TRUE CRIME BOOKS I HAVE RECENTLY READ/LOVED
For those who are experiencing a void in their lives post Serial/The Jinx. (Full disclosure: I edited Amazon blurbs for this list. "I'm Sorry Daniel Clowes.")
- •Blood Will Tell: A True Story of Deadly Obsession by Joseph BoscoIn 1984, Janet Cannon Meyers was found bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat. Only two men could have committed the act: her husband or her lover. A riveting legal thriller.
- •People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd ParryLucie Blackman -- tall, blonde, and 21 years old -- stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.
- •Fatal Vision by Joe McginnissTrue story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders he vehemently denies committing. (After you finish this: read other books in response such as The Journalist and the Murderer/A Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris).
- •Lost Girls by Robert KolkerAn account of the search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island. A look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real.
- •Alice and Freda Forever by Alexis CoeThe year was 1892, and 19-year-old Alice Mitchell was in love with Freda Ward, 17. She determined that if she couldn't marry Freda, nobody else would, either. The two women devised a plan to marry, with Alice posing as a man. However, their scheme was uncovered, and their families forbade the relationship. Freda moved on with her life and discovered other loves. Alice was unable to accept life without Freda and decided to kill her former lover when she visited Memphis.
- •The Family by Ed Sanders. About the Mansons, and better than Helter Skelter.Suggested by @videodrew