True Crime & Mayhem
Waiting for a third season of Making a Murderer (fingers crossed)? Check out some of these other fascinating cases from our True Crime section. From serial killers to forensics, Jack the Ripper to cybercrimes, this category is always an engrossing look into human nature, society, law enforcement and the justice system.
This story is almost too crazy to believe! In the wake of Katrina, a lampshade made of human skin is discovered in New Orleans. Author Mark Jacobson comes into possession of this horrifying object, and starts investigating its origins. Through the mystery of the lampshade, he tells a story of the Holocaust, New Orleans, Katrina, and Israel. For readers who loved The Orchid Thief and Devil in the White City, and for fans of Jon Krakauer, comes an amazing work of nonfiction not to be missed!--Sarah B.
I never thought I could learn so much from a True Crime book! In People Who Eat Darkness Richard Lloyd Parry tells the story of Lucie Blackman, a young British woman who disappeared while working in one of Tokyo's hostess clubs, and the frantic search to find her. Parry also tells us the story of the man responsible for her disappearance, and at the same time illuminates many aspects of Japanese culture that had a hand in this crime. Very entertaining, interesting and well written!--Sarah B
When Julia Scheeres started to do research for a novel she wanted to write about a religious cult, she knew the Jonestown Massacre would provide relevant material. But as she looked into the recently released FBI and CIA files on Jim Jones and his church, The People's Temple, she realized that this was the story she needed to tell. A Thousand Lives is an amazing book not just because of Scheeres impeccable research, but because she tells the story from the perspective of individual Temple members. She shows us how a diverse group of 918 people fell under Jones’ spell—moving with him to Guyana, dying for him— and how only a lucky few survived. —Sarah B.
WARNING: Not for the faint of heart! Appelman investigates a series of unsolved child murders that took place in Detroit in the 70s. Along the way he dives into the darkness of his own family history, and uncovers unspeakable abuses of power committed by Michigan's powerful elites.--Sarah B.