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True Crime

Last Updated: April 12, 2024

The Waltham Murders: One Women’s Pursuit to Expose the Truth Behind a Murder and a National Tragedy by Susan Clare Zalkind

A crusade to find a killer becomes a gripping, intensely personal investigation into a shocking cold case and the radicalization of a terrorist.

We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America by Roxanna Asgarian

The shocking, deeply reported story of a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of six children–and a searing indictment of the American foster care system.

When Women Kill: Four Crimes Retold by Alia Trabucco Zerán; Translated by Sophie Hughes

When Women Kill: Four Crimes Retold
by Alia Trabucco Zerán

When Women Kill: Four Crimes Retold analyzes four homicides carried out by Chilean women over the course of the twentieth century, offering a nuanced close reading of their lives and crimes, foregoing sensationalism in favor of dissecting how all four were perpetrators of grievous violent acts at the same time as being victims of another, more insidious kind of violence.

Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery that Inspired Twin Peaks by David Bushman and Mark T. Givens

A brilliantly researched reinvestigation into the nearly forgotten century-old murder that inspired one of the most seductive mysteries in the history of television and film.

Gone at Midnight: the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson

A Los Angeles hotel with a haunting history. A missing young woman. A disturbing video followed by a shocking discovery. A cold-case mystery that has become an internet phenomenon–and for one determined journalist, a life-changing quest toward uncomfortable truths.

Fire on the Levee: the Murder of Henry Glover and the Search for Justice after Hurricane Katrina by Jared Fishman and Joseph Hooper

The former federal prosecutor and founder of Justice Innovation Lab tells the story of his struggle to unravel the cover-up of a police shooting, and subsequent incineration of the shooting victim, in Hurricane Katrina-era New Orleans.

I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever by Barbara Rae-Venter

The amateur DNA sleuth who solved one of the most infamous cold cases in American history-the Golden State Killer crime spree-tells the incredible true story of how she did it, and explains how her methods have forever changed criminal investigations. It is a story of relentless curiosity, of constant invention and reinvention, and of recognizing that we may not be who we thought we were.