46 Gripping True Crime Books from the Last 54 Years

The truth is more terrifying than fiction.

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In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote

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Helter Skelter

By Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Blood and Money

Blood and Money

By Thomas Thompson

The Michigan Murders

The Michigan Murders

By Edward Keyes

Closing Time

Closing Time

By Lacey Fosburgh

A Death in Canaan

A Death in Canaan

By Joan Barthel

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The Executioner’s Song

By Norman Mailer

Serpentine

Serpentine

By Thomas Thompson

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The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule

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Fatal Vision

By Joe McGinniss

Evidence of Love

Evidence of Love

By John Bloom and Jim Atkinson

The Hillside Stranglers

The Hillside Stranglers

By Darcy O'Brien

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Zodiac

By Robert Graysmith

Buried Dreams

Buried Dreams

By Tim Cahill

Brady and Hindley

Brady and Hindley

By Fred Harrison

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Bitter Blood

By Jerry Bledsoe

A Death in White Bear Lake

A Death in White Bear Lake

By Barry Siegel

Butcher, Baker

Butcher, Baker

By Walter Gilmour and Leland E. Hale

Beyond Obsession

Beyond Obsession

By Richard Hammer

Blood Echoes

Blood Echoes

By Thomas H. Cook

A Thirst for Blood

A Thirst for Blood

By Lt. Ray Biondi and Walt Hecox

Innocent Victims

Innocent Victims

By Scott Whisnant

A Dark and Bloody Ground

A Dark and Bloody Ground

By Darcy O'Brien

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The Crime of the Century

By Dennis L. Breo and William J. Martin

Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

By Joe Sharkey

Killing Season

Killing Season

By Carlton Smith

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

By John Berendt

Fred & Rose

Fred & Rose

By Howard Sounes

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

By Dennis McDougal

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The Night Stalker

By Philip Carlo

Die for Me

Die for Me

By Don Lasseter

The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

By James Neff

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The Devil in the White City

By Erik Larson

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Under the Banner of Heaven

By Jon Krakauer

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The Monster of Florence

By Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi

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For the Thrill of It

By Simon Baatz

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

By Kate Summerscale

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Columbine

By Dave Cullen

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People Who Eat Darkness

By Richard Lloyd Parry

Dear Dawn

Dear Dawn

By Aileen Wuornos

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Lost Girls

By Robert Kolker

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The Good Nurse

By Charles Graeber

John Christie of Rillington Place

John Christie of Rillington Place

By Jonathan Oates

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Mystery on the Isles of Shoals

By J. Dennis Robinson

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Getting Life

By Michael Morton

ill be gone in the dark

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

By Michelle McNamara