New Arrivals · True Crime

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

Listening in : cybersecurity in an insecure age

January 18, 2018
Landau, Susan Eva, author.
xiv, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Racing into the digital revolution -- We're all connected now -- How do we protect ourselves? -- Investigation in the age of encryption -- There's no turning back.
"New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country’s electricity—and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election. And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting read, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age."--Inside dust jacket.

Fatal vision

January 16, 2018
McGinniss, Joe.
New York : Signet, 2012.
953 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Including the 1985 afterward and the 1989 epilogue."
A documented book on a doctor in the Green Berets who was convicted of the slaying of his pregnant wife and two small daughters.

I couldn't even imagine that they would kill us : an oral history of the attacks against the students of Ayotzinapa

January 2, 2018
Gibler, John, author.
San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2017]
261 pages ; 21 cm.
"On September 26, 2014, police in Iguala, Mexico attacked five busloads of students and a soccer team, killing six people and abducting forty-three students--now known as the Iguala 43--who have not been seen since. In a coordinated cover-up of the government's role in the massacre and forced disappearance, Mexican authorities tampered with evidence, tortured detainees, and thwarted international investigations. Within days of the atrocities, John Gibler traveled to the region and began reporting from the scene. Here he weaves the stories of survivors, eyewitnesses, and the parents of the disappeared into a tour de force of journalism, a heartbreaking account of events that reads with the momentum of a novel. A vital counter-narrative to state violence and impunity, the stories also offer a testament of hope from people who continue to demand accountability and justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrecy world : inside the Panama Papers investigation of illicit money networks and the global elite

January 2, 2018
Bernstein, Jake, author.
x, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Nazis and radical priests -- Tropical paradises -- Name of the game -- Rise of the global banksters -- How to beat the game -- Full speed -- The North Star -- The art of secrecy -- The Vikings lose their Ferraris -- Combing the monster -- Journalistic firepower -- Profitable princelings -- Follow the leaks -- Trouble ahead, trouble behind -- Fortune favors the bold -- Collaboration triumphs -- The wave breaks -- The secrecy world enters the White House -- Epilogue.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. Jake Bernstein offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises crucial questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.

Pure land : a true story of three lives, three cultures, and the search for heaven on earth

December 27, 2017
McGivney, Annette, author.
352 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history."

Chasing Phil : the adventures of two undercover agents with the world's most charming con man

December 19, 2017
Howard, David, 1967- author.
New York : Crown, [2017]
371 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The chase. How to steal a bank ; The informant ; You owe me fifty bucks ; The shell game -- The game. The thunderbird ; Hello, Cleveland ; No Mickey Mouse ; The junior g-men ; The poodle lounge ; Mr. Mutt and Mr. Jeff ; Rip off Hawaii ; The parking lot fugitive ; The cold plunge ; The ha-ha certificate -- Fear city. Pilgrims in the Mayflower ; The rhinestone cowboys ; Kick the can ; The hit man ; The blackout ; Fool's gold ; Sonny's mentality ; The game is rigged -- The reckoning. You have to believe it to see it ; Hobson's choice ; The Phil Kitzer road show ; One more thing.
"Two FBI agents go undercover in the bureau's first wire-wearing operation, and end up befriending the charismatic con man they're charged with bringing down"-- Provided by publisher.

Mad City : the true story of the campus murders that America forgot

December 19, 2017
Arntfield, Michael, author.
xxi, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders that America Forgot is a chilling, unflinching exploration of American crimes of the twentieth century and how one serial killer managed to slip through the cracks--until now. In fall 1967, friends Linda Tomaszewski and Christine Rothschild are freshmen at the University of Wisconsin. The students in the hippie college town of Madison are letting down their hair--and their guards. But amid the peace rallies lurks a killer. When Christine's body is found, her murder sends shockwaves across college campuses, and the Age of Aquarius gives way to a decade of terror. Linda knows the killer, but when police ignore her pleas, he slips away. For the next forty years, Linda embarks on a cross-country quest to find him. When she discovers a book written by the murderer's mother, she learns Christine was not his first victim--or his last. The slayings continue, and a single perpetrator emerges: the Capital City Killer. As police focus on this new lead, Linda receives a disturbing note from the madman himself. Can she stop him before he kills again?"-- Provided by publisher.

Murders that made headlines : crimes of Indiana

November 28, 2017
Ammeson, Jane, author.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017]
xiii, 193 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Catharine Schumaker : an Indiana Lucretia Borgia -- An unfortunate Indiana family : Minnie May and Luella Mabbitt -- Jane Dorsey and the poison powders -- The death of Susan Beaver -- Miss Bryan's last cry -- Rough on rats : how not to win your man -- The disappearance of Carrie Selvage -- No way to leave your lovers -- Bootlegging, missing wills, disappearing jewels, deadly encounters : the story of Nettie and Harry Diamond -- The lady and the dragon : how Madge Oberholtzer brought down the KKK -- Double indemnity -- Selected bibliography.

Member of the family : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties

November 22, 2017
Lake, Dianne, 1953- author.
viii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Part I: Turn on. A Minnesota childhood ; Family matters ; One stray ash ; California ; How to be-in ; Hippies in newsprint ; The note ; Welcome to the Hog Farm ; Someone groovy -- Part II: Tune in. The black bus ; We are all one ; Panhandling and postulating ; Snake ; Spahn Ranch ; Beach boy ; A little monkey ; A door closes ; On the edge ; Baking soda biscuits ; Out of sight ; Preaching the White Album ; A simple bag of coins -- Part III: Drop out. The witches' brew ; Reclaiming my name ; My day in court.
"In late 1967, fourteen-year-old Dianne Lake became one of 'Charlie's girls,' a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson and member of his Family. Joining the group with little more than an old note from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them, the two years that followed were a mixture of sexual manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse, as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed themselves to the impressionable teenager ... And yet, in spite of her painful experiences, Dianne was one of the few to emerge stronger from the torment of the Family. With the help of the California police officer and his welcoming family who took her in as a foster child following her arrest, Dianne was able to transform her trauma into triumph, finding the courage to face Manson in court and achieving a redemption that allowed her to heal ..."--Jacket.

Bones : brothers, horses, cartels, and the borderland dream

November 6, 2017
Tone, Joe, author.
New York : One World, [2017]
329 pages : map ; 24 cm
The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border-- and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy. Jose Trevino was a devoted family man working as a bricklayer in Texas. Back in Mexico, his younger brother Miguel was ascending to the top ranks of Los Zetas, a notoriously bloody drug cartel. One day Jose showed up at a quarter-horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse, which caught the attention of an eager young FBI agent named Scott Lawson. Lawson enlisted Tyler Graham, an American rancher who would eventually breed Jose's champion horse-- nicknamed Bones-- to help the FBI infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major money-laundering operation, with the ultimate goal of capturing the infamous Miguel Trevino.

The 57 bus

November 3, 2017
Slater, Dashka, author.
305 pages ; 22 cm
Monday November 4, 2013 -- Oakland California -- Sasha -- Richard -- The fire -- Justice.
"One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight." --

Death in the air : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city

October 27, 2017
Dawson, Kate Winkler, author.
viii, 341 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Pressure -- Blackout -- Restrained -- Trapped -- Bodies in the mist -- Postmortem -- Smothered -- Hearth and home -- Squeezed -- Buried -- Illumination -- Infamous -- Legacy -- Epilogue.
In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least six women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.

Human rights in focus : human trafficking

October 26, 2017
Currie-McGhee, L. K. (Leanne K.), author.
80 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Understanding human trafficking -- Sex trafficking -- Forced labor -- Victim's consequences -- Fighting human trafficking.
Globally, millions of people live in modern day slavery. Men, women, and children across the world are subject to forced labor and sexual exploitation at the hands of human traffickers. The challenges human trafficking victims face, the efforts to eradicate this crime, and how to assist victims are discussed.

Black Dahlia, Red Rose : the crime, corruption, and cover-up of America's greatest unsolved murder

October 17, 2017
Eatwell, Piu Marie, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
xvii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part 1. Fallen angel -- Farewell my lovely -- A double lie -- The capture -- Gilda -- Dial M for murder -- House of strangers -- The big sleep -- Part 2. Dark passage -- The letter -- The suspect -- Behind locked doors -- Deadline at dawn -- Breaking point -- The lodger -- Kiss tomorrow goodbye -- Panic in the streets -- Part 3. Raw deal -- Key witness -- The glass alibi -- The verdict -- Detour -- Fall guy -- Voice in the wind -- Part 4. Out of the past -- The name of the rose -- Specter of the rose -- The woman in the window.

Ballad of the anarchist bandits : the crime spree that gripped Belle Époque Paris

October 16, 2017
Merriman, John M., author.
viii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The good old days" in Paris -- Victor Kibaltchiche -- Another Paris : "Misery is everywhere" -- Anarchists in conflict -- Rirette Maîtrejean -- A love story -- A bitter split -- Jules Bonnot -- The Bonnot Gang strikes -- The Bonnot Gang at bay -- How to unload stolen securities -- The police in action -- The Bonnot Gang's murder spree -- Panic in Paris -- Police dragnet -- Antoine Gauzy's variety store -- Besieged in Choisy-le-Roi -- Spectacle in Nogent-sur-Marne -- On trial -- The widow (la veuve) -- The violence of states, the clouds of war -- Aftermath.
"For six terrifying months in 1911-1912, the citizens of Paris were gripped by a violent crime streak. A group of bandits went on a rampage throughout the city and its suburbs, robbing banks and wealthy Parisians, killing anyone who got in their way, and always managing to stay one step ahead of the police. But Jules Bonnot and the Bonnot Gang weren't just ordinary criminals; they were anarchists, motivated by the rampant inequality and poverty in Paris. John Merriman tells this story through the eyes of two young, idealistic lovers: Victor Kibaltchiche (later the famed Russian revolutionary and writer Victor Serge) and Rirette Maîtrejean, who chronicled the Bonnot crime spree in the radical newspaper L'Anarchie. While wealthy Parisians frequented restaurants on the Champs-Élysées, attended performances at the magnificent new opera house, and enjoyed the decadence of the so-called Belle Époque, Victor, Rirette, and their friends occupied a vast sprawl of dank apartments, bleak canals, and smoky factories. Victor and Rirette rejected the violence of Bonnot and his cronies, but to the police it made no difference. Victor was imprisoned for years for his anarchist beliefs, Bonnot was hunted down and shot dead, and his fellow bandits were sentenced to death by guillotine or lifelong imprisonment. Fast-paced and gripping, Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits is a tale of idealists and lost causes--and a vivid evocation of Paris in the dizzying years before the horrors of World War I were unleashed."--Jacket flaps.

"I am innocent!" : a statement in the death cell

October 13, 2017
Hauptmann, Bruno Richard, 1899-1936.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2016]
xi, 185 pages : illustrations, ; 23 cm
An abridged translation of Hauptmann's autobiography was published in the German language, under the title, "Ich bin unschuldig!" Ein Bekenntnis in der Todeszelle, by Paul Ebert ©1936 in Kamenz, Germany.
""I am Innocent" is a translation from German of Bruno Richard Hauptmann's autobiography, which he wrote in the State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey, while awaiting execution for the alleged kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. After learning of the autobiography's existence, I set out to find it so it could be added to the source materials on the case. After searching for it, I finally found it. Here it is now, in its entirety"-- Back cover.

The death of an heir : Adolph Coors III and the murder that rocked an American brewing dynasty

October 4, 2017
Jett, Philip, author.
x, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The Coors family's gilded American dream turned into a nightmare when a meticulously plotted kidnapping went horribly wrong. In the 1950s and '60s, the Coors dynasty reigned over Golden, Colorado, seemingly invincible. When rumblings about labor unions threatened to destabilize the family's brewery, Adolph Coors, Jr., the septuagenarian president of the company, drew a hard line, refusing to budge. They had worked hard for what they had, and no one had a right to take it from them. What they'd soon realize was that they had more to lose than they could have imagined. On the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 1960, Adolph "Ad" Coors III, the 44-year-old CEO of the multimillion-dollar Colorado beer empire, stepped into his car and headed for the brewery twelve miles away. At a bridge he stopped to help a man in a yellow Mercury sedan. On the back seat lay handcuffs and leg irons. The glove box held a ransom note ready to be mailed. His coat pocket shielded a loaded pistol. What happened next set off the largest manhunt in the United States since the Lindbergh kidnapping. State and local authorities, along with an FBI investigation personally spearheaded by its director, J. Edgar Hoover, burst into action attempting to locate Ad and his kidnapper. The dragnet spanned a continent. All the while, Ad's grief-stricken wife and children waited, tormented by the unrelenting silence. The Death of an Heir reveals the true story behind the tragic murder of Colorado's favorite son."--Jacket.

Bloodlines : the true story of a drug cartel, the FBI, and the battle for a horse-racing dynasty

September 27, 2017
Del Bosque, Melissa, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
394 pages ; 24 cm
Drugs, money, cartels: this is what FBI rookie Scott Lawson expected when he was sent to the border town of Laredo, but instead he's deskbound writing intelligence reports about the drug war. Then, one day, Lawson is asked to check out an anonymous tip: a horse was sold at an Oklahoma auction house for a record-topping price, and the buyer was Miguel Trevino, one of the leaders of the Zetas, Mexico's most brutal drug cartel. The source suggested that Trevino was laundering money through American quarter horse racing. If this was true, it offered a rookie like Lawson the perfect opportunity to infiltrate the cartel. Lawson teams up with a more experienced agent, Alma Perez, and, taking on impossible odds, sets out to take down one of the world's most fearsome drug lords. In Bloodlines, Emmy and National Magazine Award-winning journalist Melissa del Bosque follows Lawson and Perez's harrowing attempt to dismantle a cartel leader's American racing dynasty built on extortion and blood money. With extensive access to investigative evidence and in-depth interviews with key players, del Bosque turns more than three years of research and her decades of reporting on Mexico and the border into a gripping narrative about greed and corruption. Bloodlines offers us an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Zetas and US federal agencies, and opens a new vista onto the changing nature of the drug war and its global expansion.

The man from the train : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery

September 26, 2017
James, Bill, 1949- author.
xi, 464 pages ; 24 cm
Preface -- Villisca -- Section I. 1909 to 1912 -- The bloody penny -- Logan's turnpike -- The scandalous Schultzes -- Marshalltown -- The New Orleans axeman -- Which is not really a chapter -- Martin City -- The Casaways -- Oregon -- The double event -- Monmouth -- Ellsworth -- Paola -- Section II. Summer 1912 -- Villisca 2 -- Villisca 3 -- Villisca 4 -- Villisca 5 -- Dynamite Pfanschmidt -- Section III. 1900 to 1906 -- Stepping backward -- Trenton Corners -- Standing by Henry -- An uncertain set of names -- Just when you thought this story couldn't possibly get any uglier -- Hughes -- The Christmas Day murders -- West Memphis -- Jacksonville -- Cottonwood, Alabama -- Murder in the cold -- The worst one ever -- The Lyerly family -- Section IV -- Hiatus -- The crimes of 1908 -- Section V -- Conversation with the reader -- Hurley -- Beckley and beyond -- The Zoos and the Hubbells -- Clementine Barnabet -- Harry Ryan -- The first crime -- Brookfield and Villisca -- Where the evening is spread out against the sky -- Hinterkaifeck.
"Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these crimes, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the analytical acumen he brings to baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery. They learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal, and in turn, uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man From the Train is a groundbreaking approach to true crime that will convince skeptics, delight aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history"-- Provided by publisher.

Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South

September 25, 2017
Cox, Karen L., 1962- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
227 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Reclusive aristocrats -- The residents of Glenwood -- Pink and Sister -- Murder at Glenburnie -- The investigation -- Jim Crow's investigation -- National scandal -- Sideshows -- Cold justice -- Hollow victory -- Longing for home.
In 1932, the city of Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an unexpected influx of journalists and tourists as the lurid story of a local murder was splashed across headlines nationwide. Two eccentrics, Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery--known in the press as the "Wild Man" and the "Goat Woman"--enlisted an African American man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During the attempted robbery, Merrill was shot and killed. The crime drew national coverage when it came to light that Dana and Dockery, the alleged murderers, shared their huge, decaying antebellum mansion with their goats and other livestock, which prompted journalists to call the estate "Goat Castle." Pearls was killed by an Arkansas policeman in an unrelated incident before he could face trial. However, as was all too typical in the Jim Crow South, the white community demanded "justice," and an innocent black woman named Emily Burns was ultimately sent to prison for the murder of Merrill. Dana and Dockery not only avoided punishment but also lived to profit from the notoriety of the murder by opening their derelict home to tourists. Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of this local feud, killing, investigation, and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice.

Ranger games : a story of soldiers, family and an inexplicable crime

September 21, 2017
Blum, Ben, 1981- author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
x, 412 pages ; 24 cm
Book 1. The golem of Tacoma -- Sort of a happy/sad deal -- Basic -- Amurican bank robber -- One fine day at Battalion -- Yes, Specialist Sommer -- Those who are versed in the sciences -- Something you would see out of a movie -- Federal vacation -- Book 2. The prodigy of Peachland -- Soldier -- Interrogation -- Freedom fighter -- The fourth man -- Book 3. The good person -- The b-word -- Just an inexplicable event -- The complexities -- The phabulous Phils -- Getting real -- Real real -- Book 4. The dungeon master -- When bad people do good things -- Space Station summer -- Total data -- The Sommer factor -- Force of personality -- The lady in the striped shirt -- The p-word -- Probably something I'll never understand -- Book 5. Freedom -- Matrix of lies -- Birth of a bank robber -- The rest of us.
Alex Blum was a good kid with one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery. At first Blum insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. Ben Blum, Alex's cousin, began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery.

"I heard you paint houses" : Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and closing the case on Jimmy Hoffa

September 13, 2017
Brandt, Charles, author.
Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2016]
x, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Updated with a conclusion by the author." --Cover.
Provides an account of the life and activities of hitman Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, including his account of how he killed Jimmy Hoffa.

Lies of a real housewife : tell the truth and shame the devil : a memoir

September 1, 2017
Stanton, Angela.
[New York, NY] : Augustus Pub., ©2012.
243 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"[Stanton] takes us into her survival mode on the streets, and adjustments she had to make in her home life. The author shares experiences of her teen years, growing up in Buffalo, NY. She leads us on a short stay as a young girl in Greensboro, NC. The author, rapper, wife and mother, guides us through her struggles into her early adult years in Hotlanta. By fate, she lives a hustler's life of crime with none other than Real Housewives of Atlanta's own, Phaedra Parks. By a twist of fate, her life crashes, sending her on a trip to a darkened place called hell. Urban author Angela Stanton survives to a give a raw, revolutionary account of her daring journey to redemption"--Back cover.

The gang's all queer : the lives of gay gang members

August 22, 2017
Panfil, Vanessa R., author.
New York : New York University Press, [2017]
xiv, 289 pages ; 23 cm.
Acknowledgments -- Preface: seeking "homo thugs" -- Introduction: real men, real gangs -- Understanding gay identity -- "Why do I have to hide it?" : forming a gay identity -- Who's the fag? : negotiating gayness and visibility -- Gay gangsters and their gangs -- Gay gangs becoming "known" : respect, violence, and chosen family -- "In the game" : the experiences of gay men in straight gangs -- Hybrid gangs and those that could have been -- Strategies for resistance -- "Not a fag" : resisting anti-gay harassment by fighting back -- "Tired of being stereotyped" : urban gay men in underground economies -- Conclusion: Queer, here and now -- Appendix: Summary of participant characteristics and experiences -- Methods appendix: "Best of luck in your research, dear" -- Notes -- References -- About the author -- Index.
Many people believe that gangs are made up of violent thugs who are in and out of jail, and who are hyper-masculine and heterosexual. Vanessa Panfil introduces us to a different world. Meet gay gang members - sometimes referred to in popular culture as "homo thugs" - whose gay identity complicates criminology's portrayal and representation of gangs, gang members, and gang life. In vivid detail, Panfil provides an in-depth understanding of how gay gang members construct and negotiate both masculine and gay identities through crime and gang membership. She draws from interviews with over 50 gay gang- and crime-involved young men in Columbus, Ohio, the majority of whom are men of color in their late teens and early twenties, as well as on-the-ground ethnographic fieldwork with men who are in gay, hybrid, and straight gangs. Panfil provides an eye-opening portrait of how even members of straight gangs are connected to a same-sex oriented underground world. Most of these young men still present a traditionally masculine persona and voice deeply-held affection for their fellow gang members. They also fight with their enemies, many of whom are in rival gay gangs. Most come from impoverished, 'rough' neighborhoods, and seek to defy negative stereotypes of gay and Black men as deadbeats, though sometimes through illegal activity. Some are still closeted to their fellow gang members and families, yet others fight to defend members of the gay community, even those who they deem to be "fags," despite distaste for these flamboyant members of the community.

The Algiers Motel incident

August 14, 2017
Hersey, John, 1914-1993, author.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
xx, 397 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1968. With new introduction.
Introduction: John Hersey and the tragedy of race / Thomas J. Sugrue -- The odor of a case: July 26-31 -- Three cops and three days: July 23-5 -- Auburey and his circle -- Confession: July 31 -- The Algiers Motel incident: July 25-6 -- Aftermath: July 31 and after.
Thirty years ago, three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it , an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten.

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