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Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Looking for the best Nonfiction Murder books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (2018)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFrom the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history            In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.             Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The…
Author(s): David Grann

2. The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation (2016)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf"Oh, my God, they are all dead!"On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world.As the eight bodies were carried out of the small building, the coroner, who had seen the carnage up close, told a gathering crowd: "It is the crime of the century!"Now, on the 50th anniversary of the murders, the prosecutor who put Speck in…
Author(s): Dennis L. Breo , William J. Martin , et al.

3. The Michigan Murders (2010)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“True crime devotees won’t want to miss this one!” —Publishers Weekly “Very engrossing . . . in the finest you can’t put it down tradition.” —Hartford Courant “This factual account of each murder, through the conviction of the killer, has all the excitement of a first-rate work of fiction, and is told straight, without the usual sociological jargon. Keyes collaborated with Robin Moore on The French Connection; The Michigan Murders is his first solo effort, and it is a good one.” —Miami Herald “The Michigan Murders is the ultimate True Crime classic, unfolding like great mystery…
Author(s): Edward Keyes , Laura James, et al.

4. Unexplained Mysteries Of The World: A Non-Fiction Collection About True Hauntings, Lost Civilizations, Alien Contact & Other Paranormal Enigmas (2019)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDiscover Some Of The Most Captivating Mysteries Of All TimeHumanity has come so far and explored so much. As a species, we have more or less conquered the entire Earth and all of its resources. We have built towering structures, intricate systems and settled everywhere — from the tallest peaks to the deepest valleys.We have now entered what many like to think of as the enlightened, scientific era — where old superstitions and fears have been abolished, and the mysteries of the past have been solved. Basically, many of us like to think we have figured it all out.However, whether we want to admit it or not, we are still…
Author(s): Brian Kingsley

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

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA 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…
Author(s): Amanda Lamb

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

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhen 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, Susan Smith was a young, attractive, struggling single mother. She was also…
Author(s): Joe Sharkey

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

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfJUDGE. 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…
Author(s): Kathryn Casey

8. Murder, Motherhood, and Miraculous Grace: A True Story (2019)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhen Deb Moerke and her husband decided to become foster parents, they never imagined how their lives would change. And never did they imagine their worst nightmare coming true: their five-year-old foster daughter, Hannah, murdered at the hands of her birth mom, Karen.The Moerkes were overwhelmed with horror and grief. And just when they didn’t think they could bear any more, Deb received a phone call from Karen in prison. Facing a life sentence for Hannah’s murder, she was pregnant. And Karen had an incredible request: Would Deb take her unborn baby in, and love it as her own?How would you…
Author(s): Debra Moerke , Carol Kent, et al.

9. The Murder of King Tut (2010)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThrust onto Egypt’s most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut’s reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace’s veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King’s most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy. Now, in The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence-X-rays, Carter’s files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages-to arrive at their own account of King Tut’s life and death. The…
Author(s): James Patterson, Martin Dugard

10. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs (2018)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCandy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.   On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence…
Author(s): John Bloom, Jim Atkinson

11. Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? (2017)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Part murder case, part corruption exposé, and part Louisiana noir” (New York magazine), Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the murky canals and crawfish ponds of Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the heart of the Jefferson Davis parish. The women came to be known as the Jeff Davis 8, and local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, opening…
Author(s): Ethan Brown

12. Not Just Another Killing in Oakland: A Civil Lawyer’s View Of A Murder Trial From The Jury Box (2017)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEvan Meisner thought he had a lot of life ahead of him at twenty-two. Instead, he became one of the 103 people murdered in Oakland, California, in 2011. Not Just Another Killing in Oakland is an intriguing blow-by-blow account of People v. Gadlin. From jury selection to the final verdict and sentencing, David H. Fleisig writes with meticulous detail about the events that led to the murder of Evan Meisner, the arrest of the main suspect, and the trial that followed. As a juror and civil trial lawyer, Fleisig offers a unique perspective of what happened in and out of the courtroom and why the jury found no reasonable…
Author(s): David H. Fleisig

13. The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders: The Story of a Town in Terror (2016)

Best Nonfiction Murder Books that Should be on Your BookshelfSet in the rowdy, often lawless town of Texarkana shortly after WWII, The Phantom Killer is the history of the most puzzling unsolved cases in the United StatesThe salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana’s “lovers lanes” in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides…
Author(s): James Presley

Books shelved as non-fiction-true-crime: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule, The De For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) Books shelved as mystery-non-fiction: The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome by Jim Carrier, The Queen of the North Disaster What follows is not a condemnation of the genre—Malcolm herself has written several true crime books, among them the excellent Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial—but instead

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The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - a Nonfiction Thriller

Author(s): James Patterson, Martin Dugard
Publisher: Little Brown & Co, Year: 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Download: mobi
ID: 792747

An Almost Perfect Murder

Author(s): Gary C. King,Lucy Monroe,Kate Angell, et al.Random House, Inc.|Kensington||PinnacleAdult NonfictionTrue CrimeLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 18.02.2015Street date: 01.09.2008
Publisher: Random House;Kensington;Pinnacle, Year: 2008, Size: 713 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1348579

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are written 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 books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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