Category Archives: True Crime

Homicide by the Rich and Famous: A Century of Prominent by Gini Graham Scott Ph.D.

By Gini Graham Scott Ph.D.

Many folks show surprise and horror once they pay attention of a prosperous or celebrity killing another individual. As a society, we appear to count on the wealthy and well-known to act larger, to devote fewer crimes, to be proof against the passions that encourage different, much less trendy humans to kill. in the end, the wealthy and recognized have everything—why might they should homicide? however the wealthy and well-known kill for the exact same purposes others do: love, strength, funds, jealousy, greed, revenge, and rage. the following, Scott takes us on a journey of murders dedicated through the wealthy and recognized over the last century, the causes, the responses of the neighborhood and native legislation enforcement, the media, and the results. She argues that the wealthy and well-known may well kill for a similar purposes as others, yet they obtain greatly varied remedy and are usually in a position to escape with murder.Homicide through the wealthy and well-known isn't really new during this nation, neither is fascination with the crimes dedicated via our so much respected electorate. yet being one of the top echelon of society does have the funds for such suspects with a better skill to flee punishment. they've got higher entry to raised respresentation, they've got the potential to escape the rustic, they've got influential neighbors in excessive locations prepared to place themselves at the line, and they're normally handled larger by way of legislations enforcement and the legal justice approach. This booklet profiles the various ways that homicides devoted by way of the wealthy and recognized are just like different murders of their explanations, yet vary from these devoted via daily electorate of their results. Scott presents readers with a exhibit of crimes that would infuriate and fascinate readers.

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Meet Me For Murder by Don Lasseter

By Don Lasseter

An Aspiring Model

Hopeful good looks Kristi Johnson, 21, idea she was once auditioning to version for a James Bond merchandising. Following the instructions of the guy who approached her in a shopping center, she drove to a mansion within the Hollywood Hills with a black mini-skirt and stiletto heels.

A Hollywood Casting Couch

Weeks later, Kristi's physique used to be eventually photographed—by the county coroner. Her in part clad physique were discovered on a slope off Skyline force. now not one iota of forensic facts was once recovered. All investigators had was once one other Hollywood dream long past nightmare.

A court docket Drama

But what gave the impression of a useless finish quickly came across its fortunate holiday. Responding to information stories approximately Kristi's homicide, calls from ladies got here pouring in—all of them sufferers of bogus modeling gigs. One composite caricature later, Victor Paleologus, forty, already on parole for sexual attack, was once taken in custody. midway via his sensational trial, Paleologus stunned...

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Death Sentence. The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, by Jerry Bledsoe

By Jerry Bledsoe

A stunning precise tale of a double existence undone via murder.

When North Carolina farmer Stuart Taylor died after a unexpected disease, his 46-year-old fianc\u00e9e Velma Barfield, used to be conquer with grief. Taylor's kin grieved with her—until the post-mortem published strains of arsenic poisoning. became over to the experts by means of her personal son, Velma shocked her family members with extra revelations. This wasn't the 1st time the born-again Christian and religious Sunday university instructor had devoted cold-blooded homicide. attempted through the "world's deadliest prosecutor," and sentenced to loss of life, Velma became her lifestyles round and won around the world attention.

With chilling precision, ny instances bestselling writer Bledsoe probes Velma's stark descent into insanity. From her harrowing formative years to the surprising crimes that incited a countrywide debate over the loss of life penalty, to the darkish, ultimate moments of her execution—broadcast live to tell the tale CNN—Velma Barfield's riveting lifetime of crime and punishment,...

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Metal Men; Marc Rich, the $10 Billion Scam (1985) by Craig A. Copetas

By Craig A. Copetas

Marc wealthy -- the main sought after white-collar legal in the United States -- was once essentially the most profitable steel investors on this planet. prior to there has been Michael Milken or Ivan Boesky, wealthy rose throughout the ranks to accumulate a multibillion buck fortune within the halcyon days of high-flying commodities buying and selling. yet he did it by way of slicing corners and pulling the wool over the eyes of his opponents. ultimately his businesses pleaded to blame to 38 counts of tax evasion, paying $90 million in fines. wealthy fled to Switzerland, the place he confronted a possible prison time period of over three hundred years if he ever back to the U.S.. it is a tale of greed, corruption, and cash long gone wild, in really astronomical proportions. Posing as a commodities dealer, A. Craig Copetas is going backstage to offer us a riveting, true-to-life portrait of Rich's corrupt global and his magnificent break out from the legislations.

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A Ballad for Allison Porter by Gary Solomon

By Gary Solomon

Dr. Solomon's first novel, A Ballad for Allison Porter, is a mental mystery during which he comprises dependancy, abuse, demise, abandonment, love, betrayal, and revenge, all resulting in a ugly murder.

IN TWELVE HOURS ALLISON PORTER could be finished FOR THE BRUTAL MURDERS OF HER round the corner NEIGHBORS.

Allison has no longer stated a notice to an individual because the day of her arrest. whilst information reporter, Kevin Pratt, is assigned to interview the taciturn Allison Porter, astonishingly, she opens as much as him. Kevin leaves the interview decided to discover the lifetime of the true Allison Porter. attaining Allison's vacant domestic, Kevin unearths his strategy to a gloomy closet in Allison's early life bed room. discovering an outdated shoe field choked with miscellaneous keepsakes, Kevin alternatives during the items of memorabilia. As he touches each one merchandise within the field he flashes again to Allison's previous. sooner than the day is thru, Allison Porter might be useless and Kevin Pratt will vow to maintain her reminiscence in, A Ballad for...

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Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and around Halifax by Stephen Wade

By Stephen Wade

Calderdale has long past down within the annals of crime in England because the birthplace of Christie of Rillington position, and because the hang-out of the Yorkshire Ripper. yet there's even more within the legal background of the Halifax quarter to curiosity the reader with a flavor for real crime. As a city with a transferring inhabitants of labour for the hot turbines of the economic Revolution, Halifax within the 19th century used to be a spotlight for city disease and lawbreaking. This ebook tells a number of the stories from this era of social heritage, and from previous occasions, while feuds and brutal punishment for crime have been the order of the day.

Here are the debts of murders in the kinfolk, but in addition unhappy suicides and tragic attacks, public riots and violent vendettas. each northern city has its darkunderbelly underneath the seen civic growth and advertisement achievements Halifax and the cluster of cities close by have had lots of this nasty facet of heritage, and those pages recount probably the most heinous and...

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Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish by Harold Schechter

By Harold Schechter

In his bestselling booklet DERANGED, Harold Schechter shatters the parable that violent crime is a contemporary phenomenon, with this seamless actual account of unvarnished horror from the early 20th century. trip contained in the demented brain of Albert Fish - paedophile, sadist and cannibal killer - and become aware of that bloodlust is aware no time or place...On a hot spring day in 1928, a kindly, white-haired guy seemed on the Budd relations domestic in ny urban, and shortly persuaded Mr and Mrs Budd to allow him take their lovable little girst, Grace, on an day trip. The Budds by no means guessed they'd entrusted their baby to a monster. After a continuing six 12 months serach and national press insurance, the secret of Grace Budd's disappearance used to be solved - and a criminal offense of unprecedented gore and revulsion was once published to a shocked public. What Albert Fish did to Grace Budd, and maybe fifteen different childrens, brought on specialists to pronounce him the main deranged man or woman that they had ever obvious.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's by Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman

By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman

The Wall road magazine called him “a residing legend.” The London instances dubbed him “the most famed paintings detective within the world.”
 
In Priceless, Robert ok. Wittman, the founding father of the FBI’s artwork Crime crew, pulls again the curtain on his extraordinary occupation for the 1st time, supplying a real-life overseas mystery to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.   
 
Rising from humble roots because the son of an old broker, Wittman outfitted a twenty-year occupation that was once not anything in need of amazing. He went undercover, frequently unarmed, to capture paintings thieves, scammers, and black marketplace investors in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.
 
In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the tales in the back of his recoveries of precious paintings and antiquities: The golden armor of an historic Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that encouraged the Impressionist circulate. The headdress Geronimo wore at his ultimate Pow-Wow. The infrequent Civil battle conflict flag carried into conflict by way of one of many nation’s first African-American regiments.
 
The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unrivaled: He traveled the realm to rescue work by way of Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, usually operating undercover out of the country on the whim of international governments. toward domestic, he recovered an unique reproduction of the invoice of Rights and cracked the rip-off that rocked the PBS sequence Antiques Roadshow.
 
By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman kept thousands of thousands of greenbacks worthy of paintings and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t vital. in spite of everything, who’s to assert what's worthy extra --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into conflict? They're either priceless. 
 
The artwork thieves and scammers Wittman stuck run the gamut from wealthy to negative, shrewdpermanent to silly, equipped criminals to determined loners.  The smuggler who introduced him a looted 6th-century treasure grew to become out to be a high-ranking diplomat.  The appraiser who stole numerous heirlooms from struggle heroes’ descendants was once a slick, aristocratic con man.  The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair simply desired to make a number of additional dollars, figuring nobody might leave out what he’d filched.
 
In his ultimate case, Wittman referred to as on every piece of information and event in his arsenal to tackle his maximum problem: operating undercover to trace the vicious criminals in the back of what may be the main audacious paintings robbery of all. 

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A Rusty Gun by Noel 'Razor' Smith

By Noel 'Razor' Smith

As a gun-wielding financial institution robber, Noel 'Razor' Smith used to be most sensible of the legal tree, having fun with the buzz and merits of a perilous and adrenalin-filled occupation. yet he'd additionally spent the better a part of his grownup existence in felony, an atmosphere the place admire and simple survival have been assured in basic terms to these ready to take advantage of the main brutal violence. In his new booklet, Smith takes the tale on from his hugely acclaimed memoir a couple of sort phrases and a Loaded Gun, and describes how he got here to gain that the sport wasn't definitely worth the candle. In his mid-forties he utilized to go into Grendon, then the single legal in Britain delivering severe healing remedy to hardened criminals. He went from a brutal high-security criminal, HMP Whitemoor, to an establishment the place he used to be inspired to enquire simply why his lifestyles were given over to violence and crime. Smith paints an unforgettable portrait of the hardened and critically broken inmates of Grendon, a lot of them in charge of well-known crimes, and their makes an attempt to show around their lives. And specifically his personal onerous five-year trip to re-enter society as a instantly citizen.

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Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal

By Dennis McDougal

Colours of a frightening Grimm's fairy story colour this real tale of a mom who murders her personal daughters after they turn out to be extra attractive than she. With the aid of her sons, Theresa go effectively performed the hideous indeed--going unpunished for 9 years, till her youngest daughter's endurance eventually introduced her down.

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