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release date: Oct 04, 2016
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The BASEMENT: True Crime Serial Killer Gary Heidnik
This is a shocking story of kidnapping, rape, torture, mutilation, dismemberment, decapitation, and murder. 
The subject matter in this book is graphic 
On March 24, 1987, the Philadelphia Police Department received a phone call from a woman who stated that she had been held captive for the last four months. When police officers arrived at the pay phone from which the call was made, Josefina Rivera told them that she and three other women had been held captive in a basement by a man named Gary Heidnik.  He imprisoned women in chains, in the filth and stench of a hole dug under his home.
Released in paperback September 8, Abduction: The Minivan Murders by RJ Parker 
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release date: Sep 05, 2018
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A Monster Of All Time: The True Story of Danny Rolling, The Gainesville Ripper
Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night. Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.
What evil lurked inside him? What demons drove him to kill? What made him 'A Monster of All Time'?
JT Hunter is a bestselling true crime author and attorney living in Florida. His books include:
Devil in The Darkness: True Story of Serial Killer ISRAEL KEYES
The Country Boy Killer: The True Story of Serial Killer Cody Legebokoff
In Colder Blood: True Story of the Walker Family Murder as depicted in Truman Capote's, In Cold Blood Deadly
Deception: True Story of Tampa Serial Killer, Bobby Joe Long
Death Row Romeo: The True Story of Serial Killer Oscar Ray Bolin
The Vampire Next Door: True Story of the Vampire Rapist and Serial Killer
All JT's books are available on Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Audiobook editions
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release date: Sep 27, 2015
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Forensic Analysis and DNA in Criminal Investigations: Including Cold Cases Solved
The latest in Forensic techniques, and recent Cold Cases solved. WITH PHOTOS
With its clear explanations, this book is intended as an introductory guide and reference to forensic techniques for front-line police officers, criminal attorneys, journalists, mystery fans, arm chair sleuths, and crime authors. This encyclopedic book is a must read for any true crime aficionado. 
Parker and Dr. Vronsky provides real cold case examples where forensic science was key in, not only identifying the guilty, but also in clearing the innocent and freeing the wrongly convicted. Forensic Facts and Cold Cases - thanks to DNA analysis and new techniques, many cases once thought hopeless are being resolved. 
"A first-class introduction and secular guide to the complexities and history of forensic science." 
"In 'Forensic Analysis and DNA in Criminal Investigations: Including Cold Cases Solved' bestselling true crime author RJ Parker takes the reader on an exciting tour behind the scenes and into the laboratory of forensic science. The book offers a fascinating history of forensic science and its key contributors. As always, Parker keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat as he explains how forensic science and DNA analysis helped to solve complex and confounding cold cases. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the evolving science of criminal investigations. A fascinating book!"
--Dr. Scott Bonn, author of 'Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers'
release date: May 31, 2014
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Serial Killers (Encyclopedia of 100 Serial Killers)
WARNING: This book contains several crime scene photos that are graphic in nature and may be very disturbing to some people. Do not proceed if under the age of 18 or are disturbed by scenes of death and violence. 

The ultimate reference for anyone compelled by the pathology and twisted minds behind the most disturbing of homicidal monsters. From A to Z, and from around the world, these serial killers have killed in excess of 3,000 innocent victims, affecting thousands of friends and family members. There are monsters in this book that you may not have heard of, but you won't forget them after reading their case. This reference book will make a great collection for true crime aficionados. 

WARNING: There are 15 dramatic crime scene photos in this book that some may find extremely disturbing
Available in eBook, Paperback and Audiobook editions 

"A compendium of 101 serial killers in "Reader's Digest" style. A recommended reference book of madmen and women" 
--- Publisher's Weekly 

"Serial Killers Encyclopedia is a treasure of depravity and a must for anyone who likes to read True Crime and the darkest side of the subject. The book gives you plenty of detail upon each the Serial Killers including dates, victims,and the outcome of each case. The word count on each case is perfect for spurt reading that is if you can put it down without going into the next case. No wasted fluff in the writing just right to the facts. As a bonus you also get an extra write-up from JJ Slate contributing to the 101 Serial Killer so you get a taste of her very impressive style of writing for her new book Missing Wives, Missing Lives" 
--- Kipp Poe Speicher Amazon Vine Reviewer 

"Here's a chilling and engrossing collection of killers, presented with no nonsense. 
Perfect for a True Grue Crime fix!" 
--- David Bischoff NYT Bestselling Author of over 80 books 

There are 101 stories in this book. The last chapter is on the Long Island Serial Killer written by Jennifer J Slate 

"A good read; great reference tool for true crime book addicts and contains just the facts, no glitter, no embellishments, just facts on 101 serial killers." 
--- Serial Killers Magazine
release date: Sep 15, 2018
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The Staircase: The Murder of Kathleen Peterson
On December 9, 2001, the bloody body of Kathleen Peterson was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in the North Carolina home she shared with her husband and novelist Michael Peterson.

"My wife had an accident," Peterson says on the 911 call. "She's still breathing. She fell down the stairs." However, blood-splattered evidence and a missing fireplace poker suggested it was a cold-blooded murder. Within two years, Michael Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Because a key witness, a blood-splatter expert in fact, whose testimony was discredited, Michael Peterson's conviction was overturned.

The trial that followed was full of interpretations and cockamamie theories; blaming the death on everything from an owl attack to connecting it to a second death similar in nature, that of his once neighbor Elizabeth Ratliff, who also was found dead at the bottom of stairs.

Was the 911 call all an act?
What about the owl theory?
What was the motive?
What happened to the murder weapon?
Was there an accomplice who got rid of the weapon?
What really happened on 'The Staircase'?

RJ Parker is the bestselling author of several true crime books including:
The Basement, Abducted, Parents Who Killed Their Children, and Serial Killers Encyclopedia
release date: Apr 29, 2016
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DEVIL IN THE DARKNESS: The True Story of Serial Killer Israel Keyes
He was a hard-working small business owner, an Army veteran, an attentive lover, and a doting father. But he was also something more, something sinister. A master of deception, he was a rapist, arsonist, and bank robber, and a new breed of serial killer, one who studied other killers to perfect his craft. He methodically buried kill-kits containing his tools of murder years before returning to reclaim them. Viewing the entire country as his hunting grounds, he often flew across the country to distant locations where he would rent a car and drive hundreds or even thousands of miles before randomly selecting his victims. Such were the methods and madness of serial killer Israel Keyes. Such were the demands of the 'Devil in the Darkness'.
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release date: Apr 30, 2014
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Parents Who Killed Their Children
What could possibly incite parents to kill their own children?
This collection of "Filicidal Killers" provides a gripping overview of how things can go horribly wrong in once-loving families. Parents Who Killed their Children depicts ten of the most notorious and horrific cases of homicidal parental units out of control. People like--Andrea Yates, Diane Downs, Susan Smith, and Jeffrey MacDonald--who received a great deal of media attention. The author explores the reasons; from addiction to postpartum psychosis, insanity to altruism.

Each story is detailed with background information on the parents, the murder scenes, trials, sentencing and aftermath.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - "{A} valuable resource and reference book for Criminologists and Psychologists on the fraught subject of maternal filicide, supported with ten case studies. A clear-eyed view on the most heartbreaking of crimes."

SUSPENSE MAGAZINE - "Parents Who Kill Their Children is a great read for aficionados of true crime. The way the author laid the cases out made the hair on the back of my neck stand up."

Andrea Yates
Darlie Routier
Susan Eubanks
Lianne Smith
Alan Bristol
Jeffrey MacDonald
Deanna Laney
Susan Smith
Tonya Thomas
Diane Downs
    "Acclaimed true crime author, RJ Parker, has a knack for collecting high-profile cases under specific themes. This collection about parents who kill their children provides a fast-paced, gripping overview of how things can go horribly wrong in once-loving families. From Andrea Yates to Jeffrey MacDonald to Susan Smith, Parker reports on the stunning case details and suggests reasons why the parental bond can get so twisted. The updates at the end of each chapter add a lot, since popular media rarely follows up. An important reference for true crime readers."
    - Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., bestselling author of "The Mind of a Murderer" and "The Ivy League Killer."

    "Too many times, we assume the parenting instinct is natural, particularly in females. RJ Parker proves, with accounts of parents who murder their own children, the instinct can simply be missing entirely. In this harrowing collection of cases, Parker explores the crime of filicide, and seeks to find an answer: why a parent could murder their child."
    -Judith A. Yates, Author of "When Nashville Bled" & "The Devil You Know," winner of the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for True Crime

    "Is there anything more reprehensible than filicide--that is, the intended act of a parent killing his or her own child? In "Parents Who Killed Their Children," the award-winning true crime author RJ Parker shines a powerful light on this dark and sordid phenomenon. First, Parker offers a number of possible psychological and environmental causes (or at least correlates) of filicide. Then he presents ten shocking, real life case histories of parents who murdered their children. The result is a book that is bound to make you rethink the absolute sanctity of motherhood and reflect on why some mothers do indeed "eat their young." This is a powerful read and another hard-hitting, compelling entry by RJ Parker."
    - Dr. Scott Bonn, Ph.D, criminologist, professor and author of the forthcoming "Why We Love Serial Killers" October 2014 from Skyhorse Press.

    "The only thing more shocking than female serial killers is when mom or dad kills their own children. RJ Parker has collected some of the most notorious and horrific cases of homicidal parental units out of control. Shocking and gripping."
    - Dr. Peter Vronsky Ph.D., investigative criminal justice historian and filmmaker. The author of the bestselling history of serial murder, "Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters" and "Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters."

release date: Mar 28, 2018
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Jack the Ripper Suspects: The Definitive Guide and Encyclopedia
In the autumn of 1888, a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked the East End of London. He was never identified, but hundreds of people were accused. Some were known to the authorities at the time, and others were named by later researchers. The truth about them, and the reasons why they came under suspicion, is often lost in a plethora of opinions and misinformation. 

For the first time, this book presents the evidence against 333 suspects. 

They include the publican who painted his dog, the first woman sentenced to the electric chair, the writer of the Red Flag, the man with a thousand convictions, Britain's oldest Prime Minister, and many others. People from all walks of nineteenth century life, representing many different nationalities and professions. United by a link, however tenuous, to the most famous murderer in history.
release date: Jul 17, 2013
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TOP CASES of The FBI - Vol. I
One of the most fascinating Law Enforcement Agencies in the world is the FBI. From the J. Edgar Hoover days to present, the Bureau has investigated the most famous cases, including, mobsters, gangs, bank robbers, and terrorism. They have also received a few black eyes including, Waco Siege, and Ruby Ridge. 

From the roaring 20s to modern days, RJ Parker has written the true life events of cases that made major headlines all over the country. Each chapter in this book, is devoted to the biography (or background) of famous mobsters and horrendous events that the FBI has handled since the beginning of the agency. 

These cases include: 

John Dillinger and his Gang of Bank Robbers 
Mobster John Gotti 
Bonnie and Clyde 
Mobster Al Capone 
The Jonestown Massacre 
Oklahoma City Bombing 
The Unabomber 
The 1986 FBI Miami Shootout (In the line of fire) 
Ruby Ridge 
Patty Hearst 
The D.C. Beltway Snipers
release date: Jul 19, 2021
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Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014 (Annual Anthology) (Volume 1) (Paperback) - Common
Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014 (Annual Anthology) (Volume 1)
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