True Crime

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Why is society so fearful of crime, but also fascinated by it? Why do the details of a gruesome murder, rape, or other heinous crime hold our attention?

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“a wide-ranging and comprehensive interpretation of how mobsters like Al Capone and his associates came to control the criminal rackets . . .”

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“will most certainly satisfy those readers who enjoy the combination of the psychology of marriage and true crime.”

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If you loved the television series Mad Men, hanker for a time when jewel thieves were referred to as “gentlemen,” and wish all business lunches revolved around three or more martinis, then

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Attributed to President Harry Truman, and perhaps paraphrased here, is the expression that “the only thing new is the history you don’t know.” In this case, there is considerable truth here.

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Famed 18th century jurist William Blackstone once said, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." Theoretically, this is a bedrock principle of American criminal

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In 2015 Netflix released the controversial documentary Making a Murderer, which explored the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who spent nearly two decades in

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A book so graphic, so heart wrenching, and so passionate demands the craft of a skilled author.

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One can always trust the police to be dogged and to keep voluminous records, though they’re not always accurate.

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“Humans are the planet’s outliers when it comes to murder.

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“Yes, I believe [Steven] Avery is innocent. This is my opinion, which I know is not worth very much, but my opinion is based on an assessment of the evidence.”
—Jerome F. Buting

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“a refreshing read that will most certainly enthrall true crime enthusiasts and those interested in the history of modern law enforcement . . .”

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Charles “Sonny” Liston, former heavyweight champion turned drug dealer, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on January 5, 1971.

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For those who enjoy reading a well-told tale of historical nonfiction, this could be that story. But be forewarned that it comes with at least two caveats to be explained below.

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The emergence of the comic book to a more mature graphic novel can easily be equated to a butterfly rising from a cocoon.

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In February 2005, 14-year-old Mary (not her real name) was a naïve and impressionable teenager. She desperately sought out attention and wanted to make a good first impression.

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“The only criticism that fans will have is that Undisclosed Files is not twice or three times as long. One is left wanting more.”

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Seasoned homicide detectives are well aware that high-profile murder cases often attract numerous false confessions.

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“[the book’s] mesmerizing allegations and scandalous conclusions . . .

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“As stories of wrongful convictions go, Adnan’s Story is hands-down a certain winner.”

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". . . brings to life the many characters and truly bizarre and astonishing events."

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It is hard to wrap one’s mind around a thirteen-year-old child in Victorian England killing his mother, and yet in Kate Summerscale’s book The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murde

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William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead.

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“a fast read about a ghastly situation and its effects on myriad people.”

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson is a republication of her original work from 2007.

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The American criminal justice system has long wrestled with evolving societal and scientific understandings about how best to deal with crime and criminals. Should we punish or rehabilitate?

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