Looking for some true crime books to read.

Looking for some true crime books to read…any suggestions??

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  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Best true crime I’ve ever read.
    In Cold Blood is also a classic.

  • Love’s Blood by Clark Howard is my favorite. It leaves questions. Who Killed My Daughter by Lois Duncan (yes, the fiction author) is very sad, but a good read. Born Evil by Adrian Havill isn’t bad but it’s an awful story. Also Are You There Alone: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates by Suzanne O’Malley is very good. It really shines a light on how screwed up the mental health system is. Her doctor was actually my psychiatrist as well, but I realized what a quack she was and left before I got into trouble. Andrea didn’t. Very sad story.

  • one of your own by carol anne lee is one of the best iv ever read, cant reccomend it high enough

  • A False Report by T. Christian Miller is about a serial rapist, and talks about the treatment of rape victims.

    • Ohhh. Loved Helter Skelter and Outrage. What’s this about?

    • Two couples on a remote tropical island, only one couple comes back. Mr. Bugliosi does a fantastic job methodically painting a picture of evil, greed and thwarted hopes of an idyllic life.

  • In Cold Blood Truman Capote; Devil In The White City by Erik Larsen

  • I avoid talking about my own work but am pleased that In Cold Blood is still remembered. My fourth book goes there.

  • For some lesser-known (but awful) killers, check out any of the books written by Harold Schechter. There isn’t one of his that I didn’t like.

    I also agree with the suggestions for Devil in the White City, although I found myself completely captivated by the concurrent story of the World’s Fair and wouldn’t have minded if the true crime part was left out! LoL

    • Me too-,about The Devil in the White City. The things I learned from that book keep popping up.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, In Cold Blood.

  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, about the Golden State Killer. Especially interesting since she died before the book was published and before she knew the guy would be caught.

    • I just finished this! So good! There was an interview with Paul Holes on the My Favorite Murder podcast which was why I picked it up in the first place. I can’t wait to see what happens with the guy they arrested. It is such a shame she didn’t live to see this. I liked how the 2 guys she was working with pieced together the ending for her and she was still credited for all her hard work. It was very well done considering the circumstances.

    • Agreed! Everyone who worked on this case must be doing high-fives in Michelle’s (and all the victim’s, of course) honor.

  • Check out the podcast call sword and scale. Hours of true crime stories.

    • Totally forgot ever reading this book. Fantastic read now that you reminded me

  • “Heart Full of Lies” by Ann Rule . This murder happened just up the canyon from where I live.

  • Not sure if they are considered true crime but, A Child called It by Dave Pelzer, and A Stolen Life by JC Dugard.

  • Dave Pelzer and his brother did some if you like that sort no crime kind of but abusive childhood.

  • Half truth, half fiction. Amy Cross’ The ripper House books, things there’s 9 altogether. Half the story is in modern day, the rest in whitechapel when Jack is on the loose

  • For the Thrill of It about Leopold and Loeb and the kidnap/murder of Bobby Franks

  • Depends on what stuff you want to read and can handle, anything in particular that interests you?

  • Whoever on here recommended Thomas Lynch’s ‘The Undertaking, notes from the dismal trade’ THANK YOU… Great book.

  • Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi (the movie Goodfellas was based on it)

  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson, To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann.

  • The Innocent Man by John Grisham. A non-fiction book he wrote on a true crime. Sooooo good

  • 1) In Cold Blood. 2) Helter Skelter by Vincent Bulgliosi 3) Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishment by Dominick Dunne – it’s more of a compilation of several crimes but I loved it.

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