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Book Cover: Columbine

Columbine

On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school and to leave 'a lasting impression on the world.' Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence. Dave Cullen delivers a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. He lays bare the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris and the quavering, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who went to the prom three days earlier and obsessed about love in his journal. The result is an account of two good students with lots of friends, who were secretly stockpiling a basement cache of weapons, recording their raging hatred, and manipulating every adult who got in their way. They left signs everywhere. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys' tapes and diaries, he gives a complete account of the Columbine tragedy.

Book Cover: American villains

American villains

Covers 177 of the most infamous assassins, serial killers, frauds, gangsters, murderers, terrorists, thieves, and traitors of American history.

Book Cover: Seen and unseen : technology, social media, and the fight for racial justice

Seen and unseen : technology, social media, and the fight for racial justice

"A riveting exploration of how the power of visual media over the last few years has shifted the narrative on race and reignited the push towards justice by the New York Times bestselling author of the "worthy and necessary" (The New York Times) Nobody, Marc Lamont Hill, and the bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Todd Brewster. With his signature "clear and courageous" (Cornel West) voice Marc Lamont Hill and New York Times bestselling author Todd Brewster weave some of the most pivotal recent moments in the country's racial divide--the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and the harassment of Christian Cooper--into their historical context. In doing so, they reveal the common thread between these harrowing incidents: video recordings and the immediacy of technology has irrevocably changed our conversations about race and in many instances tipped the levers of power in favor of the historically disadvantaged. Drawing on the powerful role of technology as a driver of history, identity, and racial consciousness, Seen and Unseen asks why, after so much video confirmation of police violence on people of color, it took the footage of George Floyd to trigger an overwhelming response of sympathy and outrage? In the vein of The New Jim Crow and Caste, Seen and Unseen incisively explores what connects our moment to the history of race in America but also what makes today different from the civil rights movements of the past and what it will ultimately take to push social justice forward"-- Provided by publisher.

Book Cover: Justice in the age of judgment : from Amanda Knox to Kyle Rittenhouse and the battle for due process in the digital age

Justice in the age of judgment : from Amanda Knox to Kyle Rittenhouse and the battle for due process in the digital age

"From Amanda Knox to O.J., Casey Anthony to Kyle Rittenhouse, our justice system faces scrutiny and pressure from the media and public like never before. Can the bedrock of 'innocent until proven guilty' survive in what acclaimed Seattle attorney and legal analyst Anne Bremner calls the age of judgment?"--Back cover.

Book Cover: Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don't know

Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don't know

In this treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, the author aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers - to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. The author uses a variety of examples from history and from headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to one another that isn't true? Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland - throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times. -- Dust jacket.

Book Cover: Law & disorder

Law & disorder

"For twenty-five years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where he headed the elite Investigative Support Unit. The real-life model for FBI Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, he's had a brilliant and terrifying career, getting inside the minds of notorious murderers and serial killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam). Written with long-time collaborator Mark Olshaker, Law & Disorder is Douglas' most provocative and personal book to date. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional's worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed ... or even denied. Through a series of character-driven case histories--from the earliest trials in Salem, Massachusetts to the bungled trial of Amanda Knox--Douglas shows what happens when the system breaks down and bias, media coverage, and other influences get in the way of a dispassionate pursuit of the evidence. Here also are Douglas' personal reflections on his ongoing search for the truth--from painful lessons learned early in his career to his controversial findings in the West Memphis Three and Jon Benet Ramsey investigations. Brimming with procedural detail, Law & Disorder is an eye-opening insider's account of the exhilaration and frustration that attend the quest for justice."--Publisher's description.

Book Cover: Media bias : what is it and why does it matter?

Media bias : what is it and why does it matter?

"Media bias can take many different forms. It can be seen in stories that favor one side over another. It can be seen in story placement. It can even be seen in whether a story gets covered at all. This book examines what media bias looks like, the damage it can do, and the efforts of news organizations to both ensure fairness and counter sometimes-exaggerated claims of bias by politicians" -- Back cover.

Book Cover: Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 1, 1607-1859

Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 1, 1607-1859

What do Lizzie Borden and O.J. Simpson have in common? Or the Lindbergh baby and Gary Gilmore? The answer: they were all the focus of famous crimes and/or trials in the United States. In this five-volume set, historical and contemporary cases that not only shocked the nation but that also became a part of the popular and legal culture of our country are discussed in vivid, and sometimes shocking, detail. Each chapter focuses on a different crime or trial, and explores the ways in which each became famous in its own time. The fascinating cast of characters, the outrageous crimes, the involvement of the media, the actions of the police, and the trials that often surprised combine to offer here one of the most comprehensive set of books available on the subject of famous U.S. crimes and trials.

Book Cover: Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 2, 1860-1912

Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 2, 1860-1912

What do Lizzie Borden and O.J. Simpson have in common? Or the Lindbergh baby and Gary Gilmore? The answer: they were all the focus of famous crimes and/or trials in the United States. In this five-volume set, historical and contemporary cases that not only shocked the nation but that also became a part of the popular and legal culture of our country are discussed in vivid, and sometimes shocking, detail. Each chapter focuses on a different crime or trial, and explores the ways in which each became famous in its own time. The fascinating cast of characters, the outrageous crimes, the involvement of the media, the actions of the police, and the trials that often surprised combine to offer here one of the most comprehensive set of books available on the subject of famous U.S. crimes and trials.

Book Cover: Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 3, 1913-1959

Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 3, 1913-1959

What do Lizzie Borden and O.J. Simpson have in common? Or the Lindbergh baby and Gary Gilmore? The answer: they were all the focus of famous crimes and/or trials in the United States. In this five-volume set, historical and contemporary cases that not only shocked the nation but that also became a part of the popular and legal culture of our country are discussed in vivid, and sometimes shocking, detail. Each chapter focuses on a different crime or trial, and explores the ways in which each became famous in its own time. The fascinating cast of characters, the outrageous crimes, the involvement of the media, the actions of the police, and the trials that often surprised combine to offer here one of the most comprehensive set of books available on the subject of famous U.S. crimes and trials.

Book Cover: Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 4, 1960-1980

Famous American crimes and trials. Volume 4, 1960-1980

What do Lizzie Borden and O.J. Simpson have in common? Or the Lindbergh baby and Gary Gilmore? The answer: they were all the focus of famous crimes and/or trials in the United States. In this five-volume set, historical and contemporary cases that not only shocked the nation but that also became a part of the popular and legal culture of our country are discussed in vivid, and sometimes shocking, detail. Each chapter focuses on a different crime or trial, and explores the ways in which each became famous in its own time. The fascinating cast of characters, the outrageous crimes, the involvement of the media, the actions of the police, and the trials that often surprised combine to offer here one of the most comprehensive set of books available on the subject of famous U.S. crimes and trials.

Book Cover: Have you seen this person? : ten unsolved disappearances, 2000-2013

Have you seen this person? : ten unsolved disappearances, 2000-2013

"Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are reported missing in the United States alone. The majority of those who disappear turn up within a week, but a small percentage are never heard from again. Why did a Swedish teenager on an Australian adventure mail a cryptic letter to his family in Stockholm before disappearing forever? What became of a young woman whose car was found crashed and abandoned off a cliffside in Whatcom County, Washington? How can an individual vanish without a trace in a world so connected and monitored? This book explores ten unsolved missing persons cases from around the world, from a 12-year-old British boy who purchased a one-way ticket to London King's Cross never to return, to an American traveler who walked into the Himalayas not to be seen again. Included are exclusive interviews, statistical information and a case-by-case analysis of the most common and probable theories for each disappearance."--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher

Book Cover: My daddy is a hero : how Chris Watts went from family man to family killer

My daddy is a hero : how Chris Watts went from family man to family killer

"A husband. A father. A killer. Chris Watts was a family man. Everybody, including his family, believed that. Yet, on August 13, 2018, he murdered Shanann, his pregnant wife, and two young daughters, burying Shanann and their unborn son in a shallow grave and dumping their daughters' bodies in separate oil tanks. As terrible as his story is, it is also a warning because, to this day, living behind bars, Watts is still acting out the character traits that made him kill in the first place. In this, the first and only psychological exploration of the Watts family murders, psychotherapist Lena Derhally has pieced together the crime, the events leading to it, and most of all, her beliefs about the "why," including the fact that Chris Watts--now a self-described "man of God"--Is not in the least remorseful about killing his family. Using police discovery and other sources, Derhally recreates the night of the murders and the investigation that followed. She explores the childhoods, families of origin, meeting, and early relationship of Shanann and Chris Watts. She also examines Watts's double life and duplicity regarding his well-publicized affair with a co-worker, who, although she claimed their affair was casual, was searching online for wedding dresses at the time of the murders. The book includes an in-depth look at community psychopaths, the different subtypes of narcissism, how to prevent this type of violence, and interviews with a neuroscientist, a criminal psychologist, and a journalist in order to determine what in Watts's twisted makeup allowed him to hide who he really is for so long. Using her knowledge of attachment theory, Imago relationship theory, and psychopathology, Derhally draws a profile of the real Chris Watts and--just as important--she warns readers that he is still a danger today"--Amazon.com

Book Cover: Adnan's story : the search for truth and justice after Serial

Adnan's story : the search for truth and justice after Serial

"In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan's story. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating that after Hae was killed her body was kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that refutes the cell phone evidence--among many other points. And she shows how fans of Serial joined an amazing crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists. Adnan's Story also gives a sense of Adnan's life in prison and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice has yet to be achieved in this much-examined case."--Jacket.

Book Cover: Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin

Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin

"When Trayvon Martin took his last walk down a Florida street on a cool February evening in 2012, he was just another American teenager, heading home with candy and a soda, talking on the phone with a friend, and dreaming of the future. By the end of the night he was dead--gunned down by a neighborhood watchman. Within weeks his name would be on the lips of a President and the movement for justice in his case would spread all over the country. Today his name is still evoked -- in the media, by artists like Beyonce and Frank Ocean in their work, and by presidential candidates--and his iconic photo, a boy in a hoodie, gazing at the camera, has been seen all over the world. But who was Trayvon Martin before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child's death on a dark street in a small Florida suburb become the match that lit a movement? Rest in Power, told through the alternating narratives of his parents, will for the first time answer those questions from the most intimate sources. The book will take us beyond the news cycle, controversies, and familiar images to give their deeper account: The story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the grief and confusion that followed, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and how these two humble, hardworking parents, powered by love for their lost son, made his life matter, even in death."--Provided by publisher.

Book Cover: On the trail of the D.C. sniper : fear and the media

On the trail of the D.C. sniper : fear and the media

"For a month in the fall of 2002, a series of sniper attacks suddenly dominated the headlines in the nation's capital. Beginning in the Washington suburbs, these crimes eventually stretched over one hundred miles along I-95 to Richmond. More than a thousand law officers would pursue the perpetrators--an enormous number for one case. The number of reporters covering the story, however, was even greater. "On the Trail of the D.C. Sniper" uses the remarkable events of that October to explore the shifting character of journalism as it entered the twenty-first century and to question how this change in the way news is gathered and reported impacted the events it covered. Because of its political significance, Washington, although not a huge population center, is home to an international news corps rivaling that of London or New York. The sniper story thus gained unusually broad media coverage. These events also coincided with the rise of cable network news, meaning that the story would be delivered through a greatly accelerated news cycle. Continuous coverage on television meant a more intense race for scoops; when a major development wasn't available, lesser incidents were sometimes played up in an attempt to maintain the sense of an always unfolding story. Jack Censer looks at the atmosphere of heightened anxiety in which this killing spree occurred--coming only a year after the 9/11 attacks, as well as the unsolved anthrax scare centered in the D.C. area--and asks if the press, by intensifying its focus, also intensified the sense of fear. To bring in another perspective, Censer looks closely at the elementary and secondary schools in the area, comparing their experience of the threat with the press's perception, and presentation, of it. In most cases, school officials chose a course of precaution in which life could carry on, rather than one of hypervigilance and lockdowns. Although it is widely thought that journalists have strong political and commercial biases, Censer reveals that in this case the press was motivated, above all, by the creation of a gripping story to evoke emotion from its audience. One of the most detailed studies yet published of how the press follows a story in the twenty-four-hour news era, this book provides a window on post-9/11 anxiety and the relationship between those fears, public events, and the news media"--Jacket.

Book Cover: Community Policing

Community Policing

This volume explores community policing, including: what is community policing; effectiveness of community policing and neighborhood watch programs; how community policing can be improved; should citizens have the right to use deadly force?

Book Cover: Tent number eight : an investigation of the Girl Scout murders & the trial of Gene Leroy Hart

Tent number eight : an investigation of the Girl Scout murders & the trial of Gene Leroy Hart

The author dissects the investigation of the 1977 Oklahoma Girl Scout murders as well as the case of The State of Oklahoma vs. Gene Leroy Hart from the vantage point of the families, the law enforcement, the news reporters, the lawyers, the judges and the jury. He provides background information on all the parties involved and explanations why certain decisions were made, and what might have happened if the lawyers on both side had made different decisions and modern technology were available.--Book cover.

Book Cover: Oklahoma's most notorious cases : Machine Gun Kelly & the Urschel kidnapping, the United States vs. David Hall, the Girl Scouts murders, the Karen Silkwood case, the Sirloin Stockade murders, the Oklahoma City bombing

Oklahoma's most notorious cases : Machine Gun Kelly & the Urschel kidnapping, the United States vs. David Hall, the Girl Scouts murders, the Karen Silkwood case, the Sirloin Stockade murders, the Oklahoma City bombing

"Oklahoma has had more than its share of sensational legal battles with national ramifications, but for the first time in one volume, attorney/historian Kent Frates reveals the facts behind six cases that helped shape the history of the state. From bloody murders, to political scandal, to an act of domestic terrorism. Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases captures the stories, the times, and the import of these landmark trials. Populated by a host of stranger-than-fiction characters--a Cherokee outlaw, a bloodthirsty con man, a crooked governor, and a twisted soldier, the stories reveal the cold calculation inherent in the perpetrators and the guts, guile, and tenacity required of the dedicated law enforcement professionals who brought these men and women to justice."--Publisher's description.

Book Cover: Hell in the Heartland

Hell in the heartland : murder, meth, and the case of two missing girls

"The stranger-than-fiction cold case from rural Oklahoma that has stumped authorities for two decades, concerning the disappearance of two teenage girls and the much larger mystery of murder, police cover-up, and an unimaginable truth... On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, sixteen-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing. While rumors of drug debts, revenge, and police collusion abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found. In 2015, crime writer Jax Miller--who had been haunted by the case--decided to travel to Oklahoma to find out what really happened on that winter night in 1999, and why the story was still simmering more than fifteen years later. What she found was more than she could have ever bargained for: jaw-dropping levels of police negligence and corruption, entire communities ravaged by methamphetamine addiction, and a series of interconnected murders with an ominously familiar pattern. These forgotten towns were wild, lawless, and home to some very dark secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

Book Cover: Homegrown : identity and difference in the American war on terror

Homegrown : identity and difference in the American war on terror

“You are either with us, or against us” is the refrain that captures the spirit of the global war on terror. Images of the “them” implied in this war cry—distinct foreign “others”—inundate Americans on hit television shows, Hollywood blockbusters, and nightly news. However, in this book, Piotr Szpunar tells the story of a fuzzier image: the homegrown terrorist, a foe that blends into the crowd, who Americans are told looks, talks, and acts “like us.”Homegrown delves into the dynamics of domestic counterterrorism, revealing the complications that arise when the terrorist threat involves Americans, both residents and citizens, who have taken up arms against their own country. Szpunar examines the ways in which identities are blurred in the war on terror, amid debates concerning who is “the real terrorist.” He considers cases ranging from the white supremacist Sikh Temple shooter,,to the Newburgh Four, ex-convicts caught up in an FBI informant-led plot to bomb synagogues, to ecoterrorists, to the Tsarnaev brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. Drawing on popular media coverage, court documents, as well as “terrorist”-produced media, Szpunar poses new questions about the strategic deployment of identity in times of conflict. The book argues that homegrown terrorism challenges our long held understandings of how identity and difference play out in war—beyond “us versus them”—and, more importantly, that the way in which it is conceptualized and combatted has real consequences for social, cultural, and political notions of citizenship and belonging. The first critical examination of homegrown terrorism, this book will make you question how we make sense of the actions of ourselves and others in global war, and the figures that fall in between. --Back cover.

Book Cover: Lost and Missing Vol. 2: More True Stories of People Gone Missing and Never Found

Lost and Missing Vol. 2: More True Stories of People Gone Missing and Never Found

Lost and Missing Vol. 2, More True Stories of People Gone Missing and Never FoundVolume 2 is a continuation of the Murders, Mayhem and Scandals Series. As in Vol. 1, it contains stories of people who have disappeared without a trace and are still missing. These cases include stories of lost people going back to pre-AD times and continuing into the 21st century. From the noted gladiator Spartacus to the Carnegie heir Andrew Carnegie Whitfield and from Joan Gay Croft, the child who disappeared from the hospital after a tornado to Iraena Asher the New Zealand model who walked naked into the dark and was never seen again. The book includes the following cases: Spartacus, the legendary gladiator, 71 BC The Princes in the Tower, Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, 1483 Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife Sarah Elizabeth, their daughter Sophia Matilda, and all seven crew members of the Mary Celeste, 1872 Bobby Dunbar, believed found but was he?, 1912Bela Kiss, the Hungarian Serial Killer, 1916 Andrew Carnegie Whitfield, a member of one of the wealthiest American families, 1938 Joan Gay Croft, vanished during the aftermath of a tornado, 1947 Jean Spangler, went out for the night, never came back, 1949 Robin Graham, taken from a Hollywood Freeway, 1970 Kevin Andrew Collins, disappeared after basketball practice, 1984 The Springfield Three, three women mysteriously disappear, 1992 Richey Edwards, left his car near a bridge, 1995 Amy Lynn Bradley, another cruise ship mystery, 1998 Iraena Asher, a very preventable mystery, 2004 Lyle and Marie McCann, the couple on a road trip, 2010 These stories of missing people, while tragic, peak our interest in many ways. The mysteries, even ones from long ago, keep our curiosity and imaginations in high gear as we contemplate how these people vanished and why they were never found. Lost people, especially those who could still be alive, make for riveting reading. This new volume is sure to grab and hold your attention throughout.

Book Cover: Love, daddy

Love, daddy

"The true story of accused con man and family-killer Christian Longo"--Cover.

Book Cover: Vanlife nightmare : the Gabby Petito story

Vanlife nightmare : the Gabby Petito story

"Anyone who knew 22-year-old Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito would tell you that the young woman was "a free spirit who was living the dream". Gabby's mother reported her missing on Saturday, September 11, 2021. And just over a week later Sunday, September 19, the FBI confirmed they discovered a body in Wyoming matching Gabby's description. Sadly, the world would come to learn that Gabby's dream ended at the hands of her fiancé Brian Laundrie. In these pages we will follow the couple from there high school days in Blue Point, New York right up until their final days."--Back cover.

Book Cover: Aruba : the tragic untold story of Natalee Holloway and corruption in paradise

Aruba : the tragic untold story of Natalee Holloway and corruption in paradise

"I am a father who has no idea what has happened to his child. The questions run through my mind all day long. Is she dead? Is she being held captive somewhere? Is she crying out for me?" These are the words of Dave Holloway, father of Natalee Holloway, whose disappearance in Aruba sparked a media frenzy and an international scandal. This book is the story of his search, the most complete account of Natalee Holloway's disappearance in Aruba. Continuing his investigation to this very day, Holloway discloses behind-the-scenes details of the investigation, new revelations about the corruption of the Aruban law enforcement, and the countless trails leading to possible rape, murder, and even sexual slavery. Holloway relates the horror of personally searching through crack houses and trash dumps for Natalee--working alone, with authorities, even with psychics--while enduring the stonewalling of Aruban officials.--From publisher description.

Book Cover: American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century

American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century

"Most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, yet he's the most ambitious and terrifying serial killer in modern history. Described by the FBI's top criminal minds as unprecedented and by one prosecutor as "a force of pure evil." Keyes struck all over the United States, stashing "kill kits" in remote locations, travelling thousands of miles to hunt - Keyes had no victim profile - and in mere hours, disposing of the bodies in another state. Then he would return to Alaska, resuming life as a reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter."--Publisher's description

Book Cover: True crime addict : how I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray

True crime addict : how I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray

When an eleven-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession led James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of a complicated case that has eluded authorities for more than a decade and a journalist's own complicated true-crime addiction.

Book Cover: The murder business : how the media turns crime into entertainment and subverts justice

The murder business : how the media turns crime into entertainment and subverts justice

In "The Murder Business," former LAPD detective and current FOX News crime expert Fuhrman argues that the media's obsession with crime has sidetracked justice, and allowed many criminals to get away with murder. Contents: American murder meets American idol: the Caylee Anthony case -- Killer cop: Drew Peterson -- When crime TV goes too far: Melinda Duckett -- Murder and the upper class: Martha Moxley -- Portrait of a mama's boy: Scott Peterson -- Death of a troubled princess: JonBenét Ramsey -- The strange death of a White House counsel: Vince Foster -- The case that started it all: O.J. Simpson -- The witness everyone "forgot."

Cover of book: Media Coverage of Crime and Criminal Justice

Media Coverage of Crime and Criminal Justice

“This book critically examines the media to identify how crime and criminal justice are treated in the news, entertainment, and infotainment media. The book sheds light on important realities of crime and criminal justice and corrects major misconceptions created by coverage of crime and criminal justice in the media."-- Provided by publisher.

Book Cover: American murder : criminals, crime, and the media

American murder : criminals, crime, and the media

Scurrilous cutthroats, marauding desperadoes, demented psychopaths, deluded assassins, serial widows, ruthless gangsters, angels of death, and hardened hitmen from Colonial times to the present, and the songs, books, plays, and films they have inspired.

Cover of book: Media Literacy

Media Literacy

Media is everywhere but is often a poor source of information. Covering print, photography, film, radio, television, and new media, this textbook instructs readers on how to take a critical approach to media and interpret the information overload that is disseminated via mass communication. This fourth edition supplies a critical and qualitative approach to media literacy analysis. Now updated with conceptual changes, current examples, updated references, and coverage of new developments in media, particularly in digital, interactive forms, this book addresses all forms of information disseminated via mass communication.

Cover of book: When Crime Waves

When Crime Waves

When Crime Waves offers an in-depth exploration of a large number of social issues involved in the study of crime waves. Issues such as how and why crime rates change over time, why some types of crime and not others come in waves, and the role played by the mass media, politicians, and interest group leaders in the promotion of crime waves are discussed to help students develop analytical skills and apply them to real-world situations. offers an in-depth exploration of a large number of social issues involved in the study of crime waves. Issues such as how and why crime rates change over time.

Cover of book: Murder, the Media, and the Politics of Public Feelings

Murder, the Media, and the Politics of Public Feelings

In 1998, the horrific murders of Matthew Shepard- a gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming- and James Byrd Jr.- an African American man dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas- provoked a passionate public outrage. The intense media coverage of the murders made moments of violence based in racism and homophobia highly visible and which eventually led to the passage of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009. The role the media played in cultivating, shaping, and directing the collective emotional response toward these crimes is the subject of this gripping new book by Jennifer Petersen. Tracing the emotional exchange from news stories to the creation of law, Petersen calls for an approach to media and democratic politics that takes into account the role of affect in the political and legal life of the nation.

Cover of book: Women, Violence, and the Media

Women, Violence, and the Media

Provocative collection of essays designed to give students an understanding of media representations of women's experience of violence and to educate a new generation to recognize and critique media images of women.

Cover of book: Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media

Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media

Skilled researchers, journalists, and subject experts have come together in this follow-up to Web of Deception to reveal important lessons for staying safe and retaining privacy online. In the wake of the social media popularity boom-epitomized by MySpace, eBay, and Craigslist and accelerating with Facebook and Twitter-the success of internet con artists and thieves has been quick to follow. Manipulators have been provided with the tools and targets to perpetrate hoaxes and con games on an ever larger scale. An invaluable guide to safe internet usage, this resource explains the importance of guarding privacy and identity online, spotting misinformation, avoiding charity scams, and evaluating websites.

Cover of book: Crime, Media, and Reality

Crime, Media, and Reality

"How are we consuming media? Are we consuming reality within the news? And are we consuming harmless pleasure from entertainment media? In Crime, Media, and Reality: Examining Mixed Messages about Crime and Justice in Popular Media, Venessa Garcia and Samantha Garcia Arkerson focus predominantly on the social constructions of crime and justice and how we absorb them...This book adds significant information to the constructs held by the general public by placing media depictions into historical, legal, and social context."

Cover of book: Veils of Distortion: How the News Media Warps Our Minds

Veils of Distortion: How the News Media Warps Our Minds

"Fake news' has become a ubiquitous catchphrase and a worldwide obsession. Yet too few of us know that shades of falsehood have always run through the mainstream news media. As news organizations double-down in their efforts to shock and entertain, more people than ever before are tuning-out, disillusioned by negative and manipulative news cycles. In Veils of Distortion, John Zada draws on two decades of journalism experience to explain how and why the news has become broken.

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