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The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read
Rule continued to explore more cases and wrote over 30 books in her lifetime. Ellen Boehm appeared to be a loving mother. When two of her children died within a year of each other, and one was seriously injured, a much darker truth came to light. The events that followed revealed an intricate web of crime darker than anyone could have imagined. Rule penned the foreword to this shocking book by Robert Keppel, the detective who helped apprehend Ted Bundy and the only man to whom Bundy would later speak about how to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer.
I remember feeling like I was above The Ann Rule. Below, see a few of my true crime favorites. By the way—what ever happened to that mysterious women who introduced me to true crime? The Stranger Beside Me , by Ann Rule Get this—Ann Rule, the queen of true crime, befriended Ted Bundy before anyone would have guessed that he kidnapped and murdered at least 30 women, then had sex with their bodies. The two were coworkers and friends at a crisis hotline in Rule tries to tell the story in an unbiased manor, to separate herself from what she was set to report on. Helter Skelter , by Vincent Bugliosi This is one of my favorite books of all time—credit that to the enigmatic character that is Charles Manson, the blind devotion of his followers, the horrific nature of this very twisted story, or the lively storytelling of Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the case.
Crime, thrillers, and mysteries are generally thought of as genres written by and for men, most likely because they're so violent. You might think of the Stephen King novel you had to hide under the covers as a kid, or the James Patterson books that fly off the shelves at the airport, or the sadistic trilogies from Scandinavian authors whose names you inevitably pronounce incorrectly. But in fact, some research shows that female readers are more drawn to non-fiction crime books than male readers are. I'm a data point from that study: I love true crime and crime novels so much that my husband refers to my bedtime reading as "Jess's murder books. Though James Patterson might be the one getting book deals for millions , some of the best writers of crime, thrillers, and mysteries have been women. Here are some of the best examples of these genres from the past century that will keep you reading past your bedtime and possibly unable to sleep forever.
I'm a Tennessee-based freelance writer with a passion for true crime, a thirst for knowledge, and an obsession with lists. There are so many excellent books in the underrated genre of true crime it's difficult to narrow this list to only fifty.
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1. Helter Skelter by Victor Bugliosi (1974)
True crime has fascinated readers for decades—from iconic titles like Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood to compelling, under-the-radar works. Before Joe Sharkey was a true crime author, he was a columnist for The New York Times —with his columns mainly focusing on business travel. Barthel has written a number of true crime books and biographies, including A Death in Canaan —which tells the story of Peter Reilly, an year-old boy wrongly accused of killing his mother. Both are studies of troubling cases. The first focuses on Wayne Nance—a suspected serial killer who was never charged nor convicted, as Nance was killed by a man who he was trying to murder. Sleep My Child, Forever, tells the story of Ellen Boehm, a single mother who attempted to kill her children in order to cash in on their life insurance policies. Before Ann Rule was one of the most successful true crime writers ever, she was a law enforcement officer in Seattle.
Ann Rule Similar authors. Ann Rule 2, followers. Follow author. Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself.