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The Fox and the Flies

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The Fox and the Flies: The Criminal Empire of the Whitechapel Murderer. Charles Van Onselen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780099502821
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 1st, 2008

The Fox and the Flies is a meticulously researched biography of career criminal Joseph Liss (aka Joseph Silver and a hundred other aliases), whose dastardly deeds, most involving the abuse and exploitation of women, were committed in many of the world's greatest cities, including London, New York, Paris, and in South Africa. The most intriguing aspect of this book is the author's conclusion that Liss was Jack the Ripper. He presented some very convincing evidence to support the claim, including the contention that Liss was the man immortalized in the classic thriller, The Lodger, which was loosely based on fact. Although it was established that Liss was living in Whitechapel in the fall of 1888, his young age (20) argues against his being the Ripper, a point that the author concedes, despite his belief that he has uncovered one of the most timeless of mysteries. Fascinating both as a character study (of an extremely demented character) and as turn-of-the-century history. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Internal Combustion

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Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780470223567
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Published: Jossey-Bass - February 1st, 2008

A brutal murder in an upscale Detroit suburb devastates a troubled family and turns brother against brother. Maynard is not ambivalent as far as assigning responsibility and her book is, at heart, a warning against accepting fashionable excuses for homicide. Compelling and oftentimes moving as the shock waves from the gruesome crime radiate throughout the gated community where many highly-paid employees of the automobile industry live. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

A Death in Belmont

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ISBN: 9780060742690
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2007

The author of the best selling A Perfect Storm skillfully recreates the atmosphere of terror in Boston during a series of sex murders that left at least 13 women dead. The author, like many others today, has serious doubts as to whether the real killer (or killers) was ever apprehended. The specter of the Boston Strangler was a personal one for Junger because his mother was a hair's breath from being a victim. A fascinating read and a compelling argument for following your gut instincts. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Jack The Ripper

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ISBN: 9781405807128
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Published: Routledge - November 4th, 2004

By far, the most comprehensive, literate and least-hysterical account of the reign of the most infamous serial killer in history. Mr. Begg doesn't make any grand revelations, but neither does he make any careless statements. Jack the Ripper is almost completely shrouded in legend and it is very easy to develop serious misconceptions about him. Begg is so admirably cautious about adding to the mountains of false information about the Ripper that he is doesn't even commit to the number of women who were killed. The author paints a vivid picture of the hell-on-earth that was the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. Grisly reading. You may find out a lot more about the female anatomy than you care to. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Green River, Running Red

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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743460507
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Published: Pocket Books - October 1st, 2005

In the deadliest killing spree in United States' history, the monster known as the Green River Killer murdered at least 48 young women in the state of Washington (the true extent of the the killings will probably never be known). Ann Rule's riveting book chronicles the twenty years it took to finally bring the man responsible to justice. Meticulously researched, it also offers a compassionate look at the victims of these horrendous crimes, women who, despite the peril, were out walking the now notorious Sea Pac strip every night. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death by Ann Rule - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743410137
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Published: Pocket Books - October 1st, 2004

Gripping, factual account of a woman who would stop at nothing - including an intricately planned, cold-blooded murder - to get what she wanted. One of Ms. Rule's best true crime books. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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