This category deals with anthologies of crime that include a variety of crimes and criminals. Although not highly detailed, these books
give a good outline of the events and provide a good starting point for further study.
Some unusual cases are contained in the set of “Famous Trials of Sri Lanka” by Mr A.C. Alles, former Judge of the Supreme
Court; Rupert Furneaux’s 7-volume selection which includes many infamous British cases as well as some crimes from around the world; an excellent Regional Murder Series from America, concentrating on the major
cities and some intriguing cases from South Africa by Benjamin Bennett. More recently there has been a superb series by John Eddlestone covering various British cities and a paperback
collection of regional British murders published by Countryside Books.
A few samples from the very large selection which has appeared in our catalogues:
Corder: MURDER MY LOVE. The Great Crimes of Passion. xiii+288pp+illus. VG in slightly worn d/w. Playboy Press
Books, Chicago. 1973.
A collection of sixteen dramatic cases in which passion played a major role. Includes the Hall-Mills case; Snyder &
Gray; Countess Tarnowska; Harry K. Thaw/Stanford White; Dr Crippen; Rattenbury & Stoner.
Hartmann: VICTORIAN MURDERESSES. Thirteen respectable French and English women accused of
unspeakable crimes. x+365pp+illus. VG in d/w. Schocken Books, New York. 1976.
Behind the scenes of some “respectable” Victorian households revealing some celebrated murderesses. Cases
include Constance Kent; Madeleine Smith; Mrs Florence Maybrick; Henrietta Francy; Gabrielle Fenayrou; Madame Lafarge.
O’Donnell: THE OLD BAILEY AND ITS TRIALS. 226pp+illus. VG in slightly worn d/w. Clerke & Cockeran. 1950.
From the trial of the Jesuit Priests in 1689, the history and cases of the Old Bailey with chapters covering hangmen,
Newgate, highwaymen, reformers and much more. Among the cases are those of Steinie Morrison; Chicago May; Ronald True; William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw); Browne & Kennedy and
Horatio Bottomley. Includes Index.
Roberts: THE NEW WORLD OF CRIME. Famous American Trials. xi+241pp. VG in slightly worn d/w. Eyre &
An excellent selection of twelve cases from America which include Leopold & Loeb; the Salem Witch Trials; The Thaw
Case; Snyder & Gray; the end of the Jesse James Gang; Trial of President Lincoln’s assassins and the Hall-Mills Murder Case.