Category Archives: True Crime Books

A Brutal Murder Revisited: America’s First True Crime Story Emerges in SundanceTV Docuseries, ‘Cold Blooded’

One fateful night in 1959, two men broke into the home of Herbert and Bonnie Clutter in the farming town of Holcomb, Kansas. They were looking for a safe that they had heard was in the house. By morning, they had brutaly murdered the Clutters and their two youngest children, Nancy and Kenyon. No safe or money had been found.

The Clutter murders shocked the nation, and when novelist Truman Capote, famous at that point for Breakfast at Tiffanys, visited the town with fellow novelist friend Harper Lee, he, like the nation, became obsessed with the Clutter killings and the murderers—Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. He would spend six years writing In Cold Blood, what has been called the first non-fiction novel. It remains the second-best-selling true crime book in publishing history, after Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter, about the Manson murders.

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A Brutal Murder Revisited: America’s First True Crime Story Emerges …

One fateful night in 1959, two men broke into the home of Herbert and Bonnie Clutter in the farming town of Holcomb, Kansas. They were looking for a safe that they had heard was in the house. By morning, they had brutaly murdered the Clutters and their two youngest children, Nancy and Kenyon. No safe or money had been found.

The Clutter murders shocked the nation, and when novelist Truman Capote, famous at that point for Breakfast at Tiffanys, visited the town with fellow novelist friend Harper Lee, he, like the nation, became obsessed with the Clutter killings and the murderers—Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. He would spend six years writing In Cold Blood, what has been called the first non-fiction novel. It remains the second-best-selling true crime book in publishing history, after Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter, about the Manson murders.

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Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/new-details-americas-first-true-crime-story-emerge-docuseries-cold-blooded-690583

How Netflix’s Serial Killer Drama ‘Mindhunter’ Draws From Real Life …

“And that’s exactly what these agents were able to do. They would go in, look at a scene, and come up with the basic categories,” Burgess recalled. “They would have their whole team there, and sometimes people would disagree, which was great! Because by disagreeing, they could say, ‘Well, I see this.’ Or, ‘I don’t see that. How do you see that?’”

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How Netflix’s Serial Killer Drama ‘Mindhunter’ Draws From Real Life

“And that’s exactly what these agents were able to do. They would go in, look at a scene, and come up with the basic categories,” Burgess recalled. “They would have their whole team there, and sometimes people would disagree, which was great! Because by disagreeing, they could say, ‘Well, I see this.’ Or, ‘I don’t see that. How do you see that?’”

Read more at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/netflix-mindhunter_us_59e797d1e4b00905bdae3dce

11 Horror Books Inspired By True Stories That Prove Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

With shows like Making a Murderer and Mindhunter taking Netflix by storm, is it any wonder we still love to read true-crime books? Below, I have 11 horror books based on true stories that will have you sleeping with the lights on for the next week, so ramp up your Halloween fun with a bit of spooky reading, won’t you?

Horror holds a special place in a lot of readers’ hearts, but millennials grew up with scary stories from a very young age. From classic horror collections — Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, In a Dark, Dark Room — by Alvin Schwartz to the pulpy scares of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street series, we’ve been reading horror books pretty much ever since we could hold a book.

Of course, our affinity for scary stories isn’t new. In the 20th century, shows like The

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Want to know why you love true crime or unicorn Frappuccinos? This author can explain

That line of thinking works for potato chips. How might that work for expanding your cultural point of view?

Just as you have those fundamental flavours in food to help you curate what you’re eating, you can do the same thing for what you’re consuming culturally. I did all sorts of research for the book and found you can divide cultural genres fairly cleanly into five categories that roughly correspond with sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.

So often, we consider taste in terms of good or bad. Why is it useful to think beyond those points of view?

Good taste or bad taste doesn’t make sense anymore. Those were the rules that made sense when there was one cultural arbiter of taste, when everyone was reading Life magazine in the 1950s and it told you what was good or bad. That’s obviously not the world that we live in anymore. It has

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Want to know why you love true crime or unicorn Frappuccinos …

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Inside the Moment the Manson Family’s Youngest Member Learned the Cult Was Slaughtering People: ‘I Was Horrified’

While the country was still reeling from the news of a two-day murder spree across Los Angeles that left seven people dead, a then-16-year-old girl named Dianne Lake was learning first-hand details about the 1969 slayings that would change her life forever.

“I was shocked. I was horrified,” recalls Lake, now 64, about the night she listened to Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten discuss how they committed murder for their cult leader, Charles Manson.

Lake was not a participant in the violence. For the first time in 47 years, she is breaking her silence about growing up in the 1960s counterculture and how she wound up as the youngest person living with Manson and his so-called “family.”

In Member of the Family, a new book out Oct. 24 and exclusively excerpted in

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David Kulczyk, crime historian

With not a single happy ending in any of his four books, crime historian and author David Kulczyk revives the stories of the dead in vivid descriptions that shine a light on Sacramento’s darker side and California’s underbelly. Last year, Kulczyk published his fourth book, California’s Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms, with illustrations by artist Olaf Jens. It focuses on 28 cases, including that of the stone-faced “Acid Queen” of Clovis, and the cannibalistic nightmare titled “She’s a Man Eater.” For Kulczyk, a man who enjoys the many nuances of California’s rich history, murderers and psychopaths are part of the Golden State’s past, and should be remembered along with its dead.

Were you always fascinated by the true-crime genre?

I was never really

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Half Price Books: Where Rare Is Well Done

There’s a beautiful pearl, you might say, in one of the tastiest oysters in town.

You might say that if you were a writer, especially, as writers tend to work in metaphors. Writers often write books, too, and books (along with vinyl records, magazines, and more) are what’s sold at Half Price Books, the Dallas-based chain of stores that’s been expanding across the nation and has several locations here in Austin.

It’s the company’s 45th anniversary this year, and for a bookstore of any kind, much less a print-centered secondhand shop, to thrive in these digital times … well, that’s no small achievement. But we’re talking about Austin’s own Half Price Books at 5555 N. Lamar, specifically, the enormous emporium of used print-and-other-recording-format media that’s bordered the North Loop neighborhood since moving from smaller digs on Guadalupe, and we’re talking about it because it’s the metaphoric oyster here – and the unique

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