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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328663818
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 9th, 2019

They were more than just victims. They had names -- Mary Ann, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, Mary Jane. They were little girls once with the same dreams and hopes that all children share. They aspired to escape from the mean, dreary lives that they inherited. Four of them married and three became mothers. Whether it was through their own weaknesses and failings or through cruel vagaries of fate, they ended up on the dark streets of the Whitechapel District of London in the fall of 1888. There, they encountered the person who would consign their names to history. It was a terrible way to be remembered. This is a literate, exhaustively researched, and compassionate study of the five canonical victims of Jack the Ripper. It brings into sharp relief the pitiless degradation that the poor were forced to endure and is as much an indictment of a misogynistic and cruelly unjust society as it is the sad chronicle of five lost lives. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

There were very few things in Alabama during the 1970s that involved more risk than being related to Reverend Willie Maxwell. One by one, members of his family turned up dead. They all had one thing in common besides a close relationship to the Reverend. Unbeknownst to the recently deceased, he had taken out a multitude of life insurance policies on them and, with the help of an astute lawyer named Tom Radney, he collected tens of thousands of dollars from infuriated insurance companies and fended off investigations by frustrated state officials. When Willie himself was summarily dispatched at the funeral of his stepdaughter, Mr. Radney assumed the task of defending the man who shot him in front of 300 people. This would be a mesmerizing true crime story on its own merit, but the Maxwell case became the focus of years of research by Harper Lee, who hoped to repeat the success that her mentor, Truman Capote, had enjoyed with In Cold Blood. This is bound to be one of the year's best nonfiction books. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't by Edward Humes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524742133
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Published: Dutton - January 8th, 2019

Citing forensic science, investigators determined Jo Ann Parks set the fire that killed her three children. Decades later, citing advances in forensic science, new investigators determined arson did not occur. Are scientific certainties malleable? And for those imprisoned, like Jo Ann Parks, will facts ever fan the flame of freedom? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

The Green River Killer, the Son of Sam, the Unibomber, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper. For too long the list of Epic Villains has been dominated by men. Lizzie Borden, after all, can only be credited with two murders and a good lawyer. This fascinating expose offers a compelling argument that the female sex can be every bit as lethal as its male counterpart. The overriding message seems to be that, if you have any suspicions at all about the woman who is offering you a brownie, feed a bit of it to the dog before you take a bite. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Man from the Train: Discovering America's Most Elusive Serial Killer by Bill James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476796260
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

The circumstances were almost always the same. A small town and a house that wasn't far from railroad tracks. The dead of night when the family was asleep. An axe. Afterwards, the bodies were covered, the curtains were all drawn, and the home was locked up tight. No one ever survived. It was years before authorities realized that they were dealing with one of the most prolific and savage serial killers in the country's history. This is a story that may rattle even the most hardened consumer of true crime books. You have been warned! ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

This is an account of the murder and "disappearing" of Jean McConville, a widow with 10 children in sectarian Belfast in 1972, and the growth and development of IRA's Provos wing, Sinn Fein, and the evolution of today's uneasy peace. Keefe calls it "narrative nonfiction." It is the story of a deliberately broken community. Being partisan, how quickly can nativism turn into nationalism and then radicalization? And what is the result? This is a study in morals, ethics, and loyalties. Terror and justification of violence quickly becomes the norm and has horrendous results on both the victims and the perpetrators. This book is a profound and truly important work that is timely and relevant in many varied ways. Say Nothing will reverberate today and tomorrow, and will ask the reader to pay attention. It is about collective memory, action, guilt, and communal and personal P.T.S.D. Most of all, it is a clear eyed, unromantic record of a horror that was perpetrated for decades and where reconciliation and truths are still in abeyance. I read this brilliant book in a week and turned around and started it again! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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