10 Grisly Looks at True Crime
Further to our post remember the killings of the Clutter family in Holcomb, KS 40 years ago, and the beginnings of Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood, we’ve put together a list of ten true crime books, all of which have at least a basis in reality (some are more theoretical looks at true crimes, such as Patricia Cornwell’s take on Jack the Ripper).
Tells the story of Henry Howard Holmes, a serial killer who worked out of a hotel he owned outside the 1893 worlds fair.
Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction.
The story of the Ted Bundy Murders. Rule began researching her book while Bundy’s murders were unsolved. She had been friends and colleagues with Bundy.
A proposed solution to the Jack the Ripper case from Cornwell’s perspective, using modern forensic suppositions and technology.
Chronicles the story of Ron Williamson, how he was arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit, how his case was (mis)handled and how an innocent man was sent to death row.
Describes the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, a notorious Colombian drug lord who became one of the narcotic trade’s first billionaires.
Portrays the crimes of Richard Ramirez, the AC/DC-worshiping serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles in the 1980s.
The story of Ed Gein, the killer whose fiendish fantasies inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
An overview of five famous murders of the 19th and 20th centuries including those of Miss Lizzie Borden.
Enter the workday of real policemen. Follow fifteen detectives, three sergeants, and a lieutenant, whose job it is to investigate Baltimore’s 234 murders.