Faith's Recommended Reads

Published on 28 March 2024


Faith from Cobden Library has shared some of her favourite true crime reads for April! All available to borrow at our libraries. 

All of these books really pack a punch in the Classic true crime genre! From Devil’s Grip by local Author Neal Drinnan to John Wayne Gacy and everything in between!

Inside The Mind Of John Wayne Gacy - Brad Hunter
True Crime/Non-Fiction

Brad Hunter has spent over thirty years writing about some of America’s most horrific crimes. In this new book he enters the mind of John Wayne Gacy, the real-life ‘Killer Clown’, often said to be the inspiration for Stephen King’s evil Pennywise in It.

Monster : inside the mind of Aileen Wournos  - Aileen Wournos
True Crime

Told in her own words, this is the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Charlize Theron in the film Monster.

The Dennis Nilsen tapes: in jail with Britain's most infamous serial killer - Michael Morley
True Crime

The Dennis Nilsen Tapes: In Jail with Britain's Most Infamous Serial Killer will offer a never-before-seen account of Morley's chilling two-year correspondence with the infamous Scottish serial killer, Dennis Nilsen, along with new details of that historic and life changing face-to-face meeting.

Inside the Mind of Jeffrey Dahmer: The Cannibal Killer - Christopher Berry-Dee
True Crime/Non-Fiction

 Sunday Times bestselling author 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, entered their high security prisons, and discussed in detail their shocking crimes. In this book, Berry-Dee seeks to understand the motivation, the amoral urges and the merciless horror behind Dahmer's inhuman behaviour.

An Evil Love: The Life and Crimes of Fred West - Geoff Wansell
True Crime/Non-Fiction

Fred West was perhaps one of Britain's most evil, feared serial killers. This new publication of Geoffrey Wansell's iconic, bestselling true crime masterpiece comes thirty years after West was arrested, in 1992. Once and for all, he reveals the full story of Fred and Rose West's lives and crimes, in a chilling book that sets the standard for exploring the minds of our most feared serial killers - up close and personal.

The Death Shift - Peter Elkind
True Crime/Non-Fiction

Though doctors struggle to save them, babies are dying in the pediatric ward of a Texas hospital. A secret internal investigation reveals the sickening explanation: Genene Jones, a nurse on the 3-11 shift, is a cold-blooded killer. This true-life thriller reveals how Jones was able to work again--and kill again.

Inside the Mind of BTK - John E. Douglas, Johnny Dodd
True Crime/Non-Fiction

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history,  a man who called himself BTK(Bind, Torture, Kill).

The Science of Serial Killers - Meg Hafdahl
True Crime/Non-Fiction

Discover the real-life inspirations behind history’s most infamous serial killers; John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, and so many more.

The Devil's Grip - Neil Drinnan

Seven shots ring out in the silence of Victoria’s rolling Barrabool Hills. As the final recoil echoes through the paddocks, a revered sheep-breeding dynasty comes to a bloody and inglorious end. No one could have anticipated the orgy of violence that wiped out three generations of the Wettenhall family, much less the lurid scandals about Darcy Wettenhall, the man behind the world famous Stanbury sheep stud, that would emerge from the aftermath.

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