True Crime

image-medium (39)On a visit to Liverpool recently, I came across some info on the unsolved murder of Julia Wallace, a classic crime which has never been solved. It happened on a January night in 1931 while Julia Wallace’s prudential insurance agent husband was on a work errand for the evening, visiting a Mr. R M Qualtrough. A telephone message had been left at Wallace’s chess club the night before, requesting a visit to 25 Menlove Gardens East – which didn’t exist! Police thought Wallace had made the call himself to create an alibi more in the  book 

I often feel a bit guilty reading true crime as it seems a bit voyeuristic as opposed to the less believable scenarios in crime novels. Always good but the endings are sometimes hard to take! Anyway, here’s some recommended titles Leeds Libraries has in stock:

 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Agent Al Dewey of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has a horrific murder to solve – and precious few clues. Capote’s reconstruction of the slaughter of an entire family shows a gripping mix of journalistic skills and imaginative power

People who eat darkness: love grief and a journey into Japan’s shadows by Parry, Richard Lloyd Lucie Blackman – tall, blonde and 21-years-old – stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. This title provides a compelling account of the case

Parkland: Four days in November: the assassination of President J F Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi ‘Parkland’ is an extraordinarily exciting, precise, and definitive narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22nd November 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald. It is drawn from ‘Reclaiming History’, a huge and historic account of the event and all the conspiracy theories it spawned

Homicide by David Simon  Reporter David Simon gained unlimited access to Baltimore’s homicide unit, and this is his account of the casework and an investigation into our culture of violence

Practice to deceive by Ann Rule A riveting true-crime mystery set on a sleepy island in the Pacific Northwest: a man is murdered and there is a long list of suspects

The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh – The true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross when a routine traffic stop leads to a bizarre execution in a deserted onion field outside Los Angeles. Also a great film

The suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale In the village of Road in Wiltshire during the summer of 1860, a family awakes to discover that a gruesome murder has taken place in their home. The guilty party is surely still among them. Jack Whicher of Scotland Yard, the most celebrated detective of his day, has the unenviable task of conducting the investigation