Before the Colorado Territory, this land was Jefferson Territory. Made up mostly of ranching and farming communities, early Jefferson County was the kind of place where only the stouthearted and downright crazy could survive. And with any settlement comes violence. It's true that Hollywood has embellished the history of the Wild West, but that doesn't mean it wasn't truly wild. From the "psychic" Italian mother who lured an elderly woman to her death to the violent end of the McQueary-Shaffer feud in the upper Platte region, local historian Carol Turner's Notorious Jefferson County offers readers a peek into some of the area's most famous and infamous murder cases of the frontier era.
Napoleon famously observed that "history is a set of lies agreed upon," and Steers investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide acceptance in this engrossing book.
For Sopranos watchers, Godfather aficionados, and all other Mafia buffs, this is the gripping story of the birth of the Italian Mafia in America.
In an absorbing narrative, the author reconstructs a young boy's murder and the ensuing storm of anti-Semitism that engulfed an otherwise peaceful Prussian town in 1900. Offering an instructive examination of hatred, bigotry, and mass hysteria, "The Butcher's Tale" is a modern parable that will be a classic for years to come.
A groundbreaking major bestseller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal.
Death came knocking... In the heart of Indianapolis in the mid 1960's, through a twist of fate and fortune, a pretty young girl came to live with a thirty-seven-year-old mother and her seven children. What began as a temporary childcare arrangement between Sylvia Likens's parents and Gertrude Baniszewski turned into a crime that would haunt cops, prosecutors, and a community for decades to come...Behind closed doors...When police found Sylvia's emaciated body, with a chilling message carved into her flesh, they knew that she had suffered tremendously before her death. Soon they would learn how many others--including some of Baniszewski's own children--participated in Sylvia's murder, and just how much torture had been inflicted in one "HOUSE OF EVIL"*With 8 pages of startling photos! *
What happened in this book will change what you think of the criminal justice system in this country. Each of [the authors] tells an extraordinary story about crime . . . but it's their shared spiritual journey toward reconciliation and forgiveness that is even more compelling and profound.--Barry C. Scheck.
The 1960s was a time of social and generational upheaval felt with particular intensity in the melting pot of New York City. A culture of corruption pervaded the New York Police Department, where payoffs, protection, and shakedowns of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common practice. The so-called blue code of silence protected the minority of crooked cops from the sanction of the majority. Into this maelstrom came a working class, Brooklyn-born, Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet. Frank Serpico was a man who couldn't be silenced -- or bought -- and he refused to go along with the system. He had sworn an oath to uphold the law, even if the perpetrators happened to be other cops. For this unwavering commitment to justice, Serpico nearly paid with his life.
A national bestseller over 7 million copies sold. "[A] social document of rare importance." The New Republic.
Despite advances in DNA testing, forensics, and in-depth police investigations, hundreds of crimes remain unsolved across Canada every year. Robert J. Hoshowsky examines 12 crimes that continue to haunt us, all of which remain open.