"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.
(We apologize for missing last week's Outside of a Dog.)
From 48 Hours to To Catch a Predator and Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice, true crime is all the rage today. Law and Order takes its cues from real life murder mysteries, and so does Criminal Minds. Want to read about murder and mayhem? Try some of these tried and true books!
Too Late to Say Goodbye: a true story of murder and betrayal– Ann Rule
Ann Rule is the most famous of the famous true crime authors – known best for her book A Stranger Beside Me (Rule worked with serial killer Ted Bundy at a suicide prevention hotline). Too Late is the story of Bart Corbin, a successful Georgia dentist who killed his wife, and fourteen years earlier, his girlfriend.
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Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments – Dominick Dunne
Dunne has written for Vanity Fair since 1982, when his daughter was murdered, sending him on a path to write several novels and true crime books about the lives, loves, and deaths of the rich and famous elite. Justice contains several essays, including pieces of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers, and Dunne’s daughter, Dominique.
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Darker than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice – Tom Henderson
Henderson is still relatively new to the true crime field, with only two other books published so far. Darker than Night is the story of two Detroit deer hunters who went missing in 1985, and their murders, solved 18 years later, only when a terrified witness finally spoke up.
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Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes : the Michael Skakel-Martha Moxley Case, the Jonbenet Ramsey Case and Many More! – Henry C. Lee
Renowned forensic criminologist Lee, who worked on the O.J. Simpson murder case in 1995, has written several titles about mistakes made by criminals and theories about murders and their perpetrators. Here, he talks about the scientific skills one needs in order to view crimes separate from their victims.
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