American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam.
"really good book but a little gruesome in parts"
Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home?
The best of this year's true crime writing from master true crime authors RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, JJ Slate, Sylvia Perrini, and Michael Newton, who give us nine new shocking case accounts of serial killers.
As an undercover police officer with the drugs squad, Neil Woods regularly risked his life on the streets, dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain. Good Cop, Bad War is a unique story about a man with a striking ability to infiltrate and extinguish drug gangs but who, as the success of his operations grows, becomes disillusioned with the war on drugs, as he sees how it demonizes those who need help whilst empowering the very worst elements in society.
In the early 1980s, Brian O'Dea was operating a $100 million a year, 120-man drug smuggling business, and had developed a terrifying cocaine addiction. Under increasing threat from the DEA in 1986 for importing seventy-five tons of marijuana into the United States, he quit the trade - and the drugs - and began working with recovering addicts in Santa Barbara. Despite his life change, the authorities caught up with him years later and O'Dea was arrested, tried, and sentenced to ten years at Terminal Island Federal Penitentiary in Los Angeles Harbor.
This is the truly remarkable life story of the notorious Ethel Livesey, a serial fraudster and confidence trickster who became a media sensation after she ran out on her society wedding in 1945 and later was arrested for obtaining goods by false pretences. With a prologue by Ethel Livesey's granddaughter, this extraordinary tale of Australia's greatest fraudster is told for the first time in rich and fascinating detail.
B.J., a white inmate serving time on drug charges, gets caught up in a Mexican gang war. The northern California Mexicans demand that the southern California Mexicans keep their shirts on to cover up their gangland tattoos. The prison explodes into chaos as each building erupts in deadly violence. For B.J, the war isn't over when he and over a hundred inmates get housed in solitary confinement, it's just beginning. For getting involved, he's labeled a southern Mexican gangster.
Take a trip back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where a madman stalks the night. Investigate the savage murders attributed to Jack the Ripper using all the evidence available, including letters purporting to be from the killer himself. This publication features up-to-date theories on the identity of the Whitechapel murderer, detailing all the major suspects.
This memoir was recently discovered and appears to have been written in the 1920s by someone who asserts that he was Jack the Ripper. This person is James Willoughby Carnac, and this memoir was written shortly before his death. It is an account of his entire life, including a few short months in 1888 when he became the murderer known to posterity as Jack the Ripper.
Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is the son of a strict Seventh Day Adventist mother and a shell-shocked former soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his side. Bullied at school, he grew up dreaming of revenge ("There are none so merciless as those who have been shown no mercy", as he later noted). He became a criminal legend who terrorised drug dealers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers on the streets and in jail - but boasts he never hurt an innocent member of the public.
Narrated by the visionary founding member, Hell's Angel provides a fascinating all-access pass to the secret world of the notorious Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Sonny Barger recounts the birth of the original Oakland Hell's Angels and the four turbulent decades that followed. Hell's Angel also chronicles the way the HAMC revolutionized the look of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and built what has become a worldwide bike-riding fraternity, a beacon for freedom-seekers the world over.
Richard Stratton was the unlikeliest of kingpins. A clean-cut Wellesley boy who entered outlaw culture on a trip to Mexico, he saw his search for a joint morph into a thrill-filled dope run smuggling two kilos across the border in his car door. He became a member of the Hippie Mafia, traveling the world to keep America high, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, rejecting hard drugs in favor of marijuana and hashish.
Everybody knew Velma Barfield as the perfect wife and a loving grandmother. But there was something about her that nobody knew.... Velma Barfield had a secret life and a sick urge to kill.
Vincent "Chin" Gigante. He started out as a professional boxer - until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. His doting mother's pet name for the boy evolved into his famous alias, "Chin", a nickname that struck fear throughout organized crime as he routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code. Vincent Gigante was hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese Family, all while evading federal investigators.
Darryl Sutorious was spellbound, convinced he'd found the perfect wife. But their honeymoon didn't last long. Beneath Dante Britteon's façade lurked a man-hater born as Della Faye Hall, whose four previous marriages had been spiked with butcher knives, pistols, vandalized houses, and a lover set on fire. By the time Darryl summoned the strength to demand out of the marriage, Della Faye was only too happy to oblige: with a bullet to the brain. Aphrodite Jones traces the intricate web of this fiendishly calculating sexual con artist.
When the body of 45-year-old Glen Harrelson was found in his Denver home, police tried to contact his wife, but soon they made a startling realization. She had played the part of grieving widow once before: Her previous husband also had died a mysterious accidental death...
Eighty thousand words, 100 serial killers, 100 short stories - but thousands of victims. I've selected at random 100 from A to Z. For many beginner true-crime fans, this will give you just enough taste to each story that, if you want to find out more about a particular serial killer, you can search for related books.
Among members of the outlaw motorcycle clubs, Caesar Campbell is a legend. Former sergeant-at-arms and chief enforcer for the Comancheros, Caesar became the founding member and sergeant-at-arms of the Australian chapter of the Bandidos. He epitomised bikie culture - unbeatable in a fight, brutal in the extreme, fearing no one and nothing, and loyal until death. This is Caesar's story, from his recruitment into the Comancheros, to the savage split within the club that led to the foundation of the Bandidos and the bloody massacre at Milperra that resulted from it.
"A Bikie and Man of Honour"
Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.
Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.
When one hears the term "Victorian", many images come to mind. For some, the term conjures up visions of lace and gloves and delicate fans. Others think of tight corsets and even tighter morals. Others, swayed perhaps by one too many British costume dramas, envision gentle elegance and long lost beauty. Naturally, few people think of multiple dead bodies cast about in the streets or dark bedrooms.
There have been a countless number of serial killers throughout history, and certainly more prolific ones, but the timing, circumstances, and unsolved nature of the case continue to make Jack the Ripper the most famous serial killer in history. The murders came at a time when media coverage could be both more acute and more widespread, and it allowed the public a closer look into how police agencies operated at the time, exposing both their strengths and shortcomings.
Simon Wells' breathtaking account of life and murder with Manson and the Family, charting the influence of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Black Panthers on their enduring legacy of horror.
His time was coming to an end; he could feel it. The police were approaching after he had been spotted by a bystander who personally witnessed him shoot the famous designer. Fearing for his life, he dashed wherever he could, chancing upon a houseboat which seemed abandoned. After a brief tussle with some guy who was polishing the chrome of the exterior, he had made his way into the main undergirding. He did not want to do what he did, but time was running short. The guy taking care of the boat asked him to leave, but soon became an unfortunate casualty of war.
Pablo Escobar is one of the infamous, if not the most tarnished drug dealers in the world. Born in Columbia, Pablo Escobar was the leader of the biggest cocaine production and distributing group in the world. Along with a net worth of 15 billion dollars in, he was listed in the famous Forbes magazine as the seventh-wealthiest man during his reign. Listen to this book to learn his amazing story!
Serial killer William Suff plans to cook up some of his famous chili.
The creepy-but-charming psycho-killer Richard Ramirez could victimize vulnerable women and mothers. But could he take on someone his own size?
Edmund Kеmреr, аt аgе 15, kіllеd both his grаndраrеntѕ tо "ѕее what іt fеlt lіkе". Uроn rеlеаѕе, hе drifted, рісkіng uр аnd releasing fеmаlе hіtсhhіkеrѕ. But hе ѕооn ѕtорреd letting them go, killing ѕіx уоung wоmеn іn thе Sаntа Cruz, Cаlіfоrnіа аrеа in thе 1970s. In 1973 he killed his mоthеr and her frіеnd bеfоrе turning hіmѕеlf іn. Aссоrdіng tо famous FBI рrоfіlеrs Jоhn Dоuglаѕ and Rоbеrt Rеѕѕlеr, any оnе of the previously mentioned traits саn indicate someone іѕ a ѕеrіаl kіllеr. Edmund Kemper has thеm аll.
From the early 1970s through the following two decades, the cult star of worldwide terrorism was Ilich Ramirez Sanchez of Venezuela, better known to the world as Carlos the Jackal. Sanchez, the most notorious of terrorists in the late 20th century before Osama bin Laden's destructive 9/11 attacks, was born on October 12, 1949, in the years following the most global example of state terrorism in the form of Nazi Germany. Sanchez was known to virtually every European and American who read the news between 1970 and 1990.
Ted Bundy is one of the most charismatic serial killers of all time.
Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.
The killing pattern of Jeffrey Dahmer is somewhat remarkable. While many authors rightfully express how shocking and unexpected the discovery of Dahmer's Milwaukee apartment full of horrors was, there's much more to the story. It is worth asking, "How could someone so externally soft-spoken, friendly, and polite toward authority figures keep such grisly torture and murder so well-hidden from those around him, including the tenants in his Milwaukee neighborhood?" Apparently, no one could see it coming.
The Mexican drug lord of the Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo Guzman, was ranked as one of the 100 most powerful people in the world for three years continuously by Forbes magazine. In 2009 he was 41st, in 2010 he was ranked 60th, and again in 2011 he was at the 55th position. In this book, we will take a look at this Mexican drug kingpin, his early life, how he entered the business of drug trafficking, how he expanded his business, and how he increased his control over the Mexican drug cartels.
An excerpt from the forthcoming audiobook collection, Psychobabble: A Collection of Short Stories About Serial Killers.
This is the story of Harry Marsden and the abuse he and many others suffered during their childhoods at the hands of the Catholic Church in St Mary's children's home. This book tracks the young Harry Marsden from a four-year-old being abandoned by his mother, through the savage treatment he and many others endured from the strict and brutal regime of the Sisters of Charity, to his rise to the top of the crime world, and then his turnaround to becoming a top boxing coach honored with award after award.
Jack the Ripper may get all the fame, but his 1960s counterpart, Jack the Stripper, will really send shivers down your spine. At least six women, all prostitutes, were murdered at his hand - possibly more. Most intriguing of all...he was never caught. The crimes, though often forgotten today, inspired the crime novel Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square, which Alfred Hitchcock turned into the 1972 movie, Frenzy. Go inside the hunt for this brutal killer in this gripping short biography.
One of the more unique British serial killers, John George Haigh killed simply because he wanted more. He had an exaggerated sense of entitlement, and would seek out victims who could support his lavish lifestyle. What is most abhorrent in this true crime murder story is not that he killed six people, but rather what he did with them after they were dead. Newspapers and tabloids would shout out headlines of John being a "vampire", a man with a blood lust who drank the blood of those he killed.
In this book, we will examine the life and crimes of Robert Lee Yates. Though he might not be as well-known as many of the country's other serial killers, his violent crimes nevertheless left a savage impact. A veteran of the United States Army, he retired from the military and turned his penchant for violence to another end. In this book, we will attempt to discover why he made such a switch. What prompted a veteran and family man to start murdering women later in his life?
World War Two, in particular the Holocaust, was responsible for bringing to light some of the most horrifying and unbelievable individuals, none more so than Irma Grese, a female SS guard. Irma was initially stationed at Auschwitz and became one of the most ferocious and formidable women of her time, many would say of all time! This is an account of Irma's life, based on information provided by the people who knew her best.
This true crime book follows the FBI's search for and capture of Darren Dee O'Neall, a serial killer whose ability to change his appearance kept him out of the reach of the authorities, and describes his violent sexual crimes.