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THE STRANGLER!, The Story of Terror in Boston, Banks, Harold K.
1 Banks, Harold K. THE STRANGLER!, The Story of Terror in Boston
Avon V2173 1967 First Edition Paperback Good to Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
This one began as a series of newspaper articles concerned with establishing by due process of law whether a man being kept in protective custody by the state was the serial killer he claimed to be. The publisher called this one "The true crime story of the century," and for the victims and their families, no doubt it was, but there were still more than thirty years go go in that particular century, and up to that point, no one had heard of a nasty little weasel named Manson. 238 pages, cover photograph by Paul Weller. Some slant/roll, edge and corner wear, handling wear. 
Price: 4.75 USD
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2 Camps, Professor Francis E., with Richard Barber The Investigation of Murder
London Michael Joseph Ltd. 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Good Good Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall 
the authors take a look at what part is played by scientists in murder investigations, examining in Part One famous cases (Jack the Ripper, Emmett-Dunne, Christie, Maybrick, and others), then in Part Two suggesting such future possibilities as criminological institutes in learned environments, which would permit murder to be examined in both sociological and psychological contexts; black cloth, 144 pgs. incl. Appendices, illustrated; thick bump to top right corner of back cover, moderately bumped spine ends, toned pages; moderately edgeworn and price-clipped dj w/a bit of chipping to corners/spine ends, rubbing, thin scratches; 
Price: 10.45 USD
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3 Cooper, Saul Dillinger
Hillman 133 1959 First Edition Paperback Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
144 pages. A sensationalist view of the notorious criminal's life and loves. Slant, tanned pages. 
Price: 5.70 USD
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4 Cooper, Saul Dillinger
Hillman 133 1960 1st Hillman edition Paperback About Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
sensationalist view of the notorious criminal's life and loves; just a bit of slant, light edgewear, light chipping to spine ends, thin crease top right edge of front cover and top left edge of rear, light rubbing; 
Price: 4.75 USD
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The Real Ma Barker, deFord, Miriam Allen
5 deFord, Miriam Allen The Real Ma Barker
New York Ace 51200 1970 First Edition Paperback About Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
deFord gives us the violent life-and-death story of the "mastermind of a whole family of killers." 139 pages + 5 pages of advertisement for other Ace titles, illustrated. Some rubbing, a bit of edgwear, thin line of chipping to top edge of back cover, light dampstaining to top edge of last few pages, two library stamps (one to inside front cover, one to first end paper). 
Price: 4.75 USD
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6 Hyde, H. Montgomery Famous Trials 7, Oscar Wilde
Penguin 1857 1962 1st Penguin edition Paperback Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
The story of Wilde's conviction on charges of gross indecency with male persons. Cover illustration by Toulouse-Lautrec. Some spine roll, nicks to spine ends, moderate handling wear, tanning. Internally tight and clean. 
Price: 5.70 USD
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7 Porrello, Rick THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CLEVELAND MAFIA, Corn Sugar and Blood
New York Barricade Books 1995 1-56980-058-8 / 9781569800584 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall 
The story of the third-ranked Mafia organization in America, and "the Sugar War, a Prohibition-era series of conflicts over control of corn sugar, a primary ingredient in hooch, bootleg booze." Also "offers the first detailed look at the life of Angelo 'Big Ange' Lonardo," who became the Cleveland Mafia's boss. Black boards w/black cloth backstrip w/silver spine lettering, 240 pages (including references, index, brief author biography), illustrated. Mild slant, tanning, in dust jacket w/light rubbing, light general wear 
Price: 28.50 USD
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8 Reitman, Bob Freedom on Trial
PEC, No Number 1966 First Edition Paperback About Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
the story of publisher Ralph Ginzburg and his legal troubles stemming from the erotica he published; Foreward by Sloan Wilson; previous owner's signature and stamps, general wear; 
Price: 4.75 USD
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BALLAD OF THE WHISKEY ROBBER, A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts (signed), Rubinstein, Julian
9 Rubinstein, Julian BALLAD OF THE WHISKEY ROBBER, A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts (signed)
New York Little, Brown & Company 2004 0-316-07167-6 / 9780316071673 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall Signed by Author
First printing w/complete number sequence. The story of Attila Ambrus, "one-time pelt smuggler, professional hockey goalie (possibly the worst in the sport's history), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible." This copy signed, on title page, by Rubinstein. Maroon boards w/cream cloth backstrip, pink foil spine lettering, 319 pages (including postscripts, notes on sources, bibliography, appendix and acknowledgements), illustrated. Gently bumped spine ends, in dust jacket w/mild edgewear. A nice collectible copy. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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10 Schiller, Bill A HAND IN THE WATER, The Many Lies of Albert Walker (signed)
Toronto HarperCollinsPublishers/Harper Collins 1998 0-00-255751-7 / 9780002557511 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall Signed by Author
A story of murder, betrayal, multiple identities and ruthless ambition, all surrounding a Canadian financier "who disappeared without a trace in 1990 along with millions of dollars of investors' money--and his 15-year-old daughter, Sheena. Years later they are discovered living togther as man and wife along with two small children in a small English village." Tan boards, 290 pages, illustrated. Tiny remainder mark to bottom edge. An unread copy. 
Price: 11.88 USD
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11 Shelly, Gordon I TAKE THE RAP, The True Story of One Man's War on Society
Popular Giant/Eagle Books G239 1958 1st Popular Library/Eagle Books edition Paperback Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
Canadian printing. A juvenile delinquent/New Orleans jazzman/drug addict/intimate of Hollywood lovelies/hopeless alcoholic/popular disc jockey offers the story of his life, "from juvenile delinquency to adult crime." 143 pages, cover illustration by Mitchell Hooks. Light surface wear, tanned pages. Internally tight and clean. 
Price: 6.18 USD
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12 Shirley, Glenn Born To Kill
Monarch MA393 1963 First Edition Paperback Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
True crime. The story of William (Billy) E. Cook, "whose orgy of violence overshadowed anything in the John Dillinger-Pretty Boy Floyd era." 126 pages. Slant, uneven fore-edge, impressions, tanning, moderate general wear. 
Price: 14.25 USD
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13 Singer, Kurt (ed.) MY STRANGEST CASE, by Police Chiefs of the World
Garden City Crime Club/Doubleday 1958 1st US edition Hard Cover Very Good Good to Very Good Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall 
from a cat burglar in Honolulu to an Australian wife-murderer (nine wives in all), eighteen law-enforcement officers each recount the strangest case of his career; included among the eighteen are Frederick Cherrill (ex-Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard) J. Edgar Hoover (Director, F.B.I.), Mike Gier (ex-Police Chief of three western Canadian cities), and accounts of crimes from Czechoslovakia, Japan, the U.S.S.R., Germany, Ecuador, and so on; dj illustration by Tony Palladino; grey cloth, 192 pgs.; mild edgewear, mild wear to corners/spine ends, off-setting to end papers, tanning; rubbed dj w/moderate edgewear, some yellowing, short edge tears, a bit of chipping to bottom edge of front flap/corners/spine ends; 
Price: 7.60 USD
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A Very Different Love Story, Stainback, Berry
14 Stainback, Berry A Very Different Love Story
New York Pocket 81787 / Kangaroo Book 1978 0-671-81787-6 / 9780671817879 1st paperback edition Paperback Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
This is a wacky one, boys and girls. In 1959 a 31-year-old lawyer named Burt Pugach began courting 21-year-old Linda Riss, who, once she learned that he already had himself a wife and daughter, ended the courtship. Pissed, Pugach hired a trio of thugs to throw lye in her face, leaving that face permanently scarred, as well as blinding her in one eye and nearly blinding her in the other. Pugach spent 14 years in prison, during which time he wrote regularly to his victim, and when he was released in 1974 he started wooing her all over again. They picked up their relationship and were married not too long afterward (yup, you read it right). In 1997 the ever-adventuresome Burt was enjoying yet another affair, and once again threatened a woman with violence. His ever-loyal wife testified on his behalf, as a character witness (I can't make up this stuff). In 2007, Dan Klores produced a documentary film about this peculiar pair, and in 2013 Linda departed this ball of dirt, probably feeling guilty that she was letting down the love of her life. 278 pages. Some spine slant/roll, rubbing/impressions, light cover soil, moderately smudged/soiled edges, light tanning. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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WHAT JUSTICE IS THIS?, The Vernon Boudreau Story (signed), Steele, Shirley Moore
15 Steele, Shirley Moore WHAT JUSTICE IS THIS?, The Vernon Boudreau Story (signed)
New York Vantage Press 2000 0-533-13165-0 / 9780533131655 First Edition Stiff Card Wraps As New Small Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall Signed by Steele, on half-title
In 1962, two-year-old Vernon Boudreau died, his death officially described as accidental. Three decades later, children of the woman who had been babysitting him when he died claimed that he had been murdered, a charge supported by expert testimony. After a preliminary trial the accused appealled to the Supreme Court of Canada, whose judges decided that because it had been so long since the boy's death, her actual trial should be stayed in order to protect her rights. Vernon Boudreau's mother here tells her son's story, from his birth through the tragedy of his death, with details of events that followed the murder charge 30 years after the event. Beneath her signature Steele has written "Author & mother of Vernon. Please read my book with a caring heart." 190 pages (including letters, appendices). An unread copy. 
Price: 19.00 USD
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16 Winton, Keith Murder in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Edinburgh Impressions 009923 1985 0 951 0099 2 3 / 9780951009925 First Edition Paperback Good to Very Good Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall 
Winton takes a peek at a number of murders committed in Edinburgh throughout the centuries, beginning in 1566 with the killing of David Rizzo, and ending with the death of Mrs. Bertha Merrett in 1926. In between, we have the stories of John Kincaid, Lord Forrester, Archbishop James Sharp, Philip Stanfield, Sir George Lockhart, Captain J. Cayley, Robert Irvine, Captain John Porteous, William Begbie, William Howatt, the West Port murders (Burke and Hare, of course), Elizabeth Chantrelle and Jessie King. 128 pages, illustrated. A bit of slant, impressions, small ink notation ("Mon/22/4.00") to page 106 (doesn't interfere with anything, it's just aggravating as hell). 
Price: 10.45 USD
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17 Zimmerman, Isidore, with Francis Bond Punishment Without Crime
Manor 127 1972 1st Manor edition Paperback Very Good Sextodecimo -- from 5.75" to 6.75" 
The story of a man who spent twenty-four years in prison, convicted on an eyewitness's lie of supplying to a killer the pistol used to kill a policeman. 320 pages, Introduction by Drew Pearson. Some edgewear, thin crease to top left corner of back cover, date stamp to top edge, toned pages. A nice copy, internally tight and clean. 
Price: 4.75 USD
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