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George Anastasia, Ralph Cipriano
Description: Dr. James Kauffman and his wife, April, were the perfect couple: a respected endocrinologist and a beautiful radio host. But under the surface lurked a world of drugs, sex, and biker gangs--and Dr. Kauffman would kill to keep it secret. In May 2012, April Kauffman, local radio personality and advocate of military veterans rights, was found shot to death in the bedroom of the home she shared with her husband, Dr. James Kauffman. Six years later, in the fall of 2018, Freddy Augello, a leader of the notorious motorcycle gang the Pagans, went to trial facing murder, conspiracy, and drug dealing charges.There were ties between Augello and the husband: Dr. James Kauffman, and also one of the area's most prolific drug traffickers. This is the story about one man's descent into evil and the people he took with him. It's a story about a doctor who helped flood the streets with opioids, about a husband who hid dark secrets from his wives, and about a man so consumed with greed and arrogance that he thought he could get away with murder.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Ana
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz
Description: The haunting true story of Eliot Ness's forgotten final case--his years-long hunt for "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run," a serial killer who terrorized Cleveland through the 1936 World Fair.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Jax Miller
Description: The stranger-than-fiction cold case from rural Oklahoma has stumped authorities for two decades, concerning the disappearance of two teenage girls and the much larger mystery of murder, police cover-up, and an unimaginable truth. On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, sixteen-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing. While rumors of drug debts, revenge, and police collusion abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found. In 2015, Jax Miller traveled to Oklahoma to find out what really happened on that winter night in 1999, and why the story was still simmering more than fifteen years later. What she found was jaw-dropping levels of police negligence and corruption, entire communities ravaged by methamphetamine addiction, and a series of interconnected murders with an ominously familiar pattern.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Katherine M. Ramsland
Description: "No two stories about the capture of a serial killer are the same. Sometimes, the killers make crucial mistakes; other times, investigators get lucky. And the process of profiling, hunting, and apprehending these predators has changed radically over time, particularly in the field of criminal forensics, which has exploded in the last ten to 15 years. Laser ablation, video spectral analysis, cyber-sleuthing, and even DNA-based genetic genealogy are now crucial tools in solving murders, including the recent capture of the so-called Golden State Killer. This book in the new Profiles in Crime series tells the history of forensics through the "capture stories" of some of the most notorious serial killers, going back almost a century."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Ram
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Lis W. Wiehl, Lisa Pulitzer
Description: April 3, 1996. A team of FBI agents closed in on an isolated cabin in remote Montana. The cabin's lone inhabitant was a former mathematics prodigy and professor who had abandoned society decades earlier. Few people knew his name, Theodore Kaczynski, but everyone knew the mayhem and death associated with his nickname: the Unabomber. It was the end of the longest and most expensive investigation in FBI history: for two decades Kaczynski had masterminded a campaign of random terror through bombs sent in untraceable packages, his identity a maddening mystery. Wiehl reconstructs the tension-filled hunt to identify and capture the mysterious killer.
Call Number: 364.1523 Wie
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2020
Baynard Woods, Brandon Soderberg
Description: The true story of America's most corrupt police unit, the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), that terrorized the city of Baltimore for half a decade. When Baltimore police sergeant Wayne Jenkins said he had a monster, he meant he had found a big-time drug dealer--one that he wanted to rob. This is the story of Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), a super group of dirty detectives who exploited the some of America's greatest problems: guns, drugs, toxic masculinity, and hypersegregation. In the upside-down world of the GTTF, cops were robbers and drug dealers were the perfect victims, because no one believed them. When the federal government finally arrested the GTTF for robbery and racketeering in 2017, the stories of victims began to come out, revealing a vast criminal enterprise operating within the Baltimore Police Department. Cops planted heroin to cover up a fatal crash that resulted from a botched robbery. They stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, faked video evidence, and forged a letter trying to break up the marriage of one of their victims to keep his wife from paying a lawyer. And a homicide detective was killed the day before he was scheduled to testify against the crooked cops. This is the shocking history of the rise and fall of the most corrupt cops in America.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1323 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Michelle Bowdler
Description: Michelle Bowdler tells her story of rape and recovery while interrogating why one of society's most serious crimes goes largely uninvestigated. The crime of rape sizzles like a lightning strike. It pounces, flattens, destroys. A person stands whole, and in a moment of unexpected violence, that life, that body is gone. Michelle Bowdler's memoir indicts how sexual violence has been addressed for decades in our society, asking whether rape is a crime given that it is the least reported major felony, least successfully prosecuted, and fewer than 3% of rapists ever spend a day in jail. Cases are closed before they are investigated and DNA evidence sits for years untested and disregarded. Rape in this country is not treated as a crime of brutal violence but as a parlor game of he said / she said. In 1984, the Boston Sexual Assault Unit was formed as a result of a series of break-ins and rapes that terrorized the city, of which Michelle's own horrific rape was the last. Twenty years later, after a career of working with victims like herself, Michelle decides to find out what happened to her case and why she never heard from the police again after one brief interview. Michelle's story is a rallying cry to reclaim our power and right our world.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.883 Bow
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Carlos Busqued, Samuel Rutter
Description: One of Argentina's most innovative writers captures the voice of a man who in 1982 murdered four taxi drivers without any apparent motive, using interviews, forensic documents, and newspaper clippings to bring his story to life.
Call Number: 364.1523 Bus
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Natasha D. Trethewey
Description: At nineteen Trethewey's world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma. Here she explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a 'child of miscegenation' in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Tre
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
James Patterson, Andrew Bourelle, Max DiLallo, Investigation Discovery (Television network)
Description: "As seen on ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbors' quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder"-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: 364.1523 Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Harold Schechter
Description: In this collection of essays, true-crime historian Schechter reveals the real-life stories behind classic movies.
Call Number: 364 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Jane Fritsch
Call Number: 364.1523 Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
David King
Description: The definitive account of the hostage drama that gave rise to the term "Stockholm Syndrome." On the morning of August 23, 1973, a man wearing a wig, makeup, and a pair of sunglasses walked into the main branch of Sveriges Kreditbank, a prominent bank in central Stockholm. He ripped out a submachine gun, fired it into the ceiling, and shouted, "The party starts!" This was the beginning of a six-day hostage crisis--and media circus--that would mesmerize the country, drawing into its grip everyone from Sweden's most notorious outlaw to the prime minister. By the end, the police and press alike would have a new way to understand the complicated emotional relationship between captor and captive. This book is a rich human drama of loyalty and betrayal, obedience and defiance, fear and attraction.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1552 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Betsy Bonner
Description: A balance of memoir and true crime, The Book of Atlantis Black will have you questioning facts, rooting for secrets, and asking what it means to know the truth. A young woman is found dead on the floor of a Tijuana hotel room. An ID in a nearby purse reads "Atlantis Black." The police report states that the body does not seem to match the identification, yet the body is quickly cremated and the case is considered closed. So begins Betsy Bonner's search for her sister, and the unraveling of the mysterious final months before her disappearance, alleged overdose, and death. Bonner attempts to decipher and construct a narrative. Through a history only she and Atlantis shared--a childhood fraught with abuse and mental illness, Atlantis's precocious yet short rise in the music world, and through it all an unshakable bond of sisterhood--Bonner finds questions that only lead to more questions and possible clues that seem to point in no particular direction.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Bon
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Jon Billman
Description: Jon Billman's in-depth look at people who vanish in the wilderness without a trace and those eccentric, determined characters who try to find them.--From publisher's website.
Call Number: 363.2336 Bil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Ravi Somaiya
Description: "A true story of spies and intrigue surrounding one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th century, investigative reporter Ravi Somaiya uncovers the story behind the death of renowned diplomat and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 341.23 Som
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
David Stout
Description: "The Great Depression was a time of incomparable financial desperation in America. Thugs with submachine guns and square-jawed G-men have long dominated the vernacular images of fear, lawlessness, and corruption set against the decimating poverty of that decade. But little known--until now--are the many serial dramas that played out in homes and hideouts, courtrooms and cold cases across the country. In a time of panic, legal lethargy, corruption, and incompetence, there was one sure-fire means to make money, one that was seized upon by both criminals and resourceful civilians. Best of all, one likely to go unpunished: kidnapping. Gritty, visceral, and thoughtfully reported, The Kidnap Years chronicles a forgotten time in America's history when the economic hardships of the Great Depression and the low legal risk of kidnapping led to a sweep of abductions that afflicted all corners of the country"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.154 Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
John Glatt
Description: John Glatt reveals the true story of a Colorado family whose storybook life turned into a nightmare. In the early morning hours of August 13th, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family's safe return. But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than 24 hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: he had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family's Facebook accounts was slipping--and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage. Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a portrait of this most shocking family annihilator case.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
David (Author) Hill
Description: Describes the history of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The author plots the trajectory of everything from organized crime to America's fraught racial past, examining how a town synonymous with white gangsters supported a burgeoning black middle class. He reveals how the disgraceful underbelly of the South was also home to veterans hospitals and baseball's spring training grounds, giving rise to everyone from Babe Ruth to President Bill Clinton.
Call Number: 976.741 Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Sarah Weinman, Michelle Dean, Pamela Colloff, Karen K. Ho, Rachel Monroe
Description: Sarah Weinman brings together a collection of thirteen recent true crime tales by some of the most exciting journalists and chroniclers of crime working today. With an introduction by Patrick Radden Keefe, this collection showcases true crime writing across the broadest possible spectrum and reflects on why crime stories are so transfixing and irresistible to the modern reader. -- from publisher.
Call Number: 364.15 Uns
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
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Doctor Dealer : A Doctor High On Greed, A Biker Gang High On Opioids, And The Woman Who Paid The Ultimate Price
George Anastasia, Ralph Cipriano
364.1523 Ana
Ripped From The Headlines! : The Shocking True Stories Behind The Movies' Most Memorable Crimes
Harold Schechter
364 Sch
Eliot Ness And The Mad Butcher : Hunting America's Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer At The Dawn Of Modern Criminology
Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz
364.1523 Col
Serial Killers Of The '70s : Behind A Notorious Decade Of Death
Jane Fritsch
364.1523 Fri
Hell In The Heartland : Murder, Meth, And The Case Of Two Missing Girls
Jax Miller
364.1523 Mil
Six Days In August : The Story Of Stockholm Syndrome
David King
364.1552 Kin
How To Catch A Killer : Hunting And Capturing The World's Most Notorious Serial Killers
Katherine M. Ramsland
364.1523 Ram
The Book Of Atlantis Black : The Search For A Sister Gone Missing
Betsy Bonner
364.1523 Bon
Hunting The Unabomber : The Fbi, Ted Kaczynski, And The Capture Of America's Most Notorious Domestic Terrorist
Lis W. Wiehl, Lisa Pulitzer
364.1523 Wie
The Cold Vanish : Seeking The Missing In North America's Wildlands
Jon Billman
363.2336 Bil
I Got A Monster : The Rise And Fall Of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad
Baynard Woods, Brandon Soderberg
364.1323 Woo
The Golden Thread : The Cold War Mystery Surrounding The Death Of Dag Hammarskjöld
Ravi Somaiya
341.23 Som
Is Rape A Crime? : A Memoir, An Investigation, And A Manifesto
Michelle Bowdler
362.883 Bow
The Kidnap Years : The Astonishing True History Of The Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-era America
David Stout
364.154 Sto
Magnetized : Conversations With A Serial Killer
Carlos Busqued, Samuel Rutter
364.1523 Bus
The Perfect Father : The True Story Of Chris Watts, His All-american Family, And A Shocking Murder
John Glatt
364.1523 Gla
Memorial Drive : A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha D. Trethewey
B Tre
The Vapors : A Southern Family, The New York Mob, And The Rise And Fall Of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital Of Vice
David (Author) Hill
976.741 Hil
Murder Thy Neighbor : True-crime Thrillers
James Patterson, Andrew Bourelle, Max DiLallo, Investigation Discovery (Television network)
364.1523 Pat
Unspeakable Acts : True Tales Of Crime, Murder, Deceit, And Obsession
Sarah Weinman, Michelle Dean, Pamela Colloff, Karen K. Ho, Rachel Monroe
364.15 Uns