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Look around you, because the person sitting right next to you could be a cold, heartless murderer! In Talking With Psychopaths and Savages, bestselling author and criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee takes readers deep inside the dark minds of some of the most pitiless and dangerous people alive. Having spent years interviewing imprisoned criminals including notorious serial killers he discovered that the lack of remorse these people showed was in many ways even more terrifying than the crimes they had committed. Yet in the course of these conversations, the author also had the chance to interview his subjects psychiatrists and, in doing so, uncovered a terrible truth: a monster can be hidden behind a friendly face. Some of these experts, he found, proved to have more in common with their patients than he would ever have expected. This book examines horrific crimes committed by some of the most remorseless and merciless people ever to have lived. If it reveals a mindset wholly alien to most people, it also, shockingly, demonstrates that some of the people who treat these psychopaths have their own demons. Talking with Psychopaths and Savages will inevitably shift the reader's view of psychopaths, and in doing so, reveals that horror can be much closer to us than we think. This paperback book has 292 pages and measures: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.8cm

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A natural subject for the UK's bestselling true-crime author: a study of people who randomly kill large numbers of others, or who set out to do so in specific places or situations! Because of the ease of obtaining firearms in the USA, many of these, inevitably, are American, but there have been other recent examples in New Zealand and Norway, while three major mass shootings took place in the UK at Hungerford in 1987 (17 dead, including the killer), Dunblane in 1996 (18, including the killer), and in Cumbria in 2010 (13, including the killer). As such killings become more frequent, it is easy to blame them on the ready availability of firearms and weak or non-existent background checks, even though many countries, including the UK, have extremely robust firearms legislation. Christopher Berry-Dee offers case studies in some of the most infamous mass killings of the past fifty years, from school massacres to workplace killings, hate crimes to familicides. Product Information: ISBN: 9781789464214 Author: Christopher Berry-Dee Publisher: John Blake Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.2cm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Murders that defy detection. Discover the stories behind some of the most infamous unsolved murders of the last century, including the Black Dahlia, the Zodiac Killer and the JonBenét Ramsey case. Detailing essential evidence. Profiling key suspects. Tracking police investigations. Sorting facts from speculation. Ideal for True Crime fans looking for a new case to take a stab at, get ready for an unforgettable read. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241424568 • Author: Amber Hunt, Emily G. Thompson • Publisher: DK • Format: Paperback • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5 cm

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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

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Expanded and updated, this is the definitive history of British serial killing 1888-2020 - by the UK's leading criminologist, David Wilson. This fascinating tells the stories of Britain's serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case. David Wilson has worked as a Prison Governor and as a profiler, and has been described as the UK's leading expert on serial killers. His work has led him to meet several of the UK's deadliest killers, and build up fascinating insights into what makes a serial killer - and who they are most likely to target. A vivid narrative history and a call for prison and social reform, Professor Wilson's new book is a powerful and gripping investigation of Britain's serial murderers. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751581072 • Author: David Wilson • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm

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As a society, we are captivated by policing; we watch police procedurals and fly-on-the-wall documentaries and absorb the headlines on the rolling news. Yet how much do we really know about the world that policing inhabits and reveals? In his deeply revealing new book, John Sutherland invites us to step behind the cordon tape and bear witness to the things that he has seen in his twenty-five years of service with the Metropolitan Police. Tackling ten of the biggest challenges facing society today - from alcohol abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence to knife crime, terrorism and sexual offences - we are introduced to people who have been pushed to the limits and beyond. In doing so, we gain a clearer sense of what needs to be done to make our neighbourhoods safer and to transform the lives of those we live alongside. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474612364 • Author: John Sutherland • Publisher: W&N  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3cm

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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

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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

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By an expert with over twenty-five years' experience interviewing more than thirty of the most dangerous male and female serial killers of contemporary times, this latest book from the bestselling author explores the darkest corners of these thrill-killers' minds As all law-enforcement authorities, including the FBI's elite Behavioural Science Unit, will confirm, the majority of sexual psychopaths gain most of their perverse thrills from the stalking of their unsuspecting victims, often in so many different ways. For them, the actual kill is frequently something less, after which the dead body is treated like so much garbage and simply abandoned or thrown away. Yet as these cases show, a victim has often been unwittingly followed, watched, or even visited before they are attacked, sometimes for weeks or even months. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789462678 • Author: Christopher Berry-Dee • Publisher: John Blake • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.1 x 2.5 cm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire. Product information: ISBN: 9780141035673 Author: Catherine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Format: Paperback Pages: 480

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Imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau, fourteen-year-old Dita becomes the secret librarian of the camp, being tasked with taking charge of the small collection of precious books. Having smuggled them past the guards, the books are extremely dangerous... They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz. The slightest transgression can result in execution. ...Even for fourteen-year-old Dita. For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice - a unforgettable true story of Dita Kraus. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781529104776• Author: Antonio Iturbe• Publisher: Ebury Press• Format: Paperback• Pages: 423• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3cm

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