Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

by Michael Newton
     
 
This extensive survey of recent unsolved crimes that have baffled detectives and law-enforcement agencies is a valuable resource for amateur sleuths, crime writers, and law-enforcement professionals alike. More than 500 fascinating entries examine many of the most disturbing cases from around the world during the 19th and 20th centuries, including murders, robberies,

Overview

This extensive survey of recent unsolved crimes that have baffled detectives and law-enforcement agencies is a valuable resource for amateur sleuths, crime writers, and law-enforcement professionals alike. More than 500 fascinating entries examine many of the most disturbing cases from around the world during the 19th and 20th centuries, including murders, robberies, missing persons, kidnappings, serial killers, and more. Each entry provides an overview of the crime, the parties involved, evidence gathered, and leading theories about solutions. Written in an accessible A-to-Z format and enhanced by more than 50 photographs, The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes is an indispensable reference for the study of the underworld's greatest mysteries.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This worthy addition to any collection is presented alphabetically, each entry describing the known facts surrounding an unsolved mystery. From Jimmy Hoffa to Jack the Ripper to the Lindbergh kidnapping, the book is full of the details surrounding the most famous unsolved crimes in history. Newton discusses the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey in detail, chronicling the order of events, the contents of the ransom note, and the conflicting investigations by the police and the parents of the murdered child. The facts are presented without judgment, describing the suspicious behavior of the Ramseys and the professional lapses of the police department with equal emphasis. Newton also describes the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mystery that continues to captivate each generation. He puts forth the known facts of the case and then details the ten most prominent theories surrounding the presidential murder. The writing here is crisp and clean, offering plenty of detail without melodrama. The titillating subject matter will appeal to teen readers. Although Newton is descriptive, he is not gruesome, managing to create intense interest without being objectionable. Young readers will enjoy this book. The format is easy to use, the writing is solid and interesting, and the topic is enticingly taboo. 2004, Facts on File, 340p.; Index. Photos. Biblio., PLB Ages 11 to Adult.
—Heather Pittman
Library Journal
With over 60 crime-related reference titles to his credit, Newton is well qualified to produce this significant update of the 2004 first edition of his A-to-Z work. It covers over 800 unsolved crimes from the 19th century to the present, primarily in the United States. The majority of the crimes are murders, but other types are covered as well, including disappearances, major heists, and kidnappings. The author defines an unsolved crime as one in which there is no suspect, the suspect was released for lack of evidence, the suspect was wrongly convicted or acquitted, or the official verdict remains controversial. Entries are titled by victim's name, geographical location, or popular media label (e.g., Zodiac Killer) and vary from a single paragraph to four pages for some famous cases (JonBenet Ramsey, the Black Dahlia, Kaspar Hauser), although others equally as famous get relatively short shrift (Jimmy Hoffa). The entries provide a succinct description, often graphic but not lurid, of the crime, its context, and its investigation. Given the vast number of such unsolved crimes worldwide, it would have been useful for the author to describe his criteria for inclusion. It is also perplexing that entry titles fittingly identify individuals murdered during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement as civil rights martyrs, while lynching victims are identified as murder victims although the entries accurately describe the racially motivated killings and flagrant coverups and miscarriages of justice. BOTTOM LINE Writers of crime novels and TV police procedurals will find much plot material here, but otherwise it's hard to envision an audience. Buy where demand warrants.—Nadine Cohen, Univ. of GeorgiaLib., Athens
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Nash's massive set places what he considers to be "the most important crimes in history" into graspable categories: assassination; bigamy; burglary; cannibalism; drugs; fraud; gangs, gangsters and organized crime; kidnapping; piracy; robbery; and secret criminal societies. Murder is broken down into celebrity slayings, mass murder, serial killers, and unsolved homicides. Each of these topical sections opens with a general overview and then explores individual crimes in chronological order. As befits the title, there are thousands of black-and-white photographs and illustrations and although their quality varies they are, by and large, helpful and interesting. Information on criminals' backgrounds and descriptions of the act(s) for which they gained notoriety are included. The bibliography is almost 100 pages of very small print, yet despite this apparent copious research, many quotes and scenarios are not clearly substantiated, and individual articles do not include citations. The author is bold in advancing his own opinions and theories, developed over years of studying and writing about crime. While these perspectives are often fascinating, they lead this work away from the status of a definitive history. It is, however, the most comprehensive true crime book available. Newton, conversely, has produced a succinct, poorly illustrated title that, while relating two centuries of worldwide cases that remain unsolved as of publication date, is fair and balanced in regard to its approximately 540 alphabetical entries. Black-and-white photos and reproductions illustrate this book. A six-page bibliography includes articles, books, and Web sites.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816078189
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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