HOUSE OF MYSTERY
In 2012, the Canadian Press ignited a firestorm of criticism by naming killer Luka Magnotta as its “Newsmaker Of The Year.” But while the recognition was questionable for its sensitivity, there’s no doubt that few people had captured the public’s attention like the young murderer and internet sensation.
A male escort and sometimes model, Magnotta had earned his notoriety by videotaping himself stabbing Chinese student Lin Jun to death with an ice pick and dismembering the body, before posting the video online. After mailing Jun’s hands and feet to elementary schools, he then led Interpol on a manhunt that ended when he was arrested at an Internet café in Berlin where he was reading news stories about himself.
INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN DEC 2018
Peter Vronsky is an investigative historian, author, filmmaker and new media designer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in criminal justice history and espionage in international relations. Peter Vronsky is the author of two bestselling criminal histories Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004) and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007). His new book on the history of serial killers Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present will be published by Berkley Books at Penguin Random House in August 2018.
Frank C. Girardot Jr
Best-selling author Frank C. Girardot has been called the "Demon dog of true crime" by none other than Black Dahlia author James
Ellroy. Praise for his writing has come from authors as varied as Walter Kirn and Michael Fleeman.
His books have ranged from "Name Dropper", a chronicle on the bizarre antics of a murdering imposter who called himself Clark Rockefeller to "Betrayal in Blue" a look at cocaine dealing cops in 1980s New York City, which was co-authored by Burl Barer and Ken Eurell, one of the actual cops
Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York. Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter.
In the 19th century, New York City's poor, insane, sick and punishable were thrown together and warehoused on the same narrow, two-mile-long island in the East River. It didn't go well. I spent a few years researching just what went on in the insane asylum, prisons and hospitals there, but it was quite a challenge. Most of the records were destroyed. I lucked out here and there however, like coming across diaries from former wardens, and prison records thought to be lost.
STEPHEN & JOYCE SINGULAR
Stephen Singular is the author or co-author of 22 non-fiction books, many of them about high-profile criminal cases. He’s also written sports and business biographies and social commentary. Two of the books have been “New York Times” bestsellers.
His first book, Talked to Death, set the tone for his journalistic career. Published in 1987, it chronicled the assassination of a Denver Jewish talk show host, Alan Berg, by a group of neo-Nazis known as The Order. The book was nominated for a national award — the Edgar for true crime — and became the basis for the 1989 Oliver Stone film, “Talk Radio.”
EAST AREA RAPIST
Before he was the Golden State Killer, he was the Visalia Ransacker: an unholy mix of man and child, a risk-averse tactician with an animalistic impulsiveness, and a violent, sexually motivated monster with an affinity for shiny objects and pocket change. Eventually responsible for over fifty rapes and at least thirteen murders, the Visalia Ransacker went on to become one of the most notorious serial killers in history.
T J ENGLISH
For sixteen years, Whitey Bulger eludedthe long reach of the law. For decades one of the most dangerous men in America, Bulger—the brother of influential Massachusetts senator Billy Bulger—was often romanticized as a Robin Hood-like thief and protector. While he was functioning as the de facto mob boss of New England, Bulger was also serving as a Top Echelon informant for the FBI, covertly feeding local prosecutors information about other mob figures—while using their cover to cleverly eliminate his rivals, reinforce his own power, and protect himself from prosecution. Then, in 2011, he was arrested in southern California and returned to Boston, where he was tried and convicted of racketeering and murder
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STEVE AVERY CASE
“Whatever you thought you believed about this infamous case, get ready to change your mind or be more convinced than ever. … Fascinating.”—New York Times bestselling author Steve JacksonIn 2016-17, while working for the USA TODAY NETWORK’s Wisconsin Investigative Team, author John Ferak wrote dozens of articles examining the murder case again Steven Avery, who had already beat one wrongful conviction only to be charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. The case became the wildly successful Netflix “Making A Murderer” documentary. In WRECKING CREW: Demolishing The Case Against Steven Avery, Ferak lays out in exacting detail the post-conviction strategy of Kathleen Zellner, the high-profile, high-octane lawyer, to free Avery.
EAST AREA RAPIST
Hunting A Psychopath chronicles the on-going search for the identity of the serial rapist and murderer known both as the
East Area Rapist and Original Night Stalker. The author first lays the ground work for how the investigation was conducted. Then using what reports are still available, plus some personal insights,
he examines each assault in the order they occurred. Gradually the methods used by the EAR/ONS in first searching out his victims, then stalking them, come to light.
The EAR/ONS first surfaced in June,1976,in Sacramento, CA. He was last heard from in May, 1986,in Irvine, CA, where he brutally murdered an eighteen year old woman. In between those years he stayed busy, assaulting fifty-three people, and murdering twelve more, while spreading a blanket of fear across central CA and parts of Southern CA. It has been over thirty-years now,and still he has not been brought to justice.
DID JEFFREY DAHMER KILL ADAM WALSH!
A Note from Willis Morgan -
The Hollywood Police Department Records:
These are the files Thomas Julin fought for and the HPD wanted no one to see. Now everyone gets to see these free public records.
The State Attorney’s Office Records:
On January 4, 2012, I received a call from Susan Seltzer, public records custodian for the State Attorney’s Office. She told me that all eight boxes (7,812 pages) of the records had been sent to CopyScan to be put onto a CD-ROM.
On January 17, 2012, I finally received these records, after eight months of hounding them with phone calls, e-mails, and going down in person to the records department, without assistance from my attorney.
That itself was an achievement!
MAN FROM THE TRAIN
Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villisca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station
Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. For fifteen years, she was a legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel. Prior to that she was the co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School
SHERIFF DAVID REICHART
Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As Sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.
DR HELEN MORRISON
In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She did the last interview with Ed Gein, who was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
ROBERT J HOSHOWSKY
The Murder That Changed a City The tragic story of Shoeshine Boy Emanuel Jaques has been the basis of novels, short stories, a documentary, a play, songs, a children’s book on the dangers of abduction, and dozens of essays, but never a True Crime book…until now. The torture and killing of Emanuel over a 12-hour period above a seedy Toronto body rub parlour outraged citizens who demanded change to Toronto’s Yonge Street strip, which by 1977 resembled New York’s grimy 42nd Street with its many X-rated movie theatres, massage parlours, pornographic bookstores, and prostitutes. Through a series of original interviews, archival research, and previously unpublished documents, author Robert J. Hoshowsky recreates in detail Emanuel’s brutal death, the hunt for the boy’s killers, the shocking trial and press coverage, the controversial Yonge Street clean-up, and what remains one of the most sensational True Crime cases in Canadian history.
Amanda Howard is a traditionally published true crime author and fiction writer as well as a violent crimes consultant who has written 25 books over the past 14 years including fifteen books on a wide range of true crime cases. As part of her research she has interviewed some of the world's most heinous serial killers and has collected a vast pool of information on various types of killers, their motives and rituals. For her work with violent murderers she has been dubbed the "Serial Killer Whisperer" by the media.
Amanda Howard's tenth true crime book investigates the history of hangings and those who found themselves at the end of the hangman's noose.
How has hanging changed during the course of human history? Whether for criminal offences, political purposes or self inflicted, the rope has been a popular choice when disposing of people.
Among other awards, two of his books, “Drugs Lords” and “Gangsters of Harlem”, were selected finalists for Foreword magazine's 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. “Gangsters of Harlem “won honorable mention. A third book, Black Gangsters of Chicago won a silver medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association's 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. Black Gangsters of Chicago also won first place in the African American nonfiction category of the U.S. Book News "Best Books 2007" award. Both "Black Gangsters of Chicago” and “Gangsters of Harlem” were finalists for the award in the true crime category. “Drug Lords” won honorable mention in the general nonfiction category of the 2008 London Book Festival, while “Black Gangsters of Chicago” won honorable mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival. “Black Gangsters of Chicago” also won first place in African American nonfiction category of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award. “Gangsters of Harlem” won the award in the True Crime category.
On July 22, 1991, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested. As the officers searched his apartment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, they discovered dismembered body parts in the refrigerator. Further investigation led them to photographs of other victims which Dahmer dismembered. Upon confessing to officers, Dahmer admitted to acts of necrophilia and cannibalism. For the first time in print, Dahmer’s Confession presents the Milwaukee cannibal’s complete confession, raw and uncensored. Jeffrey Dahmer’s inclusion into the Serial Killer Culture is illustrated in the book by including artworks based on Dahmer and writings by those affected by Dahmer’s case and crimes.
THE BAYOU STRANGLER
In 1997, the bodies of young African American men began turning up in the cane fields of the quiet suburbs of New Orleans. The victims—many of them transient street hustlers—had been brutally raped and strangled, but police had no leads on the killer’s identity. The murders continued, leaving southeast Louisiana’s gay community rattled and the police desperate for a break in the case. Detectives Dennis Thornton and Dawn Bergeron came together as task force partners, and they were indefatigable in their decade-long effort to track down the killer. In 2006, DNA evidence finally linked the murders to a suspect: the unassuming Ronald Joseph Dominique, who had lived under the radar for years, working as a pizza deliveryman and meter reader. But who was Ronald Dominique and what led him to commit such heinous crimes?
JIMMY 'FITZ' FITZGERALD
James R. Fitzgerald is a retired FBI agent, criminal profiler, forensic linguist, media/entertainment consultant, and author. Fitzgerald is best known for his pivotal role in bringing the UNABOM investigation—the most prolonged, expensive investigation in the FBI's histor at the time—to a successful conclusion, resulting in the arrest and conviction of the serial killer Theodore Kaczynski, commonly known as the Unabomber