A professor of sociology at New York University draws on months of rigorous fieldwork in a crime lab to describe the stories of forensic scientists who struggle to provided unbiased science while under intense pressure from lawyers and public scrutiny.
The cold-case murder of John Hughes, the son of a Chicago Outfit member suspected of pulling the trigger, and the efforts of a determined detective to unravel a cover-up. A murder that had roiled the city and had been investigated for years had been reduced to a few reports and photographs. What should have been a massive file with notes and transcripts from dozens of interviews was nowhere to be found. Chicago Police Detective James Sherlock could have left the records center without the folder and cruised into retirement, and no one would have noticed. Instead, he tucked the envelope under his arm and carried it outside.
The best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World examines the history of the mob in small-town America and his grandfather’s clandestine activities as the head of a Pennsylvania gambling empire. Illustrations.
A woman describes the life-altering tragedy she experienced as a teen, when her cousin was murdered in a robbery gone wrong and explains why she needed to meet one of the killers thirty years later at his parole hearing.
An award-winning journalist investigates the mysterious 2014 deaths of two teenage girls in a tiny Indian village and how it led to a national conversation about sex, violence and codes of honor. Also available in digital formats.
An investigative reporter-turned-private detective describes the brutal state execution of a possibly innocent man that haunted her career, her decision to reopen the case and the complex web of crime and corruption that her investigation exposed. eBook also available.
The best-selling author chronicles the 1910 Asbury Park murder of 10-year-old Marie Smith and a rookie detective’s investigation against a backdrop of Jim Crow violence and the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.
The acclaimed author of Lady Killers returns with a new collection about notorious female con artists and their outrageous scams, from Jeanne de Saint-Rémy who scammed jewelers in 1700s Paris to Roxie Ann Rice who scammed the NFL in 1975.
When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse; she took it as a good omen for her and her mother, Crystal. But that moment of darkness foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine. Print edition
Documents the co-author’s childhood summer experiences in 1960s Cape Cod under the care of a friendly neighbor, who years later was discovered to be the infamous serial killer of numerous women. Print edition
The award-winning investigative journalist takes readers deep inside the 1993 slayings of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, revealing the overzealous prosecution that may have improperly convicted three teenagers.
Chronicles the less-remembered outbreak in kidnappings in Great Depression America, sharing insight into how the crime’s low legal risks led to a sweep of abductions throughout the country. Print edition
Four true crime stories explore women, violence and obsession including a 1940s heiress whose dollhouse crime scenes established forensic science as well as a woman who moved into Sharon Tate’s guesthouse and entwined herself with the family. Print edition