I got excited when my co-worker Camille wrote a review about the true crime book The Stranger She Loved. True crime stories are some of my favorite, and now I have someone else at DCPL who may be sharing some interesting finds.
My new favorite true crime author is Jerry Bledsoe. His book Before He Wakes: A True Story of Money, Marriage and Murder is available through DCPL. He has written about several true crimes from his home state of North Carolina, and his books are filled with very detailed facts, which must take years of research to write.
I have read many of Ann Rule’s books, but my favorite of hers will probably always be The Stranger Beside Me, her true account of serial killer Ted Bundy. Rule discovered she had known Bundy years ago when they both worked at a crisis center. Reading about Ted Bundy scared the daylights out of me!
Another book that terrified me (no doubt these books scared me so much because I was living alone when I was reading them) was Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi.
Another book I recently ran across is Robert K. Tanenbaum’s Echoes of My Soul,which is sending chills down my spine, but in a different way. You see, it tells the story of ‘The Career-Girls Murders’ in New York on August 28, 1963, which, ironically, occurred on the day of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. I say ironically because a black man named George Whitmore was bullied by police into confessing to the murders. This case reminds me of some of the news stories that have been front and center in our country over the past couple of years.