Terrifying True Crime

Sometimes true stories are scarier than fiction.  If true crime is your thing, check out one of these sinister stories at your Community Library.

  • True crime author Ann Rule was friends with Ted Bundy long before anyone suspected he was a serial killer.  Working together side by side at a suicide prevention hotline, the two grew to be quite close.  Rule details Bundy's deadly charisma in The Stranger Beside Me.

  •  Three year old Sayville Kent was brutally murdered in 1860 in an isolated country house inhabited by a limited number of suspects.  Although the detective correctly names the murderer, he considers his reputation to be forever ruined.  Kate Summersgale's The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is a wonderfully suspenseful historically accurate mystery that details the birth of modern forensic investigations.

  • In The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson follows Dr. H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who haunted the 1893 Chicago World's Fair along with the fair's architect, David Burnham as he worked tirelessly to ensure the fair was a success.  Written like an novel, Larson not only describes Holmes' horrific crimes but the sky reaching potential of the World's Fair as well.

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