Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer

By Bruce Henderson

In hint proof, a gripping true-crime drama that reads just like the top suspense novels, Bruce Henderson ( number 1 big apple instances bestseller And the ocean Will inform) unravels the stunning tale of the "I-5" sex-strangler murders from behind-the-scenes of the police research trying to find the rapist-strangler who cruised the lonely highways and byways of California searching for his subsequent victim.

For years an elusive serial killer sought his prey: younger women alongside lonely highways of the West. by means of abducting, sexually assaulting, and strangling his sufferers in a single jurisdiction and dumping their our bodies in one other, he created an investigative nightmare for detectives all through northern California.

In a gripping true-crime drama that reads like a haunting suspense novel, bestselling writer Bruce Henderson ( number one ny occasions bestseller And the ocean Will Tell), unravels the surprising tale of the "Interstate five" sex-strangler murders drawing on particular interviews with key investigators: Vito Bertocchini, the burly ex-street cop who took the killing of 1 attractive younger girl in my opinion; Kay Maulsby, the rookie murder detective who helped to unmask the serial killer; Ray Biondi, who fought finances cuts that threatened to derail the research; and criminalist Faye Springer, who tried to tie the suspect to his sufferers via persuasive microscopic facts.

The killer was once uncannily adept at staying one step sooner than specialists because the physique count number grew. Even after police eventually pointed out the perpetrator -- whilst a would-be sufferer escaped his snatch -- they lacked the proof to cost him with homicide. as an alternative, he was once convicted of attack and sentenced to some months in county penitentiary. With the clock ticking towards his liberate, investigators labored desperately to construct a first-degree homicide case prior to the killer was once let loose.

Drawing on thousands of hours of interviews -- together with the killer's spouse, who by no means spoke to experts -- Henderson delves into the mental complexities of his characters with astute sensitivity and eloquence, development a chilling, attention-grabbing portrait of a wicked and unrepentant serial killer whose in simple terms brother used to be a veteran murder detective in a neighboring county.

Trace facts, established with the razor-sharp precision of a Hitchcock movie, is a strong observation approximately our society's priorities. If investigative assets were in keeping with want and never on politics, lives could have been kept. realizing that it is a real tale and the characters are genuine humans will hang-out you for days.

"Trace proof is a gripping, fast paced account of what it takes to trap

and make a winnable case opposed to an elusive serial killer. Bruce Henderson has written a desirable true-crime ebook that either frightens and enlightens."

—Vincent Bugliosi, writer of Helter Skelter

"Trace proof tells the behind-the-scenes tale of 1 of the main intriguing and problematic serial-killer instances of my seventeen years operating murder. This publication captures our determined, high-stakes attempt to spot and make a case opposed to a diabolical killer who could by no means cease on his personal. what number extra must die?" —Lt. Ray Biondi (Ret.), murder Bureau, Sacramento County Sheriff's division

"Bruce Henderson, coauthor of And the ocean Will inform, has written a compelling account of the trap of that almost all vicious of criminals: the random serial killer.”

—Library Journal

“Henderson does a masterful job...Lusciously particular and immensely readable, this is often true-crime writing at as regards to most sensible form.” —Booklist

“A roadside strangler confounds California detectives during this demanding and gritty true-crime account from the co-author of And the ocean Will inform. With novelistic urgency, Henderson tells both chilling tales in hint facts: how a handful of detectives and a trace-evidence professional nabbed the killer and the way a police detective’s brother and ‘somebody’s husband’ grew to become that killer.”

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Inside the Firm: The Untold Story of the Krays' Reign of Terror

Throughout the Sixties, Tony Lambrianou used to be a relied on member of the Kray Gang. He had a special perception into the workings of a felony association whose attractiveness within the underworld continues to be to at the present time. yet he was once not only an observer and his function within the Kray tale eventually ended in him serving 15 years in criminal. Inside the Firm tells, with searing honesty, his violent background with the Krays, and the horrors of his next imprisonment in best defense associations. In exorcising his ghosts, he finds an account that's extra neutral and extra terrifying than Ronnie and Reggie ever can have written. From the homicide of Jack "The Hat" McVitie—and the secret of his undiscovered body—to the function of the Kray legacy in Britain’s prisons at the present time, this is the final confession of a gangster decided to show his again on his brutal past.

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A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel

By Edmund Levin

A Jewish manufacturing facility employee is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial turns into a global reason célèbre.
On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was once discovered stabbed to loss of life in a cave at the outskirts of Kiev. 4 months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old father of 5 who labored as a clerk in a brick manufacturing unit within sight, and charged him not just with Andrei’s homicide but additionally with the Jewish ritual homicide of a Christian baby. even though there has been no facts linking him to the crime, that he had an exceptional alibi, and that his major accuser was once a certified felony who was once herself lower than suspicion for the homicide, Beilis was once imprisoned for greater than years earlier than being dropped at trial. As a handful of Russian officers and reporters diligently looked for the true killer, the rabid anti-Semites referred to as the Black enormous quantities whipped right into a frenzy women and men during the Russian Empire who firmly believed that this used to be basically the most recent instance of centuries of Jewish ritual homicide of Christian children—the age-old blood libel.
With the total backing of Tsar Nicholas II’s teetering executive, the prosecution referred to as an array of “expert witnesses”—pathologists, a theologian, a mental profiler—whose laughably incompetent testimony horrified liberal Russians and taken to Beilis’s facet an array of overseas supporters who integrated Thomas Mann, H. G. Wells, Anatole France, Arthur Conan Doyle, the archbishop of Canterbury, and Jane Addams. The jury’s break up verdict allowed each side to say victory: they agreed with the prosecution’s description of the injuries at the boy’s body—a description that used to be worded to indicate a ritual murder—but they decided that Beilis was once now not the assassin. After the autumn of the Romanovs in 1917, a renewed attempt to discover Andrei’s killer used to be now not winning; lately his grave has turn into a pilgrimage web site for these confident that the boy was once murdered via a Jew in order that his blood may be utilized in making Passover matzo. viewers at the present time will locate it lined with flowers.

(With 24 pages of black-and-white illustrations.)

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Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape

By Mark Lee Gardner

Shot All to Hell via Mark Lee Gardner recounts the exciting lifetime of Jesse James, Frank James, the more youthful brothers, and the main well-known financial institution theft of all time.
Follow the Wild West’s such a lot celebrated gang of outlaws as they step within Northfield’s First nationwide financial institution and again out at the streets to sq. off with heroic voters who risked their lives to guard justice in Minnesota.
With compelling info that chronicle the two-week chase that followed—the close to misses, the fateful blunders, and the bloody ultimate shootout at the Watonwan River, Shot All to Hell is a galloping actual story of frontier justice from the writer of To Hell on a quick Horse: The Untold tale of Billy the child and Pat Garrett, Mark Lee Gardner.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman

The Wall highway magazine called him “a dwelling legend.” The London occasions dubbed him “the most famed artwork detective within the world.”
In Priceless, Robert okay. Wittman, the founding father of the FBI’s paintings Crime crew, pulls again the curtain on his notable occupation for the 1st time, supplying a real-life foreign mystery to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.   
Rising from humble roots because the son of an vintage broker, Wittman equipped a twenty-year occupation that was once not anything in need of awesome. He went undercover, frequently unarmed, to seize paintings thieves, scammers, and black marketplace investors in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.
In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the tales in the back of his recoveries of precious paintings and antiquities: The golden armor of an historic Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that encouraged the Impressionist move. The headdress Geronimo wore at his ultimate Pow-Wow. The infrequent Civil struggle conflict flag carried into conflict by way of one of many nation’s first African-American regiments.
The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unequalled: He traveled the realm to rescue work by way of Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, usually operating undercover out of the country on the whim of international governments. in the direction of domestic, he recovered an unique replica of the invoice of Rights and cracked the rip-off that rocked the PBS sequence Antiques Roadshow.
By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman stored enormous quantities of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks worthy of paintings and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t vital. finally, who’s to claim what's worthy extra --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into conflict? they're either priceless. 
The paintings thieves and scammers Wittman stuck run the gamut from wealthy to bad, shrewdpermanent to silly, prepared criminals to determined loners.  The smuggler who introduced him a looted 6th-century treasure grew to become out to be a high-ranking diplomat.  The appraiser who stole numerous heirlooms from struggle heroes’ descendants was once a slick, aristocratic con man.  The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair simply desired to make a number of additional greenbacks, figuring not anyone may pass over what he’d filched.
In his ultimate case, Wittman known as on every piece of information and adventure in his arsenal to tackle his maximum problem: operating undercover to trace the vicious criminals at the back of what can be the main audacious artwork robbery of all. 

From the Hardcover edition.

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The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

By Anand Giridharadas

Winner of the 2015 NYPL Helen Bernstein ebook Award for Excellence in Journalism.

"Remarkable…a richly certain, affecting account…Giridharadas seeks much less to uplift than illuminate…Which of those males is the '"true American'" of the name? that there's no uncomplicated solution to that query is Giridharadas's best accomplishment." ―Ayad Akhtar, New York instances booklet Review

The precise American tells the tale of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air strength officer who desires of immigrating to the United States and dealing in expertise. yet days after Sep 11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, looking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart the place Bhuiyan has discovered transitority paintings and shoots him, maiming and approximately killing him. different sufferers, at different gasoline stations, aren’t so fortunate, death instantly.

The actual American lines the making of those males, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and in their fateful stumble upon. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives―one striving on loss of life Row to turn into a greater guy, the opposite to heal and pull himself up from the bottom rung at the ladder of an unusual country.

Ten years after the taking pictures, an Islamic pilgrimage seeds in Bhuiyan an odd notion: if he's ever to be entire, he needs to reenter Stroman's lifestyles. He longs to confront Stroman and make contact with him head to head concerning the assault that modified their lives. Bhuiyan publicly forgives Stroman, within the identify of his faith and its idea of mercy. Then he wages a criminal and public-relations crusade, opposed to the nation of Texas and Governor Rick Perry, to have his attacker spared from the dying penalty.

Ranging from Texas's juvenile justice process to the swirling crowd of pilgrims on the Hajj in Mecca; from a biker bar to an immigrant mosque in Dallas; from younger army cadets in Bangladesh to elite paratroopers in Israel; from a prosperous family of chook importers in Karachi, Pakistan, to the sober flats of Brownwood, Texas, The actual American is a wealthy, colourful, profoundly relocating exploration of the yankee dream in its many dimensions. eventually it tells a narrative approximately our love-hate dating with immigrants, in regards to the stumble upon of Islam and the West, approximately how―or whether―we pick out what we become.

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Gangs: My Close Calls With The Hardest Men On The Streets From Rio

By Ross Kemp

Ross Kemp squares as much as the world's toughest streetfighters in Gangs... the world over thousands of individuals are contributors of road gangs. In teams they try, stab, rob, rape and homicide a person who isn't really considered one of their very own. And while rival gangs meet - what you get is conflict. Ross Kemp, whose dad was once a copper and taught him correct from incorrect, made up our minds to infiltrate those mystery underworld organisations to find who they're, what makes them tick and what the legislations is doing to scale down their criminality. On his harrowing trip he: • meets murderous participants of the quantity gang in a Cape city prison • crosses paths with warlords in Guatemala • will get shot at in El Salvador • is decided on hearth as an initiation try for Russian Neo-Nazis simply television hardman Ross Kemp may well get this with reference to the world's such a lot violent highway gangs: he is difficult sufficient to earn their belief and so get them to confide their innermost secrets and techniques. it is a wild journey - and never for the faint hearted. Ross Kemp was once born in Essex in 1964, to a father who used to be a senior detective with the Metropolitan Police and had served within the military for 4 years. he's a BAFTA award-winning actor, journalist and writer, who's most sensible recognized for his function of provide Mitchell in Eastenders. His award-winning documentary sequence Ross Kemp on Gangs ended in his foreign acceptance as an investigative journalist.

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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

By David King

Death within the urban of Light is the gripping, actual tale of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his personal reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered physique elements surfaced within the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was once tasked with monitoring down the elusive assassin in a twilight international of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance combatants, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and different shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.  

The major suspect used to be Dr. Marcel Petiot, a good-looking, fascinating health care professional with impressive charisma.  He used to be the “People’s Doctor,” identified for his many acts of kindness and generosity, no longer least in delivering unfastened therapy for the poor.  Petiot, notwithstanding, could quickly be charged with twenty-seven murders, notwithstanding professionals suspected the entire was once significantly better, even perhaps as many as 150.

Who was once being slaughtered, and why?  was once Petiot a sexual sadist, because the press steered, killing for thrills?  was once he allied with the Gestapo, or, to the contrary, the French Resistance?  Or did he paintings for nobody except himself?  attempting to remedy the numerous mysteries of the case, Massu may get to the bottom of a plot of unspeakable deviousness. 
When Petiot was once ultimately arrested, the French police was hoping for answers. 

But the trial quickly turned a circus.  trying to attempt all twenty-seven instances instantaneously, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, having fun with the highlight, answered with spectacular ease.  His legal professional, René Floriot, a emerging celebrity on the planet of felony safety, additionally successfully, if aggressively, countered the charges.  quickly, regardless of a staff of prosecuting legal professionals, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of facts, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day.

Drawing generally on many new resources, together with the large, labeled French police dossier on Dr. Petiot, Death within the urban of Light is an excellent evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of homicide, betrayal, and evil of excellent proportions.

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Body Dump

By Fred Rosen

The within tale of a serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered ladies and concealed their our bodies in his home—completely unbeknownst to his neighbors

within the past due Nineties in Poughkeepsie, long island, prostitutes started to move lacking off the streets of the previous Hudson River city. as a result of the women’s nomadic existence, which many folks condemned, few within the city spotted they have been long past in addition to their households and Lieutenant invoice Siegrist, who suspected serial killer was once in the back of the disappearances. neighborhood prostitutes defined a wierd guy lurking round, best Siegrist to Kendall Francois, an obese, slovenly heart institution corridor video display nicknamed pungent. Police introduced in Francois for a lie detector try, which he handed, and so they have been pressured to unencumber him. zone girls persisted to disappear.
In a surprising coincidence, Francois was once eventually arrested whilst a girl he had raped controlled to flee from his condominium and bumped into a roadblock arrange by means of Siegrist. She led the police again to Francois’s domestic, and the corridor video display quickly gave a whole confession and lower a take care of the prosecution. by means of then, law enforcement officials in Tyvek matches had already came upon eight our bodies hid within the attic and move slowly house of Francois’s apartment of horrors. To at the present time, 1 sufferer continues to be missing.

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Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: Ann Rule's Crime Files Volume 16

By Ann Rule

No 1 New York Times bestselling writer and queen of actual crime Ann Rule’s 16th quantity in her real Crime records sequence, Deadly Neighbors delves into the unsolved case of a billionaire’s son mysteriously falling off a balcony to his demise and more.

In July 2011, billionaire Jonah Shacknai’s Coronado, California, mansion used to be the atmosphere for 2 scary deaths in basic terms days apart—his younger son’s plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend’s ghastly putting. What really happened? Baffling questions stay unanswered, as those circumstances have been closed a long way too quickly for 1000's of individuals; Rule appears to be like at them now in the course of the eyes of a continuing crime reporter. the second one probe started in Utah while Susan Powell vanished in a 2009 snowstorm. Her controlling husband, Josh, proved able to a blind rage that used to be heartbreakingly deadly to his blameless small sons nearly 3 years later in a tragedy that surprised the United States because the info spread out. If somebody had detected the intensity of depravity inside Josh Powell, probably the kin that enjoyed and relied on him may were stored. In those and 7 different riveting circumstances, Ann Rule exposes the twisted fact at the back of the façades of Fatal buddies, lethal Neighbors.

These doomed relationships are the focal point of queen of actual crime Ann Rule’s 16th all-new Crime records assortment. In those shattering within perspectives of either headlined and little-known homicides, Rule speaks for weak sufferers who depended on the inaccurate humans. She starts with startling novella-length investigations.

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