True Crime Books by Jason Lucky Morrow

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Tag: 1800s

New Book: Unwanted: A Murder Mystery of the Gilded Age, by Andrew Young

A Sensational Crime and Trial that Confronted Racism, Sexism, and Privilege as America Took to the World Stage On the foggy, cold morning of February 1, 1896, a boy came upon what he thought was a pile of clothes. It was soon discovered to be the headless body of a young woman, brutally butchered and […]

Guest Feature Story: Murder and Masonry, 1890, by Dr. Barry Morton

Special Guest Feature Story by: Dr. Barry Morton: At few times in its history has the small town of Crawfordsville, Indiana ever been more regularly in the spotlight than it was between the autumn of 1889 through November 1890. The Pettit murder trial, “the most publicized case in this period,” began with published rumors of […]

New Book: Memphis Vice, 1863: An Untold Story of the Civil War

Not all crime books are about murder or serial killers. Some of the most intriguing ones are about other subjects like gambling, Ocean 11 type heists, bank robbers, con men, spies, and other non-violent crimes. And there is also prostitution. Veteran historical true crime writer, Tobin Buhk, author of eight books including the popular, True […]

New Book: The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer, by Skip Hollandsworth

HCD Review: This is the best historical true crime book of 2016. Some authors crank out books, some of them write books, and an elite few craft a great book over years of unimaginable diligence and Skip Hollandsworth has produced a new American classic. I read it this weekend and I can tell you that […]

The 1898 Lynching Report

While conducting research for a story about a double-homicide in 1898, I came across an account of all known lynchings for that year. The statistics were interesting and confirmed what you might suspect, but also revealed some surprising information. Out of 127 lynchings in 1898, five of them were women. As expected, African-Americans represent the […]

The Sensational Murder of Alexander Crittenden by his Mistress, Laura D. Fair, 1870

Article by Thomas S. Duke, Celebrated Criminal Cases of America Alexander Crittenden was born in Lexington, Ky., on, January 14, 1816. Andrew Jackson was a close friend of his family, and it was through Jackson’s influence that Alexander was sent to West Point. He graduated from this military college with Sherman and remained in the […]

Mug Shot Monday! Anton Woode, 1892

Additional information  for this article was provided by John Johnson. Anton Wood, 11 year-old psychopath almost hanged for murder, age in photo 12. In November of 1892, young Joseph Smith was hunting with Anton Woode, 11, on the Woode family ranch near Denver when he was shot in the back and killed by Woode. When […]