Reading Prompt: True crime #2

I don’t read true crime. I watch it. Devour it.

I have spent many hours in front of my screen, binge watching true crime documentaries in glassy eyed silence, engrossed in stories of gruesome murders and senseless killings. I find human nature equally fascinating and horrifying.

No other genre is a more apt testament that our evil, primal, fearful selves linger just beneath our calm, civilised exteriors, that life goes on even after the worst has happened, and that all catastrophe, central or marginal, has to be understood and confronted before a future becomes possible.Rafia Zakaria

Is true crime a guilty pleasure? Perhaps. According to some studies, women are more afraid of crime than men. They call this the gender-fear-paradox, since statistics show that men are the ones who actually become crime victims more often. So, I’d say all those ladies watching all those true crime documentaries and reading the books are on the right track, because apparently most of them do so because they think it would increase their chances of survival in case they encounter a dangerous situation.

So, let’s take a look at our serial killer survival material true crime selection for this prompt.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

I Will Find You by Joe Kenda
I’m a die-hard Kenda fan, and watched all the episodes of his series, Homicide Hunter. This book is a collection of some of his yet unreleased cases.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
The story of the Osage Indian murders in the 1920s that became one of the FBI’s first major murder investigation.

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
Robert Graysmith was on staff at the The San Francisco Chronicle in 1968 when Zodiac first struck, triggering in the resolute reporter an unrelenting obsession with seeing the hooded killer brought to justice.
I have seen the movie version, and I still get the chills just thinking about it.

Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt
The story of the West Memphis Three, three teenagers who were tried and convicted of killing three boys during a Satanistic ritual in 1993. This story also have a movie version, starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale & Stan Redding
Frank W Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams and Ringo Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious career, Abagnale donned a pilot’s uniform and co-piloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as a member of hospital management, practised law without a licence, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks all before he was twenty-one.
I’d say inspiring, but I guess I shouldn’t…

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
A good, old fashioned Victorian whodunnit for those who like their murder mysteries in vintage fashion.

Have you read any of these?

Do you have any true crime recommendations for this prompt?


  1. I too have an obsession/fascination with unsolved crimes and serial killers, but so far I’ve only watched documentaries, shows, read online etc. I have many books from your list on my tbr, but the first one I want to read is actually Mindhunter by John E Douglas, fbi profiler who started the whole criminal profiling thing, when the term serial killer wasn’t yet used. I’ve watched the Mindhunter show which is based on that book, and I recommend it 100%! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh, good call! My flatmate has been raving about that one too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Need to check it out soon.

      I watched a Netflix documentary last week about teenage girls in teenage “prison”. It was very interesting as well, but thankfully they weren’t murderous.

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    1. Hmm… if you put it like that… i never actually considered that.
      I think i’m leaning toward those who feel like getting in the minds of these criminal could prepare you to recognise them and help avoid ending up as victims.

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  2. Oh, fun prompt! I don’t really read much true crime but I do find it fascinating and I like watching shows/documentaries about it too. I think the ones where the killer wasn’t ever found are truly creepy – like the Golden State Killer.



  3. Great post! I watch a lot of True Crime shows. I am always glued to Investigation Discovery channel. However, I don’t read this genre often. I like the sound of the books that you featured so I will check them out.

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  4. I have seen the movie versions of Catch Me if You Can anc Zodiac. I think I enjoyed them as those names rang a bell, I have a terrible memory btw so please donโ€™t hold me to it. But Iโ€™m pretty certain I liked them. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I really want to watch โ€˜Making Murdererโ€™ on Netflix. Never got around to it but heard great things about it. Have you seen it?
    โ€œI find human nature equally fascinating and horrifyingโ€ – me too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Making a murderer was good! I stayed up late when i was binging it. 2 years ago more or less, but i still don’t know what to think about the case.

      I watched catch me with my friend in the cinema. We both had teen girl crush on Leo DiCaprio back then ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. What a great post! I really liked Killers of the Flower Moon and In Cold Blood, and love the Joe Kenda episodes I’ve seen. Have been meaning to get to his book and to the Zodiac book. I just watched the (I think it was History channel?) documentary about the Zodiac where they think they’ve finally cracked at least part of the code in one of his letters. It was so fascinating!

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    1. I realised i actually read In Cold Blood already. But i was no older than 15, so i don’t actually remember much.
      I didn’t see the documentary on the Zodiac, but i saw the movie with Jake Gyllenhal and that was pretty awesome too!

      I think i’m going to read Joe Kenda for this prompt. If the book is anything like the series with him, it’s going to be good ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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