Ever since I watched the Netflix documentary on Ted Bundy and also read up on what true crime enthusiasts had to say, I decided it wouldn’t hurt anyone if I decided to try out some true crime books for myself. It took a little research before I settled for the following five titles which I’d like to share with you! I haven’t started reading them yet, but I hope to be writing reviews for them soon.
What does true crime mean though? It’s basically a genre of literature that delves into crimes that have been actually committed, as opposed to fictional crime novels. Reality is what separates crime novels from true crime novels. Interestingly enough, sometimes reality can become so bizarre, it’s difficult to understand how
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry
Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider’s position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime. 50 pages of b/w photographs.Goodreads
In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.Goodreads
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
Serial Killer Investigations
by Colin Wilson
The Story of Forensics & Profiling Through the Hunt for the World’s Worst MurderersGoodreads
This fascinating, in-depth account of how serial killers are tracked down and caught is by Colin Wilson, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. Wilson’s thorough tome covers the tried-and-true methods from the beginning of the 20th century to the cutting-edge, innovative processes now featured on shows such as CSI. The illustrated book includes 15 black-and-white images of victims, killers, and crime scenes. This is an exceptional book for a society morbidly fascinated by this unsettling topic.
Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People
by Time Reiterman
Tim Reiterman’s Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown in 1978.Goodreads
This PEN Award winning work explores the ideals-gone-wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America. Reiterman s reportage clarifies enduring misperceptions of the character and motives of Jim Jones, the reasons why people followed him, and the important truth that many of those who perished at Jonestown were victims of mass murder rather than suicide.This widely sought work is restored to print after many years with a new preface by the author, as well as the more than sixty-five rare photographs from the original volume.
The Night Stalker
by Philip Carlo
Painstakingly researched over three years, based on nearly one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Richard Ramirez on California’s Death Row, The Night Stalker is the definitive account of America’s most feared serial murderer.Goodreads
From Ramirez’s earliest brushes with the law to his deadliest stalking expeditions to the unprecedented police and civilian manhunt that resulted in one of the most sensational trials in California history, The Night Stalker is an eerie and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil.
It is more than epic nonfiction at its most brutally real – it is true crime masterpiece.
Which one of these looks like an interesting title to you? I’m almost done with reading Helter Skelter though and let me tell you, it’s definitely a fantastic ride and I can’t wait to write about it soon! Thank you for reading!