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

Buy Blood and Money at Amazon

Blood and Money

By Thomas Thompson

Buy The Michigan Murders at Amazon

The Michigan Murders

By Edward Keyes

Buy Closing Time at Amazon

Closing Time

By Lacey Fosburgh

Buy A Death in Canaan at Amazon

A Death in Canaan

By Joan Barthel

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The Executioner’s Song

By Norman Mailer

Buy Serpentine at Amazon


By Thomas Thompson

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The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule

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Fatal Vision

By Joe McGinniss

Buy Evidence of Love at Amazon

Evidence of Love

By John Bloom and Jim Atkinson

Buy The Hillside Stranglers at Amazon

The Hillside Stranglers

By Darcy O'Brien

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By Robert Graysmith

Buy Buried Dreams at Amazon

Buried Dreams

By Tim Cahill

Buy Brady and Hindley at Amazon

Brady and Hindley

By Fred Harrison

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Bitter Blood

By Jerry Bledsoe

Buy A Death in White Bear Lake at Amazon

A Death in White Bear Lake

By Barry Siegel

Buy Butcher, Baker at Amazon

Butcher, Baker

By Walter Gilmour and Leland E. Hale

Buy Beyond Obsession at Amazon

Beyond Obsession

By Richard Hammer

Buy Blood Echoes at Amazon

Blood Echoes

By Thomas H. Cook

Buy A Thirst for Blood at Amazon

A Thirst for Blood

By Lt. Ray Biondi and Walt Hecox

Buy Innocent Victims at Amazon

Innocent Victims

By Scott Whisnant

Buy A Dark and Bloody Ground at Amazon

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

Buy Above Suspicion at Amazon

Above Suspicion

By Joe Sharkey

Buy Killing Season at Amazon

Killing Season

By Carlton Smith

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

By John Berendt

Buy Fred & Rose at Amazon

Fred & Rose

By Howard Sounes

Buy Mother's Day at Amazon

Mother's Day

By Dennis McDougal

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The Night Stalker

By Philip Carlo

Buy Die for Me at Amazon

Die for Me

By Don Lasseter

Buy The Wrong Man at Amazon

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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By Dave Cullen

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People Who Eat Darkness

By Richard Lloyd Parry

Buy Dear Dawn at Amazon

Dear Dawn

By Aileen Wuornos

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Lost Girls

By Robert Kolker

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The Good Nurse

By Charles Graeber

Buy John Christie of Rillington Place at Amazon

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