I’m a huge True Crime fan. I love serial killers, unsolved crimes, forensic files, anything and everything that has to do with True Crime. I also enjoy the scattered “Missing 411” article/documentary (if you don’t know what this is, I suggest checking the documentary out).
I figured, since I’ve got a half decent collection of True Crime books, I’d share them here with you all. If you’re new to the genre, and looking for a place to start, I’ll point some good starters out!
Starting out, we’ve got The A-Z encyclopedia of Serial Killers. (I haven’t gotten to this yet, as it’s relatively new to my collection, courtesy of BookOutlet)
Pretty self explanatory.
Serial Killers in general, and The Female Serial Killer. Elusive, and not as common, but most definitely a threat.
Keeping in the spirit of women killers, we have the actual HISTORY of female serial killers. This book was excellent because it completely shuts down the myth that “women only kill out of passion” or that their crimes are only, and always based on emotions, unlike a male serial killer who will simply kill without a second thought. That’s just not true, and this book is an excellent source, Highly recommend.
I read this book earlier in the year. If you’ve never heard of the disappearance of Maura Murray, the gist is basically this: Young girl leaves her dorm room in the middle of the night after telling her professors she won’t be in class for the week due to a “family emergency”. Fast forward a week and no one has heard from Maura, there was no family emergency, and her vehicle is found abandoned on the side of the road in a small town. Weird, and weirder. This rendition of James Renners experience attempting to piece Maura’s disappearance together is excellent, and will definitely have you asking questions yourself.
Mindhunter was good and bad. I enjoyed the cases discussed, but John Douglas as a narrator is extremely full of himself, and constantly talking about how good he is at his job, which fair enough he is, but still, that was not why I picked up this book. I want the cases, dude, not your resume. All in all though the actual cases and information provided was very interesting, and really that’s what matters here.
This is a fairly new release. It’s been years, and no one has known where Dianne Lake is. A reporter eventually tracked her down, and so she decided to write a book. Dianne Lake was one of Manson’s girls. She shaved her head and stood outside the court-house during his trial, and then more or less disappeared. Dianne wasn’t involved in the Murders that took place in the 1960’s but she was an integral part of Manson’s clan. Looking forward to getting a little more into this one.
Charles Manson and his Cult are one of my favorites topics in True Crime. It’s kind of weird I guess that even now, almost 50 years later people are still drawn to him. I mean the man did some pretty terrible things, and yet to top it off he’s dead now and there are still articles and people obsessed with him. * I recommend starting your True Crime journey with Manson, 100%
I’m about mid way through this one. Excellent so far. At the time I put it down for a little while just because I had read a couple heavy books at the time, and it was getting me down as well as slightly triggering at times. I think I’ll get back to it soon enough. This book is also a New Release, aaaaaand on top of that the Police in California have actually CAUGHT the Golden State Killer in recent months. Unfortunately the author of this book, Michelle McNamara has passed within the last two years and was not alive to see this, and relish in downfall of this terrible human.
These three here are some home grown Canadian True Crime. First up here is On The Farm by Stevie Cameron. This story follows the case of Robert William Pickton and his infamous farm where dozens of bodies of missing women from Vancouver and surrounding areas were discovered. He was a truely sadistic human being.
Secondly, we have Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey, This Canadian gem centres around the Murder of teenage girl Reena Virk, in Saanich, British Columbia. Young Reena Virk just wanted to be friends with a group of girls from her town, however, things ended tragically in Reena murder, and everyone wondering “why did this happen?”.
And lastly we have this tragic True Crime story from my very own home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. “Mr. Big” by Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks is about Nelson Hart. Nelson Hart was a Gander, Newfoundland resident who murdered his two twin daughters by drowning them in Gander Lake, although he wasn’t forthcoming with this admission. Not until that is the RCMP put into place what was called the “Mr. Big” sting operation, that eventually lead to Hart’s confession, and ultimate conviction.
Ah, Columbine. The one mass shooting that started this terribly heart breaking “trend”. Way back in the late 90’s at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris decided they’d had enough and executed one of the most horrific mass school shootings in US history (I can unfortunately say, “one of” because there has since been more recent, and deadly mass school shootings in the US in the last 20 years that it has literally become a very common thing).
And lastly, we have good o’l Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. Cults are such a strange phenomenon, yet they’re still prominent around the world today. A young girl from my home Province of Newfoundland recently got hooked up with a Cult down south. Some weird video footage was recorded of her video chatting with her family, as well as the leader of the cult. Very strange stuff, but crazy interesting at the time time.
Hope you enjoyed my little True Crime rant!
Let me know your thoughts and some of your Favorite True Crime books in the comments below! Is there anything you recommend?!