Download E-books Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures PDF

By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman

The Wall road magazine called him “a residing legend.” The London occasions dubbed him “the most famed paintings detective within the world.”
In Priceless, Robert okay. Wittman, the founding father of the FBI’s artwork Crime crew, pulls again the curtain on his amazing occupation for the 1st time, delivering a real-life foreign mystery to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.   
Rising from humble roots because the son of an old broker, Wittman equipped a twenty-year profession that used to be not anything wanting striking. He went undercover, frequently unarmed, to capture paintings thieves, scammers, and black industry investors in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.
In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the tales in the back of his recoveries of helpful artwork and antiquities: The golden armor of an historical Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that encouraged the Impressionist circulate. The headdress Geronimo wore at his ultimate Pow-Wow. The infrequent Civil warfare conflict flag carried into conflict by means of one of many nation’s first African-American regiments.
The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unrivaled: He traveled the area to rescue work by way of Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, frequently operating undercover out of the country on the whim of international governments. towards domestic, he recovered an unique reproduction of the invoice of Rights and cracked the rip-off that rocked the PBS sequence Antiques Roadshow.
By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman stored 1000s of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks worthy of artwork and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t vital. in any case, who’s to assert what's worthy extra --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into conflict? they're either priceless. 
The artwork thieves and scammers Wittman stuck run the gamut from wealthy to terrible, shrewdpermanent to silly, prepared criminals to determined loners.  The smuggler who introduced him a looted 6th-century treasure grew to become out to be a high-ranking diplomat.  The appraiser who stole numerous heirlooms from struggle heroes’ descendants was once a slick, aristocratic con man.  The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair simply desired to make a number of additional dollars, figuring nobody may leave out what he’d filched.
In his ultimate case, Wittman known as on each piece of data and event in his arsenal to tackle his maximum problem: operating undercover to trace the vicious criminals at the back of what will be the main audacious paintings robbery of all. 

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Escape from Evil: Married at 17 to a Serial Killer, She's One Victim Who Escaped PDF

By Cathy Wilson

Cathy was once simply 16, and dwelling on her personal, while she met an enthralling older guy known as Peter Tobin. She observed him as a knight in shining armour, a guy who made her think secure. He observed a susceptible lady whose bothered formative years made her the fitting sufferer. This thoughtful guy, who seemed so common to a person who met him, grew to become first controlling, then violent, and Cathy chanced on herself trapped in a terrifyingly abusive marriage. finally, for the sake of her younger son, she discovered the energy to flee and through the years controlled to create a great existence for her boy, ensuring he by no means had the thoughts of worry and day-by-day trauma she had suffered. nonetheless Tobin remained a threatening presence within the heritage. Then, turning at the tv set in 2006, she screamed with horror whilst a well-recognized face seemed at the information. Her ex-husband, her son's father, was once a serial killer. Writing with entire honesty, Cathy describes her marriage, and the way the earlier persisted to hang-out her until eventually she stood in court docket, a witness opposed to the guy who may possibly so simply have murdered her too. absolutely compelling break out From Evil is the tale of a girl who survived the worst nightmare of all.

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Download E-books A Sink of Atrocity: Crime in 19th-Century Dundee PDF

By Malcolm Archibald

Nineteenth-century Dundee was once a difficult, unforgiving position. for plenty of of its voters, it used to be the survival of the fittest, and to outlive they grew to become to crime. yet what used to be it particularly like either for the criminals and the law-abiding voters to stay within the streets and closes of Dundee at the moment? A Sink of Atrocity finds the genuine Dundee of the 19th century and the normal and notable crimes of the days. in addition to the standard household violence, fights and petty thefts, the Peter Wallace gang plagued the town whereas Resurrectionists prompted panic and alarm. there have been additionally notorious murders and an awesome number of crimes by way of ladies, in addition to hugely strange crimes reminiscent of the robbery of a whale at sea. in contrast tidal wave of crime stood males like Patrick Mackay and the city's different Messengers-at-Arms, chargeable for apprehending criminals prior to the arrival of the police. It used to be a difficult task in a tricky urban, however the punishments have been serious because the experts fought challenging to carry legislations and order to nineteenth-century Dundee.

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Download E-books The Painter, the Laundress and the Murders at the Inns of Court PDF

At the morning of February 4th 1733, the our bodies of 3 girls have been came across at quantity three Tanfield courtroom a couple of yards from the Temple Church on the lodges of courtroom. tomorrow, a tender laundress, Sarah Malcolm, used to be arrested and charged with their homicide. The grotesque nature of the crime allied to her adolescence and sweetness surprised London society. William Hogarth painted her portrait within the condemned carry of Newgate gaol presently sooner than her execution. This account of her existence, trial and loss of life bargains an fascinating perception into the workings of the legislations in eighteenth century London. it really is according to modern documents and comprises Charles Dickens' account of the full affair. She died nonetheless protesting her innocence.

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Download E-books The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers: A Study of the Chilling Criminal Phenomenon from the Angels of Death to the Zodiac Killer (Facts on File Crime Library) PDF

By Michael Newton

"The Encyclopaedia of Serial Killers, moment Edition" presents actual details on 1000s of serial homicide circumstances - from early heritage to the current. Written in a non-sensational demeanour, this authoritative encyclopaedia debunks a number of the myths surrounding this so much infamous of legal actions. New significant serial killers have come to gentle because the first variation was once released, and lots of older situations were solved (such because the eco-friendly River Killer) or additional investigated (like Jack the Ripper and the "Zodiac" Killer). thoroughly up-to-date entries and appendixes pair with greater than 30 new images and plenty of new entries to make this re-creation extra attention-grabbing than ever. New and up-to-date entries comprise: "Axe guy of latest Orleans"; BTK Strangler; Jack the Ripper; Cuidad Juarez, Mexico; John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Sniper Killers; Gary Leon Ridgway, the golf green River Killer; and Harold Frederick Shipman.

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Download E-books Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing but the Truth (Akashic Noir series) (No. 3) PDF

Akashic Books maintains its award-winning sequence of unique noir anthologies, introduced in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. This quantity provides the 1st nonfiction assortment within the sequence, curated by means of acclaimed novelists Tim McLoughlin and Thomas Adcock.

Brand-new tales through: Robert Leuci, Dennis Hawkins, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Adcock, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, Patricia Mulcahy, C.J. Sullivan, Reed Farrel Coleman, Aileen Gallagher, Christopher Musella, Kim Sykes, Robert Knightly, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, and Rosemarie Yu.

"There is a distinction, as editor, among cheering the literary accomplishment of a fiction author who has brought a super tale a few serial killer or hit guy, and interpreting the real account, although superbly written, of a tender girl raped, murdered, and forgotten. So this booklet, notwithstanding it has its gentle moments (and thank God for those), is for me the darkest of the Brooklyn Noir sequence. those items remind us that crime is own. It occurs to us and to our associates. occasionally it occurs simply because we do not anything to avoid it. existence doesn't constantly supply the ethical arc we so desperately crave in fiction. If it did, we’d don't have any want for myths and fables, faith or miracles . . .

"Read this ebook. get pleasure from it. Be horrified by way of it. hold it with you usually. And the following time you’re gazing a very weird and wonderful and salacious information merchandise at the tv set on your local pub, and the fellow at the subsequent stool says, “You can’t make this shit up,” smack him with it."
--Tim McLoughlin, from the introduction

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Download E-books My Dark Places PDF

By James Ellroy

"Astonishing . . . unique, bold, brilliant."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1958 Jean Ellroy used to be murdered, her physique dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer used to be by no means came across, and the police brushed aside her as a casualty of an inexpensive Saturday evening. James Ellroy was once ten while his mom died, and he spent the following thirty-six years operating from her ghost and trying to exorcize it via crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy give up running.  He went again to L.A., to determine the reality approximately his mother--and himself.  

In My darkish areas, our such a lot uncompromising crime author tells what occurred whilst he teamed up with a super murder cop to enquire a homicide that everybody else had forgotten--and reclaim the mum he had despised, wanted, yet by no means dared to like. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that also is a background of the yank means of violence.

"Ellroy is extra robust than ever."
--The Nation  

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Download E-books Bringing Down the Mob: The War Against the American Mafia PDF

The riveting, frequently bloody account of the way the fifty-year assault by way of the government almost extinguished the nation's strongest crime syndicate
In the seriously acclaimed American Mafia, Thomas Reppetto narrated the ferocious ascendancy of equipped crime in the USA. during this interesting sequel, he follows the mob from its height right into a shadowy interval of decline because the executive, not in a position to deny its life, made subduing the Mafia an issue of nationwide priority.
Reppetto attracts on a life of box event to inform the tales of the Mafia's twentieth-century management, exhibiting how males resembling Sam Giancana and John Gotti grew to become family names. Crusaders like Robert Kennedy led concerted--if occasionally sporadic--attacks opposed to prepared crime. because the battles among the feds and the Mafia moved from the streets to the courtrooms, Reppetto describes the way it got here to resemble a clash among sovereign powers.
In direct, shoot-from-the-hip prose, Reppetto chronicles a turning aspect in American Mafia heritage, and provides the provocative idea that, given the perfect formulation of connections and intelligent company, a brand new iteration of firm criminals could be poised to take in the Mafia's mantle.

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Download E-books Evil Season PDF

By Michael Benson

"Benson is a grasp of actual crime." --Robert Scott

Deadly Dreams

Joyce Wishart was once dwelling out her life's dream, operating her personal paintings gallery in sunny Sarasota, Florida. yet that dream resulted in nightmare while a deranged drifter named Elton Brutus Murphy walked throughout the door with a knife in his hand and a voice in his head commanding him to rape and kill. within the area of part an hour, Joyce used to be dead--brutally mutilated--and the tony arts enclave plunged into terror as a frenzied manhunt ensued. advised within the convicted murderer's personal phrases, a chilling story of 1 existence spiraling into madness--and one other gruesomely reduce brief.

"Difficult to place down. . .. this is often person who I hugely recommend." --True Crime ebook reports on Watch Mommy Die

"Brisk pacing. . .shocking details." --Publishers Weekly on The Burn Farm

Includes the specific confession of Elton Brutus Murphy

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