Seattle Picks: True Crime
Annotation:Do you love books? Enough to go to jail for them? By the time he was caught, bibliomaniac John Gilkey’s book lust drove him to steal over $100,000 worth of rare volumes.
Annotation:Long before CSI was an acronym, forensic science pioneers discovered new methods for uncovering hidden clues and revealing deadly schemes that would have impressed Sherlock Holmes himself.
Annotation:In a time of vast wage disparity and mounting unrest, domestic terrorists hatched a deadly plot. Fans of Erik Larson will enjoy this riveting account of the crime of the century, circa 1910.
Annotation:Published in 1966, this harrowing account of the senseless murder of a family on the Kansas plains and the men who did it set the standard for powerful crime reportage and narrative nonfiction.
Annotation:A punk kid from the streets of South Boston rose to become king of the Irish mafia, while the FBI looked on. Then his luck ran out, and an international manhunt began.
Annotation:There’s one in almost every class. A weirdo kid who everyone laughs at. At Revere High School, his name was Jeffrey Dahmer. A sobering memoir of how a monster is made, in graphic novel form.
Annotation:Han van Meegeren wasn't much of a painter, so how did he dupe the Nazis into believing his clumsy forgeries were lost Vermeers? Also check out Anthony M. Amore's "Stealing Rembrandts."
Annotation:Painstaking original research and newly declassified documents and wiretaps reveal Al "Scarface" Capone as he really was, less mythic monster than savvy mobster.
Annotation:Sure, these New York mafiosi had a lion in their basement and a scowling dwarf on their crew, but hey—this was the ‘60s. Didn't everybody?
Annotation:It was 1937, and as clouds of war gathered on the horizon, a ghastly ritualistic murder was left unsolved—until now.
Annotation:Dubbed the "Angel of Death" by some media outlets, registered nurse Charlie Cullen confessed to killing dozens of hospital patients over a 16-year period, and is implicated in the murder of hundreds more.
Annotation:In the 1830s, there was one sure way to get away with murder: arsenic. Witness the birth of toxicology, the bane of poisoners.
Annotation:This sensitive and searching account of the unsolved murders of five prostitutes whose bodies were found on Long Island makes one thing very clear: there are no disposable people.
Annotation:Have you heard about Fatty Arbuckle and the actress in the hotel room? You heard wrong. Here's the real story behind the salacious scandal.
Annotation:Nightmares sometimes really do come true, as they did on one terrifying night for young Lucie Blackman. Also check out Jake Adelstein's "Tokyo Vice."
Annotation:While investigating the grisly predations of an Italian serial killer, an American thriller writer finds himself swept up in a bizarre case of perverted justice.
Annotation:Killers Peter Robinson, Polly Bodine and Anton Probst may not have the notoriety of Ted Bundy and Lizzie Borden, yet their crimes were eerily similar to famous ones. What makes some murders the stuff of legend?
Annotation:Only when Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his own daughter did the world learn that the wealthy American executive was really a German immigrant named Christian Gerhartsreiter. Stranger than fiction.
Annotation:After a quarter of a century, a tireless investigator struggles to bring the killer of Adam, the son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, to justice.
Annotation:The first great Victorian sleuth was almost ruined by his obsession with this sensational 1860 case of a slain child found in a privy.
Annotation:Was Nesbit a steamy sexpot who drove men to murder, or the hapless victim of lecherous predators? The passage of a century has not dulled the lurid fascination of this celebrity scandal.