Hiiii Murderinos! Like you, we could not be more thrilled about the release of Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, the long-awaited book by two of our favorite podcasters, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder. In honor of the book’s release, we’ve pulled together a list of six tantalizing true crime books and gifts for Murderinos. So sit back, get comfy in your reading chair and remember to stay sexy and don’t get murdered.
I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Murderinos are likely already familiar with Michelle McNamara, whose book about her obsessive search for a killer has been featured on the podcast. If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the perfect time. Though McNamara died suddenly and was not able to finish writing this book, she remained the driving force behind bringing this grisly story to the page. Curl up by the fire with a mug of your favorite beverage and read McNamara’s tale about the infamous California rapist and serial killer who she called the “Golden State Killer.”
In Lady Killers, Telfer thumbs her nose at the idea that there are no female serial killers with this exploration of 14 women who were just that. Stab this pin into your lapel and do a deep dive into the lives and crimes of these lady killers.
We’ve all heard about Jack the Ripper. He’s one of the most famous serial killers of all time. But what of his victims? Who are they and where did they come from? Here, historian Hallie Rubenhold reveals the true stories of Pollie, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane, taking them out of the shadows of their murderer and bringing them firmly into the light. Jack the Ripper is scary and so you might want to wear this bracelet to remind you of your escape plan as you read.
Did you know that Harper Lee once had visions of writing a true crime book? Enter Harper Lee’s fascination with the Alabama case of a crooked man who murdered his family members only to be murdered himself years later. Casey Cep follows Lee’s time reporting on this case of murder, vigilante justice, and racism. Lock your door and prepare to be mesmerized by the story of Harper Lee and her search for the truth.
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
As we all know too well from countless childhood rhymes, Lizzie Borden’s parents were murdered at the hands of their daughter. This book looks beyond the crime itself in exploring the aftermath and the trial that rocked the world. Readers who are spooked by the Bordens’ fate can hang up this cross-stitched reminder in their homes.
Here, Robert Kolker does what neither law enforcement or the press did for the victims of a serial killer on Long Island. He humanizes the young sex workers who vanished and were killed, their bodies dumped beside a highway. Given that the serial killer at the center of this story is still at large, remember this sage advice: Pepper spray first. Apologize later.