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100 True Crime Books That Prove Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction

Do you think "true crime" refers just to the work of serial killers? Think again. Whether you're fascinated by robbers, kidnappers, gunslingers, fugitives, outlaws, white-collar criminals, gang members, Mafia dons, assassins, or cold-blooded murders, true crime covers it all. We've rounded up some of the best true crime books of all time — including memoirs, journalistic investigations, and real-life stories so crazy, they read like fiction — and we bet even the biggest true crime fans haven't heard of them all. Check out the gallery to see the wildest tales of deception, corruption, and destruction that have ever been published.
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Hell's Princess (Harold Schecter)
Hell's Princess (Harold Schecter)
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Gosnell (Ann Mcelhinney)
Gosnell (Ann Mcelhinney)
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The Monster of Florence
The Monster of Florence
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Devil in the White City
Devil in the White City
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle Mcnamara)
I'll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle Mcnamara)
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A Serial Killer's Daughter (Kerri Rawson)
A Serial Killer's Daughter (Kerri Rawson)
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The Stranger Beside Me (Ann Rule)
The Stranger Beside Me (Ann Rule)
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Killer Clown (Terry Sullivan)
Killer Clown (Terry Sullivan)
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You Think You Know Me (Ryan Green)
You Think You Know Me (Ryan Green)
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Blind Eye (James Stewart)
Blind Eye (James Stewart)
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The Innocent Man (John Grisham)
The Innocent Man (John Grisham)
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In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
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Columbine (Dave Cullen)
Columbine (Dave Cullen)
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Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
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The Executioner's Song
The Executioner's Song
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Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter
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People Who Eat Darkness
People Who Eat Darkness
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Raven (Tim Reiterman)
Raven (Tim Reiterman)
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Party Monster (James St. James)
Party Monster (James St. James)
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My Dark Places
My Dark Places
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Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness (Alfredo Corchado)
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness (Alfredo Corchado)
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Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann)
Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann)
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Lost Girls
Lost Girls
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The Grim Sleeper (Christine Pelisek)
The Grim Sleeper (Christine Pelisek)
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Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)
Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)
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Missoula (Jon Krakauer)
Missoula (Jon Krakauer)
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Evidence of Love (John Bloom & Jim Atkinson)
Evidence of Love (John Bloom & Jim Atkinson)
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The Dead Girl (Melanie Thernstrom)
The Dead Girl (Melanie Thernstrom)
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Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime (Ron Stallworth)
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime (Ron Stallworth)
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Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (Kate Somerscale)
Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (Kate Somerscale)
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American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land (Monica Hesse)
American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land (Monica Hesse)
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Shot in the Heart (Mikal Gilmore)
Shot in the Heart (Mikal Gilmore)
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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade (Walter Kirn)
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade (Walter Kirn)
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
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Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
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The Brothers (Masha Gessen)
The Brothers (Masha Gessen)
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Blood of Emmett Till (Tyson)
Blood of Emmett Till (Tyson)
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The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (Maggie Nelson)
The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (Maggie Nelson)
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The Manson Women and Me (Nikki Meredith)
The Manson Women and Me (Nikki Meredith)
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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist (Radley Balko)
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist (Radley Balko)
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