True Crime Books by Jason Lucky Morrow

Welcome to [Est. 2013], where you will discover forgotten crimes and forgotten criminals lost to history. You will not find high profile cases that have been rehashed and retold ad infinitum to ad nauseam. This blog is the official website for true crime writer Jason Lucky Morrow, author of four books including the popular series: Famous Crimes the World Forgot, Volume I and Volume II. If you would like to send me a comment, old crime tip, or exchange links with a related website, Contact Me Here. - Please follow this historical true crime blog on FACEBOOK.

New Book: Notorious San Francisco: True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder, by Paul Drexler

Home | New Books | New Book: Notorious San Francisco: True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder, by Paul Drexler

Editor’s Note: From an anecdotal standpoint, there are four major cities in the United States in which the most interesting murder cases unfold: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Interesting crimes, famous crimes, and infamous serial killer cases have occurred in all other major American cities, but it seems like the best of the best, for whatever reason, occur in those four major cities.

When it comes to true crime stories, San Francisco is special. Over the last 150 years, the city’s history includes the infamous cases of: Cordelia Botkin, William Henry Theodore Durrant, the unsolved murder of Nora Fuller, the “Gas-Pipe” killers, Lloyd Sampsell, and the Zodiac Killer, just to name a few.

Having spent more time in the San Francisco area than in the other three, infamous murders known to that city draw me in to learn more.

So when my fellow crime historian friend Paul Drexler recently released his new book, Notorious San Francisco: True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder, I was excited to buy a copy and start digging into a fascinating anthology of the most dramatic criminal cases known to this one-of-a-kind city.

Drexler is the most qualified individual in the United States to write about San Francisco crimes. He is the director of Crook’s Tour of San Francisco,” a guided tour he provides to tourists curious to visit the city’s most notorious locations tied to 150 years of killin’ and criminal mayhem.

This is a guy who knows what he’s talking about when it comes to San Francisco history. He has appeared on the Investigation Discovery Network show Deadly Women as an expert on San Francisco murderesses. In 2017 He received the Oscar Lewis award from the San Francisco History Association for his writing on San Francisco.

With the Amazon Kindle version selling for only $5.96, the book is a must read for true crime lovers across the entire United States who want to peek into the dark side of a city known for some of the best true crime stories in the world.

Book Description:

San Francisco, a city founded in part by criminals, was once one of the most dangerous cities in America. Its Barbary coast was called “a unique criminal district that was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but it possessed more glamour, than any other area on the American continent.”

“San Francisco Notorious” brings back the glamorous depravity and noir atmosphere that made it the premier location for murder thrillers like “The Maltese Falcon,” “Vertigo,” and “Zodiac.”

This book contains more than 20 compelling tales of serial killers, deadly women, con-men, masters of escape, and unsolved mysteries. San Franciscan criminals were as colorful as the city they inhabited. Take William Thoreson, a murderous millionaire who hid the nation’s largest private armory in his Pacific Heights mansion. Then there’s Isabella Martin, the murderous “Queen of Grudges” who tried to poison an entire town, or Ethan McNabb and Lloyd Sampsell, the “Yacht Bandits,” who used a luxurious sloop as a getaway vehicle for their dozens of bank robberies.

Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still mysteries today, including the mysterious tale of the Zodiac Killer, complete with a new analysis and a startling new theory on the murder.

A peak into his new book and guided tours can be viewed on Youtube.




How to Get 175 Classic True Crime Books for Free

Home | New Books | How to Get 175 Classic True Crime Books for Free

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I would like to give my sincere appreciation to — Chris, Ron, Larry, Julie, Jennifer and Jim P.,– who all took the time to write an Amazon review after reading HCD’s latest book, Vintage True Crime Stories: An Anthology of Forgotten Tales of Muder & Mayhem, Vol II.” – which was released on March 9.

As I promised to them, and ALL who read the book and write a review, I have just mailed your data DVDs with 175 Classic True Crime Books. It took me about five years to slowly put this collection together and I believe it is the largest one ever assembled on a single DVD.

I carefully organized the 175 books into relevant subject folders, and gave each .pdf a name with full title, author, year published, and the number of pages.

This DVD offer, with your choice of 1. 175 true crime books, or 2. 35 vintage true crime magazines (which was the free gift last time), is available to anyone who reads this book, and posts an unbiased review on Amazon. If you didn’t like it and give it 2 stars, you still get the free DVD of your choice. There is no obligation with your rating/review.

The Kindle book is only .99 cents, which is the lowest price I could make it.


P.S. If you HAVE already written a review but not contacted me yet, please do so. I would love to send you these 175 books. You will enjoy having them to read whenever you want.


Free Copy of VTCS-V2 for Amazon Review!

Home | New Books | Free Copy of VTCS-V2 for Amazon Review!


Today is the day to get your free copy of HCD’s newest book, Volume II of our Vintage True Crime Stories series. The Kindle version is now live on Amazon for .99 cents but don’t buy it from them when you can get it for free in exchange for writing a short review on Amazon.

With any book release, it’s super important to receive a lot of reviews in the first 30 days. Because of this, I am always very appreciative if someone writes a review. I am blessed to have so many great FB followers and readers who enjoy these books, that I enjoy giving away free stuff.

So, for all those who read the book AND post a review on Amazon, I will send you a FREE GIFT.

With Volume II, you’ll have your choice between 35 Vintage True Crime magazines DVD (if you didn’t get it last time). – OR — 175 Classic True Crime books.

Write me at the email address in the black image above and I’ll email you a digital copy of: Vintage True Crime Stories Vol 2: An Illustrated Anthology of Forgotten Tales of Murder & Mayhem.

I really do hope you like it!




Volume II of VTCS Available Saturday. Free Digital Copies for Reviews

Home | New Books | Volume II of VTCS Available Saturday. Free Digital Copies for Reviews

Volume II of the published series, Vintage True Crime Stories: An Illustrated Anthology of Forgotten Cases of Murder & Mayhem, will be released this Saturday, March 9. Just like last time, a free Kindle/ePub copy will be given to anyone and everyone who is willing to write their unbiased review. If you do read the book and write a review, and you contact me, I will send you a free CD with your choice of 1.) 175 Classic True Crime Books or, 2.) 35 Vintage True Crime Magazines.

Vintage True Crime Stories Volume IIAbout the stories in this book.
The ten stories true crime stories selected for this volume are so forgotten, they are new again, and possibly, unlike any true crime story you have read before.
Let me test my presumption with a preview of four these ‘old’ stories.

If I told you there was once a west coast sex cult with dozens of young girls, single ladies, and married women, who all fornicated with one well-endowed “prophet,” and he occasionally found it necessary to carry-out bondage S&M sessions here and there, you may not be surprised at all. But what if that sex cult began in 1903 and ended in 1906 with a couple of murders and suicides, does that sound like anything you have read about before?

Or, how about a cheater who murders his inconvenient wife, disassembles her over a fifteen hour period, then puts her bones in the same stove he cooks breakfast for his sons before sending them off to school? If that doesn’t surprise you, perhaps the ending will–but you’ll have to find out for yourself.

In ‘The Dandy and the Squire,’ a smooth-talking peacock from Kentucky visits his northern ‘cousins,’ and charms three of the women into his bed. He’s a big time operator who talks fancy, dresses fancy, and tells great stories of his days as an adventurer, riverboat gambler, and sharp-minded deal maker. He’s so smooth, he’s able to murder the patriarch’s son, make him look like the bad guy, and marry the boy’s tender-hearted sister before the Yankees get wise to his lies. Good thing, too, because he had also talked the father into giving him the family farm.

Chapter Five is the stranger-than-fiction story of ‘Shoebox Annie.’ During the early 20th Century, this trollish-looking woman introduced her freakish-looking son to a life of crime. Their decade’s long spree of lyin’, cheatin’, and stealin’ led them to become America’s first mother and son team of serial killers. They were so good at disposing of bodies, none of their four victims have ever been found.

If ‘old’ stories sound boring to readers of contemporary true crime, I hope this book will change minds, and fully reveal just how wicked and decadent our ancestors were.

And deadly.

Volume II in the Vintage True Crime Stories series is a wrecking ball that smashes to pieces that phrase, “The Good Old Days.”

Maybe you will believe me when you get to the last page.




Mug Shot Monday! Arthur Leroy Antoine, 1928, &
Volume II of ‘Vintage True Crime Stories’ TBR this Saturday!

Home | Mug Shot Monday, New Books | Mug Shot Monday! Arthur Leroy Antoine, 1928, &
Volume II of ‘Vintage True Crime Stories’ TBR this Saturday!

The complete story of how Arthur Leroy Antoine, 35, ‘traded in his wife’ for an 18 year-old girl is told in Volume II of the Historical Crime Detective’s series, Vintage True Crime Stories. The digital version of the book will be released on Amazon Kindle this Saturday, March 9, 2019, and a free copy will be made available to everyone. — For those who write/post a short review on Amazon, you will also receive your choice between two digital DVD-R collections.  – 1. 35 Vintage True Crime Magazines or, 2. 175 Classic True Crime Books. — More news coming soon…


IN THE 1920s, Arthur Leroy Antoine was an auto-mechanic with a wife and two children. For twelve years, he moved his family from town to town, getting one job after another, always looking for something better and never satisified with what he had. In 1928, he was living in Oakland when he applied that principal to his wife of twelve years, Ada Antoine. On January 10 of that year, he had become aquainted with, proposed, and became engaged to Lila Stovall, an 18 year-old girl living in the next county. On January 12, he told his wife he wanted a divorce so he could marry the younger woman.

Ada was somewhat uncooperative because that day also happened to be their 12th wedding anniversary. She told him that she would consent to neither a divorce nor a separation, but was apparently not consulted about the third alternative. So, the love-sick little mechanic decided to take direct action.

With three blows from an 18-pound blacksmith’s hammer, Antoine was a single man again. And then it got macabre. Over the next 12-15 hours, the little man dismembered his wife, and deboned part of her. Some of those bones were placed inside the iron stove where he friend breakfast for his two sons before sending them off to school.

Before they left, Antoine –a man who could disconnect himself from reality or social norms– told his children that their mother had left them, and he would be back in few days with a new mommy.

True to his word, they met their new mommy a few days later when he brought Mrs. Lila Antoine home. She was young, but she was smart — and she listened to the neighborhood ladies who had a thing or two to tell her about the last Mrs. Antoine.

By March, Lila had gone to police who arrested her husband who then gave them about seven different confessions of what had happened to his first wife whose body they could not find. Without a body, there wasn’t much of a case in 1928. But, district attorney and future governor, future vice presidential candidate, and future Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren rolled the dice and Antoine’s murder trial began on May 7, just four months after murdering his wife. On May 25, he was found guilty, but since there was no body, the jury recommended a life sentence instead of death.

“I’m the luckiest man in the world!” Antoine screamed to reporters as he was led out of the courtroom.

He was. Five days later parts of his wife’s missing body were found in a sack in the San Joaquin River. If Earl Warren had waited a few weeks more, Antoine would have been dead within a year or two.

But, nobody really knows when he died because 21 years later, on April 13, he ‘escaped’ from prison and was never seen again. Well, not by anyone who knew who he really was.

Arthur Leroy Antoine’s story, and nine others, can be read in it’s entirety in the new book presented by Historical Crime Detective Publishing that will be released later this week, ‘Vintage True Crime Stories Volume II: An Illustrated Anthology of Forgotten Tales of Murder & Mayhem’


Volume II Kindle version to be Released this Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Volume II  Vintage True Crime Stories–  Kindle Release set for this Saturday, March 9, 2019.

As it was with Volume I released on September 8, 2018, I will be giving away a FREE Kindle version copy of the book to everyone and anyone who is willing to post a short review of the book on Amazon dot com.

And, just like last time, I will be giving away some really cool stuff if you post your thoughts about the book on can choose to receive a copy of one of these two digital collections on DVD-RW.

1. 35 Vintage True Crime Magazines, or
2. 175 Classic True Crime Books.

That’s it. So easy! When the time comes, send me an email requesting a free copy of the book, download the book, read the book, post a short review on Amazon, and I will mail you some more free books or magazines on DVD-R.

More news coming this Wednesday.

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