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Entering Hades : The Double Life of a Serial Killer
by John Leake Details
Austrian Jack Unterweger was many things to many people : celebrated author, well-known bon vivant and loyal friend. To prostitutes plying their trade in Vienna, he was a ruthless killer. When he hanged himself in his jail cell after being convicted of murder in 1994, Unterweger brought to a close a story of cold-blooded murder that crossed social boundaries and international borders. Released from prison in 1990 for an earlier murder, Unterweger quickly began killing again.
Erased : Missing Women, Murdered Wives
by Marilee Strong Details
Citing cases from the 1906 case of Chester Gillette to the present-day case of Scott Peterson, journalist Strong argues that a growing number of men, the "eraser killers," murder their wives or girlfriends with premeditation and dispose of the body in an attempt to make both the crime and the victim disappear.
Hello Charlie : Letters from a Serial Killer
by Charlie Hess Details
In this chilling account, retired FBI agent Hess details his years of correspondence with serial killer Robert Browne as he tried to coax out details of Browne's alleged 49 murders. Sentenced to life without parole in 1995 for the first-degree murder of 13-year-old Heather Church in Colorado, Browne began taunting investigators in 2000 with vague hints of other victims. Hess - a former FBI and CIA agent with years of experience as a polygraph analyst - had volunteered to investigate cold cases in Colorado Springs; assisted by homicide detective Lou Smit and former newspaper publisher Scott Fischer, Hess began writing to Browne in the hopes of uncovering clues to as many as 48 unsolved murders. The men traded letters for years, each one bringing Hess and his team one step closer to proving the murderer's grisly claim.
In cold blood
by  Truman Capote Details
The classic suspenseful account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.
Inside the Mind of BTK : The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
by John Douglas Details
Legendary profiler and bestselling author Douglas ("Mindhunter"), who pioneered the FBI's systematic study of serial killers, offers his insights into one of this country's most chilling killers : Dennis Rader, a seemingly innocuous family man and municipal employee, whose brutal murders terrorized Wichita, Kansas, for three decades. Identifying himself by the initials BTK (for Bind, Torture, Kill), Rader (who in 2005 pled guilty to 10 murders and is serving consecutive life sentences) taunted the press and law enforcement, striking at random in savage attacks that often decimated families, and then confounded his pursuers with long dormant periods.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by  John Berendt Details
In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of an antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.
Missing or murdered in Missouri : unsolved and solved cases
by  Barbara Kemm-Highton Details
At the request of families and friends, this anthology is a tribute to the cold cases in and around the author's home town of Springfield.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson Details
Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor.
The stranger beside me
by  Ann Rule Details
The chilling tale of how the author came to learn that Ted Bundy, her close friend and colleague at a Seattle crisis hotline, was in fact a savage serial killer.
The untouchables
by  Eliot Ness with Oscar Fraley Details
The gripping true story of the team of men who broke the back of the vicious Chicago crime mob and its stranglehold on the nation, told by the man who orchestrated the effort.
Updated 12/29/2011
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