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Terror to the Wicked

A brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and a riveting account of the first murder trial in U.S. history, set in the 1600s…

Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid

Stout explores the dark underbelly of the Jazz Age through the lens of America's first gangster couple, Margaret and…

Bugsy Siegel

This captivating portrait seeks not to absolve infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel but rather to understand him in all his…

Serial Killers of the '70s

Fristch profiles 14 prominent serial killers, laying out their crimes and the court cases involved with bringing them to…

The Officer's Daughter

Johnson recalls the murder of her teenage cousin Karen Marsh in 1981 in this powerful meditation on the long aftermath of…

Kill Shot

The horrifying true crime story of America's deadliest drug contamination outbreak and the greed and deception that…

Assume Nothing

Selvaratnam recounts the intimate abuse she suffered, using her story as a prism to examine the domestic violence crisis…

Let the Lord Sort Them

A deeply reported, searingly honest portrait of the death penalty in Texas, and what it tells us about crime and…

The Babysitter

An engrossing memoir that focuses on Rodman's relationship with serial killer Tony Costa, the Cape Cod Cannibal.

Bring Back Our Girls

A riveting chronicle of the 2014 kidnapping of a group of Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher

The haunting true story of Eliot Ness's years-long hunt for The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, a serial killer who…

The Kidnapping Club

 This searing and dramatic history upends the myth of an abolitionist North at odds with a slavery-loving South.

Memorial Drive

Exploring personal trauma, memory and closure, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Trethewey returns to the site of…

Blood, Powder, and Residue

Bechky goes inside a metropolitan crime laboratory to shed light on the complex social forces that underlie the analysis…

Bad Medicine

The shocking story of New York's most infamous pill-pushing doctor, written by the prosecutor who brought him down in a…

Murder in Canaryville

The cold-case murder of John Hughes, the son of a Chicago Outfit member suspected of pulling the trigger, and the efforts…

Blood Gun Money

Presents a searing investigation into the role of the drug trade in the black market for firearms, both within the U.S.…

Confident Women

Why do we love stories about scammers so much? Telfer dives into the stories of historical female con women and explains…

The Rope

A page-turning thriller recounting the 1910 murder of ten-year-old Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection and…

We Own This City

Baltimore Sun reporter Fenton, whose coverage of the Baltimore riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray led to a…

The Westside Park Murders

On a warm night in September 1985, teenagers Kimberly Dowell and Ethan Dixon were brutally murdered in Westside Park in…

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