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True Crime

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Author: Mike Dauplaise

This book tells the story of the torture and murder of Margaret Anderson.  It is a a senseless act of terror on a single mother of one.  I recomend it.

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Author: Kathryn Casey

These true crime books are like a guilty pleasure for me. I know that they don’t really add anything of value to my life, but I find them fascinating anyway. I particularly am interested in books about clergy who commit heinous crimes. How did no one see their character flaws before this? How did they get through college and seminary without someone suspecting that all was not right with them? This book told an interesting story of a minister who murdered his wife so he could be with his mistress and the investigation that finally led to a conviction. It’s an intriguing tale. B

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The Poisoner's Handbook

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Author: Deborah Blum

Untraceable poisons were easy to get, Tammany Hall controlled the coroner’s office while corrupt cops and politicians ruled Jazz Age New York—it had never been easier to get away with murder. This is how Pulitzer-prize winning author Deborah Blum’s fascinating story about the beginning of forensic and chemical detective work begins.

In 1918, Charles Norris was appointed chief medical examiner for New York City. When toxicologist Alexander Gettler came on board, they began to scientifically investigate unexplained deaths, mysterious illnesses, and other deadly puzzles. As they created experiments to discover poisons and solve murders, they also discovered chemicals that were polluting the lives of everyone around them.

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The Poison Widow

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Author: Linda S. Godfrey

Myrtle Schaude was happily married for seventeen years. After boarder Ernst Kufahl moved into their home she had other ideas. She and Ernst began a romance. Together they drugged and killed Myrtle's husband. Ernst than wanted Myrtle to kill her four children. She tried to poison them with strychnine but could not go through with it. After this failed attempt the authorities looked into her husband's death and arrested her for murder. This is her story.

Author: Robert Graysmith

Bob Crane was well-known as the star of the Hogan’s Heroes television series which ran from September 1965-March 1971. After the demise of this popular show, Crane moved on to community theater projects and a darker existence. He became addicted to sex, delving into pornographic taping of multiple sexual partners until he met a violent end at the hands of a killer in June 29, 1978 at the age of 49. The murder was never solved although John Henry Carpenter, an audio visual expert who assisted him with his taping equipment, was implicated. Carpenter was arrested and tried, but never charged. Carpenter died in 1998.

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Author: William Drennan

Wisconsin’s “crime of the century” took place in 1914 at Spring Green. Frank Lloyd Wright’s mistress Mamah, her two children by her first husband, and four workmen were brutally murdered with an ax and burned, along with much of Taliesin—Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Prairie House. Wright was absent at the time.

The first half of the book sets the scene by describing Wright’s youth and his relationships with his several wives and his mistress, as well as his intense relationship with his mother, Anna. His Bohemian flamboyance and practice of living way beyond his means started as soon as he left home. When he moved back to the area of Spring Green his philosophical beliefs in free love and his lack of religious beliefs did not endear him to his more traditional neighbors. The fact that he didn’t pay his bills did even more to alienate the town.

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Author: Robert Graysmith

Who knew that there was a stand in for Janet Leigh in the shower scene of Psycho? Amazingly, the author is able to write a whole interesting book about the stand in named Marli. We learn much about Alfred Hitchcock, his filming of Psycho, and actual crimes in California & the US at the time the film was made and released. We also learn that the author has a crush on Marli. The books winds up with a real life crime, in current times, that the author is able to shed some light on because of his long time enamoring of Marli. Very amazing and the perfect book for the "true crime" reader.

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Author: Ricard D. Logan

Tere Duperrault was an 11-year-old on a rented sailboat off the coast of Florida when tragedy struck. Julian Harvey, the Captain of the ship, murdered her father, mother, sister, and brother. Tere managed to escape on a small cork raft and was adrift for four days before being rescued. Julian Harvey was a narcissistic sociopath who collected insurance more than once. The book recounts the lives of the Dupperault family, Tere’s harrowing ordeal, the investigation into the murder, and Harvey’s mindset. With the help of her co-author, a renowned psychological and survival expert, Tere took a truth serum, and recounts this harrowing story of tragedy and inspiration. Engrossing read.