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The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes
     

The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes

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by Robin Odell
 

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You couldn't make it up: incredible real-life criminal cases

A fascinating A-Z of murderous crimes which spans the globe and the centuries in uncovering the extremes of human criminality in all its strangeness.

This collection of unusual, if not sensational, murder cases recalls strange crimes of the past and offers insights into particularly

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You couldn't make it up: incredible real-life criminal cases

A fascinating A-Z of murderous crimes which spans the globe and the centuries in uncovering the extremes of human criminality in all its strangeness.

This collection of unusual, if not sensational, murder cases recalls strange crimes of the past and offers insights into particularly macabre and shocking modern murders. Many of the cases also shed light on advances in crime detection, law enforcement and forensic science.

Cases include: Krystian Bala, the Polish writer who killed a rival, and then used the murder as the plot for a novel; Alexander Pichuskin, who was stopped one short of killing the 64 victims he needed to 'fill a chess board'; John Lee, 'the man they could not hang' who survived three attempts to execute him; and Adelaide Bartlett, who was accused of killing her husband with chloroform, but was acquitted because no one could work out how she had done it - and she wouldn't say.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849014366
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
03/25/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
213,306
File size:
548 KB

Meet the Author

Robin Odell was born in Hampshire in 1935. After training as a laboratory technician and developing an interest in forensic science, he turned to crime writing as a pastime. His first book, Jack the Ripper in Fact&Fiction, published in 1965, is still regarded as an important contribution to the subject. In a writing career spanning over forty years, he has written or co-written eighteen books in the fields of true crime, forensic investigation and criminal histoy. He won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1980 for The Murderers? Who's Who and again in 2007 for Ripperology. He also lectures extensively to clubs and societies on crime cases.

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The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
elbecker More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It doesn't go very in-depth so that's the only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 because my brain would love just a bit more information (but then again I'm never satisfied and always go off on tangents so it's near-impossible to get a 5 star rating.) But its taken me over a month to finish this book. Why? Not out of boredom, but because I'll read on a case that I'm interested in and then I use my Nook Tablet to get on Google and try to find out more! Definitely check out this book if you're new to true crime and want to see what kinds of cases there are out there. It'll keep you occupied for some time if you let it. Not a great book if you want a definitive volume, but a tremendous resource for piquing your interest about specific crimes and jumping off to read about more. Definitely a true-crime "Must Read" for the beginner or the person who thinks they've heard of every case (I thought I was a connoisseur, but easily half of these cases were entirely unfamiliar to me.)
johncat2112 More than 1 year ago
i just bought this book and so far its very good,anyone intrested in true crime should get this. very bizare cases ive never heard of and im into true crime. go out and get this little gem its worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago