True Crime Quotes

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Thomas M. Cirignano
“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”
Thomas M. Cirignano, The Constant Outsider

Michelle McNamara
“One day soon, you’ll hear a car pull up to your curb, an engine cut out. You’ll hear footsteps coming up your front walk. Like they did for Edward Wayne Edwards, twenty-nine years after he killed Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew, in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Like they did for Kenneth Lee Hicks, thirty years after he killed Lori Billingsley, in Aloha, Oregon.

The doorbell rings.

No side gates are left open. You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell.

This is how it ends for you.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark,” you threatened a victim once.

Open the door. Show us your face.

Walk into the light.”
Michelle McNamara, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Alan Sakowitz
“Unless today is well lived, tomorrow is not important.”
Alan Sakowitz, Miles Away... Worlds Apart

Michelle McNamara
“He loses his power when we know his face.”
Michelle McNamara, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Truman Capote
“They shared a doom against which virtue was no defense”
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

Brian Masters
“Shower while there were two dead bodies in the bathtub, and he was sane. He drilled holes in the heads of living people to make them his unresisting companions, and he was sane. He ate a bicep which he fried in a skillet, tenderised and sprinkled with sauce, and he was sane. For hours he lay with corpses, hugging them, cherishing them, and he was sane. He kept eleven assorted heads and skulls, and two complete skeletons, for eventual use in a home-made temple, and he was sane.”
Brian Masters, The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeannie Walker
“You gotta help me get out of here! They're trying to kill me. I'm gonna die. I've got $35,000 missing. Those two women took it. They're trying to kill me. You gotta help me. Cut me loose! Cut me loose!”
Jeannie Walker, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

Jeannie Walker
“Oh, Jeannie, I am so glad you woke me. I was having the worst nightmare. I felt like I was suffocating. I dreamed the Devil was trying to choke me to death.”
Jeannie Walker

Jeannie Walker
“You gotta help me get out of here! Cut me loose! Cut me loose!
Well, Jerry, I gotta go to work, but I'll come back this afternoon and if you're not better, then we'll see about ... I'll see what I can do.
It'll be too late, Gamble. I'll be dead by then. Cut me loose! You gotta help me. You just gotta help me!”
Jeannie Walker, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

Jeannie Walker
“If I wasn't sure before, I'm sure now that she poisoned him to death. I'm also fairly sure she had help killing him, and by God, I'm going to prove it, if it's the last thing I ever do.”
Jeannie Walker, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

Jeannie Walker
“I loved the True Crime Story "Fighting the Devil" by Jeannie Walker. It is such an interesting book.”
Jeannie Walker

Jeannie Walker
“Thank God! Those prayers were answered!”
Jeannie Walker

Jeannie Walker
“I know a lot of people were praying for us to find the arsenic.”
Jeannie Walker

“We don't read true crime to condone it, we read it to understand it.”
Ghoul Von Horror

“You can lie through your teeth, but your teeth don't lie”
Charles Bosworth Jr

“You should fight like hell if you get attacked on the street, or in your home. The old thinking was, especially with women, submit, give in, maybe the guy will give you a
break and not kill you. Now, maybe you will get raped, but
least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you didn't
just lie down and take it. You don't know how many home-invasion scenes we walk in on where the people are sitting there all tied up and all dead. There'll be four, five people, a family, mayb...more "You should fight like hell if you get attacked on the street, or in your home. The old thinking was, especially with women, submit, give in, maybe the guy will give you a
break and not kill you. Now, maybe you will get raped, but
least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you didn't
just lie down and take it. You don't know how many home-invasion scenes we walk in on where the people are sitting there all tied up and all dead. There'll be four, five people, a family, maybe some guests: enough to put up a fight. And you know they let themselves get tied up. You just know the guys said, 'We just want to tie you up. We won't hurt you.' You'd think the people would realize — why do they want to tie us up if they don't want to hurt us? But they bought it. It always gives us a little chuckle.”
Connie Fletcher, What Cops Know

Jeannie Walker
“Had a big trial. It was like an Errol Flynn movie.”
Jeannie Walker, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

Jeannie Walker
“I felt it burn all the way down my throat and into my stomach. I felt like I was dying.”
Jeannie Walker

Jeannie Walker
“The sheriff peered over his eyeglasses and said, Your son is a suspect in the murder.”
Jeannie Walker

“Tell them I was arrested for carrying concealed ideas!”
"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, Deadly Valentines: The Story of Capone's Henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, His Blonde Alibi

“Learning how to be human by attending a frat is like learning how to ride a horse by going to a Tijuana donkey show.”
Ben Kissel, The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

“Other books depended less on personal contacts than on certain abiding concerns. Early in his career, Dreiser had become interested in a crime that he saw as a dark version of the American success motif: the murder of a woman who stood in the way of her lover’s dreams of social and material advancement through a more advantageous marriage. For An American Tragedy (1925) he investigated numerous case histories, many of them sensational murders involving well-known figures such as Roland Molineux and Harry Thaw. He finally settled on the 1906 Chester Gillette trial for the murder of Grace Brown that occurred in the lake district of upstate New York. The novel benefited from the popular interest in criminal biography, a form to which Dreiser’s masterpiece gave new life as the progenitor of documentary novels of crime such as Richard Wright’s Native Son, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song.

The Cambridge Companion to Theodore Dreiser”
Thomas P. Riggio, An American Tragedy

“Dahmer was as manipulative and calculating as the other killers we've covered in this book, demonstrating a keen understanding of how to evade capture the vast majority of his victims were Black men, not because Dahmer was exclusively attracted to the them but because he knew that police were much less likely to investigate their disappearances. In this, he was absolutely correct, harkening back to the "less dead" theory we discussed in Gacy's case. When you add gay and poor to that victim profile as many of Dahmer's victims were, you've got the perfect trifecta of investigative apathy.”
Marcus Parks, The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

Thomas Newport
“I propose that an area of no more than 300 square miles, centered roughly upon Henley-on-Thames, has made this quintessentially British town Britain's 'small town and village murder capital'.”
Thomas Newport, BINOCLARITY: A travel along the length of the River Thames and into the heart of the British psyche

Nicola Lagioia
“Ci sono le città dei vivi, popolate da morti. E poi ci sono le città dei morti, le uniche dove la vita abbia ancora un senso.”
Nicola Lagioia, La città dei vivi

Toby Muse
“I roll into the Land of Lightning with a honey bear under my arm and a storm at my heels.”
Toby Muse, Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels - From the Jungles to the Streets

“Money has no value, unless someone gets mugged.”
Eugene Wrayburn MD, Battered Doctor Syndrome

“Only by dint of extinction, can Dinosaurs afford to be cynical about the future.”
Eugene Wrayburn MD, Battered Doctor Syndrome

Truman Capote
“Although the journalists anticipated violence, several had predicted shouted abuse. But when the crowd caught sight of the murderers, with their escort of blue-coated highway patrolmen, it fell silent, as though amazed to find them humanly shaped.”
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

Peter J.   Perry
“Over the years, I questioned why I met someone so evil. I questioned God. Eventually, I came to a conclusion by studying the writings of Origen: do we really understand evil? Can evil be much more than a psychiatric disorder?”
Peter J. Perry, Origen: A True Story Of Evil

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