My brother sent this to me awhile back and it still speaks to me.
The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
In Alabama, USA in the 1970s, Reverend Willie Maxwell is introduced as an industrous and polite young black man. He is also surrounded by an unusually large number of family deaths, all of which were covered by life insurance policies Maxwell had taken out. Local people's and police's suspicions ran high but there was only (substantial) circumstantial evidence and Maxwell avoided being convicted on a number of occasions.
Tom Radney ('Big Tom' - he had a son called Tom) is a successful local lawyer, Maxwell's lawyer who helped him successfully avoid conviction and obtain most of the money from his insurance policies. Despite this he was a likeable, charming man and a friend to anyone who needed his help, representing members of the black community made him unpopular with Alabama's white and racist element.
Split into three parts (The Reverend, The Lawyer and The Writer), Cep has written the true crime novel Harper Lee investigated but never published, with the addition of a biography of Lee. Inspired by Lee's (never seen) manuscript about the murder, during a church service, of Maxwell, a suspected serial killer and insurance fraudster. The detail Cep goes into for each event and character, is admirable (as the extensive epilogue and bibliography evidences). Equally her prose in describing these events is beautiful, evoking the landscape, climate and rich culture (including voodoo) of Alabama. For each turning point, often full of suspense, Cep extrapolates and delves into the history and origins of a practice or event that influenced characters. Reading this I felt submerged in Alabama. This is fascinating book about Alabama, an insight into the true crime genre and into Lee herself. I was ensconced in, and highly recommend, this triumph of a book.
Published in the UK today, I read this ARC courtsey of Net Galley and Penguin UK.
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BOOK REVIEWS: “The Anatomy of Motive” by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker
John Douglas is the real deal. So is his book.
Through his work at the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.
If you crave to understand true darkness and the complexity of the criminal human mind and how those who hunt these criminals catch them, I don’t think there is a better book out there. Each case details graphic and sickeningly precise crime scenes and how each offender committed said crime and why.
This book helped me better understand the evil both of cases and crimes I’ve heard of and those I wished I never had.
This book is a must-read for any inquisitive true-crime lover. But be forewarned: it is not for the fainted-hearted or emotionally sensitive.
⭐️ Stars: 5/5⭐️
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During the filming of Ted Bundy’s biopic; “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” which Lily played Elizabeth Kloepfer (Ted’s girlfriend) she would wake up during the nights at around 3 A.M. by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle. She said she didn’t feel scared but supported, and that she felt like the ghosts were saying ‘we’re here listening, we’re here to support. Thank you for telling the stories’
The movie is out now on Netflix
Look for a little true crime movie night after listening to our Diane Downs episode Check out Small Sacrifices, based on Ann Rule’s novel about Diane Downs! (And no, we don’t see the resemblance between Diane Downs and Farrah Fawcett either... 🤷♀️) 📸: @imdb
After months of audio problems, we finally have a brand new set up!! After a few test runs the quality will be much greater than our previous episodes!!
Perhaps the most infamous crime committed by Ted Bundy was the Chi Omega House murders. On the night of January 15, 1978, Ted Bundy entered the Chi Omega Sorority Home at Florida State University and brutally murdered and raped Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, also injuring three other students.
He killed Margaret after beating her over the head with a piece of firewood and then strangling her. He then beat Lisa to death and sexually assaulted her, nearly biting off one of her nipples and leaving deep teeth marks on her buttocks. Those teeth imprints would famously lead to his later conviction in the murder trials. 😬😳
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Brion Gregory Dean (28) left home in Elkton, Maryland on Friday, March 1, 2019 for work and has not returned. His job stated that he "called out" on Friday. Brion was last seen wearing a black jacket, gray shirt and gray pants. He was wearing black work boots and a black earmuff headband. Last seen operating a Mitsubishi Galant with Delaware license plates (168033).
If you have any information or know someone who does, please contact the Elkton Police Department at (410)398-4200.
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When you are out at night, drinking, and you get into a taxi to head home - that feeling of fear that raises the hair on the back of your neck - that fear is all because of John Worboys. ⠀
find out more by listening to our latest main episode - John Worboys, The Black Cab Rapist. Available through Apple Podcast, Spotify, or check our link in bio.
The Turpins have been sentenced to 25 years, but is it enough
However, it is about the children, whom voices rang of hope and love, as they cope with their new reality.
Found out our thoughts in the new CITN, episode 8, out now through apple podcasts, stitcher and more. Check link in bio for various podcatchers.