True Crime

Readers who enjoy nonfiction that reads like fiction will find that strong, even shocking storylines make these true crime books hard to put down. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

ObsessedObsessed by M. William Phelps
Bitter after a colleague broke off their affair, a woman murdered his new girlfriend and went on to attack her own husband.

Sleep My Darlings by Diane Fanning
On January 28, 2011, a suicidal email led police to the home of a devoted Army wife and mother who murdered her children in cold blood.

Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain
Days after the 911 tragedy, two brothers are notified that their mother has been shot and killed, presumably by her fifth husband, a local cop found dead three months later.

The Millionaire's Wife : The True Story of a Real Estate Tycoon, His Beautiful Young Mistress, and a Marriage That Ended in MurderThe Millionaire’s Wife: The True Story of a Real Estate Tycoon, His Beautiful Young Mistress and a Marriage that Ended in Murder by Cathy Scott
It would take nearly twenty years to uncover the truth surrounding the murder of an antiques dealer killed by an unidentified gunman on the streets of New York City.

Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother
Eight miles and one year apart, two high school girls disappeared in San Diego County sparking investigations that led authorities to a predator hiding in plain sight.

Manifest Injustice : The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His FreedomManifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom by Barry Siegel
A man spent almost forty years in prison for the 1962 murder of a young couple found on an isolated stretch of Arizona desert.

Kill the Ones You Love by Robert Scott
A troubled young father and former police officer stalked and killed his mother and her boyfriend.

The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing by Dan Morse
According to the surviving saleswoman, two masked robbers entered her Bethesda retail store just before closing and ended up killing her coworker.

Her Deadly Web by Diane Fanning
Authorities were suspicious of a woman’s claim that she came home one morning to find her husband’s body covered with blood, an apparent suicide.

A Wilderness of Error : The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonaldA Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald by Errol Morris
Former private detective examines the evidence surrounding the case of Jeffrey MacDonald who was convicted of the 1970 murders of his wife and two children.

Guilty by Popular Demand: A True Story of Small-Town Injustice by Bill Osinski
Shocked by the guilty verdict, a reporter reviews the three-week double-murder trial of a man convicted on fabrication, melodrama and disputed forensic testimony.

Wealthy Men Only: The True Story of a Lonely Millionaire, a Gorgeous Younger Woman and the Love Triangle that Ended in Murder by Stella Sands
A millionaire fell for a beautiful gold digger who stole money from his business and then killed him for his life insurance policy.

Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Ann Rule
Questions remain after a billionaire’s son plunges to his death from a mansion balcony and only days later his girlfriend is found hanged.

Love Me or Else : The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy, and the Murder That Rocked a Small TownLove Me or Else: The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy and the Murder That Rocked a Small Town by Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff
In 2008, a young volunteer was found murdered in a Pennsylvania church and the trail led to a sixty-six-year-old congregant.

Originally published on May 16, 2014 in the Lititz Record Express.