True Crime, General
The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Paperback ISBN: 0375725601
A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.
The Murder of Helen Jewett
The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York
Paperback ISBN: 0679740759
Evoking the frenetic city life and sexual mores of early nineteenth-century America, a historian reconstructs the life of a servant girl from Maine who became a highly paid courtesan, and celebrated murder victim, in New York in 1836. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Murder in Minnesota
A Collection of True Cases
Paperback ISBN: 0873511808
This treasury of vintage crime offers a vivid picture of Minnesota from the time it achieved statehood in 1858 through 1917. It also traces the gradual changes in social attitudes from the days of frontier justice to the abolishment of capital punishment in 1911.
I, Pierre Riviere, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister, and My Brother ...
A Case of Parricide in the Nineteenth Century
Paperback ISBN: 0803268572
To free his father and himself from his mother's tyranny, Pierre Rivière decided to kill her. On June 3,1835, he went inside his small Normandy house with a pruning hook and cut to death his mother, his eighteen-year-old sister, and his seven-year-old brother. Then, in jail, he wrote a memoir to justify the whole gruesome tale. Michel Foucault, author of Madness and Civilization and Discipline and Punish, collected the relevant documents of the case, including medical and legal testimony, police records. and Rivière's memoir. The Rivière case, he points out, occurred at a time when many professions were contending for status and power. Medical authority was challenging law, branches of government were vying. Foucault's reconstruction of the case is a brilliant exploration of the roots of our contemporary views of madness, justice, and crime.
God of the Rodeo
The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison
Paperback ISBN: 0345435532
Traces a year in the lives of six convicts at Louisiana's most fearsome maximum security prison, revealing both the brutality of their lives and the human emotions that surface as they compete in the annual prison rodeo. Reprint. NYT.
What the Corpse Revealed
Murder and the Science of Forensic Detection
Paperback ISBN: 0312975732
An expert in forensic medicine presents sixteen cases drawn from scientific files all around the world to show how technology and forensic science combine to find the answers to many crimes that seem unsolvable. Reprint.
A Selection from the Works of William Roughead
Paperback ISBN: 0940322463
Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead "the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors," and his true crime stories, written in the early 1900s, are among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. Utterly engrossing, these accounts of pre-meditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast a powerful light on the evil that human beings, and human institutions, find both tempting to contemplate and all too easy to do.