Fellow true crime junkies, add your suggestions to the mix.
  1. The fact that Rule knew Ted Bundy personally takes the already compelling story to another level.
  2. Reading about Columbine in detail wasn't something I wanted to do but this book is on my top five nonfiction of all time. It goes far beyond what happened in the days before and after the murders, and deeply analyzes media and society's need to find "answers" to why things like this happen and the myths that become "true" as a result.
  3. It's a classic for a reason.
  4. One of my favorite in the genre in the past few years...very interesting to read true crime set in another country (Japan in this case) where the police and court systems are very different than in the U.S.
  5. Another classic of the genre. Added bonus: Wambaugh is a really nice guy and will tell you great police stories for hours should you get the chance to meet him.
  6. Like The Stranger Beside Me, this book differentiates itself from more traditional true crime because the author knew the subject. Additionally, it's a graphic memoir so the form and style is outside of the norm for the genre. And both the form and the personal connection between author and subject are what make it a wholly unique and fascinating read.
  7. There's a reason this book is a classic and is often credited with being the title that "created" the true crime genre.
  8. Fatal Vision -Joe McGuinness
    Suggested by   @cgimesh
  9. Evidence of Love - John Bloom
    Suggested by   @cgimesh
  10. God'll Cut You Down - John Safran
    Suggested by   @aloisi_tribe
  11. The Sunset Murders by Louise Farr
    Suggested by   @an_aussie_bookworm