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Par Peter Edwards, Antonio Nicaso. 1993
The authors use the details of thirteen Mafia murders in Canada to trace the development of the Mafia in this… country. Each murder is examined in the context of the Mafia ethos. Also includes the code of behaviour for the Calabrian Mafia. Strong language and descriptions of violence. 1993.
Par Joseph Wambaugh. 1987
Par Ann Rule. 1995
In 1986, Cheryl Keeton's body is found in an overturned van on Portland's Sunset Highway. It looks like a traffic… accident, but Cheryl has been bludgeoned to death. She left behind a note incriminating her estranged husband, Brad Cunningham, much to the shock of his physician girlfriend. Strong language and violence. 1995.
Par Helen Prejean. 1992
When Louisiana nun Helen Prejean and death-row inmate Patrick Sonnier become pen pals, Sonnier’s friendly nature and ambiguities about his… crime reinforce Prejean’s feelings against the death penalty. After fighting unsuccessfully to have Sonnier’s sentence commuted, Prejean continues her activism, including work with victims’ groups. Includes violence and strong language. 1992.
Par Ann Brocklehurst. 2016
Tim Bosma of Hamilton, Ontario, was a successful businessman and happily married young father until he put his truck up… for sale online, went for a test drive with two strangers, and never returned. His disappearance and the murder investigation that followed played out on social media and in the headlines over several weeks in spring 2013. His heartbroken family made futile pleas for his return. Weeks later, two men were arrested for Bosma's murder, a petty criminal named Mark Smich, and Dellen Millard, the heir of an aviation millionaire. Disturbingly, there appeared to be no motive for the gruesome killing of Bosma, whose charred remains were found on Millard's farm. It seemed to be a cold-blooded "thrill kill" carried out by what some would deem a psychopath, and his sidekick. But there was even more to the grisly story. The investigation of Bosma's death would eventually lead to the discovery of two other murders: the pair would be charged with the murder of Laura Babcock, Millard's former girlfriend, who disappeared in 2012, and Millard alone would be charged with the murder of his own father, Wayne Millard. 2016.
Par David Heilbroner, Steven Keeney. 1993
Kentucky corporate attorney Steve Keeney looks into Deana Robert's cliff-fall death for her mother, a member of Keeney's church. Twenty-year-old… Deana, a high-school drop-out with an I.Q. of 85, was living in California with an older couple. Learning that the couple took out an insurance policy on Deana, Keeney begins to uncover a trail of murders. Some strong language and violence. 1993.
Par Jed Horne. 2005
Analyzes the five trials of Curtis Kyles for the 1984 murder of sixty-year-old New Orleans housewife Delores Dye. Discusses political… and legal manoeuvring in the case, reversal by the U.S. Supreme Court, subsequent retrials, and the unsolved status of the crime. 2005.
Par John Chipman. 2017
In the mid-'90s, the Ontario Coroner's office decided that death investigation teams needed to "think dirty." They wanted coroners, pathologists… and police to be more suspicious--to "assume that all deaths are homicides until satisfied that they are not." They were particularly concerned about pediatric deaths, which historically had been exceedingly difficult to investigate. Among those charged to "think dirty" was Dr. Charles Smith, Ontario's top pediatric forensic pathologist at the time. But with virtually no training in forensics, Dr. Smith was ill prepared for his work. Instead of basing his judgments on forensic evidence found during autopsies, he allowed himself to be swayed by circumstantial evidence. The defendants were often single mothers--some on welfare, some struggling with substance abuse. Dr. Smith made dangerous assumptions, and the results were catastrophic. 2017.
Investigative journalist Yves Lavigne offers new information on the current state of the illegal drug trade in North America. From… Toronto's Chinatown to L.A.'s mean streets, Lavigne shows how street gangs will go to great lengths to grab their cut of the world's illicit drug market. Strong language, descriptions of violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.
The ViCLAS (Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System) database was a first - an adaptation of the techniques used by FBI… psychological profilers folded into a comprehensive, cross-referenced data bank to track serial predators. Within months of its introduction, ViCLAS contributed to successful outcomes in a number of cases, including the Bernardo/Homolka murders. It was largely the initiative of one man, RCMP Sergeant Ron MacKay. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language, descriptions of violence. 2002.
Par Larry Verstraete. 2011
A killer has been caught, convicted, and sentenced, the case closed, all in 114 days. No one suspected – least… of all the boy on death row – that it would take almost 50 years for a tiny piece of scientific evidence to answer the question: was he really the murderer? 40 amazing stories of how scientists solve crimes, reveal identities, untangle evidence, and discover the truth. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2013 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2011.
Par Bob Drogin. 2007
Investigates CIA reliance on unverified information from Ahmed Hassan Mohammed, "Curveball," an Iraqi chemical engineer who sought political asylum in… Germany in 1999. Examines the discovery, during interrogations that occurred after the invasion of Iraq, that the defector's pre-war tales of Saddam's mobile weapons of mass destruction were fabricated. c2007.
Par Jim Marrs. 1989
Marrs pulls together an enormous number of theories and mountains of information about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He… provides all the data he believes relevant to allow people to draw their own conclusions regarding the slaying. He discusses the shooting scene and eyewitnesses to the event, as well as major persons and organizations that may have been involved. Bestseller 1989. 1989.
Crime story: the true account of the reporters, cops, and lawyers on the trail of the body-parts killer
Par Nick Pron, Kevin Donovan. 1992
Reporters from the "Toronto Star" tell how Selina Shen, a music student from China, was brutally murdered by her rejected… lover in Toronto in 1988. For more than four years, the reporters pursued the case, enabling them to describe in detail the murderer, the relentless police work, and the legal tactics used by both the prosecution and the defense. The transcription of tape recordings and court proceedings offers the reader an inside look at the Canadian court system. 1992.
Par Andrew Mitrovica. 2002
John Farrell, once a dedicated CSIS operative, believed in the service's "Ways and Means Act": If you have a way… to get things done, the means - legal or not - are justified. Breaking the silence surrounding CSIS, he describes its leadership, day-to-day operations, and major cases, to provide Canadians with a clearer understanding of what often takes place in the name of national security. He reveals a portrait of incompetence, venality, and law breaking, and shatters the myth that CSIS respects the rights and liberties it is charged with protecting. 2002.
Par Ann Rule. 2009
Seven accounts of murders in which the victims trusted their killers. In the title case, a school counselor was shot… by his estranged wife while he slept. "Monohan's Last Date" recounts the crime of a trucker dispatching a swinger. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.
Par Lawrence Millman. 2017
The story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941. Those… murders show that senseless violence in the name of religion is not only a contemporary phenomenon, and that a people as seemingly peaceful as the Inuit can become unpeaceful at the drop of a hat or, in this instance, a meteor shower. At the same time, the book is a warning cry against the destruction of what's left of our culture's humanity, along with the destruction of the natural world. Has technology deprived us of our eyes? the author asks. Has it deprived the world of birds, beasts, and flowers? 2017.
Par David E Scheim. 1988
Par Dean Jobb. 1993
More than a dozen stories of crime taken from two centuries of Nova Scotia's history, ranging from opinionated, eccentric judges… to gruesome murders. Although they occurred in Nova Scotia, the themes of these tales -- greed, vengeance, the quest for justice -- are universal. c1993.
In 1869, in the woods just outside of Saint John, a group of berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies.… The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the victims were as mysterious as that of the perpetrator. From the coroner's inquest an unlikely suspect emerged to stand trial for murder: John Munroe, a renowned architect, well-heeled family man, and pillar of the community. Munroe's lawyer's strategy was as simple as it was revolutionary: Munroe's wealth, education, and exemplary character made him incapable of murder. The press and Saint John's elite vocally supported Munroe, sparking a debate about character and murder that continues to this day. In re-examining a precedent-setting historical crime with fresh eyes, Komar addresses questions that are still relevant more than a century later: is everyone capable of murder, and should character be treated as evidence in homicide trials? 2016.