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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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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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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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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


The eternal allure of sex, gaslight, and fog

For all the impressive research that bolsters author Russell Edwards’ conclusion that Jack the Ripper was Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old, mentally unstable hairdresser long suspected of being the infamous serial killer, I remain unconvinced. The inevitable book is called Naming Jack the Ripper. Mr. Edwards’ insistence that he has finally identified the murderer who terrorized London during the fall of 1888 makes Patricia Cornwell’s conviction that the killer was artist Walter Sickert seem quite passive in contrast, no small accomplishment in itself.

The author’s fascination with the bloody work of the Ripper dates back to the 2001 movie, From Hell, an atmospheric recreation of the crimes (filmed in Poland) that incorporated mysticism, Freemasonry, royalty, and Johnny Depp. It was a unique bundle of cinematic kindling that nevertheless ignited the flame of an obsession. The Ripper does have a way of insinuating himself into peoples’ lives, even at this far-removed point in history. (READ MORE)

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Published: Lyons Press - September 9th, 2014

Nightmare under the desert sun

Abduction, murder, torture, sex, infidelity, drugs, con men, blackmail, national security risks, free-spirited women, J. Edgar Hoover, and Nazi spies. A true-crime lover’s theme park and it’s all neatly enfolded within the covers of a single book!

Hazel Frome and her 23-year-old daughter, Nancy, weathered the worst years of the Depression just fine. Mrs. Frome’s husband, Weston G. “Pop” Frome, was a high-ranking executive with the Atlas Powder Company and there is always a need to blow things up. And with Adolf Hitler creating ominous rumbles in Europe, the future only looked brighter for Atlas Powder.

Winston Frome wasn’t an exemplary incarnation of the word “Pop,” at least in the endearing, Frank Capraesque sense of the word. Frome was gone on business sojourns much of the time and his interaction with his wife and two daughters’ lives was economical at best. The family flitted on the periphery of high society in the Bay area of San Francisco. They were not wealthy enough to be accepted into the core of old, established money, but the Fromes were rich enough to get invitations to all the best parties.

Pop was home to say goodbye to Hazel and Nancy as they set out in a new Packard to visit his other daughter. Mada had married a serviceman, much to her parents’ disappointment, and lived at Parris Island, South Carolina. Women with good backgrounds and better sense didn’t cross the country alone in 1938, but Hazel and Nancy were seasoned travelers. When Weston Frome turned back to the house at 2560 Cedar Street, he very likely had business, not potential danger, on his mind.

He would never see his wife and daughter alive again.

Clint Richmond’s intriguing new book, Fetch the Devil, is about the torture and murder of the two Frome women, a mystery that still lingers in the dry desert air a few miles east of El Paso, Texas. It proved to be a whodunit with an impressive array of suspects, including an international con man, who performed illegal abortions to supplement his income, and a cadre of Nazi spies with vested interests in Weston Frome’s explosive business. (READ MORE)

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Published: ForeEdge - June 3rd, 2014

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