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Download E-books Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith PDF

By Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer’s literary attractiveness rests on insightful chronicles of lives carried out on the outer limits. He now shifts his concentration from extremes of actual experience to extremes of non secular trust inside of our personal borders, taking readers within remoted American groups the place a few 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists nonetheless perform polygamy. Defying either civil professionals and the Mormon institution in Salt Lake urban, the renegade leaders of those Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who solution simply to God.

At the middle of Krakauer’s booklet are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they acquired a commandment from God to kill a innocent lady and her female offspring. starting with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double homicide, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic fantasy, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding religion. alongside the way in which he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s quickest becoming faith, and increases provocative questions on the character of non secular trust.

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Download E-books Thieves! (True Stories from the Edge) PDF

By Andreas Schroeder

"Ten vintage tales approximately crafty plans and bold escapades."

Of the entire crimes that humans devote, stealing is one of the most typical. Thieves!, the most recent within the "True tales from the Edge" sequence, brings ten interesting tales of grasp thieves and their grasp crimes.

Willie Sutton used to be casing a financial institution while he spotted that the executive appeared much like Sutton himself, so he walked into the vault, loaded up with banknotes, and lightly walked out. D.B. Cooper hijacked a aircraft, demanded $200,000 in check, and parachuted from the plane. He was once by no means captured.

Other criminals during this booklet have been no much less brazen: Arthur Barry, the best jewel thief in American felony heritage Vincente Perugia, who boldly stole one of many world's maximum paintings treasures Amil Dinsio, probably the most finished financial institution vault robbers within the U.S. Victor Desmarais and Leo Martial, a hapless duo who bungled their getaway James Landis, who stole bricks of freshly published banknotes from his supplier -- the U.S. Treasury Adam worthy, the Napoleon of Crime the nice teach Robbers, who deliberate one of many greatest heists of all time the 5 heisters of the nice Purolator Caper, whose ineptitude ensured capture

Readers will locate not anything yet high-stakes motion in Thieves!. notwithstanding some of the bandits ended their careers broke and dissatisfied, those impresarios of crime make for nice examining.

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Download E-books Rifleman PDF

By Howie Carr

Stevie "the Rifleman" Flemmi used to be, for 40 years, essentially the most feared gangsters in Boston, and for far of that point, he was once the associate of Whitey Bulger, the sixteen-year fugitive with a $2 million present on his head who used to be captured in 2011. Flemmi has been convicted of ten murders and took the 5th modification whilst requested approximately ten others. His cohort, Bulger, is charged with nineteen extra. Rifleman is the tale of Flemmi's lifetime of crime, as instructed to federal and country legislations enforcement after he pleaded to blame in 2003. the unique rfile on which the booklet is predicated is termed a "DEA 6," and it ran 146 single-spaced pages, protecting dozens of extortions, attacks, and murders, together with of his girlfriends, considered one of whom used to be additionally his universal legislation stepdaughter. Supplementing the textual content are on the subject of three hundred photos from Carr's personal assortment. this is often really vital for any actual crime fan.

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Download E-books "Yellow Kid" Weil: The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler (Nabat Books) PDF

By J.R. Weil

Bilked bankers, grifted gamblers, and swindled spinsters: welcome to the realm of self assurance men.

You'll surprise on the intricate schemes built by way of The Yellow child and cry for the marks who misplaced all of it to his ingenuity—$8,000,000 by way of a few estimations. mounted horse races, undesirable real-estate bargains, even a money-making machine—all have been instruments of the alternate for the child and his affiliates: the Swede, the Butterine child, the concord child, fat Levine, and others. The Sting (1973), starring Paul Newman and established mostly at the tale of the Yellow child, is wonderful, yet isn't any fit for the genuine deal.

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Download E-books Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures PDF

By Nancy Moses

Stolen, Smuggled offered: at the Hunt for Cultural Treasures tells the darkish and compelling tales of iconic cultural gadgets that have been stolen, smuggled or offered, and at last lower back again to their unique proprietor.

There are many books approximately museum heists, Holocaust art, insider robbery, trafficking in antiquities, and stolen local American items. Now, there’s eventually a ebook for most people that covers the full terrain. The ebook contains full-color images of the objects.

Stolen, Smuggled, bought features seven brilliant and precise tales within which the reader joins the writer as she uncovers a cultural treasure and follows its often-convoluted path. alongside the best way writer and reader stumble upon a solid of attention-grabbing characters from the underbelly of the cultural international: unscrupulous grave robbers, sinister middlemen, ruthless paintings buyers, venal Nazis, canny legal professionals, valiant lecturers, unstoppable investigative journalists, unwitting curators, and devoted executive officers. tales contain Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, the typeset manuscript for Pearl Buck’s The stable Earth, a ceremonial Ghost Dance brief from the bloodbath at Wounded Knee, the robbery of 4,800 historic audio discs by way of a most sensible authentic on the nationwide documents, a lacking unique replica of The invoice of Rights, the mum of Ramses I, and an historic treasure from Iraq.

While each one tale is attention-grabbing in and of itself, jointly they tackle one of many most well liked concerns within the museum international: tips to take care of the hundreds of thousands of things that experience breaks within the chain of possession, suspicious possession documents, or no provenance in any respect. the problem of possession touches on expert practices, overseas protocols, and nationwide legislation. It’s a monetary factor because the illicit alternate in antiquities and cultural goods generates up to $4 billion to $8 billion a yr.

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Download E-books Scottish Bodysnatchers: A Gazetteer PDF

By Geoff Holder

Graverobbing used to be a depressing yet ecocnomic in pre-Victorian Scotland, as criminals, gravediggers, and middle-class scientific scholars alike stole newly-buried corpses for the anatomy colleges. in simple terms after the rigors of the notorious murderers Burke and Hare did the grisly exchange end—murderers whose dissected skeletons are pictured during this book. From burial grounds within the middle of Glasgow and Edinburgh to quiet state graveyards within the Scottish Borders and Aberdeenshire, this booklet takes you to each cemetery ever raided, tells the ghoulish tales of what went on there, and describes the continues to be that may be visible this day. It unearths the place to discover each present piece of anti-resurrectionist graveyard furnishings, from mortsafes, coffin cages, and underground vaults to watchtowers and morthouses. Richly illustrated and in addition together with Robert Louis Stevenson's vintage brief tale The physique Snatcher, this macabre advisor will satisfaction citizens and travelers alike.

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Download E-books Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners PDF

Among them, the 3 males within the fearsome Pierrepoint dynasty finished over 800 humans in the course of a profession spanning greater than part a century. Henry, his brother Thomas, and his son Albert, dispatched probably the most notorious criminals of the 20 th century, and within the procedure earned a public notoriety that them all through their eventful lives.For years, the 3 males have been confronted with the duty -- prestigious to a few, bad to many others -- of being the final aspect of touch for the in charge and condemned. The Pierrepoints completed criminals the country over ahead of vacationing to many nations together with Egypt and postwar Germany, the place they hanged Nazi conflict criminals, and received a name because the world's most threatening practitioners of the paintings of hanging."Pierrepoint: A family members of Executioners" recounts the exciting tales of the 3 males and the influence that their macabre career had on their own lives. This definitive consultant is stuffed with surprising inside of stories from the reputable files and diaries stored through the Pierrepoint kin. With revealing insights into the serious competition among fellow executioners, new gentle is shed at the menacing global of years passed by.

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Download E-books Shot in the Heart PDF

By Mikal Gilmore

Gary Gilmore, the notorious assassin immortalized by means of Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his personal loss of life and used to be achieved by way of firing squad in 1977. author Mikal Gilmore is his more youthful brother. In Shot within the Heart, he tells the beautiful tale of their wildly dysfunctional kin: their mom, a blacksheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a inebriated, thief, and con guy. It was once a relations destroyed via a multigenerational historical past of kid abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and homicide. Mikal, pressured with the guilt of being his father's favourite and the disgrace of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a homicide story "from contained in the condo the place homicide is born... a home that, in many ways, [he has] by no means been in a position to leave." Shot within the Heart is the historical past of an American family members inextricably tied up with violence, and the tale of the way the youngsters of this kin dedicated homicide and murdered themselves in check for an extended lineage of smash. Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, Shot within the middle exposes and explores a dismal vein of yank existence that the majority people might relatively forget about. it's a ebook that may go away no reader unchanged.

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Download E-books Never Enough PDF

By Joe McGinniss

At thirty-nine, Nancy Kissel had all of it: glamour, gusto, garishly flaunted wealth, and the royal way of life of the expatriate spouse. let alone 3 teenagers and what a pal defined as "the most sensible marriage within the universe". That marriage - to Merrill Lynch and previous Goldman Sachs funding banker Robert Kissel - ended unexpectedly one November evening in 2003 within the bed room in their luxurious condominium excessive above Hong Kong's glittering Victoria Harbour. Why? Hong Kong prosecutors, who charged Nancy with homicide, stated she desired to inherit Rob's hundreds of thousands and begin a brand new existence with a blue-collar lover who lived in a brand new Hampshire trailer park. She acknowledged she'd killed in self-defense whereas struggling with for her existence opposed to an abusive, cocaine-addicted husband who had compelled her for years to undergo his brutal sexual calls for. Her 2005 trial, lasting for months and wealthy in lurid element, captivated Hong Kong's expatriate neighborhood and attracted cognizance around the globe. under a 12 months after the jury of 7 chinese language electorate lower back its unforeseen verdict, Rob's brother, Andrew, a Connecticut genuine property wealthy person dealing with criminal for fraud and embezzlement, used to be additionally came upon lifeless: stabbed within the again within the basement of his multimillion-dollar Greenwich mansion via individual or individuals unknown. by no means adequate is the harrowing actual tale of those brothers, Robert and Andrew Kissel, who grew up eager to personal the realm yet as an alternative wound up murdered part a global aside; and of Nancy Kissel, a riddle wrapped inside of an enigma, a latest American lady for whom having all of it would possibly not were sufficient. during this singularly compelling narrative, Joe McGinniss - earlier grasp at exposing the darkish center of the yank family members within the bestsellers deadly imaginative and prescient, Blind religion, and vicious Doubt - explores his darkest and most annoying topic but: a wise and lovely kinfolk so corroded by way of greed that it destroys itself from inside of. here's a relatives saga

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