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What makes good people go bad? What drives bad people to go over the line? What makes a murderer kill and kill again? And what separates us from them? The extremes of human behavior, the causes of it, and its consequences have always fascinated us, perhaps nowhere more so than in the true crime account. 

 
So for those of you who, like us, have been hooked on recent true crime television hits like Serial, Making a Murderer, and Killing Fields, we've assembled a broad sampling of real-life crime, conspiracy, investigation, and punishment over the centuries. Here are history-making assassinations and sensational London murders, Mafia hit men and desperadoes on a killing spree, crimes of passion and any number of poisonings, scandals, plots, and beheadings.

 
 
 
 
 The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime
 

The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime

Adrian Raine.
 
ListPrice: $35.00
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Why do some kids grow up to become cold-blooded killers? Is bad biology partly to blame? For more ...(Read More)

 
 Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases from the Archives of the NYPD from 1831 to the Present
 

Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases from the Archives of the NYPD from 1831 to the Present

Bernard J. Whalen, Philip Messing & Robert Mladinich.
 
ListPrice: $40.00
Sale Price: $27.95
 
Compulsively fascinating, this oversized album revisits the most notorious crimes in New York ...(Read More)

 
 Killer History: A Gruesome and Grisly Trip Through the Past
 

Killer History: A Gruesome and Grisly Trip Through the Past

Clive Gifford.
 
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Traveling to every corner of the globe and far into the past, this gleefully gruesome book takes ...(Read More)

 
 The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison & Pursuit
 

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison & Pursuit

Carol Baxter.
 
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A sincere Quaker if a sinning one, John Tawell had been convicted of forgery and transported to ...(Read More)

 
 The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service
 

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service

Gordon Corera.
 
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From its inception in 1909 to the present day, Britain's intelligence agency MI6 has been cloaked ...(Read More)

 
 
 Heroes, Rascals, & Rogues: A Compendium of Notable Historical Characters, Who Have Made Their Names ... By Foul Means or Fair
 

Heroes, Rascals, & Rogues: A Compendium of Notable Historical Characters, Who Have Made Their Names ... By Foul Means or Fair

Rupert Matthews & John Birdsall.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Heavily illustrated and compulsively readable, this book of popular biography packs in hundreds of ...(Read More)

 
 A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel
 

A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel

Edmund Levin.
 
ListPrice: $29.95
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On March 20, 1911, in a cave near Kiev, the body of 13-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found with ...(Read More)

 
 Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived
 

Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived

Ron Franscell.
 
ListPrice: $26.00
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From a 12-year-old boy and his mother who endured the 1984 San Ysidro McDonalds massacre to a man ...(Read More)

 
 Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales
 

Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales

David T. Hawkings.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
The author of Pauper Ancestors and Railway Ancestors here offers practical, in-depth ...(Read More)

 
 Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London
 

Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London

Simon Webb.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
Although Britons may think of terrorism as a relatively recent phenomenon, it has been a feature of ...(Read More)

 
 
 Genuine and Fake: Coins, Banknotes, and Electronic Money
 

Genuine and Fake: Coins, Banknotes, and Electronic Money

Bruno Buratti, Gerardo Severino, & Fiorenzo Catalli.
 
Sale Price: $9.98
 
A practical spotter's guide to counterfeits in Italian coins, banknotes, and electronic money, this ...(Read More)

 
 The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science
 

The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science

Sandra Hempel.
 
ListPrice: $15.95
Sale Price: $10.95
 
In the first half of the 19th century, an epidemic of arsenic poisoning swept through Europe. ...(Read More)

 
 Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris
 

Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris

Steven Levingston.
 
ListPrice: $26.95
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A veteran international journalist and now the nonfiction book editor of the Washington ...(Read More)

 
 Murder at Wrotham Hill
 

Murder at Wrotham Hill

Diana Souhami.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Two strikingly different people eke out lives on the margins of a society shattered by World War ...(Read More)

 
 Murderers, Robbers & Highwaymen: True Tales of Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England
 

Murderers, Robbers & Highwaymen: True Tales of Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England

Stephen Brennan, ed.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
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Despite the frequency with which criminals were sentenced to death, crime was still on the rise in ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal
 

The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

Hubert Wolf. Ruth Martin, trans.
 
ListPrice: $17.00
Sale Price: $11.95
 
In 1858, a German princess recently inducted into the convent of Sant'Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a ...(Read More)

 
 Outlaws!: Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels
 

Outlaws!: Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels

Laurent Maréchaux. Louise Lalaurie Rogers, trans.
 
ListPrice: $45.00
Sale Price: $4.98
 
The French seem to have a certain weakness for the outlaw—the man or woman of action who, ...(Read More)

 
 Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Modernisation of the Monarchy
 

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Modernisation of the Monarchy

Paul Thomas Murphy.
 
Sale Price: $6.98
 
During Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life; the ...(Read More)

 
 The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases
 

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases

Deborah Halber.
 
ListPrice: $25.00
Sale Price: $5.98
 
In America today, upwards of 40,000 people are dead and unaccounted for. The bodies of these ...(Read More)

 
 A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in Seventeenth-Century France
 

A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in Seventeenth-Century France

James R. Farr.
 
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As scandalous as any modern-day celebrity murder trial, the "Giroux affair" was a maelstrom of ...(Read More)

 
 
 White Shotgun: The Sicilian Mafia in Their Own Words
 

White Shotgun: The Sicilian Mafia in Their Own Words

Attilio Bolzoni. Shaun Whiteside, trans.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
For more than 30 years, prize-winning Sicilian journalist Attilio Bolzoni has reported on the ...(Read More)

 
 The Crime Archives: Inside the Minds of Today's Deadliest Criminals—Contains Removable Evidence from Criminal Casefiles
 

The Crime Archives: Inside the Minds of Today's Deadliest Criminals—Contains Removable Evidence from Criminal Casefiles

Damon Wilson.
 
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Crime writer Damon Wilson here assembles a rogues' gallery of some of the most notorious ...(Read More)

 
 The Crime Archives: Inside the Minds of Today's Deadliest Criminals—Contains Removable Evidence from Criminal Casefiles
 

The Crime Archives: Inside the Minds of Today's Deadliest Criminals—Contains Removable Evidence from Criminal Casefiles

Damon Wilson.
 
ListPrice: $29.95
Sale Price: $5.98
 
Crime writer Damon Wilson here assembles a rogues' gallery of some of the most notorious ...(Read More)

 
   
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