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Fred Rosen - The Mad Choper
August 13, 2017 02:09 PM PDT
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When police in Tampa, Florida, arrested Larry Singleton in 1997 for brutally murdering prostitute Roxanne Hayes, they soon realized it wasn’t the man’s first violent attack. Back in 1978 he had gained notoriety as “the Mad Chopper” for raping and cutting off the arms of 15-year-old Mary Vincent on a patch of desolate, sun-scorched land 5 miles off the highway near Modesto, California.

When Singleton was let out of prison on supervised parole after serving only 8 years for his crimes, no community in California would accept him. He eventually moved back to his home in Florida, where he killed Hayes nearly 20 years after his original crime. But his first victim, Vincent, had survived, walking nearly a mile to get help after the assault, and testified against him at his trial for murdering Hayes.

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) - Cathy Scott
August 04, 2017 04:38 PM PDT
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An essential guide to criminology, exploring the most infamous cases of all time, from serial killers to mob hits to war crimes and more.

From Jack the Ripper to Jeffrey Dahmer, The Crime Book is a complete study of international true crime history that unpacks the shocking stories through info-graphics and in-depth research that lays out every key fact and detail. Examine the science, psychology, and sociology of criminal behavior, and read profiles of villains, victims, and detectives. See each clue and follow the investigation from start to finish, and study the police and detective work of each case.

Find out how pirates, the Japanese yakuza, Chinese triads, and modern drug cartels operate around the world. Dive deep into the Black Dahlia murder investigation and follow other high-profile cases, including Lizzie Borden with her ax and the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Learn how media coverage changed through history, from the tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln to romanticizing Bonnie and Clyde's doomed fate to the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby, which is considered the first international crime tabloid story.

The Crime Book is a complete compendium for crime aficionados to add to their collection

Room 1203: O.J. Simpson's Las Vegas Conviction-Andy Caldwell
July 29, 2017 06:59 PM PDT
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"You think you can steal my sh*t and sell it?" In 1995, NFL great and movie star, O.J. Simpson beat a murder rap for the death of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But in 2007 his luck with avoiding Lady Justice ran out in Las Vegas. ROOM 1203 is the true story of the convoluted and bizarre events surrounding a violent armed robbery of a sports memorabilia collector in a Vegas hotel. On that night, Simpson put an exclamation mark on his spectacular fall from the height of Hollywood’s glamour and glitz to a shadowy world of scams and schemers in Sin City. Written by the lead detective assigned to the case, the book provides details, insights and facts not previously reported, as well as the investigation that pieced the crime together and landed an arrogant man who believed he was above the law in a Nevada prison. Excerpt From ROOM 1203: O.J. Simpson's Las Vegas Conviction: As we turned down the hall toward O.J.’s suite, three more surveillance detectives stood behind a pillar, visiting with each other while waiting for the two surveillance detectives who were closer to the room to signal that the target was moving. They were working with the Palms security and had a room in the same hall as Simpson’s, so the hall could be monitored without a detective just waiting for Simpson to come out of his room. As Rod, Linda and I approached Simpson’s suite, Eddie stayed back in the hall. Rod knocked on the door, and within a few moments, the door swung open and there was O.J. Simpson. This was and is a moment that is hard to reconcile in my mind. As I stood there—a detective tasked with investigating a crime and thinking I was going to conduct this interview just like any other—I was a little star struck. O.J. is not a big, imposing figure. In fact, he was smaller than I would have ever imagined a former NFL player to be. His charismatic personality came shining through the moment he opened the door. With a great big smile and animated arm movements, he invited us into his suite. Here is where that flexibility in interviews became paramount; he leaned out into the hallway and waved Eddie in also. But that wasn’t all. The surveillance detectives who take pride in their ability to work undetected—Simpson had spotted them, too, and waved them into the room. As everyone piled into the suite, I had to laugh to myself as I thought I would probably come in, too, if I were in their position. As he waved everyone in, Simpson told me his lawyer was not there yet, but he should be there shortly, so we could wait inside for him. As I walked past Simpson, I had a moment of realization that helped me to get over my feeling of being star struck. O.J. was wearing the same clothes as he was in the surveillance video from the robbery the night before: a light blue, disheveled polo shirt and blue jeans. About the author: Andy Caldwell is a retired detective from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and he is presently serving as the pastor at Mill City Christian Church in Mill City, Oregon. His distinguished law enforcement career resulted in him receiving multiple awards and having cases he worked featured on America’s Most Wanted, Dateline, and Court TV.

A&E 'The Dope Man- Tim Ryan
July 27, 2017 09:23 PM PDT
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Dope Man follows Tim Ryan, an ex-con and former addict, who before embracing recovery, lost his son to heroin and nearly died from it himself. Now, in an era when addicts are dying faster and younger by the day, he's made it his life's mission to save others from the deadly drug. Tim's unforgiving, in-your-face approach, as well as his commitment to placing people into meaningful long-term treatment, has singled him out nationally among politicians, law enforcement officials and educators as one of the most effective experts in his field.

'She Is Evil!': Madness And Murder In Memphis- Judith Yates
July 21, 2017 06:14 PM PDT
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“That woman is evil. She is evil!” Ejaz Ahmad was handsome, charismatic, and a self-made businessman. He arrived in the United States from Pakistan determined to fulfill his mother’s dying wish: to come to America, complete his education, and make his mark in the world. Settling in Memphis, Tennessee, Ejaz became owner of several businesses, father to a handsome boy, and a devout Muslim. The only thing missing in his life was a wife, someone special to protect, honor, and love. Leah Ward was a pretty girl, but a prison parolee with a history of drug charges, petty crime, and a questionable past. She led a flotsam life, drifting from town to city to state. When she was introduced to Ejaz Ahmad, she believed she had found the ultimate answer: a place to live, someone to take care of her, and money to spend. But what began idyllic soon became abusive and then dangerous for Ejaz. His friends and family warned him. And in May of 2003 Ejaz paid the ultimate price when family members found his mutilated body in a shed. SHE IS EVIL is a story of trust, abuse, religion, and murder. Of a kind man who tried to help a troubled woman and became the victim of abuse and, eventually, a heinous murder.

Jack the Ripper - Ripper Confidential - Tom Wescott
July 14, 2017 07:38 PM PDT
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Groundbreaking history and exciting investigative journalism combine in a work jam-packed with newly unearthed finds and fresh insights that pull us deeper into the world of Jack the Ripper and closer to the man himself. Wescott does not promote a suspect but instead comprehensively investigates the murders of Polly Nichols and Elizabeth Stride, bringing to light new medical evidence, crucial new material on important witnesses, and – revealed for the first time – the name of a woman who may have met Jack the Ripper and survived to tell the tale.

Also discussed in this book:

Charles Lechmere, recently named as a suspect in the Jack the Ripper documentary, Conspiracy: The Missing Evidence, is restored to his proper place in history as an innocent witness.

Walter Sickert, the subject of Patricia Cornwell’s Jack the Ripper books, was not the Ripper, but is revealed here to have been only one of several artists and poets who may have been acquainted with victim Mary Kelly.

Bruce Robinson’s Jack the Ripper book, They All Love Jack, controversially endorsed the myth that fruiterer Matthew Packer sold grapes to Liz Stride which were later found on her hand. Around this was constructed an intricate police conspiracy. In Ripper Confidential the truth is exposed and these events are proved beyond doubt to have never taken place.

Was Elizabeth Stride a Ripper victim? For the first time, all the myths are cleared away and the facts are looked at in great detail.

The contemporary investigators speak out from the past and tell us what they thought of one of the Ripper’s most enigmatic and controversial clues – the chalk-written message on the wall in Goulston Street. Did the Ripper write it and what might it actually have said?

A comprehensive look is taken at Berner Street witness, Israel Schwartz. Why did he disappear within weeks from the written record? Was or was he not a legitimate witness? This and much more is discussed, and for the first time it’s revealed why he did not give evidence at the inquest, why the two best known versions of his story are inconsistent, and – most crucially – that he was not the last person to see Liz Stride with a man who was probably her killer

Murder on his Mind - Anne Penn KKNW Seattle
July 08, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
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Murder on His Mind Serial Killer is the true crime story of the Original Night Stalker aka East Area Rapist who first terrorized Rancho Cordova/Sacramento areas in Northern California as a serial rapist. Moving on to Southern California he became the serial killer and rapist he had worked to become. The Original Night Stalker carried out the murders of at least 12 people in and around Southern California. This serial rapist and murderer moved about freely as law enforcement has been unable to catch a break and have to this date been unable to apprehend him. A very deadly criminal this man was prepared to do whatever it took to be free. Many active and retired law enforcement still work the case that had become cold. The FBI has once again joined in the chase. It has been 40 years since the first known attacks in Northern California. It has been 30 years since the last senseless murder of a young woman in Irvine California. How much longer will the families have to wait for justice in this case? Will we ever match his DNA to a name? Will we ever see who has been under the mask?

Dreams - JM Debord - KKNW Seattle
July 07, 2017 07:07 PM PDT
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What do reoccurring dreams reveal? What's the purpose of nightmares—and can they be stopped? Why do some people show up in dreams? Are some dreams actually warnings? Going beyond superficial explanations, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs and Meanings brings a deep and rich understanding to a variety of images, signs, and symbols. It considers the context to help anyone complete their own personal jigsaw puzzle. It provides the tools to allow anyone to sort through possible connections and to make sense of their dreams.

From entries ranging from “Abandonment” to “Zoo,” this massive tome analyzes sex dreams, money dreams, dreams of falling, running, or paralysis and much, much more. It brings profound insights to thousands of dream messages. It shows what to look for and what to ignore and teaches how to master dream interpretation. Examples of symbols are given. The complexity and context of a dream are explored. Signs and their meanings are illustrated.

Illuminating the intelligence of dreams, decoding clues, explaining symbols, and revealing the universal meanings of each as well as their subtler associations, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs, and Meanings explores the messages delivered by the unconscious mind during sleep. It examines how dreams connect to daily life. It shows how dreams can lead to deeper understanding and self-awareness. Also included are a helpful bibliography and an extensive index, adding to the book’s usefulness.

Outlaw in Los Angeles - Ron Franscell
June 30, 2017 08:33 PM PDT
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A sunset cruise through a place where ordinary inhumanities are entertainment—with GPS coordinates, photos and more!

Los Angeles is where America’s dreams and nightmares got all tangled up. In this otherworldly place of seemingly everlasting life, death could have an otherworldly quality, too. In a city where anything was possible, even the ghastly could happen. Where else does a list of a city’s top five most recognized citizens include a mass murderer? Stand in the footsteps of Manson, the Hillside Strangler, the Night Stalker, the Black Dahlia’s killer, and the Onion Field slayers. Visit crime scenes where Hollywood’s weird history took fatal turns for O.J. Simpson, John Belushi, Ramon Novarro, Phil Hartman, Dorothy Stratten, Sal Mineo, and so many others.

“Meticulously researched guide book into the baddest of the bad in LaLa Land."—STEVE HODEL, New York Times bestselling author of “Black Dahlia Avenger”

OUTLAW LOS ANGELES continues the series that critics, true-crime fans, historians, and travelers have hailed as “thorough and unflinching” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” Dozens of fascinating stories in OUTLAW LOS ANGELES are told in the same fast-paced, enthralling voice that’s made Ron Franscell one of America’s most beloved crime writers … and the Crime Buff’s Guides a three-time winner of TrueCrimeZine.com’s Book of the Year!

Jordan Codices - Samuel Zinner
June 20, 2017 06:05 PM PDT
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The Jordanian Lead Books: An Overview The Jordanian metal artefacts consist principally of lead sheets bound together with wire rings in the form of several dozen book-like artefacts. There are also a few tiny rolled lead and gold lamellae, about half a dozen copper scrolls (individual book-sized sheets rolled up), about half a dozen gold books, a brass or bronze bowl, two copper dishes (one round, one more square-like), a lesser number of copper books and several loose sheets as well. The only institutional collection is housed at the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DAJ). The private collection of the Israeli Bedouin Mr Hassan Saida became publicly known in 2011. There is another large private collection of Jordanian lead books in Saudi Arabia, romantically (I suspect) traced to a cave just outside Medina. The first version of this particular story put the discovery at some time in very recent years, then after a few years the story changed to a discovery made more than seventy years ago. The story has most recently morphed yet again, this time into a claim that the artefacts are all modern fakes, despite the fact that the same source originally claimed to have personally excavated the artefacts in the cave. The latter claim of fakes could be correct, or it could be an attempt to cover up recent black market activities, or it could reflect the wish to avoid the perception of the latter. I simply have no way of ascertaining the facts in this are Similarly, convenient rumours locate the origins of the gold books in question in the legendary ancient Jewish settlement of Khaybar, which may be just as romantic a story as the one involving the Medina cave. All of these items in Saudi Arabia have design parallels in Jordanian lead books, and the evidence suggests they all originated in Jordan and then made their way to Egypt, various Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, and throughout North Africa and beyond. The artefacts have therefore definitely spread beyond Jordan and Israel. The main question is when this proliferation occurred, was it before or after the 2011 publicity. While unverifiable private claims have been put forth that locate the lead books’ origins in Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia, the only verifiable fact relating to the issue of the Saida collection’s provenance is that in 2011 official Jordanian authorities recovered several lead books comparable in all respects to Saida’s artefacts in the northern Jordanian village of Saham alKfarat. This is quite near to Pella, famous as the home of the ancient Nazarenes/Nazoreans and Ebionites according to early church fathers such as Epiphanius and Eusebius, a fact exploited to the full by lead book enthusiasts back in 2011. A seizure also took place in Egypt, but my own investigation leads me to conclude that these artefacts, too, were originally from Jordan (see ch. 10). None of the above is intended to rule out categorically the possibility that the tradition of making lead books existed beyond the confines of Jordan.

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