Author Jack Smith does an excellent job of taken the readers back in time to when these horrible murders had taken place. You are right there during each murder investigation and you really get a unique view of the events. Enjoy!

The Barton Murder: Did Somebody Get Away With Murder? A True Crime Story
Jack Smith
4.3 Stars (13 Reviews)
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

A Murder Like No Others

Late on the afternoon of October 9, 1905, three boys in Hamilton, Ontario hiked up to the city’s Mountain region, intending to search the farmlands and wooded areas for chestnuts. At Limestone Ridge, they ventured into a cluster of hickory trees and stumbled upon the body of a woman, partially concealed by branches and leaves.

Too frightened to check for signs of life, the boys ran and summoned help.

When local residents and the police arrived, it was obvious to all that the woman had been murdered.

She was young – no older than thirty – and solidly built, with rich dark hair that was tangled and bloody behind the right ear. A handkerchief dangled from her mouth and drying blood covered the front of her white shirtwaist. Whoever killed her had tried to conceal the body and burn it, although the fire never made it past the smoldering stage.

Who was She? Who murdered her and Why?

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Faceless: Five Gruesome Unsolved Murders: Most Mysterious and Headless Unsolved Murders of All Time
Jack Smith
4.2 Stars (12 Reviews)
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Five of the Most Gruesome Headless Unsolved Murder Cases of All Times

Cold cases are fascinating because they have all the ingredients of a nail-biting murder mystery. Except there’s no ending. And what’s a book without an ending except an endless source of frustration and speculation?

It’s even worse when the victim is unidentified. “Unknown” man/woman/ child murders send a chill through us and can even cause a little sadness. How could a person be so alone in the world that absolutely no one came forward to give them a name and a burial?

This volume examines five instances of a single or serial killing involving victims who were beheaded by their killers:

The Thames Torso Murders: Known as the “Thames Mysteries” or “Embankment Murders,” this series of gruesome killings was overshadowed by the terror surrounding Jack the Ripper’s crimes but were also very fascinating.

The August 8, 1886 discovery of a decomposing male torso outside Wallingford, Connecticut. The victim was never identified, and a woman who claimed that she knew the whole story behind the murder committed suicide.

The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run: Between 1935 and 1938, a still-unidentified serial killer murdered and dismembered at least twelve victims in Cleveland, Ohio. All but three remain unidentified. Eliot Ness, the man who was partly responsible for taking down Al Capone, headed the investigations.

Beth Doe: On December 20, 1976, a young boy made a gruesome discovery on the banks of the Lehigh River in White Haven, Pennsylvania. The dismembered and mutilated remains of a young, white woman and her unborn child had been stuffed into three suitcases and thrown from a bridge along Interstate 80 over the Lehigh River.

The February 28, 1983 discovery of the headless body of a little girl between the ages of 8 and 11, decomposing in an abandoned home on the north side of St. Louis, MO. Her head was never found. Despite heavy publicity, nobody identified her.

What do these cases have in common, besides the fact that they are cold and involve headless, unidentified victims? Somebody got away with murder…

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By Person or Persons…UNKNOWN: Shedding New Light on True Unsolved Murder Mysteries Lost in Time But Never Forgotten
Jack Smith
4.8 Stars (10 Reviews)
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences | Biographies & Memoirs

By Person or Persons… UNKNOWN.

Chilling stories of unsolved murders lost in time but never Forgotten. What if the criminal or criminals are never punished? Or even conclusively identified?

When this happens, there is a vacuum that continually demands to be filled, even decades after the crime was committed. This is why unsolved crimes – in this instance, murders – are rarely forgotten entirely. Finding new solutions is something that fascinates us. What did really happened? Who did it? We need answers.

This book examines three cases of unsolved murders that continue to fascinate and horrify us:

• The Murder of Margaret Blake: On April 23, 1816, Margaret Blake was found in her decrepit cellar apartment, dead from a stab wound. Three people – her husband and two boarders – were present when it happened, but none of them were declared guilty.

Modern forensic investigative techniques have been applied to this 200-year-old murder and have resulted in what may be the final solution.

• The Mad Axeman of New Orleans: From 1918-1919, a series of mysterious and gruesome axe murders terrified the Crescent City. The majority of the victims were Italians, but citizens of all backgrounds worried that their skulls would be caved in while they slept.

The killer or killers were never caught, but recent research suggests a seminal form of organized crime directed the assaults.

• The Grimes Murders of 1956: A few days before New Year’s Eve, 1957, 15-year-old Barbara Grimes and her 13-year-old sister Patricia left their Chicago home to see their idol, Elvis Presley’s newest film. Weeks later, their naked bodies were found southwest of the city. Doctors could not pinpoint a primary cause of death and the murders remain unsolved.

These crimes are only a mere sample of the world’s best-known unsolved murders. Despite advancements in forensic science and investigative techniques, more cases are added to this list every year. Detectives today have better training and more resources than their predecessors who investigated the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888, yet some killer or killers still remain free.

When a murder defies immediate solution, the only thing that can be done is keep the case – and the cause – alive until more evidence comes to light. This is what this book is all about, trying to shed a new light on solving these horrific murders.

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Christmas Slay Ride: Most Mysterious and Horrific Christmas Day Murders
Jack Smith
4.3 Stars (11 Reviews)
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

There’s never a good time to die violently, but Christmas tragedies are especially heinous.

Christmas is a time for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men. Holiday bloodshed feels like a sacrilege, but it does happen. Whether by accident or deliberate malice, scores of people have been killed on December 25 or the days surrounding it.

This volume contains seven accounts of unnatural deaths that occurred on or around Christmas Day:

•The Ashland Tragedy:On December 24, 1881, three burned corpses were pulled from a house in Ashland, Kentucky. They belonged to teenagers Robert Gibbons, Fannie Gibbons, and Emma Carrico, who had all been bludgeoned to death. The girls had also been sexually assaulted. A formerly quiet Kentucky town was plunged into a nightmare fueled by grief and lust for revenge.

•Christmas Eve Combustion: On Christmas Day, 1885, Patrick Rooney and his wife were found dead in their home in Seneca, Illinois. Rooney died from smoke inhalation, caused by his wife’s body suddenly bursting into flames. It is an early and sensational case of spontaneous human combustion.

•Delia’s Gone: Early on Christmas morning in 1900, fourteen-year-old Moses “Cooney” Houston murdered his lover, Delia Green, who was the same age. Because Georgia had no youth justice system, Cooney Houston was charged as an adult. The senseless crime shocked the citizens of Savannah, Georgia, and inspired songs later recorded by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.

•The Holyhead Horror:On Christmas Day, 1909, a horrific murder took place in North Wales. Gwen-Ellen Jones was killed by her ex-soldier lover, William Murphy, in a manner so depraved that even in an era when domestic violence was commonplace, people were shocked. The murder and subsequent execution of William Murphy are still talked about in Holyhead today.

•Changing of the Guard: Early on the morning of December 26, 1920, New York underworld legend Edward “Monk” Eastman, was shot down by a crooked Prohibition agent, ending a thirty-plus year career marked by murder and mayhem. Eastman, who had once ruled the roost in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, died in a freezer gutter.

•The Adonis Club Massacre: December 25, 1925 was the last Christmas on earth for Irish gangster Richard “Pegleg” Lonergan. He and his White Hand gang had taunted, abused, and killed their Italian rivals for years. Finally, when Lonergan and his boys went to the Italian-owned Adonis Social Club, their resentful enemies got even.

•Lawson Family Massacre: On December 25, 1929, North Carolina tobacco farmer Charlie Lawson murdered his wife and six of their seven children. The reason for this brutal act is a subject of debate even today, but may be attributable to a terrible family secret that remained hidden until 1990.

All of these events took place in the distant past.People who knew the victims, remembered the circumstances of their demise, or were directly involved in the investigations are dead. That’s why these cases were chosen for this book. The passage of time has transmuted them into tragic mysteries, ensuring that they arouse astonishment, sympathy, and indignation instead of the grief and personal loss that is at odds with the holiday season.

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Serial Killers: Exploring the Horrific Crimes of Little Known Murderers
Jack Smith
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Serial killers fascinates…Extreme cases even more so

From John Wayne Gacy to Jeffrey Dahmer, many of America’s most famous murderers have entered into the collective cultural consciousness. They have become pop culture figures, famous for their crimes and the violent nature of their acts. People feel compelled to understand more about these dark and twisted crimes, even when they disgust. For audiences everywhere, the very idea that these people can exist and operate in day-to-day life becomes an issue of abject terror and interest. That your neighbor, your boss, or your gas station attendant might be in the midst of a killing spree taps into something primal and very hard to imagine. It reflects the darkest side of the human psyche.

“Serial Killer” as a term can be difficult to define. Different criminal investigation units typically require two, three, or more attributable killings over a period of time before an individual can be considered to have joined the ranks of the serial killers. However, it is not really the numbers which can interest so many people and scare others. Instead, it is the often random nature of the killings. Rather than crimes of passion, crimes of financial reward, or instances when an individual has reached their end of their emotional tether, the crimes of serial killers have often been planned days, weeks, or months in advance. Targets can be random, but the killings are often planned in great detail. From cannibalism to mental health concerns, from ritualistic witchcraft to a simple interest in violence, learning what motivates these people can offer both insight and further confusion.

The cases presented in this book are extreme cases and display to what extent a serial killer can go…

Read the stories of little known serial killers that went beyond the limit of our imagination to perpetrate vile unremorseful murders in the blink of an eye.

The book details ten cases more horrifying one from the other:

•The isolated loner who butchered women and scattered their remains across Alaska

•The killer who hurled huge stones through his victim’s heads

•Colombia’s most violent serial killer

•The police investigator who was secretly a serial killer

•The woman who murdered hundreds of adopted babies

•A month-long killing spree from the former mental health patient

•The letter-writing cannibal of old New York

•The killer tried inside an iron cage for the court’s protection

•A man who earned the trust of tourists and killed them for their money

•The man whose hammer and knife created a campaign of terror

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