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    Sid and Nancy was a great movie.. but one on her prior to Sid would be one scary film !

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    currently reading Killing of the Unicorn for 3rd time & ordered True Crime Death & Celebrity on amazon last night
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    I'm currently reading The Walking Dead: Rise of the Govenor. Really enjoying it and recommend it for any big zombie fans out there like me

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    reading True Crime: Death & Celebrity.... It has Dorothy Stratten among others'. Interesting. More details than any other bio on Dorothy I've read.
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    Reading this one again.. since it happened in my hometown in the 1940's. http://www.amazon.ca/Torso-Murder-Un.../dp/1552633403

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    Just read:

    The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber

    The books covers America's online amateur sleuths who dedicate their lives to solving cold cases and finding missing persons. Law enforcement have embraced some of these sleuths and there have been successes. One particular case that was solved is known as the Tent Girl from Kentucky.

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    Reading "If I Stay" right now. I am enjoying it.


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    The head of security where I worked was a former LAPD officer. My boss said, all impressed, "He solved the Dorothy Stratten murder." I wanted to say 'it was a murder/suicide, pretty easy to solve', but I held my tongue. Poor Dorothy, just like Nicole Brown, she couldn't get away from a horrible man who thought he owned her even though she told him it was over.

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    1. I am a big horror fan & I just bought a book from amazon called 'Penpal' and it is about a man who starts to reconstruct his past & this adventure/s becomes engulfed by a bigger story, in horror he never expected. I read the reviews & here is one:

    "I first read it on Reddit, and it just captured my attention to the point where I forgot my surroundings and it was as if I had become part of the strory itself. I was unable to turn away, I needed to know more and once I did.... it was as if the whole world just shattered.
    There is a quote "That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback." That is ecactly how I felt when I read this, it's such amazing story telling." -

    http://www.amazon.com/Penpal-Dathan-...ywords=pen+pal



    2. I want to move out of state. I find it fascinating the history of other states & cities & places. I would like not necessarily a tour-book or a guide-book but perhaps a history book with a history of each state, history of cities, history of states.... fun facts too I guess.
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    I have the first 25 books of the murder casebooks they were my mum's and are pretty interesting

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    I've been listening to a couple of FREE audio books which would probably be of interest to most death hags.

    These are recordings of works that have passed into the pubic domain and can be downloaded free from www.booksshouldbefree.com.

    The first is Survivors' Tales of Famous Crimes by Walter Wood - a personal look at some of the most sensational crimes of late 19th and early 20th century Britain.
    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...-Famous-Crimes

    The book I'm currently listening to is Hollywood: It's Manners and Morals by Theodore Dreiser (famous for his then scandalous novels Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy), an intimate examination of the seedy underside of early 1920s Hollywood. No true crime here, at least not yet, but he does dish the dirt about the infamous casting couch and the machinations of some highly identifiable industry figures. I swear that at least one passage is probably about Charlie Chaplain, although of course he is not identified by name. The whole is delivered in a conspiratorial and suitably snarky voice that reminds me a little of someone who we all know.

    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...ls-and-Manners

    Oh and they also have Dr. W.G. Aitchison Robertson's Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, which is a painstaking description of the state of the art - in 1922.

    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...and-Toxicology



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosebud666 View Post
    I've been listening to a couple of FREE audio books which would probably be of interest to most death hags.

    These are recordings of works that have passed into the pubic domain and can be downloaded free from www.booksshouldbefree.com.

    The first is Survivors' Tales of Famous Crimes by Walter Wood - a personal look at some of the most sensational crimes of late 19th and early 20th century Britain.
    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...-Famous-Crimes

    The book I'm currently listening to is Hollywood: It's Manners and Morals by Theodore Dreiser (famous for his then scandalous novels Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy), an intimate examination of the seedy underside of early 1920s Hollywood. No true crime here, at least not yet, but he does dish the dirt about the infamous casting couch and the machinations of some highly identifiable industry figures. I swear that at least one passage is probably about Charlie Chaplain, although of course he is not identified by name. The whole is delivered in a conspiratorial and suitably snarky voice that reminds me a little of someone who we all know.

    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...ls-and-Manners

    Oh and they also have Dr. W.G. Aitchison Robertson's Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, which is a painstaking description of the state of the art - in 1922.

    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...and-Toxicology

    Thanks Rosebud!!! This is great.

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    I don't like reading "unofficial" biographies- if the author talks to only the people who knew the person the bio is about, god only knows if its true & accurate. I'd say official biographies are more accurate & precise. no??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany View Post
    I don't like reading "unofficial" biographies- if the author talks to only the people who knew the person the bio is about, god only knows if its true & accurate. I'd say official biographies are more accurate & precise. no??
    Not if they're a white wash, they aren't. Some of those unofficial bios are more accurate than the official, for obvious reasons.

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    I just read "Working Stiff" by Judy Melinek. I think it's new and didn't see it mentioned in this thread. I really liked it. She worked with the 9/11 victims remains. Fascinating and so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmgt View Post
    I just read "Working Stiff" by Judy Melinek. I think it's new and didn't see it mentioned in this thread. I really liked it. She worked with the 9/11 victims remains. Fascinating and so sad.
    OMG I just read that too. The book was brilliant. It was very well written and absolutely fascinating about the set up for remains after 9/11.
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    Just read: A Serial Killer in Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer by Scott Selby. This killer wasn't killing Jews or Poles, he was killing Germans. The guy had alot of nerve.

    http://www.amazon.com/Serial-Killer-...ller+in+berlin

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    I'm interested in a book on the history of American food. I watch Food Network & shows there are about the history of condiments like mustard, ketchup, and history of fast food, dine-ins, hamburgers, snacks.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmgt View Post
    I just read "Working Stiff" by Judy Melinek. I think it's new and didn't see it mentioned in this thread. I really liked it. She worked with the 9/11 victims remains. Fascinating and so sad.
    Yes, I read that, it was very, very good. I would call it required reading for any self-respecting death hag.

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    Has anyone mentioned the book 'Stiff'? I'll have to find more info. It was very strange and good.

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    I read it and have mentioned it here. I also have her book Spook but I haven't started it yet. I like her writing style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany View Post
    I'm interested in a book on the history of American food. I watch Food Network & shows there are about the history of condiments like mustard, ketchup, and history of fast food, dine-ins, hamburgers, snacks.....
    That sounds really interesting. I love to read about foods and eating and living habits in other periods, such as the Elizabethan I times. The royals had several homes, and when one got really nasty-dirty, they moved into another one and rotated around their properties like that. Elizabeth thought sweets would make her breath smell sweet, so her diet consisted of lots of cakes and pie and tarts and such and that gave her a mouthful of rotten teeth.

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    It was July 29, 2005, a beautiful summer day in Connecticut’s Farmington River Valley. I was one of a few dozen drivers heading toward Hartford. Most of us were doing what we did hundreds of times a year: simply going to work. There was no way to know what was coming as we approached the traffic light at the base of Avon Mountain and the intersection of Nod Road and Routes 44 and 10, of chance and fate, of wrong place and wrong time.

    This is a true story about real people, the best and the most irresponsible among us. It’s about what happened before, during and after one of the worst crashes in Connecticut history. It’s about innocent victims and heroes – everyday people who did extraordinary things, literally picking up the pieces of the broken lives left in the wake of a poorly maintained, uninsured, fully loaded, out-of-control Mack dump truck. http://smokefireandangels.com/

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    PurrPurr is a published writer, she should write a death hag book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hidium View Post
    PurrPurr is a published writer, she should write a death hag book.
    I agree....would be a best seller
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    Just read: Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law by Alan Dershowitz. AD has been involved in numerous high profile cases/celebrities. Here are a few:

    Marlon Brando - A pathetic figure with no sense of humor. A terrible father

    Mike Tyson - AD makes a strong case that Tyson was innocent of rape. Desiree Washington agreed to consensual sex and and was pressured by her father to claim rape. The trial was a farce as per AD.

    Leona Helmsley - A pure bitch who treated underlings like trash

    OJ - AD has never been paid for his role in the murder trial

    Dr Jeffrey McDonald - AD says we will never know if MacDonald is guilty or not. He says there was hair sample evidence which could have been tested today but was lost by the prosecution ( the Federal Govt).

    Angela Davis - AD says she was his most ungrateful client. After being acquitted for accessory to murder, AD asked her to lobby the Soviet Union to help free Jewish dissidents. Davis said all Jews were fascist Zionists. This didn't go over well with AD.

    Claus Von Bulow - A nice guy who has remained friends with AD. Lives quietly in London

    Ted Kennedy - AD says he is still bound by client-attorney confidentiality and cannot comment on Chappaquiddick ?? Says Teddy was America's greatest Senator.

    Dominic Strauss-Kahn: according to AD, the maid agreed to perform oral sex on DSK for money. Afterward she realizes DSK is powerful and rich. She claims rape and DSK is charged. The maid is caught in numerous lies and the charges are dropped. The maid gets a civil settlement.

    Porn star Harry Reems - Reems was charged with distributing obscene material. AD and Reems remained lifelong friends. Reems told AD that Linda Lovelace was a willing participant in Deep Throat and her autobio is nonsense.

    Half of the book is somewhat boring dealing with abortion/gay rights and other political matters.
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    Looking for a good read about mass disasters (school fires, mass shootings, etc.) Any good ones out there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miho View Post
    Looking for a good read about mass disasters (school fires, mass shootings, etc.) Any good ones out there?
    a good book on the Newtown shooting

    http://www.amazon.com/Newtown-Americ...sin=147675375X


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    just read:

    In the Name of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide by Cameron Stauth


    I hate cults but I like reading about them. This book covers The Followers of Christ in Oregon. The members refuse medical care for their kids and there is a high mortality rate for children. The members believe in praying and the laying of hands. The State has finally gotten serious about charging the members with neglect and the book covers several criminal trials.

    Several States still have religious shield laws - a lady by the of Rita Swan has worked tirelessly over the years to have these laws changed. She has had some success but religion is still a powerful lobby in the USA. So kids will still die for lack of medical care and vaccinations.

    After reading this book I have to ask - Will America ever move beyond religion ???


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    Here's a book worth checking out:



    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1629144320
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    To sleep with the angles, Gone at 3:17, Bath Massacre, Winecoff Hotel Fire, I have a ton of disaster books, Miho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkstracy View Post
    To sleep with the angles, Gone at 3:17, Bath Massacre, Winecoff Hotel Fire, I have a ton of disaster books, Miho.
    Ooo I haven't read Gone at 3:17 yet. Thanks!


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    Politics aside, I know Bill O'Reilly is controversial, but I love his "Killing...." books. I just finished Killing Patten. It was hard to put down. The details about the Battle of the Bulge were amazing.

    I also enjoyed Killing Lincoln. The writing style of Bill and Drugard is amazing. It really grabs your attention. I didn't read Killing Kennedy or Killing Jesus (just couldn't bring myself to read about his awful death). He'll be announcing his next book soon. Not sure if it will be a "Killing...." book or not.

    Right I'm reading Brian Kilmeade's Washington's Spies. It's not bad. I'm about half way through it. The beginning was a bit boring but now it's getting into the spies (took a few chapters to build up to the spy ring in NY) which is much better and more exciting.
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    I've been re-reading William Manchester's "The Death of a President". It's still the best book about the Kennedy Assassination, even without juicy details about JFK's love life. Writing it was a gargantuan task that nearly killed its author.

    Also, a work of fiction that every death hag should read is William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. It's about a family that was basically trailer trash before there were trailers, and the mother knows it. She makes a dying wish to be buried with her kinfolk in the neighboring county, and the novel follows them as they struggle to get her into the ground.

    There is a famous one-sentence chapter that reads "My mother is a fish."



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    Quote Originally Posted by GODDESS6 View Post
    i think i have 2 of these, the first 2 in the series~ 'crimes and punishment' the illustrated crime encyclpedia~ here's a photo:

    Guess what I just scored today for 60.00 the whole 28 volume set. I was stoked I found them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkstracy View Post
    Guess what I just scored today for 60.00 the whole 28 volume set. I was stoked I found them.
    Sweeeeeeet!!!!

    I'm reading "The Deadly Dozen: America's 12 Worst Serial Killers" by Robert Keller. It's a freebie on Kindle. There's a chapter for each killer, and they're kind of short and consolidate the stories, but still not a bad read. Especially for free! I'm about to start the chapter on BTK.
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    Just read a good book about Anders Breivik. The book covers his background and two of his 77 victims. His mother was nuts - she reminded me of Oswald's mother. The psychiatrists who examined Breivik couldn't decide if he was psychotic or psychopathic. I believe he was both. Breivik spent five years from 2005-2010 playing video games. His mother was clueless as to his character and actions.

    Breivik was 32 years of age in 2011. It seems he never had sex with anyone. His friends thought he was gay. Seems he was asexual. Breivik spent 6 mnths building bomb. The book examines in great detail his preparation of the bomb which involves alot of fertilizer and chemicals. No way I could figure out how to build a bomb.

    His killing spree on July 22/2011 is detailed - he showed up in a fake uniform - the security guards helped Breivik get on the island and also helped with his weapons and ammunition. Norwegians come across as way too trusting.

    The trial is covered in detail. The Norwegian justice system is non controntational. Breivik was allowed to read his manifesto. The prosecutors showed him way too much respect. The whole country is way too liberal. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in jail ( the max) - renewable in five years increments if he is still considered a danger to society. I doubt that even the liberal Norwegians will ever let him out.

    Breivik had no intention of committing suicide or dying at the hands of police. He wanted a trial to air his views - anti-communist/anti-Islam/anti-feminism and so on.
    One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

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    Ria, I will have to check that one out.
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    "Also, a work of fiction that every death hag should read is William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. It's about a family that was basically trailer trash before there were trailers, and the mother knows it. She makes a dying wish to be buried with her kinfolk in the neighboring county, and the novel follows them as they struggle to get her into the ground."

    Thanks for this. I've always wanted to read Faulkner, but I struggle to read about the deep South. I do like Flannery O'Connor.

    Has anyone read the book, Seabiscuit? The author had this poignant quote on her facebook:

    On Saturday, race horse American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Laura Hillenbrand, acclaimed best-selling author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken, wrote this reflection on the win:

    Be thankful for defeat. Be thankful for failure. Be thankful for frustration, for heartbreak, for foolish mistakes, for frailty, for hard luck, for doubt, for longing.
    These are the things that gauge the robustness of the challenges we choose, that sound the depths of our bravery and fortitude that measure our worth. Only those intimate with the pain of loss feel in full the sweet euphoria of triumph.
    I am grateful that I waited 37 years, since I was a little girl, for this day. I am grateful for all the brave horses who tried and failed and scattered our hopes. When American Pharoah bent his exquisitely beautiful body into the homestretch at Belmont today, scorching fractions faster and faster as his jockey sat taut-armed on his back and 90,000 fans shouted him home, it was those horses, and those 37 years, that made his staggering, unbelievable accomplishment meaningful. They were the leavening of this overwhelming joy, as essential to it as this magnificent creature.
    Thank you to the star-crossed Spectacular Bid, to the crying jockey Chris Antley, to the gallant little Smarty Jones, to all the others. American Pharoah. welcome to greatness.

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    I'm re-reading Anne Frank right now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cash View Post
    Just read:

    The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber

    The books covers America's online amateur sleuths who dedicate their lives to solving cold cases and finding missing persons. Law enforcement have embraced some of these sleuths and there have been successes. One particular case that was solved is known as the Tent Girl from Kentucky.
    I was perusing through here and BAM...this is the book I want to read. Can you put an Kindle link?
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    Two very good assassination books I read while on vacation:

    1) The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss.
    2) A Finger in Lincoln's Brain: What Modern Science Reveals about Lincoln, His Assassination and Its Aftermath by Lawrence Abel.
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    Those sound like great. I'll be ordering them. Thanks for sharing, cash.

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    That's cool Cash. People are more aware of how crimes are solved, and with all the TV shows about forensics, it makes sense that 'lay people' would be able to solve crimes. I'll have to look for that on Amazon.

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    Just read another serial killer book - The Man in The Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer by Martha Elliott. Covers Michael Ross who killed eight woman in CT and NY between 1981 and 1985. The author had daily contact with Ross between 1995-2005. Ross was executed in May 2005 - he dropped all appeals despite pressure from anti-death penalty groups ( which includes the author). Ross also agreed to chemical castration while on death row. Ross also had a degree from Cornell n animal science.


    The last chapter describing the execution was pretty good. The author probably got a little to close to her subject but overall a good read on a case I had forgotten about.


    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...er%2Caps%2C209


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    I am currently reading Sister Sister by Jennifer Craig. It's a memoir about her time as a nurse trainee in Yorkshire in the mid 1950's. I'm sure this sounds boring to most people but I love anything medical and especially medical history. I'm not a nurse but I can tell you that nursing today is nothing like it was back then. Medicine, hospitals, health care in general is not about patient care anymore. It's big business.

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    another assassination book:

    Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron

    The assassin Yigal Amir stalked Rabin for two years - the guy was determined. The security was bad, the cops come across as incompetent. Good interview with the ER doctor who tried to save Rabin's life. You can see the assassination here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-pWbdTWTas


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    Reading the Rizzoli and Isles series, been binge reading these cannot put them down read the first five in a week, I bought and still haven't read the one about Standford White, the movie the Changeling is based on it, Staring Angelia Jolie.
    "My Darling Girl ,when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." ~Aunt Frances~ #METOO grandpa Jan 8,1927-March 9, 2006 Grandma Nov 6, 1926-June 28, 2018. Forever loved and missed always in my heart.

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    tyring to find a/some books that incorporate, based on these 19 unsolved crimes. There is another link with different 19 unsolved crimes seen on FB.....


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    Good True Crime Reads - "D" Magazine

    "D" Magazine's 40 Greatest Stories contains some juicy Dallas-area stuff, including the Edelman "Dead Before Dawn" story and the Cullen & Priscilla Davis "Texas Justice" case.

    Good binge readin' for the new year.

    http://interactive.dmagazine.com/con...atest-stories/


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