Women Who Kill (Underworld UK)

By Vanessa Howard

Every homicide is stunning, yet few crimes surprise society greater than whilst the killer is a lady. there was an explosion in woman violence within the final ten years, and ladies Who Kill brings to mild probably the most awful and compelling circumstances during this aggravating pattern.

From the happy-slapping teenage assassin Chelsea O'Mahoney to Heather Stephenson-Snell, the psychotherapist grew to become Scream-masked psychopath; from Edith McAlinden, butcher queen of Glasgow's 'House of Blood' to the mum of child P, ladies who kill have factors as different because the tools of slaying their sufferers.

Are they sufferers themselves, or simply evil? As society adjustments, will a growing number of ladies consider pushed to kill?

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The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang (Kindle Single)

They have been out and in in lower than minutes—that’s how they acquired away with thousands. And in the course of their reign, no financial institution robbers have been extra feared (though they by no means fired their weapons) nor extra pursued or extra mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The individuals themselves have been directly out of valuable casting: Lionel Wright, a meticulous introvert who may well disappear in a room choked with humans; Paddy Mitchell, an enthralling and well-connected criminal who observed an attitude in every thing and may visit any lengths to prevent the hell of being locked away; and Stephen Reid, a fearless aspect guy who may locate the weak point in any process and whose story—of habit and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame—was all prelude to a sad yet life-saving fall from grace.

In The lifestyles and occasions of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the Gang’s glory days and divulges how the true tale, pieced jointly via months of study and reporting so much prominently with Reid himself, as he involves the tip, at age sixty four, of his ultimate days within the custody of the state—is extra awesome than the parable that has lengthy been instructed.

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Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down

By Robert Fitzpatrick, Jon Land

The Jack Nicholson movie The Departed didn't inform 1/2 their tale. A negative child from the slums, Robert Fitzpatrick grew as much as develop into a stellar FBI agent and problem the country's deadliest gangsters. Relentless in his wish to seize, prosecute, and convict Whitey Bulger, Fitzpatrick fought the nation's such a lot made up our minds cop-gangster conflict in view that Melvin Purvis hunted, faced, and killed John Dillinger.

In his campaign to carry Bulger to justice, Fitzpatrick confronted not just Whitey but in addition corrupt FBI brokers, besides political cronies and enablers from Boston to Washington who, in a single manner or one other, blocked his efforts at each step. even if Fitzpatrick found the very association to which he had sworn allegiance was once his greatest problem, the agent endured to pursue Whitey and his gang . . . realizing that they have been ready to homicide a person who bought of their way.

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The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief

By Ben Macintyre


He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.
He is the organizer of part that's evil and of approximately all that's undetected during this nice city.
He is a genius, a thinker, an summary philosopher. . . .

--Sherlock Holmes on Professor Moriarty in "The ultimate Problem"

The Victorian era's so much notorious thief, Adam worthy was once the unique Napoleon of crime.  Suave, crafty worthy realized early that how you can be triumphant used to be to steal.  And thieve he did.

Following a strict code of honor, worthy gained the consideration of Victorian society.  He additionally aroused its worry via changing into a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the higher periods, whose valuables he openly stole.  His such a lot celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a portray worthy loved and sometimes slept with for twenty years.

With a super gang that integrated "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, educate robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, grasp forger, worthy secretly ran operations from big apple to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton guy eventually introduced him down.

In a decadent age, worthy used to be an icon.  His biography is a grand, outstanding journey into the gaslit underworld of the final century.  .  .  and into the doomed genius of a legal mastermind.

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The Man Who Was Jekyll and Hyde: The Lives and Crimes of Deacon Brodie

The chilling story of 1 of Scotland's so much notorious villains, together with new info and formerly unpublished information

He used to be a revered cabinet-maker and councilman by means of day—but Deacon William Brodie became a sinister, thieving monster whilst darkness fell at the previous urban of Edinburgh. Cleverly making use of his first rate recognition to entry the richest individuals of society ahead of stealing from them as a masked burglar, he used the ensuing illicit funds to fund yet one more life—with 5 childrens and mistresses. yet Brodie—whose chilling tale encouraged Robert Louis Stevenson to create the vintage story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a couple of century later—came fatally unstuck whilst a captured companion knowledgeable on him. Then neither his ill-gotten profits nor his metal collar designed to cheat the hangman may possibly retailer him. writer Rick Wilson deals a warts-and-all biography of Brodie, from his fairly blameless younger years via to his public shame and execution—hanging at the very gallows he conceived himself.

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Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

In chilling aspect, the mythical Mindhunter takes us behind the curtain of a few of his so much ugly, interesting, and difficult cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.

During his twenty-five 12 months profession with the Investigative aid Unit, targeted Agent John Douglas grew to become a mythical determine in legislation enforcement, pursuing probably the most infamous and sadistic serial killers of our time: the guy who hunted prostitutes for recreation within the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta baby assassin, and Seattle's eco-friendly River killer, the case that almost expense Douglas his life.

As the version for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has faced, interviewed, and studied rankings of serial killers and assassins, together with Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his sufferers' peeled pores and skin. utilizing his uncanny skill to develop into either predator and prey, Douglas examines every one crime scene, reliving either the killer's and the victim's activities in his brain, developing their profiles, describing their behavior, and predicting their subsequent strikes.

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Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

By Noah Charney

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is on any paintings historian’s checklist of the 10 most vital work ever made. usually stated via the topic of its imperative panel, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, it represents the fulcrum among the center a while and the Renaissance. it's also the main usually stolen art of all time.

Since its of entirety in 1432, this twelve-panel oil portray has been looted in 3 diversified wars, burned, dismembered, cast, smuggled, illegally bought, censored, hidden, attacked by means of iconoclasts, hunted by means of the Nazis and Napoleon, used as a diplomatic instrument, ransomed, rescued by way of Austrian double-agents, and stolen a complete of 13 times.

In this fast moving, real-life mystery, paintings historian Noah Charney unravels the tales of every of those thefts. within the method, he illuminates the entire interesting background of artwork crime, and the mental, ideological, non secular, political, and social motivations that experience led many males to covet this one masterpiece particularly others.

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In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth

By Ann Rule

FROM TRUE-CRIME LEGEND ANN RULE comes this riveting tale of a tender girl whose lifestyles ended too soon—and a made up our minds mother’s eleven-year campaign to transparent her daughter’s identify.

It was once 9 days prior to Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds was once on the point of go back and forth from Seattle to Spokane to go to her mom and brother and grandmother ahead of the vacations. Ronda’s moment marriage used to be dissolving after below a yr, her profession as a pioneering lady Washington kingdom Trooper had ended, yet she used to be positive approximately beginning once more. "I’m truly looking ahead to getting on with my life," she informed her mom past the evening earlier than. "I simply want a few days with you guys." Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mom, who had met her daughter’s moment husband just once prior to, used to be simply chuffed that Ronda was once coming domestic.

At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds referred to as 911 and informed the dispatcher his spouse used to be useless. She had dedicated suicide, he stated, even supposing he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t comprehend if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem was once performed. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the demise scene nor attended the post-mortem, declared the style of Ronda’s demise as "undetermined." Over the subsequent 11 years, Coroner Wilson could swap that demeanour of demise from "undetermined" to "suicide," again to "undetermined"—and then again to "suicide" back.

But Barb Thompson by no means for one second believed her daughter dedicated suicide. Neither did Detective Jerry Berry or ballistics professional Marty Hayes or legal professional Royce Ferguson or dozens of Ronda’s pals. For 11 grueling years, during the ups and downs of the felony approach and its never-ending delays, those humans and others helped Barb Thompson struggle to strike that painful note from her daughter’s loss of life certificates.

On November nine, 2009, a precedent-setting listening to was once held to figure out even if Coroner Wilson’s workplace have been derelict in its accountability in investigating the loss of life of Ronda Reynolds. Veteran true-crime author Ann Rule was once current at that listening to, hoping to unbraid the tangled strands of conflicting statements and mishandled facts and current each side of this haunting case and to figure out, maybe, what occurred to Ronda Reynolds, within the sit back nonetheless of that tragic December evening.

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Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners

By Alan Emmins

Neal Smither doesn’t cover his paintings. The facet of his van reads: “Crime Scene Cleaners: Homicides, Suicides and unintended Death.” at any time when a resort visitor completely assessments out, the police officers end an research, or an unintentional dying is pronounced, Smither’s workforce decide up the items after the police cruisers and ambulances have left.

Alan Emmins bargains a glimpse at this little-known element of America’s so much grotesque deaths. jam-packed with info as attention-grabbing as they're gory, Mop males examines not only the general public fascination with homicide but additionally how a self-made good fortune like Smither could make a fortune simply by praying for dying.

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The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth

The Los Angeles instances once known as investigative attorney Terry Lenzner “one of the main strong and dreaded deepest investigators within the world.” In his fifty-year profession, Lenzner has labored with politicians, celebrities, governments, and firms around the globe; with a steadfast dedication to the reality, he has exposed evidence that experience formed coverage and motivated significant criminal battles.

In this fascinating memoir, Lenzner speaks approximately his diversified profession and high-profile situations for the 1st time. on the Justice division in 1964, he investigated the homicide of 3 civil rights workers—an notorious occasion that encouraged the movie Mississippi Burning. He led the nationwide felony prone application for the bad, prosecuted geared up crime in manhattan, defended peace activist Philip Berrigan, and represented CIA operative Sid Gottlieb. As a tips to the Senate Watergate Committee, Lenzner investigated Nixon’s soiled methods and the cash path that resulted in the Watergate housebreaking and cover-up. He was once the 1st individual to bring a congressional subpoena to a sitting U.S. president. He exposed expense overruns of the Alaska oil pipeline, helped establish the Unabomber, investigated the conditions of Princess Diana’s loss of life, and cleared Hugo Chavez of fake corruption fees. Lenzner additionally labored with President Clinton’s protection group throughout the impeachment hearings.

The Investigator is a riveting own account: Lenzner astounds with anecdotes of scandal and intrigue, deals classes in investigative tools, and gives an eye-opening glance at the back of essentially the most talked-about media tales and international occasions of our time.

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