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Subject: Anyone read any good true crime lately?
Date Posted: 11/26/2008 4:22 PM ET
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I really enjoy true crime novels, anyone read any good ones lately?

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 7:44 PM ET
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Just finished Lethal Guardian, by M. William Phelps. It was good:

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/11/27/true-crime-lethal-guardian-by-m-william-phelps/

Date Posted: 11/27/2008 6:20 PM ET
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There are 2 different cases that have made my "Keeper Shelf"  They are

Shanda Sharer

Books about the case are

Little Lost Angel by Michael Quinlan

Cruel Sacrifice by Aphrodite Jones

 

Karla Homolka/Paul Bernardo

Books are

Lethal Marriage by Nick Pron

Deadly Innocence by Scott Burnside and Alan Cairns

Invisible Darkness by Stephen Williams

and Karla also by Stephen Wiliams

Plus there is a movie called "Karla" about the case. 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 1:03 PM ET
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A Descent Into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder by Kathryn Casey is really good but the story is disturbing. I had horrible images of the way Jennifer's body was discovered for quite awhile after I read the book, which of course was all the worse because the story was actually a true story, not fictiton.

 

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 1:25 PM ET
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I thought Till Death Us Do Part by Vincent Bugliosi  was pretty good: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780553125009-Till+Death+Us+Do+Part

He also wrote Helter Skelter as well. Very interesting.

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 1:31 PM ET
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I really liked Helter Skelter too.

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 2:15 AM ET
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Helter Skelter is interesting. On a side note, I've actually been to the ranch where they found Manson hiding out. The house is still there and you can go into it and stuff. Kinda a fun, albeit strange, outing to go on. I've also driven by where the Tate murder occured. (no I'm not morbid)

My father, a former policeman, also says that Helter Skelter is one of those books that everyone in law inforcement needs to read to see what NOT to do.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 4:54 PM ET
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I read Helter Skleter in the 70's.  It scared the hell out of me.  I couldn't sleep for days.  Everthing of Bugliosi's that I've read has been good. They're intelligent and well thought out and very readable.  I really respect his opionions.  He has one on the Kennedy assisination that is in my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 12:03 PM ET
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Another one by Vincent Bugliosi that was really good is And The Sea Will Tell

Bitter Blood by Jerry Bledsoe was excellent.  I read this years ago - very good.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 3:16 PM ET
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Anything by Ann Rule is good.  Small Sacrifices was my favorite.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 11:25 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions!! My TBR pile is growing by the minute!

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 12:06 PM ET
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An older book that I recently read is The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh. This facinating story, written by a novelist, indeed reads like a novel. It kept me guessing all along, and I was wrong in the end! It takes place in England and involves the first use of DNA evidence to free a man wrongly convicted of multiple rapes and murders and to find the real monster.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 4:50 AM ET
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Wambaugh is an outstanding writer and if you've never read THE ONION FIELD, run, do not walk, to get a copy.  I also recommend Joan Barthel's A DEATH IN CANAAN.

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 1:06 PM ET
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Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me is her story about Ted Bundy.  She actually knew and worked with him!  It was a great book!

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 9:27 PM ET
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I read Careless Whispers/the Lake Waco Murders by Carlton Stowers  a woman dreamed about this murder and reported it..weird.

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 8:06 PM ET
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I've got to say any Ann Rule book, but I also like Joe McGinniss (Blind Faith) and Lowell Cauffiel (Masquerade).

Subject: Ann Rule: RULES!!!!
Date Posted: 1/19/2009 2:31 PM ET
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I Love  Ann Rule Books!

Anything she writes I will READ!!!