New Books Released
That's right; 22 new books in 2022!
Each year we put out gripping, celebrated true crime titles and this year was no different.
Two authors asked readers to make up their own minds about potential governmental coverups.
Suzanne Buchanan started us off in March with THE CURSE OF THE TURTLE: The True Story Of Thailand's "Backpacker Murders"—bringing to light the brutal double murders of two British backpackers in Koh Tao in 2014.
Award-winning writer and podcast host, Ruth Millington, calls Buchanan "insightful" and "spot on" adding that "She's also one very brave lady who has come forward to tell her story and that of others." We think so, too! Follow Buchanan's advocacy efforts @SuBuchanan70.
In June, William J. Craig published ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER: Murder At Fort Devens about William and Elaine Tyree. Elaine, a US Army Private, was brutally murdered in her home and her husband, Green Beret with the Special Forces, William Tyree, was convicted. This book raises questions as to whether the government and military suppressed evidence that could prove his innocence.
Frank Stanfield and John Madinger released collections of stories from behind-the-scenes.
Released in March, VAMPIRES, GATORS, AND WACKOS: A Florida Newspaperman's Life and, released later in September, GOING UNDER: Kidnapping, Murder, And A Life Undercover, bring readers candid and sincere accounts of their cases, stories, and experiences.
Brooklyn was the backdrop for two of our hottest true-crime biographies this year.
In April, Craig McGuire released the best-seller CARMINE AND THE 13TH AVENUE BOYS: Surviving Brooklyn's Colombo Mob with Carmine Imbriale. Hear both authors in conversation on John Stamp's podcast That's Criminal!
Then, in May, award-winning author David Larson launched THE LAST JEWISH GANGSTER: The Early Years, where he uses Michael Hardy's words and voice to tell his unbelievable true life story. He launched book two, The Middle Years, in August.
We can't wait to share Book Three: The Final Years with readers later in 2023!
Did you know that the author of CASINO (directed by Martin Scorsese), Nicholas Pileggi, wrote a blurb for this series? He commented on how well Larson captured Michael Hardy's voice. The series also created some buzz in the media! The press release was picked up by several national media outlets including FOX, NBC, ABC, and USA Today affiliates. Check out the content David has up on thelastjewishgangster.com.
Six authors published in-depth investigations into specific killers and true crime cases.
In May, Ted Bundy expert, Kevin M. Sulivan released the first volume TED BUNDY: The Yearly Journal. When it comes to this prolific serial killer, there is so much to unpack, which Dr. Katherine Ramsland noted in her review of the book saying:
Newly discovered facts, some speculation, and some clarification – they’re all here. For those who can’t get enough of Bundy, the items in this illuminating volume show that we can still chip away at his secrets.”—Katherine Ramsland, author and professor of forensic psychology, creator of the Nut Crackers Investigations series.
In June, Leslie Ghiglieri published THE DECISION TO KILL: A True Crime Story Of A Teenage Killer And The Mother Who Loved Him. This tragic story reveals the killer's struggles with substance abuse and identity and the mother's journey toward forgiveness and hope. Leslie is an adovcate in her Oregon community and you can connect with her via decisiontokill.com.
In August, author Linda Lou Long introduced us to the serial killer Jerry Marcus who stalked, coveted, then murdered (at least) seven young women between 1970-1987 in THE TUSKEGEE STRANGLER: The “Nicest” Serial Killer They Ever Met. These murders took place in the southern US states of Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
N. Leigh Hunt is an expert on the 1979 school shooting that is the subject of his August release. I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS: The True Story Behind America's First Modern School Shooting profiles the seemingly average teenager Brenda Spencer. Turns out, Spencer exhibited traits that we now attribute to those of a school shooter including a tumultous family dynamic and little parental supervision. She was bullied in school, wanted notoriety, and was an ‘injustice collector’—and got revenge.
In September, former police sergeant Marla Bernard published BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD: The True Story Of The Abduction And Murder Of Ann Harrison. Marla advocates for victim's rights and wants readers to know that in 1988, the year before Ann Harrison’s abduction, over 4,600 children were abducted in the United States by non-family members. That same year, over 100,000 attempted abductions occurred and the majority of these were in the same manner as Ann’s abduction—by passing motorists.
Sadly, in the case of Ann Harrison, all the above criteria were met. It gives us a snapshot of what stranger abductions look like and the data supports what we know about Ann’s case.
The last book we published in 2022 came from none other than Steve Jackson, co-owner and publisher at WildBlue Press, New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning journalist. Jackson revised and updated his classic true-crime LOVE ME TO DEATH: The Chilling True Story of WIlliam “Wild Bill Cody” Neal—The Vicious Denver Lady-Killer. William Neal seduced his victims and used his townhouse in Denver, Colorado, to rape, torture, and murder three women. One woman got away and is the reason justice was served.
The last non-fiction title we are highlighting from 2022 comes from award-winning author Anne K. Howard regarding Russia's Invasion of Ukraine.
According to Ukrainian officials, 23,000 innocent civilians in Mariupol were killed in the early weeks of Russia's invasion.
Early in December, Howard released ESACAPE FROM MARIUPOL: A Survivor's True Story with Adoriana Marik. Marik, with her dog, Yola, experienced the horrors of Russia's attacks on her beautiful city and she recounts her story to Howard in a beautiful, emotional memoir. This is an important book.
Fun fact, Anne also writes paranormal historical fiction under the pen name Anika Savoy and has a new book coming out in January!