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Subject: What was the first true crime novel you read that started it all for you?
Date Posted: 2/5/2010 8:21 AM ET
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I remember reading "Fatal Vision" by McGinnis. I always just want to know why people do these things.

 

Denise

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 2:03 PM ET
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I think~ In Cold Blood~ was my first.  I read all of the Nancy Drew books as a child and then the Agatha Christie books.  I  was always a mystery buff..and sort of morphed into True Crime as I got older..  I worked part time in a bookstore for 18 years..so I was the queen of true crime for all of the customers.  We just don't seem to get the great reads like ~Fatal Viison~ and~ In Cold Blood~ from the tc authors anymore...but I still read them all...crummy or not :) 

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 2:20 PM ET
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Cold Blood WAS another good  book I read a long time ago.  I think the older true crime books relied less on blood and guts and more on the why of it. Which is what we all really want to know. I too read Nancy Drew when I was a youngster! Could never get my kids (who are all readers) to read any of my childhood favorites. I loved Call of the Wild...no interest on my kids part!!

 

Denise



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Date Posted: 2/8/2010 6:03 PM ET
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Helter  Skelter and I was hooked on TC from then on!

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:40 PM ET
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Yea Helter Skelter was a good one too....especially at the end where that have the list of people they "think" Manson killed. So creepy!!

 

Denise

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 9:09 PM ET
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The first page that says this book will scare the hell out of you sits the tone for what the rest of the book does, I also read in cold blood my grandmas family live close to where it happened.

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:05 PM ET
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Helter Skelter - It was scary although I have since read scarier..........

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 3:06 PM ET
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I think Helter Skelter was probably one of the first and I also remember reading The Valachi Papers about that time. In Cold Blood and A Death In White Bear Lake also were some early ones.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 12:35 PM ET
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HELTER SKELTER!!

Then I read nothing but true crime for years!! (kinda switched to paranormal about a year or so ago, but I still go back occassionally and pick up a true crime book!)

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 5:28 PM ET
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The first thing I read that got me hooked on true crime as a genre was a book in my high school library I picked up idly - sort of like an encyclopedia on true crime. I read about Dahmer and found his upbringing and story so interesting that I went to find more books about him, which turned into more and more books about other crimes. I can't even remember the name of the book that started it all, but I'm glad I picked it up.

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Date Posted: 6/11/2010 6:07 PM ET
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by ann rule

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 12:43 AM ET
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I recentley read Small Sacrafices again saw it at my moms and I read it so long ago I decided to readit again I forgot how terrible the crime was ,

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 7:53 PM ET
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The first true crime book I've read was probably Catch Me if you Can by Abagnale. I've also read his Art of the Steal book. I like reading true crime about thieves. One of my favorite true crime books was called Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason. I've read a couple others including mafia books a book about a kid who stole millions from stock market.

I'd really love to read a true crime book about a hacker or group of hackers. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Date Posted: 6/20/2010 5:02 PM ET
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Probably Murder in Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman, though I think my interest more likely started with various articles inReader's Digest magazine, which my parents' subscribed to.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 9:29 PM ET
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I was a comics fan and started with Rick Geary's non-fiction graphic novel series on Victorian Murder. I read his books on Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, H.H.Holmes, Madeline Smith, Mary Rogers etc. From there I got into encyclopedias of famous murderers, then The Devil in the White City. Still my all time favorite book, and it got me into more full length true crime.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 2:35 PM ET
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I think it was Helter Skelter

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 10:25 AM ET
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Growing up there used to be a True Crime magazine. I started reading it as a kid. Probably my first books were Helter Skelter and In Cold Blood. Loved both of them even while being horrified.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 7:01 PM ET
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Helter Skelter (Bugliosi) and Small Sacrfices (Ann Rule).  I've read several by each of those authors.  It's interesting trying to figure what makes a person tick.