Unsolved Crimes

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Unsolved Crimes examines famous unresolved cases, from that of Jack the Ripper in 1888 to cases in the present, and describes the key theories, evidence, and suspects for each crime. Case accounts look at how police handled each crime, what evidence was uncovered, and, in some instances, what mistakes were made. Although law-enforcement practices and technology have improved in the past century, some crimes continue to puzzle investigators. Still, it may not be too late to answer a few riddles. By reexamining old...
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Overview

Unsolved Crimes examines famous unresolved cases, from that of Jack the Ripper in 1888 to cases in the present, and describes the key theories, evidence, and suspects for each crime. Case accounts look at how police handled each crime, what evidence was uncovered, and, in some instances, what mistakes were made. Although law-enforcement practices and technology have improved in the past century, some crimes continue to puzzle investigators. Still, it may not be too late to answer a few riddles. By reexamining old evidence with modern techniques, police sometimes can breathe new life into a cold case.
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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
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

These titles stem from famous cases culled from the headlines. Each topic has been thoroughly researched and both books combine scientific procedure with case history. Many crimes are addressed, as is the media coverage they received. Background information and a list of known suspects are included for each example. The subject matter is gruesome, but the writing is not sensationalized. The sidebars supplement the texts, but their placement is at times awkward. Many of the examples in Unsolved Crimes are discussed in other titles in the series. Diane Yancey's Tracking Serial Killers (Gale, 2007) is similar in content and scope to Serial Killers , but is organized less methodically. Addition purchases for most collections.-Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791094143
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Criminal Investigations Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     7
Introduction     11
Red Jack     15
Forty Whacks     25
The Black Dahlia     35
A Civil Wrong     43
The Boy in the Box     51
JFK: Case Closed?     59
Where's Jimmy?     69
Deadly Medicine     79
The Art of Crime     87
Little Girl Lost     97
Chronology     107
Endnotes     110
Bibliography     111
Further Resources     112
Index     113
About the Author     119
About the Consulting Editor     120
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