Friday Favorites: True Crime

Friday Favorites

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. ย It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my moodย ๐Ÿ˜‰


This week I want to look atย 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.


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bloody projectHis Bloody Project:ย Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae
Byย 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 Macraeโ€™s guilt, but it falls to the countryโ€™s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young manโ€™s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?

The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents, including police statements; the accusedโ€™s prison memoir; the account of renowned psychiatrist, J. Bruce Thomson; and a report of the trial, compiled from contemporary newspapers.

holmes.jpgDepraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-Of-The-Century Chicago
Byย Harold Schechter


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,ย Depravedย is also a mesmerizing tale of true detection long before the age of technological wizardry.


A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Lindbergh Child
Byย Rick Geary


Lindberghโ€™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 ย‘help,โ€™ some of which actually successfully snookered the beleaguered hero.



UpUnsolved Podcast
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!

Happy Friday!

Danielleย โค

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34 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: True Crime

  1. I wanted to subscribe to Hunt A Killer because it’s something I greatly enjoy but it’s far too expensive for a whole series and I think it might be a bit frustrating for me too if I can’t make any progress.. I listened to Serial and really enjoyed that series! Making A Murderer is on my wishlist too :-). Great list!

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    1. Hunt a Killer is admittedly expensive. The nonhubs gifted it to me. It is a huge time investment (although worth it) so I suspended mine. I am not well enough to keep up and invest as much at the moment. But if things change later, I will pick it back up. I do recommend Making a Murderer. It is infuriating and thought provoking. I would love to pick your brain over it!

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  2. Even though I don’t read it nearly often enough, I’m a huge fan of true crime… Don’t mind watching it either. CSI is not really true crime but one of my favorites. But I watch random documentaries about true crimes whenever I get the chance on TV. I’m definitely going to look into your recommendations!

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  3. I’m not a huge true crime fan, but my mom came out to visit me in Taiwan recently and we had so much fun listening to Dirty John together. One day I’ll stop calling it Dirty Harry.

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  4. Nice post! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve always been interested in true crime, too. I remember when I was in high school my mom became a bit concerned when I started reading so much about serial killers so she started reading some of my books to try to figure out why I was so into it and ended up admitting it was all really interesting to read about, and now she’s a true crime junky too. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  5. I love true crime and have always been fascinated. My grandfather was, too. I haven’t read too many true crime books and none that I loved yet but I adore Forensic Files and am always bingeing it. For whatever reason I especially seem to do so in the winter. I also love Unsolved Mysteries but don’t watch it as much because I can’t listen to the theme alone. I can fall asleep at night to Forensic Files, though…. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m aiming to read 4 true crime books this year and am currently reading Perfect Town, Perfect Murder about JonBenet Ramsey. I like it but I am halfway and it’s really slow for a 600+ page book that could have been halved. Too repetitive or has stuff that doesn’t really pertain to the case. The Keepers is on my list and I started Making of a Murderer but I never finished it.

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    1. I fall asleep to Forensic Files on the regular ๐Ÿ˜‚ My nonhubs laughs because when he comes in and sees it in, he says he knows it is my bedtime. I would recommed checking out some of Harold Schechter’s writing. He seems pretty solid and thorough so far. Let me know which books you end up really liling please. My collection is small.


  6. True crime is the bomb!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I particularly enjoy the sociological analysis of it all most and then everything that is related to mobsters, but in general anything true crime is awesome!! Of course.. studying criminology sort of also made me cut down on my personal true crime books, but in the coming years, as I get deeper into my studies, I’ll probably get back to reading them! We need season 2 of Making a Murderer… Now!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I agree! I found myself absorbed when I did mental health rounds and picked up pysh courses for nursing. Fascinating to explore the inner workings of humanity.

      I have been dying for season 2! I was furious by the time the first was over. I am one of the only people I know who was enraged at how mishandled I felt the whole trial was (guilt aside). Everyone I talk with is like.. meh he is crazy. Missing the point!?

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