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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
11:50 am
Naming the Dead
I think I'm supporting a new subgenre of books. While it's no Debunk-The-Da-Vinci-Code (a popular publication frenzy to insist that a fictional novel isn't a nonfiction exposé), the budding industry of People- Dying-in-the-Wilderness fascinates me. Maybe it speaks to my secret desire to escape civilization for the dwindling death of deserty solitude and dehydration.

But, I love my nutrition too much.

And I'm not too askew to recognize the irony of fashioning an idealistic suicide as a means to thumb my then-deceased nose at the very objects of my misanthropy.

Since reading INTO THE WILD (a product of my viewing GRIZZLY MAN), I purchased a used (and cheap) copy of THE JOURNAL OF THE DEAD (TJotD), which sounds potentially menacing and vaguely necromantic.

TJotD has proven to be a somewhat divergent from the other two tales. Witness the blurbs from the front and back covers:

In the summer of 1999, best friends
Raffi Kodikian and David Coughlin
headed off on an American rite of
passage: a cross-country road trip.
When they reached the New Mexico
desert, they stopped to camp overnight
in Rattlesnake Canyon. Expecting
to be back on the road early the next
morning, they took just three pints
of water. But they lost their way in
the desert. Four days later help arrived...

Authorities...made a grim and shocking
discovery. Kodikian freely admitted that
he stabbed Coughlin twice in the heart.
Had there been a darker motive than
mercy? And how could anyone, under
any circumstance, kill his best friend?

While an utterly fascinating report on the incidents surrounding Coughlin's death, I was disappointed in TJotD's dry prose, which is dry enough to contribute to the parched lips and cramping stomachs of any would-be-hikers reading the book during some jaunt through nature (should they dare to bring along like some welcome portent). But, it's certainly a rendering of a captivating tale -- one destined to leave the reader with conflicted notions of what might have happened and why.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
4:21 pm
A seriously twisted dude
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A man accused of kidnapping two Idaho children, killing one of them, after slaughtering their family has confessed to the killings of three other children a decade ago in Washington state and California, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The prosecutors cited the confessions to the old killings in court papers saying that intended to seek the death penalty against Joseph Edward Duncan III, who was indicted last week on charges involving the two northern Idaho children.

"The defendant has engaged in a continuing pattern of violence, attempted violence, and threatened violence," prosecutors said. Duncan "is likely to commit criminal acts of violence in the future that would constitute a continuing and serious threat to the lives and safety of others."

Roger Peven, Duncan's attorney, said he had not yet seen the filing and could not immediately comment on it.

Duncan is accused of kidnapping Dylan Groene, 9, and his sister Shasta, then 8, in May 2005, and taking them to the mountains of Montana, where prosecutors say he sexually abused them for weeks before killing Dylan.

Duncan was arrested July 2, 2005, when he and Shasta were spotted at a Coeur d'Alene restaurant. The boy's body was found days later at a remote campsite.

The U.S. attorney's office said Duncan confessed that he killed Carmen Cubias, 9, and Sammiejo White, 11, in Washington state in 1996 and Anthony Martinez, 10, in California in 1997. Officials did not specify to whom Duncan made the confession.

The two girls were kidnapped from the Crest Motel in Seattle in July 1996. Their skeletal remains were found 17 months later in Bothell, a Seattle suburb.

Anthony was forced into a car in Beaumont, California, in April 1997 as his friends looked on. Sixteen days later a forest ranger found the boy's nude, bound body about 70 miles to the east.

Last October, Duncan pleaded guilty in Idaho state court to first-degree murder and kidnapping for the May 16, 2005, hammer slayings of Dylan and Shasta's mother, Brenda Groene; her fiance, Mark McKenzie; and Groene's 13-year-old son, Slade. Prosecutors say he killed them to get the younger children.

If federal prosecutors fail to win a death sentence in the case involving the two younger children, a jury will be chosen in Idaho state court to consider whether to impose the death penalty on the murder counts that Duncan pleaded guilty to in October.

Duncan was charged Thursday in a California state court in Anthony's death. Prosecutors there said they also intend to seek the death penalty.

Duncan is a Tacoma, Washington, native who spent most of his adult life in Washington state prisons for sexual crimes against children.

In 2004, he had been arrested for allegedly molesting a 6-year-old boy and attempting to molest another boy in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Authorities say he jumped bail on that charge.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Monday, January 8th, 2007
4:16 pm
Ann Rule
I just joined this group today and maybe I should read some old posts before I post this. But I was wondering if anybody here is a fan of Ms. Rule? www.annrules.com. For some reason, I find her work captivating. Could be because she is an ex-cop. Or maybe because she's a down-to-earth good writer.

I'd love to hear what y'all have to say about her.

Current Mood: productive
2:04 pm
New here
I'm new to this group and am really glad to have found it. I'm a journalist and have covered crime in the DC area, including the snipers and the anthrax mailings. I'm in Central Florida now and miss being in the middle of all of that.

Feel free to friend me.

Current Mood: working
8:17 pm
Hello there
I'm new here,look forward to discussions and stuff.Didnt even know there was a community like this,too cool.
My fav. ones are Jack the ripper,son of sam,Boston strangler,mafia figures &gangsters such as Kray twins,Bugsy Siegel &Al Capone.

The Infamous hitman Sammy-'Ice-man'-Gravano,John Gotti's right hand man.He ultimately ended up 'Squealing' on Gotti.


Current Mood: indescribable
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
1:59 am
In the past 2 years I've gotten addicted to reading true crime (or very good fiction) novels. I've read enough Ann Rule and Max Haines for my liking. As well as Kathy Reichs and Jefferey Deaver. I was wondering if any of you were able to recommend me some good true crime writers and maybe their works I could try and find. Unfortunately I've read all the books on my shelf and want to try something new.

I tend to enjoy the more sadistic unknown killers as well.

Current Mood: amused
Monday, December 12th, 2005
11:31 am
Free books for book swappers!
Would any of you guys be interested in joining a site that allows you to swap books for free?

It's my boyfriend's site and I think he's doing a really worthwhile
thing because it costs him money but he doesn't charge anything. He
set it up in his spare time.

It's called ReadItSwapIt (http://www.readitswapit.co.uk) and it's got
over 500 users now and two thousand books available for swapping.

It really helps to spread literacy, stop waste and recycle books in the UK.

It's the only 100 per cent free site of its kind.

hope you don't mind me emailing you, i just thought it might be
something you'd like to know about.

It's a great way to get rid of unwanted Xmas book gifts.

Or if you want to buy a book, you can get it there instead, for free - and it won't waste trees, cos you're recycling old books at the same time.

If you like the idea, please do join and put a link up on your LJ links page to help spread the word - the more people who join up, the more books everyone has to swap with.

If you'd like any more information please feel free to get in

best wishes,
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
9:43 pm
What to read
I made a service and think you may like it.
It allows you to store list of books you read and/or recommend, using tags to categorize the list.
Then you can see what other people are reading in categories of your interest, e.g. it's like del.icio.us for books.
Service is only starting, so don't expect too much too fast :) but eventually it will become more and more usable as more people add their books there.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
12:17 pm
I have a Question
Hi everyone? how are you all?

I was wondering if there was anyone interested in the "Sano ichiro Mysteries"? The books are written by an Author named Laura Joh Rowland. I've read a book by her and LOVED it! I have recently gotten several other of her book with the same detective "Sano ichiro" I was wondering does anyone know the order of whch the books should be read? I've googled and looked on yahoo to find links on it and found nothing. Thanks in advance.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2004
2:09 pm
My favorite reading genre True crime
Hi I am from The Netherlands used to read only Dutch translated books but when i got interested in reading true crime it was hard to get translated books. In our local library there were maybe 4 books. 3 by Ann Rule. I read them, liked them but wanted more so i decided to buy a book.
I chose Blood Lust by Gary C King and that was a very good choice. after reading that book I have never read Dutch again.(It is still one of my favorite books)

I think I was lucky because I bought really good books.
for instance

Die for Me
A love to die for
The sex slave Murders
Love's blood
Blood Rush and so on

Which got me going because after reading those i have bought bags of true crime books on ebay.
(I still have at least 100 still to be read.
Also became a member on bookcrossing

Last books I bought secondhand

Cellar of Horror By Ken Englade
Breaking Point by Suzy Spencer (TBR)
Crossing the Line By Lisa Pulitzer
Death Cruise by Don Davis (TBR)
Death of an Angel by Don Davis (TBR)
Rope by Michael Newton (TBR)
Victim the other side of Murder by Gary Kinder (TBR)
Tears of Rage by John Walsh (TBR)
Cold Kill by Jack Olsen (TBR)
If I die by Michael Fleeman (TBR)
The Sunset Murders by Louise Farr (TBR)

TC Books I have read lately

The Only Living Witness (about ted Bundy ) very good book
Shattered Innocence Shattered dreams
Over the edge
The Milwaukee murders
Innocence Lost
Pray for us sinners

Bookcrossing True crime books to be read:

Body Hunter by Patricia Springer

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, August 11th, 2004
4:10 pm
seen this?
For those who are into mysteries and hard-boiled detective novels: Not sure if this is real or not, but it certainly is entertaining...and addictive: privatedick.blogspot.com
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
11:57 am
what is that book??
okay. here's the deal. my brother (full korean) wants me to buy him a book to read because he wants to better his english. he speaks english already, it's not like he's incompetent. but we all know reading does wonders. anyway, there's one book that he really enjoyed reading about 7ish years ago but he doesn't know the title... i was hoping someone would recognize the story...

here goes..Collapse )

anyway, there it is. i really hope somebody can figure out what book this is... it's hard to buy the book when i don't know the author, title, etc... ! thanks guys!

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, August 17th, 2003
11:28 pm
Hi, I'm new. True crime books rock hardcore.

I'm looking for books about John Wayne Gacy. I read The Last Victim, which focuses a lot on him, but I'm looking for an entire book devoted to him.

I plan on becoming a forensic psychologist, so any books pertaining to that subject would be helpful. I've read a bunch, but there might be some that I missed.

Thank you! Great community.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
1:27 pm
Anyone? Anyone?
Has anyone read Wise Guys? The book the movie Goodfellas was based on and the story of Henry Hill? Just ondering if I should spend my money and time to read it. Let me know!

Current Mood: curious
Monday, June 9th, 2003
11:52 am
Hi everyone!
Hi! I just joined this community and I wanted to say Hello! I also read the book The Last Victim and thought it was great! I totally connected with the author. I feel the same way when it comes to the interest in serial killers. If anyone has a recommendations, please let me know!

Current Mood: groggy
Wednesday, June 26th, 2002
8:13 am
what I am reading
I started reading White Oleander last night. They are making a movie from it and I decided I wanted to read this one first before I saw the movie. It's ok. IMO it has alot of unnecessary words in it *LOL* but I know alot of people like that style of writing.

I finished the book called The Last Victim. It wasn't bad. It was a quick read, which is a good thing. But it wasn't really what I expected. My mom warned me it was pretty graphic, but even that wasn't THAT bad IMO. I have read worse. Basically, this 18 year old kid tries to get in the mind of serial killers and find out why they did what they did, etc. and things if he pretends to be their friend, he will succeed where investigators and detectives had not. He met John Wayne Gacy (not sure how many of you have heard of him, he was the Killer Clown and was locked up here in IL and put to death by lethal injection)... Gacy was one mentally messed up person too, from the sounds of this book... he also wrote to Dahmer before Dahmer was murdered in prison... and Ramirez, etc.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2002
1:33 pm
My favorite author has a new book out!
Dead Run by Erica Spindler

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Troubled teenagers, a satanic cult, a serial killer and hurricane-force evil disturb the island paradise of Key West in Spindler's latest chiller. Divorced family counselor Liz Ames relocates from St. Louis to Key West to investigate the disappearance of her sister, Pastor Rachel Howard, who left Liz a mysterious phone message about a teenaged girl, illegal activities and threats to her life. Local police chief Val Lopez does not share Liz's certainty that her sister has fallen victim to foul play, nor is hers the only island mystery confronting police: a wealthy loan officer with deviant tastes has plummeted to his death, a suspected suicide; another bank employee is reported missing before her body washes ashore, a suspected homicide; and just as Liz gets to know her, a teenage girl is brutally murdered and mutilated, her runaway boyfriend the prime suspect. Liz seeks help from Rick Wells, Miami cop-turned-bar owner and close friend of the police chief; Rachel's successor, Pastor Tim; and Heather Ferguson, the blonde bombshell owner of a bikini boutique. Not knowing which locals she can trust, Liz (who's not entirely honest herself) heads into the eye of a hurricane and a classic confrontation between good and evil. Spindler (Bone Cold; All Fall Down) demonstrates the power of faith over satanic forces with campy descriptions of both and embellishes her by-the-numbers thriller with savvy amounts of sex and moral outrage, investigation and confrontation, psychology and romance.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Tuesday, March 26th, 2002
5:57 am
SO what book are you all reading right now?

I think we should all pick up the same book, and then read a few chapters, then discuss it.

Right now, Im reading Ed Gein-PSYCHO. Im about to pick up Helter Skelter, A-Z Guide to Serial Killers, and anything else you all suggest.

Current Mood: worried
Saturday, February 23rd, 2002
12:07 pm
hey, i'm new...blah
i've read a lot of serial killer/true crime books and there are a LOT more out there...hehe
anyway, not a suggestion for a group book cuz a lot of ppl have read it, but if you havent and you do like criminal behavior stuff read the thomas harris/hannibal lecter books...maybe its just because i'm obsesed with hannibal, but they were fun books to read.
also..for general background info on any serial killers, the encyclopedia of serial killers (brian lane and wilfred gregg) is a really good list of them all.

other thn that i'll look for books
Tuesday, February 12th, 2002
8:20 pm
i've picked up a book from the library called "the blood countess" its by andrei codrescu

i've only read the first few pages. for those who cant guess its about elizabeth bathory, and i'm assuming one of her decendants...

would that be a good book to start with? anyone? if we decide on something else then i'm sure i can get it too, this just caught my interest. =0)

lemme know.
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