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Book Grocer Recommends: Chilling True Crime Reads

by Book Grocer on April 11, 2022

⚠️   WARNING  ⚠️ 

This list is not for the faint of heart. This list includes some of the most chilling True Crime Books Book Grocer has to offer.

1. Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Christopher Goffard

Dirty John by Christopher Goffard True Crime

Name sound familiar? Dirty John has been turned into a Netflix hit series starring actors Eric Bana and Connie Britton. He's conned his way through life by taking advantage of rich women looking for love. Is charisma all it takes? Find out what inspired the Netflix hit series... plus other true stories in Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders.



2. Captive: The Story of the Cleveland Abductions by Allan Hall

Captive by Allan Hall True Crime

⚠️ Proceed with caution  Hard to stomach

Captive, the story of the Cleveland Abductions are only for those with strong stomachs. It tells the mad tale of the disappearances of three girls who were imprisoned for 10 years in an unsuspecting horror house. Almost sounds impossible that a regular man, a father, could be the culprit behind the disappearances and get away with it for a whole decade.



3. The Pretty Girl Killer by Andrew Byrne

The Pretty Girl Killer by Andrew Byrne True Crime

⚠️ Proceed with caution  Gruesome details

Think a road trip... but with a serial killer who travels from Australia and across America doing the unthinkable. Countless women victims, continuously on the run, this one's for those who find their share of thrills in the gruesome details. Read more about The Pretty Girl Killer in Andrew Byrne's book.



4. The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper by Paul Begg and John Bennett

The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper by Paul Begg

⚠️ Proceed with caution  Heinous crimes

What do Leather Apron and The Whitechapel Murderer all have in common? They're the names of the same person: one of the most notorious murderers in the world, whose identity has still yet to be unmasked: Jack the Ripper. The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper goes through all the evidence and material we have on the cases. Will we ever find out who is behind Jack the Ripper?



5. Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown

Perversion of Justive Julie K Brown Jeffrey Epstein Story True Crime

The rich don't always get away with it. Jeffrey Epstein: the man who sparked outrage across the world for his abuse of power and revealing the famous faces who participated in Epstein's trafficking ring. He was in headlines for weeks when the truth came out. Read all about it in Perversion of Justice.



6. The Good Mothers by Alex Perry

The Good Mothers by Alex Perry True Crime

Ever thought what it would be like to stand up against the most powerful mafia in the world? Is it any wonder that the people who did, were women? Mothers who stood up to fight for their lives and their children. An intense read of the dangerous lives of women in the mafia.

Spoiler alert: they didn't all survive.



7. The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan

We all know Anne Frank and her beloved diary, and we all know how her diary ends: abruptly. But... they had hidden so well in their attic for years that we can't help but be curious: was there someone who betrayed Anne Frank? Find out in this cold case investigation by Rosemary Sullivan of one of the most discussed victims of World War II's Holocaust.



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