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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

This was my first foray into the True Crime genre, and it's the perfect introduction. Investigating the 1969 murder of an anthropology student, Cooper wonderfully weaves her own dedication for solving Jane Britton's murder while also uncovering the dark side of academia and how Harvard and the Cambridge Police swept the circumstances under the rug. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion by Tori Telfer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062956033
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 23rd, 2021

A new compilation from the author of Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History, this is a “thoroughly entertaining and darkly humorous roundup of history’s notorious but often forgotten female con artists and their bold, outrageous scams...”. Divided into groups “Glitterati”, “Seers”,“Fabulists” and “Drifters” this marvelous book exposes all sorts of con-women throughout history, and poses the question of how these women managed so brilliantly to dupe and swindle. An incredibly fun read. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616206895
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 13th, 2021

When Jack the Ripper put away his scalpel in November of 1888 and vanished into the London fog, authorities were becoming aware that they had a far more ruthless serial killer to contend with. The Ripper confined his atrocities to a particular area of London and his prey were all destitute women. Dr. Thomas Neill Cream's crimes extended over three countries on two continents. His victims hailed from all walks of life. Strychnine was his weapon-of-choice and, as a doctor with impressive credentials, he had easy access to the deadly poison that induces an agonizing death. This is a meticulously researched, true-life horror story that details the appalling crimes of a mercilessly evil man. Dr. Cream emerges from his sordid history as a person so thoroughly demented that even the Ripper might shudder at the mention of his name. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

A particularly vicious serial killer was preying upon gay men in New York. Body parts were found stuffed in trash bags in areas around the city. The victims frequented various bars that catered to Manhattan's gay community and the consensus was that the killer was very likely a patron, too. The police placed a low priority on the investigation into the grisly crimes and, during the years when AIDS was cutting its own swath of death across the city, there was little outcry from the public. This painstakingly researched book about the hunt for a monster is also a concise, fascinating history of the period when gay people cast off the shadows of secrecy and denial and found the voice, the courage, and the political power to demand equality. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Becky Cooper was haunted by a murder. In the tumultuous year of 1969, while social unrest enveloped the Harvard campus, a 23-year-old graduate student was found beaten to death in her Cambridge apartment. No one saw anything. No one heard anything. But the presence of red ochre sprinkled on the young woman's body was an intriguing clue and rumors began to swirl around members of the anthropology department. Forty years later, the author embarked on a personal crusade to uncover the identity of Jane Britton's killer, but what bobbed to the surface of the troubled waters of her investigation was the storied university's historic, sustained, and sometimes vicious pattern of prejudice directed towards women. This is an impeccably researched, mesmerizing journey that unearths all the cracks in the foundation of one of America's most hallowed schools. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Jane Britton was murdered in an apartment near Harvard in 1969. Solving the crime became an obsession for Cooper, who, while spending years tracking down clues and interviewing suspects, eventually and willingly allowed her own prejudices color her investigation and her unsettling identification with the victim. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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