True Crime – Two Shades of Vice

Two Shades of ViceTwo Shades of Vice
Based on the true story of an interracial couple’s life together in crime
By Dewey B. Reynolds
ISBN: 978-1545088876
ASIN: B072HGRY2Z
Pages: 374
Genre: True Crime
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The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Briggs. She knows the prostitution racket very well, since she worked the Kansas City streets for several years. She too has a lengthy rap sheet of twenty-five criminal convictions for the solicitation of prostitution. Gordon needs someone to help him operate his main bawdy house.

Alla Mae is the perfect recruit to help him forge stronger relations between his hookers and their customers. The collaboration of their experiences on the streets proves highly profitable. But unforeseen danger causes things to come crashing down all around them. Racist cops, ruthless gangsters, a white supremacist group, jealous pimps and rival hookers are the opposing forces that this interracial couple are destined to face. Crossing the racial line puts them at incredible odds with the law and fellow criminals alike.  Based on the true story of how a white man and a black woman fell in love and broke all the rules in order to make their living together illegally.

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True Crime/Religion – Letters to a Lifer

Letters to a LiferLetters to a Lifer
The Boy ‘Never to be Released’
By Cindy Sanford
Publisher: Waterside Press
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 978-1909976153
ASIN: B00SC6S0B0
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction, Christian, crime
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Letters to a Lifer provides a rare insight into life without parole (LWOP) for juveniles in the USA. A true story from Pennsylvania, it is a compelling tale of faith and redemption.

In the summer of 1999, America’s Most Wanted broadcast the hunt for two homeless teenagers fleeing a double homicide near my hometown in northeast PA. When police finally apprehended them, it astonished me that one of the thugs was just fifteen years old, the same age as my oldest son. Like the rest of our community, I celebrated when he was captured and sentenced to life without parole. But if I’d known the truth, that one day our family would actually love this young man, I would have recoiled in horror.

Letters to a Lifer is the true story of how a law enforcement officer and his wife became involved with a young man sentenced to life in prison as a minor. Initially introduced through his wildlife art, we were eventually able to see beyond the crime to the man he had become. The book includes excerpts of the prisoner’s original letters and journal.

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True Crime Memoir – Arizona Dream: A true story of a real-life “Ocean’s Eleven”

Arizona DreamArizona Dream: A true story of a real-life “Ocean’s Eleven”
By Adnan Alisic
Publisher: AA Publishing
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-0615787459
ASIN: B00OZ0S9WC
Genre: True Crime Memoir
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If you had lost everything, and you had one chance to get it all back, would you take that chance?

Haunted by the demons from his past, Adnan Alisic escapes Bosnia and comes to Phoenix, Arizona, where he starts a new life. Fueled by ambition on and drive, he starts a successful car dealership, settles down, and lives the American Dream.

Tortured by his past, he seeks relief in gambling and loses everything. After being tossed out of the casino, Adnan vows to get back at them.

Forced by the gambling debt and driven by the revenge against the casino, he plans an elaborate casino heist. After discovering the tunnel running under the casino, he devises an intricate scheme to get his money back and pay off the debt.

From ethnic cleansing and mass killings in Bosnia, to gambling and underground tunnels in Arizona, you will read Arizona Dream until l the last page where you’ll find the real reason and motivation behind the heist.

“A riveting read from beginning to end, “Arizona Dream” is an expertly written, true-life tale that reads like a thriller novel, documenting author Adnan Alisic as an extraordinary storyteller. This is the stuff from which Hollywood blockbuster movies are made.” — Midwest Book Review

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True Crime – Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollum

Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollumZora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollum
C. Arthur Ellis, Jr., Ph.D.
Publisher: Gadfly
Published: August 2014
ISBN: 978-0982094044
ASIN: B00N16QVTY
Genre: True Crime
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Premiering on November 18 in the 2014 season of the Discovery Channel’s A Crime to Remember, this murder stole the headlines of every newspaper in 1952. It is the sordid tale of an African-American wife who murdered her white lover on a hot August Sunday in 1952, and the ensuring trial that shook the foundations of the Segregationist South. The murder was a crime of passion, as Ruby McCollum burst through the “colored” entrance of Dr. Adams’ office and shot him 4 times during a heated argument, shortly after he was elected to the Florida State Senate. Rumors spread that the murder was over a doctor bill, yet the McCollums were wealthy operators of the illegal gambling operation known as “bolita,” and were always known for paying their bills. It was only later that “outsiders” were to discover the true motive for the murder, and rip through the thin veneer of Southern civility to expose the sordid world of liquor, gambling, drugs, sex and illicit dealings between “whites” and “coloreds” that lay beneath the surface. The ensuing high profile trial in Live Oak, Florida hit the headlines of all the major newspapers of the time, and marked the first time that a woman of color was allowed to take the stand and witness against a white man who forced her to have his children. Now readers can review the full testimony allowed Ruby McCollum during her trial. Zora Hurston covered the trial for the Pittsburgh Courier, the newspaper with the largest circulation to African-Americans at that time. Largely lost to history, this landmark trial was given new life when Dr. C. Arthur Ellis, Jr., who knew all of the characters in the story, published the first edition of this work in print, proving to the world that McCollum actually testified during her trial while all other sources deny that she did (Full transcript in State of Florida vs. Ruby McCollum, Defendant, available on Amazon).

Now, readers can enjoy the beauty of this color illustrated Kindle Fire edition, and download it free through the Kindle Matchbook program if they have previously purchased the print edition on Amazon.

“Drawing on Hurston’s newspaper coverage of the trial and interviews with town residents, Ellis-a Live Oak resident himself-recounts the sensational trial. He alternates between the first-person voice of Hurston herself and a narrative of the backstory of the love affair and fortunes made in a small town on illegal gambling and drugs.” –Vanessa Bush Booklist (American Library Association)

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Non-Fiction Crime – Welcome To The Brier Patch

Welcome To The Brier PatchWelcome to the Brier Patch
by Darrell McMann
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1621470571
Published: October 2012
Pages: 212
Genre: Non-Fiction, Crime
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Darrell McMann didn’t know what to expect when he became a white police officer in the predominantly black areas of Mobile, Alabama. His success came largely from training, luck, improvisation, an indefatigable attitude, and the constant support of his fellow officers. Welcome to the Briar Patch is his true story, a gripping, no-holds-barred journey into the everyday life of a police officer in one of the most racially polarized regions of the country. Exciting, thought-provoking, and with an unflappable sense of humor, McMann guides us into a world that is at once recognizable and completely foreign.

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True Crime: Suffocated

SuffocatedSuffocated
By David Tognoni
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1468140019
Published: April 2012
Pages: 314
Genre: True Crime, Child Abuse

“Your son Wes has been suffocated,” they were the most terrifying words for a father to hear. Frantically, Dave Tognoni, drives five hours to the hospital, horrified with a torment of thoughts, saying, “Hang on Wes, hang on.” There in intensive care he finds his intelligent, active toddler son now naked, sedated, and unconscious. When the accident happened, his wife, a trained paramedic, revived him through CPR, but it was too late. After heart-wrenching weeks of inconsolable tears, rocking Wes, gathering his family for support, the verdict was in: massive brain damage. Wes would live out his life with severe/profound Cerebral Palsy in a wheel chair functioning at the level of an infant. Dave and his wife divorce and his ex-wife is bitterly unrelenting in her attacks through the divorce courts using his two older children as monetary pawns leaving him financially ruined, separated, and estranged from his children. Later, as Dave is trying to make sense of it all, he finds out that all might not be, as it seems. Dave watches a horrific documentary on TV about Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome now called Factitious Disorder by Proxy where mothers use suffocation, poison etc. on their own children, to gain attention. His ex-wife’s profile eerily seems to fit. This is the true story of a divorced father, demonized by the liberal “justice” system, ensnared in a web of puzzling deception, relentlessly attacked and intentionally jailed in “debtor’s prison” by his ex-wife. Dave survives the devastation of Wes’ suffocation, the destruction of his family, to boldly present the facts of the manipulative facade. You decide the truth.

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