New Arrivals · True Crime

June 13, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The trigger : narratives of the American shooter

June 12, 2018
Patinkin, Daniel J., author.
304 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- In the Spanish wells : Lester Young Jr -- The drifter : John Frizzle -- The devil's bargain : Marvin Gomez -- A man for others : officer Alphonsus O'Connor -- In isolation : Brittany Aden -- An all-American boy : Brandon Clancy -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
In 2017, over 15,000 were killed and over 31,000 were injured by gunfire. Faced with these desensitizing statistics, one easily forgets that each incident is perpetrated by a living, feeling human being who has walked a unique path. The causes and consequences of these violent acts are often far more complicated than one might expect. Author Daniel J. Patinkin exhaustively interviewed each of six shooters about their life experiences and about the unique circumstances that compelled them to use a firearm against another person. The result is a series of profound narratives.

Saving sin city : William Travers Jerome, Stanford White, and the original crime of the century

June 11, 2018
Cummings, Mary, author.
xiii, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
1901 -- 1902 -- 1903 -- 1904 -- 1905 -- 1906 -- 1907 -- 1908.
"When Stanford White, one of the most famous architects of the era--whose mark on New York City is second to none--was murdered by Harry K. Thaw in 1906, his death become known as "The Crime of the Century." But there were other players in this love triangle gone wrong that would play a part in the incredible story of White's murderer. Chief among them was the ambitious district attorney William Travers Jerome, who had the opportunity to make--or break--his career with his prosecution of Thaw. Award-winning journalist Mary Cummings reveals a new angle to this incredible crime through Jerome's story--a story that is ripe for our post-"Serial" era. Thaw was the debauched and deranged heir to a Pittsburgh fortune who had a sadistic streak. White was an artistic genius and one of the world's premier architects who would become obsessed with a teenaged chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit. White preyed on Nesbit, who, in a surprising twist, also became a fixation for Thaw. Nesbit and Thaw would later marry, but Thaw's lingering jealousy and anger toward White over his past history with Nesbit would explosively culminate in White's shocking murder--and the even more shocking trial of Thaw for a murder that was committed in front of dozens of eye witnesses. The promising young D.A. would find his faith in himself and the law severely tested as he battled colorful crooks, licentious grandees, and corrupt politicians. Cummings brilliant reveals the social issues simmering below the surface of New York that Jerome had to face. Filled with mesmerizing drama, rich period details, and fascinating characters, Saving Sin City sheds fresh light on crimes whose impact still echoes throughout the twenty-first century."--Inside jacket flap.

Shattering silences : strategies to prevent sexual assault, heal survivors, and bring assailants to justice

May 4, 2018
Johnston, Christopher, author.
xv, 296 pages ; 24 cm
Each year in the United States nearly three hundred thousand people are sexually assaulted. New practices by police, prosecutors, nurses, and rape crisis professionals are resulting in more humane and compassionate treatment of victims, and more aggressive pursuit and prosecution of persecutors. Based on seven years of in-depth interviews in Cleveland, Detroit, Memphis and other cities, Johnston presents the people behind these new approaches and provides a template for organizations and communities to follow.

The addiction nobody will talk about : how I let my pornography addiction hurt people and destroy relationships

May 3, 2018
Shea, Joshua (Journalist), author.
Chicago : Joshua Tree Publishing, [2018]
251 pages ; 23 cm
Joshua Shea seemingly had it all. A loving wife, two children, and a supportive extended family. In 2010, after nearly fifteen years working his way up the journalism ladder, he launched a lifestyle magazine in his hometown. Within a year, he was one of the founders of Central Maine's largest film festival and had won a seat on the City Council in Auburn, Maine. Accolades, including receiving the Key to the City and being called one of the "Next 10 People Shaping Maine's Economy" by a state newspaper followed. While the public got one picture of Shea, behind closed doors, his longtime mental health and addiction issues were festering. A workaholic by nature, he actively ignored the red flags surrounding his long-existing pornography and alcohol problems. Finding it easier to lose himself in a bottle of tequila and adult websites, Shea's relationships with his family, colleagues, and friends grew distant. His business ventures began to collapse. Life as he knew it came to a screeching halt when he was arrested on a charge of underage pornography possession in 2014. Shea was convicted and served six months in jail in early 2016. Following his arrest, he sought help and treatment through intense one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and at inpatient rehab facilities. Bothered at the lack of quality resources and open discussion around the topic of pornography addiction, Shea is now sharing with the public his experience with the addiction in the hope he can help people to not head down the same road that he did. Shea recounts the last several years of his life leading up to his legal trouble and how his poor judgment and bad decision making led to a life he never thought was possible.

Life after darkness : finding healing and happiness after the Cleveland kidnappings

April 27, 2018
Knight, Michelle, 1981- author.
xvi, 221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Free! -- An impatient patient -- Transition: assisted living -- On my own--and in search of friends -- Healing after trauma -- A new house and a new love -- Marriage and home -- Unfinished business: seeking my roots, planning my future -- A life's work, a soul's injury -- Safe circle -- The missing child.
"Michelle Knight-now known as Lily Rose Lee-captured the world's attention in May 2013, when she and two fellow kidnapping victims were found and freed after being held for more than a decade by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro. But many people are still asking: What happened after her escape? How do you re-enter society after years of abuse and isolation? How do you get past the trauma and live a happy and joy filled life? How do you learn to trust again? In Life After Darkness, published on the fifth anniversary of her liberation, Lily describes how she managed to heal the wounds to her body, mind, and soul-wounds, she reveals, that were first inflicted even before her kidnapping. With the help of good friends and anchored by her own inner strength, she takes us with her step by step on her journey out of darkness into the light. An inspiring story-and for anyone who has dared to hope after suffering, a guidebook to finding new purpose for a meaningful life."--provided by

The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century

April 25, 2018
Johnson, Kirk W., author.
x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Dead birds and rich men. The trials of Alfred Russel Wallace ; Lord Rothschild's museum ; The feather fever ; Birth of a movement ; The Victorian Brotherhood of Fly-tiers ; The future of fly-tying -- The Tring heist. Featherless in London ; Plan for Museum Invasion.Doc ; The case of the broken window ; "A very unusual crime" ; Hot birds on a cold trail ; Fluteplayer 1988 ; Behind bars ; Rot in hell ; The diagnosis ; The Asperger's defense ; The missing skins -- Truth and consequences. The 21st International Fly Tying Symposium ; The lost memory of the ocean ; Chasing leads in a time machine ; Dr. Prum's thumb drive ; "I'm not a thief" ; Three days in Norway ; Michelangelo vanishes ; Flowers in the bloodstream.
"On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature."--Page [2] of cover.

Beneath a ruthless sun : a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found

April 25, 2018
King, Gilbert, author.
416 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
A killing freeze -- Real sunshine -- Smoked Irishman -- Make tracks -- Sensational lies -- You will not turn us down -- No suitable place -- Well-laid plan -- So much race pride -- Don't talk to me about conscience, lady -- Way of justice -- If it takes all summer -- Troubled by it -- Faith in Blanche -- Someone should write a book -- Whether they be white or black -- A newspaper woman.
"A small town. A big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a 'husky Negro' did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired white nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial. Crusading journalist Mabel Norris Reese cannot stop fretting over the case and its baffling outcome. Who is protecting whom, or what? She pursues the story for years, chasing down leads, hitting dead ends, winning unlikely allies. Bit by bit, the unspeakable truths behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence come to the surface. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still."--Page [2] of cover.

The gift of our wounds : a Sikh and a former white supremacist find forgiveness after hate

April 18, 2018
Michaelis, Arno, author.
xviii, 222 pages ; 22 cm
Documents the story of the unlikely and powerful friendship between a Sikh and a former white supremacist in the aftermath of Wade Michael Page's murderous 2012 attack on a Wisconsin Sikh Temple, describing how they launched the Serve 2 Unite organization to promote community inclusion and fight hate crimes.

Ohio's Black Hand syndicate : the birth of organized crime in America

April 17, 2018
Meyers, David, 1948- author.
203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A rather good thing -- Wide open and unguarded -- Seeds of the maffia -- Alive if you can -- What's in a name? -- Your cat and goat -- Best day's work -- The signal of death -- The great bugaboo -- The White Hand Society -- Safe in Helltown -- Death on the doorstep -- Bring a live chicken -- Day of reckoning -- I'd die first -- Bad English -- The trial : week one -- The trial : week two -- The other hand.
"Organized crime was born in the back of a fruit store in Marion. Before America saw headlines about the Capone Mob, the Purple Gang and Murder Inc., the specter of the Black Hand terrorized nearly every major city. Fears that the Mafia had reached our shores and infiltrated every Italian immigrant community kept police alert and citizens on edge. It was only a matter of time before these professed Robin Hoods formed a band. And when they did, the eyes of the world turned to Ohio, particularly when the local Black Hand outfit known as the Society of the Banana went on trial. Authors David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker unfold this first and nearly forgotten chapter on crime syndicate history"--Back cover.

Hell's princess : the mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

April 16, 2018
Schechter, Harold, author.
xvi, 316 pages ; 24 cm
"The shocking true story of one of the twentieth century's most prolific female serial killers." -- book jacket.

No ordinary stalking : a look at organized stalking and electronic harassment

April 9, 2018
Ti, June, author.
Victoria, BC, Canada : FriesenPress, 2016.
x, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Love and death in the Sunshine State : the story of a crime

April 5, 2018
Wood, Cutter, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
225 pages ; 22 cm
Convalescence in the Greater Tampa Bay area -- In search of another -- The idea of a woman -- The dark side and the other side -- Impulses diverted -- The worse truth -- Before everything that happened happened -- All the lives -- Furlough -- Ballad of the estranged husband -- Explicable phenomena -- Homecoming -- The confidence of friends -- A disagreement -- What lights a fire -- Laurel and Bay.
"When the owner of a Florida motel goes missing, a writer who had been a guest at the motel becomes drawn into the investigation, carrying its facts beyond the actual case and into his own life"-- Provided by publisher.

The Manson women and me : monsters, morality, and murder

March 30, 2018
Meredith, Nikki, author.
xiv, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Leslie Van Houten -- Patricia Krenwinkel -- Nikki Meredith.
The author shares how she visited Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel in prison to find out how they had changed after years of incarceration for the brutal murders they performed for Charles Manson, and how getting to know them led to more questions.

Hunting El Chapo : the inside story of the American lawman who captured the world's most-wanted drug lord

March 30, 2018
Hogan, Andrew (DEA agent), author.
New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
x, 339 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
The exclusive inside story of the lawman and his dangerous eight-year hunt that captured El Chapo - the world's most wanted drug kingpin who evaded capture for more than a decade. A cinematic crime story following the relentless investigative work of Cole Merrell and his team unfolds at breakneck speed, taking the reader behind the scenes of one of the most sophisticated and dangerous counter-narcotics operations in the history of the United States and Mexico.

The Corporation : an epic story of the Cuban American underworld

March 28, 2018
English, T. J., 1957- author.
viii, 584 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part I: Traición/Betrayal -- Brigade 2506 -- Birds of a feather -- Santo -- The rain in Spain -- Bring me the head of Palulu -- The prodigal son -- Rasputin in Mexico -- Part II: Vengaza/Revenge. Counterrevolution ; The counselor ; Corruption ; Smoke and fire ; A prayer for Idalia ; Cockfighter ; Dead but not dead -- Part III: "Lo hecho. Hecho está"/"What is done is done". Old friends ; Stormy weather ; Beginner's luck ; Down and out in Lima ; President in exile ; Perseverance ; Cómo fue/How it was.
A multigenerational history of the Cuban mob in the United States examines the role of South Florida's exile community in building a criminal empire as part of a plot to reclaim Cuba from the Castro regime.

59 hours

March 26, 2018
Kovatch, Johnny, author.
xi, 205 pages ; 22 cm.
On Sunday, August 6, 2000, fifteen-year-old Nick Markowitz was grabbed off the street on the orders of a local drug dealer named Jesse James Hollywood. Nick was taken as collateral because his brother Ben owed Jesse money. He was an innocent victim who became a pawn in an increasingly high-stakes feud between the two that ended with Nick's brutal murder.

Where there's hope : healing, moving forward, and never giving up

March 23, 2018
Smart, Elizabeth, 1987- author.
New York : St Martin's Press, 2018.
xix, 261 pages ; 25 cm
Hope empowered : Mom ; Ann Romney -- Forward at all costs--never retreat : Bre Lasley ; Mary Louise Zeller -- Seeing a rush of red : Norma Bastidas -- Loss and renewal : Rebecca Covey -- The sacredness of faith: Fatima ; Elder Richard G. Hinckley -- Strength of spirit : Diane von Furstenberg ; Mariatu Kamara -- Our physical gift : Lara Oles ; Helen Golden -- Building a life of love : Angeline Jackson -- The power to forgive : Chris Williams ; Archbishop John C. Wester -- Something worth striving for : Mike Schlappi ; Nicole Brady -- Living with a purpose : Alec Unsicker ; Dr. Paul Jenkins -- The myth versus the reality of happily ever after : Dad ; Mandy Patinkin.
Elizabeth Smart follows up her bestseller, "My Story" with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one's life. This is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

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.

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