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Paperback The Killer Book of True Crime: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Murder and Mayhem Book

ISBN: 1402208294

ISBN13: 9781402208294

The Killer Book of True Crime: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Murder and Mayhem

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The perfect read for any true crime junkie!You've read all the stories...but can you match the mobster with the way he met his end? Do you know how they caught the Boston Strangler? Can you define chickens, a Shotaro complex or Colombian neckties?The Killer Book of True Crime is the ultimate collection of in-depth stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes and photos gruesome and interesting enough to make any crime buff shudder in horrified delight. Discover...

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3 ratings

Great Book, Lots of Info

This book was hard to put down. If you are like me, one who loves true crime facts, this is for you. It has info from Robbery to Murder. The book has little known info on some infamous crimes and criminals. Overall, I was very pleased with this book.

Good read

Perfect book for people with short attention spans. Chapters are short and to the point. Not the book to read if you want any in depth information, but a good read if you want to waste a bit of time that doesn't require much deep thought.

Some fascinating tidbits about the seamy side of the world of crime

The introduction to Tom and Michael Philbin's The Killer Book of True Crime: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Murder to Mayhem states that the book's objective is to serve up a potpourri of delectable information about crime in a way that is entertaining. Perhaps the term "delectable" is not quite appropriate and a bit much in view of some of the gory details exposed in a few chapters, however, I have to admit that the book is quite fascinating and makes for a good read in providing readers with an insight into the seamy world of crime. Divided into nineteen chapters the authors serve us short bites of information pertaining to an assortment of crimes from robbery, organized crimes and gangs, prostitution, serial murder, mass murder, criminal investigation, rape, sexual perversions to terrorism, auto theft, death row, prisons, stalking, female killers, arson, celebrities and crime, kids who kill, and gory crimes. Each chapter includes a question and answer section containing some attention-grabbing data. For example, did you know that arson is the most expensive crime in America; costing more than two billion dollars a year in property loss and only sixteen percent of arson offenses ever lead to arrest. Who has spent the most time in jail and is still behind bars? The answer is William Heirens who has served over sixty-one years for the crime of killing a little girl and two women in 1946-a case that shocked the world. What percentage of pedophiles recover from their interest? None. It is generally believed that once a pedophile is afflicted, he will never change. Did you know that Brazil has the highest murder rate with almost forty-five thousand a year! Also incorporated in the tome is the unique jargon spoken by various criminals such as robbers, prostitutes, and inmates in prison as well as those individuals who investigate the crimes. And For those of you who enjoy reading about the comings and goings of celebrities, there is an entire chapter devoted to the crimes committed by such famous people as Ryan O'Neal, Pete Rose, David Crosby, Sean Penn, O.Henry, Kelsey Grammar, Sophia Loren, Denny McLain, Robert Mitchum and Stacy Keach. The chapter even contains a match game where you have to match the circumstances of the murder with a murdered celebrity. Some of the gory chapters include crimes of mass murder where we learn about Ronald ("Butch") DeFeo Jr. who in 1974 horrendously murdered his entire family consisting of his parents and his four siblings. Another one delves into the circumstances of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson where the authors reproduce the harrowing details of the autopsy report. We are spared, however, the murder scene photos that were too gruesome go show. Other features of The Killer Book of Crime contain quotes from people involved in crime in one way or another, match games where we test our skills in matching the correct mafia nicknames to the right gangster, who am I, and brain tea
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