For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago

By Simon Baatz

It used to be a criminal offense that surprised the kingdom, a brutal homicide in Chicago in 1924 of a kid, via filthy rich students who killed completely for the fun of the event. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb had first met a number of years prior, and their friendship had blossomed right into a love affair. either have been intellectuals—too shrewdpermanent, they believed, for the police to seize them. despite the fact that, the police had recovered an enormous clue on the scene of the crime—a pair of eyeglasses—and quickly either Leopold and Loeb have been within the custody of cook dinner County. They confessed, and Robert Crowe, the state's lawyer, introduced to newspaper journalists that he had a dangling case. No safeguard, he believed, could keep the 2 ruthless killers from the gallows.

Set opposed to the backdrop of the Nineteen Twenties, a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic extra, For the fun of It attracts the reader right into a misplaced international, a global of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin events, that existed whilst Chicago was once a lawless urban on the point of anarchy. The rejection of morality, the worship of teenage, and the obsession with intercourse had probably came upon their expression during this callous homicide.

But the homicide is just part the tale. After Leopold and Loeb have been arrested, their households employed Clarence Darrow to shield their sons. Darrow, the main well-known legal professional in the USA, aimed to save lots of Leopold and Loeb from the demise penalty via exhibiting that the crime used to be the inevitable final result of sexual and mental abuse that every defendant had suffered in the course of early life by the hands of adults. either boys, Darrow claimed, had skilled a compulsion to kill, and for this reason, he appealed to the pass judgement on, they need to be spared capital punishment. even if, Darrow confronted a beneficial adversary in his prosecuting legal professional: Robert Crowe was once shrewdpermanent, crafty, and charismatic, with objectives of turning into Chicago's subsequent mayor—and he was firm to ship Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb to their deaths.

A masterful storyteller, Simon Baatz has written a gripping account of the notorious Leopold and Loeb case. utilizing courtroom documents and lately found transcripts, Baatz indicates how the pathological courting among Leopold and Loeb inexorably ended in their crime.

This exciting narrative of homicide and secret within the Jazz Age will hold the reader in a continuing kingdom of suspense because the tale twists and turns its strategy to an unforeseen conclusion.

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Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down

By Robert Fitzpatrick, Jon Land

The Jack Nicholson movie The Departed didn't inform half their tale. A negative child from the slums, Robert Fitzpatrick grew as much as develop into a stellar FBI agent and problem the country's deadliest gangsters. Relentless in his wish to capture, prosecute, and convict Whitey Bulger, Fitzpatrick fought the nation's such a lot decided cop-gangster conflict in view that Melvin Purvis hunted, faced, and killed John Dillinger.

In his campaign to deliver Bulger to justice, Fitzpatrick confronted not just Whitey but additionally corrupt FBI brokers, besides political cronies and enablers from Boston to Washington who, in a single approach or one other, blocked his efforts at each step. even if Fitzpatrick found the very association to which he had sworn allegiance was once his greatest problem, the agent endured to pursue Whitey and his gang . . . figuring out that they have been ready to homicide somebody who acquired of their way.

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The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

By Nancy Jo Sales

The Bling Ring by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo revenues is an in-depth divulge of a band of gorgeous, privileged youngsters who have been stuck breaking into superstar houses and stealing thousands of bucks worthy of valuables.

With a listing of sufferers that reads like a "Who's Who" of younger Hollywood, together with Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson, The Bling Ring is the stuff of writers' imaginations—with one exception—it's a real story.

The media requested: Why might a gaggle of youngsters who already had fashion designer outfits, cash, vehicles, and standing take such hazards? Award-winning journalist Nancy Jo revenues stumbled on the reply: They did it simply because they can. and since it was once easy.

The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed young people Ripped Off Hollywood and stunned the World is a surprising examine the seedy international of the real young Hollywood.

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Murder After Super Bowl XXXIV

By Reginald A. J. Oakley

Distinct restricted UN-EDITED variation homicide After tremendous Bowl XXXIV Did the Baltimore Ravens NFL linebacker Ray Lewis homicide males after a brilliant Bowl after social gathering or did his neighbors or an individual in his entourage do it? unencumber date 2010 a real and unforgetable NFL large Bowl adventure.

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Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth

By Neil Root

The final time that any one heard from 35-year-old Claudia Lawrence, a chef on the college of York, used to be whilst she despatched a textual content message to a pal on 18 March 2009 at 8.23 p.m. She hasn't ever been heard from or noticeable back, and her disappearance is a secret that endures to this day. What occurred to Claudia that early spring evening—or used to be it early the next morning on her option to paintings? There have been not anything irregular approximately her habit prior to she vanished, and there have been no symptoms of a fight at her domestic. A Crimewatch reconstruction has been broadcast, and the police research into the case has price greater than £750,000. Dozens of interviews have thrown up quite a few leads, yet there aren't any concrete clues. With broad entry to her friends and family, in long past, Neil Root assesses the proof and theories and asks: the place is Claudia?

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Dorset Murders

By Nicola Sly

Lifestyles within the mostly rural county of Dorset has no longer continually been idyllic, for through the years it has skilled a number of murders, a few of that are little identified open air the county borders, others that experience stunned the kingdom. those contain arguments among enthusiasts with deadly effects, kinfolk murders, baby murders and mortal altercations at Dorset's infamous Portland felony. the whole kingdom overjoyed to the scandalous circumstances of Alma Rattenbury and Charlotte Bryant who, within the Nineteen Thirties, chanced on residing with their husbands so tough that either chanced on a terminal technique to the matter. In 1856, Elizabeth Browne rid herself of a husband and, in doing so, grew to become the inspiriation for Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The secret of the Coverdale Kennels at Tarrant Keynston, the place no longer one, yet kennel managers died in suspicious conditions, is still unsolved to at the present time. And it used to be in Bournemouth that Neville Heath dedicated the second one of his murders, which ended in his arrest and eventual execution in 1946. Illustrated with fifty interesting illustrations, Dorset Murders will entice an individual attracted to the shady part of the county's historical past.

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Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

By Noah Charney

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is on any paintings historian’s checklist of the 10 most crucial work ever made. frequently pointed out by means of the topic of its imperative panel, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, it represents the fulcrum among the center a long time and the Renaissance. it's also the main often stolen paintings of all time.

Since its crowning glory in 1432, this twelve-panel oil portray has been looted in 3 assorted wars, burned, dismembered, solid, smuggled, illegally bought, censored, hidden, attacked by way of iconoclasts, hunted by way of the Nazis and Napoleon, used as a diplomatic device, ransomed, rescued via Austrian double-agents, and stolen a complete of 13 times.

In this fast paced, real-life mystery, artwork historian Noah Charney unravels the tales of every of those thefts. within the strategy, he illuminates the full attention-grabbing historical past of artwork crime, and the mental, ideological, non secular, political, and social motivations that experience led many males to covet this one masterpiece primarily others.

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Without Pity: Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers

By Ann Rule


In 8 attractive Case records volumes, from A Rose for Her Grave to the number 1 blockbuster Last Dance, final Chance, Ann Rule reigns as "America's most sensible true-crime author" (Kirkus Reviews). Now, she updates the main superb instances from that acclaimed sequence -- and provides stunning, all-new true-crime bills -- in a single riveting anthology. In each explosive bankruptcy of Without Pity, Ann Rule deepens her unrelenting exploration of the evil that lies in the back of the proper facades of heartless killers...and the lethal compulsions of greed and gear that shatter their outward trappings of fabric luck.
they're the well known, relied on neighbor; the affable kin guy; the horny, charismatic lover; the high-achieving specialist. maybe such a lot scary of all is they are heroes of their personal minds. but if somebody will get within the means in their deluded desires, they're able to lethal acts of violence with out regret. studying the genuine nature of the sociopathic brain in chilling element, Ann Rule strains the murderous crimes of likely traditional males -- killers who drew their unsuspecting sufferers into their twisted worlds with devastating results.

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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

By Mark Bowden

A travel de strength of investigative journalism-Killing Pablo is the tale of the violent upward thrust and fall of Pablo Escobar, the top of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's felony empire held a kingdom of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that may in simple terms finish together with his demise. In an excessive, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes info by no means earlier than printed concerning the U.S.-led covert sixteen-month manhunt. With remarkable entry to special players—including Colombian president Cisar Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the designated police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez-as good as top-secret records and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted cellphone conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that could be a stark portrayal of tough justice within the genuine world.

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