Since I am part of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI) true crime is a part of my life. The college textbook that Sheryl McCollum, the Director of CCIRI and I wrote is included.This list is a combination of various crimes, some of which you will be familiar and others that may be new to you. There are also books written by investigators and others.

The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob


Revised and updated, THE WESTIES is the classic, bestselling account from T.J. English of New York's notorious Westies gang, which ruled Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s, '70s and '80s--and which then-prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani called: "The most savage organization in the long history of New York street gangs."
A Special Kind Of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings

For four years a killer, or killers, stalked Virginia’s Tidewater region, carefully selecting victims, sending waves of terror into the local community The Colonial Parkway Murders –the name given eight murders that took place in the Tidewater region in the late 1980’s, two of which were on the historic Colonial Parkway, the nation’s narrowest National Park. Young people in the prime of their lives were the targets. But the pattern that stitched this special kind of evil together was more like a spider web of theory,
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.)

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.
When Normal Blew Up: The Story of the People Who Died and the People Who Lived On

In 1967, in the small town of Circleville, Ohio, a man walked into an old-fashioned drug store on a busy Saturday and laid a smoking package on the pharmacy counter in the back. He shouted for everyone to leave, he had a bomb. The store owner grabbed the package and ran down the back hallway. The man chased the owner, grabbed him and struggled to take the package away. A pharmacist saw what was happening, raced after both, and tried to pull the two apart. A clerk was standing at the back door.
Strange Disappearances

An anthology of unsolved and unexplained disappearances which have plagued law enforcement for decades.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LEAH ROBERTS
The case of Leah Robert’s is but one example of a missing person’s case turned cold, with no new leads despite national attention and multiple re-dramatizations on shows like Unsolved Mysteries and ...
The Battered Wife and Her Five Little Kids All Dressed In White: A True Story (Read All About It! True Crime)

It was pitch dark outside a stately New Jersey mansion early in the morning of Tuesday, July 11, 1916. Inside, a man’s body lay on the floor. His wife held a smoking gun.

Two little girls crept from their bed and clung to their mother. She arose with the revolver carefully pointed away from them, and then, in fright, threw it down. She sank back and wept.
Unsolved Child Murders: Eighteen American Cases, 1956–1998

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. Only one in 10,000 are found dead. Yet unsolved child murders are almost a daily occurrence—of nearly 52,000 juvenile homicides between 1980 and 2008, more than 20 percent remain open.
Drawing on FBI reports, police and court records, and interviews with victims’ families, this book provides details and evidence for 18 unsolved cases from 1956 to 1998.
The Killing of Tupac Shakur

Cathy Scott's biography remains the seminal account of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur's life and legacy following his still-unsolved murder in Las Vegas.

It's been almost 20 years since poet, revolutionary, convict, and movie star, Tupac Amaru Shakur (a.k.a 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply 'pac), was gunned down at age 25 while he sat in traffic with Suge Knight near the Las Vegas Strip following a Mike Tyson fight at MGM Grand.
Who Killed My Daughter?: The True Story of a Mother's Search for Her Daughter's Murderer

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt
I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime (Homicide Hunter)

Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.

Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome?
The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life's Game

In a televised social experiment before millions of viewers, police sergeant Derrick Levasseur demonstrated that techniques used by undercover detectives could help people achieve their goals in everyday social situations. The result: he walked away with more than half a million dollars.

In The Undercover Edge, Derrick shares his personal mind-set surrounding human behavior and motivation. Even more than that, he provides easy yet groundbreaking tools acquired while overcoming personal adversity...
Street Warrior: The True Story of the NYPD's Most Decorated Detective and the Era That Created Him, As Seen on Discovery Channel's "Street Justice: The Bronx

As Seen On Discovery Channel's "Street Justice: The Bronx"

2,000 arrests. 100 off-duty arrests. 6,000 assists. 15 shootings. 8 shot. 4 kills. These are not the performance statistics of an entire NYPD unit. They are the record that makes Detective 2nd Grade Ralph Friedman a legend.
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth.

On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her. Within days police and even those closest to Marie became suspicious of her story.
Crime Scene Staging Dynamics in Homicide Cases

Individuals who perpetrate murder sometimes pose or reposition victims, weapons, and evidence to make it look like events happened in a different way than what actually transpired. Until now, there has been scarce literature published on crime scene staging.
You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

An urgent, compact manifesto that will teach you how to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future when talking to police.

Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police—especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law.
The Road of Lost Innocence: The Story of a Cambodian Heroine (Random House Reader's Circle)

A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope–by a woman named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life–until,