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Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must Read

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!

1. In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders (2018)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadJUDGE. 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. Death rang their doorbell and filled the air with the rat-a-tat-tat of an assault weapon discharging round after round into their bodies.Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, celebrated the murders with grilled steaks. Their crimes covered front pages around the world, many saying the killer placed a target square on the back…
Author(s): Kathryn Casey

2. You Think You Know Me: The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm (True Crime) (2018)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadIn 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. Over the course of eighteen-months, Julie became increasingly concerned and even frightened by her husband’s mood swings and…
Author(s): Ryan Green

3. Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and a Murder of Passion (2017)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadWhen 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. But when one informant fell in love with him, passion and duty would collide with tragic results.   A coal miner’s daughter,…
Author(s): Joe Sharkey

4. Think Criminology (2011)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadThink 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. Developed for today’s generation, Think Criminology effectively guides students through a critical thinking framework to move beyond rote memorization of facts to better understand…
Author(s): John Fuller

5. Tragedy in the North Woods:: The Murders of James Hicks (True Crime) (2009)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadJennie 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. She interviews police officers and victims’ families–and meets Hicks at the state prison in Thomaston, where he remains remorseless as he lives out his days…
Author(s): Trudy Irene Scee

6. Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs (2015)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadA perfect life. A perfect lie.When Nancy Cooper moved from Canada to Cary, North Carolina with her new husband Brad, their future was bright: living in one of the most picturesque towns in the US, the couple mingled with neighbors, attended parties, and raised two daughters.Then, on July 14th, 2008, the façade came crashing down when Nancy’s strangled body was found in a storm pond.Nancy’s husband claimed that she had gone for a jog and never come back. But as the police investigation deepened, and as Brad was brought to trial for murdering his wife, a complex web of affairs and lies was uncovered involving multiple residents of…
Author(s): Amanda Lamb

7. Spilled Milk: Based on a true story (2013)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadBrooke 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. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home, and she risks losing the support of family, coming to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved.Spilled…
Author(s): K.L Randis

8. Similar Transactions: A True Story (2017)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadTeenager 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. A decade later, after having moved from Knoxville, Tennessee to another state, Reynolds learns from a…
Author(s): S. R. Reynolds

9. 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)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadOn 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. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world, abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified, catching the…
Author(s): Michael Brodkorb, Allison Mann

10. The Evil Within (2017)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must ReadPreviously 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. As her father Darren discovered the horrific details of what happened to his darling girl, his world fell apart.Writing about the darkest hours, Darren uncovers what Becky’s relationship with her step-brother Nathan, a child he had raised as his own son, was…
Author(s): Darren Galsworthy

11. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (2011)

 Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must Readvolumes 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. An online Instructor’s Resource Guide with testing material is available for each volume. Using Taking Sides in the Classroom is also an excellent instructor resource. Visit for more details….
Author(s): Thomas Hickey

Best Nonfiction Crime Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some nonfiction crime books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

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

Beyond All Evil. Two monsters, two mothers, a love that will last forever

Author(s): June Thomson,Giselle Ross,Marion Scott, et al.HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.|HarperCollins Publishers||Harper ElementAdult NonfictionTrue CrimeLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 08.11.2011Street date: 10.11.2011
ID: 1348807, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers;Harper Element, 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.

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