Rank #1: MURDER ON BIRCHLEAF DRIVE-Steven B. Epstein
To the outside world, Jason and Michelle Young lived a storybook life--an attractive couple with great jobs, a beautiful home, a precocious two-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way.
Soon after the 29-year-old pregnant mother's brutally beaten body was discovered on their bedroom floor, a very different picture emerged. Of a marriage crumbling at its foundation. Of a meddlesome New York mother-in-law whose running critique left Jason frustrated and angry. Of a 32-year-old man who behaved like a frat boy rebelling against adult responsibilities.
MURDER ON BIRCHLEAF DRIVE documents the gripping tale of a family's marathon quest for justice, confounding crime scene evidence, persistence of law enforcement officers, and riveting courtroom combat. MURDER ON BIRCHLEAF DRIVE: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case-Steven B. Epstein
Rank #2: THE SICILIAN MAFIA-A TRUE CRIME TRAVEL GUIDE-Carl Russo
They include the childhood home of gangster Lucky Luciano, the hideouts of the fearsome bosses of Corleone, the tombs of the "Robin Hood" bandit and the legendary dons, the roots of the American and Canadian mafias, the Allied landing, pistol-packing priests, political assassinations, playgrounds of the new Mafia and even the anti-Mafia movement.
Whether you're planning a trip to Sicily or sticking to the comfort of your armchair, this provocative book will take you closer to the Sicilian Mafia than you dared to think possible. THE SICILIAN MAFIA-A True Crime Travel Guide-Carl Russo
Rank #3: SHALLOW GRAVES-Maureen Boyle
Rank #4: INNOCENCE LOST-The Crimes That Changed Australia-Amanda Howard
Rank #5: MAKING A MURDERER-Michael Griesbach
Michael Griesbach, a Wisconsin D.A. helped have Steven Avery exonerated and released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and went on to write the definitive and briliant book about the case, The Innocent Killer.
Making a Murderer documentary writers and producers made a strong case that Avery and co-accused nephew Brendan Dassey, convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach, deserve another trial.
Michael and I will discuss Making a Murderer, the trial of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the murder of Teresa Halbach. MAKING A MURDERER-The Need For A Re-Trial?-Michael Griesbach
Rank #6: SUMMER'S ALMOST GONE-J.T. Townsend
A half century later, the Bricca mystery lingers in cobwebs and survives on whispers. Enter Cincinnati crime writer, JT Townsend, author of local best-seller Queen City Gothic. JT was given unprecedented access to the case file, laden with information that never saw the light of print before–evidence that might illuminate the relentless rumors that police “screwed up the crime scene” or “covered up for the suspect.” 50 years later, True Crime Detective JT Townsend answers “Who dun it?” and renders a final verdict.
As an armchair detective stalking a mystery killer, Townsend is not shackled by presumption of innocence or reasonable doubt. ALL evidence is admissible. In this gripping excavation, Townsend jettisons the implausible until we arrive at the probable truth. Townsend finally addresses the question: Who killed the Bricca family? SUMMER'S ALMOST GONE-J.T. Townsend
Rank #7: ABOMINATION-William Ramsey
Rank #8: THE NAZI AND THE PSYCHIATRIST-Jack El-Hai
To ensure that the villainous captives were fit for trial at Nuremberg, the US army sent an ambitious army psychiatrist, Captain Douglas M. Kelley, to supervise their mental well-being during their detention. Kelley realized he was being offered the professional opportunity of a lifetime: to discover a distinguishing trait among these arch-criminals that would mark them as psychologically different from the rest of humanity. So began a remarkable relationship between Kelley and his captors, told here for the first time with unique access to Kelley’s long-hidden papers and medical records.
Kelley’s was a hazardous quest, dangerous because against all his expectations he began to appreciate and understand some of the Nazi captives, none more so than the former Reichsmarshall, Hermann Göring. Evil had its charms. THE NAZI AND THE PSYCHIATRIST-Jack El-Hai
Rank #9: HOUSE OF HORRORS-Rob Sberna
Sowell's secret life was revealed to the nation on Oct. 29, 2009 when a Cleveland Police SWAT team entered his house to arrest him for an alleged rape. They didn't find Sowell, but they encountered a nightmarish scene -- two decomposed bodies in his third-floor living room. Eight more bodies were hidden throughout the house and buried in the back yard. In the basement, they discovered a human skull. All of the bodies were female and all appeared to have been bound and strangled.
Two days later, police captured Sowell, a sexual sadist who had served a 15-year prison sentence for kidnapping, raping and torturing a 21-year-old pregnant woman.
House of Horrors exposes the shocking details of Sowell's depraved crimes and twisted psyche. He preyed on neighborhood women, luring them to his home with alcohol and drugs. Sowell then murdered the women and lived among their corpses. At least five other women were attacked by Sowell, but managed to escape. After a dramatic trial in the summer of 2011, Sowell was convicted and sentenced to death.
In House of Horrors, readers are given a rare glimpse inside the mind of a serial killer -- through interviews with Sowell's neighbors and relatives, his surviving victims, and exlusive interviews with Sowell himself. HOUSE OF HORRORS-The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, The Cleveland Strangler-Rob Sberna
Rank #10: DRIVEN TO KILL-Gary C. King
In September 1989, his unnatural desires had driven him past simple satisfaction to abduct, torture, and kill two young boys in Vancouver, Washington. Dodd killed a third innocent victim only weeks later near Portland, Oregon. But only when he was caught trying to kidnap a child from a local movie theater was he finally taken into custody by police. Confessing to these heinous murders, he was convicted on all three counts and sentenced to death.
Based on exclusive access to police files and riveting trial testimony, personal interviews with Dodd himself and excerpts from his chilling &#
Rank #11: THE TRAIL OF TED BUNDY-Kevin Sullivan
THE TRAIL OF TED BUNDY is a journey back in time, to when Ted Bundy was killing young woman and girls in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It’s told by those who knew him, and you’ll hear their revealing stories, many being voiced and put to print for the very first time. The friends of the victims are here as well, and they too share their insights about the victims, and some of what they tell here had been held back from the investigators, such was their commitment to their deceased friends. It’s also the story of those who hunted Bundy; those who guarded him, and those who otherwise were a part of this strange case one way or another. THE TRAIL OF TED BUNDY-Digging Up The Untold Stories-Kevin Sullivan
Rank #12: HUNTING A PSYCHOPATH-Richard Shelby
Rank #13: BLACK NIGHT, GOLD COAST-Gray George
Rank #14: THE FAMILY I HAD-Katie Green
On March 20th, 2018 FilmRise released the chilling documentary The Family I Had, which recounts the tragic and unimaginable story of Charity Lee Bennett and how a family struggles to move forward. Part true-crime, part mystery— Charity Lee, mother of both the victim and killer , relives her agony and her journey of love 10 years later in this feature documentary that also presents multiple and conflicting accounts leaving the audience questioning where the ultimate truth and accountability lie. THE FAMILY I HAD: An Engrossing Look At An Unthinkable Crime--Katie Green
Rank #15: GOLDEN STATE KILLER, EAR/ONS CAPTURED-DET. RICHARD SHELBY
After Shelby's retirement, 20 years after the case had gone cold, he was contacted by his old employer, the Sacramento Sheriff's Derpartment. They had learned , through DNA analysis, that the East Area Rapist EAR and The Original Nightstalker ONS were the same person. And, they were re-opening the investigation. Retired West Coast Chief of Special Invesigation for the federal government, Russ Oase contacted Shelby and asked him to write down everything he recalled. Shelby was once again involved in the active investigation, his notes morphing into his instrumental book Hunting A Psychopath:The EAR/ONS Investigation-The Original Investigator Speaks Out, published in 2014.
In 2016 the FB! re-entered the investigation, utilizing advances in DNA technology, offering a 50,000 reward and asking for the public's help in capturing the serial killer.
Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested April 25th, 2018 after a DNA match. DET. RICHARD SHELBY: The Hunt For The Psychopath is Over-Golden State Killer, EAR/ONS Captured!
Rank #16: THE CREEK SIDE BONES-George Jared
Rank #17: DEATH ROW ROMEO-J.T. Hunter
Rank #18: THE BUNDY SECRETS-Kevin Sullivan
Book Three In Sullivan’s ‘The Bundy Trilogy’
THE BUNDY MURDERS:A Comprehensive History, the first book in Sullivan’s comprehensive trilogy, was a dramatic narrative of the killer’s life, and book two, THE TRAIL OF TED BUNDY:Digging Up The Untold Stories, was dedicated to recollections of various friend, witnesses and detectives associated with Bundy.
Now, THE BUNDY SECRETS, completes Sullivan’s opus by presenting readers with a “just the facts” rendition of the formerly classified files of the manhunt, as well as contemporary interviews, gathered by Sullivan from dozens of sources along Bundy’s trail of terror. A must-have for true crime students of Ted Bundy. THE BUNDY SECRETS: Hideen Files on America's Worst Serial Killer-Kevin Sullivan
Rank #19: THE GRINDR SERIAL KILLER: STEPHEN PORT-Alan R. Warren
Several young gay men were being found dead, appearing to have overdosed on the favorite sex drugs used at these chemsex parties, in a city church yard in east London. Was this what the metro police claimed it was, “a sex drug overdose," or was there something more going on here?
It would soon be discovered that a popular 41-year-old, Stephen Port, who had appeared on ‘Celebrity Chef UK’ would be arrested and charged with four of the young men’s murders by overdosing them with GBH, ’The Date Rape Drug,’ enough to kill the men, and then raping them and leaving their bodies out in a church yard.
Since the conviction of Celebrity Chef UK, Stephen Port, the police are now reviewing 58 other mysterious deaths by overdose where the body was found dead in the same area of London. There are now 17 police officers under investigation for not investigating the crimes because of their homophobia.
Included are several of the personal letters convicted serial killer Stephen Port sent to his friend and pen pal Cody Lachey which reveals what he claims happened to each of the victims and what really happened in these Chemsex parties. You will also find out some of Port’s personal details that you wouldn’t expect to hear. THE GRINDR SERIAL KILLER: Stephen Port-Alan R. Warren
Rank #20: HUNTED: THE ZODIAC MURDERS-Mark Hewitt
Thousands of men have been accused; nearly 2,500 have been investigated. The police lack only the name of the perpetrator. Never has there been more passionate interest in the Zodiac serial killer. Never has there been more FOIA-released information on his crime spree and the subsequent law enforcement investigation. Yet, never before has a carefully-researched scholarly treatment of this otherwise eminently solvable riddle been attempted. That is, until now.
In this painstakingly-researched and meticulously-detailed account by true crime author Mark G. Hewitt, the reader is offered unprecedented access to the case facts. HUNTEDreveals recent interviews, some of which have never before been made public, as well as all available FBI and local police reports and contemporary press accounts of the day to create a comprehensive narration of the facts, including various sides of the many disputed issues within the case.
In three volumes, Mark Hewitt will recount the murders, examine the evidence, and narrow down the possibilities of the suspects who could have possibly been the Zodiac serial killer. HUNTED: The Zodiac Murders-book 1-Mark Hewitt