True Crime. Do you read them?

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  1. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    I don't often read true crime (I'm barely reading my second one now), but I find I'm morbidly fascinated by them, mostly serial killers.

    I read The Devil in the White City (H. H. Holmes) several years ago, and I was hooked on his story. I was aghast that something like that could go on for as long as it did.

    Now I'm reading The Demon Next Door (Danny Corwin). And this time, people defend him. "No way that innocent boy can do a vicious thing like that" or "If that happened, she must have asked for it. Everyone knew she was loose." His church came to the prosecutor's office and demanded he be released. People were ignoring the facts, statements, and evidence because they thought they knew him.


    One thing about this that always fascinates me is how long people try to ignore something like this. They don't want to admit someone they know is capable of great evil. We as people try to defend them or justify their actions, trying to spin it around so it's not as bad as they're saying.

    And that lets them get away with their malicious deeds.


    The movie, Room, also intrigued me for this very reason. And similar events have occurred in real life! Victims are held for years and because of people's desire to mind their own business and not stir up trouble, they might have missed hundreds of clues that could have caused the killers and rapists to be caught much sooner.


    That's something I've found in common with the limited amount of stories I've been exposed to: the general population and family completely missing the fact that a violent criminal walks among them.
     
  2. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson is one of my favorites. Make sure to read with the lights on!
     
  3. Leala al'Dareis

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    Blech. Victim-blaming and denial. :facepalm

    It's the same line of thinking that gets victims trapped in abusive relationships. :(

    But psychopaths are good at manipulating people into thinking they're perfect, which is just...unsettling. :look
     
  4. Caedmon Bede

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    I enjoyed the book Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. It was interesting reading about how the police work in Japan. here is a short blurb for anyone interested:

    "Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head."
     
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    I really enjoyed biographies like Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
     
  6. Leira Galene

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    Not sure how I missed this thread, I LOVE true crime! I have a whole Goodreads shelf dedicated to it, lol. I liked Devil in the White City but I do think there are a lot of better books out there; it can occasionally be a bit dry.

    For non violent ish true crime, American Kingpin about the guy who ran the drug trafficking website Silk Road is excellent (and if you don't want to read a whole book, the Casefil podcast has a truly amazing three part series on it, if you Google Casefile Silk Road it should come up). The Grim Sleeper about a serial killer in LA is also great. For more of a look at the courtroom and wrongful convictions, which I also love, check out The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, about two men who essentially fabricated forensic evidence to convict poor black men in the South. And for a look at a serial rapist and a teenager who originally was convicted of lying to the police about it, then the police who later connected the dots after he raped other women, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America is fascinating.
     
  7. Leira Galene

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