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True Crime Books List

I’ve seen quite a lot of posts recently asking for tips about true crime books, so I decided to do a list with some of the books I’ve read lately. I didnt like all of these books, but most of them. I added a few books about 9/11 too, bc i found them interesting. So, in no particular order:

If I did it: confessions of the killer by O.J Simpson
How I helped O.J get away with murder by Mike Gilbert
A death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger (Boston strangler)
Restless Souls by Alisa Statman (Manson family)
The Bundy Murders by Kevin M. Sullivan
Chasing the devil by David Reichert (Green River Killer)
Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss (Jeffrey MacDonald)
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
The stranger beside me by Ann Rule (Ted Bundy)
The zebra murders by Prentice Earl Sanders
The serial killer files by Harold Schechter
Boston Strong by Casey Sherman (Boston Bombings)
The Devil’s Defender: My Odyssey Through American Criminal Justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar Massacre by John Henry Browne
No easy answers by Brooks Brown (Columbine)
The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth by Stephen Singular 
A mothers reckoning by Sue Klebold (Columbine)
The general by Ahmed Errachidi (Guantanamo)
Oklahoma City by Andrew Gumbel
102 minutes by Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn
Parkland by Vincent Bugliosi (JFK)
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi (Charles Manson)
One of us by Åsne Seierstad (Breivik)

These are basically fiction, but I think most of them are worth reading:

Dear Charlie by N.D Gomes  (School shooting, just read it, its awesome.)
Give a boy a gun by Todd Strasser
Nineteen minutes by Jodi Picoult (School shooting, and its so fkn good)
House rules by Jodi Picoult
Finding jake by Bryan Reardon  (School shooting, also fkn awesome)


I’m going to need tissues to watch this one.

👉🏼Fear & falsity

I’ve been thinking a lot about fear this week. 

Fear is an interesting beast. We feel it deep in our chest, but it’s also completely made up. We create it, we mold it, we give it power. Even if we don’t want to. Especially when we don’t want to. 

The Boston Marathon is in four days. It’s likely the biggest race of my life, even if I run future Bostons. This will be my one and only first. Like almost every runner I know, I get a deep-seeded fear in my chest as race day approaches. The doubt sneaks in. Like some heavy gremlin hanging on my rib cage. I find myself picturing the starting line and I get panicky. I think of the pain I know will come — a pain I’ve put myself through countless times during training — and I wonder if I will be able to handle it. I question my training — did I do enough? Did I do it fast enough, long enough, smart enough?

Send me out on a 26.2-mile run today and I could do it. I could even PR. But put me through the anxiety of race morning, even though it’d be the same physical distance, and something changes. The stress of that morning has taken great races out of my hands and given me simply satisfying ones instead. 

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about fear this week. And here’s what I will be telling myself Monday morning in Hopkinton:

Fear is a liar. 

Fear kills dreams. 

Fear sets limits.

Fear prohibits confidence. 

Fear is a waste of space.

Fear saps energy. 

Fear questions true courage. 

Fear grows on itself.

Fear is stupid, forgetful and blind.

Fear is temporary. 

Fear has absolutely nothing but a voice.

This time will be different. #BeBoston
First Woman to Run in Boston Marathon Did It Again — 50 Years Later
Kathrine Switzer’s marathon in 1967 became historic because she was the first woman to complete the all-male race as an official entrant — her registration as “K.V. Switzer” hid her gender. The race resonated far beyond a footnote in the record books when an official tried to force her from the course after a few miles.
By Victor Mather