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Best True Crime Books

A list of the most interesting, and often gruesome, true crime stories.

The Onion Field

"A complex story of tragic proportions... more ambitious than In Cold Blood and equally compelling!"-The New York Times

Fatal Vision

Fatal Vision is the electrifying true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders he vehemently denies committing. Bestselling author Joe McGinniss chronicles every aspect of this horrifying and intricate crime, and probes the life and psyche of the magnetic, all-American Jeffrey MacDonald, a golden boy who seemed destined to have it all.

A Death in White Bear Lake

On Palm Sunday, 1965, a little boy died of peritonitis in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He was three and a half years old, ...

In Cold Blood

A couple of weeks back, a disgruntled former senior inspector Rolando Mendoza from the Manila Police District shot and killed eight Hong Kong tourists ending the hostage crisis drama that lasted for around 10 hours. This took place at the Quirino Grandstand in the heart of Manila, Philippines.

Tamam Shud

In 1948 a man was found dead on an Adelaide beach. Well-dressed and unmarked, he had a half-smoked cigarette by his side, but no identity documents. Six decades on we don't know who he was, how he got there or how he died. Somerton Man remains one of Australia's most mysterious cold cases.

The Unknown Man

The Unknown Man - Book by GM (Gerry) Feltus - A true account of the investigation into the mystery of the Somerton Man. This book brings together the facts and shines light on the speculation surrounding the case, also referred to as The Tamam Shud Case, The Tamam Shud Code, The Taman Shud Case and The Taman Shud Code.

The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City is a book about the White City - the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and a book about a devil - a psychopathic serial killer. I enjoyed both books here, but wasn't pleased with the author's decision to try to integrate them into one book.

Sin in the Second City

Abbott traces the history of Chicago's most famous (and most posh) brothel at the turn of the century, and the religious and social crusaders who worked tirelessly to try to end prostitution. The two Everleigh sisters created their own last name, backgrounds, and ages (declaring themselves a decade younger), and moved to Chicago to start up a high-class brothel.