Here is a list of the best Nonfiction Crime books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders (2018)
- You Think You Know Me: The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm (True Crime) (2018)
- Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and a Murder of Passion (2017)
- Think Criminology (2011)
- Tragedy in the North Woods:: The Murders of James Hicks (True Crime) (2009)
- Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs (2015)
- Spilled Milk: Based on a true story (2013)
- Similar Transactions: A True Story (2017)
- The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden (2018)
- The Evil Within (2017)
- Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (2011)
In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders (2018)
JUDGE. JURY. EXECUTIONER. On a cold January morning, the killer executed Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in broad daylight. Eight shots fired a block from the Kaufman County Courthouse. Two months later, a massacre. The day before Easter, the couple slept. Bunnies, eggs, a flower centerpiece gracing the table.
You Think You Know Me: The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm (True Crime) (2018)
In the fall of 1994, Erich Baumeister (13), was playing in a wooded area of his family’s estate, when he stumbled across a partially buried human skeleton. He presented the disturbing finding to his mother, Julie, who inquired about the skull to her husband, Herb. He told her that the skeleton belonged to his late father, an anaesthesiologist, who used it for his research. He said he didn’t know what to do with it, so he buried it in the back garden. Astonishingly, Julie believed him.
Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and a Murder of Passion (2017)
When rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam received his first assignment in 1987, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream, if not the most desirable location. Pikeville, Kentucky, is high in Appalachian coal country, an outpost rife with lawlessness dating back to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a rising star in the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug rings and bank robbers.
Think Criminology (2011)
Think Criminology strives to spark students’ interest in the fascinating and rapidly changing field of criminology. Designed to promote student learning and stimulate critical thinking, this text demonstrates how understanding criminological theories and differentiating between different types of crime will serve them well as future law enforcement professionals, citizens, and consumers of mass media.
Tragedy in the North Woods:: The Murders of James Hicks (True Crime) (2009)
Jennie Cyr disappeared in 1977. Jerilyn Towers vanished in 1982. Lynn Willette never came home on a night in 1994. Each woman had a relationship with James Hicks, who in 2000confessed to murdering them, dismembering their bodies andburying the remains alongside rural roads in Aroostook County. This is their story. Trudy Irene Scee follows Hicks from the North Woods to west Texas, detailing three decades of evasion, investigation and prosecution.
Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs (2015)
A perfect life.
Spilled Milk: Based on a true story (2013)
Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call to social services about the escalating brutality in her home.When they jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding.
Similar Transactions: A True Story (2017)
Teenager Michelle Anderson disappears and the police detective carelessly writes her off as a runaway. Twenty years later S. R. Reynolds connects the dots and finds herself caught up in a real-life drama. Justice can come in many forms. When the girl went missing in 1987, Reynolds, then a clinical social worker, warned the DA and police that the case was being mishandled. Michelle’s classmates and her mother were unanimous in saying she had no reason to run away.
The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden (2018)
On the evening of April 19, 2013, Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents divorce.The girls father, David Rucki, worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters, following every lead while raising three remaining children at home.
The Evil Within (2017)
Previously published as Becky, this is the heartbreaking story behind the murder of 16-year-old Bristol schoolgirl Becky Watts, a crime that shocked the nation and tore a family in two.A vulnerable and shy girl, Becky Watts was brutally murdered and dismembered by her own step-brother on 19 February 2015.
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (2011)
volumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript or challenge questions. readers feature an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites.
Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must Read
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The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam
Author(s): Paisley Rekdal
ID: 3510690, Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Year: 2017, Size: 297 Kb, Format: epub
Poetry of the Earth. Mapuche Trilingual Anthology
Author(s): Jaime Luis Huenún Villa,Víctor Cifuentes Palacios,Juan Garrido Salgado, et al.IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)|IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)||Adult NonfictionTrue CrimeLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 19.12.2014Street date: 19.12.2014Preview
ID: 1348991, Publisher: IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), Year: 2014, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
Dear Dawn. Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words
Author(s): Aileen Wuornos,Lisa Kester,Daphne Gottlieb, et al.Perseus Books Group|Soft Skull Press||Adult NonfictionTrue CrimeLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 12.07.2012Street date: 01.06.2011
ID: 1348594, Publisher: Perseus Books Group;Soft Skull Press, Year: 2011, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.