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The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe - Book Review

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The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062416124
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 24th, 2017

The author was a reporter in Poughkeepsie, New York when a young man was finally apprehended for the murders of eight prostitutes in the area. Kendall Francois stashed the bodies in the attic of his parents home. In circumstances reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs, Ms. Rowe attempted to pry details of his life and crimes out of the unrepentant killer. He agreed only if she would divulge personal facets of her own life. A chilling -- and oddly moving -- journey into obsession and madness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann - Book Review

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2017

A true crime story that easily ranks with The Devil In the White City. When oil was discovered on lands deeded to the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma, people who previously existed in poverty suddenly found themselves millionaires. The newfound wealth also brought a particularly vicious criminal element into their midst and members of the Osage began dying with terrifying regularity. An extraordinary tale of unquenchable greed and pitiless evil. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Naming Jack the Ripper

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ISBN: 9781493011902
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Published: Lyons Press - September 9th, 2014

This theory of the identity of the infamous Whitechapel murderer is bolstered by DNA evidence. A bloodstained shawl thought to belong to Catherine Eddowes, found at the scene of her grisly slaying, heightened suspicions that one of the prime suspects in the case may really have been Jack. Absorbing reading, whether you come away convinced or not. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Where the Bodies Were Buried

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Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062290984
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Published: William Morrow - September 15th, 2015

An unholy alliance between the FBI, the United States Justice Department, and some of the most ruthless and violent criminals in the country led to what is now known as the Whitey Bulger era in Boston in the 1970s. Bulger and his cohorts beat, robbed, extorted, and murdered their way into infamy abetted every step of the way by federal law enforcement agencies. This is a detailed account of Bulger's trail in 2013, a media circus and one of the most shocking exposes of official corruption in the country's history. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Blood Will Out

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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490224
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Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2015

When Mr. Kirn agrees to transport an ailing dog across the country to its new home in Manhattan, he is under the assumption that the lucky pooch will live amongst the Rockefeller clan. Kirn becomes involved, however, with one of the most clever con men in the annals of crime, a man with whispers of murder haunting his past. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Kitty Genovese

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Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393350579
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 16th, 2015

Kitty Genovese was savagely murdered in the early morning hours of March 13,1964. The killer's multiple attacks lasted over half an hour and Genovese's screams for help were completely ignored by residents of her neighborhood in Kew Gardens, Queens. It created an urban legend that was comprised of fact and fabrication, but the vicious killing set off a firestorm of concern about apathy in America that still reverberates today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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