33 True Crime Books About the World’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

From the never-caught Zodiac Killer to charming-but-deadly Ted Bundy, there’s always more to the story.

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Buy Beast at Amazon


By S. R. Schwalb and Gustavo Sánchez Romero

Buy The Truth about Belle Gunness at Amazon

The Truth about Belle Gunness

By Lillian de la Torre

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The Devil in the White City

By Erik Larson

Buy The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot at Amazon

The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot

By Thomas Maeder

Buy John Christie of Rillington Place at Amazon

John Christie of Rillington Place

By Jonathan Oates

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By Harold Schechter

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By Robert Graysmith

Buy The Boston Strangler at Amazon

The Boston Strangler

By Gerold Frank

Buy Serpentine at Amazon


By Thomas Thompson

Buy Brady and Hindley at Amazon

Brady and Hindley

By Fred Harrison

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Edmund Kemper: The True Story of The Co-ed Killer

By Jack Rosewood

Buy The Michigan Murders at Amazon

The Michigan Murders

By Edward Keyes

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Colombian Killers: The True Stories of the Three Most Prolific Serial Killers on Earth

By Ryan Green

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The Misbegotten Son: A Serial Killer and His Victims

By Jack Olsen

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The Casanova Killer: The Life of Serial Killer Paul John Knowles

By Jack Smith

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The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule

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Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door

By Roy Wenzi, Tim Potter, Hurst Laviana, and L. Kelly

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Harold Shipman: The True Story of Britain’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

By Ryan Green

Buy A Thirst for Blood at Amazon

A Thirst for Blood

By Lt. Ray Biondi and Walt Hecox

Buy The Hillside Stranglers at Amazon

The Hillside Stranglers

By Darcy O'Brien

Buy The Shadow of Death at Amazon

The Shadow of Death

By Philip E. Ginsburg

Buy The Red Ripper at Amazon

The Red Ripper

By Peter Conradi

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My Friend Dahmer

By Derf Backderf

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Through the Window: The Terrifying Story of the Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

By Diane Fanning

Buy The Search for the Green River Killer at Amazon

The Search for the Green River Killer

By Carlton Smith and Tomas Guillen

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Die for Me

By Don Lasseter

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The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez

By Philip Carlo

Buy Dead Ends at Amazon

Dead Ends

By Joseph Michael Reynolds

Buy The Bayou Strangler at Amazon

The Bayou Strangler

By Fred Rosen

Buy Love Me to Death at Amazon

Love Me to Death

By Steve Jackson

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Nobody's Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Serial Killer

By Steve Miller