Over at the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center, they’ve compiled a list of some of the most important true crime books out there, both recent and classic. The list dates back to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter all the way up to Robert Bolker’s Lost Girls and Philip Carlo’s The Night Stalker. There are plenty of books on the list that even I haven’t read, so I’ve been given some fodder for my own personal reading in the coming months.
Here is just a curated selection of the books that I would recommend to people, based on my own readings:
- Columbine, by Dave Cullen
- My Dark Places, by James Ellroy
- Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder, by Steve Hodel
- Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, by Piper Kerman
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson
- News of a Kidnapping, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo–and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up, by Richard Lloyd Parry
- Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer–America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer, by Ann Rule
There are plenty of other books on the list — I just haven’t read them. However, I can vouch for the ones above, and I would gladly recommend each and every one of them to people for consumption.
As always, if you have any recommendations for true crime books, please don’t hesitate to email me at mail-at-tblakebraddy.com. I’m always looking for books to help my knowledge base, and as always, I want to hear from you!