In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Synopsis of In Cold Blood In Cold Blood On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. In […]

Readings from my vacation

I’m spending the holidays reading true crimes. There are those who go to the beach and also read. It’s not my case. I gave up the beach many years ago when I found a “poop” by my side. And if I go to the beach, it is to bathe and, as since then, I decided […]

Murder in the Family

Murder in the Family

Synopsis of Murder in the Family On March 15, 1987, police in Anchorage, Alaska, arrived at a horrific scene of carnage. In a modest downtown apartment, they found Nancy Newman’s brutally beaten corpse sprawled across her bed. In other rooms were the bodies of her eight-year-old daughter, Melissa, and her three-year-old, Angie, whose throat was […]

The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body

Synopsis of The Fact of a Body Law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, working on a retrial for death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, finds herself thrust into the tangled story of his childhood. As she examines the minute details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own history. To unearth long-buried family […]

Fred and Rose

Fred and Rose

Synopsis of Fred and Rose Fred and Rose West are virtually unique in British criminal history: a husband and wife who loved and killed together. During their long relationship, the Wests murdered a series of young women. They buried the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of […]

Child of Satan, Child of God

Child of Satan, Child of God

Synopsis of Child of Satan, Child of God Millions met Susan Atkins in Helter Skelter. She was young and attractive, but desperate to find happiness. Alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity didn t satisfy her. . . She was looking for more. When she met Charles Manson, she felt she had met the world’s savior. Here is […]

The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

Synopsis of The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer When Milwaukee police entered Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment in July 1991, they discovered that for some time this quiet man had been living amidst the debris of an orgy of killing. Severed heads and human torsos – the latter in varying stages of decomposition – were found in filing […]

Almost the Perfect Murder

Almost the Perfect Murder

Synopsis of Almost the Perfect Murder For over a year everyone assumed missing Dublin woman Elaine O’Hara had ended her own life. But after her remains were found gardaí discovered that Elaine was in thrall to a man who had spent years grooming her to let him kill her. That man was Graham Dwyer, a […]

Behind the Staircase

Behind the Staircase

Synopsis of Behind the Staircase December 2001 was the beginning of the long, arduous journey for Michael Peterson, who was accused, placed on trial, and convicted of murdering his second wife, Kathleen Peterson. In Behind the Staircase, a memoir, Peterson recounts the events leading up to the incident which would forever change his life. After […]

Long Island’s Vanished Heiress

Long Island's Vanished Heiress

Synopsis of Long Island’s Vanished Heiress Alice McDonell Parsons was the heir to a vast fortune among Long Island’s wealthy elite when she was kidnapped from Long Meadow Farm in Stony Brook in 1937. The crime shocked the nation and was front-page news for several months. J. Edgar Hoover personally assigned his best FBI agents […]

A Taste for Murder

A Taste for Murder

Synopsis of A Taste for Murder Frank Rodriguez, a much-loved counselor of troubled teens, lies dead on the bedroom floor. His wife and stepdaughter are in shock, and so is the medical examiner when he performs the autopsy. Aside from being dead, Frank is in perfect health. Demanding to know the cause of her husband’s […]

The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man

Synopsis of The Innocent Man In the baseball draft of 1971, Ron Williamson was the first player chosen from Oklahoma. Signing with Oakland, he said goodbye to his small home town and left for California to pursue his dreams of glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and […]

Infamy : The Crimes of Ancient Rome

Infamy : The Crimes of Ancient Rome

Synopsis of Infamy : The Crimes of Ancient Rome Rome is an empire with a bad reputation. From its brutal games to its depraved emperors, its violent mobs to its ruthless wars, its name resounds down the centuries like a scream in an alley. But was it as bad as all that? Join the historian […]