I’ve gotten somewhat behind with my reviewing after taking a week out in incredibly sunny Crete, so please forgive my brain dump whilst I catch up. First up for my holiday reads was Underworld London, combining my fascinations with true crime and history into one entertaining and informative book in the company of Catharine Arnold, someone who I’ve already read much of and enjoyed. Underworld London takes a look at crime and punishment throughout London’s history, from the medieval executions for pretty much anything (with over 170 capital offences recorded at one point, you could be hung or burnt at […]
I’ve fallen down something of a true crime rabbit hole recently. Having watched Mommy Dead and Dearest, The Keepers, The Staircase and more episodes of Forensic Files than I’d have thought imaginable, I picked this up one sleepless night and didn’t stop to put it down until I’d finished just over a day later. I’ve since noticed that a series based on this book will soon be coming to Netflix – October now can’t come soon enough for me. John Douglas was not only an FBI agent, but the man credited with making psychological profiling what it is today and […]
I drive a lot for work, so I’ve started listening to audiobooks when I get sick of music. I’ve had Columbine on my TBR list for years and since it was free on Audible, I thought maybe it might be a good choice. ‘Twas not. Now, please don’t confuse my review of the book itself with my review of the audio version. The book itself was exactly what you’ve heard: powerful, disturbing, sad, and full of new information about the Columbine High School massacre that I didn’t know before. But if you want to read this, do yourself a favor […]
I spent the best part of the Bank Holiday weekend reading about creepy real life encounters, when I came across a post on a serial killer who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill). Although I’ve read rather a lot of true crime books, I hadn’t really come across BTK before and so headed to the kindle store to rectify that. And although this did give me all of the facts, I kind of wish I’d had someone else relay them to me. BTK – or Dennis Rader – first struck in 1974, killing four members of the Otero family – […]
In which Siege returns with a very disappointing true crime book. If you enjoy shallow investigations, typos, and weirdly informal writing, this is the book for you!
In which Siege reads a book that is part true crime, part public service announcement.
I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. I’ve been fascinated by the Zodiac case for years, ever since I first saw David Fincher’s movie based on this book, but I think I always felt like the book was too dated to bother with since it was written in 1985. Well, I was wrong. This book is completely engrossing. I think most people probably know the basic outline of the Zodiac murders–a serial killer murdered several people in San Francisco in the late 60s, taunted the police with letters, and was never caught. This book was […]
Do you enjoy Victorian literature? Fascinated by true crime? Then you could find a lot to enjoy in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which deals with a murder that rocked Victorian England – the death of the three year old darling of a middle class family, stolen from his crib in a locked house and found dumped in a privy with his throat cut. Calling upon the Government to send one of its newly created detectives to solve the case (and receiving the titular Mr Whicher, one of their best), at first the public would be as fascinated by the […]