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Death and the Dolce Vita


The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s

Stephen Gundle


Canongate 2011
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In April 1953, the body of Wilma Montesi, a 21-year-old carpenter's daughter, was found on an Italian beach. Soon, rumours were circulating about drugIn April 1953, the body of Wilma Montesi, a 21-year-old carpenter's daughter, was found on an Italian beach. Soon, rumours were circulating about drug-fuelled orgies involving some of the most powerful men in the country. Stephen Gundle's gripping social history focuses on this tragic case in order to investigate how post-war Rome, busily reinventing itself after the dark days of fascism as a glamorous, sophisticated and fashionable metropolis, had its seamy underside of corruption, exploitation and cover-ups. ...more
 

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Frenzy!


Heath, Haigh and Christie: The First great Tabloid Murderers

Neil Root


Preface 2011
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Between 1946 and 1953, the capture, trial and execution of three notorious psychopaths created a sensation in the popular press as never before. AssesBetween 1946 and 1953, the capture, trial and execution of three notorious psychopaths created a sensation in the popular press as never before. Assessing the role of the crime reporters, the detectives, the judiciary and even the hangman, this new analysis shows how these three infamous cases changed the way murder was reported and set a new tone for crime journalism in the tabloid press. ...more
 

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Chichester Murders and Misdemeanours



Philip MacDougall


Amberley 2009
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Death of a Baronet


The Lawford Hall Murder

Anthony Harris


Brewin 2011
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When, in 1780, the young aristocrat Theodosius Boughton died shortly after consuming an apparently poisoned remedy, suspicion fell upon the husband ofWhen, in 1780, the young aristocrat Theodosius Boughton died shortly after consuming an apparently poisoned remedy, suspicion fell upon the husband of his younger sister, who stood to inherit the family fortune. Using trial records, eyewitness accounts and all other available materials, this re-assessment of the sensational case unearths previously neglected evidence and suggests alternative explanations for Boughton's mysterious death. ...more
 

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Mug Shots


An Archive of the Famous, Infamous and Most Wanted

Raynal Pellicer


Abrams 2009
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A French police officer, Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914), first introduced the anthropometric photograph - the 'mug shot' - in the 1880s, as part of hiA French police officer, Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914), first introduced the anthropometric photograph - the 'mug shot' - in the 1880s, as part of his system of identifying criminals. From the anarchists of the 1890s to drug-busted rock stars of the 1970s, and including serial killers, political assassins, gangsters and war criminals, this book presents an engrossing collection of mug shots, with commentatries on each subject and the circumstances of their arrest. ...more
 

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Fraudsters and Charlatans


A Peek at Some of History's Greatest Rogues

Linda Stratman


History Press 2010
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Linda Stratman tells ten stories of fraudsters who exploited the optimism of the 19th century and its confidence in the rewards of trade and exploratiLinda Stratman tells ten stories of fraudsters who exploited the optimism of the 19th century and its confidence in the rewards of trade and exploration. From the Sumatran 'Princess Caraboo', who appeared near Bristol in 1817 but was soon discovered to be a Devonshire cobbler's daughter, to Louis de Rougement, 'The Greatest Liar on Earth', the book exposes the century's most audacious and ruinous roguery. ...more
 

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Real Hard Cases


Unsolved Crimes Re-investigated

Les Brown; Robert Jeffrey


Black & White 2006
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At the request of families dissatisfied with the outcomes of official police inquiries, former Glasgow detective Les Brown has re- investigated a numbAt the request of families dissatisfied with the outcomes of official police inquiries, former Glasgow detective Les Brown has re- investigated a number of unusual deaths and unsolved murders. In this book he teams up with crime writer Robert Jeffrey to tell the story of his quest for solutions to these mystery cases. ...more
 

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Sex on the Moon


The Amazing Story behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

Ben Mezrich


Doubleday 2011
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Based on a range of sources, including scores of interviews and thousands of pages of court documents, this is an account of how a love-struck collegeBased on a range of sources, including scores of interviews and thousands of pages of court documents, this is an account of how a love-struck college student, Thad Roberts, persuaded his girlfriend to steal a NASA safe full of moon rocks from every Apollo landing. It also tells of the unravelling of their audacious plan when Roberts attempted to sell the rocks, which are so valuable it is illegal even to own them. ...more
 

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Public Enemies



Bryan Burrough


Penguin 2005
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Legendary depression-era outlaws John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker, Bonnie and Clyde and others were all at large at the same time, and it Legendary depression-era outlaws John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker, Bonnie and Clyde and others were all at large at the same time, and it was J Edgar Hoover's 'G-Men' whose job it was to put an end to their daring crime spree. With access to de-classified FBI files and unpublished manuscripts and statements by the gangsters, award-winning journalist Bryan Burrough is able to tell the exciting story as never before. ...more
 

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One Step Behind



Henning Mankell


Vintage 2008
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Three young friends are killed in a wood as they act out a masque on Midsummer's Eve. Soon after, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is murdered.Three young friends are killed in a wood as they act out a masque on Midsummer's Eve. Soon after, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is murdered. As he searches for a possible connection and a killer, Wallander is always tantalizingly one step behind. ...more
 

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Great Train Crimes


Murder and Robbery on the Railways

Jonathan Oates


Wharncliffe 2010
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From the Gold Bullion robbery of 1855 and the first railway murder (of Thomas Briggs on a train to Hackney in 1864) up to 1965, when Patricia Grace WoFrom the Gold Bullion robbery of 1855 and the first railway murder (of Thomas Briggs on a train to Hackney in 1864) up to 1965, when Patricia Grace Woolard was murdered for snubbing a fellow passenger on the 4.06 from Bognor, Jonathan Oates describes a selection of crimes committed on British railways and the London Underground. Using contemporary police records, his detailed accounts include the first terrorist Underground bombings (1883-5) and some unsolved murders....more
 

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The Man Who Would be Jack


The Hunt for the Real Ripper

David Bullock


Robson 2012
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In 1891, just weeks after the last Whitechapel murder, detective William Race began to wonder whether Thomas Cutbush, a man he had arrested for savageIn 1891, just weeks after the last Whitechapel murder, detective William Race began to wonder whether Thomas Cutbush, a man he had arrested for savage knife attacks on two girls, was Jack the Ripper. Frustrated by his superiors' lack of interest in this lead, Race enlisted the help of the press, who collected compelling eyewitness testimony. David Bullock uses long-hidden records to explore this evidence and to describe the huge journalistic investigation which ensued. ...more
 

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Olde Cotswold Punishments



Nell Darby


History Press 2011
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Justice could be swift and harsh in 18th and 19th century Gloucestershire when most of the punishments cited in this book took place. Taking evidence Justice could be swift and harsh in 18th and 19th century Gloucestershire when most of the punishments cited in this book took place. Taking evidence from broadsides celebrating the lives of local characters, prison records and newspaper accounts, Nell Darby looks at the unsavoury and uneven application of the law in the Cotswolds, from the humiliation of stocks and pillories to hanging, transportation and hard labour. ...more
 

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The Killer of Little Shepherds


The Case of the French Ripper and the Birth of Forensic Science

Douglas Starr


Simon & Schuster 2011
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At the end of the 19th century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, 'the Killer of Little Shepherds', terrorized the French countryside with a brutal killiAt the end of the 19th century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, 'the Killer of Little Shepherds', terrorized the French countryside with a brutal killing spree that claimed at least 11 victims, mostly adolescent farm workers. In this dramatic, detailed account, Starr describes Vacher's crimes, and the investigation by the brilliant criminologist Dr Alexandre Lacassagne, whose team pioneered the forensic techniques that made the case against the killer and eventually sent him to the guillotine. ...more
 

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Crooked Talk


500 Years of the Language of Crime

Jonathon Green


Random House 2011
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The first dictionary of words used by criminals was published in 1531; in the intervening centuries the slang has evolved and the need to keep one steThe first dictionary of words used by criminals was published in 1531; in the intervening centuries the slang has evolved and the need to keep one step ahead of the authorities has ensured that the criminal underworld remains a fertile source of new words. Jonathon Green's tour of this private language reveals how such sources as animals (pigs for police), biblical figures (abram for trickery), foreign words and rhyming slang have shaped our vocabulary of crime and punishment. ...more
 

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