Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my mood 😉
This week I want to look at True Crime. My obsession with all things crime related can often raise a few questionable eyebrows and solicit weird looks. While I might not always explore the fictional side of crime, I can often be found pouring through nonfiction crime books and documentaries in my free time. It may have begun with my psychology courses during nursing school, but I am admittedly obsessed with the human psych and what makes us tick, for better or worse.
Today I am sharing a few items I have enjoyed as a fan of true crime.
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae
By Graeme Macrae Burnet
In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents, including police statements; the accused’s prison memoir; the account of renowned psychiatrist, J. Bruce Thomson; and a report of the trial, compiled from contemporary newspapers.
The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious–but only Harold Schechter’s Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World’s Fair. “Destined to be a true crime classic” (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the dapper, charming Holmes–who alternately posed as doctor, druggist, and inventor to snare his prey–was the architect of a labyrinthine “Castle of Horrors.” Holmes admitted to twenty-seven murders by the time his madhouse of trapdoors, asphyxiation devices, body chutes, and acid vats was exposed. The seminal profile of a homegrown madman in the era of Jack the Ripper, Depraved is also a mesmerizing tale of true detection long before the age of technological wizardry.
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Lindbergh Child
By Rick Geary
Lindbergh’s baby disappears! Geary retraces all the different highly publicized events, blackmail notes, false and otherwise, as well as the string of colorful characters wanting to help,’ some of which actually successfully snookered the beleaguered hero.
This is an episodic show, feature real, unsolved crimes. Learn more & listen here.
This well-known podcasts now offers 2 seasons. Each following one story. You can learn more here.
Just for fun!
Okay, so this one is technically fictional, but as a fan of true crime, incredibly fun. Hunt A Killer offers unique subscription service that allows you to put your crime solving skills to the ultimate test. I did have a series of photos to share, but sadly they were deleted. While, I have placed my final boxes on hold due to health, I highly recommend this for anyone who has the time to invest and is looking for some original entertainment. Learn more here.
Are you a fan of true crime? Be it documentaries, books or podcasts, how do you enjoy exploring cases? I would love to trade thoughts and recommendations!