By Jake Halpern
The Federal exchange fee gets extra court cases approximately rogue debt amassing than approximately any task in addition to identification robbery. Dramatically and entertainingly, Bad Paper unearths why. It tells the tale of Aaron Siegel, a former banking government, and Brandon Wilson, a former armed robber, who develop into companions and move searching for "paper"―the uncollected bills which are bought off by way of banks for pennies at the buck. As Aaron and Brandon study, the realm of patron debt assortment is an unregulated shadowland the place operators frequently make unwarranted threats or even acquire money owed that aren't theirs.
Introducing an unforgettable solid of strivers and rogues, Jake Halpern chronicles their lives as they deal with high-pressure name facilities, hunt for paper in Las Vegas casinos, and meet in parked automobiles to promote the social safety numbers and account info of unsuspecting shoppers. He additionally tracks a "package" of debt that's stolen via unscrupulous creditors, resulting in a dramatic showdown with weapons in a Buffalo nook shop. alongside the best way, he unearths the human expense of a procedure that compounds the worries of hardworking american citizens and allows banks to disregard their former shoppers. the result's an essential exposé that also is a bravura feat of storytelling.
By Steven Johnson, Greg Oliver
The existence and alarming demise of acclaimed expert wrestler Chris Benoit are explored during this well timed and exhaustive biography. In June 2007 Benoit dedicated suicide after killing his spouse and son, and the media assurance surrounding this event—as good because the proof of the case and its results on expert wrestling—are all commonly addressed. Benoit’s existence sooner than and through his seasoned wrestling occupation is tested, as is his major impression at the wrestling international and common reputation. This close-up examine considered one of professional wrestling’s maximum and so much lamented figures additionally provides where of his tragedy within the darker part of wrestling’s history.
By Douglas Starr
Winner of the Gold Dagger Award
A attention-grabbing real crime tale that info the increase of recent forensics and the improvement of recent legal investigation.
At the top of the 19th century, serial assassin Joseph Vacher terrorized the French geographical region, eluding experts for years, and murdering two times as many sufferers as Jack The Ripper. right here, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's notorious crime wave, interweaving the tale of the 2 males who ultimately stopped him—prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most famous criminologist. In dramatic element, Starr exhibits how Lacassagne and his colleagues have been constructing forensic technology as we all know it. development to a gripping court docket denouement, The Killer of Little Shepherds is a riveting contribution to the background of legal justice.
By Mary H. Manhein
Whilst a skeleton is all that is left to inform the tale of a criminal offense, Mary H. Manhein, differently often called "the bone lady," is named in. for nearly 20 years, Manhein has used her services in forensic pathology to aid legislations enforcement agents--locally, nationally, and internationally--solve their so much confusing mysteries. She stocks the intense information of the usually high-profile situations on which she works, and the technology underlying her analyses. listed below are Civil struggle skeletons, instances of alleged voodoo and witchcraft, crimes of political intrigue, and the before-and-after of facial reconstruction. Written with the compassion and humor of a born storyteller, The Bone Lady is an unforgettable glimpse into the lab the place one scientist works to bare the human tales at the back of the is still.
By Paul Adams
A specific compilation of real crime circumstances with paranormal connections from the mid-18th century to the present
Murder and ghosts pass hand-in-hand, and vengeful specters looking justice or haunting the scene of the crime or their killers have embellished the pages of literature considering prior to Shakespeare. This chilling choice of true-crime stories relationship from the mid-18th century to the current all function a few component to the mystical. circumstances comprise the invention of a physique by means of a spiritualist medium, a homicide solved by way of a dream of the mummy of the sufferer, and proof at a Scottish homicide trial supplied via the ghost of the sufferer herself. that includes visions, psychometry, ghosts, haunted prisons, possessions, and spiritualist detectives, this e-book is an interesting examine criminology and ghost looking. Paranormal historian Paul Adams has opened the case records of either the criminologist and the ghost hunter to collect a different selection of crime from British history.
By Timothy Egan
In 1935, the Spokane police on a regular basis extorted intercourse, meals, and cash from the reluctant hobos (many of them displaced farmers who had fled the midwestern dirt bowls), robbed dairies, and engaged in all demeanour of nefarious crimes, together with homicide. This background was once suppressed until eventually 1989, whilst former logger, Vietnam vet, and Spokane cop Tony Bamonte found a wierd 1955 deathbed confession whereas studying a thesis on neighborhood legislations enforcement heritage. Bamonte started to probe what had each visual appeal of frequent police crime and a major cover-up whose spotlight was once the unsolved homicide of city Marshall George Conff. the truth that a lot of these concerned, now of their 80s and 90s, have been nonetheless alive made it crucial that Bamonte resolve this secret. the result's Breaking Blue, a white-knuckle experience via institutional corruption and cover-up that vividly records Depression-era Spokane and a unprecedented case that few believed might ever be delivered to gentle.
By Chris Ryan
The Mounties don't constantly get their guy. there's a folks legend residing in Bay Bulls, at the Southern Shore of Newfoundland, by way of the identify of Leo Crockwell. He ranks up there with legends like D. B. Cooper and Albert Johnson, the Mad Trapper of Rat River. this can be the tale of the way Leo Crockwell took on the most respected police forces on the earth, the Royal Canadian fixed Police, and walked away unscathed.
On December four, 2010, Leo Crockwell, fifty-five, an electric technician and lifelong resident of Bay Bulls, barricaded himself in his mother's condo in Bay Bulls after an altercation along with his sister related to a firearm. Chris "Dutch" Ryan, a chum and neighbour of Leo's, watched as for the following 8 days the RCMP applied each device at its disposal to extract Leo from the home and produce the standoff to a relaxed finish. yet nobody anticipated it to finish love it did.
Ian Robertson Hamilton used to be an unknown legislation pupil at Glasgow collage till Christmas Eve 1950. On that evening, assisted via Alan Stewart, Gavin Vernon and Kay Matheson, he took the Stone of future from underneath the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey and in doing so grew to become a Scottish nationwide hero. In England, notwithstanding, the act had the other impression and a manhunt for the 'vulgar vandals' was once began to fulfill the outrage of the English institution and convey them to justice. finally, the Stone was once given up, however the gang weren't charged. This solitary act set Hamilton on a course for the remainder of his existence from which he has no longer diverged. even though, it's now approximately sixty years given that that fateful evening, it's the genuine occasions surrounding the taking of the Stone which carry humans spellbound whilst Hamilton recounts them. during this publication, Ian Hamilton has set down the chain of occasions which resulted in his determination to visit London, get rid of the Stone and a minute-by-minute account of the act and the aftermath. yet this isn't easily a retelling of a stunt that made national information, it's a booklet approximately how a nation's sense of right and wrong was once stirred by way of a symbolic act that modified lives of many.
By Ed Palattella
On August 28, 2003, within the suburbs of Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza supply guy named Brian Wells was once accosted by way of numerous males who locked a time bomb round his neck. They then ordered him to rob a financial institution. After providing the money, he may obtain clues to assist him disarm the bomb. It was once probably the most inventive financial institution theft schemes in background, often called Collarbomb via the FBI.
It didn't pass in response to plan.
Wells, picked up through police presently after the theft, by no means came across the clues he wanted. Investigating the crime after his grisly loss of life, the FBI quickly chanced on that Wells used to be no longer, in reality, an blameless sufferer. He used to be purely the 1st co-conspirator to fall in a extraordinary path of loss of life following the crime.
Jerry Clark, the lead FBI designated Agent who cracked what grew to become referred to as the Pizza Bomber case, and investigative reporter Ed Palattella, who it from the start, inform the whole tale, from the interior, for the 1st time.
By Neil Root
The final time that anybody heard from 35-year-old Claudia Lawrence, a chef on the college of York, used to be whilst she despatched a textual content message to a pal on 18 March 2009 at 8.23 p.m. She hasn't ever been heard from or visible back, and her disappearance is a secret that endures to this day. What occurred to Claudia that early spring evening—or used to be it early the subsequent morning on her option to paintings? There have been not anything irregular approximately her habit ahead of she vanished, and there have been no indicators of a fight at her domestic. A Crimewatch reconstruction has been broadcast, and the police research into the case has rate greater than £750,000. Dozens of interviews have thrown up a number of leads, yet there aren't any concrete clues. With huge entry to her friends and family, in long past, Neil Root assesses the evidence and theories and asks: the place is Claudia?