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True Crime: When Real Life is Scarier than Fiction

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 9:31am -- SEgan

If you love police procedural shows or crime detective novels, you will love these real life accounts of missing people, bizarre crimes, and decades long cover-ups. These true stories will keep you up at night and prove that sometimes real life is scarier than fiction.

Looking for more true crime recommendations? Take a look at our True Crime Reads or The Art of the Heist book lists, then check out the rest of our Staff Curated Book Lists.

The Killer’s Shadow: The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker

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Worshippers stream out of a Midwestern synagogue after sabbath services, unaware that only a hundred yards away, an expert marksman and  avowed racist, antisemite and member of the Ku Klux Klan, patiently awaits, his hunting rifle at the ready.

 

Hell in the Heartland by Jax Miller

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On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, sixteen-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing. While rumors of drug debts, revenge, and police collusion abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found.

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony M. Amore

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The extraordinary life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to pull off a major art heist.

Shark Arm: A Shark, A Tattooed Arm and Two Unsolved Murders by Phillip Roope & Kevin Meagher

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In a Coogee aquarium in 1935 a shark coughed up a man's tattooed arm. The authors of Shark Arm have unravelled an extraordinary tale of high-class smuggling around Sydney Harbour and police collusion that has eluded many investigations into this famous cold case.

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

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Cooper dives into the secretive and misogynistic world of Harvard University investigating the cold case of Jane Britton, an ambitious 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department who was found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment in 1969.

We Thought We Knew You: A Terrifying True Story of Secrets, Betrayal, Deception, and Murder by M. William Phelps

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Phelps takes readers deep into the murder of Mary Yoder, a popular wife, mother, and healer in Upstate New York -- telling a gripping tale of a family drama, a determined investigation, and a killer with the face of an angel.

This list compiled by Reference Staff at Barrington Public Library. Please contact us at 401-247-1920 x2 with any questions or if you would like help placing a hold on one of these titles.

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