True crime have always been a fascination of mine.
As an avid reader I've read a fair amount of books, especially on this subject. So I thought it about time I did a list of my favourites.
So here it is, my list of my top twenty true crime books (the list is not in a favouritism order):
|Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters - Peter Vronsky|
|Columbine - Dave Cullen|
|Helter Skelter - Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi|
On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles. America watched in fascinated horror as the killers were tried and convicted. But the real questions went unanswered. How did Manson make his 'family' kill for him? What made these young men and women kill again and again with no trace of remorse? Did the murders continue even after Manson's imprisonment?
|In Cold Blood - Truman Capote|
|A Checklist for Murder: The True Story of Robert John Peernock - Anthony Flacco|
|The Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule|
|Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People - John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman|
This PEN Award-winning work provides the definitive history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown. It explores the ideals-gone-wrong. the intrigue. and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America.
|Fatal Vision - Joe McGinniss|
|Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer - Robert Graysmith|
A sexual sadist, the Zodiac's pleasure was torture and murder. He taunted the authorities with mocking notes telling where he would strike next. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed 37 dead. He was never caught.
|People Who Eat Darkness - Richard Lloyd Parry|
|Lost Girls - Robert Kolker|
|Devil’s Knot - Mara Leveritt|
|Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock||- Jim Quillen|
Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his twentieth birthday. In August 1942, after escaping from San Quentin, he was arrested on the run and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, and later transferred to Alcatraz. This is the true story of life inside America's most notorious prison - from terrifying times in solitary confinement to daily encounters with 'the Birdman', and what really happened during the desperate and deadly 1946 escape attempt.
|Albert Fish In His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of the Child Killing Cannibal - John Borowski|
|Cries Unheard: the Story of Mary Bell - Gitta Sereny|
|The Night Stalker - Philip Carlo|
|Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door - Roy Wenzl , Tim Potter, Hurst Laviana & L. Kelly|
|A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders - Gary M. Lavergne|
|When Kids Kill: Unthinkable Crimes of Lost Innocence - Jonathan Paul|
|Talking with Serial Killers - Christopher Berry-Dee|
- Why We Love Serial Killers - Scott Bonn
- The Devil In The White City - Erik Larson
- Mind Hunter - John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
- Happy Like Murderers - Gordon Burn
- Stolen Away - Michael Newton
- House of Horrors: The Horrific True Story of Josef Fritzl, The Father From Hell - Nigel Cawthorne
I'm a serious bookworm so if you have any recommendations then please don't hesitate to comment!