Or was he the victim of some very bad PR? The Daughter of Time follows one frustrated detective as he cracks this very cold case while stuck in a hospital bed. Historical crime doesn't always have to be so grim. If you're looking for a light, breezy series of essays on America's bloodiest assassinations, then check out Sarah Vowell's hilariously informative Assassination Vacation. It's part travelogue, part memoir, part well-researched dive into the political killings that have shaped every facet of our country as we know it.
In England, during the June of , a little boy was found dead at the bottom of an outdoor toilet. His throat had been slit. The horrific case became a national obsession, simultaneously raising the status of detectives at large and utterly destroying the career of London's greatest investigator. If you want to know where all this true crime and detective nonsense started in the first place, this is the book for you. In Truevine, Virginia, in the year , two little boys were offered a piece of candy by a stranger. George and Willie would not see their mother again for 13 years.
Truevine is the remarkable story of the Muse brothers, their devastating kidnapping, their rise to international stardom as circus freaks, and their mother's tireless quest to find them again. It explores the brutality of the Jim Crow South, the exploitation of the "freak show" circuit, and the bonds of family when set against impossible odds. Hey, every once in a while, you just want to read a good old fashioned book about a British person being murdered on a train. And this is the train murder that started it all: Murder in the First-Class Carriage tells the sordid tale of Thomas Briggs, who vanished from his train compartment in , leaving behind a pool of blood and a stranger's hat.
The search for Thomas and his potential killer gripped both England and America, as the murderer fled across the Atlantic in a thrilling manhunt the rocked the world of crime reporting and inspired a thousand locked room mystery novels. What's a list of crime books without at least one tragic love story?
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In , year-old Alice Mitchell dressed herself up as a man so she could marry her girlfriend, Freda Ward. The young lovers were caught and forbidden from ever speaking again. Freda adjusted to the heartbreak, and tried to return to her life. Alice stole her father's razor and became one of history's best known teenage murderers.
So you could read a book about one historical female murderer I mean, it's not that I condone murderers of any gender, but Lady Killers is still a supremely entertaining look at the vintage exploits of deadly women all across the globe. Leave your expectations about spurned women and femme fatales at the door, because the truth is much stranger and grosser than fiction. Whicher' by Kate Summerscale. That only happens in the movies. But every once in a while, a real crime will have a twist so weird and unexpected that M. Night Shyamalan skips Viagra for the night. We're talking about On August 3, , a neighbor found the bodies of two Frenchmen, year-old Lucien Perot and year-old Olivier Boudin, who seemed to have died during a lavish dinner.
At first, the Authon-du-Perche police assumed that they had died from food poisoning. But when testing by the famous Pasteur Institute in Paris concluded that the meal didn't contain any botulism, a mysterious murder was suddenly on the table next to the baguette. But who had killed these men? And how? The police found no signs of struggle, and the two men "hadn't any enemies and led simple lives," said one neighbor.
Perot had literally bit off more than he could chew -- he choked to death on a 1. This could've been prevented by the younger Boudin, but he was a bit busy dying of a heart attack triggered by the sight of his lifelong friend being slowly strangled by a bit of cow. When the news was revealed, locals were heartbroken by such a "stupid death," but being French, they did respect the overwrought metaphor for the fleeting pointlessness of man.
On a dark September evening in , year-old Agnes Westlund was bludgeoned to death near a forest lake outside the tiny Swedish village of Loftahammer. Her death was called in by her husband, Ingemar, who claimed he had found her in the snow. When police arrived, they immediately arrested Ingemar. There wasn't another person around for miles; it was either him or a shifty moose. As it turned out, they chose wrong. With no hard evidence to tie him to the killing, Ingemar was released after ten days. But because there was no one else to consider, he remained their prime suspect for months on end.
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He had to move out of his home when his neighbors made it clear they weren't keen on living next to a presumed murderer. But when Agnes' forensic analysis finally came back, the report noted that she had the hair and saliva of a European elk or moose on her body. Yes, analysts determined that poor Agnes had been randomly kicked to death by a moose during her evening walk. In general, moose are shy creatures and avoid humans at all cost. But at the time of Agneta's death, local gardens were strewn with fermented apples -- enough to let even a moose-sized critter party harder than Axl Rose.
Sadly, this makes the bulls aggressive and overly confident, and one probably attacked Agnes out of sheer soused stupor.
The case was dropped by the police, but not by Ingemar, who understandably sued the department for gross incompetence. Margareta Bloom Sandelback Meanwhile, we can only assume Ingemar took up hunting like some kind of elk-fixated Punisher. Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph "G. Joe" Gliniewicz was one month away from retirement, so you probably know where this is going. On a routine patrol near Fox Lake, Illinois, Gliniewicz radioed for backup, stating that he was in hot pursuit of three suspicious unidentified men. When backup arrived, they heard a gunshot in the woods and found Gliniewicz lying dead on the ground.
He had been shot twice, once in his bulletproof vest, once in his head. Instead of enjoying his well-earned retirement, the officer was buried with full honors, with an mile funeral procession in tow. The town mourned the death of a local hero. But they soon found out that everything they knew about Gliniewicz was a lie. The FBI investigated Gliniewicz's death, and soon realized his personal life was all manners of shady. His personnel file alluded to several severe acts of misconduct, and there was a lot of talk on his Facebook page about an upcoming audit that had him scared senseless.
Meanwhile, his cellphone records showed him milling around the scene of the chase for half an hour before he called for backup, and forensic evidence showed that the two shots came from a surprisingly close distance. About arm length, in fact.
It didn't take long for the feds to complete the puzzle: G. The audit was about to reveal his dirty deeds, so he tried to hire a gang member to kill the local official about to expose him as one does.
When that fell through, Gliniewicz, who had a lot of experience staging crime scenes , decided to commit suicide in a way that would look like he'd been killed by some criminal scumbag. And ironically, that is now exactly how the people of Fox Lake remember him.meivendfoodscast.tk
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The Whitakers of Sugar Land, Texas were a happy upper-middle-class family -- the kind all the neighbors were secretly jealous of. The whole family went out for a celebratory dinner. When they got back home after a night of wholesome fun, Bart stayed in the car looking for his missing phone while his parents and brother Kevin went on inside, where they were brutally gunned down by an armed robber.
While Kevin and Tricia were killed, Kent was only wounded. He watched as Bart, the last Whitaker standing, rushed into the house to drive away the killer, getting a bullet in the arm for his effort. But things weren't as Bruce Wayne as they seemed. The cops found some very suspicious evidence, like how nothing had been stolen except for Bart's phone.
And how Bart hadn't actually graduated, or even attended the university he'd said. And also how one of Bart's friends called them to say that Bart had tried to hire him to murder his family and make it look like a botched robbery. Very suspicious indeed. That buddy had politely turned down the offer, but police soon found two who hadn't: Greg Brashear and neighbor Steven Champagne, who not only panicked and confessed to the whole deal, but also pointed authorities to where they'd hidden Bart's very incriminating cellphone.
Not that Bart was worried about being arrested; he had already skipped the country a year prior to go live in Mexico under the name Rudy Rios. Two years later, the unrepentant mastermind was sentenced to death. But there was one person still in Bart's corner: Kent Whittaker, of all people.
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Kent not only campaigned for his son's freedom, telling the state he would be "victimized again if the state put to death his last remaining immediate family member," but he even wrote a book about his experience whose dedication read "My son, I love you.