Truman Capote, childhood friend of Harper Lee, writes one of the greatest true crime books of all time. It’s the gruesome 1959 murder of an entire family by two ex-cons who served time together. Why did they commit this murder? Who were these men? Why the unspeakable violence? These are the questions that fascinated Capote who spent hours interviewing the murderers at great length. He doesn’t so much answer all of the questions as he does give us a glimpse into an utterly foreign world. As Perry Smith told him in one interview: “I didn’t want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.” Jesus Christ. This book is a classic and perhaps the first in its genre for a reason.
Finally, an article about the best true crime books! I have been wanting to buy a true crime book for so long, but I never knew where to start. Thanks!
Ronald Kessler is huge name on the market, standing as an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. His latest title is a most exciting addition to the new true crime books chart, as it reveals very well kept secrets on the FBI, the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe’s death… and more!