, and of how two men, Dr. Steven Hayne and Dr. Michael West, built successful careers on the back of that structure. For nearly two decades, Hayne, a medical examiner, performed the vast majority of Mississippi's autopsies, while his friend Dr. West, a local dentist, pitched himself as a forensic jack-of-all-trades. Together they became the go-to experts for prosecutors and helped put countless Mississippians in prison. But then some of those convictions began to fall apart. Here, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington tell the haunting story of how the courts and Mississippi's death investigation system--a relic of the Jim Crow era--failed to deliver justice for its citizens. The authors argue that bad forensics, structural racism, and institutional failures are at fault, raising sobering questions about our ability and willingness to address these crucial issues.
Manhunt: The Twelve-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
Manhunt
The Twelve-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
Paperback      ISBN: 0060518502
A fascinating and vivid account of the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, takes readers along on the intensive search from the streets of Washington, D.C., through the swamps of Maryland, into the forests of Virginia, and into the lives of the men who pursued him. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.
The Lazarus Project
The Lazarus Project
Hardcover      ISBN: 1594489882
A first full-length work by the MacArthur Award-winning author of the story collections The Question of Bruno and Nowhere Man finds the murder of Jewish immigrant Lazarus Averbuch triggering ethnic and political tensions in early twentieth-century Chicago, an event that is investigated a century later by a young writer from Eastern Europe.
Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work
Police Procedural
A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work
Paperback      ISBN: 0898795966
Offers mystery writers information about police administration, the structure of a detective division, the rules of evidence, the investigation of crimes, arrest procedures, interrogation, and the courts
Shell Games: A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America's Strangest Wildlife
Shell Games
A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America's Strangest Wildlife
Paperback      ISBN: 0061537144
A unique blend of natural history and crime drama, Shell Games by Craig Welch is a riveting tale of rogues, scoundrels, and the hunt for nature’s bounty in the tradition of The Orchid Thief. A stranger-than-fiction true story centered around a larger-than-life character who pursued a larger-than-life clam—the Geoduck—and then led wildlife police on a two-year-long chase, Shell Games is enthralling and remarkable from page one on.
American Detective: Behind the Scenes of Famous Criminal Investigations
American Detective
Behind the Scenes of Famous Criminal Investigations
Hardcover      ISBN: 164012022x
From the Roaring Twenties to the 1970s, detectives once reigned supreme in police departments across the country. In this tightly woven slice of true crime reportage, Thomas A. Reppetto offers a behind-the-scenes look into some of the most notable investigations to occur during the golden age of the detective in American criminal justice. From William Burns, who during his heyday was known as America’s Sherlock Holmes, to Thad Brown, who probed the notorious Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles, to Eliot Ness, who cleaned up the Cleveland police but failed to capture the “Mad Butcher” who decapitated at least a dozen victims, American Detective offers an indelible portrait of the famous sleuths and investigators who played a major role in cracking some of the most notorious cases in U.S. history. Along the way, Reppetto takes us deep inside the detective bureaus that were once the nerve centers behind crime-fighting on the streets of America’s great cities, including the FBI itself under the direction of America’s “top cop” J. Edgar Hoover. According to Reppetto, detectives were once able watchdogs until their role in policing became diluted by patrol strategies ranging from “stop and frisk” to community policing. Ultimately, Reppetto argues against these current policing systems and calls for a return to the primacy of the detective in criminal investigations.
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
American Predator
The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
Hardcover      ISBN: 052542864x
An award-winning New York Post investigative journalist documents the story of enigmatic serial killer Israel Keyes and the efforts of the Anchorage PD and the FBI to capture him, discussing what his case reveals about 21st-century law enforcement.
Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307700216
A Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent presents an impassioned critique of the American justice system as reflected by the murder case of Edward Lee Elmore, revealing how he was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death during an unfair trial influenced by racism, prosecutorial misconduct and inexperienced defense lawyers. 25,000 first printing.