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Meet Maia

I have worked for Phoenix Public Library for close to six years and I am always amazed by the many genres that are available to staff and public. In having a Master's degree in Psychology I am fascinated by true crime series and why people do the bad things that they do. The books, television and movies below will teach you a lot about people and the world around you.

Meet her list

Many of these stories of crime and violence are fascinating. In addition, they teach us a lot about human nature... even about ways to keep people safe. The true crime stories talk about what is going on through a perpetrator's mind.  


TThe old man and the gun : and other tales of true crimehe old man and the gun

by David Grann

The story of Forrest Tucker, a career criminal and prison escape artist.

Mindhunter : inside the FBI's elite serial crime unitMindhunter: Inside the FBI elite serial crime unit

by John E. Douglas

Includes material on the Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta child murderer, the Tylenol poisoner, the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, and Seattle's Green River killer. In addition, Mindhunter is now also a hit television series on Netflix. 

Killer Book of Cold Cases Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the Most Baffling True Crime Cases of All Time.The Killer Book of Cold Cases

by Tom Philbin

The Killer Book of Cold Cases is the ultimate resource for any true crime buff. Filled with stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about the world's most baffling cases, this is the perfect reader for anyone fascinated by murder and mayhem. I really enjoyed this book. It gives you a good perspective of crimes and why people commit them.

The UnabomberThe Unabomber

by Diane Yancey

Explains how investigators tracked down and eventually captured Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

Catch me if you canCatch me if you Can

Based on the autobiography of a brilliant young master of deception and the FBI agent hot on his trail. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. passed himself off as a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor all before his 21st birthday. In addition, Frank Abagnale helped the FBI and other law enforcement agencies prevent checks from forgers.

Law & order, Special Victims UnitLaw and Order: Special Victims Unit

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is a television show that has been on television for 20 years. Many of the stories focus on sexual crimes ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention.

Image result for ​The Wild West never died: true crime tales of 20th century New Mexico​The Wild West never died: true crime tales of 20th century New Mexico

by Jack Kutz

Legendary outlaws have stalked the byways and backcountry of the Southwest since before desperados like Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy terrorized the Territories. They still do. The 1800s were rightly labeled The Wild West.

Seventeen real girls, real-life stories true crimeSeventeen real girls, real-life stories: true crime

Seventeen Magazine's most popular feature is now a compelling new series of true stories about girls who have overcome incredible odds, yielded to peer pressure, or acted heroically and as a result, learned an important life lesson. I like true crime that talks about people and ways they have overcome an act of violence, in addition to that which teaches a person how to be more vigilant in their everyday life.

Savage appetites : four true stories of women, crime, and obsessionSavage appetites: four true stories of women, crime, and obsession

by Rachel Monroe

Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation. In the 1940s, a bored heiress began creating dollhouse crime scenes depicting murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. She was known as the "Mother of Forensic Science."

The Zodiac killer : terror and mysteryThe Zodiac Killer: terror and mystery

by Brenda Haugen

In the late 1960s, the Zodiac Killer terrorized the area near San Francisco, California, killing at least five people. The killer mailed letters to newspapers written in code, daring police to discover his identity. He taunted the police and spread fear around San Francisco and beyond.


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