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50 ASESINOS SERIALES

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Los asesinos en serie no se parecen a los que conocemos a través del cine ni de los textos literarios. No son genios del crimen, sino seres atormentados, con trastornos mentales y un narcisismo exacerbado. Descubre los patrones de conducta y las historias de los criminales más terribles.

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"Es difícil creer que los seres humanos sean capaces de tanta maldad" [Source: Robert Ludrup]

"Un buen análisis introductorio y una recopilación que provoca espanto" [Source: Surveillance Project]

"Un viaje impactante por las historias de los peores criminales" [Source: Claude Kramer]

 
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50 SERIAL KILLERS

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Serial killers are nothing like the ones we know through films or literary texts. They are not crime geniuses, but tormented beings with mental disorders and an exacerbated narcissism. Discover the behavior patterns and the stories of the most terrible criminals.

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"It's hard to believe that humans are capable of such evil" [SOURCE: Robert Ludrup]

"A brilliant introductory analysis and a compilation that causes terror" [SOURCE: Surveillance Project] "A stunning journey through the stories of the worst criminals" [SOURCE: Claude Kramer]

 
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Sadisten

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Wie dunkel ist die menschliche Seele? Lydia Benecke beweist mit ihrem Buch "Sadisten: Tödliche Liebe - Geschichten aus dem wahren Leben", dass so mancher Abgrund darin lauert. Wo fantasievolle Gedankenspielereien in völliger Grausamkeit umgesetzt werden, entsteht eine kriminelle Energie, die sich kaum vergleichen lässt. Die junge Kriminalpsychologin schafft es in ihrem neuesten Werk, den Leser zwar mit einem faktischen Sachbuch zu konfrontieren, dabei aber zeitgleich eine Spannung entstehen zu lassen, die nicht allein durch die grausamen realen Fallbeispiele zustande kommt. Als Kennerin der Szene und Expertin auf dem Gebiet der Verbrechenspsychologie kann Lydia Benecke zudem mit überraschend neuen Einblicken in die verborgenen Seiten des menschlichen Geistes auftrumpfen. Ein Lesevergnügen der anderen Art.

Lydia Benecke wurde 1982 im polnischen Bytom geboren. Sie studierte Psychologie und arbeitete anschließend als Straftätertherapeutin und Beraterin in Kriminalfällen. Heute arbeitet sie selbstständig als Kriminalpsychologin und beschäftigt sich vor allem mit Fällen im Bereich von Sexual- und Gewaltverbrechen und Persönlichkeitsstörungen.

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"Stilistisch ist es zwar ein Sachbuch, allerdings schafft es die Autorin, dennoch spannend und unterhaltsam zu bleiben. Sie ist nah an Opfern und Tätern gleichermaßen und erzeugt so Spannung. Am Ende bleibt es natürlich jedem selbst überlassen, in die Abgründe der menschlichen Psyche hinab zu steigen. Wagt man diesen Abstieg, wird einen das Buch fesseln" WochenKurier

"Insgesamt kommt das Werk Sadisten von Lydia Benecke auf über 500 Seiten, die einen fesseln als hätte man gerade tatsächlich einen ungeklärten Mordfall vor sich, der an Spannung kaum zu übertreffen ist." Oliver Lippert, huffingtonpost.de, 31.01.2016

 
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Shadow of Doubt

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Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

On July 6, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was murdered in his office. The brutal killing stunned the city of Saint John, and news of the crime reverberated across the country. In a shocking turn, and after a two-and-half-year police investigation, Oland's only son, Dennis, was arrested for second-degree murder.

CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the Oland case from the beginning. In Shadow of Doubt, she examines the controversial investigation: from the day Richard Oland's battered body was discovered to the conclusion of Dennis Oland's trial, including the hotly debated verdict and its aftermath. Meticulously examining the evidence, MacKinnon vividly reconstructs the cases for both the prosecution and the defence. She delves into the Oland history, exploring the strained relationships, infidelities, and financial problems that, according to the Crown, provided motives for murder.

Shadow of Doubt is a revealing look at a sensational crime, the tribulations of a prominent family, and the inner workings of the justice system that led to Dennis Oland's contentious conviction.

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"Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon's Shadow of Doubt provides a fly-on-the-wall viewpoint to one of Canada's most sensational murder cases. The reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride from the crime scene to the grieving family to the cops, the Crown, and the jury trial. It's an epic tale that both engages and teaches — Canada's criminal justice system with all its twists and turns is in full view right from crime to verdict."

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"Shadow of Doubt is a fast-paced account of one of the most sensational murder trials in recent history. Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the case from start to finish and loads her story with new details and revealing anecdotes, briskly sketching how a family soap opera turned to tragedy. For Oland trial junkies, this is the big, satisfying hit they've been waiting for — by the only journalist who could have told the story so compellingly."

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for the CBC, and worked previously at the Toronto Star and the Telegraph-Journal (Saint John). She has been a finalist for a National Newspaper Award and three Atlantic Journalism Awards, including one for her early reporting on the Richard Oland murder in 2011. This is her first book.

 
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Blow fly maggots feast on moist, fresh cadaver tissue. Skin beetles prefer to feed on dried-out skin and hair. Cheese fly larvae graze on the corpse only when it turns to mush. Just what do these critters have to tell us about the carcasses they consume?

In sometimes gruesome but factual detail, forensic scientist Dr. Mark Benecke delves into the digestive tracts of bugs on dead bodies.

While forensic medicine focuses on determining cause of death; criminal biology seeks to locate the actual offender. DNA typing (genetic fingerprinting)-coupled with the analysis of insects on bodies, offender traces, and findings at the crime scene-make this scientific discipline key to uncovering clues not seen by the naked eye.

Benecke explains how criminal biology works and explores the question of why DNA typing is safer than any previous such identification method. But why does it unsettle so many people?

In an era when true-crime tales such as "Serial" and "Making a Murderer" continue to fascinate audiences, Benecke weaves historical detail into today's conversation. Hitler's skewed perception of genetics. Nazis abuse of science as an excuse to murder. Benecke pulls back the curtain to reveal the uncomfortable side-effects of DNA research and the uncanny techniques investigators can use when tracking down the culprit.

 
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Chicago. The 1893 World Fair. Historical horror meets serial killer.

Thornhill arrives in the Windy City just in time for the mayhem of the grand expo. He knows that an influx of people to the city's run-down Englewood district will help feed his deadly habit. Nameless, faceless victims. Is it a curse, or rather a super power that makes him thrive on the blood of others?

As a boy during the American Civil War, Thornhill stumbled upon a dying Indian who cursed - or was it blessed? - him with a Wendigo spirit. Since then, he believes he must kill to maintain his strength. Thornhill has lived a transient life, careful not to overstay his welcome, lest his thirst for death gets revealed.

He kills with glee and fantasizes about murdering nearly everyone who crosses his path. Lured by the neighborhood's poor reputation, Thornhill checks into the to The Castle hotel to see if rumors are true about the owner, serial killer H.H. Holmes. Thornhill soon finds himself getting more thrills than he bargained for. In a part of town where ruthlessness is run of the mill and charity is in short supply, mere survival turns into a challenge for a man with a knack for staying alive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wolfgang Hohlbein was born in Weimar, Germany, in 1953 and now lives with his wife and their six children and a number of pets near Neuss, Germany. After he graduated from school he trained to become a real estate agent. Today, he is one of the most successful German authors, and his books are published in 34 languages. Together with his wife, he has written over 160 books-including stories for young adults and children.

 
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Der Zodiac-Killer

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Der adoptierte Gary Stewart ist Ende dreißig, als er sich auf die Suche nach seinem leiblichen Vater macht. Mehr als zehn Jahre durchforstet er Polizeiakten, unterhält sich mit Verwandten, Freunden und Kriminalexperten und sammelt so eine beeindruckende Menge an Hinweisen, die nur einen Schluss zulassen: Bei seinem Vater handelt es sich um den berüchtigten und niemals gefassten Serienkiller Zodiac.

Eine schockierende Wahrheit, die Stewarts Welt auf den Kopf stellt ...

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"Eine packende Spurensuche" Bild, 18.08.2015

 
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Winner, Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History, Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award, and Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-Fiction

Is it possible to reach back in time and solve an unsolved murder, more than 170 years after it was committed?

Just after midnight on April 21, 1842, John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Stikine, in the northwest corner of the territory that would later become British Columbia — was shot to death by his own men. They claimed it was an act of self-defence, their only means of stopping the violent rampage of their drunk and abusive leader. Sir George Simpson, the HBC's Overseas Governor, took the men of Stikine at their word, and the Company closed the book on the matter. The case never saw the inside of a courtroom, and no one was ever charged or punished for the crime. To this day, the killing remains the Honourable Company's dirtiest unaired laundry and one of the darkest pages in the annals of our nation's history. Now, exhaustive archival research and modern forensic science — including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction — unlock the mystery of what really happened the night McLoughlin died.

Using her formidable talents as a writer, researcher, and forensic scientist, Debra Komar weaves a tale that could almost be fiction, with larger-than-life characters and dramatic tension. In telling the story of John McLoughlin, Jr., Komar also tells the story of Canada's north and its connection to the Hudson's Bay Company.

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"A rollicking read and a fresh contribution to the literature of the fur trade — scholarship and skulduggery in the same fine package."

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"The Bastard of Fort Stikine is a fine tale, and Komar has done a superb job in gathering the evidence and sorting out what happened the night McLoughlin was murdered."

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"This is what makes for a great history book for me: lots of supporting material, well presented with just enough narrative to make it cohesive and interesting to read."

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"History buffs and armchair detectives are sure to enjoy this absorbing time-machine tale of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and justice denied."

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"A fascinating biohistorical investigation by forensic anthropologist Debra Komar into one of Canada's coldest cases, the mysterious killing of a Hudson's Bay Company chief trader in 1842."

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"Thoroughly researched and in dramatic, evocative prose, Komar gives McLoughlin and HBC the trial they so justly deserved."

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"Who knew the history of the North America fur trade could be so riveting? In the hands of former forensic anthropologist Debra Komar, readers will be spellbound as the author unravels an unsolved murder case occurring at a Hudson's Bay Company post in 1842."

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"By laying out the facts and exploring them with relentless logic, Debra Komar does solve the mystery of who murdered John McLoughlin —; or at least makes a completely convincing case. Not only that: she does so with panache."

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Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and, most recently, The Bastard of Fort Stikine, which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she investigated human-rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights. She has testified as an expert witness at The Hague and throughout North America and is the author of many scholarly articles and a textbook, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice.

 
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beTHRILLED | True Crime - Echte Fälle, wahre Verbrechen


Fünf Frauen sahen in Brad den perfekten Mann - für eine wurde er der perfekte Killer

Cheryl Keeton führt ein gutes Leben. Sie ist jung, intelligent und hat sich bereits einen Namen als Anwältin gemacht. Das Einzige, was ihr zu ihrem Glück fehlt, ist eine eigene Familie. Als sie Brad Cunningham kennenlernt, sieht sie in ihm den Mann ihrer Träume. Die beiden heiraten und bekommen gemeinsam drei Kinder. Doch die Ehe scheitert - und kurze Zeit später wird Cheryls Leiche in ihrem Wagen gefunden: grausam zu Tode geprügelt. Schnell wird ihr Mann Brad der Hauptverdächtige in dem Mordfall. Und im Verlauf der Ermittlungen kommen Abgründe zutage, die nicht mal eine kluge Frau wie Cheryl vorhersehen konnte ...

True Crime bei beTHRILLED: Nichts ist so grausam wie die Realität!

 
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Die verzweifelte Suche einer Mutter nach ihrem Sohn lüftet die düsteren Geheimnisse einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt

Als Jerry Sherwood mit 17 Jahren den kleinen Dennis zur Welt bringt, entscheiden die Behörden, dass er nicht bei ihr bleiben kann. Der Junge wird gegen ihren Willen zur Adoption freigegeben.

Lois Jurgens kann keine eigenen Kinder kriegen, und da sie gesicherte Verhältnisse bieten kann, vertrauen die Sozialarbeiter ihr Jerrys Sohn an. Doch noch vor seinem vierten Geburtstag stirbt der kleine Dennis. Bauchfellentzündung, lautet die offizielle Todesursache. Doch wieso musste Dennis wirklich sterben?

Zwanzig Jahre später, versucht Jerry, ihren Sohn zu finden. Als sie von seinem Tod erfährt, beginnt sie zu recherchieren und findet Schreckliches: Dennis Verletzungen von damals weisen auf Mord hin. Außerdem scheint die Polizei den Fall damals unter den Teppich gekehrt zu haben, obwohl alles darauf hindeutet, dass Dennis Pflegemutter ihren Kindern gegenüber gewalttätig war. Mit Hilfe der Behörden möchte Jerry die Wahrheit herausfinden - und alle Hinweise führen unmissverständlich zu Lois Jurgens ...

 
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