Do you love to read about true crime? Are fascinated by the world’s serial killers? Read about some of the world’s most notorious Killers and their victims in this selection of the best serial killer books. Find out more about these real-life monsters in the true crime books below.
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Read about Jane Toppan in this book by Mary Kay McBrayer. Toppan was one of the most disturbing ‘angels of death’ and one of the first female serial killers in America’s history.
Read about Ted Bundy. Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered multiple young women. This book recounts the tale of the Campus Killer. On one side he was a charming man, on the other a twisted individual.
“Jeffrey Dahmer: A Terrifying True Story of Rape, Murder & Cannibalism” is a gritty true crime story about one of the most notorious killers. Jeffrey Dahmer terrorized Milwaukee for most of the 1980s by killing seventeen young men and boys.
This book tells the truth behind the twisted crimes by Ed Gein. Gein was an unassuming man who stunned a nation when he was caught. Gein exhumed bodies from local graves and made trophies from their bones and skin. He also confessed to killing two women.
“The True Story of The Brutal Co-ed Butcher” is a book about Edmund Kemper. He killed 10 people including his adoptive grandparents, his mother, his mother’s friend and six co-eds. While appearing normal in society, behind the scenes he was a monster in the making on a journey that led to murder, necrophilia, cannibalism, and dismemberment.
This true crime book tells the story of Ramirez on a bizarre and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil. Ramirez (The Night Stalker) terrorized the city of Los Angeles during the 1980s He was convicted of 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault and 14 counts of burglary.
The Kentucky Cannibal looks at the true story of Boone Helm, a serial killer during the 1850s and 1860s. On his search to find gold Helm claimed at least 11 victims.
“Killer Clown” is a true crime book about John Wayne Gacy. On one side, Gacy was a model citizen, children’s entertainer and hospital volunteer. However, on the other he was one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. This book is written by Terry Sullivan who was one of the key prosecutors at Gacy’s trial.
This book tells the story of Dennis Rader. For over 30 years Rader called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas. He sexually assaulted and strangled a series of women and loved to the police and brag to the press about his crimes. He was eventually captured after resurfacing after disappearing for nine years complaining that no one was paying enough attention to him.
“Helter Skelter” is one of the bestselling true crime books of all time. Charles Manson was the leader of a cult called the “Manson Family” during the late 1960s. In 1969, under Manson’s orders, entered the home of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate and murdered her and four others. Members of the Manson Family were also responsible for several other murders and assaults.
Read about Kenneth Alessio Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono Jr. The pair terrorized Los Angles during the fall of 1977. Their deeds were attributed to the Hillside Strangler. The mysterious disappearance of two university students near Seattle led to the arrest Bianchi, where policed were alarmed to discover that the Hillside Strangler was the work of two people.
This book is about the Green River Killer (Gary Ridgway) who was convicted of 49 murders, making him the second most prolific serial killer in the United States. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ridgway is believed to have murdered at least 71 teenage girls and women.
The Zodiac Killer claimed 37 victims however, the real number could have been as high as 50. Robert Graysmith worked at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when Zodiac first struck. In this gripping account of Zodiac’s reign of terror, Graysmith reveals previously unreleased facts, including the complete text of the killer’s letters.
The Big Book of Serial Killers is an encyclopaedia of 150 serial killers, an easy-to-follow collection of information on the world’s most heinous murderers.
This book examines the true crime history of serial homicide and information on some of America’s most prolific serial killers.
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