True Crime Books

21 Products

Search for some shocking True Crime Books right here at The Works. From heartbreaking True Crime Stories to notable villains through history, take a look at our selection below.

View

Dennis Nilsen murdered at least 15 people before his arrest in 1983... Discover this groundbreaking criminal study, as seen on new TV Series 'Des', with Nilsen's full cooperation, resulting in a fascinating - and horrifying - portrait of the man who worshipped death. In February 1983, residents of Muswell Hill had been plagued by blocked drains. When a plumber was called to investigate, he discovered a large blockage of biological material. To his horror, it appeared to be formed of human flesh and bones. The next day, local resident Dennis Nilsen was arrested. 'Are we talking about one body or two?' a detective asked. Nilsen replied 'Fifteen or sixteen, since 1978. I'll tell you everything.' 'You really have to read this extraordinary book to get a full flavour of the weirdness of Nilsen and his crimes' - Sunday Times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787466258 • Author: Brian Masters • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2cm

3.3 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £8.99 Save £4.99 (56% Off RRP)

Insights into the world of a Prison Doctor, this time taking us deeper into the walls of Bronzefield, the UK's biggest women's prison. From the drug addicts who call Amanda 'the mother I never had' to the women who've pushed back at domestic abuse, to women close to release in their 70s, who just want to stay in the place that they've always known, these are stories that are heartbreaking, harrowing and heart-warming. Amanda listens, prescribes, and does what she can. After all, she's their doctor. Product Information: ISBN: 9780008385736 Author: Amanda Brown Publisher: Harper Collins Format: Paperback Pages: 288 Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.9cm

4.9 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £8.99 Save £4.99 (56% Off RRP)

For over 150 years, Broadmoor has contained the UK's most violent, notoriously psychopathic criminals known. Since 1863, Broadmoor opened as an asylum and has housed perpetrators of some of the most dangerous and outrageous crimes in history - from Jack the Ripper suspect James Kelly , armed robber Charles Bronson, gangster Ronnie Kray and cannibal Peter Bryan. The mysterious happenings behind these walls has been unknown until now. Jonathon Levi and cultural historian Emma French paint the scene at Broadmoor after spending nearly a decade speaking and observing those inside. With various exclusive interviews, Inside Broadmoor is the full story into the minds of Britain's most violent and how they are treated. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788700948 Author: Jonathon Levi & Emma French Publisher: Blink Publishing Format: Blink Publishing Pages: 294 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

4.1 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Revelatory investigation into the police handling of the Yorkshire Ripper Case which spanned over 14 years. Newly updated to include Sutcliffe’s bid for freedom in 2008, and the verdict from court in 2010. For over twenty years, the dark secrets of the biggest criminal manhunt in British history have remained a closed book. Detectives refused all requests to tell the inside story of the Yorkshire Ripper investigation that logged over two million manhours of police work. The victims who survived maintained a wall of silence. And the detailed forensic evidence, witness statements and autopsy reports have remained locked away – until ‘Wicked Beyond Belief’ was published. Award-winning writer Michael Bilton persuaded the key people to talk. After years of exhaustive research he has revealed the extraordinary truth behind the murder enquiry that left Peter Sutcliffe free to kill again and again. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780007450732• Author: Michael Bilton• Publisher: Harper Collins• Format: Paperback• Pages: 798• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 5.5cm

4.7 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £10.99 Save £6.99 (64% Off RRP)

‘Bobby called. He’s coming to California. He wants to see me.’ Drawing on secret police files, Marilyn Monroe’s private diary and never before published first-hand testimony, this book proves that Robert Kennedy was directly responsible for her death. It details the legendary star’s tumultuous personal involvement with him and his brother, President John Kennedy, and how they plotted to silence her. The new evidence and revelatory statements are provided by Mike Rothmiller who, as a detective of the Organized Crime Intelligence Division (OCID) of the LAPD, had direct personal access to hundreds of restricted LAPD files on exactly what happened at Marilyn Monroe’s Californian home on August 5, 1962. With his training and investigator’s knowledge, Rothmiller used that confidential information to get to the heart of the matter, to the people who were there the night Marilyn died – two of whom played major roles in the cover-up – and the wider conspiracy to protect the Kennedys whatever the collateral damage. There will be those with doubts, but to them, the lawman – who directed international intelligence operations targeting organized crime – says the printed, forensic and oral evidence are totally convincing. He insists: ‘If I presented my evidence in any court of law, I’d get a conviction.’ Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913543624 • Author: Mike Rothmiller, Douglas Thompson • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers Ltd • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 1.93 cm

5 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Leading crime expert Christopher Berry-Dee gained the trust of some of the most infamous convicted killers, having corresponded with them and even entered their prison lairs to discuss their horrific crimes in detail. In this book, he presents six unforgettable prisoners and allows them to tell their stories, as well as giving the details and background of their terrifying cases - making this a must-read for aficionados of the genre and anyone fascinated by the extremes of human behaviour. Beyond the headlines, once the drama of the courtroom has subsided and the prison gates have been locked behind these killers for good, Talking With Serial Killers: Dead Men Talking allows the reader to get up close and personal with torturers, sexual psychopaths and mass murderers, to read the stories that are rarely heard and get the last word from some of the world's most pitiless killers. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789462203 • Author: Christopher Berry-Dee • Publisher: John Blake • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

3.1 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £8.99 Save £4.99 (56% Off RRP)

As a reporter and then spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle was a frequent visitor to Huntsville's Walls Unit, where she recorded the final moments of death row inmates' lives before they were put to death by the state. Michelle witnessed some of the most notorious criminals, including serial killers, child murderers and rapists, speak their last words on earth, while a cocktail of lethal drugs surged through their veins. Misgivings began to set in as the execution numbers mounted. She came to know and like some of the condemned people she saw die, and began to query the seemingly arbitrary nature of the death penalty. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788701495 Author: Michelle Lyons Publisher: Blink Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 296 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

5 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Deeply touching, humble and filled with wisdom, Stories of Hope is the non-fiction debut from the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Now, in this essential companion, Heather Morris presents an inspiring manual for life, with a series of tales of the remarkable people she has met, the incredible stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all. In Stories of Hope, explores Heather’s extraordinary talents as a listener - a skill she employed when she first met Lale Sokolov, the tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau and the inspiration for her bestselling novel. Heather shares the story behind her inspirational writing journey and the defining experiences of her life, including her profound friendship with Lale, and explores how she learned to really listen to the stories people told her - skills she believes we can all learn. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786580474 • Author: Heather Morris • Publisher: Manilla Press • Format: Hardcover • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 3.1 cm

5 ({1})
£5.00 Was £6.00 RRP £14.99 Save £9.99 (67% Off RRP)

In July 1955 Ruth Ellis was sentenced to death for the shooting of her lover, motor-racing driver David Blakely. Barely three months later she was executed at Holloway prison. In this book, Robert Hancock sets the record straight. Using official documents including the transcript of her trial at the Old Bailey, he unlocks the full, secret background to the story of the last woman to be hanged in Britain. The Last Woman to be Hanged is an absorbing portrait of the tragic life of a young woman, a vivid snapshot of an era and a gripping account of a notorious case that shocked the nation . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781841884479 • Author: Robert Hancock • Publisher: Seven Dials • Format: Paperback • Pages: 256 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm

3.3 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £9.99 Save £6.99 (70% Off RRP)

Misconceptions have stalked Andy Cole like a hatchet-man defender determined to cut him down to size. Now, in his candid and inspirational autobiography, Cole finally puts his side of the story. In the world of modern-day football, Andy Cole's reserved demeanour, combined with belief in his own ability, was often interpreted as an attitude problem that overshadowed his natural aptitude for goalscoring. Throughout his glittering career, he scored 187 Premier League goals, won 5 Premier League titles and 1 Champions League trophy. Now, two decades on from United's historic Treble, he not only gives the inside track on Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and other members of that illustrious side, but also opens up about his fractious relationship with Teddy Sheringham and reveals the prejudices and preconceptions he had to contend with in his twenty years in the game. Compelling in its honesty and frankness, Fast Forward is the thought-provoking story of one man's determination to succeed and survive against all the odds. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789463002 • Author: Charles Bronson • Publisher: John Blake • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2 cm

4.9 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Who killed JFK? What happened to Malaysian Airways plane MH370, the flight 'that disappeared'? Featuring government cover-ups, secret societies, unsolved mysteries and brazen experiments, Conspiracy explores the range of conspiracy theories from the most outlandish to the most plausible, and gets to the bottom of what really happened. Whether discussing strange goings on at CERN or the meetings of the Bilderberg Group, authors Charlotte Greig and Mike Rothschild examine the facts with a clear and critical eye and tell you what it is we really need to worry about. Product Information: ISBN: 9781838573799 Author: Charlotte Greig  Publisher: Arcturus Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.3 x 2.1cm

3.9 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £9.99 Save £5.99 (60% Off RRP)

Private investigator Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe to the head in a pub car park on 10th March 1987. Thirty years on, after five failed police investigations and an ongoing inquiry, Daniel's murder is now the most investigated in British history - yet it remains unsolved. Intrinsically connected to the murky relationship between press and police, Daniel's death can even be linked to the phone hacking scandal that closed the News of the World. A lawless and twisted timeline of bugging, bribing and bent cops leads you to the body of Daniel - but not the truth of how he died. Justice is hidden in a web of corruption and cover-ups not only in the press, but at the heart of the Met Police itself. So if you haven't heard of this story, ask yourself, why? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781911600169 • Author: Peter Jukes, Alastair Morgan • Publisher: Blink Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 13.34 x 2.54 cm

4.3 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Discover the incredible true crime story of serial killer, Charles Sobhraj, and the race to bring him to justice. Charles Sobhraj remains one of the world's great con men, and as a serial killer, the story of his life and capture endures as legend. Driven to floating from country to country, continent to continent, he became the consummate con artist. But as his situation grew more perilous he turned to murder, preying on Western tourists dropping out across the 1970s hippie route, leaving a trail of dead bodies and gruesome crime scenes in his wake. First published in 1979, but updated here to include new material, On the Trail of the Serpent draws its readers into the story of Sobhraj's life as told exclusively to journalists Richard Neville and Julie Clarke. Blurring the boundaries between true crime and novelisation, this remains the definitive book about Sobhraj - a riveting tale of sex, drugs, adventure and murder. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529112436 • Author: Richard Neville, Julie Clarke • Publisher: Vintage • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 12.9 cm

4.3 ({1})
£7.00 RRP £9.99 Save £2.99 (30% Off RRP)

Could the courts really order the death of your innocent baby? Was there an illegal immigrant who couldn't be deported because he had a pet cat? Are unelected judges truly enemies of the people? Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society. Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge – worse, we risk letting them make us complicit. The Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds a defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy that is as entertaining as it is vital. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529009941 • Author: The Secret Barrister • Publisher: Picador • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24.31 x 16.21 x 4.09 cm

4.9 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

Serial Killers at the Movies takes the reader on an uncomfortable and truly dark journey into a world of murder and deviancy. The depraved crimes of both real and imagined serial killers have long transfixed us in newspapers and books, but perhaps nowhere more so than on the big screen. Films such as Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer have not only reached huge audiences but also allowed us into the minds of society’s most disturbed individuals. Bestselling author, Christopher Berry-Dee, talks to the serial killers whose wicked stories have most thrilled and fascinated us at the movies and, through far-ranging and disturbing interviews, he tells the stories of the mass murderers who provided the inspiration for some of cinema’s most shocking films. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913543839 • Author: Christopher Berry-Dee • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers Ltd • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm

4.5 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Christopher Berry-Dee is the man who talks to serial killers. A world-renowned investigative criminologist, he has gained the trust of murderers across the world and discussed in detail their shocking crimes.  The killers' pursuit of horror and violence is described through the unique audiotape and videotape interviews which Berry-Dee conducted, deep inside the bowels of some of the world's toughest prisons. Using their own words to describe their crimes, this shocking book allows the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of the people who have committed the worst crime possible - to mercilessly take the life of another human being. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913543754 • Author: Christopher Berry-Dee • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.56 x 12.7 x 2.29 cm

3.1 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £8.99 Save £4.99 (56% Off RRP)

Dennis Nilsen was one of Britain's most notorious serial killers, jailed for life in 1983 after the murders of 12 men and the attempted murders of many more. History of a Drowning Boy - taken exclusively from these astonishing writings - uncovers, for the first time, the motives behind the murders, and delivers a clear understanding of how such horrific events could have happened, tracing the origins back to early childhood. Any autobiography presents the writer's story from just one perspective: his own, and as such this record should be treated with some caution. An excellent foreword by criminologist Dr Mark Pettigrew offers some context to Nilsen's words, and this important work provides an extraordinary journey through the life of a remarkable and inadequate man. Product Information: ISBN: 9781913062538 Author: Dennis Nilsen Publisher: Red Door Press Format: Paperback Pages: 336 Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.6 x 2cm

5 ({1})
£5.00 RRP £12.99 Save £7.99 (62% Off RRP)

In the early hours of 19 June 2004, 16-year-old Liam Kelly was lured to a location in Liverpool and shot dead. The following year, another Liverpudlian, 22-year-old mother of three, Lucy Hargreaves, was shot dead in her own home. Her partner and their 2-year-old daughter escaped after the house was set alight by leaping from a first-floor bedroom window. For more than fifteen years, six-foot six-inch, broadly built, ginger-haired Kevin Parle has been wanted by the police for both murders. How could he have evaded national and international crime investigators for so long? Who is harbouring him? Author and former Scotland Yard detective and undercover cop, Peter Bleksley, is determined to find the answers. He has immersed himself again in the world of serious and organised crime, this time armed only with a pen, a notebook and a mobile phone. He has vowed not to rest until Parle is found. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789474572 • Author: Peter Bleksley • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2cm

4.5 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £8.99 Save £4.99 (56% Off RRP)

The shocking truth about some of the most disturbing, criminal cults that have ever existed. How did Charles Manson inspire his "family" to launch a campaign of murder? What twisted ideology lay behind horrific events like the Waco Siege, the Aum Shinrikyo's poison-gas attack on the Tokyo metro, and the mass suicides and murders of Jonestown? Why did the suicidal adherents of Heaven's Gate believe doomsday was at hand? How did the idealistic commune of Rajneeshpuram collapse into shocking controversies, involving biological terrorism and attempted murder? Cults Uncovered explores these and many more strange and disturbing factions and sects from all over the world to expose terrifying stories of manipulation, coercion, abuse, and murder. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241401248 • Author: Emily G. Thompson • Publisher: DK • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.6 cm

5 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

Much has been written about the brutal crimes of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.  During the four decades of his imprisonment for the murder of thirteen. In any story featuring Sutcliffe, however, his victims are incidental, often reduced to a tableau of nameless faces. But each woman was much more than the manner of her death. Based on previously unpublished material and fresh, first-hand interviews the book examines the Yorkshire Ripper story from a new perspective: focusing on the women and putting the reader in a similar position to those who lived through that time. By talking to survivors and their families, and to the relatives of the murdered women, Carol Ann Lee gets to the core truths of their lives and experiences, not only at the hands of Sutcliffe but also with the Yorkshire Police and their crass and appalling handling of the case, where the women were put into two categories: prostitutes and non-prostitutes. In this book they are, simply, women, and all have moving backstories. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789293524 • Author: Carol Ann Lee • Publisher: Michael O'Mara • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm

5 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £8.99 Save £4.99 (56% Off RRP)