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Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best True Murder books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. MURDER USA: True Crime, Real Killers (2019)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListWARNING! DEPRAVED HEARTS, BEASTLY EVIL These are their stories.These stories of murders and of a few cases of attempted murder over sixty years include vivid descriptions of ghastly crimes with explicit photos not intended for the faint of heart or children. Parental Guidance is mandatory. Many of these murders went unsolved for long periods, some still have not been solved, and justice obtained for the victims. One case of a killer allowed out of a mental health facility after he killed two people on the East Coast allowed him to rape and murder 3,000 miles away on…
Author(s): Ken Rossignol, Elizabeth Mackey

2. Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case (2019)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListWas Jason the monster who bludgeoned his beautiful wife to death, leaving his toddler alone for hours to walk through her blood? If so–would he get away with it? To the outside world, Jason and Michelle Young lived a storybook life–an attractive couple with great jobs, a beautiful home, a precocious two-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way. Soon after the 29-year-old pregnant mother’s brutally beaten body was discovered on their bedroom floor, a very different picture emerged. Of a marriage crumbling at its foundation. Of a meddlesome New York…
Author(s): Steven B Epstein

3. Deadly Women Volume 7: 20 Shocking True Murder Cases (2019)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate List: Plain-looking and dumpy, Sharee nonetheless had a hold on the men in her life. She could get them to do anything for her. Even commit murder. : The battle was over a man who was hardly worth the trouble. It would end with one young woman dead and the other in prison for a very long time. : A case of product tampering leaves two people dead. But who slipped cyanide into the Excedrin pills. Could it be someone connected to one of the victims? : Once she’d been an honor student but a meth addition had turned Kimberly into a killer, targeting…
Author(s): Robert Keller

4. The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2015)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate List“Gives you new eyes on your nation, makes you wonder about both the recent South Asian immigrant behind the counter at the food mart and the tattooed white man behind you in line. It reminds you that there are some Americas where mercy flows freely, and other Americas where it has turned to ice.” ―Eboo Patel, The Washington PostDays after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into a Dallas minimart and shoots Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi immigrant, maiming and nearly killing him. Ten years after the shooting, Bhuiyan wages a campaign…
Author(s): Anand Giridharadas

5. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case (2018)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate List The kidnapping and violent murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of Till’s murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional…
Author(s): Chris Crowe

6. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (2015)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe  The Economist • The Globe and Mail  BookPage  Kirkus Reviews On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon…
Author(s): Jill Leovy

7. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (2001)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListThe #1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time―7 Million Copies SoldIn the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his “family” of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what…
Author(s): Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

8. Murder Knows No Borders: 26 True Crime Stories from around the world (2019)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListMurder Knows No Borders is a fascinating insight into the motivation and murder of innocent, unsuspecting victims. This collection of true crime stories includes murder by loved ones, family members and best friends for a variety of motives. It makes for a compelling read into the lives of people who never thought it could happen to them….
Author(s): Marie Kusters-McCarthy

9. Solving the West Palm Beach Murder of Jeffrey Heagerty (True Crime) (2019)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListJeffrey Heagerty was like most young gay nineteen-year-olds in South Florida in the 1980s, commonly finding himself and his friends at the popular Kevin’s Cabaret in West Palm Beach on Saturday nights. On one of those Saturday nights in 1984, Jeff vanished from the club, leaving his friends behind even though he was their ride home. His body was found dumped in a canal the next morning and his car was missing, only to be found a month later, abandoned on the other side of town. Rumors of a love triangle, drug dealings and sexual encounters snarled police efforts at solving the case. The investigation…
Author(s): Graham Brunk

10. Murder in Little Egypt (2018)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate List Fusing the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and the detailed research of an experienced investigator, author Darcy O’Brien unfolds the story of Dr. John Dale Cavaness, the southern Illinois physician and surgeon charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984. Outraged by the arrest of the skilled medical practitioner who selflessly attended to their needs, the people of Little Egypt, as the natives call their region, rose to his defense. But during the subsequent trial, a radically different, disquieting portrait of Dr. Cavaness would emerge. Throughout the three decades that he…
Author(s): Darcy O’Brien

11. The Gambler A True Story of Murder in Mississippi (2019)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListThe Gambler book is a true story of a habitual compulsive gambler willing to kill with no remorse to get money to gamble. This leads investigators on a long trail with no physical evidence to make a circumstantial evidence case for prosecution. The suspect is clever and meticulous, but he makes one mistake. He gambled one time too many….
Author(s): Capt Bill Burns

12. Murder Machine: A True Story of Murder, Madness, and the Mafia (1993)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListExcellent Book…
Author(s): Gene Mustain

13. A Checklist for Murder: The True Story of Robert John Peernock (2015)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListFrom award-winning author Anthony Flacco comes a powerful tale of a picture-perfect family, the madness that plagued them, and a betrayal that plunged them into a fatal nightmare. Robert Peernock appeared to have the ideal life; working as a pyrotechnics engineer and computer expert and coming home to his wife and daughter, Peernock projected the American dream. Even when he and his wife separated, it seemed amicable, just a small bump for the well-to-do family. But there was madness in his house: in private, Peernock was violent, subtly manipulative, and bordering on…
Author(s): Anthony Flacco

14. True Crime Stories: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases (True Crime Anthology) (Volume 1) (2016)

 Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate ListThe world can be a very strange place in general and when you open the pages of this true crime anthology you will quickly learn that the criminal world specifically can be as bizarre as it is dangerous. In the following book, you will be captivated by mysterious missing person cases that defy all logic and a couple cases of murderous mistaken identity. Follow along as detectives conduct criminal investigations in order to solve cases that were once believed to be unsolvable. Every one of the crime cases chronicled in the pages of this book are as strange and disturbing as the…
Author(s): Jack Rosewood

Best True Murder Books: The Ultimate List

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 true murder 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.

Reader’s Digest True Crime: Tales of Murder & Mayhem

Author(s): Reader’s Digest
ID: 2446032, Publisher: Reader’s Digest, Year: 22 Oct 2019, Size: 39 Mb, Format: epub

A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back

Author(s): William D. LaRue
ID: 2910019, Publisher: William D. LaRue, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Cults Uncovered: True Stories of Mind Control and Murder

Author(s): Emily G. Thompson
ID: 2497164, Publisher: DK Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 30 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, 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 links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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