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A List of the Most Compelling Historical True Crime Books

True crime books offer readers a glimpse into some of the most shocking and intriguing crimes in history. If you're looking for a compelling read, here is a list of some of the most compelling historical true crime books:

  1. "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" by Erik Larson - This nonfiction book tells the true story of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the serial killer who used the fair as a backdrop for his crimes. The book is a captivating and well-researched account of a little-known crime that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

  2. "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote - This true crime classic recounts the brutal murder of a Kansas family in 1959 and the investigation and trial that followed. Capote's journalistic approach gives readers a detailed and intimate look into the lives of the victims and the killers, making it a must-read for true crime fans.

  3. "The Paris Enigma" by Pierre Bayard - This book examines the still-unsolved murder of French poet Apollinaire in 1911 and the various theories about who committed the crime. The book is a well-written and intriguing exploration of a forgotten crime that has captured the imagination of readers for decades.

  4. "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher" by Kate Summerscale - This true crime book tells the story of a famous murder case in 1860 England and the detective who tried to solve it. The book is a gripping and well-researched look into a crime that shocked Victorian England.

  5. "The Blood of Emmett Till" by Timothy B. Tyson - This book is a nonfiction account of the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 and its role in sparks the Civil Rights Movement. The book is a powerful and sobering reminder of the impact of racism and hate crimes on society.

  6. "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" by Deborah Blum - This book tells the true story of the early days of forensic science in New York City and the pioneering toxicologist who helped bring criminals to justice. The book is a fascinating look into the birth of forensic science and the impact it had on solving crimes.

  7. "The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story" by Miriam C. Davis - This true crime book tells the story of a serial killer who terrorized New Orleans in the 1910s and the investigation that eventually led to his capture. The book is a chilling and well-researched account of a little-known crime that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

  8. "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr - This historical crime novel tells the story of a serial killer in late 19th century New York City and the team of investigators trying to catch him. The book is a gripping and atmospheric read that will transport readers back in time.

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