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Dark Angel

After six seasons of portraying the sweet-tempered maid Anna Bates on Downton Abbey, Joanne Froggatt does an intriguing about-face in this 2017 PBS Masterpiece miniseries, in which she is Mary Ann Mowbray, Victorian Britain's first female serial killer. Upon realizing the potential income she could accrue from life insurance policies, Mowbray dispatches her husband Billy (Tom Varey), and moves onto coal miner Joe Nattrass (Jonas Armstrong); in addition to poisoning every man with ...... read more

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She was pretty, she was charming, and she served a wicked cup o' tea. Mary Ann Cotton (formerly Robinson, Ward, Mowbray, and Robson) was Victorian England's most notorious poisoner, with a string of murders that put Jack the Ripper to shame. Taking a decidedly different role from the stalwart, loving Anna Bates on Downton Abbey, Joanne Froggatt portrays Britain's first female serial killer in Dark Angel, a chilling two-part Masterpiece series.

Here too you'll find dozens of books and DVDs about murderers real and fictional—a subject that never fails to fascinate us, as we try to imagine what goes on in the mind of a killer.

 

  Crime: A Series of Extraordinary Interviews Exposing the World of Crime—Real and Imagined  

Crime: A Series of Extraordinary Interviews Exposing the World of Crime—Real and Imagined

When authors write about crime, directors make gangster films, or actors depict criminal behavior, should they pursue realism and unsparing detail, or should they avoid exposing viewers and readers to the excesses of the criminal world? Indeed, does the film industry learn from the mafia, or has the inventiveness of Hollywood had a real effect on organized crime? Through a series of extraordinary interviews with detectives, actors, murderers, film directors, prison inmates, and authors, this ...... read more

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Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants: Britain's First Female Crime Syndicate  

Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants: Britain's First Female Crime Syndicate

Brian McDonald.

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The Forty Elephants—sometimes referred to as the Forty Thieves—comprised the only all-female syndicate in the annals of British crime. Inheriting the mantle of the highwaymen known as the Elephant ... ... read more

 
The Killer of Little Shepherds: The Case of the French Ripper and the Birth of Forensic Science  

The Killer of Little Shepherds: The Case of the French Ripper and the Birth of Forensic Science

Douglas Starr.

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(2011 Gold Dagger Winner for Non-Fiction) The co-director of Boston University's Science & Medical Journalism Program, as well as the author of Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and ... ... read more

 
They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper  

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Bruce Robinson.

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The mystery of Jack the Ripper has spawned obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting to reveal the identity of the murderer who terrorized Victorian London. But what if it was never really a ... ... 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.

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From a 12-year-old boy and his mother who endured the 1984 San Ysidro McDonalds massacre to a man shot twice by the University of Texas clock tower sniper in 1966, these ten true stories of survivors ... ... 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.

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In the first half of the 19th century, an epidemic of arsenic poisoning swept through Europe. Available at any corner shop for a few pence, arsenic was undetectable in food or drink, and came to be ... ... read more

 
 
The Domino Men  

The Domino Men

Jonathan Barnes.

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More than a century ago, Queen Victoria signed a Faustian bargain, giving London to an inhuman entity known as Leviathan, in this mystery by the author of The Somnambulist. In the present day, ... ... read more

 
Murder & Mayhem in North London  

Murder & Mayhem in North London

Geoffrey Howse.

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Delving into crime files covering 200 years of North London's darkest past, Geoffrey Howse uncovers long-forgotten cases that made the headlines in their day, as well as others still famous today. ... ... read more

 
Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: Or the Missing Girls of England  

Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: Or the Missing Girls of England

Bridget O'Donnell.

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In Victorian London, the age of consent was just 13. Unwitting girls were regularly enticed or tricked and sold into prostitution, and could be trafficked to Brussels, Paris, or beyond. The official ... ... 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.

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In 1858, a German princess recently inducted into the convent of Sant'Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she feared for her life. A ... ... read more

 
A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel  

A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel

Jussi Adler-Olsen. Martin Aitken, trans.

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The head of Copenhagen's cold cases squad, detective Carl Mørck, is given a bottle containing an old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two young brothers, tied up in a ... ... 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.

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Despite the frequency with which criminals were sentenced to death, crime was still on the rise in England in the mid-18th century. One of the most popular publications of the era was The Newgate ... ... 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.

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On March 20, 1911, in a cave near Kiev, the body of 13-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found with dozens of stab wounds. Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a brick factory clerk and father of ... ... 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.

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A veteran international journalist and now the nonfiction book editor of the Washington Post, Steven Levingston here gives us a delicious account of a murder most Gallic, whose lurid ... ... read more

 
Prayer  

Prayer

Philip Kerr.

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An agent with the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Unit in Houston, Gil Martins routinely confronts violence perpetrated by religious groups. When Martins discovers that he is responsible for the conviction ... ... read more

 
The Big Book of Jack the Ripper: The Most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories Ever Assembled  

The Big Book of Jack the Ripper: The Most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories Ever Assembled

Otto Penzler, ed.

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Of all the serial killers whose gruesome deeds have splashed across headlines, few have reached the near-mythical status of Jack the Ripper. Terrorizing London with a sudden rash of violent murders ... ... read more

 
 
The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime  

The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime

Adrian Raine.

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Why do some kids grow up to become cold-blooded killers? Is bad biology partly to blame? For more than three decades, criminologist Adrian Raine has been researching the biological roots of violence, ... ... 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.

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Compulsively fascinating, this oversized album revisits the most notorious crimes in New York City's history. NYPD lieutenant Bernard Whalen, former detective Robert Mladinich, and New York crime ... ... read more

 
The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad  

The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

Alex Grecian.

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Scotland Yard's Murder Squad faces the most shocking case of its existence, in this third historical thriller from the author of The Black Country and The Yard. In 1890 London, four ... ... 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 criminal cases of the past two decades, offering 28 revealing portraits of serial and spree killers, ... ... read more

 
Grave Doubts: A Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Fenwick Mystery  

Grave Doubts: A Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Fenwick Mystery

Elizabeth Corley.

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Having been viciously attacked by a serial rapist intent on murder, Sergeant Louise Nightingale is recovering from her ordeal by taking an extended stay at a remote family home, in this third entry ... ... read more

 
 
I, Ripper  

I, Ripper

Stephen Hunter.

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In the fall of 1888, Jack the Ripper slaughtered at least five prostitutes in London's seamy Whitechapel district; after the particularly gruesome slaying of Mary Jane Kelly, he disappeared. This ... ... read more

 
Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel  

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

James Lee Burke.

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In his stunning 20th Dave Robicheaux novel, following Creole Belle, James Lee Burke seems to pit his world-weary hero against the devil himself. The Louisiana sheriff's detective and his ... ... read more

 
Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing  

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing

Kate Colquhoun.

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On a muggy July evening in 1864, London banker Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He boarded a first-class carriage on the North London Railway at ... ... read more

 
Aftershock: A Bob Skinner Mystery  

Aftershock: A Bob Skinner Mystery

Quintin Jardine.

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Still mourning the tragic end of a much-loved colleague, in this 18th book in the series (a sequel to Death's Door), the men of Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner's Edinburgh police force have ... ... read more

 
Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City  

Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City

Catharine Arnold.

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Beginning with an atmospheric account of Tyburn—a village synonymous with capital punishment in Britain—the author of Bedlam and Necropolis leads a grisly excursion through London as a ... ... read more

 
 
Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris  

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

Eric Jager.

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On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men—a crime that stunned France, since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone ... ... read more

 
The Tiger in the Smoke: The 14th Albert Campion Mystery  

The Tiger in the Smoke: The 14th Albert Campion Mystery

Margery Allingham.

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Widely recognized as both Margery Allingham's masterpiece and one of the great detective novels of the 20th century, this 14th entry in the series retains the wit and the light touch of all the ... ... read more

 
Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery  

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

Paul Collins.

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In 1799, two political parties jockeyed for control of the young United States: the well-moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr. Two of the ... ... read more

 
Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem  

Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem

Paul Martin.

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From the drunken, ne'er-do-well cop who abandoned his post at Ford's Theatre (and gave assassin John Wilkes Booth unchallenged access to President Lincoln) to the notorious Kansas quack who made ... ... read more

 
The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels & Became the King's Secret Agent  

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels & Became the King's Secret Agent

Robert Hutchinson.

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One morning in May 1671, a man daringly seized the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London and, even more astoundingly, managed to escape with his haul before being apprehended. Yet he was not executed ... ... read more

 
 
Beast: Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters: The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gévaudan  

Beast: Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters: The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gévaudan

Guastavo Sánchez Romero & S.R. Schwalb.

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Beginning in 1764, the people of Gévaudan in the remote highlands of south-central France endured a three-year ordeal as an unknown creature slaughtered more than 100 people, mostly women and ... ... read more

 
The Oxford Murders  

The Oxford Murders

Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling, Julie Cox & others. Alex de la Iglesia, director.

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Arriving at Oxford University, American grad student Martin (Elijah Wood) hopes to study with Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), an esteemed professor of logic, in this 2008 thriller. The two scholars ... ... read more

 
Grantchester: The Complete Second Season  

Grantchester: The Complete Second Season

James Norton, Robson Green & others.

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In the second season of this Masterpiece: Mystery! series, it is 1954, and jazz-loving Anglican priest and part-time sleuth Sidney Chambers (James Norton) has put his unhappy memories of ... ... read more

 
Out  

Out

Tom Bell, Brian Cox, Norman Rodway & others. Jim Goddard, director.

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After serving eight years in prison for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross (Tom Bell) returns to his old haunts to corner the guy who "grassed" on him, as well as to deal with his fragile wife, his ... ... read more

 
Brighton Rock  

Brighton Rock

Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, John Hurt, Helen Mirren & others. Rowan Joffe, director.

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This 2010 adaptation of the 1938 Graham Greene novel, first filmed in 1947 with Richard Attenborough, is updated here to the mid-1960s. Sam Riley stars in the Attenborough role as Pinkie, a young ... ... read more

 
 
Capote  

Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., Bruce Greenwood & others. Bennett Miller, director.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning, psychologically tormented portrayal of Truman Capote helped make this one of 2005's most critically acclaimed films, nominated for five Academy Awards ... ... read more

 
Exile  

Exile

Jim Broadbent, John Simm, Olivia Colman, Shaun Dooley, Claire Goose & others. John Alexander, director.

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(BAFTA Award Nominee) After his successful London career implodes, journalist Tom Ronstadt (BAFTA Best Actor nominee John Simm) returns to Lancashire for the first time in 18 years, only to ... ... read more

 
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