True Crime

Real-life Stories of Grave-robbing, Identity Theft, Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, and More

Edited by Lee Gutkind

Every crime tells a story ... 

In these pages, a magazine intern, kidnapped and brutalized by her ex-boyfriend, struggles to live free from fear; an identity thief encounters a prison guard who knows her better than she knows herself; a young adventurer supports her travels by smuggling pre-Columbian artifacts; a triple homicide devastates a high school swim team; a detective searches for the truth in a he-said-she-said situation. Plus, award-winning journalists investigate the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and the unsolved lynching of Claude Neal. 

And in an exclusive, in-depth interview, Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and master of the true-crime genre, shares the secrets of making history come to life. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream? Lee Gutkind
Origami & the Art of Identity Folding AC Fraser
Leviathan David McGlynn
Gabrielle Giffords Shooting: A Fatal Chain of Events Unfolds Shaun McKinnon
Regret Vance Voyles
Grave Robber: A Love Story Joyce Marcel
Apology John Nosco
Parrish, Rawlings, Hollis, and Flythe, 2008 David McConnell
The Addict Lacy M. Johnson
Girl, Fighting Laurie Lynn Drummond
The Death of a Family David Updike
Speaking of Ears and Savagery Steven Church
Origins of a Murder Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Spectacle: The Lynching of Claude Neal Ben Montgomery
An Interview with Erik Larson Donna Seaman


"13 must-read tales"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 9, 2013

True Crime is an anthology of mayhem and menace that won't make you embarrassed about reading true crime stories. In fact, you'... read more


Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream? Lee Gutkind

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