The Crime Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

The Crime Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

by DK, Peter James

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An essential guide to criminology, exploring the most infamous cases of all time, from serial killers to mob hits to war crimes and more.

From Jack the Ripper to Jeffrey Dahmer, The Crime Book is a complete study of international true crime history that unpacks the shocking stories through info-graphics and in-depth research that lays out every key fact and detail. Examine the science, psychology, and sociology of criminal behavior, and read profiles of villains, victims, and detectives. See each clue and follow the investigation from start to finish, and study the police and detective work of each case.

Find out how pirates, the Japanese yakuza, Chinese triads, and modern drug cartels operate around the world. Dive deep into the Black Dahlia murder investigation and follow other high-profile cases, including Lizzie Borden with her ax and the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Learn how media coverage changed through history, from the tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln to romanticizing Bonnie and Clyde's doomed fate to the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby, which is considered the first international crime tabloid story.

The Crime Book is a complete compendium for crime aficionados to add to their collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465466679
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Big Ideas
Sold by: DK
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 719,466
File size: 192 MB
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Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Bandits, Robbers, and Arsonists

Father of all treasons Thomas Blood 18

A civil, obliging robber John Nevison 19

Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters Edward "Blackbeard" Teach 20

Burke's the butcher, Hare's the thief, Knox the boy that buys the beef Burke Hare 22

They were brave fellows. They were true men The James-Younger Gang 24

It's for the love of a man that I'm gonna have to die Bonnie Clyde 26

You'll never believe it-they've stolen the train The Great Train Robbery 30

Addicted to the thrill Bill Mason 36

To me it is only so much scrap gold: The Theft of the World Cup 37

Miss, you'd better look at that note D.B. Cooper 38

Without weapons, nor hatred, nor violence: The Société Générale Bank Heist 44

I stole from the wealthy so I could live their lifestyle John MacLean 45

Sing of my deeds, tell of my combats… forgive my failings Phoolan Devi 46

The fire becomes a mistress, a lover John Leonard Orr 48

It was the perfect crime: The Antwerp Diamond Heist 54

He was an expert in alarm systems: The Theft of the Cellini Salt Cellar 56

Weird and unbelievable, but it's a very real criminal case: The Russia-Estonia Vodka Pipeline 57

Old-school London criminal gents The Hatton Garden Heist 58

Con Artists

Under the influence of bad counsels… I fell a martyr: The Affair of the Diamond Necklace 64

People took their hats off to such a sum: The Crawford Inheritance 66

The smoothest con man that ever lived: The Sale of the Eiffel Tower 68

Domela's story rings with the high lunacy of great farce Harry Domela 70

If my work hangs in a museum long enough, it becomes real Elmyr de Hory 74

It's not stealing because I'm only taking what they give me Doris Payne 78

They inflated the raft and left the island. After that nobody seems to know what happened: Escape from Alcatraz 80

At the time, virtue was not one of my virtues Frank Abagnale 86

I was on a train of lies. I couldn't jump off Clifford Irving 88

Originally I copied Hitler's life out of books, but later I began to feel I was Hitler Konrad Kujau 90

If this is not a ring-in I'm not here: The Fine Cotton Scandal 94

White Collar Crimes

Money… has often been a cause of the delusion of multitudes: The Mississippi Scheme 100

Nothing is lost save honor: The Black Friday Gold Scandal 101

The old game of robbing Peter to pay Paul Charles Ponzi 102

You can't convict a million dollars The Teapot Dome Scandal 108

Citizens were dying right, left, and center: The Bhopal Disaster 110

The world's biggest mugging: The City of London Bonds Theft 114

It's all just one big lie Bernie Madoff 116

I know in my mind that I did nothing criminal The Enron Scandal 122

He put in peril the existence of the bank Jérôme kerviel 124

Bribery was tolerated and… rewarded The Siemens Scandal 128

Not just nerdy kids up to mischief in their parents' basement: The Spyeye Malware Data Theft 128

The irregularities… go against everything Volkswagen stands for: The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal 130

Organized Crime

The most hazardous of all trades, that of the smuggler The Hawkhurst Gang 136

In Sicily there is a sect of thieves The Sicilian Mafia 138

They dare do anything The Triads 146

No more villainous, ruffianly band was ever organized: The Wild Bunch 150

Prohibition has made nothing but trouble: The Beer Wars 152

If the boss says a passing crow is white, you must agree The Yakuza 154

When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets Hells Angels 160

They were the best years of our lives The Krays Richardsons 164

All empires are created of blood and fire The Medellín Cartel 166

It was always about business, never about gangs: "Freeway': Rick Ross 168

Kidnapping and Extortion

He valued her less than old swords: The Abduction of Pocahontas 176

Marvelous real-life romance The Tichborne Claimant 177

Anne, they've stolen our baby!: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping 178

Since Monday I have fallen into the hands of kidnappers: The Kidnapping of John Paul Getty III 186

I'm a coward. I didn't want to die: The Kid nap ping of Patty Hearst 188

I still sleep with a night light. I can't ride a subway: The Chowchilla Kidnapping 190

I always felt like a poor chicken in a henhouse: The Kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch 196

Murder Cases

An unusually clear case, like a "smoking gun": The Neanderthal Murder 202

Perpetrated with the sword of justice Jean Calas 203

Not guilty by reason of insanity Daniel M'Naghten 204

Gave Katherine warning to leave: The Dripping Killer 206

Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks Lizzie Borden 208

Fingerprinting alone has proved to be both infallible and feasible: The Stratton Brothers 212

Thank God it's over. The suspense has been too great Dr Crippen 216

I was driven by a will that had taken the place of my own Madame Caillaux 217

She was very good looking with beautiful dark hair: The Black Dahlia Murder 218

The artist was so well informed on chemicals… it was frightening Sadamichi Hirasawa 224

I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts: The Texas Tower Massacre 226

Now is the time for Helter Skelter: The Manson Family 230

A dingo's got my baby!: The Death of Azaria Chamberlain 238

I was Mr. Nobody until I killed the biggest somebody on Earth: The Murder of John Lennon 240

Who has sent you against me? Who has told you to do this thing?: The Murder of Roberto Calvi 241

I was on death row, and I was innocent Kirk Bloodsworth 242

An act of unparalleled evil: The Murder of James Bulger 244

I'm afraid this man will kill me some day O. J. Simpson 246

Foul play while in the Spy Craft store Craig Jacobsen 252

People are afraid and don't want to talk to us: The Murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls 254

Serial Killers

Murdering people… for sheer sport Liu Pengli 262

The said Dame Alice had a certain demon Alice Kyteler 263

The blood of maidens will keep her young Elizabeth Báthory 264

I will send you another bit of innerds Jack the Ripper 266

They'd rather be dead than be with me Harvey Glatman 274

I just like to kill Ted Bundy 276

Calculated, cruel, cold-blooded murders Ian Brady Myra Hindley 284

More terrible than words can express Fred Rosemary West 286

This is the Zodiac speaking The Zodiac Killer 288

In his own eyes, he was some sort of medical god Harold Shipman 290

A mistake of nature Andrei Chikatilo 292

I was sick or evil, or both Jeffrey Dahmer 293

A danger to young women Colin Pitchfork 294

Read your ad. Let's talk about the possibilities John Edward Robinson 298

Assassinations and Political Plots

Insatiable and disgraceful lust for money: The Assassination of Pertinax 304

Murdering someone by craft: The Hashashin 305

Sic semper tyrannis!: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln 306

Dreyfus is innocent. I swear it! I stake my life on it-my honor!: The Dreyfus Affair 310

If they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled: The Assassination of Rasputin 312

There has to he more to it: The Assassination of John F Kennedy 316

I kiss you for the last time: The Abduction of Aldo Moro 322

Barbarity was all around us: The Kid napping of Ingrid Betancourt 324

Barbaric and ruthless: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko 326

Directory 332

Index 344

Quote Attributions 351

Acknowledgments 352

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The Crime Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own few titles from the series and I love them all. The series provides concise references on big ideas without bolting one down with too much information. All titles from the same series are good starter guides or could be served as quick references. "The Crime Book" is no exception. Written by renowned crime experts and journalists, the "stories" included are told in the most acute form as possible. Crimes cases are organized into different categories. Some brief background, subsequent laws imposed on the matters are introduced. Though "The Crime Book" might not be as "educational" as its counterparts in the series but it offers quality information. Highly recommend to those who would want to learn few things here and there about crime histories. Well-informed crime readers, though, might find the book is on the elementary level for their taste. Thanks DK and Netgallery for the opportunity for me to sample "The Crime Book" prior to my possible purchase of the title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unable to turn the pages. Not one of the other books I have does this. I would love to read past page 29.