New Arrivals · True Crime

April 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Chasing King's killer : the hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin

February 9, 2018
Swanson, James L., 1959- author.
373 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement -- A collision course -- The assassination -- Manhunt!.
"James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys -- but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath."--Provided by publisher.

Murder beyond the grave : true-crime thrillers

February 8, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
295 pages ; 20 cm
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
"As seen on Investigation Discovery's Murder is forever."
Murder beyond the grave -- Murder in paradise.
Two true-crime tales relate the stories of a wealthy man buried alive with only forty-eight hours of air, and a grisly shooting high in the Sierra Nevada mountains involving the locals and rich developers.

Home sweet murder : true-crime thrillers

January 30, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
297 pages ; 21 cm
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
"As seen on Investigation Discovery's Murder is forever." --Cover.
Home sweet murder -- Murder on the run.
Two true-crime tales relate the stories of a couple who were tortured and left for dead after a home invasion, and a double homicide in Omaha, Nebraska.

Murder, interrupted : true-crime thrillers

January 30, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
295 pages ; 21 cm
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
"As seen on Investigation Discovery's Murder is forever." --Cover.
Murder, interrupted -- Mother of all murders.
MURDER, INTERRUPTED. Rich, cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay Billie Earl Johnson whatever it takes, to the tune of $750,000. When his bullet misses the mark, Billie Earl and Frank will turn on each other. MOTHER OF ALL MURDERS. Dee Dee Blancharde is a local celebrity. Television reports praise her as a single mother who tirelessly cares for her wheelchair-bound, chronically ill daughter. But when the teenaged Gypsy Rose realizes she isn't actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years, Gypsy Rose exacts her revenge...

The girl on the velvet swing : sex, murder, and madness at the dawn of the twentieth century

January 25, 2018
Baatz, Simon, author.
392 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
First encounter -- Rape -- Marriage -- Murder -- First trial -- Second trial -- Asylum -- Escape -- Final verdict -- Epilogue.
A chronicle of the events surrounding the 1906 murder trial of millionaire Harry Thaw details the victimization of teen actress Evelyn Nesbit and Thaw's vengeance-fueled, public murder of legendary architect Stanford White.

The fix : how bankers lied, cheated and colluded to rig the world's most important number

January 25, 2018
Vaughan, Liam, 1979- author.
xii, 201 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The end of the world -- Tommy Chocolate -- Beware of Greeks bearing gifts -- A day in the life -- Buy the cash boys a curry! -- Anything with four legs -- No one's clean-clean -- The sheep will follow -- Escape to London -- Goodbye, Big Nose -- The call -- Crossing the Street -- "What the fuck kind of bank is this?" -- Just keep swimming -- The ballad of Diamond Bob -- The switcheroo -- The trial -- Afterword -- Epilogue: the Wild West.
"In the midst of the financial crisis, Tom Hayes and his network of traders and brokers from Wall Street's leading firms set to work engineering the biggest financial conspiracy ever seen. As the rest of the world burned, they came together on secret chat rooms and late night phone calls to hatch an audacious plan to rig Libor, the 'world's most important number' and the basis for $350 trillion of securities from mortgages to loans to derivatives. Without the persistence of a rag-tag team of investigators from the U.S., they would have got away with it. [This book] is the inside story of the Libor scandal, told through the journey of the man at the centre of it: a young, scruffy, socially awkward misfit from England whose genius for math and obsessive personality made him a trading phenomenon, but ultimately paved the way for his own downfall."-- Provided by publisher.

The trade : my journey into the labyrinth of political kidnapping

January 25, 2018
Van Dyk, Jere, author.
xxvii, 418 pages : map ; 25 cm
The White House, June 24, 2015 -- New York, December 23, 2001 -- Kabul, January 2002 -- Yunus Khalis, Spring 2002 -- Family feuds -- Smugglers and fixers in the borderlands -- The trade -- Back homeland -- Michael Semple -- The first Daniel Pearl -- Local and international -- Meetings with four important men -- Your input is very welcome... -- The work of ghosts -- The story of Fazul Rahim -- A rising star -- Closer -- The Pakhtun Festival -- The mystery of Gohar Zaman -- Ibrahim -- A promise kept -- Taliban Military Council -- The families -- Ripple effects.
In 2008, American journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped and held for 45 days. At the time, he had no idea who his kidnappers were. They demanded a ransom and the release of three of their comrades from Guantanamo, yet they hinted at their ties to Pakistan and to the Haqqani network, a uniquely powerful group that now holds the balance of power in large parts of Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. After his release, Van Dyk wrote a book about his capture and what it took to survive in this most hostile of circumstances. Yet he never answered the fundamental questions that his kidnapping raised: Why was he taken? Why was he released? And who saved his life? Every kidnapping is a labyrinth in which the certainties of good and bad, light and dark are merged in the quiet dialogues and secret handshakes that accompany a release or a brutal fatality. In The Trade, Jere Van Dyk uses the sinuous path of his own kidnapping to explain the recent rise in the taking of Western hostages across the greater Middle East. He discovers that he was probably not taken by the anonymous "Taliban," as he thought, but by the very people who helped arrange his trip and then bargained for his release. It was not a matter of chance: CBS, Van Dyk's employer at the time, launched a secret rescue and, he learned later, paid an undisclosed ransom to a tribal chief who controlled the area in which he was kidnapped and who delivered him and his guide safely to a US Army base. In 2013, Van Dyk returned to the Middle East to unravel the links among jihadist groups, specifically that of the Haqqani network. His investigation finally paid off in 2015, when Van Dyk was taken to a discreet room in a guesthouse in Islamabad where he met Ibrahim Haqqani, part of the leadership of the Haqqani network who has been seen by very few outsiders since 9/11. There, Van Dyk learned of the Haqqanis' links to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the ISI, and the CIA and their involvement in the kidnapping of Bowe Bergdahl and many others. Back in the United States, Van Dyk saw the other side of the kidnapping labyrinth as he became involved with other former hostages and the families of recent kidnapping victims murdered by the Islamic State. Van Dyk's investigation shows how America's foreign policy strategy, the terrible cynicism of the kidnappers, and a world of shadowy interlocutors who play both sides of many bargains combine to create a brutal business out of the exchange of individual human lives for vast sums of money -- publisher's website.

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