MurderReads

Karly Sheehan:

True Crime Story Behind Karly's Law

By Karen Spears Zacharias

Read for Episode 40 "Complicit"

A book in dedication to a little girl who will never have all the things life had to offer. This book was sad, frustrating, and yet, oddly motivating to try and make the world better for the thousands of innocent lives who are victims of abuse. Karen writes with love, regret, hope, and sincerity, but with a care and thoroughness that only one who experienced true heartbreak could do. 

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If You Tell

A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood.

By Gregg Olson

Read for Episode 36 "Wallowing"

A beautifully written book about the terrifying childhood three sisters endured. Thanks to this book Kathy, Shane, Ron and Mac will not be forgotten. If you want to know more details from the Knotek case, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Go get it immediately.

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The Best New True Crime...

The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers

By Mitzi Szereto

Read for Episodes 27 & 28 "Skinner"

A complication of serial killer chapters written by multiple authors. I loved that each chapter had a different topic and narrative. I throughly enjoyed this book.

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The Beast of British Columbia

By Elizabeth Broderick

Read for Episodes 27 & 28 "Skinner"

A great overview of the life and crimes of Clifford Olson Jr. While the topic is hard to ingest, the book does a great job of making it as easy to read as possible. 

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Lust Killer

By Ann Rule writing as Andy Stack

Read for Episode 25 "Junkyard Shoes"

A very thorough and captivating book! You learn a lot about what makes Jerry tick and what he did to these innocent women, but what I found to be most intriguing is the coverage about his wife, who was also a victim. I highly recommend this book if you have interest in this case. 

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Starvation Heights

By Gregg Olsen

Read for Episode 15 "The Cursed Bathtub"

A delightfully written albeit horrifying tale that I can't fathom actually happened here in the PNW. Gregg artfully narrates the harrowing tale of Dora Williamson and her escape from a place locals call Starvation Heights run by a woman who is either delusional or sadistic. Get some tea and a comfy blanket and dig in, I was alternating from mouth agape to delightful giggles at how funny this author can be when describing people.

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To The Bridge

By Nancy Rommelmann

Read for Episode 13 "Help Me"

A book written with dedication and attention to detail. Nancy wrote this book in such a way, that it allowed the reader to explore the holes in their own opinion. Reviewing a monstrous act to see the humanity in the dark space a mother was inhabiting. By the end of the book, the reader may find themselves blaming more than just the person responsible. Amanda was full of pain, neglect, and abuse - she was a lost women in a time where we expect mothers to be perfect. 

 

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The Spokane Killer

By Jack Smith

Read for Episode 11"Homeboy Wrote Camaro"

Quick and to the point! This book was easy to ingest and gave quite a bit of detail. If you are looking for just a bit more but don't want to spend a whole week reading about it, this is the book for you. 

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Small Sacrifices

By  Ann Rule

Read for Episode 9 "The Wolf"

Good content, easy to follow. Timeline and forensics could have been cleaner. The author was too kind when describing Diane's character and looks. 

 Check out the movie version staring Farrah Faucet, despite her non-Diane hair and face, she played the part very well!

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Through the Window

By Diane Fanning

Read for Episode 2 "Coast to Coast"

So many details! This author had access to the brain of one of the most violent murders and was able to get him to tell her all about the nightmares he inflicted. 

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The I-5 Killer

By Ann Rule

Read for Episode 38 "Number 5"

Another artfully written Ann Rule account of the dirty dealings of one Randall Woodfield. Packed with all the details any reader could want, it's too bad Ann couldn't post an update with the things we've learned in recent years. 

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A Murder in my Hometown

By Rebecca Morris

Read for Episode 30 "Nightmare Year"

It's like taking a step back in time and walking in the shoes of a teen in the quant town of Corvallis. I was filled with equal parts nostalgia for my hometown and annoyance at the lack of justice for Dick. Overall, a great read.

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Predator:

The Life and Crimes of Clifford Olson

By Peter Worthington

Read for Episodes 27 & 28 "Skinner"

I enjoyed this book as it was scattered with a ton of information I hadn't found yet. This book was written by Peter Worthington using his detailed interviews with Olson.  

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Ted and Ann

By Rebecca Morris

Read for Episode 26 "Bless Our Ann"

A new perspective on a notorious American Serial Killer. Did Ted get his start with a local girl he knew? This book does a great job getting inside of this family's tragedy and exploring a new theory of the genesis of Ted Bundy while never forgetting little Ann, a lost little girl. 

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Banquet of Consequences

The Carnation Murders Trial of Michele Anderson

By Paul Sanders

Read for Episode 20 "Kissing Wounds"

An interesting perspective of the trial of Michele Anderson from the point of view of a juror. It was nice to see details that were not published in news papers, but it was also a little painful to get through some of the more descriptive ones. 

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The Peyton-Allan Files

By Phil Stanford

Read for Episode 14 "Lovers Lane"

Packed full of information. This is a big case full of details, an endless list of suspects, and a very long timeframe, so it was nice to have one great source to reference.

 

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Body Count

By Burl Barer

Read for Episode 11"Homeboy Wrote Camaro"

Of the Spokane Serial killer coverage currently available, I preferred this book. It is jam packed with details on the case, and the author clearly interviewed people involved in the case.

 

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Murder in Spokane

By Mark Fuhrman

Read for Episode 11 "Homeboy Wrote Camaro"

Get your towel, because this book is dripping with Mark Fuhrman's hubris. There were moments I quite liked, such as the advocacy for bridging the gap between people working the streets and law enforcement. And while I got a few good tidbits from this book, there are better books on the case without all of the personal back patting. 

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The New Evil

By Michael Stone MD and Gary Brucato, PhD

Read for Episode 5 "Scale of Awfulness"

Horrifying and thorough, I could not put this down. You will get sucked in on page 1. Easy to read which was surprising considering it was written by doctors!

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Missing: 

The Oregon City Girls

By Linda O'Neal, Philip Tennyson & Rick Watson

Read for Episode 1 "Dig Me Up"

An interesting perspective. Keep in mind, one of the writers knows one of the victims. However, I enjoyed this easy read. 

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