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Shelf Interested: June 2021

Listenable versions of recently arrived inventory for June 2021. (Interested in the hard copy/not seeing a book you want? Pop over to!)

Playlist Tags: Exhibit B. Books genre: True Crime topic: true crime

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The 57 Bus

A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

By Dashka Slater
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 5 hours 43 minutes

This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California. One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus,... Read more »

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Don't Call It a Cult

The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM

By Sarah Berman
Narrated by: Ewa Wolniczek
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

"Don't Call It A Cult is the most detailed, well-reported, and nuanced look at NXIVM's history, its supporters, and those left destroyed in its wake. If you want to understand NXIVM--and other groups like it--reading Sarah Berman's account is essential."
--Scaachi Koul, bestselling author of One Day We'll All Be...
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American Fire

Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

By Monica Hesse
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice, his girlfriend Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the...

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The Five

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

By Hallie Rubenhold
Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran... Read more »

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The Shocking True Story of the Original "Psycho"

By Harold Schechter
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

From "America's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers" (Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation-and redefined the meaning of the word psycho.The year was 1957. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in America's heartland, filled with... Read more »

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The Shocking True Story of the Nation’s Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

By Robert Graysmith
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead on a lover’s lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill again. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed thirty-seven. The real toll may have reached fifty. He...

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Cellar of Horror

The Story of Gary Heidnik

By Ken Englade
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

Serial killer Gary Heidnik's name will live on in infamy, and his home, 3520 North Marshall Street in Philadelphia, is a house tainted with the memory of unbelievable horrors. What police found there was an incredible nightmare made real. Four young women had been held captive—some for four months—half-naked and chained. They had been tortured,... Read more »

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Zodiac Unmasked

The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed

By Robert Graysmith
Narrated by: Robert Graysmith
Length: 17 hours 47 minutes

Robert Graysmith reveals the true identity of Zodiac—America's most elusive serial killer.

Between December 1968 and October 1969 a hooded serial killer called Zodiac terrorized San Francisco. Claiming responsibility for thirty-seven murders, he manipulated the media with warnings, dares, and bizarre cryptograms that baffled FBI code-breakers.... Read more »

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Whoever Fights Monsters

My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

By Robert K. Ressler & Tom Shachtman
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us—and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down... Read more »

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The Boston Strangler

By Gerold Frank
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 17 hours 43 minutes

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Edgar Award: The definitive account of a serial killer's rampage—and the manhunt that stopped him.

On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother's apartment to drive her to church. But there was no answer at the door. When he pushed his way inside, Juris found Anna Slesers...

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The Hidden Life of Life: A Walk through the Reaches of Time

By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking, and writing about the cultures of animals such as lions, wolves, dogs, deer, and humans. In this engrossing book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet, from the... Read more »

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The Other Side of the Riv - Abridged

A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma

By Alex Kotlowitz
Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
Length: TBA

Alex Kotlowitz's There Are No Children Here was more than a bestseller; it was a national event. His beautifully narrated, heartbreaking nonfiction account of two black boys struggling to grow up in a Chicago public housing complex spent eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, was a made-for-television movie starring and produced by... Read more »

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The Search for the Green River Killer

The True Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer

By Tomas Guillen & Carlton Smith
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 17 hours 26 minutes

In the 1980s and 1990s, forty-nine women in the Seattle area were brutally murdered, their bodies dumped along the Green River and Pacific Highway South in Washington State. Despite an exhaustive investigation—even serial killer Ted Bundy was consulted to assist with psychological profiling—the sadistic killer continued to elude authorities for... Read more »

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The Golden Thread

The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld

By Ravi Somaiya
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes


Uncover the story behind the death of renowned diplomat and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in this true story of spies and intrigue surrounding one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. 

 On September 17, 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld boarded a... Read more »

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Murder at the Mission

A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West

By Blaine Harden
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 12 hours 39 minutes

“Terrific.” –Timothy Egan, The New York Times

A riveting investigation of both American myth-making and the real history that lies beneath.” Claudio Saunt, author of Unworthy Republic

From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, a “terrifically readable” (Los Angeles Times) account of one of the most persistent...
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