Did you know that reading reduces stress?
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
No Place Like Murder - True Crime in the Midwest - cover

No Place Like Murder - True Crime in the Midwest

Janis Thornton

Publisher: Quarry Books

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

A modern retelling of 20 sensational true crimes, No Place Like Murder reveals the inside details behind nefarious acts that shocked the Midwest between 1869 and 1950. The stories chronicle the misdeeds, examining the perpetrators' mindsets, motives, lives, apprehensions, and trials, as well as what became of them long after.True crime author Janis Thornton profiles notorious murderers such as Frankie Miller, who was fed up when her fiancé stood her up for another woman. As fans of the song "Frankie and Johnny" already know, Frankie met her former lover at the door with a shotgun. Thornton's tales reveal the darker side of life in the Midwest, including the account of Isabelle Messmer, a plucky young woman who dreamed of escaping her quiet farm-town life. After she nearly took down two tough Pittsburgh policemen in 1933, she was dubbed "Gun Girl" and went on to make headlines from coast to coast. In 1942, however, after a murder conviction in Texas, she vowed to do her time and go straight. Full of intrigue and revelations, No Place Like Murder also features such folks as Chirka and Rasico, the first two Hoosier men to die in the electric chair after they brutally murdered their wives in 1913. The two didn't meet until their fateful last night.An enthralling and chilling collection, No Place Like Murder is sure to thrill true crime lovers.

Other books that might interest you

  • Murder & Mayhem in Houston - Historic Bayou City Crime - cover

    Murder & Mayhem in Houston -...

    John Nova Lomax, Mike Vance

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    When the Allen brothers sold Houston's first lots, the city became a magnet for enterprising tycoons and opportunistic crooks alike. As the young city grew, a scourge of crime and vice accompanied the success of oil and real estate. The Bayou City's seedy side--flashing Bowie knives, privileged bad boys, hardened prostitutes and unchecked serial killers--established its hold. From a young Clyde Barrow to the Man Who Killed Halloween, Houston's past is filled with bloody tales, heartbreaking loss and despicable deeds. Authors Mike Vance and John Nova Lomax shine a light on these dark days.
    Show book
  • Canadian Folk-Song A - cover

    Canadian Folk-Song A

    William Wilfred Campbell

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of A Canadian Folk-Song by William Wilfred Campbell. This was the weekly poetry project for January 4th, 2009.
    Show book
  • Double Life - The Shattering Affair between Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Socialite Joy Silverman - cover

    Double Life - The Shattering...

    Linda Wolfe

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A “spellbinding” account of the New York judge who was brought down by prescription drugs, sexual obsession, and a shocking criminal conviction (Ann Rule). He was the top justice of New York’s highest court. She was a stunning socialite and his wife’s step-cousin. In 1993 Sol Wachtler was convicted of blackmail and extortion against Joy Silverman, his former mistress. How did a respected jurist and one of the most prominent men in America end up serving time in prison? Linda Wolfe starts at the beginning—from Wachtler’s modest Brooklyn upbringing through his courtship and marriage to Joan Wolosoff, the only child of a wealthy real estate developer.   Joy Fererh was three and a half when her father walked out. When she and Sol met, he was fifty-five and nearing the pinnacle of his legal career. She was a thirtysomething stay-at-home mother who, with Sol’s help, made a career for herself as a Republican Party fundraiser. They kept their affair a secret—until an explosive mix of sex, power, betrayal, and prescription-drug abuse set the stage for the tabloid headlines of the decade. 
    Show book
  • To Kill and Kill Again - The Terrifying True Story of Montana's Baby-Faced Serial Sex Murderer - cover

    To Kill and Kill Again - The...

    John Coston

    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    The twelve-year rampage of “Missoula Mauler” Wayne Nance—and the shocking end to his murder spree To his neighbors, Wayne Nance, a furniture mover from Missoula, Montana, appeared to be an affable, considerate, and trustworthy guy. No one knew that Nance was the “Missoula Mauler,” a psychopath responsible for a series of sadistic sex slayings that rocked the idyllic town between 1974 and 1986.   Nance’s only requirement for murder was accessibility—a preacher’s wife, a teenage runaway, a female acquaintance, a married couple. Putting on a friendly façade, he could easily gain his victims’ trust. Then, one September night, thirty-year-old Nance pushed his luck, preying on a couple who lived to tell the tale.   A true story with an incredible twist, written by former Wall Street Journal editor John Coston and complete with photos, To Kill and Kill Again reveals the disturbing compulsions of a charming serial killer who fooled everyone he knew, stumped the authorities, terrified a community, and nearly got away with it.  
    Show book
  • Big Stick-Up at Brink's! - The Inside Story of the Gang Who Pulled Off Boston's Greatest Robbery - cover

    Big Stick-Up at Brink's! - The...

    Noel Behn

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    A riveting and frequently hilarious insider account of one of the twentieth century’s most outrageous capers.   On the evening of January 17, 1950, armed robbers wearing Captain Marvel masks entered the Brink’s Armored Car building in Boston, Massachusetts. They walked out less than an hour later with more than $2.7 million in cash and securities. It was a brazen and expertly executed theft that captured the imaginations of millions of Americans and baffled the FBI and local law enforcement officials.   But what appeared on the surface to be the perfect crime was, in fact, the end result of a mind-boggling series of mistakes, miscalculations, and missteps. The men behind the masks were not expert bank robbers but a motley crew of small-time crooks who bumbled their way into a record-breaking payday and managed to elude the long arm of the law for six years.  New York Times–bestselling author Noel Behn tape-recorded nearly one thousand hours of interviews with the surviving robbers, including motormouthed mastermind Tony Pino, a character so colorful he might have been dreamed up by a Hollywood screenwriter, to tell the uncensored story of the heist forever known as “the Great Brink’s Robbery.” Fun and suspenseful from first page to last, Behn’s true-crime classic was the basis for The Brink’s Job (1978), the Academy Award–nominated film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk and Peter Boyle.  
    Show book
  • Evil Women - Deadlier than the Male - cover

    Evil Women - Deadlier than the Male

    John Marlowe

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Among the thirty-four cases covered are: Pamela Smart, a volunteer at a high school drug awareness program, who urged her fifteen-year-old lover and his friends to kill her husband; Nancy Kissel, an expat American in Hong Kong, who served her investment banker husband a strawberry milkshake laced with drugs, then clubbed him to death with a statue; and Celeste Beard, whose husband was disemboweled by her lesbian lover.
    Show book