Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles

By Paul Lieberman

A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of homicide and secrets and techniques, revenge and heroism within the urban of Angels, GANGSTER SQUAD chronicles the real tale of the secretive police unit that waged an anything-goes conflict to force Mickey Cohen and different hoodlums from l. a. after WWII―the actual occasions at the back of the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. movie starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

A complete decade ahead of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI even said the life of the Mafia, the l. a. Police division introduced the real-life Gangster Squad with 8 males who met covertly on road corners and slept with Tommy weapons lower than their beds whereas scuffling with what urban fathers observed as an "invasion of undesirables." The squad planted insects in mobsters' bedrooms and took vacationing hitmen into the Hollywood Hills for a talk … and a pistol of their ear. yet for 2 police officers, all that mattered used to be nailing Mickey Cohen, the strutting little gangster who for 15 years made a mockery of legislations and order in l. a.. Sgt. Jack O'Mara used to be a square-jawed church usher, Sgt. Jerry Wooters a cynical womanizer. approximately all that they had in universal was once their obsession with the pint-sized Brooklyn-born prizefighter who rose to the head of the L.A. rackets following the homicide of his mentor Bugsy Siegel then flaunted his stature by way of maintaining court docket each evening alongside the sundown Strip. So O'Mara set a capture for Mickey – utilizing his personal weapons -- to end up he was once a killer. And Wooters shaped an alliance with Mickey's budding rival, Jack "The Enforcer" Whalen, an intimidating determine with superstar seems and goals of creating it in Hollywood. police officers -- hoodlums. Their fates collided within the remaining days of the Nineteen Fifties, whilst "The Enforcer" stormed into Rondelli's eating place to have it out with Mickey and his workforce. Then a bullet among the eyes signaled that the Gangster Squad's time used to be up and so was once a formative period within the city's background.

Award-winning journalist Paul Lieberman's seven-part 2008 l. a. instances' sequence "Tales from the Gangster Squad" was once optioned by means of Warner Bros. and have become the root for the characteristic movie scheduled for free up within the fall of 2012. essentially the most hugely expected video clips of the 12 months, it positive aspects Josh Brolin as Sgt. O'Mara, Ryan Gosling as Sgt. Wooters, Nick Nolte as Police leader William Parker, Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen and Emma Stone because the love curiosity stuck among the city's most suitable mobster and the rushing Sgt. Wooters. An government manufacturer of the movie, Lieberman spent good over a decade monitoring down surviving contributors of the genuine police unit and carried out greater than three hundred interviews in all to jot down the publication model of "Gangster Squad." He met numerous occasions with the hitherto nameless foot squaddies in L.A.'s conflict opposed to geared up crime but in addition with the households and colleagues of the mobsters they pursued and assembled hundreds of thousands of pages of files, together with grand jury transcripts, voluminous crime reviews, outdated kinfolk letters and photographs, and the LAPD's personal survey of each mob killing within the urban from 1900 to 1951. the result's an in-depth examine the genuine characters and chilling occasions that encouraged the motion picture in a tour-de-force narrative that may remind readers of l. a. Confidential.

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Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: The Uncensored Story of the JonBenet Murder and the Grand Jury's Search for the Final Truth

By Lawrence Schiller

In Perfect homicide, excellent Town, Lawrence Schiller completely recreates each point of the complicated case of the demise of JonBenét Ramsey. an excellent portrait of an inscrutable relations thrust lower than the highlight of public suspicion and an prosperous, tranquil urban torn aside through a criminal offense it couldn't deal with, Perfect homicide, excellent Town uncovers the mysteries that experience bewildered the nation.

* Why have been the Ramseys, the goals of the research, capable of regulate the course of the police inquiry?

* Can the most important to the homicide be present in the pen and writing pad used for the ransom observe?

* used to be it attainable for an outsider to have killed JonBenét?

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Pure Murder

“A compelling read.” —Suzy Spencer, New York Times bestselling writer of Wasted

“We gotta kill ‘em. They recognize what we glance like.”
On a scorching summer season evening in Houston, teenage girls—bright, attractive, success-bound friends—took a shortcut domestic from a friend’s condominium to make their curfew. They by no means reached their houses. the subsequent morning, the households of the 2 women started a frantic seek, organizing acquaintances and pals and posting hundreds of thousands of fliers around the sprawling urban. yet now not till an nameless 911 name 4 days later have been the our bodies of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena ultimately recovered. Their killers have been quickly rounded up—a brutal, unrepentant gang of youth boys whose convictions must have positioned them in the back of bars for all times. yet within the halls of justice, not anything is ever a walk in the park . . .
“Corey Mitchell empathized with crime sufferers in a manner exact and private method. That empathy is obvious in each precise crime e-book he wrote and is what makes his books heartfelt, compelling reads.” —Suzy Spencer
“No one faces evil head on like Corey Mitchell.” —Gregg Olsen


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Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang

By Jamie Reid

The precise tale of the stunning doping gang who scandalized the racing international within the early 1960s

A effective mixture of horseracing, medicinal drugs, intercourse, type, crime, playing, and the monarchy. In March 1962, an audacious test to steal one of many royal horses alerted police to a good geared up band of racecourse criminals, subsidized by means of murderous London gangsters. the following Flying Squad pursuit of the group introduced the quaintly deferential international of racing into sharp clash with the harsher realities of the "You've by no means Had It So solid" period. the solid of characters is headed by way of invoice Roper, a debonair ex-RAF sergeant grew to become oddsmaker. His group incorporated an ex-jockey, a number of underpaid strong boys, a medication provider nicknamed "The Witch Doctor," and a violent, specialist tough guy who went directly to face fees in 1969. however the so much interesting member of Roper's enterprise used to be a stunning and self-possessed younger Swiss girl known as Micheline Lugeon who turned the bookmaker's lover.

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To Love and To Kill: A marriage, a mistress, a murder...

By M. William Phelps

“Phelps dares to tread the place few others will: into the brain of a killer.” —TV Rage

“Phelps is a true-crime veteran.”—New York Post

The missing-persons case of Heather robust, a tender, attractive suburban mom, baffled Florida detectives. while the dossier used to be passed to a veteran investigator, he knew Heather was once useless. The problem was once to discover her body—and whoever killed her. quickly, a sordid triangle of intercourse, jealousy, and rage got here to light. The killers have been crafty, manipulative, depraved—and they have been as just about Heather as a guy and a girl could be. Vividly recreated via grasp investigative journalist M. William Phelps, this riveting account of seething small-town passions is a vintage story of crime and justice.

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Mortal Danger and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 13)

By Ann Rule

FROM belief TO TERROR...

The writer of The Stranger Beside Me brings her brilliantly trained knowing of the sociopath to this riveting truecrime assortment. simply Ann Rule, who unknowingly labored along the clever and fascinating Ted Bundy -- America's so much infamous serial killer -- might lend her razor-sharp perception into those circumstances of the wife, lover, friend, or valuable stranger who's absolutely depended on yet whose lethally violent nature, even though masterfully disguised, can and should kill. Featured here's the case of a Southern California relatives guy who seemed to be the image of fit residing together with his services in naturopathic therapeutic. Luring a stunning flight attendant right into a passionate affair, he swept her away to a secluded domestic at the Oregon coast the place his jealous rages escalated, eventually resulting in a brutal intercourse assault within which she believed she might die. How this courageous sufferer survived, by no means realizing her tormentor's whereabouts, and the way he resurfaced, forcing a sad finish for all concerned, makes this certainly one of Ann Rule's so much compelling narratives. different situations comprise that of the lady who masterminded her husband's homicide to realize his inheritance...the immense sadist whose criminal liberate broken a presidential candidate's crusade and resulted in a sour double tragedy in a quiet local 3 thousand miles away...the surprising DNA hyperlink among a cold-blooded crime and a chilly case...and contained in the terrible case of the guy who crossed an ocean and several other international locations to stalk the Eurasian attractiveness who had fled from him in desperation.

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