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A sampling of True Crime titles available from Infosoup

The suspicions of Mr. Whicher: a shocking murder and the undoing of a great Victorian detective
Kate Summersdale
In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land.

Manhunt: the twelve-day chase for Lincoln’s killer
James L. Swanson
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror.

Hellhound on his trail: the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin
Hampton Sides
From the acclaimed bestselling author of "Ghost Soldiers" comes a taut, intense narrative about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the largest manhunt in American history. Magnificent in scope, drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates one of the darkest hours in American life.

Run, Bambi, run: the beautiful ex-cop and convicted murderer who escaped to freedom and won America’s heart
Kris Radish
This is the fascinating story of Lawrencia Ann Bembenek. "Bambi," as she became known, was a gorgeous ex-cop who married a cop. A few months later she was charged with the murder of his ex-wife. Though all of the evidence was circumstantial and there was never a motive given for her crime, she was convicted of first-degree murder and sent to prison. Trusting in the judicial system, Bambi submitted appeal after appeal only to see each one struck down for very flimsy reasons. After spending ten years fighting the system, she escaped through an 8-inch hole in the laundry room.

Mafia Wife: my story of love, murder, and madness
Lynda Milito
The wife of a member of the Gambino family chronicles the rise and fall of this underworld gang and describes her view inside the Mafia, her turbulent marriage, and her life following the 1988 disappearance of her husband.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America
Erik Larson
Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures.The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds; a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000 degree crematorium.

The Monfils conspiracy: the conviction of six innocent men
Denis Gullickson
This book exposes one of the greatest travesties of injustice in Wisconsin history. What exactly happened to Tom Monfils that fateful day? Any chance of determining exactly what happened may have slipped through the fingers of a police force and a district attorney's office hell-bent on sending these six men to prison.

The Murder of Bob Crane
Robert Graysmith
As the basis for Sony Pictures' "Autofocus, " starring Greg Kinnear and Willem DeFoe, set for release in October 2002, this classic of true crime examines the unsolved 1978 murder of television actor Bob Crane ("Hogan's Heroes") and his descent into the world of pornography and kinky sex which came to light after his death.

The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower
Robert Graysmith
The "New York Times"-bestselling author uncovers a real-life mystery of murder, body doubles, and obsession, as he explores the case of Marli Renfro, Janet Leigh's body double in the infamous shower scene in "Pyscho," who reportedly became the victim of a serial killer.

The Burn Farm
Michael Benson
True crime author and conspiracy theorist Benson (Betrayal in Blood) chronicles the real and disturbing life of Sheila LaBarre, who lured vulnerable men back to her remote New Hampshire farmhouse and abused them psychologically and physically.