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A True-Crime Mystery From the 1950s, Fueled by Racism and Corruption

A week and a half later, McCall and the state attorney, Gordon Oldham, announced they had found the rapist and were holding him in custody. The alleged culprit? Jesse Delbert Daniels, an impoverished, mentally impaired 19-year-old with a fifth-grade education. Daniels was also white. Oldham explained that the house was so dark at the time of the rape that Knowles had misidentified her assailant’s skin color.


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Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/books/review-beneath-ruthless-sun-gilbert-king.html

A True-Crime Mystery From the 1950s, Fueled by Racism and …

At first glance, King’s new book looks like it will recount another one of McCall’s fervid campaigns to incarcerate a black man for a crime he didn’t necessarily commit. “Beneath a Ruthless Sun” begins in December 1957, when Blanche Bosanquet Knowles, the wife of a Lake County citrus baron, reported a rape. Her husband was out of town and she was at home, alone with their three children, when, she said, a “husky Negro” with “bushy hair” attacked her in the middle of the night. McCall told his deputies to round up every black man they could find.

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A week and a half later, McCall and the state attorney, Gordon Oldham, announced they had found the rapist and were holding him in custody. The alleged culprit? Jesse Delbert Daniels,

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/books/review-beneath-ruthless-sun-gilbert-king.html

Historical mystery explored in true crime book

Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann

This book is available at Sterling Public Library.

This is the story of how the murders of some of the richest people in the United States in the 1920s helped develop procedures that helped start the FBI on its way to becoming what it is today.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is written by David Grann, the author who gave us “The Lost City of Z” and “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes.” He approaches a piece of history, and then tells us the story within the story that tends to be stranger than fiction tale.

In April the fields of Oklahoma, lands the Osage Indian Tribe calls home, are covered in tiny flowers — everything from Johnny-jump-ups or violas, spring beauties and little bluets. But come May, the larger flowers start taking over the fields, plants like black-eyed Susans and spiderwort. Taller and larger they

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The Final Answer to a 16-Year Murder Mystery: Did Noted Novelist Kill His Wife in Their Mansion?

Kathleen Peterson, an esteemed member of the community in Durham, North Carolina, was found dead at the bottom of her mansion’s staircase in December 2001 — her body bloodied, her head battered — and before long, authorities had charged that her husband, novelist Michael Peterson, was the killer.

But was he?

The ensuing legal saga stretched until February 2017, when according to local media reports Michael, then 73, entered an Alford plea to voluntary manslaughter in his wife’s slaying. He was released from custody with credit for the seven-plus years he’d already spent behind bars.

Still, Michael maintained he was innocent but had little other recourse. Prosecutors said they hoped the plea brought “a measure of justice” to the 48-year-old Kathleen’s family.

Throughout the final developments in the case, Michael was trailed by a documentary crew. This summer, their work will premiere

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/netflix-new-staircase-michael-peterson-documentary-murder/

How Did Kathleen Peterson Die? Watch an Exclusive Clip from An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase

In the early morning hours of June 23, 1993, Manassas, Virginia manicurist Lorena Bobbitt crept into the bedroom she shared with her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt. While John—who had been drinking heavily—slept, she proceeded to mutilate his genitals with a 12-inch kitchen knife. When a drunken John woke up, the sheets were covered in blood; Lorena ran to her car, knife and lump of flesh in tow. Not quite sure what to do next, she wound up tossing part of his shaft out the window.

The scene was so morbid and so titillating that the news media couldn’t get enough. From the time Lorena performed the amputation to her acquittal seven months later, the story of a marriage so broken it ended in genital disfigurement ran almost around the clock.

But reporters had a major hurdle to clear: The word penis had never been printed or spoken aloud

Read more at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/538804/michael-peterson-kathleen-peterson-the-staircase-true-crime

A talk with mystery master James Patterson – News – Wicked Local …

Writer James Patterson has a mystery for you to solve. How does the planet’s top-selling novelist churn out several books, launch a TV series, host a true-crime show and collaborate with former President Bill Clinton on a forthcoming Oval Office thriller — all within the first month of 2018?

Patterson, 70, dropped clues to how he does it all in recent phone call from his Palm Beach, Florida, home, where the “Alex Cross,” “Michael Bennett,” “Women’s Murder Club” mastermind discussed reading, writing and murder.

Q: Let’s start with “The President Is Missing.” You’re collaborating with Bill Clinton on a fictional thriller. Wow.

A: No novel about a president has ever had more authenticity and a sense of history. There is a speech at the end of it. Wait, I do not want to give that away. I have to save it for the

Read more at: http://duxbury.wickedlocal.com/news/20180225/talk-with-mystery-master-james-patterson

A Talk With The Creators Of ‘West Cork,’ Audible’s Latest True Crime Murder Mystery Podcast

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Blood on the Page by Thomas Harding review – Hampstead murder mystery revisited

This investigation into the 2006 murder of Allan Chappelow – and the secret trial that followed – splices the backstories of the victim and the perpetrator to satisfying effect

Mon 5 Feb 2018

Allan Chappelow’s home in Hampstead, where he was murdered in 2006.
Photograph: Rex

The murder of Allan Chappelow in Hampstead in 2006 was widely covered not just because the victim was decidedly eccentric and vaguely famous, having written books on George Bernard Shaw. The case also became notorious because the murder trial was

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/05/blood-on-page-thomas-harding-allan-chappelow-hampstead-murder

New Book on the Black Dahlia May Finally Have Solved the Mystery

That allure has spawned several theories of who might have tortured and murdered “the Black Dahlia.” But, as Gilmore’s book notes, “Crime hides.” The case is still officially unsolved. No one was ever charged for it. Some writers have spent years, even decades, trying to solve this seemingly unsolvable case.

Why the continuing fascination?

You can see it in her photos: Bette Short was knockout-gorgeous. Of her inner life we know little, except that she harbored dreams of Hollywood stardom from her early days growing up in Medford, Massachusetts, until the very end. Short’s childhood friend, artist Mary Pacios, still remembers her male relatives going nuts whenever Bette happened to walk past their house in Medford: “My father ran [out] from the kitchen, almost tripping over a chair. … My Aunt Dot thought it was a wonder we didn’t have more car accidents when Bette walked down the street….”


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