The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter

By Jason Kersten

Learn Jason Kersten's posts at the Penguin Blog.

The real tale of a super counterfeiter who "made" hundreds of thousands, outwitted the key carrier, and used to be eventually undone whilst he went looking for the single factor his cast cash could not purchase him: family.

Art Williams spent his boyhood in a comfy middle-class life in Seventies Chicago, yet his idyll used to be shattered whilst, in brief order, his father deserted the family members, his bipolar mom misplaced her wits, and Williams discovered himself dwelling in a single of Chicago's worst housing tasks. He took to crime presently, beginning with petty robbery sooner than graduating to robbing drug purchasers. ultimately a guy nicknamed "DaVinci" taught him the centuries-old paintings of counterfeiting. After a stint in penitentiary, Williams emerged to find that the Treasury division had issued the main safe hundred-dollar invoice ever created: the 1996 New notice. Williams spent months attempting to defeat a number of security measures prior to arriving at a invoice so ideal that even legislation enforcement had hassle distinguishing it from the genuine factor. Williams went directly to print thousands in counterfeit debts, promoting them to legal businesses and utilizing them to fund cross-country spending sprees. nonetheless unhappy, he went off looking for his long-lost father, surroundings in movement a series of betrayals that might be his undoing.

In The paintings of creating Money, journalist Jason Kersten information how Williams painstakingly defeated the anti-forging beneficial properties of the hot word, how Williams and his partner-in-crime spouse switched over faux money owed into valid delicate at procuring department stores far and wide the USA, and the way they stayed one step sooner than the key provider till trusting the inaccurate individual introduced all of them down. A compulsively readable tale of the way having all of it is rarely adequate, The artwork of creating Money is a stirring portrait of the increase and inevitable fall of a modern day felony mastermind.

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House of Secrets

By Lowell Cauffiel

"Horrific, absolutely engrossing. . . A compelling examine insane brilliance." --Ann Rule

A psychopathic mastermind whose reign of terror had no limits--even homicide. . .

For years, Eddie Lee Sexton governed his family members with perverse domination. He enforced each cruelty that you can imagine, from vicious beatings to raping his daughters and fathering their kids. but the sadistic father approximately escaped demise row on a criminal technicality.

Lowell Cauffiel's unsparing non-fiction mystery unearths a home of horrors Eddie Lee Sexton suggestion not anyone might ever see. Now up-to-date, it indicates how Sexton's ill genius eventually dodged justice, and investigates the tragic aftermath of his victimized family members.

"An odyssey into American pathology. Deeply disturbing." --Detroit loose Press

"A balanced and grimly attractive true-crime account." --Publishers Weekly

"Cauffiel is familiar with how one can dramatize actual crime." --Elmore Leonard

Warning! Contains 16 pages of graphic photos.

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Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of

By Harold Schechter

within the scary annals of yank crime, the notorious names of brutal killers akin to Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ huge within the imaginations of a public either horrified and hypnotized by means of their great, murderous acts. yet for each big name psychopath who’s gotten ink for spilling blood, there’s a bevy of all-but-forgotten homicidal fiends studding the bloody margins of U.S. background. The legislation gave them their simply cakes, yet now the highly acclaimed writer of The Serial Killer Files and The complete demise Catalog supplies them their darkish due during this totally riveting true-crime treasury. between America’s so much cold-blooded you’ll meet
• Robert Irwin, “The Mad Sculptor”: He longed to take advantage of his carving abilities at the lady he loved—but needed to accept making brief paintings of her mom and sister instead.
• Peter Robinson, “The Tell-Tale center Killer”: It took days and 4 attempts for him to complete off his sufferer, yet no time in any respect for keen-eyed law enforcement officials to identify the deadly flaw in his flooring plan.
• Anton Probst, “The Monster within the form of a Man”: The ax-murdering immigrant’s systematic slaughter of all 8 individuals of a Pennsylvania farm kinfolk matched the savagery of the Manson murders a century later.
• Edward H. Ruloff, “The guy of 2 Lives”: a real Jekyll and Hyde, his extraordinary scholarship disguised his bloodthirsty brutality, and his outsized mind gave new desiring to “mastermind.”
Spurred through revenue, ardour, paranoia, or perverse excitement, those killers—the Witch of Staten Island, the Smutty nostril Butcher, the Bluebeard of Quiet Dell, and plenty of others—span 3 centuries and a bunch of harrowing homicide equipment. Dramatized within the pages of penny dreadfuls, sensationalized in tabloid headlines, and immortalized in “murder ballads” and vintage fiction by way of Edgar Allan Poe and Theodore Dreiser, the demonic denizens of Psycho USA can be long past to the gallows—but this insidiously impossible to resist slice of gothic Americana will make sure that they’ll now not be forgotten.

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The Killing of Tupac Shakur

By Cathy Scott

Cathy Scott’s biography continues to be the seminal account of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur’s existence and legacy following his still-unsolved homicide in Las Vegas.

It’s been virtually two decades in view that poet, progressive, convict, and film celebrity, Tupac Amaru Shakur (a.k.a 2Pac, Makaveli, or just ’pac), was once gunned down at age 25 whereas he sat in site visitors with Suge Knight close to the Las Vegas Strip following a Mike Tyson struggle at MGM Grand. within the new up-to-date and accelerated 3rd version of this acclaimed biography, Las Vegas crime author Cathy Scott has ultimately been in a position to comprise the formerly unpublished bankruptcy that includes the account of that final fateful evening from “Big Frank,” the rapper’s now-deceased own bodyguard.

The uncooked no-holds-barred narrative, together with unique picture facts (including of Tupac’s autopsy), is the definitive account of the unsolved homicide of Tupac Shakur: the various attainable reasons, the failed research, the rap wars, the killing of Biggie Smalls, the Bloods-Crips connection, the Suge Knight and dying Row documents organization, and the next destiny of diverse principals inquisitive about the aftermath. it's also a delicate, candid, and insightful account of the contradictory icon who is still not just the most influential rappers ever yet, with greater than seventy five million documents bought world wide, he is additionally one of many best-selling track artists of all time.

The track of Tupac Shakur is the legacy of his lifestyles. The Killing of Tupac Shakur is the legacy of his death.

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The Vampire Next Door: The True Story of the Vampire Rapist

By J.T. Hunter

John Crutchley appeared to be dwelling the yankee Dream. handsome and blessed with a genius point IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar task at a sought after govt safeguard contractor, the place he held most sensible mystery defense clearance and dealt with tasks for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he used to be a hard-working, profitable relatives guy with a lavish new residence, a faithful spouse, and a fit younger son.

But, he hid a hidden part of his character, a gloomy mystery tied to a starvation for blood and the overriding have to kill. As one of many so much prolific serial killers in American background, Crutchley devoted at least twelve murders, and doubtless approximately 3 dozen. His IQ elipsed that of Ted Bundy, and his physique count number can have in addition. whereas he stalked the streets looking his unsuspecting sufferers, the citizens of a quiet Florida city slept soundly, oblivious to the darkish creature in their midst, blind to the vampire round the corner.

J.T. Hunter is an lawyer with over fourteen years of expertise training legislation, together with felony legislation and appeals, and he has major education in legal research strategies. he's additionally a collage professor in Florida the place his educating pursuits specialise in the intersection of felony psychology, legislations, and literature. this can be his debut actual crime novel.

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Ladykiller: How Conman Bruce Burrell Kidnapped and Killed Rich Women for Their Money

By Candace Sutton, Ellen Connolly

In could 1997, mother-of-three Kerry Whelan disappears so as to a beautician's appointment. Twenty-four hours later her husband gets a ransom letter: there'll be no moment percentages. stick with all directions or your spouse will die. The case sparked Australia's maximum police manhunt, with detectives locked right into a lethal ready online game for the kidnapper to make touch. As time ticked away and hopes for Kerry started to fade, a shocking suspect emerged. Bruce Allan Burrell used to be a probably decent ads government dwelling the great lifestyles with a coterie of well-to-do acquaintances, together with the Whelans. but if police delved into his heritage, Burrell's glamorous way of life proved to be a sham: in reality he was once a thief and con guy with a much more sinister mystery. years sooner than Kerry was once abducted, prosperous widow Dorothy Davis had disappeared after advancing Burrell a wide mortgage. while police searchers started scouring the bush of a distant nation estate, they didn't recognize that they'd be searching for the our bodies of 2 of the killer's sufferers, as a tenacious detective and his staff launched into a ten-year challenge to deliver Burrell to justice.

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The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

By Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler

Turn-of-the-century Paris used to be the thrashing middle of a speedily altering international. however the urban of sunshine was once additionally a violent position. Criminals eagerly took good thing about the creative nature of the age—the first getaway automobile, more and more risky guns, extra inventive disguises. The police battled again with a weapon in their personal: Alphonse Bertillon, the world’s maximum detective, the inventor of the mug shot and the crime-scene picture, and a super innovator who pioneered the recent technology of legal investigation.
Then on August 21, 1911, got here a criminal offense like none different: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was once stolen from the Louvre. It was once assumed that Bertillon could quick resolve the secret and retrieve the painting.
It wouldn't be so simple.
In The Crimes of Paris, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler inform the gripping tale of the robbery and the research that undefined. Bertillon and his affiliates could pursue clues top them into the area of avant-garde artists, reasonable flats in Montmartre and Montparnasse, cabarets, and from this primary nice secret into but others. Their suspects will be all people from the poet Guillaume Apollinaire to J. P. Morgan to Pablo Picasso.
A brilliant tapestry of Paris, bold thieves, and constant investigators, The Crimes of Paris is a heart-pounding true-crime mystery of the top order, in addition to an excellent account of the fashionable detective.

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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

By David King

Death within the urban of Light is the gripping, precise tale of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his personal reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered physique elements surfaced within the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, used to be tasked with monitoring down the elusive assassin in a twilight international of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance warring parties, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and different shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.  

The major suspect was once Dr. Marcel Petiot, a good-looking, captivating medical professional with impressive charisma.  He used to be the “People’s Doctor,” identified for his many acts of kindness and generosity, no longer least in offering unfastened therapy for the poor.  Petiot, although, could quickly be charged with twenty-seven murders, notwithstanding experts suspected the full used to be significantly better, maybe even as many as 150.

Who was once being slaughtered, and why?  was once Petiot a sexual sadist, because the press prompt, killing for thrills?  was once he allied with the Gestapo, or, to the contrary, the French Resistance?  Or did he paintings for not anyone except himself?  attempting to remedy the numerous mysteries of the case, Massu may get to the bottom of a plot of unspeakable deviousness. 
When Petiot was once ultimately arrested, the French police was hoping for answers. 

But the trial quickly turned a circus.  trying to try out all twenty-seven situations right away, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, having fun with the highlight, replied with amazing ease.  His lawyer, René Floriot, a emerging celebrity on the planet of legal safety, additionally successfully, if aggressively, countered the charges.  quickly, regardless of a staff of prosecuting lawyers, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of facts, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day.

Drawing commonly on many new resources, together with the large, labeled French police dossier on Dr. Petiot, Death within the urban of Light is an excellent evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of homicide, betrayal, and evil of wonderful proportions.

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Charles Manson Now

Charles Manson now could be a serious dissection of what occurred 41 years in the past while Manson family stormed the Polanski property close to l. a. and murdered 5 humans, together with one in all America's most lovely, liked actresses, Sharon Tate.This e-book can be a university of Charles Manson's personal writing, a poetic, ironic, and tense account of his universe, from his youth to his time within the 8x12 criminal phone the place he's condemned to stick without end. it's Charles Manson, uncensored, unedited, in his personal words.When writer Marlin Marynick was once 8 years previous, he came across a beat up replica of Helter Skelter - the bestselling precise crime publication of all time written by means of Vincent Bugliosi, the lead prosecutor at Charles Manson's trial. Bugliosi's portrait of Charles Manson as an icon of unbridled evil haunted Marynick for years, good into his profession as a psychiatric nurse and finally culminated whilst he met Manson in the back of the tightly locked doorways of California's Corcoran nation criminal. In Charles Manson Now, Marynick demanding situations the respectable model of occasions.

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Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her

By Kate McCann

Kate McCann's own account of the agonizing seek for her lacking daughter
"The selection to post this publication has been very tricky, and brought with heavy hearts. My reason behind writing it's easy: to provide an account of the reality. scripting this memoir has entailed recording a few very own, intimate and emotional facets of our lives. Sharing those with strangers doesn't come simply to me, but when I hadn't performed so i wouldn't have felt the publication gave as complete an image because it is feasible for me to offer. as with all motion we've taken over the past 4 years, it finally boils all the way down to even if what we're doing may well aid us to discover Madeleine. whilst the reply to that query is sure, or maybe very likely, our relatives can take care of whatever. What follows is an intensely own account, and that i make no apology for that. not anything is extra vital to us than discovering our little girl."  —Kate McCann, might 2011 "It is a tragic indisputable fact that no longer a unmarried police strength anyplace is proactively trying to find Madeleine (as is the case for lots of different lacking children). i'm definite this booklet will reenergize the hunt for our daughter and the general public gets at the back of the locate Madeleine crusade once more. it's easily no longer appropriate that the experts have given up on Madeleine—especially while no complete evaluate of the case has been undertaken. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are in the market. we'd like your support to discover them."  —Gerry McCann, could 2011

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