True Crime Recommended Reading (To Die For!) For more true crime fun, check out the other books on display in the Library and register for our upcoming virtual true crime seriesThis month to go with our upcoming virtual true crime series, there is a display near the Information Desk on the main floor of the Library highlighting thrilling true crime books, with some focused on Michigan’s criminal past and present! Explore some of the recommended true crime books below and come in to browse the rest. And for more true crime fun, don’t forget to register for our upcoming virtual programs with true crime authors Tobin Buhk and Tom Carr!

The first program will be Michigan’s Lonely Hearts Killers: A History of “Cupid Club” Crimes and Criminals with Tobin Buhk, on Thursday, October 14, at 6:30-8:00 PM.

Our true crime series finishes with “Dark Side of the Mitten: Crimes of Power & Powerful Criminals in Michigan’s Past & Present” with Tom Carr, on Thursday, October 28, at 6:30-8:00 PM.

You won’t want to miss them!

All-American Murder : the Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row by James Patterson

Call# 364.152 Pat

The world's most popular thriller writer presents the definitive, never before told account of the Aaron Hernandez case. Everyone thought they knew Aaron Hernandez. He was an NFL star who made the game of football look easy. Until he became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder. But who was Aaron Hernandez, really? Rich with in-depth, on-the-ground investigative reporting that gives readers a front row seat to Hernandez's tumultuous downward spiral, and will reveal the unvarnished truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories, from his hometown of Bristol, CT to his college days in Gainesville, FL to the Patriots' NFL locker room where he ascended to stardom, to the prison where Hernandez spent his final days.

Blood on the Mitten : Infamous Michigan Murders 1700s to Present by Tom Carr

Call# 364.152 Car

Before Michigan became a state, there were witch trials, scalp collectors, dirty sports and a massacre of epic proportions. The lumber era that followed made Michigan as much of a wild, wild west as Deadwood. And Prohibition allowed a group of Detroit thugs to run roughshod over even the likes of Al Capone. Blood on the Mitten highlights 57 infamous murder cases from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula. In Blood on the Mitten, crimes of passion, crimes of necessity and cold, calculated evil take on flesh, bones and blood. The highly illustrated book also looks at historical context of murder, in Michigan and beyond.

The Detroit True Crime Chronicles : Tales of Murder and Mayhem in the Motor City by Scott M. Burnstein

Call# 364.152 Bur

The Detroit True Crime Chronicles sets forth the rich history of criminal activity in the Motor City. Using information from declassified federal documents and many firsthand accounts, the book focuses on the city’s local Mafia, key mobsters, drug kingpins, serial killers, and unsolved crimes.

How to Catch a Killer : Hunting and Capturing the World's Most Notorious Serial Killers by Katherine M. Ramsland

Call# 364.152 Ram

"No two stories about the capture of a serial killer are the same. Sometimes, the killers make crucial mistakes; other times, investigators get lucky. And the process of profiling, hunting, and apprehending these predators has changed radically over time, particularly in the field of criminal forensics, which has exploded in the last ten to 15 years. Laser ablation, video spectral analysis, cyber-sleuthing, and even DNA-based genetic genealogy are now crucial tools in solving murders, including the recent capture of the so-called Golden State Killer. This book in the new Profiles in Crime series tells the history of forensics through the "capture stories" of some of the most notorious serial killers, going back almost a century."--Provided by publisher.

Lady Killers : Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

Call# 364.152 Tel

When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.” Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsébet Báthory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction.

Terror in the City of Champions : Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society That Shocked Depression-era Detroit by Tom Stanton

Call# 364.152 Sta

Detroit, mid-1930s was abuzz over its unrivaled sports success when gun-loving baseball fan Dayton Dean became ensnared in the nefarious Black Legion. The secretive, Klan-like group murdered enemies, flogged associates, and planned armed rebellion. The Legion boasted tens of thousands of members across the Midwest, among them politicians and prominent citizens—even, possibly, a beloved athlete. Award-winning author Tom Stanton has written a stunning tale of history, crime, and sports.