Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution

By T. J. English

To underworld kingpins Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Cuba was once the best wish for the way forward for American geared up crime within the post-Prohibition years. within the Nineteen Fifties, the Mob—with the corrupt, repressive executive of brutal Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in its pocket—owned Havana's largest luxurious resorts and casinos, launching an remarkable tourism growth entire with the main lavish leisure, top-drawer celebrities, attractive girls, and playing galore. yet Mob goals collided with these of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others who may lead an rebellion of the country's disenfranchised opposed to Batista's hated govt and its overseas partners—an epic cultural conflict that bestselling writer T. J. English captures the following in all its attractive, decadent, gruesome glory.

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The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption

By Barbara Bisantz Raymond

The tale, first informed through Barbara Raymond in article that encouraged a 60 Minutes function, was once stunning. Georgia Tann, nationally lauded for arranging adoptions out of her children’s domestic in Memphis, Tennessee, was once truly a child vendor who terrorized terrible, frequently unwed moms through stealing their youngsters and promoting them to filthy rich consumers like actors Joan Crawford and Dick Powell. mom and dad may retain children interior, and the mum more desirable of a neighborhood orphanage concealed infants in attics, yet, secure through political boss Ed Crump, Tann bought over 5,000 kids, and did a lot worse. such a lot of died via forget that Memphis’s boy or girl mortality fee soared to the top within the nation. Tann abused a few of her fees, and put others with pedophiles. in the course of her twenty-six years of operation from 1924 to 1950, Tann additionally almost invented glossy American adoption, popularizing it, commercializing it, and corrupting it with secrecy. to hide her crimes, Tann falsified adoptees’ start certificate, sealing their actual ones and issuing new ones that portrayed adoptive mom and dad as beginning mom and dad. this tradition was once licensed through legislators around the kingdom who believed it is going to spare adoptees the onus of illegitimacy.
An adoptive mom and award-winning journalist who interviewed hundreds of thousands of Georgia Tann sufferers, Barbara Raymond has written a riveting account of a bit identified and darkish bankruptcy in American heritage. Its topics proceed to reverberate, with such a lot states nonetheless denying grownup adoptees their unique delivery certificate and harboring different remnants of Tann’s corrupt practices.

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Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

By Peter Graham

A New York Times top Seller!

“A beneficial retrospective that feels chilling within the demeanour of novelist Perry.” –Kirkus Reviews

On June 22, 1954, teenage neighbors Juliet Hulme—better often called bestselling secret author Anne Perry—and Pauline Parker went for a stroll in a brand new Zealand park with Pauline’s mom, Honora. part an hour later, the ladies again on my own, claiming that Pauline’s mom had had an twist of fate. but if Honora Parker was once present in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to dying shut handy, Juliet and Pauline have been fast arrested, and later confessed to the killing. Their cause? A plan to flee to the us to develop into writers, and Honora’s selection to maintain them aside. Their very good tale made stunning headlines all over the world and would offer the topic for Peter Jackson’s Academy Award–nominated movie, Heavenly Creatures.

A sensational trial undefined, with speculations in regards to the nature of the ladies’ courting and attainable madness enjoying a key function. between different issues, Parker and Hulme have been suspected of lesbianism, which was once largely thought of to be a psychological affliction on the time. This spell binding booklet bargains a super account of the crime and resulting trial and stocks dramatic revelations in regards to the fates of the younger ladies after their unlock from legal. With penetrating perception, this thorough research applies smooth psychology to investigate the stunning homicide that continues to be some of the most attention-grabbing instances of all time.

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Call Girl Confidential: An Escort's Secret Life as an Undercover Agent

By Rebecca Kade

The jaw-dropping account of an escort who spent years operating undercover as a felony informant.

You’ve most likely heard of Anna Gristina, the notori­ous “Soccer mother Madam,” who allegedly operated a multimillion-dollar escort carrier with consumers from the Forbes billionaires record to Capitol Hill. yet you haven’t heard of the girl who helped carry the football mother Madam down—until now. Call woman Confidential is Rebecca Kade’s compelling, intimate account of her profession as an escort...and her paintings as an secret agent for the new york District Attorney’s Office.

Strictly raised as a Southern Baptist, Rebecca Kade by no means dreamed she might compromise her values via sometime changing into a pricey escort. but if her rock famous person former lover took her to courtroom in a drawn-out custody conflict for his or her daughter, Rebecca’s authentic day task slightly coated her exorbitant criminal charges. She had to earn money and plenty of it—fast.

Rebecca first turned an escort for Kristin Davis, aka “The long island Madam,” and her vintage good looks made her an quick favourite with the host of rich, robust males who have been keen to pay millions to sleep along with her. whilst she went to paintings for Anna Gristina, the stakes have been even better and the consumers extra admired. From Wall road bankers and CEOs to well-known U.S. politicians and center japanese princes in addition to Grammy winners, Rebecca met the world’s such a lot influential movers and shakers. Then her inner most fears got here actual. Kristin Davis used to be arrested, and Anna Gristina additionally landed on authori­ties’ radar after going undetected for fifteen years.

Rebecca had offerings: refuse to cooperate and visit jail—risking by no means seeing her daughter again—or com­ply totally, no matter if it intended giving up Gristina, who relied on Rebecca implicitly. She agreed to move undercover for the DA’s workplace. And the extra incriminat­ing facts she gathered, the extra she put herself in danger.

Candid and interesting, this revealing memoir provides readers a glimpse into the little-known lifetime of a highly-priced escort became exclusive informant.

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Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight To Reclaim My Identity--A True Story Of Survival, Hope, And Redemption

By M. William Phelps

In 1993, Donna Palomba was once raped by way of a masked assailant in her own residence. but, her tale is greater than a victim’s story of actual and emotional restoration. it's a tale of 1 woman’s hunt for justice whereas heading off assaults by way of associations designed to guard and guard her—the police division, the neighborhood executive, and a group clinging to an outrageous declare that Donna had invented the crime to hide up a sexual affair.

     From the evening of the assault, the botched crime scene research, and the abuse as gurus tried to shut the case by way of discrediting her, Donna used to be left as a victim without identify and no identification. in the meantime, there has been one brave detective, later to develop into leader of police, who broke a police officers’ code of silence within the identify of justice. As they fought on, a criminal conflict ensued after the Waterbury Police Department—now with media support—refused to allow pass of its allegations opposed to her and admit wrongdoing. eventually, after 11 years of fight, Donna realized the identification of her attacker from the executive of police, who defined that the DNA from the rape package taken a decade in the past had became up a surprising fit.

     In 2007, Donna Palomba used to be the topic of a different two-hour Dateline episode approximately her case. all of sudden, she was once Jane Doe not more, launching the Jane Doe not more association and changing into a promoter of the rights of ladies and sufferers of sexual attack. With the aid of crime investigator and writer M. William Phelps, this can be her story.

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Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

By Shanna Hogan

A dedicated BACHELOR

Travis Alexander was once a good-looking, hard-working, practising Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His attractiveness and easygoing demeanour made him well liked by all people, particularly the women. So whilst he used to be came across with a bullet wound within the face and his throat slashed, the brutal homicide despatched surprise waves all through his group. Who may have performed whatever so sinister?


But quickly a suspect used to be singled out―Jodi Arias. a gorgeous, aspiring photographer, Jodi were in a long-distance dating with Travis the 12 months earlier than. yet Travis wasn't drawn to a significant dedication; he was once seeing a number of girls in the course of that point. whilst he broke up along with her, that did not cease Jodi from leaving California, relocating to simply a number of miles clear of Travis's domestic, and placing herself into his way of life. Investigators chanced on one piece of startling facts in Travis's domestic that implicated Jodi. yet in a weird and wonderful flip of occasions, Jodi might declare self-defense. used to be she a victim―or a devious femme fatale?

Shanna Hogan's Picture excellent: The Jodi Arias Story additionally comprises eight pages of chilling photos

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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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