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anonymous asked:

Hello, I really love your blog. Can you please recommend me some true crime books?

Thanks anon! here’s a little list…

- The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez (by Philip Carlo)

- The Killer Book of Serial Killers:  Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Serial Killers (by Michael Philbin and Tom Philbin)

- The Killer Book of True Crime: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Murder and Mayhem (by Tom Philbin)

- Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders [ By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry]

-  Manson in His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of ‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’ (by Charles Manson)

- The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: An American Nightmare by Don Davis

- No Easy Answers by Brooks Brown ( Columbine / Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold)

- The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule ( Ted Bundy’s life and crimes)

- Edmund Kemper: The True Story of The Co-ed Killer (by Jack Rosewood)

- Son of Sam: Based on the Authorized Transcription of the Tapes, Official Documents and Diaries of David Berkowitz [ by Lawrence D. Klausner]

- Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door
( by Roy Wenzl )

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde (by Jeff Guinn)

Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho (by Harold Schechter) 

Confessions of the Serial Killer H.H. Holmes by Herman Webster Mudgett (aka H.H. Holmes)

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I am not a Serial Killer

The movie follows 15-year-old John Wayne Cleaver, a diagnosed sociopath who lives above a mortuary owned by his mother. He fears that he is “fated” to become a serial killer, and so lives by a set of rules designed to keep his homicidal impulses in check. His careful regime of self-denial is threatened when he becomes ensnared in a serial murder case in which he senses a connection with the killer.       

The upcoming movie is based on the I Am Not A Serial Killer 2009 thriller novel written by Dan Wells. It is the first installment in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy.

Wells has stated that he wrote the book with himself as the target audience and that although “a teenager protagonist means the book is [young adult]”, the book “is ‘adult’ enough that different markets are treating it very differently: in the UK it’s a YA horror, in Germany it’s an adult thriller, and in the US it’s being marketed to both audiences.”

Night of Days 

This is no way to be
Man ought to be free
That man should be me
Talk to the walls
Echoes down the halls
Dream of dreams
An allusion freedom seems
Write thoughts on paper by reams

Toilet flushes
Water gushes
Makes such a noise
Lack of privacy annoys
Nightime [sic] sounds
Jailer makes rounds
No freedom abounds
Prisoners are clowns

So the night slowly passes
No wine of wine glasses
No girls to make passes
Just us caged asses
Cards are alright
I play them all night

Sleep comes on slowly
Read the words of the wholly
The scriptures bring peace
They talk of release
They bring you to god
I’m here that seems odd
But His gift is so clear
I find that He’s near
Mercy and redemption
Without an exception
He puts me at ease
Jailer, do what you please
No harm can befall me
When the Savior does call me

I look back on this day
And what can I say
More of my life wasted
No freedom I’ve tasted
7:30 it’s chow time
At that hour who feels fine
Milk, mush, and toast
Not much of to boast

Sweep the floors
Talk of whores
Hear the thunder of prison doors
Do your chores
Listen to bores
How guys made scores
Or escaped distant shores

I wrote a letter
That made me feel better
Words to the outside
That’s how I keep my pride
I write words of hope
It’s really no soap
I mean what I say
Where there’s hope there’s a way
I’ll be free someday

I sleep quite a lot
Escape though it’s not
In sleep I don’t care
I forget the night mare
The bars and the screams
Are not in my dreams
I don’t smoke cigarettes
Or have sad regrets
This sleep liberation
Is tranquil salvation

- A poem by Ted Bundy sent to his friend and true crime writer Ann Rule.

She’s a happy person ! When you see her you can’t tell otherwise
The way she smiles and talks with people
The loudy laugher with her friends
How can’t she be a happy person ?
But let me tell you a secret
You see the face that smiles a lot
It’s the same crying face at night
You hear the voice of the loud laugher
It’s the same voice that tries to not make any sound while crying
Well , there’s so many other things
But you see ! Some people were born to be professional actors
They fake happiness and act soo normal
You can’t even tell they’re going through shit or have suicidal minds
These people don’t want to bother themselves telling people about their own struggles
They don’t want to make any sound , invisibles , hardly seen
They stop socializing , it’s not their thing
They get bored from people and it’s obvious that they push everyone away
It’s a wrong idea to make new relations , the most important it’s hard for them
It’s not being dramatic , it’s not overreacting , they’re being real
Too real to be trusted
People don’t believe you , they expect from you to always be happy and share the happy side of your life
But the truth is a whole other thing
You can’t be happy your whole life
Especially if you’re depressed and it has been a long time being that way
There are some better days right
But it’s temporary ,
Because nobody knows about the ideas that have been haunting you
No one knows how hard it is to put something in your mouth
No one knows about your imperfections that make you cry
And Absolutely no one knows about your serial killer mind
And the suicidal ideas , and also that suicide note.
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The only time Jeffrey Dahmer apparently showed any emotion during his trial was when one juror told the court she couldn’t be a member of the jury because she had birds at home to feed, Jeff laughed at her excuse

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True Crime Book Master Post - At the request from a few of my followers, I have decided to make a second master post including some of my favourite true crime books that I have read recently. Click here to see my first true crime book master post. Click the name to be linked to where you can purchase the book online!

The Shankill Butchers - During the 1970s a group of Protestant paramilitaries embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Northern Irish Catholics dead. Their leader was Lenny Murphy, a fanatical Unionist whose Catholic-sounding surname led to his persecution as a child for which he took revenge on all Catholics. Not for the squeamish, The Shankill Butchers is a horrifying detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in British legal history - a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the troubled and violent context from which it sprang.”

The Texarkana Moonlight Murders - “ In 1946, years before the phrase “"serial murder”“ was coined, a masked killer terrorised the town of Texarkana on the Texas-Arkansas border. Striking five times within a ten-week period, always at night, the prowler claimed six lives and left three other victims wounded. Survivors told police that their assailant was a man, but could supply little else. A local newspaper dubbed him the Phantom Killer, and it stuck. Texarkana’s phantom was not America’s first serial slayer; he certainly was not the worst, either in body count or sheer brutality. But he has left a crimson mark on history as one of those who got away. Like the elusive Axeman of New Orleans, Cleveland’s Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, and San Francisco’s Zodiac, the Phantom Killer left a haunting mystery behind. This is the definitive story of that mystery.”

The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins - “ Reggie and Ronnie Kray ruled London’s gangland during the 60s with a ruthlessness and viciousness that shocks even now. Building an empire of organised crime that has never been matched, the brothers swindled, extorted and terrorised – while enjoying a glittering celebrity status at the heart of the swinging 60s scene, until their downfall and imprisonment for life.”

Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders - “Cold Serial” paints the picture of five girls who were raped and strangled in the Dayton, Ohio, area between 1900 and 1909. The working conditions, lack of rights for women and police protection, and the sexism of the age portray these girls as victims not only of a crime but also of their time. As their stories unfold, a common thread appears, a modus operandi that begins to link them together. During that era, police did not recognize the lurking shadow of a predator. But through diligent research conducted by the author, it is now revealed.”

America’s Death Penalty: Between Past and Present -  “Over the past three decades, the United States has embraced the death penalty with tenacious enthusiasm. While most of those countries whose legal systems and cultures are normally compared to the United States have abolished capital punishment, the United States continues to employ this ultimate tool of punishment. The death penalty has achieved an unparalleled prominence in our public life and left an indelible imprint on our politics and culture. It has also provoked intense scholarly debate, much of it devoted to explaining the roots of American exceptionalism.”

Fred And Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors - “ During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather. What was left of Fred West’s eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests’ previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.”

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime - “Edited by an internationally recognized expert on serial killers, this encyclopedia covers both murder and violent crime in their variant forms. Included are biographies, chronologies, special interest inset boxes, up to 100 photographs, comprehensive article bibliographies, and appendices for items such as famous unsolved cases, celebrity murders, assasinations, original source documents, and online sources for information.”

Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door - “For thirty-one years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas. A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named “BTK"—for "bind them, torture them, kill them"—he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media. The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader—a friendly neighbor … a devoted husband … a helpful Boy Scout dad … the respected president of his church.Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than twenty years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning. With newly released documents, evidence, and information—and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department’s BTK Task Force—the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.”

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields - “ History has it that the role of women in Nazi Germany was to be the perfect Hausfrau and a loyal cheerleader for the Führer. However, Lower’s research reveals an altogether more sinister truth. Lower shows us the ordinary women who became perpetrators of genocide. Drawing on decades of research, she uncovers a truth that has been in the shadows – that women too were brutal killers and that, in ignoring women’s culpability, we have ignored the reality of the Holocaust.”

Tent Number Eight - “ On a warm summer day in 1977, the State of Oklahoma was shaken by the heinous and vulgar murder of three Girl Scouts in Tent Number Eight at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The investigation of their murders and the subsequent trial of the Native American man accused of those murders will forever be marked as one of the most historical in Oklahoma history. Author Gloyd McCoy dissects the investigation of the Girl Scout murders as well as The State of Oklahoma vs. Gene Leroy Hart from the vantage point of the families, the law enforcement, the news reporters, the lawyers, the judges, and the jury. He provides background information on all the parties involved and explanations regarding why certain decisions were made, including the acquittal of the accused murderer, and what might have happened if the lawyers on both sides had made different decisions and modern technology were available. Tent Number Eight will enlighten you on the court proceedings and cultural influences of 1977 and preserve this piece of history in your mind forever. Follow the overgrowth of history back to the site of the crime. Step into Tent Number Eight and witness the events of the murders and trial first hand.”

The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy - “ Ted Bundy was America’s first celebrity serial killer, and one of the most chilling enigmas in criminal history. Handsome, boyish and well-spoken, a law student with bright political prospects, Bundy was also a predator and sexual deviant who murdered and mutilated at least thirty young women and girls, many of them college coeds but at least two as young as twelve.”

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Cold Serial - I was SO excited to read this true crime book because it’s quite rare that I read a true crime book about a case I know nothing about! Safe to say I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be quite the thriller. Not only is the book very deeply researched but it’s also extremely well written and descriptive; the author really brings the murder victims to life and gives them the voice that was violently ripped away from the at a time when there was a lack of women’s rights. It’s also truly an eye opener to the discreditable police work, and also gender and racial inequality, which was common practice at the turn of the century. Definitely worth a read! Check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

“These stories provide the background and lay the groundwork for understanding social issues facing women today, such as rape, assault, and discrimination, and the impact of religion, politics and the media. Telling their stories is doing the work of justice.”

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The Voice Behind Many Bestselling Books On Tape Is Actually A Serial Killer

When listening to an audio book, do you ever wonder who’s voice you are hearing on the other end? Now would be a good time to start.

An 1987 article from the Los Angeles Times tells the story of a blind couple showing their appreciation to the prisoners the California Medical Facility State Prison who have voiced audio books for the visually impaired.

Run by serial killer Edmund Kemper, the program, Volunteers of Vacaville or the Blind Project, as referred to by the prison, has inmates record thousands of books; best sellers, textbooks, mysteries, science fiction, Westerns, children’s books and cookbooks onto tape cassettes.

From 1977 to 1987, Kemper had spent over 5,000 hours in the recording booth and had more than four million feet of tape and several hundred books to his credit, including:Flowers in the Attic, The Glass Key, Merlin’s Mirror, Petals on the Wind, The Rosary Murders, Sphinx, and Star Wars.
Re: I need to find these audio books. This is fucking awesome!

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Serial Killers and Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World’s Most Barbaric Criminals

Serial Killers & Mass Murderers takes you into the minds of the criminals who committed the world’s most notorious and horrifying crimes. Each of the sadistic murderers profiled here was once known simply as someone’s neighbor, co-worker or child. What turned them into killers? In one chilling chapter after another, this book profiles a terrifying succession of homicidal maniacs and asks the question, “What makes them tick?”

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8 True Crime Books You Should Read

1. “Helter Skelter” by Vince Bugliosi. This is the penultimate crime book, written by the Manson family prosecutor himself. It is so creepy you might not be able to sleep for a week, imagining the Family creepy-crawling through YOUR house. It is also my favorite book. I read it about once a year and freak out every time. Bugliosi went on to write many more true crime novels, including the excellent “And the Sea Will Tell,” but this one is the touchstone. Even though Bugliosi wasn’t there for the murders, he manages to convey the sheer brutality and terror the Manson Family unleashed upon their victims in a way that shakes you to your core. This one stays with you long after you’ve finished it.

2. “The Stranger Beside Me” by Ann Rule. Ted Bundy made Ann Rule a household name. He didn’t try to kill her, no, but instead sat next to her at work. Little did she know, Ted was busy killing over 30 women. She turned her experience sitting next to the notorious serial killer into a true crime novel and then a career. To date, Ann has written over 20 true crime novels.

3. “The Cheerleaders” by E. Jean Carroll.My favorite “ELLE” advice columnist is also a prolific writer and this piece, which appeared in print in 2001, was included in the “Best American Crime Writing” the following year. I cannot believe that this insane story of murder and fate in a small New York town is real, but it is. It’s completely terrifying for me as both a former cheerleader and a small-town girl.

4. “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. The Columbine massacre, and every subsequent school shooting since, was chilling enough. However, it’s the in-depth reporting done by Cullen that sheds a completely new light on what we thought we knew about the killers, the motive and the aftermath that really shook me.

5. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS, WHAT THE HELL KINDA CRIME JUNKIE ARE YOU? It’s incredible.

6. “The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers.” This might not be the best book to have laying out by your bed when you bring a new love interest home, but it’s a concise, sliiiiiightly morbid encyclopedia of the most well-known serial killers, from the Zodiac to Ed Gein.

7. “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” by Lawrence Schiller. Do you remember where you were when JonBenet Ramsey hysteria swept the nation? I do. The case is fascinating … the false confession of John Mark Karr years after the murder, the suspicion surrounding John and Patsy Ramsey, Patsy’s tragic death … it seems we’ll never know what happened to JonBenet. Not only is “Perfect Murder” scary because a small child was killed in the safety of her own home, but it’s scary because the system failed us and the crime was never solved.

8. TruTV Crime Library. Wanna waste an extraordinary amount of time? Click on that link. I have unearthed some seriously disturbing stories via this website. They’ve got tons of categories, from “Women Who Kill” to “Timeless Classics.” It’s addicting. In fact, I’m going to stop writing this and delve into some new stories now. And then never fall asleep.