Monthly Archives: March 2017

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

By Greg Campbell, Scott Andrew Selby

On February 15, 2003, a bunch of thieves broke into an allegedly hermetic vault within the foreign diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million cash worthy of diamonds and different valuables. They did so with no tripping an alarm or injuring a unmarried defend within the process.

Although the crime was once ideal, the getaway used to be no longer. The police zeroed in on a band thieves fronted via Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an place of work within the Diamond heart and clandestinely cased its vault for over years.  The “who” of the crime have been replied, however the “how” remained mostly a mystery.

Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard legislation grad and diamond specialist, and Greg Campbell, writer of Blood Diamonds, who undertook a world goose chase to discover the genuine tale in the back of the bold heist. monitoring the threads of the tale all through Europe—from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafés and glossy diamond offices—the authors looked after via an array of conflicting info, divergent critiques and incongruous theories to place jointly the puzzle of what truly occurred that Valentine’s Day weekend.

This real-life Ocean’s Eleven—a mix of diamond historical past, journalistic reportage, and riveting true-crime story—provides an exciting in-depth examine detailing the better-than-fiction heist of the century.

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A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa

By Chris Armold

This e-book tells the tale of the homicide of heavy steel guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and 3 males, Erin Halk, Jeff Thompson and Nate Bray, who attempted to avoid wasting his existence. It information the heritage at the sufferers and the killer. specific, picture and inspirational in it truly is depictions of braveness and selflessness.

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The Blooding

By Joseph Wambaugh

Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled physique is located alongside a shady footpath close to the English village of Narborough. although an enormous 150-man dragnet is introduced, the case continues to be unsolved.

Three years later the killer moves back, raping and strangling teen sunrise Ashforth just a stone's throw from the place Lynda used to be so brutally murdered. however it will take 4 years, a systematic leap forward, the most important manhunt in British crime annals, and the blooding of greater than 4,000 males ahead of the true killer is found.

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Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!

By Karen Gravano, Lisa Pulitzer

From Karen Gravano, a celeb of the hit VH1 truth exhibit Mob better halves, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia adolescence, the place love and relatives come hand-in-hand with homicide and betrayal.

Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, as soon as one of many mafia's so much feared hit males. With nineteen confessed murders, the previous Gambino Crime relations underboss―and John Gotti's right-hand man―is the top rating gangster ever to show State's facts and testify opposed to individuals of his high-profile crime family members.

But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was once a occasionally elusive yet continuously loving father determine. He used to be ever-present on the head of the dinner desk. He made a dwelling working a development enterprise and a number of other nightclubs. He stayed out overdue, and occasionally he did not come domestic in any respect. He hosted "secret" conferences at their residence, and had numerous whispered conversations with "business associates." by way of the age of twelve, Karen knew he used to be a gangster. And as she grew up, whereas her friends fearful approximately outfits and schoolwork, she used to be coming face-to-face with crime and homicide. Gravano used to be nineteen years outdated while her father became his again at the mob and cooperated with the Feds. the material of her kinfolk was once ripped aside, and so they have been immediately rejected by way of the groups they grew up in.

Mob Daughter is the tale of a daughter's fight to reconcile a twin of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and the way, in therapeutic the rift among the 2, she used to be capable of forge a brand new life.

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Defending Gary: Unraveling the Mind of the Green River Killer

By Mark Prothero, Carlton Smith

At first, Mark Prothero, protection lawyer for Gary Ridgway, thought: "This cannot be the fairway River Killer! he is too usual! he is too small. he is too calm. he is too well mannered! He cannot most likely have murdered forty-nine women.  they cannot be critical! they have to have screwed up! i did not become aware of then, yet i used to be right.  Gary Ridgway hadn't killed forty-nine women.  He'd killed much more than that."

Soon, Mark Prothero confronted the query: "How may possibly you probably defend the such a lot prolific serial killer in usa heritage, the notorious eco-friendly River Killer?  If an individual deserved to be performed for his crimes, did not he?"

Mark Prothero, co-lead safety legal professional who helped keep Gary Ridgway from the loss of life sentence, has heard that query again and again. Now he’s written a e-book that unearths the genuine, within tale of precisely how an idealistic public defender, highschool swim trainer, husband, and pa may possibly convey himself to spend many months of shut confinement with a guy who brutally murdered a minimum of seventy five younger women, usually within the act of intercourse. Defending Gary indicates how Prothero may reconcile those mammoth acts figuring out the truth of this unassuming fellow Gary Ridgway, a mild-mannered, church-going, dedicated husband, father, and previous army guy, with an IQ of round eighty two and an established task as a truck painter from Auburn, Washington, close to Seattle.

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Heartless: The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Cold Blooded Murder of his Wife and Child (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

Neil gave the impression of a dream come precise for Rachel: a good-looking, impeccably mannered, success-oriented Englishman, the fairytale husband she had dreamed of assembly. by the point Neil and Rachel Entwistle have been husband and spouse, residing the nice existence in a brand new England city, it used to be too overdue to bet the reality: that underneath Neil’s attractiveness and manners was once a deceit and darkness…

On a wintry weather day in 2006, police got here to the Entwistle domestic and located the decomposing our bodies of twenty-seven-year-old Rachel and their nine-month outdated daughter Lillian Rose. Rachel have been shot within the head. Lillian within the abdominal. And Neil was once long past. quickly, professionals could start a determined seek that may take them around the Atlantic to discover Neil…and deliver him to trial.

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The Autobiography of an Execution

By David R. Dow

Close to the start of The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow lays his playing cards at the desk. "People imagine that simply because i'm opposed to the demise penalty and do not imagine humans may be carried out, that I forgive these humans for what they did. good, it is not my position to forgive humans, and if it have been, I most likely would not. i am a judgmental and never very forgiving man. simply ask my wife."

It this spellbinding actual crime narrative, Dow takes us inside prisons, contained in the advanced minds of judges, within execution-administration chambers, into the lives of dying row inmates (some proven to be blameless, others now not) or even into his personal home--where the toll of engaged on those gnarled and hard circumstances is likely to be unavoidably paid. He sheds perception onto unforeseen phenomena-- how even non secular attorney and justices can evince deep rooted aid for placing criminals to death-- and makes palpable the suspense that adheres to each note and motion whilst human lives dangle within the stability.

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The Revolution of Imam al Husayn Its Impact on the Consciousness of Muslim Society

By Shaykh Mohdd Mahdi Shamsaddin Al Amili - XKP

Its effect at the attention of Muslim Society Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din Translated from the Arabic through I.K.A. Howard The effect of Karbala at the cognizance of Muslim society. Ziyara (pilgrimage), lamentation poetry, remembering Imam Husayn (a), and weeping.



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MR Briggs' Hat: The True Story of a Victorian Railway Murder

By Kate Colquhoun

In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was once traveling domestic after vacationing his niece and her husband for dinner. He entered a first-class carriage at the 9.45pm Hackney carrier of the North London railway. At Hackney, financial institution clerks entered the carriage and came upon blood within the seat cushions; additionally at the flooring, home windows and facets of the carriage. A bloodstained hat was once stumbled on at the seat besides a damaged hyperlink from an eye fixed chain. The race to spot the killer and capture him as he flees on a ship to the US was once eagerly by means of electorate each side of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping story of a criminal offense that surprised the kingdom.

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Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her

By Kate McCann

Kate McCann's own account of the agonizing seek for her lacking daughter
"The selection to post this publication has been very tricky, and brought with heavy hearts. My explanation for writing it is easy: to offer an account of the reality. scripting this memoir has entailed recording a few very own, intimate and emotional points of our lives. Sharing those with strangers doesn't come simply to me, but when I hadn't performed so i wouldn't have felt the e-book gave as complete an image because it is feasible for me to offer. as with any motion we have now taken during the last 4 years, it finally boils all the way down to no matter if what we're doing may well aid us to discover Madeleine. while the reply to that question is certain, or perhaps very likely, our kinfolk can deal with whatever. What follows is an intensely own account, and that i make no apology for that. not anything is extra very important to us than discovering our little girl."  —Kate McCann, could 2011 "It is a tragic incontrovertible fact that no longer a unmarried police strength anyplace is proactively trying to find Madeleine (as is the case for plenty of different lacking children). i'm convinced this booklet will reenergize the quest for our daughter and the general public gets in the back of the locate Madeleine crusade once more. it truly is easily no longer applicable that the gurus have given up on Madeleine—especially while no accomplished assessment of the case has been undertaken. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are in the market. we'd like your support to discover them."  —Gerry McCann, could 2011

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