Chronicle of Murder: A Chronological Analysis of Murder

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Carroll & Graf, 2004 - True Crime - 497 pages
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The 20th century saw the rise of the motiveless murder and the serial killer, the development of forensic science, and the use of DNA and psychological profiling as weapons against such killers. In Chronicle of Murder, true crime expert Brian Lane examines, year by year, from 1900 onward, every major murder case in the light of its investigative, forensic, social or legal significance. In over 200 cases listed, there are not only landmark cases for criminologists but also grim highlights of popular mythology. The roll call includes Charles Manson, Bonnie and Clyde, the Zodiac Killer, the Hillside Strangler, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer, and many more. Also, here is the notable case of the last woman to be hanged in Britain, convicted murderer Ruth Ellis, whose execution hastened the abolition of the death penalty in the UK. More recent crimes include the shooting of Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan, the murder of Alberto Adriano in Germany by killers dressed as neo-Nazis, and Britain’s Sky-Diving case in which the sabotage of Steven Hilder’s parachute caused him to fall to his death. This is a compelling catalog of our most desperate outlaws and society’s desperate attempts to capture and comprehend them.

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Brian J. Lane is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the American Hiking Society, and the Sierra Club. He is also a NOLS/WMI certified Wilderness First Responder. In 2001 he was awarded a Photographer's Forum Award of Excellence. Lane lives with his wife in Sedona, AZ. For more information and a blog with up-to-date canyon hiking conditions, visit

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