Under Cover of the Night: A True Story of Sex, Greed and Murder – Diane Fanning
It was planned to look like a suicide.
But even in the best-laid plans, evidence is left behind…
Jocelyn Branham Earnest was found dead on the floor of her living room in Forest, Virginia. By her side was a gun and a suicide note—typed, lacking a signature, and with one fingerprint on it. A fingerprint apparently belonging to Jocelyn’s estranged husband…
Wesley Earnest was a respected high school administrator, poised to restart his life in a new community. Parents entrusted their children to his care and believed he was above reproach. But the investigation into the life the couple once shared would reveal adultery, troubled finances, and shattered dreams—enough for one man with murder on his mind to travel hundreds of miles…
A Casebook of Murder: A Compelling Study of the World’s Most Macabre Murder Cases – Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson, co-author of the bestselling ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MURDER, has written a definitive volume on the world’s major cases of violent murder. In doing so, he traces the history of violence from its beginnings. From Sawney Bean and his cannibal family to Ed Gein, the Wisconsin Necrophile, Wilson illustrates the “changing fashions of murder” and indicates some hope for the future.
A Perfect Husband – Aphrodite Jones
The “New York Times” bestselling true crime writer chronicles the highly publicized story of novelist Michael Peterson, who was convicted of first degree murder for beating his wife to death in 2001 in order to collect her life insurance.
Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime That Terrorized a Town and Shocked the Nation – Nicholas J. C. Pistor
A household massacred. A family feud. A sheriff found dead. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Reports of ghosts, curses, deathbed confessions, and legacy fortunes.
In 1874, the Saxtown massacre rocked a nation reeling from economic depression and shattered a small German immigrant farming community in Illinois. The murder of the Stelzriede family led investigators through forests and farmland, chasing footprints, bloody tobacco leaves, and the marks of an ax dragged away from the scene.
Nicholas J. C. Pistor’s The Ax Murders of Saxtown is a gripping tale of suspense and suspicion that exposes brand new information about the century-old crime and showcases the flaws of the nineteenth-century justice system.
Duplicity – A True Story of Crime and Deceit – Paul T. Goldman
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL if you woke up one morning to learn that your wife, the woman you were in love with and had hoped to spend the rest of your life with, had completely duped you from the beginning, and was not only in love with another man, but this man was her pimp, and she was his madam and his prostitute? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL when it became clear that your wife married you for the sole purpose of stealing your assets, that to her you were just another of her tricks, one who, instead of paying “up front,” was expected to pay “at the end,” through a divorce settlement? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL when you learned that your beloved wife was running her segment of a multi-state, multi-million-dollar prostitution ring literally from your bedroom on your wedding night, after you had drifted off to sleep? I’m Paul T. Goldman, and this happened to me.
I, The Creation of a Serial Killer – Jack Olsen
In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet, a troubled 23-year-old barfly who had suffered mild ~ censored ~ since birth. Pavlinac had come forth and confessed, implicating her boyfriend and producing physical evidence that linked them to the crime. Authorities closed the case. There was just one problem. They had the wrong people. And the real killer wasn’t about to let anyone take credit for his kill. Keith Hunter Jesperson was a long haul truck driver and the murderer of eight women, including Taunja Bennet. As the case wound through police precincts and courts–ending in life sentences for both Sosnovke and Pavlinac–Jesperson began a twisted one man campaign to win their release. To the editors of newspapers and on the walls of highway rest stops, Jesperson scribbled out a series of taunting confessions, and at the end of each confession, Jesperson drew a happy face, earning for himself the grisly sobriquet “The Happy Face Killer.”
Based on access to interviews, diaries, court records, and the criminal himself, I: The Creation of a Serial Killer is Jesperson’s chilling story. It chronicles his evolution from angry child to sociopathic murderer, from tormentor of animals to torturer of women. It is also the story of the fate that befell him after two innocent citizens were imprisoned four years for one of his killings.
James Marrison – The World’s Most Bizarre Murders- True Stories That Will Shock and Amaze You
This is no ordinary true crime book. If you think you’ve got the stomach for the most blood-curdling, sickening and downright strangest murders you will ever come across, then look no further than these pages. You have been warned…Take, for example, Enriqueta Marti who kidnapped children from the streets of Barcelona, then boiled away their flesh and crushed their bones for ingredients for her coveted ‘magic potions’. Or take Randy Kraft, known as The Scorecard Killer, a computer genius by day and a a deranged psychopath by night. Finally arrested with a corpse slumped in the passenger seat of his car, it emerged that Kraft had spent over a decade cutting up and disposing of his numerous victims along the California highways. In this stomach-churning collection, all the stories have one thing in common – a unique bizarre twist. True crime writer James Marrison draws upon the material that has featured in the hugely successful column The Murder File in cult magazine Bizarre in order to disclose the kind of sickening deeds that are perpetrated more often than you might think, but which sometimes go largely unreported by the media. Welcome to The World’s Most bizarre Murders – the most shocking true crime book you will ever read.
Serial Killers Close Up and Very Personal: My Death Row Interviews with the Most Dangerous Men on the Planet – Victoria Redstall
An actress who has bonded deeply with serial killers shares her insights into their minds
Victoria Redstall is a glamorous model, actress, filmmaker, and investigative journalist who has spent years visiting high-security prison and getting to know sadistic killers like Gary Ray Bowles and Keith Hunter Jesperson, “The Happy Face Killer.” These hardened killers have opened up to her in a way that they would never do to psychiatrists, prosecutors, or other authority figures, and have revealed terrifying chapters of their lives that might otherwise have stayed hidden forever. In this chilling book she shares every detail and insight, bringing the reader up close and very personal with some of the most dangerous and disturbed serial killers that the world has ever seen.
The Colombian Monsters – Jack Rosewood
Pedro Lopez liked hosting tea parties, with corpses as his guests. Daniel Camargo sought out virgins, and took both their virtues and their lives. Luis Garavito became sadistically violent after years of sexual abuse.
In Colombia in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, these three monsters cut a swath of terror across a country already ravaged by poverty as well as the casualties of the region’s powerful drug cartels.
The three are among the most prolific serial killers in the world, and incredibly are believed to be responsible for nearly 1,000 murders of young boys and girls whose positions on the lower rungs of society’s ladder made them especially vulnerable.
These true accounts of Colombia’s most sadistic of sex criminals reveal the awful price they forced the most innocent of victims to pay when their childhood betrayals turned to uncontrollable rage.
These chilling true crime stories are the stuff of nightmares, and if you’re not left shattered by the sheer number of victims – you’ll reel when you learn how little time these madmen served for destroying the lives of so many families already struggling with hardship.
It’s a serial killer biography that will not only leave you stunned, but also wondering if the infamous Pedro Lopez – released after serving less than 30 years – is still alive somewhere, holding macabre tea parties with his young victims.
Women Who Kill (Underworld UK) – Vanessa Howard
Every murder is shocking, but few crimes shock society more than when the killer is a woman. There has been an explosion in female violence in the last ten years, and Women Who Kill brings to light some of the most horrific and compelling cases in this disturbing trend.
From the happy-slapping teenage murderer Chelsea O’Mahoney to Heather Stephenson-Snell, the psychotherapist turned Scream-masked psychopath; from Edith McAlinden, butcher queen of Glasgow’s ‘House of Blood’ to the mother of Baby P, women who kill have motives as diverse as the methods of slaying their victims.
Are they victims themselves, or just evil? As society changes, will more and more women feel driven to kill?
Gordon Kerr – Evil Psychopaths
Psychopaths are superficially charming but ultimately self-centred individuals possessed with the ability to manipulate others into predatory situations. This psychiatric anomaly, when combined with a violent or abusive childhood, mental illness or addictive personality can help to create that most feared and hated of human beings – the serial killer. EVIL
John Marlowe – The World’s Most Evil Psychopaths
Carl Panzram was gang-raped at the age of 14 and by way of revenge forcibly sodomized more than a thousand boys and men as well as committing over 20 murders.
Ed Kemper shot his grandmother once in the head and twice in the back and went on to murder his grandfather, his mother, her friend and six female hitch-hikers.
Jerry Brudos strangled Jan Whitney in his house and left her body dangling from the ceiling for several days.
Pietro Pacciani got 13 years in prison for killing a travelling salesman who had slept with his fiancée. Not only did Pacciani stab the man 19 times, but he also raped the corpse.
The World’s Most Evil Psychopaths provides a concise, yet detailed look at some of the most dangerous individuals who have ever lived. Starting with examples of the earliest recorded psychopaths, author John Marlowe presents a carefully chosen cross-section of history’s most infamous criminals, whose fascinating life stories are viewed with an unflinching gaze, making for a chilling, but engrossing read.
Sandra L Brown – Women Who Love Psychopaths
The first book EVER written about the women who have loved psychopathic men! What are your temperament traits that have contributed to being attracted to, and tolerant of, the most dangerous of people? Sandra has done it again! She has rewritten the Women Who Love Psychopaths Book (an already Award Winning Book) to include some of the newest and most compelling evidence on Neuro-science and what brain differences actually exist in borderlines, narcissists, anti-social, sociopaths, and psychopaths. From brain region mal-formations to brain circuitry and brain chemical differences, these new sections of the book will blow away any theories about this being merely willful behavior on his part! Additionally, lots of new information about recovery and treatment that came right from The Institute s own Model of Care Approach we designed that is being implemented in psychiatric hospitals. From the last few years of treating survivors, we now have a clear and compelling approach to recovery. And learn even MORE fascinating aspects of why Sandra believes these relationships are highly connected to trance, hypnotic inductions and your own high suggestibility! Find out what you need to do to protect yourself from entrancem