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  • The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America
    Staff Pick

    The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America2003

    by Erik Larson

    (615,919)

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    Call #: 364.1523 LAR

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • In cold blood [downloadable audiobook]

    In cold blood2006

    by Truman Capote

    (603,543)

    Summary: On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no...  more »

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  • Devil's knot [downloadable audiobook] / the true story of the West Memphis Three

    Devil's knot / the true story of the West Memphis Three2011

    by Mara Leveritt

    Summary: The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state-even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to...  more »

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  • Dead by sunset [downloadable audiobook] / perfect husband, perfect killer?

    Dead by sunset / perfect husband, perfect killer?2011

    by Ann Rule

    Summary: Brad Cunningham, the "perfect" husband to many wives, is finally brought to justice for the murder of one of his wives.

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  • In cold blood [downloadable ebook] / a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

    In cold blood / a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences1992

    by Truman Capote

    (603,566)

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  • Killer Book of Cold Cases [downloadable ebook] / Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the Most Baffling True Crime Cases of All Time.

    Killer Book of Cold Cases / Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the Most Baffling True Crime Cases of All Time.2012

    by Tom Philbin

    (385)

    Summary: The Killer Book of Cold Cases is the ultimate resource for any true crime buff. Filled with stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about the world's most baffling cases, this is the...  more »

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  • Pilgrim's wilderness [downloadable ebook] / a true story of faith and madness on the Alaska frontier

    Pilgrim's wilderness / a true story of faith and madness on the Alaska frontier2013

    by Tom Kizzia

    (6,744)

    Summary: -- Pilgrim?s WildernessEasy Rider.? And as his fight with the government in Alaska grew more intense, the turmoil in his brood made it increasingly difficult to tell whether his children were...  more »

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  • A father's story

    A father's story1994

    by Lionel Dahmer

    (1,244)

  • In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

    In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences2012

    by Truman Capote

    (603,564)

    Summary: An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

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    Call #: 364.1523 CAP

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • Finding me [eBook] : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings

    Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings2014

    by Michelle Knight

    (25,574)

    Summary: Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.

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  • Empire of sin [eBook] : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans

    Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans2014

    by Gary Krist

    (3,844)

    Summary: "From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of...  more »

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  • Missoula : rape and the justice system in a college town

    Missoula : rape and the justice system in a college town2015

    by Jon Krakauer

    (50,341)

    Summary: "Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team, the Grizzlies, with a rabid fan...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 362.883 KRA

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • Hope [eAudio] : a memoir of survival in Cleveland

    Hope : a memoir of survival in Cleveland2015

    by Amanda Berry

    (14,811)

    Summary: On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for ten...  more »

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  • Hope [eBook] : a memoir of survival in Cleveland

    Hope : a memoir of survival in Cleveland2015

    by Amanda Berry

    (14,811)

    Summary: On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for ten...  more »

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  • Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it

    Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it2015

    by Kate Harding

    (3,757)

    Summary: "From Congressman Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, to the furor at Vanderbilt, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the...  more »
  • Papillon

    Papillon2006

    by Henri Charrière

    (64,364)

    Summary: "Henri Charrière, called "Papillon, " for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 365.6 CHA

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

    Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI2017

    by David Grann

    (177,249)

    Summary: In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 364.1523 GRA

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • The stranger in the woods [eBook] : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit

    The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit2017

    by Michael Finkel

    (65,873)

    Summary: "For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person...  more »

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  • Hostage
    Staff Pick

    Hostage2017

    by Guy Delisle

    (6,407)

    Summary: "In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe Andre was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three...  more »
  • Murder at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar Rapids

    Murder at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar Rapids2016

    by Diane Fannon-Langton

    (69)

    Summary: Byron C. Hattman sealed his fate when he checked into the Roosevelt Hotel on December 13, 1948. A maid found his body in a blood-spattered room two days later. An investigation linked him to the...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 364.1523 FAN 2016 IOWA

    Location: Iowa Collection

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  • The fact of a body [eAudio] : a murder and a memoir

    The fact of a body : a murder and a memoir2017

    by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

    Summary: Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is...  more »

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  • Black edge [eAudio] : inside information, dirty money, and the quest to bring down the most wanted man on Wall Street

    Black edge : inside information, dirty money, and the quest to bring down the most wanted man on Wall Street2017

    by Sheelah Kolhatkar

    Summary: "Steven A. Cohen is a Wall Street legend. Born into a middle class family in a decidedly upper class suburb on Long Island, he was unpopular in high school and unlucky with girls. Then he went off to...  more »

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon [eAudio] : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

    Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI2017

    by David Grann

    (176,134)

    Summary: In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles,...  more »

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  • The man from the train [eBook] : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery

    The man from the train : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery2017

    by Bill James

    (6,655)

    Summary: Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery...  more »

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  • Death in the air [eBook] : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city

    Death in the air : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city2017

    by Kate Winkler Dawson

    (2,823)

    Summary: In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that...  more »

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  • Bloodlines [eAudio] : the true story of a drug cartel, the FBI, and the battle for a horse-racing dynasty

    Bloodlines : the true story of a drug cartel, the FBI, and the battle for a horse-racing dynasty2017

    by Melissa Del Bosque

    (662)

    Summary: Drugs, money, cartels: this is what FBI rookie Scott Lawson expected when he was sent to the border town of Laredo, but instead he's deskbound writing intelligence reports about the drug war. Then,...  more »

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  • The Black Hand [eBook] : the epic war between a brilliant detective and the deadliest secret society in American history

    The Black Hand : the epic war between a brilliant detective and the deadliest secret society in American history2017

    by Stephan Talty

    (1,914)

    Summary: Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims...  more »

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  • True crime addict : how I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray

    True crime addict : how I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray2016

    by James Renner

    (6,516)

    Summary: When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That...  more »

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    Call #: 363.2336 REN

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • The 57 bus [eBook] : a true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives

    The 57 bus : a true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives2017

    by Dashka Slater

    Summary: 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, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school...  more »

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  • Breaking free [eBook] : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs

    Breaking free : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs2017

    by Rachel Jeffs

    Summary: The daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS Church describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men and discusses how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers.

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  • Member of the family [eBook] : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties

    Member of the family : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties2017

    by Dianne Lake

    Summary: In late 1967, fourteen-year-old Dianne Lake became one of "Charlie's girls," a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson and member of his Family. Joining the group with little more than an old...  more »

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  • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes [eBook] : the true story of New York City's greatest female detective and the 1917 missing girl case that captivated a nation

    Mrs. Sherlock Holmes : the true story of New York City's greatest female detective and the 1917 missing girl case that captivated a nation2017

    by Brad Ricca

    Summary: Presents the true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.

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  • Hacks [eBook] : the inside story of the break-ins and breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House

    Hacks : the inside story of the break-ins and breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House2017

    by Donna Brazile

    Summary: In June 2016, the Washington Post first reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee. Barely a month later, these cyber criminals -- which the U.S. government later...  more »

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  • Five families : the rise, decline, and resurgence of America's most powerful mafia empires

    Five families : the rise, decline, and resurgence of America's most powerful mafia empires2016

    by Selwyn Raab

    (4,393)

    Summary: For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damages to America's social fabric and business enterprises...  more »

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    Call #: 364.1 RAA

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • All-American murder [eAudio] : the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row

    All-American murder : the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row2018

    by James Patterson

    (10,331)

    Summary: Everyone thought they knew Aaron Hernandez. He was an NFL star who made the game of football look easy. Until he became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder. Rich with in-depth, on-the-ground...  more »

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  • I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer

    I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer2018

    by Michelle McNamara

    (208,428)

    Summary: A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-- the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-- from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who...  more »

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    Call #: 364.1532 MCN

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon [large print] : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

    Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI2017

    by David Grann

    (177,018)

    Summary: In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built...  more »

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    Call #: BK CLUB 364.1523 GRA LP

    Location: Book Club Sets

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  • The man from the train [eAudio] : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery

    The man from the train : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery2017

    by Bill James

    Summary: Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery...  more »

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  • I'll be gone in the dark [eAudio] : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State killer

    I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State killer2018

    by Michelle McNamara

    (207,371)

    Summary: A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-- the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-- from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who...  more »

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  • Breaking free [eAudio] : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs

    Breaking free : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs2017

    by Rachel Jeffs

    (9,160)

    Summary: The daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS Church describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men and discusses how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers.

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  • Art In the Barn
    Friday, October 21st, 2022
    5:30pm-8:30pm

    An exhibition of works by local artists, live music, and appetizers, wine, and craft beer are included with the $20 admission to this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library.

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