Murderers' Row. An International Murderers' Who's Who by Robin Odell

By Robin Odell

Criminoloogist Robin Odell has compiled this ugly gallery of circumstances from around the globe, revealing the expansion in serial slayings, agreement killings and middle-class murders and investigating what motivates humans to dedicate the last word crime. in addition to gangsters and traditional felons, the booklet comprises medical professionals, millionaries, housewives, young children, attorneys, accountants, officials and gents who've succumbed to the killing intuition. in the back of the sensational names concocted through the tabloid press - 'Boston Strangler', 'Dracula Killer', 'Night Stalker', 'Granny Killer' - lurk actual murderers committing acts of violence in conditions usually more strange than fiction. prepared in an easy-to-use A-Z layout, the ebook comprises over 500 situations from serial killers comparable to Dennis Nilsen and Ted Bundy, to these corresponding to Jeremy Bamber and Steven Benson who dispatched their mom and dad for funds; from murderous New Zealand young children whose tale made a winning movie, to the numerous medical professionals and...

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's by Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman

By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman

The Wall road magazine called him “a dwelling legend.” The London instances dubbed him “the most famed artwork detective within the world.”
 
In Priceless, Robert okay. Wittman, the founding father of the FBI’s artwork Crime workforce, pulls again the curtain on his awesome profession for the 1st time, delivering a real-life overseas mystery to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.   
 
Rising from humble roots because the son of an old broker, Wittman outfitted a twenty-year profession that was once not anything in need of remarkable. He went undercover, often unarmed, to seize paintings thieves, scammers, and black marketplace investors in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.
 
In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the tales at the back of his recoveries of invaluable artwork and antiquities: The golden armor of an historic Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that encouraged the Impressionist move. The headdress Geronimo wore at his ultimate Pow-Wow. The infrequent Civil struggle conflict flag carried into conflict through one of many nation’s first African-American regiments.
 
The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unrivaled: He traveled the realm to rescue work through Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, usually operating undercover in a foreign country on the whim of overseas governments. in the direction of domestic, he recovered an unique reproduction of the invoice of Rights and cracked the rip-off that rocked the PBS sequence Antiques Roadshow.
 
By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman kept countless numbers of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks worthy of paintings and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t very important. finally, who’s to assert what's worthy extra --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into conflict? They're either priceless. 
 
The paintings thieves and scammers Wittman stuck run the gamut from wealthy to bad, clever to silly, equipped criminals to determined loners.  The smuggler who introduced him a looted 6th-century treasure became out to be a high-ranking diplomat.  The appraiser who stole numerous heirlooms from struggle heroes’ descendants was once a slick, aristocratic con man.  The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair simply desired to make a couple of additional greenbacks, figuring not anyone could pass over what he’d filched.
 
In his ultimate case, Wittman known as on every piece of information and event in his arsenal to tackle his maximum problem: operating undercover to trace the vicious criminals in the back of what can be the main audacious paintings robbery of all. 

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Blood Money: Bikies, Terrorists and Middle Eastern Gangs by Clive Small, Tom Gilling

By Clive Small, Tom Gilling

A meticulously researched and revealing disclose of the recent gamers in organised crime.

Organised crime in Australia is extra reckless and extra violent than ever earlier than. managed by way of a brand new wave of gangland bosses, it has damaged previous taboos and shaped alliances that may have as soon as been unthinkable. So who now holds the power?

There are the center japanese gangs whose center enterprise is medicines, the sale and stockpiling of risky guns, extortion and large-scale fraud; the outlaw bike gangs with their fortified membership homes and amphetamine labs; and the Calabrian Mafia, regularly risky and opportunistic. much more scary, throughout the impression of radical Islam, organised crime and terrorism have all started to merge. Our jails are turning drug buyers and automobile thieves into holy warriors keen to kill indiscriminately for his or her cause.

With an identical meticulous learn that made Smack Express required studying for an individual attracted to organised crime, Clive Small and Tom Gilling take us deep into this new, darkish and violent Australian underworld.

'[A] scary account of crime and violence in Sydney.' Sydney Morning Herald

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Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight to Reclaim My Identity--A by M. William Phelps

By M. William Phelps

In 1993, Donna Palomba was once raped by way of a masked assailant in her own residence. but, her tale is greater than a victim’s story of actual and emotional restoration. it's a tale of 1 woman’s hunt for justice whereas keeping off assaults by means of associations designed to safeguard and defend her—the police division, the neighborhood govt, and a neighborhood clinging to an outrageous declare that Donna had invented the crime to hide up a sexual affair.

From the evening of the assault, the botched crime scene research, and the abuse as gurus tried to shut the case by way of discrediting her, Donna used to be left as a sufferer without identify and no id. in the meantime, there has been one brave detective, later to turn into leader of police, who broke a cops’ code of silence within the identify of justice. As they fought on, a felony conflict ensued after the Waterbury Police Department—now with media support—refused to allow pass of its allegations opposed to her and admit wrongdoing. eventually, after 11 years of fight, Donna realized the identification of her attacker from the manager of police, who defined that the DNA from the rape package taken a decade in the past had became up a stunning match.

In 2007, Donna Palomba was once the topic of a different two-hour Dateline episode approximately her case. unexpectedly, she used to be Jane Doe not more, launching the Jane Doe not more association and turning into a promoter of the rights of ladies and sufferers of sexual attack. With assistance from crime investigator and writer M. William Phelps, this is often her story.

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Crime, Fear and the Law in True Crime Stories by Anita Biressi (auth.)

By Anita Biressi (auth.)

Why do precise crime tales exert such renowned fascination? What have they got to claim in regards to the worry of crime within the current second? This ebook examines the historic origins and improvement of real crime and its evolution into particular modern varieties. Embracing a variety of non-fiction money owed - real crime e-book and magazines, legislations and order tv, renowned journalism - it lines how they harness and discover present issues approximately legislation and order, crime and punishment and private vulnerability.

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A Different Class of Murder by Laura Thompson

By Laura Thompson

On 7 November 1974, a nanny named Sandra Rivett was once bludgeoned to loss of life in a Belgravia basement. A moment lady, Veronica, Countess of Lucan, was once additionally attacked. the fellow named in courtroom as wrongdoer of those crimes, Richard John Bingham, seventh Earl of Lucan, disappeared within the early hours of the subsequent morning. The case, solved within the eyes of the legislation, has retained its fascination ever since.

Laura Thompson, acclaimed biographer of Agatha Christie, narrates the tale that led as much as that cataclysmic occasion, and attracts on her enormous forensic talents to re-evaluate the potential truths in the back of one among postwar Britain's such a lot infamous murders. a special classification OF homicide is a portrait of an period, of a unprecedented forged of characters, of a secret, of a latest fantasy. half social historical past, half detective tale, it tells in masterly type one of many nice stories of our collective residing memory.

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Dowry Murder: The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime by Veena Talwar Oldenburg

By Veena Talwar Oldenburg

The Hindu customized of dowry has lengthy been blamed for the homicide of better halves and feminine babies in India. during this hugely provocative ebook, Veena Oldenburg argues that those killings are neither approximately dowry nor reflective of an Indian tradition or caste method that encourages violence opposed to girls. fairly, such killings should be traced on to the impacts of the British colonial period. within the precolonial interval, dowry was once an establishment controlled by way of ladies, for ladies, to allow them to set up their prestige and feature recourse in an emergency. by reason of the large fiscal and societal upheaval caused by British rule, women's entitlements to the dear assets acquired from land have been erased and their keep an eye on of the approach decreased, finally leading to a devaluing in their very lives. Taking us on a trip into the colonial Punjab, Veena Oldenburg skillfully follows the paper path left through British bureaucrats to indict them for reading those crimes opposed to ladies because the inherent defects of Hindu caste tradition. The British, Oldenburg claims, publicized their "civilizing challenge" and blamed the caste process with a view to hide up the devastation their very own agrarian rules had wrought at the Indian nation-state. A forceful demystification of up to date bride burning concludes this remarkably unique ebook. Deploying her personal studies and stories and her examine at a women's guard with "dowry situations" for nearly a yr within the mid-eighties, the writer appears on the modern violence opposed to better halves and daughters-in-law in smooth India. Oldenburg seamlessly weaves the modern with the old, the non-public with the political, and strips the layers of exoticism off an old perform to teach how a useful security internet was once twisted right into a lethal noose. She brings us startlingly on the subject of the worsening therapy of recent Indian ladies as she demanding situations us to reconsider simple assumptions approximately women's human and financial rights. Combining rigorous study with impassioned research and a nuanced therapy of a fancy, deeply debatable topic, this booklet opinions colonialism whereas protecting a replicate to gender discrimination in smooth India.

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Mr Big: Lennie McPherson and his life of crime by Tony Reeves

By Tony Reeves

While Nellie McPherson reached her 80th yr, her extended family bought jointly to provide the sprightly grandmother a birthday bash. Her youngest son, Lennie, wasn't invited. He became up however, with a small white rabbit. rather than giving it to his mom, Lennie positioned one huge hand round the rabbit's neck, grasped its head, twisted and pulled and, in a dash of blood, ripped the bad animal's head off. He threw the twitching continues to be to a horrified Nellie. This was once anyone who by no means forgave. Meet Lennie McPherson, the fellow who got here to be often called the Mr tremendous of Australian crime. Brutality punctuated his entire existence. Corruption was once his mark. He used to be a standover guy, a assassin, a rapist and a thief. He ran crooked police and corrupt politicians. He used to be excited about medications and prostitution. And, he did company with the Mafia and the CIA. during this chilling portrait Tony Reeves uncovers a center of evil and takes us deep right into a darkish and violent felony global. it's a tale that may basically be informed after Lennie's loss of life.

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Danger Road. A True Crime Story of Murder and Redemption by John P. Contini

By John P. Contini

Danger street chronicles the amazing actual tale of 3 drug buyers who have been brutally murdered in 1983 on chance highway within the Florida Everglades. Lured right into a phony drug deal every one sufferer was hoping will be his massive retirement ranking, they allegedly stumbled on themselves on the enterprise finish of a gun wielded through a Miami-Dade police officer. yet police and prosecutors say Officer Gilbert Fernandez, Jr. and his team were not there to arrest the drug purchasers. They have been there to execute them and thieve their 8 pounds of cocaine. the tale info the transformation of Fernandez, a former Mr. Florida bodybuilding champion and black-belt karate teacher, who by way of many debts grew to become his lifestyles round throughout the intervening years among the 1983 murders and his triple-murder indictment in 1990. the fellow as soon as named " Miami 's Meanest Cop" not abused and intimidated detainees like he did while he was once a police officer; he had turn into a loving father who lived to transform humans to his newfound...

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Organized Crime in the Netherlands by Cyrille Fijnaut

By Cyrille Fijnaut

These days prepared crime is a vital political factor in Europe. although, clinical reports at the nature and seriousness of this challenge are very scarce within the member states of the Council of Europe and the eu Union. This nationwide research on geared up crime within the Netherlands was once ready for the fee of Inquiry of the Dutch Parliament that lately made an research into the legislation and use of undercover policing. It not just comprises an research of the modern manifestations of conventional geared up crime, but in addition solutions the query even if prepared crime has already penetrated valid sectors of the financial system or now not. In addition exact cognizance is paid to the position of the liberal professions and the banking approach; and to using counter-strategies via felony teams (corruption, intimidation, violence, disinformation, etc.).

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