Oliver Cyriax The Encyclopedia of Crime

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The Encyclopedia of Crime

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9780233002668: The Encyclopedia of Crime

"The Encyclopedia of Crime" is an authoritative, wide-ranging and engaging history of the world's most famous crimes and criminals. Entries are presented alphabetically making this vast compendium an easy-to-use reference. In-depth portraits of true crime's most extraordinary characters are here, from serial rapists to glamorous gangsters, from ruthless killers to train robbers.Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Ruth Ellis, Charles Manson, Jack the Ripper, the Krays, Harold Shipman - three specialist authors describe the captivating stories that lie behind such infamous names. Criminal activities and techniques are explored, revealing an extraordinary range of weapons, along with a thorough investigation in to the science of crime, from footprints to genetic fingerprinting. The development of methods to bring justice to convicted criminals is covered, as are the exciting tales of the lucky few who have made famous escapes, for example from Alcatraz or Dartmoor. Fully updated for 2008, "The Encyclopedia of Crime" is an essential addition to the library of any true crime aficionado.

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Crime has become a subject of perennial fascination in our culture, but we rarely have the opportunity to survey the facts, history, and science of crime as distinct from the media coverage surrounding the major criminal cases that arrest the public's imagination. The Encyclopedia of Crime allows readers to survey the entire history and breadth of this phenomena in an illustrated guide as compelling to read as it is useful as a reference. This authoritative volume, with entries that range from the specific ("Peterson, Scott"), to the general, ("Hanging, a short history of"), covering all manners of crimes from the macabre ("Manson, Charles") to the bizarre ("Dolphins, Sex with").

The authors offer controversial new assessments of major cases such as the Peterson case, the "Dingo" baby, and O.J. Simpson, together with startling new evidence from unsolved crimes--the deaths of Monroe, Kennedy, and Jimmy Hoffa--and penetrating studies of monstrous killers including Bundy, Dahmer, and Berkowitz. Stark light is also shed on some of crime's biggest enigmas, with entries that answer questions like "What is the best way to crack a safe?" and "How do lethal injections work?"

The Encyclopedia of Crime is appearing for the first time in ten years, now meticulously revised and updated. It is the essential book for dedicated crime enthusiasts, those with a passing interest, and anyone in need of an easy-to-use reference guide to notable crimes and famous criminals.

About the Author:

Oliver Cyriax graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1971. He worked for three years in reference publishing before qualifying as a solicitor. He is the author of a standard medical textbook, Cyriax's Manual of Orthopaedic Medicine, and has since pursued his career as a journalist and film producer. He lives in London. Colin Wilson is the author of The Occult, The Serial Killers, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved and The Outsider. He lives in Cornwall. His son Damon Wilson shares his interests and together they have co-authored many books, including Scandal, Written in Blood: A History of Forensic Detection, Crimes of Passion and The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries. He lives in London.

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