True Crime: Five Chilling Books about Killers

True Crime: Five Chilling Books about Killers

At the age of 13, Jesse Pomeroy had already made a name for himself as a vicious and unstable teenager. Though he was sent to reform school for torturing and beating younger boys, he was released shortly thereafter and decided to take his sick game to the next level. As his home city continued to recover from the Great Boston Fire, Pomeroy began to seek out and brutally kill young victims. In The Wilderness of Ruin, Roseanne Montillo recounts the story of America’s youngest serial killer in chilling detail. Here, Montillo recommends five other dark accounts that explore the stories behind some of America’s worst killers.


In Cold Blood

Truman Capote writes the tale with novelistic flair, but it’s the true story of a murder that took place on November 15, 1959, in the town of Holcomb, Kansas, where several members of the Clutter family were murdered.


The Stranger Beside Me

Ann Rule’s terrifying book details her frightening realization that a coworker at a crisis center was actually the serial killer Ted Bundy.


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

This is a true story that weaves together the creation of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and that of the serial killer, H.H. Holmes.


Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

This book tells the riveting story of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

The author Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney during the Manson trial, whose cult committed a series of murders in Los Angeles, culminating during the summer of 1969.

Roseanne Montillo holds an MFA from Emerson College in Massachusetts, where she teaches as a professor of literature. She is the author of The Lady and Her Monsters, which was published in 2013.


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