Handsome Johnny from New York Times bestselling author Lee Server is a look at the life of the legendary mobster Johnny Rosselli who was at the center of the century’s darkest secrets: an untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue. Johnny Rosselli is a singular… Read more
An Unexplained Death by Mikita Brottmanby is true-crime investigation story into a mysterious death at the Belvedere―a once-grand hotel―and a meditation on suicide and voyeurism. Mikita Brottman spent ten years sifting through the details of the missing man’s life and disappearance, and his purported suicide by jumping from the roof… Read more
Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent by Michael McGowan & Ralph Pezzullo is the explosive memoir of an FBI field operative who has worked more undercover cases than anyone in history. The career-end autobiography seems to come in two flavors. The vanilla version is from the person who… Read more
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America’s most infamous serial killers are surrounded by grisly, strange facts that have frightened and fascinated the general public for decades. But how well do you know your serial killers? Take the quiz and find out!
So often, true crime documentaries focus on cases where the truth is unknown. New evidence either puts into question the conviction or reopens an investigation, and often times, the ambiguous ending can be frustrating. Netflix’s new true crime documentary, I Am a Killer, takes a different approach to true crime, interviewing… Read more
Criminal Element is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Macmillan Podcasts to produce a new true crime podcast, Case Closed—perfect for fans of Serial, Dirty John, Criminal, and other favorites! Hosted by renowned true crime book editor Charlie Spicer—a 30-year veteran of St. Martin’s Press who has published more than 100… Read more
The popularity of true crime entertainment has skyrocketed in recent years after the nation was swept up in the first season of Serial in late 2014. Since, hundreds of true crime podcasts—including our own, Case Closed (available now!)—and documentaries have captivated armchair detectives and true crime fanatics who can’t seem to get enough…. Read more
Sadie is the propulsive new YA book from Courtney Summers about a missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. Half of the book is told from Sadie’s perspective, while the other half is told through podcast transcripts. Now, Macmillan Podcasts has created The… Read more
At the heart of true crime narratives are its victims, voices (often) lost to brutal acts of violence. Their lives are hopefully painted in the recollections of their friends, family, acquaintances, and colleagues while we, the audience, circle their bodies in search of truth and justice. If we’re lucky, we… Read more