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Gone at Midnight

Author : Jake Anderson
Publisher : Citadel Press
Release : 2020
Category : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
ISBN : 9780806540054

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The case that captivated a nation and inspired the Netflix series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel! A Fortune Magazine "Most Anticipated Books of 2020" Selection A Goodreads Featured Release for February 2020 Oxygen's List of "Best True Crime Books of 2020" Selection "The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles is a palpable presence in Gone at Midnight. Given the checkered history of the Cecil Hotel (which was recently named to the Los Angeles registry of historic landmarks), I wouldn't rule out Jack the Ripper." --The New York Times "Outstanding...true crime buffs won't want to miss this gripping search for the truth." --Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW A Los Angeles hotel with a haunting history. A missing young woman. A disturbing viral video followed by a shocking discovery. A cold-case mystery that has become an internet phenomenon--and for one determined journalist, a life-changing quest toward uncomfortable truths. Perfect for Murderinos looking for their next fix... Twenty-one-year-old Vancouver student Elisa Lam was last heard from on January 31, 2013, after she checked into downtown L.A.'s Cecil Hotel--a 600-room building with a nine-decade history of scandal and tragedy. The next day, Elisa vanished. A search of the hotel yielded nothing. More than a week later, complaints by guests of foul-smelling tap water led to a grim discovery: Elisa's nude body floating in a rooftop water tank, in an area extremely difficult to access without setting off alarms. The only apparent clue was a disturbing surveillance video of Elisa, uploaded to YouTube in hopes of public assistance. As the eerie elevator video went viral, so did the questions of its tens of millions of viewers. Was Elisa's death caused by murder, suicide, or paranormal activity? Was it connected to the Cecil's sinister reputation? And in that video, what accounted for Elisa's strange behavior? With the help of web sleuths and investigators from around the world, journalist Jake Anderson set out to uncover the facts behind a death that had become a macabre internet meme, as well as a magnet for conspiracy theorists. In poring through Elisa's revealing online journals and social-media posts, Anderson realized he shared more in common with the young woman than he imagined. His search for justice and truth became a personal journey, a dangerous descent into one of America's quiet epidemics. Along the way, he exposed a botched investigation and previously unreported disclosures from inside sources who suggest there may have been a corporate conspiracy and a police cover-up. In Gone at Midnight, Anderson chronicles eye-opening discoveries about who Elisa Lam really was and what--or whom--she was running from, and presents shocking new evidence that may re-open one of the most chilling and obsessively followed true crime cases of the century.

The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam

Author : Christina Barrett
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release : 2016-03-29
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 1530784247

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Book The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam Description/Summary:

Elisa had made a habit of calling her parents every day and the 29th and 30th were no exception. That was also the day she moved in and was quickly drummed out by the other tenants because she made them "uncomfortable." Her eviction from the shared room to her own private room must have been difficult for a young woman already full of insecurities, neuroses, and esteem issues. January 31, 2013 Elisa Lam's parents, for the first time on Elisa' "West Coast Tour, didn't receive a call from her daughter. This was the day that she was scheduled to check out from the hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Lam knew her daughter well enough to know there was a problem. They contacted the LAPD and reported her missing (contrary to popular belief the federal government doesn't allow local law enforcement to issue "waiting periods" before accepting a missing person report. By the next day her parents flew to Los Angeles to assist with the search.

Death and Douglas

Author : J. W. Ocker
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2017-10-31
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781510724624

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Douglas has grown up around the business of death. Generations of his family have run the Mortimer Family Funeral Home. The mortician and gravediggers are all his buddies. And the display room of caskets is an awesome place for hide and seek. It’s business as usual in Douglas’s small New England town. Until one day an incredibly out of the ordinary murder victim is brought to the funeral home. And more startling: others follow. On the cusp of Halloween, a serial killer has arrived. And unsatisfied with the small-town investigation, Douglas enlists his friends to help him solve the mystery. With sumptuous descriptions of a bucolic town and it’s quirky people, fascinating yet middle grade–appropriate insider information about the funeral process, and a crackling mystery with a heart-pounding conclusion—Death and Douglas has something for readers young and old.

Lord High Executioner

Author : Howard Engel
Publisher : Open Road Media
Release : 2016-03-01
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9781504031493

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Book Lord High Executioner Description/Summary:

A grisly tour of hangings, electrocutions, beheadings—and other state-sanctioned deaths that are part of the long history of the death penalty. In Lord High Executioner, award-winning writer Howard Engel traces the traditions of capital punishment from medieval England and early Canada to the present-day United States. Throughout “civilized” history, executioners employed on behalf of the kingdom, republic, or dictatorship have beheaded, chopped, stabbed, choked, gassed, electrocuted, or beaten criminals to death—and Engel doesn’t shy away from the gritty details of the executioner’s lifestyle, focusing on the paragons, buffoons, and sadists of the dark profession. Packed with all-too-true stories, from hapless hangings to butchered beheadings, this historically accurate look at the executioner’s gruesome work makes for a thoroughly gripping read.

O.J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It

Author : William C. Dear
Publisher : Skyhorse
Release : 2014-11-11
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9781632200723

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Book O.J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It Description/Summary:

Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered at her home on Bundy Drive in Brentwood, California, on the night of June 12, 1994. The days and weeks that followed were full of spectacle, including a much-watched car chase and the eventual arrest of O. J. Simpson for the murders. The televised trial that followed was unlike any that the nation had ever seen. Long since convinced of O. J.’s guilt, the world was shocked when the jury of the “trial of the century” read the verdict of not guilty. To this day, the LAPD, Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, mainstream media, and much of the world at large remain firmly convinced that O. J. Simpson got away with murder. According to private investigator William Dear, it is precisely this assuredness that has led both the police and public to overlook a far more likely suspect. Dear now compiles more than seventeen years of investigation by his team of forensic experts and presents evidence that O. J. was not the killer. In O. J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It, Dear makes the controversial, but compelling, case that it may have been the “overlooked suspect,” O. J.’s eldest son, Jason, who committed the grisly murders. Sure to stir the pot and raise some eyebrows, this book is a must-read.

The Cecil Hotel

Author : Chris Swinney
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2020
Category : Murder
ISBN : 9798657690460

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Book The Cecil Hotel Description/Summary:

"Since the magnificent and opulent double-doors opened in 1927, things have not been normal at the Cecil Hotel. Located in the heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row, literally any and everything has happened within and outside the property. Eighteen people have died in or directly outside, two well-known serial killers spent weeks staying there while on killing sprees, and countless odd events have happened baffling all walks of life for almost one-hundred years...and yet the hotel somehow remains. Although the name has been changed, whatever is going on there has not. Eight years have passed since the last death -that of Elisa Lam found in a water tower on the roof- but anyone familiar with this story knows it's only a matter of time before something diabolical happens again. This is a work of historical fiction based on the true events that have occurred at the Cecil Hotel (now known as Stay on Main) since 1927." -- Back cover.

RedHanded

Author : Suruthi Bala,Hannah Maguire
Publisher : Running Press Adult
Release : 2021-09-14
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9780762473809

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Book RedHanded Description/Summary:

2021 Listeners' Choice British Podcast Awards Winner What is it about killers, cult leaders, cannibals, cults, and criminals that capture our imaginations even as they terrify and disturb us? How do we responsibly consume these kinds of stories as entertainment, and more importantly, what can we learn from them? RedHanded rejects the narrative of killers as monsters and that a victim "was in the wrong place at the wrong time," and instead tells the stories we want to hear in a way that challenges perceptions and asks the hard questions about society, gender, poverty, culture, and even our politics. After meeting at a party in London where they both discovered they listened to the same murder podcasts, Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala drunkenly promised to one day start their own true crime podcast together and the rest is history. From the hosts of the hit true crime podcast RedHanded (dubbed by Rick & Morty creator Dan Harmon as the "best true crime podcast I've heard, ever"), Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala have amassed a cult following of "spooky bitches" amounting to an incredibly strong 63k downloads per episode and 728k backlist downloads every month in the US alone. With candor, humor, interviews with experts, research on real-life cases, and an unflinching dissection of what makes a killer tick, Bala and Maguire take us through the societal, behavioral, and cultural phenomena that make victims -- and their murderers -- our collective responsibility and to find out once and for all: what makes a killer tick?

Death in Saratoga Springs

Author : Charles O'Brien
Publisher : Kensington Books
Release : 2014
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780758286383

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Book Death in Saratoga Springs Description/Summary:

When the suspected murderer they are investigating is killed and Pamela's ward is wrongfully accused of the murder, private investigators Pamela Thompson and Harry Miller must find the real killer to save an innocent girl.

This Side of Murder

Author : Anna Lee Huber
Publisher : Kensington Books
Release : 2017-09-26
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781496713162

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Book This Side of Murder Description/Summary:

A WWI widow investigates murder—and her late husband’s secrets—in “this engrossing series launch” by the Daphne Award-winning author (Publishers Weekly). England, 1919. Verity Kent’s grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity’s first impulse is to dismiss the claim. But the mystery sender knows too much—including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of Sidney’s fellow officers, Verity discovers dark secrets among the veterans—along with a murder meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity pursues a deadly trail that leads her to a shocking truth. . . “My favorite new mystery series!”– Alyssa Maxwell, USA Today bestselling author “Sure to please fans of classic whodunits and lovers of historical fiction alike.”–Jessie Crockett, author of Whispers Beyond the Veil

Death in the City of Light

Author : David King
Publisher : Crown
Release : 2011-09-20
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9780307452917

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Book Death in the City of Light Description/Summary:

The gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. But while trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness. The main suspect, Dr. Marcel Petiot, was a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma. He was the “People’s Doctor,” known for his many acts of kindness and generosity, not least in providing free medical care for the poor. Petiot, however, would soon be charged with twenty-seven murders, though authorities suspected the total was considerably higher, perhaps even as many as 150. Petiot's trial quickly became a circus. Attempting to try all twenty-seven cases at once, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, enjoying the spotlight, responded with astonishing ease. Soon, despite a team of prosecuting attorneys, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of evidence, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day. Drawing extensively on many new sources, including the massive, classified French police file on Dr. Petiot, Death in the City of Light is a brilliant evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions.

An Unexplained Death

Author : Mikita Brottman
Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
Release : 2018-11-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781250169150

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Book An Unexplained Death Description/Summary:

An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere—a once-grand hotel—and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism “The poster is new. I notice it right away, taped to a utility pole. Beneath the word ‘Missing,’ printed in a bold, high-impact font, are two sepia-toned photographs of a man dressed in a bow tie and tux.” Most people would keep walking. Maybe they’d pay a bit closer attention to the local news that evening. Mikita Brottman spent ten years sifting through the details of the missing man’s life and disappearance, and his purported suicide by jumping from the roof of her own apartment building, the Belvedere. As Brottman delves into the murky circumstances surrounding Rey Rivera’s death—which begins to look more and more like a murder—she contemplates the nature of and motives behind suicide, and uncovers a haunting pattern of guests at the Belvedere, when it was still a historic hotel, taking their own lives on the premises. Finally, she fearlessly takes us to the edge of her own morbid curiosity and asks us to consider our own darker impulses and obsessions.

O.J. Is Guilty But Not of Murder

Author : William Dear
Publisher : Dear Overseas Production
Release : 2000-11-01
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 0970205805

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Book O.J. Is Guilty But Not of Murder Description/Summary:

"An international private investigative report into the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman."--Jacket.

The Midnight Zoo

Author : Sonya Hartnett
Publisher : Candlewick Press
Release : 2011-09-13
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780763656324

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Book The Midnight Zoo Description/Summary:

Master storyteller Sonya Hartnett crafts a magical and moving fable about war and redemption . . . and what it means to be free. When the Germans attack their Romany encampment during World War II, Andrej and his younger brother, Tomas, flee through a ravaged countryside under cover of darkness, guarding a secret bundle. Their journey leads to a bombed-out town, where the boys discover a hidden wonder: a zoo filled with creatures in need of hope. Like Andrej and Tomas, the animals--wolf and eagle, monkey and bear, lioness and seal, kangaroo and llama-- have stories to share and a mission to reclaim their lives.

Unconventional Warfare (Special Forces, Book 1)

Author : Chris Lynch
Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
Release : 2018-11-27
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780545861632

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Book Unconventional Warfare (Special Forces, Book 1) Description/Summary:

Discover the secret missions behind America's greatest conflicts. Danny Manion has been fighting his entire life. Sometimes with his fists. Sometimes with his words. But when his actions finally land him in real trouble, he can't fight the judge who offers him a choice: jail... or the army. Turns out there's a perfect place for him in the US military: the Studies and Observation Group (SOG), an elite volunteer-only task force comprised of US Air Force Commandos, Army Green Berets, Navy SEALS, and even a CIA agent or two. With the SOG's focus on covert action and psychological warfare, Danny is guaranteed an unusual tour of duty, and a hugely dangerous one. Fortunately, the very same qualities that got him in trouble at home make him a natural-born commando in a secret war. Even if almost nobody knows he's there. National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch begins a new, explosive fiction series based on the real-life, top-secret history of US black ops.

A Christmas Resolution

Author : Anne Perry
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Release : 2020-11-03
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780593129593

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Book A Christmas Resolution Description/Summary:

A smitten woman is about to marry a dangerous man—unless Detective Hooper and his new wife, Celia, can prevent it—in this wickedly tangled holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry. Detective John Hooper, William Monk’s right-hand man at the Thames River Police, is blissfully happy in his new marriage to Celia, the cousin of a victim in one of the river police’s recent murder cases. Celia wants the same happiness for her good friend Clementine, who’s just announced her engagement to Seth Marlowe, a member of her church. Christmas is nearing, and this should be extra cause for celebration, but when Marlowe begins receiving threatening letters about his first wife’s death, it becomes clear that he is far from the devout man Clementine thought he was. In his rage, Marlowe accuses Celia of sending the letters, claiming she wants to ruin his engagement to Clementine. At a loss as to how to defend herself, Celia enlists Hooper to investigate the letters’ claims, and what he finds makes her desperate to show Clementine the truth about her soon-to-be husband. But Celia herself has not always been truthful, especially not during the murder trial following her cousin’s death. How can she be believed now, when she lied on the stand? Especially when Marlowe knows that she did, and could use it against her. This Yuletide season finds love and faith put to the test—and Celia’s and Clementine’s lives on the line.

Vampire

Author : Manuela Dunn-Mascetti
Publisher : Studio
Release : 1994
Category : Fiction
ISBN : PSU:000032467161

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Book Vampire Description/Summary:

A paperback edition of a best-seller offers a fully illustrated guide through the traditions of vampire lore, giving practical advice on dealing with these supernatural creatures. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Secret of the Sealed Room

Author : Bailey MacDonald
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2010-10-05
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 1416997628

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Book The Secret of the Sealed Room Description/Summary:

The play’s the thing . . . To the outside world, Tom Pryne is an orphan traveling Elizabethan England with his uncle’s theater troupe. In actuality, “Tom” is Viola, in disguise because her parents’ Catholic sympathies have put them at odds with the Crown and forced them into hiding. When the troupe arrives in the sleepy little town of Stratford-on-Avon, Viola’s uncle is arrested for murder, and she joins forces with an irksome local boy, named Will Shakespeare, with an active imagination, a penchant for trouble, and a smart turn of phrase, to uncover the real culprit. A perfect blend of humor, drama, and adventure and a rich evocation of 16th-century England inform this fresh and original historical mystery that introduces an appealing pair of amateur sleuths.

The Hope Chest

Author : Karen Schwabach
Publisher : Yearling Books
Release : 2010
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780375840968

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Book The Hope Chest Description/Summary:

When Violet runs away from home in 1918 to find her suffragist sister, she ends up in Nashville, Tennessee, where "Suffs" and "Antis" are gathered, awaiting the crucial vote on the nineteenth amendment.

The Darwin Conspiracy

Author : John Darnton
Publisher : Anchor
Release : 2006
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781400034833

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Book The Darwin Conspiracy Description/Summary:

A novel of the life and work of Charles Darwin chronicles his travels and scientific discoveries and the efforts of modern-day anthropologist Hugh Kellum and Darwinian scholar Beth Dulcimer to uncover the truth of his life.

No Room for Doubt

Author : Angela Dove
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2009
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 0425225887

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Book No Room for Doubt Description/Summary:

When a young woman is murdered, the lives of those in her immediate circle are thrown into chaos as the mother become obsessed with keeping the authorities interested in the case and the husband falls into despair after being convicted in the court of public opinion. Original.