SOURCE: The Atlantic
Truman Capote, True Crime, and Truth
The author discovered that playing fast and loose with facts was more acceptable in fashionable literary circles than it was in court, though he escaped further reckoning for twisting his interviews with imprisoned men for sensational impact.
SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Sex, Society and Scandal in 19th Century France
Historian Sarah Horowitz found the tale of Marguerite Steinheil too juicy to confine to an academic book, though the scandal shows how women navigated sex and inequality at the end of the nineteenth century.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Conservative and the Murderer
Sarah Weinman's book on the friendship between William F. Buckley and convicted murderer Edgar Smith reveals uncomfortable truths about the balance of principle and self-interest in modern conservatism and the persistent tolerance of violence against women.
SOURCE: Washington Post
The Shocking Saga of the Murdaughs of South Carolina
"People with power and money in such tribal regions can retain their hold on their ways — and their communities — for a long time. But corruption never strays far from the prideful and the powerful, especially among those who inherit privilege."
Revisiting the 1976 Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping
The ordeal of 26 children and their school bus driver in California's San Joaquin Valley highlighted the conflicts between rural California and the state's urban centers, class conflict, and the rising fear of crime in 1976.
SOURCE: Ars Technica
Stabbing, Crucifixion, Eaten by Eels: Learn all about Murder the Roman Way
Historian Emma Souther's new book is a mix of the true crime genre and a history of crime and punishment in ancient Rome.
Was Charles Lindbergh a Man Who Got Away?
by Lise Pearlman
A new book reexamines the possible role of Charles Lindbergh himself in the 1932 kidnapping of his son, once the "crime of the century."
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