True Crime: Serial Killers
Hunting Charles Manson by Lis Wiehl - hoopla - audiobook also available.
In the late summer of 1969, the nation was transfixed by a series of gruesome murders in the hills of Los Angeles. In the weeks and months that followed, law enforcement faced intense pressure to solve crimes that seemed to have no connection. Finally, after months of dead-ends, false leads, and near-misses, Charles Manson and members of his "family" were arrested. The bewildering trials that followed once again captured the nation and forever secured Manson as a byword for the evil that men do. Drawing upon deep archival research and exclusive personal interviews--including unique access to Manson Family parole hearings--former federal prosecutor and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl has written a propulsive, page-turning historical thriller of the crimes and manhunt that mesmerized the nation. And in the process, she reveals how the social and political context that gave rise to Manson is eerily similar to our own.
Serpentine by Thomas Thompson - hoopla.
The nightmare odyssey of a charismatic serial killer and a trail of terror stretching halfway around the world. There was no pattern to the murders, no common thread other than the fact that the victims were all vacationers, robbed of their possessions and slain in seemingly random crimes. Authorities across three continents and a dozen nations had no idea they were all looking for same man: Charles Sobhraj, aka "The Serpent." A handsome Frenchman of Vietnamese and Indian origin, Sobhraj targeted backpackers on the "hippie trail" between Europe and South Asia. A master of deception, he used his powerful intellect and considerable sex appeal to lure naïve travelers into a life of crime. When they threatened to turn on him, Sobhraj murdered his acolytes in cold blood. Between late 1975 and early 1976, a dozen corpses were found everywhere from Paris to the Himalayas to Bangkok and Hong Kong.
The Boston Strangler by Gerold Frank - hoopla.
The definitive true crime account of Boston's most notorious serial killer-and the exhaustive manhunt that ensued in the wake of his rampage. On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother's apartment to drive her to church. After waiting a half-hour, Juris shoved his way inside. He found fifty-five-year-old Anna Slesers lying on the kitchen floor, dead, the cord of her housecoat knotted tightly around her neck. Between 1962 and 1964, twelve more bodies were discovered in and around Boston: all women, all sexually assaulted, and all strangled. The police could find no discernable motive or clues. Who was this insane killer? How was he entering women's homes? And why were they letting him in? Drawn from hundreds of hours of personal interviews, as well as police, medical, and court documentation, author Gerold Frank's account is grisly, horrifying, and meticulously researched.
The Forest City Killer by Vanessa Brown - hoopla.
Fifty years ago, a serial killer prowled the quiet city of London, Ontario. As young women and boys were abducted, raped, and murdered, residents of the area held their loved ones close, terrified of the monster - or monsters - stalking the streets. Homicide detective Dennis Alsop began hunting the killer in the 1960s, and he didn't stop searching until his death 40 years later. For decades, detectives, actual and armchair, and the victims' families and friends continued to ask questions: Who was the Forest City Killer? Was there more than one person, or did a depraved individual commit all of these crimes? Combing through the files Detective Alsop left behind, Vanessa Brown reopens the cases, revealing astonishing revelations. Through her investigation, Vanessa posits the unthinkable: is it possible that the Forest City Killer is still alive and, like the Golden State Killer, a simple DNA test could bring him to justice?
They All Love Jack by Bruce Robinson - hoopla - audiobook also available.
In They All Love Jack, Bruce Robinson exposes the cover-up that enabled one of history's most notorious serial killers to remain at large. More than twelve years in the writing, this is no mere radical reinterpretation of the Jack the Ripper legend and an enthralling hunt for the killer. It is a journey through the cesspools of late-Victorian society, a phantasmagoria of highly placed villains, hypocrites, and institutionalized corruption. Polemic forensic investigation and panoramic portrait of an age, underpinned by deep scholarship and delivered in Robinson's inimitably vivid prose, They All Love Jack is an absolutely riveting and unique book, demolishing the theories of generations of self-appointed experts-the so-called Ripperologists-to make clear, at last, who really did it; and, more important, how he managed to get away with it for so long.
The Profiler by Pat Brown - OverDrive/Libby.
Pat Brown is one of the nation's few female criminal profilers—a sleuth who assists police departments and victims' families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.
In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take readers behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It's a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes—the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.
American Predator by Maureen Callahan - OverDrive/Libby - audiobook also available.
Most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," Keyes was a predator who struck all over the United States. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years—uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist.