True Crime Backlist

Untitled-1They horrify us while they edify us. Here is a rundown of a few slightly older true crime titles that have aged well.

Most likely to give you nightmares and insight on how a killer is created: The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez by Philip Carlo

Most likely to make you wince at turn-of-the-century sanitarium culture: Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice in the Woods of the Pacific Northwest by Gregg Olsen

Most likely to re-center the victims: Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived by Ron Franscell

Most likely to make you question the veracity of eyewitness testimony and faith in the justice system: The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution by James S. Leibman and the Columbia DeLuna Project

Most likely to leave you with more questions despite tons of research: The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders: The Story of a Town in Terror by James Presley

Most likely to elicit appreciation for vivid, compelling reportage: Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields by Kathryn Casey

Most likely to make you cringe (at the depravity; at the author’s use of a certain dialect; at how missing person cases were mishandled): The Man With The Candy: The Story of The Houston Mass Murders by Jack Olsen

Most likely to shed light on the motivations and machinations of female psychopaths: Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Ann Rule