True Crime--Serial killers
Non-fiction books about serial killers
1 Serial Killer Series Boxed ...
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2 Unsolved Serial Killings
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3 The Stranger Beside Me: Ted...
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4 Green River, Running Red: T...
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5 The Manson File: Myth and R...
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6 Serial Killers: The Method ...
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7 The Night Stalker
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8 Deviant: The Shocking True ...
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9 Female Serial Killers: How ...
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10 The A to Z Encyclopedia of ...
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11 From Cradle to Grave: The S...
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12 The Devil in the White City...
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13 Women Who Kill the Bitches ...
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14 Deranged
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15 The I-5 Killer
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16 Fatal Vision
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17 The Encyclopedia of Serial ...
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18 The Serial Killer Files: Th...
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19 Lust Killer
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20 Zodiac
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20 The Manson File
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22 The Good Nurse: A True Stor...
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23 Depraved: The Definitive Tr...
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24 Hunting Humans: The Rise of...
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25 One of Your Own: The Life a...
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26 Jack the Ripper and Black M...
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27 Jack the Ripper: Letters fr...
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28 Inside the Mind of BTK: The...
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29 The Riverman: Ted Bundy and...
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30 Stalemate: A Shocking True ...
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31 Fiend: The Shocking True St...
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32 Fatal: The Poisonous Life o...
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33 The Want-Ad Killer
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34 The Last Victim: A True-Lif...
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35 The Killer of Little Shephe...
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36 Murder In Spokane
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37 The Cases That Haunt Us
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38 The Search for the Green Ri...
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38 Hunting the Devil: The Purs...
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40 Bluebeard: The Life and Cri...
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41 Bestial: The Savage Trail o...
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42 Serial Killers and Sadistic...
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43 A Prescription for Murder: ...
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43 The Murder Room: The Heirs ...
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43 Predator
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43 The Scarlet Thread
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43 The Only Living Witness: Th...
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43 Black Dahlia Avenger: A Gen...
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43 Final Truth - Autobiography...
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43 Top 10 American Serial Kill...
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43 Why We Love Serial Killers:...
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52 Murder in Italy: Amanda Kno...
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52 Cries Unheard: Why Children...
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54 The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer
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55 The Bundy Murders: A Compre...
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55 True Crime: Notorious Villa...
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57 How to Make a Serial Killer...
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58 The Thames Torso Murders of...
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58 The Lost Boy
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60 The American Murders of Jac...
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61 Killer Clown: The John Wayn...
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62 Butcher, Baker: A True Acco...
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63 Two of a Kind: The Hillside...
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64 Couples Who Kill
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65 Comrade Chikatilo: The Psyc...
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66 Inside the Minds of Serial ...
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67 My Life Among the Serial Ki...
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68 To Kill Again: The Motivati...
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69 Extreme Killing: Understand...
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70 Panzram: A Journal of Murder
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71 Clues From Killers: Serial ...
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72 The St. Albans Poisoner: Li...
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message 1: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy A lot of great books here. Most true crime lists have the usual Ann Rule books and that is it. You have some good ones. I also recommend "The Ultimate Evil" by Terry Maury (controversial in his findings on Son of Sam acting with others, satanism...a lot of strange conspiracy...just a strange book)and "The Hillside Strangers" by Darcy O'Brien. Glad to see you included Chikatilo here. Oh, I would also recommmend the "True Crime" anthology by Harold Schechter as well. If you have any more recommendations, keep them coming!


message 2: by Sylvia (last edited Feb 13, 2013 05:43PM) (new)

Sylvia Perrini These are all books by men as far as I can see, except for Ann Rule. How about books about women serial killers by Sylvia Perrini?


message 3: by Joanne (last edited Aug 22, 2013 07:47AM) (new)

Joanne "The Hillside Stranglers" I believe is the title you mean. One of the better written books, I agree. However, I have still not found the same calibre of writing as that by Joe McGinnis. This author has written other true-crime books, all of which are excellent, but none are better than his first: "Fatal Vision" - which I found impossible to put down.


message 4: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Sylvia Perrini - thnx for the name, I will definitely check her out.


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