The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw

By Bob Friel

The Barefoot Bandit tells the riveting actual tale of Colton Harris-Moore, America’s twenty-first-century outlaw. Born right into a negative relatives marred by means of alcohol abuse, Colt had the neighborhood sheriff after him ahead of the age of ten. Colt survived by way of breaking into houses to forage for nutrition, and discovered to avoid the police by means of melting into the Pacific Northwest wilds. As undefined, he escalated to stealing automobiles, boats, and identities. an intensive manhunt ultimately stuck Colt, yet he escaped juvenile felony and fled to close by Orcas Island, the place he guaranteed his position along outlaw legends equivalent to D. B. Cooper by means of stealing an aircraft with no ever having a proper flight lesson. And that was once just the start.

As a resident of Orcas Island, writer Bob Friel witnessed firsthand as neighborhood police, FBI brokers, SWAT groups, or even place of origin safety helicopters pursued Colt round the island. Colt’s crime spree infuriated and terrified many locals, whereas others sympathized with the barefoot younger criminal—the controversy tearing on the previously quiet group. the tale won foreign status, with Time calling Colt "America’s such a lot sought after youngster" whilst he stole and crashed his 3rd aircraft. After greater than years at the run within the Northwest, Colt fled Orcas and commenced a dazzling cross-country trek. Friel the Barefoot Bandit all of the strategy to the Bahamas, the place the chase eventually resulted in a hail of gunfire at three a.m. on a gloomy sea.

Through his own stories and 1000's of interviews with witnesses, sufferers, neighborhood professionals, Colt’s kinfolk, and, in some way, Colt himself, Friel offers readers an particular examine an outlaw legend. Set opposed to the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest’s evergreen islands, the place net millionaires coexist with survivalists and ex-hippies, it is a gripping, stranger-than-fiction story a few ignored and baby who outfoxed the experts, received a cult following, and made the area take notice.

"I doubt if even the simplest fiction author may possibly create a personality like Colton Harris-Moore. this is often a big yet real tale. Bob Friel is a proficient reporter and a truly high-quality writer."
—Nelson DeMille, long island instances bestselling writer of The Gold Coast and The Lion

"Something approximately Colton Harris-Moore—crafty stealer of autos, boats, and airplanes—captured the fascination of our fast-moving state. however it took Bob Friel, a plucky reporter with a pitch-perfect tale sense—to chase down the legend and make it genuine. In Friel’s high-quality telling, the Barefoot Bandit emerges as either villain and folks hero in an exhilarating smooth fugitive tale."
—Hampton aspects, writer of Hellhound on His Trail

"A Dillingeresque story for our present nice Recession period. Friel not just provides a brilliantly clear-eyed examine a bandit’s adventures but in addition the consequences that they had on his peaceable community."
—Matthew Polly, bestselling writer of American Shaolin and Tapped Out

"Riveting, thorough, and deeply human, this excellent learn doesn’t simply inform the story—it brings it to life."
—Marcus Sakey, bestselling writer of The Deaths of Daniel Hayes and The Blade Itself

"Friel deals an exciting portrait of a vivid and overlooked teenager attempting to outrun professionals and his personal stricken past."

"This hugely unique tale of a modern day Huck Finn might be loved through fans of experience tales in addition to precise crime."
Library Journal

"It is Friel's skill to spin a very good yarn that pulls the reader in from the beginning and not we could up. And he does it with deft reporting and a breezy and interesting variety that enlivens a story as significant because it is true."
Associated Press

"[A] true-crime classic."
Aspen day-by-day News

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Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption

By Michael W. Cuneo

The haunting precise tale of a triple homicide within the Ozarks, fanatics at the lam, and a death-row inmate stored by means of the pope.
On a spring day greater than ten years in the past, sixty-nine-year-old Lloyd Lawrence used to be gunned down in rural Missouri. The shooter additionally grew to become his twelve-gauge shotgun on Lawrence’s spouse and their paraplegic grandson. The crime came about in a sector recognized ordinarily for Pentecostal fervor, kingdom tune, and family-friendly tourism. yet quickly the murders may reveal a depressing underbelly within the Ozarks: Lloyd Lawrence was once a notoriously violent crystal-meth kingpin, killed by way of an aspiring drug broker named Darrell Mease.Capturing the uncooked conditions that took Mease from his clean-cut adolescence to front traces of Vietnam and an aftermath of drug use, Almost Midnight unites an unforgettable variety of characters in a few of America’s such a lot odd locales. whilst Mease and his female friend fled to the Southwest on a hair-raising street journey, this in simple terms introduced Mease toward loss of life row. After his conviction, he claimed to obtain a non secular revelation ensuring that his lifestyles will be stored by means of mind-blowing intervention, a long-shot prediction that got here actual. A weird and wonderful coincidence introduced Pope John Paul II to Saint Louis, the place he pleaded with Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan to go back and forth the sentence simply months sooner than Carnahan’s deadly airplane crash. In a triumph of investigative journalism, Michael Cuneo won unheard of entry to Mease and immersed himself within the tradition of the Ozarks, exploring its bucolic farms and seedy strip joints, and the lives of its preachers, cockfighters, and outlaws. through turns chilling and riveting, virtually Midnight brilliantly conjures up the lifetime of arguable renegade Mease, and the stranger-than-fiction international he nonetheless inhabits.

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The Best American Crime Reporting 2009

By Otto Penzler

Edited by means of Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s senior criminal analyst and New York occasions bestselling writer of The Nine, The most sensible American Crime Reporting 2009 is a must have for the genuine crime reader, entire with the main gripping, suspenseful, and remarkable tales of the 12 months by way of the masters of crime reporting. that includes tales of fraud, homicide, robbery, and insanity, the easiest American Crime Reporting sequence has been hailed as “arresting studying” (People) and the simplest mixture of “the political, the macabre, and the downright great” (Entertainment Weekly).

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Valentino Affair: The Jazz Age Murder Scandal That Shocked New York Society and Gripped the World

In 1922, Rudolph Valentino was once essentially the most well-known males alive. yet few knew that the superstar had a grimy mystery that he desperately desired to bury. The lurid story begun a decade previous while former Yale soccer famous person and infamous playboy Jack de Saulles made headlines throughout 3 continents via pursuing the attractive younger Chilean heiress Blanca Errázuriz, referred to as the superstar of Santiago. After the delivery in their son, even though, the wedding soured. Jack used to be going after each refrain lady on Broadway, claiming that Blanca had banished him from their mattress. via 1916, Blanca sought after a divorce, infrequent then or even extra so in a filthy rich, strong Catholic family members. input Valentino, then nonetheless referred to as Rodolfo Guglielmi, a qualified dancer in manhattan urban, well-known for the Argentinean tango. Blanca came across that her husband were snoozing with Joan Sawyer, Rodolfo’s dance accomplice, so she set approximately cultivating the hungry younger performer. even if Blanca and Guglielmi turned fanatics is still doubtful, however the formidable Italian gave proof on her behalf in divorce courtroom. livid, de Saulles had Guglielmi arrested on trumped-up vice fees, tarnishing the dancer’s acceptance. yet Blanca was once combating larger battles. De Saulles’s relatives have been pulling strings, persuading the courts to furnish him partial custody in their baby. while it seemed that he wasn’t going to come the boy to his mother’s care, Blanca exploded. On a sweltering August evening in 1917, she drove to Jack’s mansion and shot him useless. numerous humans witnessed the act, yet Blanca’s family members employed the easiest safety attorney round, who salvaged de Saulles’s popularity and made Blanca out to be a saint. through the “most sensational trial of the decade,” thousands gobbled the juicy information of ways a high-society marriage violently unraveled. Guglielmi, wanting to keep away from extra toxic exposure, fled to California, replaced his identify to Rudolph Valentino, and the remaining is Hollywood history.

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The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

By Douglas Starr

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award

A interesting precise crime tale that info the increase of contemporary forensics and the advance of contemporary felony investigation.
At the tip of the 19th century, serial assassin Joseph Vacher terrorized the French geographical region, eluding specialists for years, and murdering two times as many sufferers as Jack The Ripper. the following, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's notorious crime wave, interweaving the tale of the 2 males who ultimately stopped him—prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most famed criminologist. In dramatic element, Starr exhibits how Lacassagne and his colleagues have been constructing forensic technology as we all know it. construction to a gripping court denouement, The Killer of Little Shepherds is a riveting contribution to the historical past of felony justice.

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The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo

By Gary May

In The Informant, historian Gary may possibly unearths the untold tale of the homicide of civil rights employee Viola Liuzzo, shot to demise by means of participants of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan on the finish of Martin Luther King’s old balloting Rights March in 1965. The case drew nationwide recognition and was once solved virtually immediately, simply because one of many Klansman current through the capturing was once Gary Thomas Rowe, an undercover FBI informant. on the time, Rowe’s info and next testimony have been heralded as a triumph of legislations enforcement. yet as Gary might finds during this provocative and strong booklet, Rowe’s background of collaboration with either the Klan and the FBI used to be way more complex.
Based on formerly unexamined FBI and Justice division files, The Informant demonstrates that of their ongoing efforts to guard Rowe’s disguise, the FBI knowingly grew to become an adjunct to a few of the main gruesome crimes of the Civil Rights era--including a vicious assault at the Freedom Riders and maybe even the bombing of the 16th road Baptist Church.
A story of a renegade informant and an intelligence approach ill-prepared to house threats from inside of, The Informant deals a dramatic and cautionary story approximately what can ensue while mystery police strength is going unchecked.

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Date With the Devil

By Don Lasseter

MURDER within the quick LANEDavid Mahler, a 43-year-old east coast legal professional, got here to Hollywood for the fame way of life, the motion picture undefined, and the ladies. At his seven-level domestic within the Hollywood Hills, Mahler rubbed elbows with the seedy components of the leisure international: wannabe rock stars, drug lords, and porn stars--one of whom brought him to Kristin Baldwin, a gorgeous, upbeat blonde. One evening, in the course of a violent argument in his bed room, a vicious, drug-crazed Mahler grabbed a gun. A shot rang out--and Kristin used to be by no means obvious alive again.

"True crime aficionados will get pleasure from this riveting read."

--Publishers Weekly on Honeymoon with a Killer

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UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life: Prison Killers 4

One other one among Glenn Langohr's lovely memoirs--a courageous, unflinching account of existence in felony B.J and Damon are White inmates who get entangled in a gang warfare in a California greatest protection criminal. The criminal management realizes B.J's sentence is up and so they blame Damon for calling the shot and use his gangland tattoos to ship him to the Pelican Bay tremendous Max. Glenn Langohr's different books comprise: Roll name, Upon unlock, Race insurrection, Lock Up Diaries, Gladiator and legal insurrection.

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